#29. Reading Challenge – almost there!

I have a lot of books that I have not read. This year, along with my shopping ban, I was on a book ban as well. So not only could I not buy books, I couldn’t check them out of the library as well. Even if a book was free for the kindle, I couldn’t download it. Part of the problem was that I get easily distracted by books. So many new books come out that I want to read them, but as soon as I buy them or check them out from the library or download them, something newer comes along.

So no new books until August 23, 2017 (I do, however, accept them as gifts. Which is why my wish list on amazon has a lot of books).

I had the books. Now I needed a plan to read them.

I started this challenge late; I discovered this challenge in August, and should have started it in January.  You can find the challenge here, from the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s website.*

Here are the 12 books:

  1. A book published this year
  2. A book you can finish in a day
  3. A book you’ve been meaning to read
  4. A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller
  5. A book you should have read in school
  6. A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF
  7. A book published before you were born
  8. A book that was banned at some point
  9. A book you previously abandoned
  10. A book you own, but have never read
  11. A book that intimidates you
  12. A book you’ve already read once.

I added a few more rules to this challenge.

  • It had to be a book I already owned.
    • no library books
    • no downloading books, even if they were free
  • Audiobooks are ok.
  • Digital books are ok.

Here are the books (minus 3 in this photo) I read or currently reading:

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  1. A book published this year:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.  It’s the script of the play performed in London.  I thought it was wonderful, even though it really wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling.
  2. A book you can finish in a day: Antman by various Marvel talent.  A good introduction to the character, and each story stood on its own. But it didn’t want me to read more, which is a bummer.
  3. A book you’ve been meaning to read: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. Nominated for a 2016 Eisner, this book tells the story of the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace and inventor Charles Babbage in a wildly inventive and fantastical situations.  More info can be found here.
  4. **A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller: The libraries in the County of San Diego participate in a program called One Book, One San Diego.  This year it’s Waiting for Snow in Havana by Charles Eire. It’s all the more appropriate that we are reading this book, given the current situation in Cuba.
  5. A book you should have read in school. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.  I hate-read this book.  I would have abandoned it if not for this challenge. Even taken it in the historical context it was written, and knowing it’s a satire, I disliked Tom with a passion. OMG what a jerk.
  6. A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF: My BFF gave me the book Chew by John Layman and Robert Guillory. Tony Chu is a cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions of what he eats.  So when someone is killed, he’ll have an idea of what happened if he eats part of the body. Gross, but a very engaging story. Find more info here.
  7. A book published before you were born: Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson. I haven’t watched the movie (which is surprising, because I heart Gregory Peck), and I want to watch it even more so after reading this book. Given the rhetoric that has been heard during this election cycle, the ideas behind this book are still relevant.
  8. A book that was banned at some point: Huckleberry Finn, by Tom Sawyer. Given my dislike for Tom Sawyer, why would I subject myself to the sequel? Remember my rules – they had to be books I already owned. I checked all the books I had, and this was the one that fit the criteria decisively. Thank goodness this one had a much more likable title character. And then Tom showed up in the end, just to remind you that he’s still a jerk.
  9. A book you previously abandoned: W by Sue Grafton. I don’t know what happened that caused me to abandon this book. It was such an enjoyable read!
  10. A book you own, but have never read: Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio. This wasn’t my favorite story. I thought I would like steampunk, graphic novels, and a female protagonist…but it just didn’t spark for me. I do have a novelization of this work…perhaps it will be better.
  11. **A book that intimidates you: Lake Wobegone Days by Garrison Keillor. This book intimidates me. It’s probably the amount of pages, the small print, and the fact that it’s not a book I can blast though (very little dialogue). I have to read it slowly and savor it. Which is difficult for me. And that’s intimidating.
  12. A book you’ve already read once: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read this as a teenager – loved it. I read it in my early thirties – loved it. I read it this year – loathed it. Ok, maybe that’s unfair. I didn’t loathe it. I loved Jane. My opinion of Rochester has changed. No longer is he the brooding, intelligent, misunderstood hero. He’s a manipulative, commanding (spoiler alert) bigamist. Jane could have done much better.

*She has a great podcast, too! You can find the podcast here, or search for “What Should I Read Next.” I subscribe to it, but I feel it’s the gateway for me to buy more books….

**currently reading with less than 21 days to go!

 

 

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