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1NeverStopTrying
Jan. 15, 2009, 10:52am

I am already signed up for the 999 Challenge but may not complete that challenge, not because I cannot read enough but because I read too much purely recreational stuff. Also, my 999 books are triggering "must read" impulses that I am already following up. So here's where I credit myself for the fluff and the follow-ons plus report out on them if I like. Plus I get to add to my wishlist by checking out what everybody else here is listing and commenting on. I think I will read through member threads before I start logging my reads and TBRs.

2cyderry
Jan. 18, 2009, 12:40am

Kathryn,
Don't let the categories in 999 prevent you from reading the books you love. Just adjust your categories so that those books fit in.....
"Books I want to read"....."FLUFF"....."wishlist".....My favorite though is "Books with sentences"
Have fun with it.

Cheli

3NeverStopTrying
Jan. 19, 2009, 10:59am

Hi there Cheli,
Thanks for dropping by. Be reassured: I cannot not read fun stuff. But I do also want to push myself through some worthwhile but less purely recreational books. For me, the Challenge is more about that effort than the total numbers. I have been working my way through The Name of the Rose and have been appreciating it. That's one kind of fun, sort of like a good workout. (Where's my towel?) But I can tell you, without LT and the Challenge, first of all, I would not have known about the TNOTR readers guide that is available and, second, I would have said "Oy" early on and reshelved it for indefinite future reference.

I just this morning came across exactly the phrase I needed on another thread: side book. I go through "side books" like I could go through oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with pecans ... if I let them in the house. I just don't want to be reading only "side books" anymore. PS: I did build some "side books" into the Challenge. See my Vampires and Georgette Heyer categories.

I hope you will drop by again when I have more stuff going on. I have your 999 thread starred and love all the pictures you include. I am not that much of a web wizard ... at least not yet.

4ronincats
Jan. 19, 2009, 11:44am

I read TNOTR many years ago and enjoyed it. But what is this reader's guide that is available? Where?

And I'm glad you made room for the Heyer's--life is not all sturm und angst.

5NeverStopTrying
Bearbeitet: Jan. 19, 2009, 2:13pm

Ronincats - TNOTR triggered two 999 add-ons for me. One is an easily available, slim paperback that was recommended to me by MusicMom: The Key to "The Name of the Rose". In addition to translating latin and what-have-you phrases, it also includes a chapter on Eco himself, a brief, high-level overview of the Middle Ages, a glossary of Big Names and Inscrutable Terms (my description, not theirs) and a postscript to read after you finish the book. Not currently in print, there is also Postscript to The Name of the Rose by Eco himself, also for reading after I finish. I have found The Key valuable to the extent that if I read TNOTR again, I will reread The Key first. Eco's own Postscript is included in some of the newer editions of TNOTR. I got mine second hand.

PS to all: I am not going to limit myself to my 999 Challenge Heyers. I am going to do a major Heyer retrospective this year. It has been a long time and I will be earning it.

6cyderry
Bearbeitet: Jan. 20, 2009, 7:47pm

Kathryn,
I, like you, also love to read fun books (mysteries, cozy mysteries, romance novels) but I am also trying to stretch myself into other areas that's why I have classics and biographies in my 999 and I'm doing the Presidents Challenge. I'm really surprised that I'm getting into the history so I think I'll manage to muddle through. I guess the stretch is working and it's not that painful! Cheli

7NeverStopTrying
Jan. 22, 2009, 3:53pm

Song of the Beast by Carol Berg
Book 1, January 2
R&R

8NeverStopTrying
Jan. 22, 2009, 3:55pm

The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge
Book 2, January 3
999 Challenge Related

9NeverStopTrying
Jan. 22, 2009, 4:00pm

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Book 3, January 3
999 Challenge - SF Greats

10NeverStopTrying
Bearbeitet: Jan. 22, 2009, 4:06pm

11NeverStopTrying
Jan. 22, 2009, 4:08pm

Healer by Peter Dickinson
Book 5
January 7
999 Challenge - Books My Sister Wants Me to Read

12NeverStopTrying
Jan. 22, 2009, 4:10pm

13NeverStopTrying
Bearbeitet: Jan. 22, 2009, 4:33pm

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Book 7
January 21
999 Challenge - Historical Novels

Comments pending recovery. They will appear in my 999 Challege thread, here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/47562

I have never worked that hard to read a work of fiction before in my life.

14NeverStopTrying
Bearbeitet: Jan. 22, 2009, 4:23pm

The Key to the Name of the Rose by Adele J. Haft, et alia
Book 8
January 21
999 Challenge - Related

I found this book indispensable as I prepared to read and then worked my way through TNOTR. It includes a brief discussion of who Eco is, a high level overview of the Middle Ages, a glossary of terms, translated phrases from the non-English passages (as advertised) and a concluding discussion of the book. It made a world of difference. No spoilers, as you are well warned before you can head into the conclusion. I am holding on to it for the next time around.

15NeverStopTrying
Jan. 22, 2009, 4:30pm

Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Book 8
January 21
999 Challenge-related

This is actually a tiny collection of mini essays by Eco. It is addressed to people who pay attention to literary theory. Not me. I am afraid that I am not much interested in the differences and similarities between and among pre-modernism, modernism and post-modernism. I read fiction somewhat naively and am quite happy doing so. I was a history and social sciences major. Now I know why. The book annoyed me; the good news it was way, way short. And the man can write, as can his translator.

16NeverStopTrying
Jan. 27, 2009, 6:12pm

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
Book 9
January 24
R&R

17NeverStopTrying
Jan. 27, 2009, 6:14pm

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
Book 10
January 26
R&R

This almost cosy mystery is an LT recommendation. I found it perfectly pleasant but not actually gripping. I will try the first books in her other series.

18NeverStopTrying
Bearbeitet: Jan. 27, 2009, 6:17pm

Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss
Book 11
January 26
R&R

A book about manners by the woman who was so funny about grammar. Short, funny, pointed, includes the occasional profound thought. Not nearly as funny as her first. I enjoyed it but would not heartily recommend it.