bk04011's 100 for 2009
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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.
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.
And I'm glad you made room for the Heyer's--life is not all sturm und angst.
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.
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
Book 2, January 3
999 Challenge Related
Book 3, January 3
999 Challenge - SF Greats
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.
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.
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.
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.