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Monday, April 19, 2010

1% Well Read Challenge ... uh oh!

Ok, so ... I really jumped the gun on this one.  When this challenge ended back in December I assumed it would start up again in January.  So when I didn't see a post about it I decided I'd just start reading on my own.  What I failed to realize was that there was an extra credit option to the 2009 challenge, and that part continued through March 2010. 

The new challenge details were posted recently.  This time the challenge will go from April '10 to April '11 ... which means that the seven books I've read/listened to between December and now don't count. AAAAHHHH!!!!  Not that I mind that I read all these books, but THEY DON'T COUNT for my stats. Ugh.

Just so I can feel better about myself, here's a recap of what I read for this challenge that now doesn't count for this challenge:
  1. Out of Africa, by Isak Dineson - I loved the book, but more so because I'd learned about the author in another book.
  2. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway - This is a gorgeous little story.
  3. The Golden Ass, by Apulieus - I gave up on this due to a bad translation but I'd like to try another version sometime.
  4. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood - I'm glad I finally listened to it, but it isn't a favorite.
  5. Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood - Her writing is beautiful and the story is thought-provoking.
  6. On The Road, by Jack Kerouac - This is definitely not my kind of book.
  7. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson - Enjoyed this childhood favorite, but not as much as when I was a kid
The new challenges requires 13 books in 13 months.  Below is a list of books I'll likely choose from:
  1. Catch 22 - also for the LOST Books Challenge
  2. Candide - I'm listening to this one now
  3. Dangerous Liaisons
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun
  5. Kim (Rudyard Kipling)
  6. The Charterhouse of Parma
  7. The Color Purple – I’m hosting a summer read-a-long
  8. The Last of the Mohicans - I started this last year but put it aside
  9. The Lion of Flanders - I couldn't find this one last year but really want to read it
  10. To Kill A Mockingbird – for a read-a-long in June
  11. Wide Sargasso Sea
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray – maybe for Dueling Monsters in October?
  13. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – maybe for Dueling Monsters in October?
  14. The Things They Carried - also for the War Through The Generations Challenge

So tell me, have you ever jumped the gun on a challenge and ended up having to read more than you expected?

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Nope, I've never read ahead for a challenge - I'm usually way behind!

Amy said...

I am fairly new so haven't had time to read ahead on a challenge yet :) Great list, I am also aiming to read Half of a Yellow Sun for this challenge.

Marg said...

Can't say I have done that, but just the other day I was preparing my 'finished a challenge post' and was just about to post when I realised that I still had 8 more books to read before I was really finished! lol

Alyce said...

That's tough! I did that for the Book Awards Challenge last year, and also for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge which I thought started earlier, so I had some books lined up to read. Then I didn't end up joining it because I'd already committed to reading so many other books for challenges. I feel your pain. But, bravo for reading so many books anyway!

GMR said...

Honestly, I haven't participated in a challenge as of yet. I tend to be too much of a free spirit in my reading taste to adhere to the "restrictions" required for one...but hats off to you and others that do! They are loads of fun to read about! Too bad you have to read more now to make the percentage...I know you are just heart broken. (Jk!) ^_^

Heather J. said...

bermudaonion - That is USUALLY my problem, but I thought I was going to be ahead on this one! LOL

Amy - I'm really looking forward to that book.

Marg - Ooh, that is NOT good ...

Alyce - Glad to know I'm not the only one who's done this. ;)

GMR - Yes, heart broken, that's it!

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