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50 Book Challenge - April [May. 2nd, 2007|02:28 pm]
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Previously read:
1 - The Laughing Corpse
2 - The Audacity of Hope
3 - Circus of the Damned
4 - The Lunatic Café
5 - Mornings on Horseback
6 - Bloody Bones
7 - The Killing Dance
8 - The Church of Dead Girls
9 - The Secret Life of Bees
10 - The Stand
11 - Neverwhere
12 - Dry
13 - Man Out of Time
14 - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman
15 - Eats, Shoots and Leaves
16 - A Kiss of Shadows

April's Books:

17 - On the Losing Side of the Dragon, by theferrett. It's still in rough draft and not published yet, but it was a fun read. I can't wait until the rest of you get to read it!
18 - Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
19 - Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris - I think the most fun about reading these two books was trying to determine which would cause a more apoplectic reaction in dead Miss Austen: the one wherein Lizzie and Darcy are graphically boinking on every flat surface within Pemberly Manor (and some that are without), or the one entangling witchcraft and curses. Both were the sort of deliciously dreadful reads that make you very glad for library books!
20 - Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Because everyone had to read a Vonnegut book in April. I have not read enough Vonnegut. It was very 60s. Made me nostalgic.
21 - Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. Ferrett reviewed this book a while back, and I agree with his assessment. It's a fascinating look at how we have no idea what will make us happy and why, and it's written in a very entertaining style.

21 books is kind of pathetic. I am definitely behind in my quest to read 100 books by my next birthday. I need to be reading shorter books.

So of course my desk and head are occupied with The Making of Star Wars, which is HUGE and written in tiny, dense print.

Ah, me.

Books Read:
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21 / 100

Pages Read:
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7,944 / 15,000

[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-05-02 07:40 pm (UTC)
You've still got me beat. I am picking the worlds WORST books to try this with. I'm fairly certain I'm still in single digits. :-(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-02 08:41 pm (UTC)
Do you have a list? (My flist reading is dreadfully spotty these days, sorry!)
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-05-02 09:25 pm (UTC)
No, though I probably remember them all... I'm intimidated to try to list them here, also. That would give it a definite count...

Oh, well, here goes:

1 - Garbage Land
2 - Finity
3 - The Sign and the Seal
4 - La Morte D'Arthur
5 - uhm... Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (currently working on)

Yeah... fewer than I thought. Though if you count Audiobooks, I can add Peter Pan and Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea to the list.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-02 10:29 pm (UTC)
Well, it's hard to make the challenge if you don't keep lists! And yeah, you have a couple of long ones in there....
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-05-03 11:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's one of the reasons I never "officially" took the challenge. Then again, I was also REALLY lazy around the first of the year and never codified ANY of my long list of extremely ambitious New Years Resolutions.

Still, it's not too late, I guess. I mean, I did just pass ANOTHER yearly milestone...

I think I might start a tradition of Birthday Resolutions this year. :-D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-03 11:16 am (UTC)
Not a bad idea, that.
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-05-03 11:11 am (UTC)
OOOH! And I also forgot ATLEAST one:

Verne's Paris in the Twentieth Century.

I'm trying to remember if there are any others I forgot like that... I had a pretty big library haul that trip...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-03 11:17 am (UTC)
Lists, I tell you! They are the secret to remembering that we did actually manage to get something done in life!
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-05-03 11:43 am (UTC)
See, me? I live for the surprise.

Unfortunately, it's usually the surprise of "WAIT! I have a GREAT idea for a story! It's... huh... nevermind, I read it somewhere once..."
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[User Picture]From: golden_d
2007-05-02 07:46 pm (UTC)
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife is wonderfully awful and I love it. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-02 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm attempting to read the sequel, Darcy and Elizabeth, but 95 pages in it is mostly rehashing old ground and not moving forward at all. I may abandon it.
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2007-05-02 10:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, Cat's Cradle. I read that one as a freshman in high school, and I occasionally suspect that it permanently warped me. Though honestly, all I remember now is the screaming "butterfly" at the very end and the, um, sole-mates.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-03 11:01 am (UTC)
Yes, the sole-mates. It was an amusing book, I have to say.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2007-05-02 10:53 pm (UTC)
I started keeping a list this year, and I'm working on #20.

I think I just may read Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, but I suppose for the full impact I really should read Pride and Prejudice first!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-03 11:02 am (UTC)
Yes, you definitely need to read Pride and Prejudice first - and it's worth it on its own merits - it's one of my favorite books.
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From: odclay
2007-05-03 02:55 am (UTC)
You're doing better than me. I've been working my way through Freedom & Necessity by Emma Bull and Stephen Brust for over a month now. Great book, practically The Bourne Identity of 1849, but not a fast read. Epistolary novels, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-03 11:06 am (UTC)
It sounds like a fascinating book, though! I'm adding it to my wish list, which serves mostly as a reminder of things I want to read.
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