Sunday, October 20, 2013

Eclectic Reader Challenge Continues

Hi everybody!  I haven't been very productive on the crafting front.  Well, let's say that I haven't finished anything.  I have way too many projects in progress though.

I'm definitely not going to reach my Goodreads goal this year in terms of the number of books read, but I just might finish the Eclectic Reader Challenge.  I only have four categories left, with two months left on the calendar.

So far I've read:
  1. Translated fiction : Operation Napoleon
  2. Historical mystery
  3. Romantic suspense : Blameless
  4. Made into a movie
  5. New Adult : The summer without men
  6. Urban Fantasy : Pale Demon
  7. Dystopian : Watchmen
  8. Memoir
  9. LGBT : Love in a Dark Time
  10. Action Adventure : Kitty Norville #1
  11. Humour : A hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
  12. Published in 2013 

    I can probably read something from 2013 easily, since it's now the end of the year. I don't really have any ideas for Memoir though, except really long books. If I read something else under Humour, I can always move A hitchhiker's guide to Made into a movie.  Ladykatza recommends Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, so maybe I'll do that one for Humour.  So I should probably concentrate on Humour and Memoir first.  But knowing me I'll just read whatever I feel like; I'm very undisciplined!

    The purpose of this challenge is to move me out of my comfort zone, but I don't think it's accomplished that.  Because I think all of those categories are well within my comfort zone.  Oh well.

    So, I most recently finished Love in a Dark Time:and other explorations of gay lives and literature (Amazon link here) by Colm Tóibín.  I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars; interesting, but in an anecdotal sort of way.  I'm not quite sure what he was getting at.  I felt more like it was a conversation with himself; not uninteresting, but lacking a theoretical paradigm.  Perhaps that's just my schoolgirl self wanting some theory to bolster everything when I suppose it's not really necessary.

    And then I read Watchmen by Alan Moore (Amazon here).  Oddly enough, I read it in French.  I borrowed a copy from a French friend, so there you go.  I had already read half of it (in English) 15 years ago probably, so I was familiar with the story.  Plus of course a movie adaptation came out a few years ago and we own a copy.  But I was a little disappointed with the book.  It was good but not as good as I'd hoped.  Which is probably why I never finished it all those years ago.  As far as Alan Moore goes, I prefer The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Amazon link).  Maybe I'm just a sucker for that time period.  Dunno.

    In other news, I just started The Name of the Wind (Amazon link) by Patrick Rothfuss, also recommended to me by Ladykatza.  And so far I'm loving it, so thanks for the heads up there!!  Unfortunately I don't think it falls into any of the remaining challenge categories, but who cares, right?!

    And just for fun, and to show what I have been doing lately, I wanted to show some videos of our swing workshop teachers who came last weekend.  Here they are performing inside our mall (classy, I know):


    For some reason in this next video, the cameraperson turns sideways at a certain point and never corrects the problem.  Too bad!


    I don't dance like this, but I do try to dance this style of dance. :P

9 comments:

  1. You've done so well with the eclectic reader challenge! I think I will look out for some of your recommendations too, thanks for that.
    I've been reading but not written any reviews at all (blush) very bad.

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  2. Can I recommend 'Never let me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro. It could fit into either the dystopian or the made into a movie category.

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  3. Ooh, I love "The Name of the Wind"! I also read a fabulous dystopian book a little while ago: "50 Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde. (No, it doesn't have anything to do with the other "Shades of Gray".) That way, you could put "Watchmen" into the made into a movie category...

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  4. As for Historical Mystery - do you think something by A. Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie counts? I'm in the process of (re-)reading all of Christie's books in alphabetical order and it's serious fun (and I did Conan Doyle's last year, I think, to compliment BBC's Sherlock...).

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  5. Even if it hasn't moved you out of your comfort zone you still have. new reading experiences under your belt. And since you know you want to move further it's up to you to move out of it. It's a challenge in itself.

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