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A Book Thing

One of my friends Tweeted about this book Challenge for May and I found it intriguing.  The Semi Charmed Summer 2012 Book Challenge

This Challenge runs from May 1st  to September 30th.  You can’t read any books you have read before, and only books started after May 1st and finished by September 30th.

Read a book chosen for the 2012 World Book Night.
I haven’t picked one yet.   I am thinking I might read The Book Thief, but I need to figure out if I read it.  Otherwise I might choose Housekeeping.
The Book Thief
Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. (If you were super studious and never did this, then read a book most people were assigned to read in high school but you weren’t.)
I am considering Catch 22 or Catcher in The Rye, I never read those in High School, because they were never assigned.
 
Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. (Examples: Friday Night LightsWhen the Game Stands TallThe Devil in the White City, etc.)
Oh this is going to the hardest.  I dislike Nonfiction assignments.  I might need help picking something.

Read a book in one day. (Must be at least 150 pages long.)
I will probably pick some nice Brain Candy book, I have a couple lying around that I haven’t read yet.  Imagine that.

Read a book that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to yet.
Oh this is easy.  I am reading Matthew Lewis Gregory’s The Monk I have wanted to read this for ages ever since I read about it a Jane Austen Novel."Reading Jane's letters" - Elizabeth...
 


Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. (For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness, etc..)
Hmmmmm I might have to think on this for a bit.  Any ideas?

Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit.
I am going to read Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia / An account of an Englishwoman’s Eight Years’ Residence / amongst the Women of the East by A. Hume-Griffith, I picked it up for my Kindle
 
Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
I think I am going to choose The Wide Sargasso Sea, if I can find a copy.
 
Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it’s not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.)
I will try this libraries freak me out.
 
Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.)
Oh I KNOW I am going to need help with this.  Unless I just want to cave and read a Nicholas Sparks book – please someone give me something less annoying to read.
 
Read a trilogy. Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages.
I have never read the Twilight Series so perhaps I will give that a go.
To see what someone else is doing checking In Which We Start Anew’s Challenge Choices

Reading…..

Have you ever read a book that when you finish it you are just disappointed in the writer?  I did this past week, the sad thing is I was excited to start reading it.  But the book ended up not delivering as promised.  It was a sad ironic story about today’s economic situation focusing on home ownership.  I don’t even want to give the author press by sharing the name of the book.

So when I picked up this book and read the back cover it talked about how this was a fiction novel about the exploits of an out of work reporter who is about to lose his home and the adventures he goes on.  I started reading and with in pages the narrator goes out and gets high for the first time in years – no this wasn’t what was disappointing. Then he decides to sell pot to his friends, to help raise enough money to keep his home – I wasn’t even disappointed by that.  I was thinking to myself as I read on, “Oh this will be like Weeds…” Nope it wasn’t. I love the show Weeds because it is an ironic portrayal of adulthood and surviving.  But this book wasn’t even that, the author copped out and had the narrator get caught by cops and because of that.  Then the lead character freaks out and ends up giving up the fact that he is a paid informant for the police.

When I brought the book to my local coffeeshop to put on the shelves, my friend E asked me how it was and I told her I was disappointed because the book was a sad, ironic view on life.  She looked at the cover and asked if it was about suicide, because the drawing on the cover had a man falling into a chasm.  I said, although it was about financial suicide.  It was just a sad sad book.

I do try to find a redeeming value in everything I read, but this book I couldn’t even do that.  I spent the day thinking about books I have read and how much I enjoy reading them.  Reading is my major hobby it helps me relax and I learn so much about life, myself and others.  I love fiction because it exercises my imagination and takes me to places I have yet to go physically.  Reading is just so amazing.

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