In my old bookshelf, no less! 8/12 isn't bad, but I intend to get through all 24 by the end of the year and 8/24 at six months isn't quite as fantastic. Here's what I've gotten through:
1. At the Point of a Gun, David Rieff
3. Ordinary People, Judith Guest
4. The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al Aswany
6. Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Carcia Marquez
8. The Gate, Francois Bizot
10. The Ethical Imagination, Margaret Somerville
11. Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi In progress
12. Swann's Way, In Search of Lost Time Vol. I, Marcel Proust
Alt.1. In Search of Lost Time Vol. II, Marcel Proust
Alt.2. In Search of Lost Time Vol. III, Marcel Proust
Alt.3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Alt.4. My Name is Red, Orham Pamuk
Alt.6. Crimes Against Logic, Jamie Whyte
Alt.7. Riotous Assembly, Tom Sharpe
Alt.8. Epileptic, David B.
Alt.9. Navigating the Golden Compass, Glenn Yeffeth
Alt.11. The Essential 55, Ron Clark
Alt.12. Bodily Harm, Margaret Atwood
I'm a wee bit more behind in the Themed Reading Challenge. I only have a month and a half left, during which I will be doing a lot of extra hours at work and hence be reading a lot for that and I'll be tired as shit. To make it worse, I've ordered the middle book in the trilogy that Friends and Heroes is after and I'm going to want to read that first. Plus, I have no idea how long it will take to arrive. And Jonathon Strange is a gigantically long book. I'm going to have to get cracking to finish this one up in time.
Books by female authors in which the time period is key to the storyline. And here they are:
2. The Devil's Arithmetic, Jane Yolen (Poland, WWII)
3. Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky (France, WWII)
4. The Great Fortune, Olivia Manning (Bucharest, WWII)
5. Friends and Heroes, Olivia Manning (Athens, WWII)
6. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke (England, 1806 - Napoleonic Wars)
February 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009: The Themed Reading Challenge is a six month challenge designed to help readers clear books from their to-be-read stacks which center around a common theme or themes. Here are the “rules”:
* Books should be chosen from the reader’s TBR pile (this may be an actual physical pile or a virtual pile).
* The goal is to read 4 to 6 books linked by theme.
* Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
* Readers may change their list of books at any time.
Readers may choose three different levels of participation:
Read at least 4 books with the same theme.
Read at least 5 books that share at least TWO themes.
Read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.