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Subject: August reading for 2012 Challenge
Date Posted: 8/5/2012 5:02 PM ET
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What is everyone reading for August? Yesterday I finished Martin's A Storm of Swords for the "Thou Shalt Not Kill" category. Now I'm exhausted, lol. 

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 2:21 AM ET
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I'm reading james Kaplan's Two Guys from Verona (for the suburbia category). It's one of those books that's supposed to be clever and witty, but I'm finding it tedious.

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Date Posted: 8/7/2012 10:47 PM ET
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Well, Kristin, I really feel as though I’ve been away from contemporary fiction (or any fiction) for most of the summer. For the non-fiction reading challenge I’ve been slogging away at Chris Wickham’s The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000. At 688 very densely packed pages, this one is not for the faint of heart. It was definitely a challenge, but worth the slog. Why I’m reading it: when Borders went out of business, I bought out alot of their ancient classics and medieval section since I’ve always had an interest in antiquities. So Wickham sat on my shelf for a couple of years and probably would have stayed there even longer, but I stumbled across the Yale Open Courses web site of free courses and decided to “take”  the online course on Early Middle Ages, 284-1000. The prof. was using Wickham as the course text, so I finally actually read it.

Anyway, right now I want something totally fluffy so I’m reading The Hunger Games – and am delighted that it is such an engaging read. It's just what I'm looking for right at the moment. Will rent the film after I finish the book. Btw... I do plan to get around to the Game of Thrones trilogy, although probably not for this year's challenges.  I rented the first season from the video store a couple of months ago and LOVED it. Did you watch the series?



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Date Posted: 8/10/2012 1:00 PM ET
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Just finished The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton for Crabgrass Frontier.  It was a nice little read about friendship that lasts and lasts and lasts.  However, I was disappointed with Aztec Gold by Miki Banavige which I read for The Gang's All Her (friendship). Four women become friends during a trip to Mexico to view the monarch butterfly wntering ground but I felt that the book fell apart after viewing the monarchs in their winter home.  Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews is the second of my extra three reads.  While it dragged in the middle for me it ended on a very high note.  Very good read.



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Subject: Game of Thrones
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 11:34 PM ET
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Janet,

Yes, I just finished the first season. I'm impressed with how true they're staying to the book. I think I'll wait to watch the next season, though, until I'm ready to read the fourth book in the series & need a reminder as to who all the characters are. I figure the HBO series will be good for that.

Subject: I think I completed the challenge
Date Posted: 8/24/2012 9:32 PM ET
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Having read 13 works out of a total of 14, I'm thinking I completed the Contemporary Lit challenge. Now, on to attacking my other reading challenges. I must admit, this forum is probably my favorite and I much enjoyed the Challenge for 2012!!

Date Posted: 9/21/2012 8:59 AM ET
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I finished Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, and I wish I had read that first for the land/environment category.   Highly recommend if you still need something.