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Subject: Let the Challenge begin!
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 5:40 AM ET
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Now it's 2011, and I'm curious about which books you all are going to read first to start the 2011 Challenge. I am going to read Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

                                                                                                Rose

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 8:31 AM ET
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Reading  Wuthering Heights.  How dark, are emotional, how engrossing.  I did not realize that I would find this book so fascinating.  Emily Bronte was a great talent!



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Date Posted: 1/1/2011 9:16 AM ET
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Happy new years to all my challenge buddies. I'm working on Madame Bovary first ;-)

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Date Posted: 1/1/2011 10:21 AM ET
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Happy New Years!

Like Shanan, I am working on Madame Bovary!  I have Chapter one done. lol

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 11:10 AM ET
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Like Rose, I will be reading Anne Bronte.  My selection is Agnes Grey.  It's fun to finally start this!

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 12:10 PM ET
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I couldn't sleep last night so I am more than half way through The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. This novel is fascinating and heartbreaking. The inhumane living and working conditions of the working poor, mostly immigrants, in Chicago at the turn of the century is infinitely sad.

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 12:14 PM ET
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Is the jungle the book that changed the meat packing industry?
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 12:19 PM ET
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Shanan, that is correct.

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 12:30 PM ET
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I have heard that book is wonderfully written.
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 1:06 PM ET
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                          W H E E !

 

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 9:08 PM ET
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I started Madame Bovary and Arabian Nights. I like to read more than one book at a time. :)

Date Posted: 1/1/2011 9:12 PM ET
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Me too Sabrina--I am also reading the Ghosts of Ashbury High for my YA challenge at the same time.  At least I have no trouble with confusing the two stories.  I have done that by accident before (picked two stories that were too similar and kept confusing them).  wink

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 1:37 AM ET
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I finished one already - well, two by Moliere (The School for Husbands and Amphitryon). He was just too much fun to put off 'til later! laugh

Next up for me is Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 11:08 AM ET
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I finished Fanny Hill yesterday!  Oh my heck!  I wasn't expecting it to be quite so graphic. lol  Made my hair curl!!! indecision

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 1:38 PM ET
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Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all. I joined PBS last May and started the 2010 Classics challenge belatedly. Managed to do a Lite challenge of 6 readings. This year I'm trying for the full challenge both in this forum and in the contemporary lit. So I'm going to begin with the Belle Epoque category and read Colette's Gigi. I'm really psyched about this and am having fun and I hope you all are, too!

 

Janet

 

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 10:38 PM ET
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Well, I read Colette's Gigi today and learned that, while the plot takes place during La Belle Epoque, the story was not written or published until WWII. So, this is *not* a Belle Epoque novel, however delightful it is. I am moving this reading from the category Belle Epoque novel to the category "Classic written by a woman." That works!  On to other readings!

 

Janet

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 10:39 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/3/2011 12:44 AM ET
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Happy New Year! YAY!! I'm starting my year out with Little Women. I'm loving it so far. :)

Sheila - I read The Jungle in High School and LOVED it! It also convinced me to give up red meat for the longest time. Dang, those were some healthy eating days, lol!

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 12:09 PM ET
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I think I'm going with One Thousand and One Nights to start it off. Just started it last night and found it easy to "slip into."

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 10:07 PM ET
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I am starting with the poetry challenge and "Howl" by Allen Ginsburg

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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 5:03 AM ET
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I'm busy with other stuff right now, but I think I will be starting with George Eliot's first novel, Adam Bede.

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 8:33 PM ET
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I actually finished the Poetry portion of the challenge and posted. Now I am moving on to "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams for the play category. After last year's dismal showing I am determined to actually complete the challenge.

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 9:49 PM ET
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What did you think of the Howl, Michael? I haven't typically been a big poetry reader but I m learning to appreciate it more now. :-)
Date Posted: 1/6/2011 9:41 AM ET
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Here is the link to my post on "Howl".  Overall, Ginsberg's work is not for me. However, I am more open to poetry after reading some of his stuff.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 12:17 PM ET
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I'm starting this challenge off with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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