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Topic: It's November- How's your Classics Challenge coming along?

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Subject: It's November- How's your Classics Challenge coming along?
Date Posted: 11/7/2010 7:35 AM ET
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If you're on schedule you should only have about 1 & 1/2  classics left to finish.

Or, if you're like me, you're grimly clinging to the optimistic plan to finish by 12/31.  I'll confess I spent a lot of time dawdling or reading 2 classics for a category that interested me more than another.  And I had to cross off Anna Karenina for my epic, there was no way that was going to happen.  I swapped it for a second Dickens novel- epic length, but one I'm 90% gauranteed to like because I nearly always enjoy Dickens.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 12:29 PM ET
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I forgot what I am supposed to be reading right now. Probably Lord of the Flies or Beowulf. Meh...they both sound boring. I just finished Ayn Rand's novella, Anthem. Loved it. But maybe that's because I have a soft spot for dystopias.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 2:33 PM ET
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I finished the "Lite" version a little over a month ago and decided there was no way I was going to make the full version. Alas. The Three Musketeers just totally deflated me. . . :(

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 3:22 PM ET
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I have 3 and 1/2 books to go and all are rather short in length so I should finish in December :-)

I read the longest books earlier in the year because Nov - Feb are super busy for me.

Tome, I loved Anthem too. "I am. I think. I will."

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 4:56 PM ET
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I finished in early October!  Yay, me!

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 12:41 PM ET
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I have a couple hundred pages to go in Crime and Punishment, and then I'm done.

( I HAVE LOVED DOING THIS CHALLENGE!)

                                                                                 Rose

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 5:16 PM ET
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I finished in early October!  Yay, me!

Sure, Vivian, BRAG!!!

j/k

Congrats on a fast finish :-)

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 5:46 PM ET
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I'm on schedule.  I have half of Dracula left and I am having a love/hate relationship with that book! There are some phenomenal sequences in it and other parts that I am left shaking my head and saying "come on already!"  I have my Dickens book left for December.  That is going to be Oliver Twist or a Christmas story or two if I am feeling lazy.  Next year - lite challenge for me!  Although, I really did love this experience. smiley

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:12 PM ET
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I've finished 10 of 12 -- the only two I haven't read are the Sci-Fi and the Pre-19th Century books. While I've enjoyed all the books that I've read for this Challenge with the notable exception of what I read for the Horror category, I'm not sure whether I will read the last two. I just can't muster up the wherewithal to do so -- but if someone has suggestions for those categories that are absolute gems, I might reconsider.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 9:09 PM ET
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Sheila, that was a result of hitting some classics that I just couldn't put down.  The others I divided by how many days were in a month--read the exact numbers of chapters that I scheduled--and then read what I really wanted to read. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 9:13 PM ET
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I just finished a book of short stories by H.G. Wells.  Here's an example of a book that would not be considered a classic by itself, but it was fascinating to see such early imaginings of what the future might hold.  My favorite story was one about a man who gets lowered to the bottom of the ocean in a submersible vessel and discovers a race of human-shaped sea creatures living on the bottom.  And to think that those of us who loved the sci-fi films of the 60s thought all those ideas were brand new!

I still have 2 books to go to complete the lite challenge.  I ended up reading no challenge books at all for a few months while my sister had surgeries and was recovering (she's fine now) so I got behind on all my challenges except the mystery one.  I'm currently reading my Dickens book (Hard Times) with the help of DailyLit, which sends small installments of classics to your email inbox every day.  I still have a lot to go but I timed them to finish in mid-December.  The other book I have to read is The Egyptian--I believe I'll finish it in time.

I love all the challenges, just have to be sure I don't take on so many that they become unpleasant work instead of a stimulating challenge.  So far, so good!

Diane

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 5:04 PM ET
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Just finished Dracula!  Happy day!  I am very grateful that the last fourth of the book flew by.  The middle section was getting me down!  Now all I have left of the challenge is my Dickens selection.  I think I'm sort of dragging on this one because I have already read Tale of Two Cities for the war time challenge.

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 2:41 PM ET
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I was on schedule until September when I got tired of reading and took a little break from it.  I have 3 1/2 books to go and I don't think I will quite make it.  I'm currently reading The Scarlet Letter, which shouldn't take me long to read.  I also have Anna Karenina, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Dracula to go.  I will not be able to finish the two long books but  I will read atleast one of them.  I want to finish the other one also but I think it will be after the New Year before I start it.

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 4:04 PM ET
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What with all the other "excursions and alarums" that kept on coming for me in 2010, the "Lite" challenge proved enuff for me, as, going in,  I suspected it would be.   I anticipate with pleasure doing the "Lite" challenge for 2011. But mine will be a delayed start, because I'll be participating in a Community Read here in Dayton, OH.  It's the fifth time around for such an event, and this year the book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca  Skloot.  It's the real-life tale of a poor black woman whose cancer cells revolutionized medical science, but whose family continues to live in poverty decades later.  (University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members, and students at the U, were asked to read this book over the summer before the current scholastic year.)

Then, I hope to choose a half-dozen of the 'new' categories and embark on the personal-enhancement reading project.  Thanks, Obsessed, and others who contributed ideas and suggestions, for an intriguing list of choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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