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Subject: Wrapping up the Challenge - December
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 5:02 PM ET
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My last and final read for the challenge is a work by an author from a "developing" country:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  What  wonderful read.  I have put more of this author's work on my TBR as he writes so very well.  This is a tale of a shepherd boy named Santiago who wants to travel in spite of his father's wish that he become a priest.  The father stakes the boy who buys himself some sheep.  He travels throughout Andulasia with his herd, getting to know the land and the people.  However, he has a dream that he asks an old woman to interpret and with this interpretation sets off to see the pyramids in Egypt where he is to find treasure and become rich.  The key message of the tale is to follow our dreams.  Never give up say the people the boy meets and so says the author as well in an interview in the back of the book.  It's simple, inspiring and a delight to read so friends read this one and get a new look on your own life in spite of whatever obstacles you encounter and like Santiago you may find your dreams can come true.  Above all, don't give up.

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Date Posted: 12/1/2011 5:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/2/2011 4:12 AM ET
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I'm still working on November's choice (The Zookeeper's Wife, which is so enlightening) and on December's (Pope Joan--amazing!).


Date Posted: 12/4/2011 3:08 AM ET
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Er, um...yeah, I still have a few to go: A Confederacy of Dunces, which I may start tomorrow, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (Ugh-I'm just NOT a short story fan), and an undetermined translated work (probably The Siege or Death in the Andes). Even though, for the "translated" category, I'm already about halfway through Love, Anger, Madness, I'm not sure I have it in me to continue with that one (I haven't picked it up again since about May).

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Date Posted: 12/8/2011 8:09 PM ET
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I think I have one more to go....checking now.

Nope I am all done.  I probably could add some more books, but I am already getting ready to start the 2012 challenge.

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Date Posted: 12/20/2011 3:47 PM ET
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Just finished The Help.