Book Challenge 2018

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  1. jexxica

    jexxica Moderator

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    New Year, New Challenge!

    How many books do you wanna read this year? I'm gonna be a little bit ambitious and I'll pick 40. Last year my challenge was 35 and I read 36, so I'm feeling optimistic about this year.


    My list so far:

    1. Chicas muertas by Selva Almada (current read)
     
  2. MON

    MON Well-Known Member

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    I plan on reading 50!

    Although, I haven't started yet. However, here's my recent purchase. Haven't opened it yet though

    1. What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton
     
  3. Lausanne

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    Last two years I set a goal to read 15 books and I managed to do it. This year will be even busier so I will stay at 15 again even thought I would try to challenge myself and read 20.

    1. Markus Zusak - The Messenger (currently reading, started last year)
     
  4. Piet Retief

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    Last year I wanted to read 50 books and succeeded :)

    this year I want to read 50 books as well, but I only read 3 books so far. Two of them being super sort plays: Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Sophokles' Antigone. They were both great though
     
  5. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    my friend got the audio and she kept sending me texts as she was listening to it about how amazing it was...
    she was freaking out...
    she said she hadn't realized so much stuff and that she came away with a whole new perspective...
    :shock:

    now she is on a fierce mission to work on political stuff...
    i mean, she was WAY more political than me beforehand, but i think that she was paying attention to the wrong things and didn't see the big picture before...
    now she realizes there was a whole bunch of stuff she didn't see or understand and she's really pissed at herself for being strung along by these other people she was listening to, whoever they were...

    :mellow:

    would be interested to know what your reaction is once you've read it...

    ^_^
     
  6. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    sounds like a damn good start...

    :p
     
  7. Piet Retief

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    ^ Absolutely. Immediately after, I went to my local book store and bought Oedipus Rex as well as several other classic plays
     
  8. jexxica

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    I started the year with a few more Argentinian books mostly

    1. Chicas muertas by Selva Almada
    2. Las grietas de Jara by Claudia Piñeiro
    3. Villa del Parque by Jorge Consiglio
    4. Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg
    5. El amor nos destrozará by Diego Erlan
    6. La ridícula idea de no volver a verte by Rosa Montero
    7. Después del invierno by Guadalupe Nettel
    8. Letras hilvanadas by Victoria Lescano
    9. Tarda en apagarse by Silvina Giaganti

    And I'm currently reading
    The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir
    Las clases de Hebe Uhart by Liliana Villanueva
     
  9. jexxica

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    1. Chicas muertas by Selva Almada
    2. Las grietas de Jara by Claudia Piñeiro
    3. Villa del Parque by Jorge Consiglio
    4. Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg
    5. El amor nos destrozará by Diego Erlan
    6. La ridícula idea de no volver a verte by Rosa Montero
    7. Después del invierno by Guadalupe Nettel
    8. Letras hilvanadas by Victoria Lescano
    9. Tarda en apagarse by Silvina Giaganti
    10. Las clases de Hebe Uhart by Liliana Villanueva
    11. Call me by your name by Andre Aciman
    12. Las viudas de los jueves by Claudia Piñeiro
    13. Tuya by Claudia Piñeiro
    14. Cornelia by FLorencia Etcheves
    15. Elena sabe by Claudia Piñeiro
    16. Ta deuxième vie commence quand tu comprends que tu n'en as qu'une by Raphaëlle Giordano
    17. Free love and other stories by Ali Smith
    18. Una casa junto al tragadero by Mariano Quirós
    19. Beber en Rojo by Alberto Laiseca
    20. Sinfonía para Ana by Gaby Meik
    21. Cine en pijamas by Maia Debowicz
    22. Evil eye: four novellas... by Joyce Carol Oates
    23. Virus tropical by Powerpaola
    24. Casa transparente by María Luque
    25. Amar como el cine by Natalia Trzensko and María Fernanda Mugica
    26. Los mejores días by Magalí Etchebarne
    27. Cuarenta y tres maneras de soltarse el pelo by Elvira Sastre
    28. Putita golosa by Luciana Peker
    29. Cómo desaparecer completamente by Mariana Enríquez
    30. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates
    31. A fair maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
    32. Devotion by Patti Smith
    33. Incest by Anaïs Nin
    34. King Kong Theorie by Virginie Despentes
    35. Amor y anarquía by Martín Caparrós
    36. Tuer le pere by Amelie Nothomb
    37. La mano del pintor by María Luque
    38. Juliet, naked by Nick Hornby
    39. Office girl by Joe Meno
    40. Shibari by Juan José Burzi
    41. The elementals by Michael McDowell
    42. The bloody countess by Valentine Penrose
    43. El origen de la tristeza by Pablo Ramos
    44. A book of american martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates
    45. Manual Sadomasoporno by Alberto Laiseca
    46. Dicen de mí by Gabriela Wiener
    47. Los deseantes by Juan José Burzi
    48. L'asphyxie by Violette Leduc
    49. Spy of the first person by Sam Shepard
    50. Sharp objects by Gillian Flynn (re-read)


    And I think I missed a few. There are also a lot that I haven't finished (yet, I hope; I'm always between many books) that there are not in the list.
     
  10. kissmesweet

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    Wow, well done, jexxica. That's quite a list! I honestly thought that I was doing quite well this year until I saw your list. :lol:

    Shout-out to Piet Retief and softgrey above. I also adore the mention of classic plays. I haven't read any in a while, but I've seen quite a lot of good theatre this year.

    As for my list of books so far:

    1. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
    2. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
    3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
    4. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    5. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
    6. Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anna Shaffers and Annie Barrows
    8. In Your Defence by Sarah Langford
    9. Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal
    10. The Myth of the Nice Girl by Fran Hauser
    11. Notorius RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
    12. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
    13. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
    14. Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
    15. Thanks, Obama: My Honey, Changey White House Years by David Litt
    16. Tribe: on Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
    17. What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe
    18. When the Facts Change: Essays 1995 - 2010 by Tony Judt
    19. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

    All of the books I've read thus far have been pretty darn great. Happy to discuss them as always!
     

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