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  •  As You Can See (1+ / 0-)
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    My post is a mess.  I've been having those intermittent but recurring computer probs -- browser s/w incompatibilities w/ Microsoft updates make DK misbehave in odd ways.

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    How do you decide what books to put on your "challenge list"?  I have a foggy sense of what I'm willing to try and what I feel I just don't have time for.  Thus I gravitate toward Booker and Pulitzer books, Nat'l Book Awardees (winners TBA 11/17!), and Nobel authors.

    That's not a rule, and I know I read a lot of stuff that nobody would give any kind of prize to.  But I've been lucky for the most part, not reading "stinkers," by believing in that guide most of the time.

    What books are you considering for your '12 challenge list?

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    by Limelite on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 01:54:26 PM PDT

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    •  well... (1+ / 0-)
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       Here are some I am considering:

      I started First Circle by Solzhenitsyn and stopped after about 100 pages because life got busy.  

      I have a huge book about Africa that I got for $1 at the library...maybe this year, maybe not.

      The story about the man who had the hotel in Rawanda.

      A huge book of essays about WW II by very famous people...pretty sure I want to do that one.

      A couple of books on writing...

      Maybe re-reads of my Loren Eiesley books.

      Two of three (or four) books of short stories by scifi/fantasy writers that have piled up.

      Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963
      which I just ordered...

      Lake with No Name by Diane Wei Liang, an autobiography about  modern China and the Cultural Revolution.

      Manly Pursuits by Ann Harries that a friend gave me which seems to be about Cecil Rhodes.

      Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin

      An autobiography of Michael Caine

      and some shorter books to add into the mix...not sure which ones, yet.  I pulled a couple off my shelves, last night.

      I may have to put 25 on my list this year.  :)

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      by cfk on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 04:23:35 PM PDT

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      •  While My Brain Admires and is in Awe (2+ / 0-)
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        of your ambition, part of me confesses to feeling sorry for you.  You are a harsh task mistress of your own person, seems to me.

        That list is indeed a challenge!

        For 2012, I look forward to reading Stephenson's new novel, some Booker Prize and Nat'l. Book Award winners; maybe re-read A House for Mr. Biswas; delve into an artist's biography -- either Rodin or Dali, I think; and fritter away reading time on delicious little novels and some popular modern physics books.

        The only dutiful reading I will do is for the e-book club.  And I must leave myself open to serendipitous recommends by R&BLers who write about what they're reading in your and plf's diaries.

        Of course, all this vague planning will be tossed to the winds after a week at the Miami Book Fair 10 days from now!

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        by Limelite on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 08:50:17 AM PDT

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    •  ooops, I forgot the two that were bought (1+ / 0-)
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      on purpose to re-read:

      A Pirate of Exquisite Mind and

      Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence.

      or maybe next year...

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      by cfk on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 04:25:56 PM PDT

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