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On 5/5/2018 at 5:14 PM, scalyfreak said:

 

If only they weren't all audiobooks... :P 

 

Picky picky picky...

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oh hey y'all! just updating where i'm at with these bad boys. 7 out of 24 completed after just finishing song of solomon. I really enjoyed it! and it was actually super fun to read alongside watching '11.22.63' which I also wouldn't mind reading someday. Finishing up a couple books not on the list and then will get into Things Fall Apart (#9)

 

I also found some books to fill in my missing categories...

  1. A book published posthumously - Beren and Lúthien (Read)
  2. A book of true crime – Killers of the Flower Moon
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) - The Dragon Reborn (Read)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person - Touching Evil Vol. 1, written and illustrated by Dan Dougherty
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) – Life of Pi
  6. A book about nature – Life of Pi or The Book Of Simple Delights (if I can find it)
  7. A western – Killers of the Flower Moon
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color - Runaways Vol. 1, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa 
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color - Let's talk about love, by Claire Kann
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – A Spell for Chameleon
  12. A celebrity memoir – Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris (Read)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection - Song of Solomon (Read)
  14. A book of social science – Body Positive Power (Read)
  15. A one-sitting book – Make Good Art or The Picture of Dorian Gray
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – The Armored Saint
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: Bone Crossed (Read)
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Touching Evil Vol. 1 (published by Beardo Comics) 
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation – Britt-Marie Was Here
  20.  A book with a cover you hate - The Dragon Reborn (Read)
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author - The Last Place You Look 
  22. An essay anthology - Nasty women, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – Britt-Marie Was Here
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) – I think I finished all my assigned books no matter how much I hated them…

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Thanks to Scalyfreak's powers of persuasion, I will be joining the challenge! Since I just found out about it, I will be plugging in books I have already read this year (only 2018 books!) to fill in some of the categories. Sadly, a lot of the books I've read this year didn't fit, but that just means I've got a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year.

 

1. A Book Published Posthumously: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (Read)

2. A Book of True Crime: Killers of the Flower Moon (Read)

3. A Classic of Genre Fiction: A Wrinkle in Time (Read)

4. A Comic Written and Illustrated by the Same Person: Ghost World (Read)

5. A Book Set in or About One of the Five BRICS Countries: The Bonesetter's Daughter

6. A Book About Nature: Edible Wild Plants (Read)

7. A Western: Killers of the Flower Moon (Read)

8. A Comic Written or Illustrated by a Person of Color: Monstress - Vol. 1

9. A Book of Colonial or Post-Colonial Literature: Heart of Darkness (Read)

10. A Romance Novel by or About a Person of Color: Agnes Moor's Wild Knight

11. A Children's Classic Published before 1980: A Wrinkle in Time (Read)

12. A Celebrity Memoir: Wishful Drinking

13. An Oprah Book Club Selection: Love in the Time of Cholera (Read)

14. A Book of Social Science: Heart Berries: A Memoir (Read)

15. A One-Sitting Book: My Very End of the Universe (Read)

16. The First Book in a New-to-you YA or Middle Grade Series: The Armored Saint (Read)

17. A Sci-Fi Novel with a Female Protagonist by a Female Author: The Ages of Chaos (Read)

18. A Comic that isn't Published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Magekiller (Read)

19. A Book of Genre Fiction in Translation: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Read)

20. A Book With a Cover You Hate: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy (Read)

21. A Mystery by a Person of Color or LGBTQ+ Author: The Unquiet Dead

22. An Essay Anthology: Radical Hope

23. A Book with a Female Protagonist over the Age of 60: Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun

24. An Assigned Book You Hated (Or Never Finished): The Orphan's Tale (Read)

 

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5 hours ago, CourtnieMarie said:

welcome! how'd you like the armored saint? i had it on my list then re-read the description and decided i didn't want to read it haha! i switched out the book for that category to The Knife of Never Letting Go

 

Thanks! OMG, I LOVED it. I loved it so hard. It was not at all what I was expecting, and I read it in one sitting on a day off. I literally couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

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Joining halfway through the year, and therefore also counting the books I've read so far (the ones that count) - and am ok with one book counting for more than one category:

 

  • A book published posthumously:
  • A book of true crime
  • A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance):
  • A comic written and illustrated by the same person: The Prince and the Dressmaker (graphic novel and comic are interchangeable, yes? :P )
  • A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa):
  • A book about nature: Last Child in the Woods
  • A western
  • A comic written or illustrated by a person of color: Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (Part 2)
  • A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  • A romance novel by or about a person of color
  • A children’s classic published before 1980
  • A celebrity memoir
  • An Oprah Book Club selection
  • A book of social science
  • A one-sitting book: The Prince and the Dressmaker
  • The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series: First Test (Protector of the Small Quartet)
  • A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
  • A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (Part 2)
  • A book of genre fiction in translation
  • A book with a cover you hate
  • A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  • An essay anthology: The Geek Feminist Revolution
  • A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  • An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Umm... not sure if this means I'm doing it wrong, but all these books are firmly within my comfort zone.

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nope! just means you have a varied taste. i just finished the picture of dorian gray which was (surprisingly) out of my comfort zone. i loved the importance of being earnest and did not expect what I got with Dorian.

 

here are my updates!

  1. A book published posthumously - Beren and Lúthien (Read)
  2. A book of true crime – Killers of the Flower Moon
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) - The Dragon Reborn (Read)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person - Touching Evil Vol. 1, written and illustrated by Dan Dougherty
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) – Life of Pi (Read)
  6. A book about nature – Life of Pi (Read) or The Book Of Simple Delights (if I can find it)
  7. A western – Killers of the Flower Moon
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color - Runaways Vol. 1, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa 
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Read)
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color - Let's talk about love, by Claire Kann
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – A Spell for Chameleon or The Neverending Story
  12. A celebrity memoir – Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris (Read)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection - Song of Solomon (Read)
  14. A book of social science – Body Positive Power (Read)
  15. A one-sitting book – The Picture of Dorian Gray (Read)
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – The Knife of Never Letting Go (Read)
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: Bone Crossed (Read)
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Touching Evil Vol. 1 (published by Beardo Comics) 
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation – The Neverending Story
  20. A book with a cover you hate - The Dragon Reborn (Read)
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author - The Last Place You Look 
  22. An essay anthology - Nasty women, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding (Reading)
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – Britt-Marie Was Here
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)
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On 6/27/2018 at 12:32 PM, turtleduck said:

Umm... not sure if this means I'm doing it wrong, but all these books are firmly within my comfort zone.

 

There is nothing wrong with a large comfort zone. If there was, there wouldn't be a challenge about expanding on it. :) 

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On 4/29/2018 at 5:13 PM, Gemma said:

For the "book of true crime" task - this just popped up in my Goodreads feed. I'm strangely intrigued. 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36978075-conan-doyle-for-the-defense

 

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I'm please to report I just collected this from my local library, and will start reading it this afternoon. The cover is much better looking in person.

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2 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

 

I'm please to report I just collected this from my local library, and will start reading it this afternoon. The cover is much better looking in person.

 

Synchronicity 'r' us - my library just informed me that they have checked out the e-book to me - I will start reading it probably tomorrow as my current e-book is a quickie read. 

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4 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

 

There is nothing wrong with a large comfort zone. If there was, there wouldn't be a challenge about expanding on it. :) 

I guess so : ) maybe it's also that I've started with books I read this year before discovering this challenge, and then read books I had at home but hadn't read yet, an am therefore reading books of least resistance first - maybe it'll get tougher when I have to choose a romance novel and a western, etc.

But also, is it "cheating" if,  within a genre, I choose a book that I think I'm more likely to enjoy  than others in that genre (like when I saw Neil Patrick Harris as someone's celebrity (auto)biography  pick - I bet I would love it, so maybe that's too easy a choice, and I should try harder by picking the autobiography of a celeb I dislike or have no feelings about either way)?

I mean, I know everyone will have their own answer to this - just musing on the "harder" in this Read Harder Challenge.

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1 minute ago, turtleduck said:

 

But also, is it "cheating" if,  within a genre, I choose a book that I think I'm more likely to enjoy  than others in that genre (like when I saw Neil Patrick Harris as someone's celebrity (auto)biography  pick - I bet I would love it, so maybe that's too easy a choice, and I should try harder by picking the autobiography of a celeb I dislike or have no feelings about either way)?

 

No such thing as cheating, as long as the effort is genuine.

 

I've never understood why so many people seem to equate "get out of your comfort zone" with "do something really unpleasant that you don't actually want to do".

 

For example, if let's say someone has a fear of heights. That person wants to try and get out of their comfort zone a little bit and face that fear, in the hopes of overcoming some of it. Would you recommend bungee jumping or sky diving? Or would you recommend travelling to the top of a tall mountain somewhere, where this person can watch the Perseid meteor shower without any light pollution from large cities nearby (something you know this person would love to do), while enjoying a beautiful vista from up high?

 

Staying firmly inside our comfort zones makes our worlds very small, but if leaving that small world isn't pleasant and rewarding in some way, we would all eventually stop trying. 

 

The point of this challenge is not to read books you don't expect to enjoy. It's to give a fair chance to books it would never occur to you try to read, if this challenge hadn't suggested them to you.

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6 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

It still has the new book smell. It's the first I've ever found that in a library book... and the book itself is very interesting so far. :) 

 

i am two thirds into the book, it's midnight, and I am incapable of putting this down. 

 

Thank you, @Gemma :) 

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On 7/1/2018 at 12:24 AM, scalyfreak said:

The point of this challenge is not to read books you don't expect to enjoy. It's to give a fair chance to books it would never occur to you try to read, if this challenge hadn't suggested them to you.

 

I guess I do have to try harder, then, because most of the categories are ones that I am interested in - so it has occurred to me to read books from them (ok except romance novels and westerns - unless space westerns count). All of the books I've read for this so far are ones I would have read - eventually - even if I hadn't found out about the challenge. So in order to get added value from it, I will need to choose books that I don't already have an interest in reading, which means I feel neutral/apprehensive about them. I'm not talking about choosing something I think will be a slog - I'm not going to give precious time to authors whose views I find morally repulsive or anything - but if the category is celebrity memoir, and there are a bunch of people whose memoirs look interesting enough that I'd read them challenge or no (authors, actors, scientists), then "expanding" would only happen for me if I chose another celebrity memoir (by an Olympic athlete, say, or a country singer). I wouldn't particularly expect them to be thrilling, but I don't doubt that I would learn things from them and be glad I read them.

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Have finished another two:

 

Britt-Marie Was Here, for A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

 

Discount Armageddon, for A book with a cover you hate

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I... don't hate the cover anymore. It's not great, but I'm used to it.

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I'm really freaking anxious to get Britt-Marie was Here! still on hold for it from the library.

 

here's my updates from last time! a few changes and more books read :D 

  1. A book published posthumously - Beren and Lúthien (Read)
  2. A book of true crime – Killers of the Flower Moon (Read)
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) - The Dragon Reborn (Read)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person - Touching Evil Vol. 1, written and illustrated by Dan Dougherty
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) – Life of Pi (Read)
  6. A book about nature – Silent Spring (Reading)
  7. A westernKillers of the Flower Moon (Read) or Twelve Years a Slave or True Grit
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color - Runaways Vol. 2, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa 
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Read)
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color - The Burning Sky (Reading)
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – A Spell for Chameleon or The Neverending Story or A Wrinkle in Time
  12. A celebrity memoir – Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris (Read)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection - Song of Solomon (Read)
  14. A book of social science – Body Positive Power (Read)
  15. A one-sitting book – The Picture of Dorian Gray (Read)
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – The Knife of Never Letting Go (Read)
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: Bone Crossed (Read)
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Touching Evil Vol. 1 (published by Beardo Comics) 
  19. A book of genre fiction in translationThe Neverending Story
  20. A book with a cover you hate - The Dragon Reborn (Read)
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author - The Last Place You Look or A Study in Scarlet Women
  22. An essay anthology - Nasty women, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding (Read)
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60Britt-Marie Was Here
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) – Not sure what to do here

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