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"Read 25 Books by the End of the Year" Challenge

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by George, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Necross

    Necross Active Member

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    Just finished reading The Ultramarathon Man. Amazing and inspirational!

    Updated list is as follows:

    1) Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
    2) Sunshine by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
    3) The Ultramarathon man by Dean Karnases

    Currently Reading: The God Delusion
     
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    Finished reading "The Tale of Troika", now reading the sequel, "The Tale of Troika 2" (133 pages).
     
  3. guava

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    The theme of this book was mystery, patience, uncertainty, acceptance, and growth, and Peck examined it well. I think I have read in the past The Road Less Travelled, but based on what I learned in this book, I think I would get something new out of it if I read it again.

    To continue the theme, I'm reading There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell by Laurie Notaro, and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle.
     
  4. Sent

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    I've gotten through 8 books so far :cry:
     
  5. Necross

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    Finished reading Firstborn by Arthur C. Clarke yesterday, thus me finishing the Time Odyssey.

    Updated list is as follows:

    1) Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
    2) Sunshine by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
    3) The Ultramarathon man by Dean Karnases
    4) Firstborn Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

    Currently Reading: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and A Brave New World by Adolus Huxley :read:
     
  6. Nowhereman

    Nowhereman Well-Known Member

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book numerous
     times. I really enjoyed the villans Croup and Vandemar. Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    
    I'm working on a couple of titles at the same time right now. Next book I finish will probably a children's book.
     
  7. MannishBoy

    MannishBoy Senior Member

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    Speaking of Neverwhere, it's available free to read either online or in a downloadable PDF here.
     
  8. Nowhereman

    Nowhereman Well-Known Member

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book numerous
     times. I really enjoyed the villans Croup and Vandemar. Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    5) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/13-Clocks-James-Thurber/dp/1590172752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221529771&sr=8-1"]The 13 Clocks[/URL]
          A cute story. Fun to read, it has a very rhytmical tone to it. I
     think it would make a great read aloud for kids. Quick read.
    
     
  9. George

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    I just finished up A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It's a lot of information from many different scientific disciplines presented in a simple and entertaining manner. I highly recommend it. :)

    ---

    Since the start of the semester I've transitioned mostly to audiobooks. I spend about 4 hours a week walking to/from class and several hours more waiting for classes to start. They are a great resource. :tucool:
     
  10. Nowhereman

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    I was going to pick up that book last month but I read the negative reviews on it. I know it's gotten some great ones but I always focus on the bad one first. That and it was 2 points on audible, I'll probably give it a shot later.


    I've been walking around with my MP3 player at work, during my conference time and after school. Everyone comments that I'm jamming to music but I tell them that I'm listening to a book. They look at me like I'm a freak of nature. Who would of thought, a teacher who wants to learn more. :confused: I would tell them that I listen to music but they laugh at me too since I'm the only one on my campus who listens to indie rock. I'm a weirdo either way.
     
  11. George

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    The only problem in my opinion is that there are a few errors. For 560 pages I think it does pretty well.
     
  12. Nowhereman

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    Guava, I'm not sure if you'll like it but a my course director's friend wrote this book Looks. Seems interesting.
     
  13. guava

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    Very cool. I think I read more adolescent fiction than adult fiction. Must be a sign that I'm stuck somewhere. :whistle:

    The three nearest libraries don't have it, but I'm going to add it to my list to keep my eyes open for at discount book stores.

    Ditto with 13 Clocks and A Short History. :tu:

    Love this thread. :spaz:
     
  14. Nowhereman

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    Yeah, I wasn't sure about Short History, but after George read it well...I do to.
     
  15. Nowhereman

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book 
    numerous times. I really enjoyed the villains Croup and Vandemar. 
    Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    5) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/13-Clocks-James-Thurber/dp/1590172752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221529771&sr=8-1"]The 13 Clocks[/URL]
          A cute story. Fun to read, it has a very rhythmical tone to it. I
     think it would make a great read aloud for kids. Quick read.
     
    6) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Curse-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101480/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221988657&sr=8-1"]The Titan's Curse[/URL]
          I enjoy this series. Mythology set in present, and made acessible
     to kids. They're making the first one into a movie but I wonder how good 
    it will be. a lot of the humor and charm comes from Percy's , the protagonist, 
    thinking on what's going on. Inner monologues work well in books
    but kind of stink in movies.
    
     
  16. guava

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    List of completed books
    1. Pigtopia - Kitty Fitzgerald
    2. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
    3. Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap (Non-fiction)
    4. A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
    5. The Dying Animal - Philip Roth
    6. Paula Spencer - Roddy Doyle
    7. 100 beaded Jewelry Designs - Stephanie Burnham
    8. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (Adapted to Graphic novel by Peter Kuper)
    9. Was it Beautiful? - Alison McGhee
    10. Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neill
    11. The Asiatics - Frederic Prokosch
    12. The First 20 Million is Always the Hardest - Po Bronson
    13. Upgrading - Simon Brooke
    14. The Way Life Should be - Christina Baker Kline
    15. Miss Misery -Andy Greenwald
    16. Eleanor and Abel - Annette Sanford
    17. How We Die by - Sherwin B. Nulan
    18. Alternate Beauty - Andrea Rains Waggener
    19. Lizard - Banana Yoshimoto
    20. The Flirt - Kathleen Tessaro
    21. In Heaven As On Earth by - M. Scott Peck
    22. There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell - Laurie Notaro
    23. One Red Paperclip - Kyle MacDonald
    One red paperclip was very very cute. It was so lighthearted and entertaining that I finished it in a single day. They've made it into a movie. If you liked the movie "My Date With Drew" you'll like this book, because it's about a regular guy, with no special talents, who succeeds. Kyle started out with a paperclip, and traded it for a house, in just one year, and only 14 trades.

    He succeeds because:
    a) he's not afraid to dream big
    b) he believes in his dream and communicates it well
    c) he understands the basics of getting what you want by giving other people what they want
    d) he makes people feel good about themselves, which makes them want to help him.
    e) he's not afraid to embarrass himself, and would rather try and fail than not try at all

    Some of Kyle's words of wisdom: "If you only look at the obvious, you'll never see everything else. And there's a whole lot of everything else. Everything else is a lot of stuff. You might find something in the sidebars that's more interesting to you than what you saw before. It's all there. There are sentences with six words. Sentences with four words. And sometimes, if you're really lucky, you'll find sentences with nineteen words and an extra period at the end.." :lol:

    Almost done A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. It's a fabulous book, but I don't want to read it too fast, because it takes a while to sink in. It is centred on how to separate ourselves from the ego, and live in the present without judgment of the past or the future (whether for ourselves or towards others)
     
  17. Nowhereman

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book 
    numerous times. I really enjoyed the villains Croup and Vandemar. 
    Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    5) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/13-Clocks-James-Thurber/dp/1590172752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221529771&sr=8-1"]The 13 Clocks[/URL]
          A cute story. Fun to read, it has a very rhythmical tone to it. I
     think it would make a great read aloud for kids. Quick read.
     
    6) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Curse-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101480/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221988657&sr=8-1"]The Titan's Curse[/URL]
          I enjoy this series. Mythology set in present, and made accessible
     to kids. They're making the first one into a movie but I wonder how good 
    it will be. a lot of the humor and charm comes from Percy's , the protagonist, 
    thinking on what's going on. Inner monologues work well in books
    but kind of stink in movies.
     
    7) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Labyrinth-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101464/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223160467&sr=8-1"]The Battle of the Labyrinth[/URL]
          The next part, after the Titan's Curse, in the Percy Jackson
    and the Olympians series. My favorite part is when they get to the 
    riddle asking Sphinx and she doesn't use the same riddle shes used
    in the old mythology. Instead she busts out with a answer document
    and asks random trivia. They go on to break her grading machine
    and she yells:
     
    "My grading machine...I can't be exemplary without my test scores!"
     
    Being a teacher I find this funny since this is the type of tests
    states are forcing students to take. One of the characters refuses
    to answer the Sphinx's question because it would insult her intelligence. 
    
    Man, I'd better hurry and or I'm not going to get those 25 books done on time.
     
  18. Necross

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    Just finished the God Delusion. I thoroughly enjoyed that book and will be buying a copy when I start my book collection. :tucool: The updated list is as follows

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    1) Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
    2) Sunshine by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
    3) The Ultramarathon man by Dean Karnases
    4) Firstborn Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter 
    5) The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
    
    
    Currently reading "Brave new World" by Adolus Huxley and I also started "The Millennial Project" by Marshall Savage. :read:
     
  19. guava

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    List of completed books
    1. Pigtopia - Kitty Fitzgerald
    2. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
    3. Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap (Non-fiction)
    4. A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
    5. The Dying Animal - Philip Roth
    6. Paula Spencer - Roddy Doyle
    7. 100 beaded Jewelry Designs - Stephanie Burnham
    8. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (Adapted to Graphic novel by Peter Kuper)
    9. Was it Beautiful? - Alison McGhee
    10. Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neill
    11. The Asiatics - Frederic Prokosch
    12. The First 20 Million is Always the Hardest - Po Bronson
    13. Upgrading - Simon Brooke
    14. The Way Life Should be - Christina Baker Kline
    15. Miss Misery -Andy Greenwald
    16. Eleanor and Abel - Annette Sanford
    17. How We Die by - Sherwin B. Nulan
    18. Alternate Beauty - Andrea Rains Waggener
    19. Lizard - Banana Yoshimoto
    20. The Flirt - Kathleen Tessaro
    21. In Heaven As On Earth by - M. Scott Peck
    22. There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell - Laurie Notaro
    23. One Red Paperclip - Kyle MacDonald
    24. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose - Eckhart Tolle.
    25. Little Girls In Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters - Joan Ryan

    Little Girls makes a good case for how elite athleticism is anything but the best thing to encourage a child to pursue. The frequency and severity of injuries is enormous, and the abuses to which an athlete will subject herself to in order to maintain her elite status (competing with fractures, etc.) is bordering on pathological. The skills required by gymnasts and figure skaters are such that the competitor must be tiny, which frequently leads to eating disorders and habits which stunt a participants later growth and reproductive capabilities. It might have been nicer to read a more balanced viewpoint, but not as many things would have been uncovered that way. I feel the need to read a book more focused on extreme athletic success to get a better perspectives on the benefits as opposed to the downfalls.

    I guess I'm done :blank: Do I win? :spaz:

    Now reading

    The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible - A. J. Jacobs

    :tucool: I'm glad I picked this one up. It is a journey of learning about and experimenting with a particular spritual persuasion. Jacobs is not a religious man, which makes this book all that much more interesting. It's refreshing how tolerant he is in changing his habits and trusting others.
     
  20. Nowhereman

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    Whoo! Congrats. I'll tell you what I tell my kids. You get the satisfaction of a job well done:tu:
     

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