Dec 27, 2007

Just Two More...

It's been so long since I decided in my head to join Dewey's Booker Challenge that I actually forgot I hadn't yet posted my official list. It might seem crazy to join another challenge when I've been complaining about how many I've joined for 2008 already, but you see, as I had already decided to join this one, I was already counting it when I complained. I hope that makes sense outside my head. Anyway, here's what I'll be reading:
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (also for the Book Awards reading challenge)
  • In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

The second thing I'm joining is not quite a challenge - it's Carl's Sci-Fi Experience. There are no commitments and no pressure. The goal is to, during the months of January and February, read as many science fiction books or short stories as one can manage, or feels like, or to simply read the participant's reviews and participate in the discussions.

I am not a big reader of science fiction, but I absolutely love fantasy, its "twin genre", so I really want to give science fiction a try. I'm not going to make a list of what I'm going to read - not even a list of ideas or possibilities, because every time I make a list I feel somehow obliged to follow it. What I'll do is just walk to the library, go to the science fiction section, and see what catches my fancy. My choices will depend on what I find there, because I am absolutely forbidding myself from buying books in January and February - I cannot add to the pile of books to bring when I come back here for good at the end of February.

Anyway, the library has a pretty big Sci-Fi section, so I'm sure I'll find something good. A book I'd like to read is Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. There's also Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, which I have to read before June for the Book Awards Reading Challenge anyway. Other than that, we'll see what I find, and how much time I have. I don't think January and February will be very good reading months, but I should manage a book or two, and there are always short stories to be read online at places like Strange Horizons.


  1. Naipaul's In A Free State is excellent! I read it about 5 years ago and it's really a great book. Of course I'm glad to see you're considering Ender's Game :p and I'd be really interested to see what you think of Speaker for the Dead seeing as you're from Portugal and you could give us a run-down on how good of a job Card did with his Portuguese culture facts and language!

  2. I am reading a few Booker Prize winners next year so will see if I have enough to qualify for the challenge. I would love to do the Sci-Fi one as well but I just don't think I can squeeze in any more challenges that I don't have any cross overs for at the moment sadly. Hopefully Once Upon a Time will run again next year as well as RIP. The only possibility will be short stories if I can find any hanging around the house.

  3. Yes that made sense outside your head as well! LOL! I'd like to do the Booker Challenge but I'm not sure I can fit it in. I'm going to wait and see. Good luck with all of your challenges and with the not buying any books!

  4. Darn. I have been hoping to read "Midnight's Children" for the longest time - trying to complete his trio of "Shame", "Midnight's Children" and "Satanic Verses".

    I'm reshuffling some of my readings for the Sci-Fi Experience. I'll probably only read one Sci-Fi book though, at the speed I read. Good luck with "Ender's Game" - I read it a long time ago, and the ending was just heartbreaking.

  5. Glad you're joining in 'the experience'. I look forward to seeing what your library trips unearth!

  6. I haven't had a lot of luck with the Booker's I've read. That's probably the only reason I didn't join this challenge. I started Midnight's Children a year or so ago, and although I was enjoying it, it was a touch read and I put it down. One of these days, I hope to get back to it.

    Sci-Fi is such a cool genre. I'm fairly new to it, and hope to get some good reading in!

  7. I'm looking forward to Carl's Sci-Fi Experience. It's pretty much new territory to me. As always, I really look forward to your reviews!

  8. I didn't participate in any challenges in 2007. So far I am signed up for 3 in 2008, and have had my posts to join the Booker and Pulitzer challenges in draft for months now!

    I don't read Sci-fi at all, so have signed up on the Sci-fi challenge for something pretty much new to me!

  9. I think I'll wait for Carl's Once Upon a time Challenge lol.. I have to stop buying for the next two months too !! my wish list will be so far out of control it isn't funny!!

    you'd better start shipping your books home early! heh..that should be fun..not!

  10. Chris: I'm glad to hear you liked In a Free State! I remember reading somewhere that Orson Scott Card spend some time in Brazil, and that some of his inspiration for Speaker of the Dead came more from there than from Portugal. But it'll still be very interesting for me, and I can always check any facts I'm not sure of with my boyfriend!

    Rhinoa: Carl said there will be a Once Upon a Time II and a RIP III. I am really looking forward to those, even though I am not supposed to join more challenges. But hopefully by then I'll have finished some, and there are books on my other challenge lists that would qualify. And yeah, with sci-fi I want to read short stories too... it's great that there are so many available online.

    Tanabata: I'm glad to hear that it did. I will definitely need luck with not buying any books :P

    Dark Orpheus: I really want to read Satanic Verses as well. I look forward to seeing what you'll read for the Sci-Fi Experience!

    Carl: Thank you for coming up with "the experience". You always have the coolest ideas!

    Stephanie: I've actually been really luck with the Booker Prize winners that I've read... I loved every one of them! I can only hope that my luck continues with my choices for the challenge. I am new to Sci-Fi too, which makes me even more excited about the experience!

    Debi: It's new territory for a lot of us, and like I told Stephanie that makes things even more exciting! And thank you - I look forward to yours as well!

    Marg: It was only in 2007 that I discovered challenges, and I'm afraid I have a series addiction. It will be fun to explore a new genre with the sci-fi experience. I'm really not sure why I haven't read much of it before... but it's time to change that.

    Deslily: It turns out that my parents will be visiting me in England for a weekend in late January... they found a cheap flight. And since they don't need to bring much luggage for only a weekend, when they come back they are bringing my books. They get to visit England and I get my problem solved... two birds with one stone, and everyone will be happy :P

  11. So glad you'll be joining us! I didn't realize Schindler's List would count. I have that on TBR Mountain and might use it as an alternate.


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