Aug 8, 2008

Hopeless? Me?

So, I caved and decided to join Joanna's New Classics Challenge. The goal is to read 6 books from the much discussed EW list of 100 new classics between the 1st of August and the 31st of January. My excuse? I was already planning on reading most of these this year anyway. In fact, I'm about to start one of them, and I have two others here with me. Here are my picks:
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Fun Home by Allison Bechdel
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Joanna is also asking participants to copy the list and cross out/bold the books they've read. I did that over at Book Blogs a while ago: here.

In other news, I'm leaving for a trip to the Cabo Frio/B├║zios area early tomorrow, and so I'll be away from the computer until the 16th. I'm not much of a beach goer, but I do love the sea. And since it's winter here, the beaches will be mostly empty, which means we can go for quiet walks and on boat rides along the shore. Apparently spotting turtles and dolphins is quite easy, and there are even whales in the area at this time of the year. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to see some.

Since I was getting way behind on reviews, I spent some time today catching up. So if nothing goes wrong, my thoughts on Treasure Island, The Book that Changed My Life and When the Emperor was Divine (my first read for the Japanese Literature challenge) will go up automatically while I'm away.

Have a lovely week, everyone. Enjoy the rest of your summer and read lots of great books. See you on the 16th!


  1. Must not join. Must not join. Must not join. (Will probably join.)

    Sounds like it's going to be a wonderful trip! I'm definitely not much of a beach person either...hate swimming, hate crowds. But I do love the beauty and nature, so your jaunt sounds heavenly! Hope you have a fabulous time!

  2. Such fun! I am looking forward to your reviews and hope you have a great time seeing the sea beasties!

  3. I'm like you, not a beach person but love the sea. Have a great time!

  4. I am trying to resist any more challenges, but good luck with it. Have a great time away and will look forward to your reviews in the meantime.

  5. Oh, what's another challenge? :) I am trying not to join anymore so I can have a little bit of free time in December to read whatever I feel like (unless something goes awfully awry with my current challenges!). Have you still not read The Handmaid's Tale? Silly girl--get to it! :P

    I hope you have a great time on your trip. The picture does look beautiful--the cactus remind me a little of Aruba (except it is a little greener in your picture than Aruba was). Is the winter more moderate where you are? It was pretty chilly in Argentina, but we were also a lot further south. Definitely a big difference, though from our current summer!

  6. Oh it sounds like you'll have a lot of fun on your trip! I love the beach, not for swimming so much but just sitting out in the sun and enjoying the heat.

  7. Such great choices for the challenge! I love The Road, The Giver, Handmaid's Tale, and Practical Magic, and I have the other two on my TBR.

    Have a great time at the shore! I'm envious!

  8. Too much is never enough, no? You have some great choices. Alice Hoffman is a wonderful magic realist writer. If you like Practical Magic, try reading Ice Queen or maybe her young adult books, Indigo and Green Angel. :]

    "Yay!" for more Atwood! Get ready for some interesting writing.

    Even though I'm not so crazy about it myself, I find walking on the beach soothes one's nerves. Have a wonderful time. :]

  9. Have a wonderful trip!!

    Both The Giver and The Handmaid's Tale are fantastic books. I haven't read the rest yet, but I will someday!! I've been trying to hold out on joining more challenges. We'll see how long it lasts!

  10. enjoy your vacation,sounds terrific. this photo reminds me of many places on the riviera, i do like the sea, not the crowds so.
    have fun nymeth =)

  11. Can't wait to hear what you thought of The Giver and Practical Magic!

  12. It is a tempting challenge, that's for sure! So many of the books on the list are ones I want to read as well. I hope you have a wonderful time, Nymeth. I look forward to reading your reviews!

  13. Yeah, you're hopeless ;) But so am I, so I won't give you a hard time about it, lol. The beach looks beautiful! Hope you have a great time and see some cool marine life!

  14. The Handmaid's Tale is probably one of the greatest books I've ever read - loved it. And I've long wanted to read Practical Magic. Looking forward to your reviews!

    And have fun!

  15. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Handmaid's Tale! I'm looking forward to reading that book soon!

    I love the pic. The place is beautiful! Have fun! :)

  16. Another challenge? My goodness.

    Have fun at the beach, and keep your eyes out for dolphins and whales. And turtles too. I would love to see them. :)

  17. So glad you caved!! :-)

    The Giver and Practical Magic are both fantastic, I think you'll love them!

    Have a great trip!

  18. So tempted by that challenge too! Good for you for giving it a go.

    Hope you have a fantastic time at Cabo Frio. It looks beautiful. I don't consider myself much of a beach goer either but I haven't been to the beach in years and would love to go. A good book and the sound of waves is a wonderful way to spend the summer :) Hope you have so much fun!

  19. Debi: lol, I love your "will probably join" :P I did have a great time, thanks :)

    Daphne and tanabata, thanks!

    Rhinoa: I've been trying too, without much success so far :P

    Trish: I plan on picking it up as soon as I finish my current book. And it will also count as the extra book for the classics challenge. Two birds with one stone :P The winter here is really mild. The temperature is what I think of as late spring temperature, and it's almost always sunny.

    Kim: I'm the opposite: I love swimming, but I'm not very fond of the sun. It helps that I burn too easily, so I have to be really careful or else I end up looking like a shrimp even though I always use sunscreen.

    Andi: I read the first two this week and I loooved them. Can't wait to read the others.

    Orchidus: I read The Ice Queen earlier this year and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to read more of her work. I suspect that she could become a favourite of mine. You're not the first to recommend Green Angel to me. I'm going to have to look for that one.

    Madeleine: Thanks! I'm not so fond of crowds either. Fortunately the beaches were mostly empty and I could enjoy some peace and quiet.

    Tasses: I loved The Giver. I'll post about it in more detail at some point next week.

    Literary Feline: Thanks! And yeah, it proved much too tempting for me :P

    Chris: I take comfort in the fact that I'm not the only hopeless one :P And thanks!

    Kate: The Handmaid's Tale is one I've been meaning to get to for years. I'm really looking forward to it. It's been recommended to me many times and I'm pretty sure I will enjoy it.

    Melody: I'm glad I'm not the only person on earth who hasn't read it yet :P And thank you :)

    Dark Orpheus: Don't make me feel even more hopeless :P I had no luck with dolphins or whales, but I did see turtles! And penguins! I'll post pictures soon.

    Joanna: Thanks! And thanks for hosting :)

    Iliana: I wonder if you'll end up caving too :P And yes, there's nothing like a book and the sound of relaxing :)


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