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NaNoWriMo

I found out about this fantastic initiative last November. Unfortunately I found out after the month began so I decided not to partake in this most awesome of projects. This year however I’ll be so on-board.

Expect 50,000 of EPIC novel crap from moi.

I can’t hardly wait!

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Reviving the Lit Nerd Within

I am using my Library Thing Account again ( you can get to my profile via the widget in my blog’s side bar). I recently added books I borrowed from the San Juan Library. Don’t underestimate the public library folks. I’m trying to read more.

This time I’m sticking with West Indian authors, more specifically Trinidadian ones. A Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace, and A Hot Country by Shiva Naipaul.

I’ve also discovered this BBC series which features authors selects the books they feel best reflect their countries of birth. It’s called Read My Country. I would love to see who they’d pick for Trinidad and Tobago, even if it is V.S. Naipaul.

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BBC Booklist or How do my Reading Habits Rate?

Of course I got this as a note on Facebook with the following instructions: the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Well after some checking, I don’t think the BBC originated this thing at all.  Plus some of these books I have no intention of reading; hellooo Dan Brown.

But just for fun, here’s how my reading habits stack-up.

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3 Books in January

Ok I read 3 books so far. In order of ingestion they were: Love In a Time of Cholera, Fahrenheit 451, and Sister Sister.

I started Henry James Portrait of a Lady, but got sidetracked having to spend more than an hour waiting for my hairdresser to attend to my crowning glory. In other words I went Ishmel and Khans and Sons, bought Eric Jerome Dickey’s Sister Sister and didn’t put it down until it was done, give or take, sleep, food and work commitments.

Now I’m free to return to my darling Henry. I’m one book short, but I think I still did well.

50 Books in 2009: January Update

Ok I finished “Love in a Time of Cholera,” liked it.

And Fahrenheit 451, liked it a little less, but valued it a little more.

Now I’m making my way through “Portrait of a Lady”  by Henry James, which should be good.

Stay tuned for my reviews of the books I read.

About My 50 Books in One Year Reading Challenge

I’m actually concerned about books like The Chrysalids and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, both are on my reading list. My concerns with the former; I’m not a big Science Fiction lover, and with the latter; I’ve tried reading it, twice. I just don’t relate to her depression, or something.

Also I’m not entertaining Tom Jones until I’ve trained my reading muscles. The book is fun (I started it), but it’s soo long. So Atlas Shrugged will get the same treatment, that and I’m not sure I’m into Ayn Rand’s Objectivisim.

I’m also partial to fiction, so biographies may be out.

But all isn’t lost. I re-read Perfectly Correct in one day (26 Dec ’08). So I’m trying to condition my reading muscles. So tomorrow I should finish Inheritance of Lost, and re-read Memoirs of a Geshia. I’d started Fahrenheit 451, but I think I should save it for the challenge.

I’m looking forward to Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence because The House of Mirth is one of my favourite books. I’m similarly excited to read The Portrait of a Lady, because Henry James’ style has been compared to Wharton’s. I’ve read Daisy Miller, and enjoyed it.

All in all, I think I’m really looking forward to this challenge. I actually can’t wait for 2009.

On the 50 Books Challenge:

I’ll start with “Love in a Time of Cholera”. Considering these days I trying not to write another Zimbabwe/Cholera/ Mugabe story in the news, I think it’s a fitting start.
So come New Year’s I’ll be reading that.