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NewCrunchyDaddy's Avatar NewCrunchyDaddy 06:36 AM 01-01-2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY ::::
(2008 get it?)

It's a new year ... it's a new challenge.

Rules stay the same:

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Originally Posted by MamaBug View Post
So the rules are the same, keep a tally, set a goal or just come and let us know what your reading and if you liked it, a synopsis is nice as well.

I did 88 in 2007, 12 short of my goal. Let's see if I can do 100 in 2008?

And with that, off we are into the new year!

Bufomander's Avatar Bufomander 04:44 PM 01-01-2008
It's weird to be back at #1, isn't it?

#1 Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope by Brian D. McLaren

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...invites us to imagine what would happen
  • if people of faith moved beyond political polarization and a few hot-button issues to the deeper questions nobody is asking.
  • if the world's leading nations spent less on weapons and more on peace-making, poverty-alleviation, and creation-care.
  • if a renewed understanding of Jesus and his message sparked a profound spiritual awakening in a global movement of faith, hope, and love.
  • if we believed that God's will really could be done on earth and not just in heaven.
Good stuff. In some ways, it's all so obvious, but it's really not being said in many circles...
BookGoddess's Avatar BookGoddess 05:26 PM 01-01-2008
I think a 100 or even 88 is definitely too ambitious for me. I'm going to read a minimum of 30 books.

#1 is

Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason - a cat burglar remembers his daring robberies of the rich (Phyllis Diller, Armand Hammer). Mason is egocentric, blames everyone else for his lack of morals, and is not the least bit ashamed of what he's done. I felt some parts of the book didn't ring true. I would consider this a work of fiction.

I'm going to track down Badge 149 -Shots Fired!, the book written by the police officer who arrested Bill Mason.
cathe's Avatar cathe 05:41 PM 01-01-2008
Hey everybody!
swellmomma's Avatar swellmomma 05:41 PM 01-01-2008
My goal is 100 Considering I currently have 10 out of the library and 1 of my own under way that it will not be too hard. How many of you have several books ont he go at once? I am reading 4 right now, little bits of each depnding on my mood.

#1 is The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
NewCrunchyDaddy's Avatar NewCrunchyDaddy 06:31 PM 01-01-2008
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How many of you have several books ont he go at once? I am reading 4 right now, little bits of each depnding on my mood
I usually do, but that's because I have 4-5 lit classes in my schedule.
Imogen's Avatar Imogen 07:10 PM 01-01-2008
I'm going to aim for 50 books this year too.

On the agenda:

To finish reading Once Upon a Country, A Palestinian Life by Sari Nussiebeh &

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

To Start:

The Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl

The White Family by Maggie Gee

Purple Hibiscus by Adichie

The Earth has a Soul: The Nature Writings of C.G Jung

Add to that: Interventions by Noam Chomsky

Dreams from my Father by Barak Obama
MyLittleWonders's Avatar MyLittleWonders 10:23 PM 01-01-2008
This sounds interesting ... I'll have to read more (about the book challenge), but I think I'll tentatively join.

I have no idea how many books I will read in a year, but I usually have a few going at a time. I'm starting my year with Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, translated by John Rutherford) though. I'm also technically making my way through The History of the Ancient World (Susan Wise Bauer) and finishing up The Underground History of American Education (John Taylor Gatto).
NewCrunchyDaddy's Avatar NewCrunchyDaddy 11:25 PM 01-01-2008
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I'm starting my year with Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, translated by John Rutherford)
One of the 8th graders I work with is reading this (unabridged) for the classical lit unit. He's not the best student (or reader) in the world, so I had a long talk with him about the book and he decided to read it anyway ... and is loving it. It's been years since I've read DQ ... maybe I need to pick it up this year ...
Blooming's Avatar Blooming 11:54 PM 01-01-2008
subbing.

Not sure what my goal will be this year. I'm working away at my own novel. Right now I'm reading the Alchemist again. I'm really enjoying it.
MyLittleWonders's Avatar MyLittleWonders 11:55 PM 01-01-2008
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Originally Posted by NewCrunchyDaddy View Post
One of the 8th graders I work with is reading this (unabridged) for the classical lit unit. He's not the best student (or reader) in the world, so I had a long talk with him about the book and he decided to read it anyway ... and is loving it. It's been years since I've read DQ ... maybe I need to pick it up this year ...
How awesome for him! I have never read it before. : I have no idea how I got through AP English, not to mention college without having to ever read it. Though, it's probably better this way ... I'm *choosing* to read it instead of having it assigned.
MyLittleWonders's Avatar MyLittleWonders 11:55 PM 01-01-2008
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subbing.

Not sure what my goal will be this year. I'm working away at my own novel. Right now I'm reading the Alchemist again. I'm really enjoying it.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Alchemist! Actually, I'm adding it to my list.
Hollysmom's Avatar Hollysmom 12:41 AM 01-02-2008
Hi everyone!

Going to set my goal at 50 again.
milosmomma's Avatar milosmomma 12:58 AM 01-02-2008
Okay, this sounds like it's right up my alley. I've forced myself into gear to read several pregnancy/birth books in the last month, so now I'm actually ready to *gasp* read for enjoyment again!!!

I'm going to set my goal at 50.
Fiestabeth's Avatar Fiestabeth 01:17 AM 01-02-2008
Much lower goal for me this year since I totally blew it last year.

I'm going to go with 18 books for 2008. I'd have to go back to see how many I actually read in 2007 - I think 10, maybe 11.
katiedidbug's Avatar katiedidbug 02:09 AM 01-02-2008
Hey, I'm so excited to have found this thread! Since pregnancy, birth and post-partum, I had a period where all I was reading was non-fiction, and I've been on a fiction kick lately. I'd love to join. I'd like to make my goal for 2008 to be 20 books. It might not seem to big, but I think it'll be a good start for me, and in 2009, I can maybe up it a bit. Right now I'm reading Milk, Money and Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding and Middlesex
swellmomma's Avatar swellmomma 02:11 AM 01-02-2008
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Originally Posted by Blooming View Post
subbing.

Not sure what my goal will be this year. I'm working away at my own novel. Right now I'm reading the Alchemist again. I'm really enjoying it.
I really enoyed the alchemist. I read it in one sitting when I had to spend the day in the hospital back in september
Traci mom23boys's Avatar Traci mom23boys 02:20 AM 01-02-2008
Happy New Year everyone!

It is weird to be back at *#1*

My goal is 50 again, I read 35 last year.

Blessings,
a2mama's Avatar a2mama 02:24 AM 01-02-2008
new here...
I am going to aim for 100. My new plan (beginning tomorrow) is to stay upstairs when I put the kids to bed and do homework, read, write, journal, and (maybe clean). This should give me at least one-two hours nightly.
I plan to focus on non-fiction this year, reading at least 25. I have always used reading as an escape, but now I want to use it as a tool for learning and growing.

#1 Living Simply with Children

#2 The Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler
Fiction
lalaland42 02:37 AM 01-02-2008
I have never counted the number of books I have read before but I'll go for 30 in 2008. Hmm. I don't know what to start with.
snozzberry's Avatar snozzberry 10:42 AM 01-02-2008
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#1 Living Simply with Children
What did you think of that one? I was thinking about reading it, but the Amazon reviews said it was just a very basic introduction to the concept of simple living.
Daffodil's Avatar Daffodil 12:50 PM 01-02-2008
I think I'll join in this year. I've kept a list of all the books I read for the last 15 years, and I see I only read 16 last year. At least, only 16 that "counted." I have rules about which books I include on the list. I didn't consciously come up with these rules, just realized at some point that I had been following them. I don't count children's books (though I've made some exceptions for YA books with adult appeal, like Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy), books read solely for practical advice (how-to, parenting, self-help, etc.), or books I don't completely finish. This year, I think I'll aim for 24 books.
muttix2's Avatar muttix2 02:01 PM 01-02-2008
I'm aiming for 50 books this year. Now let's see if I can actually keep up with this thread this time
BurtsGirl's Avatar BurtsGirl 02:13 PM 01-02-2008
Ok, I'm so in this year. I read around 21 books last year but I didn't join the challenge. Now that it's a new year I'm so ready! My goal for 2008 is 25 books but I'm secretly hoping to blow that out of the water. We'll see. Currently reading Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick by Ellen Dugan

I've been on a non-fiction kick also for the last couple of years but am slowly making my way back to the fiction world. I'm very excited to be joing you guys and hope to get some book suggestions from here also! Happy reading!
JustKiya's Avatar JustKiya 02:29 PM 01-02-2008
Oh, talk about right UP my alley!!!

I usually have two our three books either queued up, or actually reading.

Right now.... I think I'm only ACTIVELY reading one, and I've got about four or five queued up as 'next' on my list.

#1 Voyager Diana Galbodon (I started the series over the holidays, and now I'm hooked!)

This will be fun - I'll shoot for 100! I've got no kidlings, so I've got much more time to read.
Indigo73's Avatar Indigo73 02:45 PM 01-02-2008
No goal this year, but I average 300+ a year.

I am also not going to give a synopsis of every book since I tend to grab any paranormal romance/cozy mystery/regency I see.

I will post about the ones that really stand out.
fremontmama's Avatar fremontmama 03:52 PM 01-02-2008
Wow, it IS weird to be back at #1 again! I can't believe it's 2008 already!

I think I will make my goal 75 this year. My goal was 100 last year, and I only made it to 68. In 2006, my goal was 52, one a week, and I hit 85 I think. Don't know what happened last year 75 seems feasible but still a bit of a challenge.

I just started #1 Pushed by Jennifer Block. Pretty interesting so far. I am still sort of dizzy from Packaging Girlhood. It's hard to figure out how to navigate those waters with dd.
cathe's Avatar cathe 07:30 PM 01-02-2008
"THe Pesthouse" by Jim Crace

This was a good one - set in the future though seemed like the past because the US is a wasteland - no more machines or government - people foraging for food bands out of outlaws capturing men for slaves, etc, plagues killing people. Good writing and good story.
kangamitroo's Avatar kangamitroo 07:34 PM 01-02-2008
setting a goal for 52 books this year. and looking forward to the variety of reviews and ideas from you mamas.
happy new year!
gabbyquilts's Avatar gabbyquilts 08:53 PM 01-02-2008
i am gonna go for 52. This is my first time doing the challenge, but i do get most of my book recommendations from this forum.
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