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    13 New Authors Reading Challenge

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    This is really getting to be a challenge!

    If anyone feels like giving it a go...

    Let's read the works of 13 new authors this year!

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    "It is not that I am mad; it is only that my head is different from yours.”
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    I'm in! Maybe I can up the quality of my reading. I always feel time nipping at my heels. I don't know why, as I have a whole year, lol!
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    1. Marina Lewycka ~ A Short History of Tracktors in Ukranian 7/10 About Ukranian immigrants in the UK (first and second generation) with a humourous take on it all. Promising first book!
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    I am in aswell.

    1. Mikhail Bulgakov: Master and Margarita
    2. Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Grey

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    No way I'm going to achieve 13, but here's my first -


    1. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett 8/10
    Exit, pursued by a bear.

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    Why do you think you won't or can't achieve 13, Mona? Did you like "Waiting for Godot?"
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    1. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    2. Beautiful Creatures by Garcia/Stohl
    3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
    4. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
    5. Room by Emma Donoghue
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    Quote Originally Posted by qimissung View Post
    Why do you think you won't or can't achieve 13, Mona? Did you like "Waiting for Godot?"
    Waiting for Godot was great! I was expecting something boring and painfully slow, since it's the play where "nothing happens, twice", but it was so sad and endearing and funny I just fell in love with it. Wish I could see it performed, by good comic actors.

    As for 13, it seems like too many new authors for me. These days I prefer to reread old favourites, or new books by authors I've already tried. I don't want to become an old fossil so I'll try a few new ones, but not thirteen.
    Exit, pursued by a bear.

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    Hmmm, I am familiar with it, of course. Maybe one of these days I'll get up the nerve to actually read it.

    1. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. 8.5/10 I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. Egan is a perceptive writer, and I loved her insights which were piercing, yet leavened with genuine humor and hope.
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    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Quote Originally Posted by mona amon View Post
    Waiting for Godot was great! I was expecting something boring and painfully slow, since it's the play where "nothing happens, twice", but it was so sad and endearing and funny I just fell in love with it. Wish I could see it performed, by good comic actors.
    The BBC adapted film versions of all 19 of Beckett's stage plays. Barry McGovern and Johnny Murphy played Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting For Godot. It screened at TIFF in 2000 a long with 9 others, and was quite good. Endgame with Michael Gambon and David Thewlis was also a great adaptation to film.

    Yet, nothing can match seeing Beckett's work on stage. It's an experience, a brilliant one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qimissung View Post
    Hmmm, I am familiar with it, of course. Maybe one of these days I'll get up the nerve to actually read it.

    1. Welcome to the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. 8.5/10 I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. Egan is a perceptive writer, and I loved her insights which were piercing, yet leavened with genuine humor and hope.
    Is this a pre/sequel to A Visit from the Goon Squad?
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    No, it's the same book. Thanks, Scher. *sarcasm* ()

    Actually, I think my title is better.
    Last edited by qimissung; 02-04-2013 at 10:41 PM.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    I am in. One month behind and will have to revamp all my bookplans but it seems a fine challenge that I can't resist. Finishing Sophie's Choice tomorrow then it's all noobs.

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    1. Tove Jansson: The Moomins and the Great Flood
    2. Yevgeny Zamyatin: We

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    One down. Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster

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