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My plan has been enacted and I have now finished the final fill of the 2016 book challenge! Now, I admit, the book I read was 120 pages long and written for a young audience, so temporally and intellectually I was going easy on myself, but trust me, in its own way this was a "book that intimidates you":

"Worlds of Power #3: Ninja Gaiden"

Thoughts, Etc. )

So, I made it! The book challenge was fun and worth doing, and I would do it again --- but not immediately. So not in 2017, but 2018? We'll see.
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Into the home stretch of the 2016 Book Challenge! My next to last fill is the "book you previously abandoned":

"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula K. LeGuin

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )

Now, this does leave me with only three days for the final fill, the "book that intimidates you," but I have a plan and I think I can do it.

Cover me, I'm going in (soon).
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"To oppose something is to maintain it.

"They say here 'all roads lead to [the capital].' To be sure, if you turn your back on [the capital] and walk away from it, you are still on the [capital] road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road."

~Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

(Yes, this does mean I'm working on my next-to-last book challenge fill. Time will be tight, but I'm optimistic.)
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My latest fill in the 2016 Book Challenge is the "book you should have read in school." As things turned out I interpreted it less as "book that should have been assigned reading" than as "book I wish to goddesses I'd had when I was that age," but here it is:

"Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls" by Jes Baker (aka The Militant Baker)

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )
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I let the 2016 Book Challenge slide for quite a while, but I'm back on the case with the "book that was banned at some point":

"Candide" by Voltaire

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )
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My latest fill in the 2016 Book Challenge is the "book you own but have never read." OMG SO MANY OF THESE YOU GUYS. But the one I went with:

"A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael" by Ellis Peters

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )
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I took a couple months off from the book challenge, but I'm back on the job with the "book published this year":

"Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)" by Stephen Prothero

Kind of a clickbaity title, huh?

Thoughts and challenge progress... )

Oh, and I owe you all a post about video game demos, too.
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First, random note, Natsume Yuujinchou is getting another season! OMG I'm so happy!!

But anyway, book challenge.

I'm late logging this one, but my latest fill was the "book you've already read at least once":

"A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft

Thoughts and challenge progress... )
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My next fill in the 2016 Book Challenge is the "book published before you were born":

"Kindred" by Octavia Butler

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )
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After noted delays and other assorted slowdowns, my fourth fill in the 2016 Reading Challenge is at long last the "book you've been meaning to read":

"Rising Strong" by Brene Brown

Y'all probably know I'm a fan, and this book was her unknowing birthday gift to me last year; the release date lined up quite closely, so as one of my presents I dragged the parents to a B&N and had them buy it for me, and only now did I get around to reading it.

Her previous books were about showing up bravely in your life, but as she openly says, if you're brave enough often enough, you're going to get your ass kicked.

This is the book about what you do then.

It's as awesome and brain-rearranging as the others, and I find it perhaps her most practical book so far.

Beyond that, I'll let the author speak for herself:


Challenge progress and what's next )
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In the book-reading challenge I am in fact working on the "book you've been meaning to read," but a thought occurred to me and I wondered, what about a similar challenge for playing video games?

Thoughts under the cut... )
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My latest fill in the 2016 Book Reading Challenge is the "book chosen for you by a loved one" (which as mentioned last time is broadening the stated parameter a bit, but I think acceptably). My Mom and I traded small stacks of books that the other could read any or all of*, and in my case I picked just one:

The book: "Amaryllis" by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz)

Thoughts under the cut... )


*In case anyone's curious about the stack I gave Mom, it contained: "The Gifts of Imperfection" and "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown (looks like Mom's working on Gifts now), "Guards! Guards!" by Terry Pratchett (the binge-read was in part pre-screening it for her), and "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau (if you've ever wanted a post-apocalyptic story that was, like, cozy and hopeful...).
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Well, my plan of what to read next was upended as the two "books chosen by others" came in, and it turns out my second fill in the book reading challenge is the "book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller." I didn't personally ask for a recommendation here, but my (effectively-)local librarian organized a Millennials (19-39) book discussion about it, so I took that as a rec. Even scored a free copy out of the deal, sweet!

The book: "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh

Thoughts under the cut... )
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Yesterday I scratched off my first entry in the 2016 Book-Reading Challenge: the "book you can finish in a day." I appreciate the flexibility that it says a book you "can" finish in a day not necessarily a book that you "do" finish in a day, but, just for fun, I took it as a challenge to binge-read a book in one day and to make it something of an undertaking. So I decided yesterday was my day, and I ended up staying up mildly late finishing, but I did it.

The book: "Guards! Guards!" by Terry Pratchett.

Thoughts under the cut... )
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Happy New Year everyone! As I start this post I have about an hour to go, so I'll stay up for it.

Yuletide authors have been revealed, so I can now 'fess up to the quiet little Cadfael fic I wrote. I am pleased with how it came out, but I'm maybe a little dissatisfied with my own tendency toward quiet thinky things. Maybe I should make sure my next project has an action scene...

Speaking of projects, just this evening something came up on my Facebook feed that rather excited me, enough that I think I'll actually do it: a 2016 Book-Reading Challenge! details under the cut )

Half hour to go (in my timezone)!

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