August 17, 2008 archive

Taking Stock – Reading 2008

With 4.5 months left in 2008, I thought it would be a good idea to re-evaluate my reading goals and take stock of where I am and where I want to go. I’m already thinking ahead to 2009 and have made one major decision regarding my reading: not to join so many challenges and be …

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Index Librorum Liberorum Challenge

September 1, 2007 – August 31, 2008

Imani over at The Books of My Numberless Dreams has come up with an intriguing challenge…to read books banned and censored by the Roman Catholic Church.

Ideally, I would read the actual books banned, but Imani is being a bit loose with the rules and allowing participants to read any book by a banned or censored author. There are no specific number of books to be read, but the challenge runs for a year…so I’ve picked six. Participants must read books from a minimum of three countries. There is a participant blog for all those readers taking up the challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing other reader’s lists and reading their reviews! Should make for some interesting discussion.

So without further preamble, here are my list of books for this challenge:

1. The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene (Mexico)
2. The Woman of Rome, by Albert Moravia (Italy)
3. Consuelo, by George Sand (Austria, Italy and Bohemia)
4. The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo (Channel Islands)
5. Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe (England)
6. Candide, by Voltaire (Multiple countries) – Completed December 30, 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Sunday Salon – August 17, 2008

August 17, 2008 10:00AM Another Sunday, another week. My days have been very hectic of late with lots of work, a search and rescue call-out on Wednesday, and the Olympics (I was so thrilled last night to see Michael Phelps win his 8th Gold Medal of the games, AND Dara Torres astonishing come-back with two …

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Friday Finds – August 15, 2008

August 15, 2008 Most of my book finds come through the lit-blogs or reading groups, but this past week I got one from the librarian at my local library. I stopped at the library in Shingletown, CA on Saturday to browse their sale books (they hold small sales once a month) and struck up a …

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