Rhea's 2021 Challenge 2

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Rhea's 2021 Challenge 2

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Redigerat: jul 25, 3:16pm

My last thread wasn't that long but I want to reformat my categories and have a new thread to go with it.

1 World Literature:
All Russians Love Birch Trees
The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus
The Lord of the Panther-Skin
The Asparagus Feast
Georgian poetry : Rustaveli to Galaktion
Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans
Omeros
The Gifts of the State: New Afghan Writing
The Bitch
Tales of the Narts: Ancient Myths and Legends of the Ossetians
The Other Middle East: An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature
Literature from the "Axis of Evil": Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations
Songs of Love and War: Afghan Women's Poetry
I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan
La Bastarda
Sources of Indian Tradition Vol 1: From the Beginning to 1800
The Brazil Reader: History Culture Politics
Nart Sagas: Acient Myths and Legends of the Circassians and Abkhazians
Lali: A Pacific Anthology

1.2 BBC Believe's You've Only... / 100 Must Read African American... / 500 Great Books By Women:
Titus Antronicus
I, Tina

1.3 Bloom's Canon:
The Poetic Edda
Persians, Seven Against Thebes, and Suppliants
The Poems of Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, and the Shield of Herakles

1.4 Women in Translation:
Belladonna
Negative Space

1.5 Publishers (NYRB Classics, Virago, Archipelago):
My Dog Tulip
Sunflower

1.6. Rereads / Author Catchups:
Figures of Speach
Collected Poems (Peake)
Complete Nonsense
Boy in Darkness
The Glassblowers
Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes
Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor
Nepali Visions, Nepali Dreams - The Poetry of Laxmiprasad Devkota
Wolf Hall
Gormenghast
Titus Groan

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Redigerat: jul 25, 3:17pm

2.1 Classic SFF by Women:
Of One Blood
Black Magic: A Tale of the Rise and Fall of the Antichrist
Winona: A Tale of N---o Life in the South and Southwest
Hagar's Daughter
The Herland Trilogy

2.2 Started Series:
Beyond the Glass
The Sugar House
The Lost Traveller
The Mirror & The Light
My Soul to Take
Serpent's Reach
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea
The Other Wind
Titus Alone
Titus Awakes
The Wind Through the Keyhole
The Merlin Conspiracy
Fugitive Telemetry
The Kid
Sing Unburied Sing
Where the Line Bleeds
The Wind's Twelve Quarters
Son of Rosemary
Legion
The Quantum Garden
Dead Astronauts
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
Always
Star Born

2.3 Award nominated SFF:
Machine
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
The Gossamer Mage
The Haunting of Tram Car 015
Network Effect
Rogue Protocol
Exit Strategy
Artificial Condition
All Systems Red
Road Out of Winter
From the Wreck

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Redigerat: jul 25, 3:19pm

3.1 History Nonfiction:
History at the Limit of World-History
Wayward Shamans: The Prehistory of an Idea
The Shamans of Prehistory
The Sun's Influence on Climate Change
Solar History: An Introduction

3.2 Art Nonfiction

4. Group Reads
The Year of the Witching
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed
Paradise Lost
The Aeneid
Wuthering Heights
Don Quixote
The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi
The Pear Fields
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Notes of a Native Son
Native Son
Exhalation
Piranesi
The Bird's Nest

5. Books in Spanish / Chinese:
1/2 Prince 2

6. Books I Own:
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

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Redigerat: jul 7, 8:19pm

Currently Reading:
1 (World Literature) Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans
1.6 (Reread) Bring Up the Bodies
2.2 (Started Series) The Lost Traveller, Serpent's Reach, The Mirror & the Light
2.3 (Award SFF) The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
3.1 (Bloom's Canon) Paradise Lost
4 (Group Reads) Three Kingdoms, The Aeneid, The Year of the Witching
6 (Books I own) The Ladies of Grace Adieu

Additional Stuff with Due Dates:
2.1 (Classic SFF) Of One Blood
2.2 (Started Series) The Other Wind, The House of Styx
2.3 (Award SFF) The Space Between Worlds, Machine
4 (Group Reads) The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

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Redigerat: jul 25, 3:46pm

"Done" with the BingoDog. I don't think "Character You'd Be Friends With" is possible for me to complete honestly lol, it's not how I relate with books. Reading is also constrained by too many spreadsheets for "Suggested By Another Generation"- sure many of the books I've read were recs from others though.

Arts & Recreation (1) = The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
Type of Building in Title (2) = The Sugar House
Day or Light Word (3) = The Mirror & The Light
One World Title (4) = Machine
Contains a Love Story (5) = The Lord of the Panther-Skin
20 or Fewer LT Members (6) = Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans
Classical Element (7) = The Other Wind
Set Somewhere You'd Like to Visit (8) = The Aeneid
///Character You'd Be Friends With (9) =
About History or Alternate History (10) = History at the Limit of World-History
///Suggested by Another Generation (11) =
New to Me Author (12) = Three Tales of the Caucasus
Cat / Kit (13) = (S) My Soul to Take
About or Contains Magic (14) = Paradise Lost
Title Describes Me (15) = Of One Blood
Impulse Read! (16) = The Asparagus Feast
2 or More Authors (17) = Georgian Poetry
Made me Laugh (18) = The Prose Edda
Under 200 Pages (19) = Negative Space
Heartily Recommend (20) = Bring Up the Bodies
Nature / Environment (21) = The Sound of Water
About Time (22) = The Year of the Witching
Marginalized Group (23) = All Russians Love Birch Trees
Senior Citizen (24) = Belladonna
Southern Hemisphere (25) = The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

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Redigerat: jun 19, 1:44pm

Finished The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires for 2.3 (Award Nominated SFF). This was nominated for the 2021 Locus Horror Award. Author seems to have a bunch of niche topic horror novels - remember starting We Sold Our Souls (metal music) but never got into it. See they have another one set in a furniture superstore (Horrorstör).

Also finished 2 Kings from the King James Bible (1.2 BBC Believe's You've Only...). Seems like only a few books in but did a word count and it's more than a 1/3 of the way through. So I'll get it finished eventually.

...

Finished 1 Chronicles too (and 2 Chronicles).

7Tess_W
jun 18, 11:52pm

Will look for your review of The Prophet as it's been on my shelf for years.

8Settings
jun 18, 11:55pm

>7 Tess_W:
Was just trying to pick my book before bed - might read it now.

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jun 19, 12:02am

>7 Tess_W:

Extremely quick DNF, not my thing and unwilling to force through it even though it's so short. I thought Gibran's essay in The Other Middle East: An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature was worth reading.

10rabbitprincess
jun 19, 9:23am

I love coming up with books to fit the BingoDog parameters but (of course) I haven't read very many of the books on my list yet!

11Settings
jun 19, 2:13pm

>10 rabbitprincess:

Yeah, I like planning stuff but never seem to get to the books I've planned to read lol.

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Redigerat: jun 22, 11:40am

Finished Bring Up the Bodies - just as intensely moving as the first time I read it. Started its sequel The Mirror & The Light. Wanted to read that one when it came out but had forgotten the events of the first two and had to reread - which queued it behind a bunch of new stuff and other unfinished series. The Mirror & The Light audiobook is surprisingly 38 hours long - probably going to drop some upcoming group reads I was planning on to make room for it.

Also finished some more of the Bible - up to Job now.

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Redigerat: jul 8, 8:22pm

Made a reading order I'm not going to follow to try to organize my reading a bit.

#1. 1 World Literature: Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans
#2. 2.2 SFF by Women: Of One Blood
#3. 1.2 Lists: Jude the Obscure
#4. 6 Own: The Ladies of Grace Adieu
#5. 1 World Literature: Georgian Poetry
#6. 2.2 Started Series: The Other Wind
#7. 1.3 Bloom's Canon: Paradise Lost
#8. 6 Own: ?
#9. 1 World Literature: The Asparagus Feast
#10. 2.3 Award Nom SFF: Machine
#11. 1.4 Women In Trans: Negative Space
#12. 6 Own: ?
#13. 1 World Literature: The Lord of the Panther-Skin
#14. 2.2 Started Series: The Lost Traveller
#15. 1.5 Publishers: ?
#16. 6 Own: ?

14Tess_W
jun 22, 12:54pm

>13 Settings: You are like me, great at planning, but don't follow the plan?

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jun 22, 1:42pm

>14 Tess_W:

Yeah, I really like making to-read lists. The new list will be interesting for maybe 1-2 books... and then I want to make another one.

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Redigerat: jul 12, 1:13am

Feel like what I'm doing with jumping between countries / regions is giving me whiplash - going to finish Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans then focus on Abkhazia (first alphabetically) and the rest of the Caucasus.

The local college library also opened to the public again which dramatically increases my access to worthy yet obscure translated literature.

Thinking and listing aloud... the Caucasus now has 6 "countries" on my list: Abkhazia, Armenia, Artsakh, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and South Ossetia.

Have these down.

Nart Sagas: Ancient Myths and Legends of the Circassians and Abkhazians / Tales of the Narts: Ancient Myths and Legends of the Ossetians (read)
The Heritage of Armenian Literature
Classic Poetry of Azerbaijan: An Anthology (which does exist)
Georgian Poetry: Rustaveli to Galaktion

At the moment also wanted to read The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus, The Last of the Departed, The Panther's Skin, The Eighth Life, and Best of Contemporary Fiction from Georgia.

https://aroundtheworldin2000books.com/the-complete-list/
^This person has The Last of the Departed and Sandro of Chegem for Abhkazia, no listing for Artsask, a bunch for Armenia, Azerbaijan (overlap with Turkey), Georgia, and nothing for South Ossetia.

https://www.complete-review.com/maindex/georgian.htm
^They have an entire Georgian section. I'm not finding a section with the other "countries" if they have one.

Looking for additional books by female authors in the Publisher's Weekly Database I see Olga Grjasnowa, Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili, Zabel Yessayan, Susanna Harutyunyan, Karine Khodikyan, Mariam Petrosyan, Narine Abgaryan - haven't checked to see if these authors write stuff that I'd want to read.

https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/thelist/
^Some books for Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

https://www.goodreads.com/group/bookshelf/970-boxall-s-1001-books-you-must-read-...
Armenia has 2 books on the 1001 books list - Retreat Without Song and The Green Hat

.... Now the lists are in the thread not a wordpad document I'll lose. :|

Edit: (Gah intended to put this in a different thread but at least I started this one. It's fine. Everything is fine. :|)

Other Edit: Relevant books that library has, which are unlikely to touchstone properly.
--Kashmir-- ///
--Armenia-- Heritage of Armenian Literature, Adamgirk (online), Candidate: A Novel, Translation from Armenian into English of the poems of Zahrad, 1960-2004 (online), Anthology of Armenian Poetry, Armenian Poetry Old and New (shrink wrapped), Modern Armenian Drama
--Georgia-- Anthology of Georgian Poetry (warehouse), Georgian Poetry: Rustaveli to Galktion, Balavariani (Barlaam and Josaphat) (warehouse), The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus (ebook), Knight in the Panther's Skin(warehouse) / Lord of the Panther-Skin
--(???) Mulk Raj Anan
--(Kabardino-Balkaria)--Alim Keshokov
--(Selkup Language)--Selkup Texts
--(Turkish Literature)-- ///
--Azerbaijan-- Farewell, Aylis (ebook), Name Unknown, Azerbaijanian Poetry: Classic, Modern, Traditional

Edit: Relevant books in library ebook form: The Orphan Sky, Ali and Nino, The Eighth Life, Sana Krasikov, Iliazd, All Russians Love Birch Trees, Three Apples Fell from the Sky

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Redigerat: jul 14, 10:12am

Currently Reading:
1 (World Literature) The Heritage of Armenian Literature, Azerbaijanian Poetry: Classic, Modern, Traditional, The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus, All Russians Love Birch Trees
1.4 (Women in Translation) Negative Space
2.1 (Classic SFF) Of One Blood
2.2 (Started Series) The Lost Traveller, Serpent's Reach, The Mirror & the Light, The Other Wind, The Fisherman of the Inland Sea, The House of Styx
3.1 (Bloom's Canon) Paradise Lost
2.3 (Award SFF) Machine
4 (Group Reads) Three Kingdoms, The Year of the Witching, Faust, A Suitable Boy, The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed
6 (Books I own) The Ladies of Grace Adieu, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

By format:
Audio: The Mirror & the Light
Must Read at Library: The Heritage of Armenian Literature, Azerbaijanian Poetry: Classic, Modern, Traditional
Checked Out Library Books: Of One Blood, The Other Wind, The House of Styx, Machine
Ebooks: The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus, The Lost Traveller, Serpent's Reach, The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, All Russians Love Birch Trees, Negative Space, Paradise Lost, Three Kingdoms, The Year of the Witching, Faust, The Fisherman of the Inland Sea
Audiobooks: The Mirror & the Light
Owned Paper Books: A Suitable Boy, The Ladies of Grace Adieu, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

Repost so it's at the bottom of the thread. Struggle between having enough books started that there's always one I want to read and not having so many started that it gives me choice aversion.

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jul 7, 7:13pm

Finished Paradise Lost - been trying to read this since 2010, when basic comprehension was a struggle. It no longer seems difficult - woo reading comprehension upgrade.

Think the only other books I've been "reading" on and off for so long are The Bible and Three Kingdoms.

19Tess_W
jul 8, 3:00am

>18 Settings: I, also, had a difficult start to reading Paradise Lost. It took me 2-3 times over the years of restarting before I finally finished it.

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Redigerat: jul 8, 8:24pm

>19 Tess_W:

Yeah, similar. For a book that really is rather beautiful and not that long it's hard to get through.

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Redigerat: jul 21, 8:26pm

Another repost - finished a bunch and I'm on vacation so can't get two of these - want to put those on hold. Finished The Year of the Witching for book club and it's replaced a different book as 'worst book I've read to completion in the last 5 years'.

On hold: The Heritage of Armenian Literature, Azerbaijanian Poetry: Classic, Modern, Traditional.

Currently Reading:
1.4 (Women in Translation) Belladonna
2.2 (Started Series) The Lost Traveller, Serpent's Reach, The Mirror & the Light, The House of Styx, My Soul to Take, The Sugar House
2.3 (Award SFF) Machine
4 (Group Reads) Three Kingdoms
6 (Books I own) The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
Other: The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works

By format:
Audio: The Mirror & the Light
Paper: The House of Styx, Machine, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, The Sugar House
Ebooks: The Lost Traveller, Serpent's Reach, Three Kingdoms, Belladonna, My Soul to Take, The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works.

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jul 16, 11:03pm

Pleased with how few 'currently reading' I'm down to. The Lost Traveller and My Soul to Take are pretty short and I'm almost done with The Mirror & the Light audiobook - maybe I can get it down to 4? Extremely unlikely to finish Three Kingdoms, Faust, or A Suitable Boy in the near future.

DNF'd The House in the Cerulean Sea - too twee. I'm not as good friends with the people in that book club as I am with the people in The Year of the Witching book club.

Belladonna was very upsetting.

Machine was coincidentally intentionally derivative off of Serpent's Reach and others in its series but is much lighter than the Cherryh novels - made a mistake by reading it because Ancestral Night is the first in the series, not Machine, and I prefer to read series in order.

Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter was nicely complex.

23Settings
jul 19, 6:19pm

Finished The Mirror & The Light. Sadness.

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Redigerat: jul 25, 3:11pm

Gonna drop Faust and A Suitable Boy. Currently reading is now only 5 books with only 1 very difficult one. Much more manageable.

Currently Reading:
1 (World Literature) The Last of the Departed
1.3 (Bloom's Canon) The Prose Edda
1.6 (Author Catchups) Collected Poems by Mervyn Peake
2.2 (Started Series) The House of Styx, The Sugar House, Beyond the Glass
4 (Group Reads) Three Kingdoms
Other: The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works, The Sound of Water

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Finished The Cloud of Unknowing and read Figures of Speech by Mervyn Peake (very short). Only 4 currently reading! :D /
Finished Collected Poems by Mervyn Peake. Now only 3! /
And started The Sound of Water (Haiku) so back up to 4 lol... finished it so back down to 3
...And started The Prose Edda so back up to 4
Finished The Sugar House and started its sequel Beyond the Glass
Started The Last of the Departed and finished The Prose Edda
Finished Beyond the Glass

25Tess_W
jul 21, 8:59pm

>24 Settings: I so want to read The Suitable Boy, but as of yet it is not an ebook nor and audio book. I bought the tree book but the print is so small I can't even read it with my glasses!

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Redigerat: jul 22, 12:04am

>25 Tess_W:

Yes, it's not only very long in page number, I expect they put double the words of a typical book on each page! Wondering how long the audiobook would be.

No complaints against it - I never read enough to get into it. The book club that's reading it atm is part of some social media groups I'm avoiding while on vacation.

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Redigerat: jul 23, 12:17pm

Want to finish Antonia White's autobiographically quartet... but it's tough reading. Definitely worth my time but the main character puts up with a lot and people (especially her father) blame her for things that aren't her fault. Instead of countering them, she internalizes the guilt. Stressful reading. :\

Going to start The Last of the Departed in the hope of something to cut the Antonia White stuff with... but probably just as depressing.

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Redigerat: Igår, 9:04pm

Finished the Quartet. Worth reading the entire thing.

Currently Reading
1 (World Literature) The Last of the Departed, Nuanua: An Anthology of Pacific Writing in English Since 1980, Azerbaijanian Poetry, Coming to Light, A Translation from Armenian Into English of the Poems of Zahrad, 1960-2004
2.2 (Started Series) The House of Styx,Chaos Vector, Blood Heir, Ancestral Night
4 (Group Reads) Three Kingdoms
6 (Books I Own) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Fewest number of "currently reading" I've had going in a very long time. Woo vacation.

Going to read at least 3 chapters of Three Kingdoms before I continue with the other two - haven't picked that one up in a while. If I do finish Three Kingdoms it will be possible to get it down to 0 currently reading - almost an unimaginable situation :\
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Read 10 chapters of Three Kingdoms, finished The House of Styx. So briefly down to 2 books but don't feel like literary fiction today so starting Chaos Vector. Back to 3.
Finished Chaos Vector, started Nuanua: An An Anthology of Pacific Writing in English Since 1980
Finished Blood Heir (Andrews), a library hold. Utd on that series now.
Finished a Zahrad poetry anthology, started Coming to Light.

29Tess_W
jul 25, 7:25pm

>28 Settings: Then the exciting part begins: What to read next? I usually have 3 going at one: audio, tree, ebook. Rarely do I get them all finished at the same time, but it has happened.

30Settings
jul 26, 2:14am

>29 Tess_W:

Yeah, tone/format/difficulty not being what I'm into at the moment makes them add up. Plus I don't even count nonfiction as currently reading because I hardly ever finish them. The line between DNF'd but not admitting it and "currently reading" is very blurry. :\

Read 10 chapters of Three Kingdoms - a healthy chunk.

31Tess_W
jul 26, 11:07pm

>30 Settings: LOL to the blurred line..........!!!!!!!!!!!

32Settings
jul 29, 3:23am

Adding The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to my currently reading list because I keep starting other books to avoid it.

It's an old roommate's favorite, which simultaneously makes me want to read it / be highly suspicious of it lol. It's extremely popular and beloved but I also see tons of negative reviews. WWII settings are my least favorite, I'm not into comic books, and it's very hefty looking / intimidating. Hmm.

33MissWatson
jul 29, 3:37am

>32 Settings: I'm not into comic books either, and yet I found it an exciting ride through the lives of two young men.

34Settings
jul 29, 3:47pm

>33 MissWatson:

Thank you for the encouragement.

35pamelad
jul 29, 6:17pm

>32 Settings: I put off reading it for the same reasons as you have, but ended up really enjoying it.

36JayneCM
jul 30, 8:46am

>32 Settings: I bought it secondhand ages ago, but still have not got around to it. I agree, it looks intimidating size-wise!