Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dread & Read Challenge 2018 - Progress & Reviews


Here's where you can follow your progress toward those dreaded reading goals. (Learn more about this challenge and sign up here, before December 1, to join in. Update: This challenge is now closed.)

If you're determined to move some of those perpetually looming books off your reading lists this year, you've come to the right place!

Here's how it works: Let me know your progress in the comments on this post as the year goes on, including a review link or some comments about the book. When you knock those books off your TBR list, you'll get a sweetener in the mail as you reward--in case having them in your literary rear view mirror isn't enough!

Neer at A Hot Cup of Pleasure (sign-up post) (sweeteners: book-related, sugary, and indulgent) Completed
1. The Oppressive Present - Sudhir Chandra (review)
2. Baba Prithvi Singh Azad: The Legendary Crusader: An Autobiography (review)
3. Penal Settlement in the Andamans - R.C. Majumdar (review)
4. The Indian Struggle - Subhas Chandra Bose (review)

Bev at My Reader's Block (sign-up post) (sweetener: anything book-related) Completed
1. She -  H. Rider Haggard (review)
2. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Robert Maturin (review)
3. Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett (review)

Liz Lawson at Janepedia (sign-up post) (sweetener:  True Lime Black Cherry Limeade drink mix)

Meggan Narvaez (sign-up in comments) (sweetener: erasable ink pens, various colors)

Becky at Becky's Book Reviews (sign-up post) (sweeteners: tea, bookmarks, post-it notes, notepads, pens) Completed
1. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (review)

The Girl, James at Real Life Protagonist (sign-up post) (sweeteners: something book-related (bookmark?), pens, cheapass snowglobes)

Carolyn at Riedel Fascination (sign-up post and wrap-up in one) (sweeteners:  Eat, Drink, and Be Buried by Kate Kingsbury, or 3 picks from host's book giveaway list (about water’s metaphysics and/or handwriting) Completed
1. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (review)
2. One Corpse Too Many - Ellis Peters (review)
3. The Tin Flute - Gabrielle Roy (review)
4. Surfacing - Margaret Atwood (review)

Marina Jevdokimova (sign-up post) (sweeteners: local sweets) Completed
1. Duzinda - Clotilde Chaparro (review)
2. Las 19 copas mundiales de fútbol: datos estadísticos y análisis desde el punto de vista de la cienciometría - O.V. Mijailov (review)
3. The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson (review)

Host: J.G. at Hotchpot Cafe (sign-up post) (not eligible for prizes)

33 comments:

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    1. https://blbooks.blogspot.com/2017/12/2018-reading-challenge-dread-read.html

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    2. Welcome, Becky! I'm a big classics fan so I'm looking forward to living (reading?) vicariously through you as you do this challenge. Thanks for joining!

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    3. *waves*
      yay, so interesting to see your review! i'm russian so i read crime&punishment in high school, way before i was mature enough to handle it 😂
      thanks for such a detailed review, i had forgotten most of the story, apart from the main plot of course.
      (fun fact - marmelad means jelly in modern Russian, though i'm not sure if back then it might have been more like the English marmalade. was Marmeladov supposed to be soft like jelly?..)

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    4. What an interesting point, Marina. It's not likely that name is a coincidence, but what exactly it means, who knows? Maybe like you say, he's soft (undisciplined, weak, whatever), or maybe his role is to soften up Raskolnikov's feelings. Or maybe both and other possibilities, too!

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  2. I finally finished one!!!! She by H. Rider Haggard

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    1. Hooray! Good for you! (This year seems to have a big gap in the middle, doesn't it?)

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  3. Second one done! Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin.

    I'm not sure I'm going to do the third one...I thought for sure I owned Farewell, My Lovely but it's not on the shelves. It's not on my spreadsheet. I apparently dreamed it. :-) I may squeeze it in from the library, but I'm trying really hard to read from my shelves. We'll see....

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  4. I thought I had submitted my second one...but maybe not. Here's my second one: Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin

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    1. Whoops, I was late in moderating your previous comment (so sorry!), but you're all good now. This book sounds ideal for this challenge, BTW. :-)

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    2. As you probably gathered...it was awful. :-) I'm changing out my third one, by the way. Taking out Chandler and replacing with Hammett (same hard-boiled genre). I'd put the Hammett book on another TBR challenge and I think I need an extra kick in the pants to get it done. If I use it here as well, maybe that will do it....

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    3. Sure, substitute away and get that book cleared out to make room for something better! I think that's one of the best things about challenge reading: the extra incentive.

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  5. I have finished a book about domestic violence to commemorate the elections in Brazil... https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1767&start=40#p121236
    Short but emotionally challenging, so I kept on putting it off :/

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    1. Challenging material, indeed. Glad you were able to get through it and thanks for the review!

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    2. i finished one more book, will write a review next year ;)
      i also have 34 pages remaining in one more book and if there's still 8+ hours until the end of the challenge i should be able to finish that too! thanks for giving me the motivation to get back into reading! i literally didn't finish a single book between december 2016 and october 2018.

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    3. https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1767&p=128231#p128231 first review...

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    4. Excellent, Marina - you just made it under the wire! :-) Congrats on finishing a second book and re-starting your reading!

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    5. sorry for being so slow with my third review! https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1767&p=129132#p129132 I ended up rereading almost the whole book and it was much less dreadful this time :)

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    6. also this doesn't really matter, but the author of the other book is Mikhailov, written in Spanish as Mijáilov. (you wrote Milailov)

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    7. Thank you for the update and the spelling/typo correction (always welcome)! I've noted both in the post and amended the wrap-up, too. And that's *three* sweeteners for you now. Hooray! :-)

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    8. yay! the sweeteners are totally what motivated me, haha :D but i'll try to read more than 3 books this year

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  6. Jane, I made a new "Reading Naturally" post that is nearly all updated and can be perused already. I am going to fine tune "Dread And Read" today, too. I did not note half-reluctant titles because I don't think there is a competition for finishing the most. I am sticking to books I was truly reluctant about reading.... and finished four!

    I will confirm sweetner gifts on my post update but they are simply the next Kate Kingsbury novel, or choices from your own stock. You have water books I like and who knows what else. :-) I have reached my goal in the "Birth Date Reading" group and will update that, too. Indeed, November 18th is my birthday! Yours Sincerely, Carolyn.

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    1. Wow! You've made excellent progress, Carolyn! I hope you had a delightful birthday (and am off now to read about it).

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  7. Hi! I put a lot of work into my thorough "Dread And Read" summary too, which I hope makes good reading for all! I explained not only how my entries qualify but how they panned out against expectations or impressions. I loathed the one I thought would be interesting and liked the three I dread, much more than anticipated. How's that! It might be fitting to switch my sign-up post to this.
    Birthday girl countdown, Carolyn! https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/dread-read-book-summary/

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    1. Congrats on such great progress and on the surprise of finding you liked most of the books more than expected!
      I'm glad you're having fun with this! Thanks also for the excellent reviews. I've posted links and your sweeteners, so I think this challenge is all updated for you. Let me know if I've missed something, okay?

      Thanks again!

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    2. Only the pleasure of your reply on my own blog posts. There was no way to tell you had read and enjoyed them so much but more than that, I receive so few. Don't know why I'm not one of those folks getting more comments than they can shake a stick at but every one is gold to me, I'm sure you can guess. I am glad I had a look, thanks to your activity at RIEDEL Fascination as my participant!

      I imagine I will find the same enthusiasm about my Naturally update, another of essay scope to ensure I score well! It will be a badge of honour to have your words about that "at my place" too. :) I'm doing well in "Birthday" too and am nearly done catching up. Sure happy you love my reviews. Thank you for giving them visibility! Louise Penny's novella "The Hangman" is another hard to find paperback but if you can't obtain either, your suite of books is great.

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  8. I finished my third (and last) Dread & Read book back in November and somehow managed to forget to let you know. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett is now done! Thanks for sponsoring this one. I enjoyed getting some of these dreaded books off the stacks.

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    1. Well done, Bev! Congratulations on completing this challenge and thank you for participating! I'll be sending your book-related sweetener along very soon.

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  9. Dear Jane

    i have changed one book from the four that I had selected. I simply cannot find my copy of THE GREAT INDIAN WAY by Raja Roa so I am replacing it with another Non-Fictional book that has neen on my TBR for more than a decade: Subhas Chandra Bose's THE INDIAN STRUGGLE.

    this has become my favourite challenge and I really hope you continue with it in 2019 too as I have decided to challenge myself all the more.

    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Of course, Neer -- substitutions are specifically allowed in the rules. I'm glad you're enjoying this challenge and making progress. (The 2019 version will be posted soon.)

      Hope you have had a Merry Christmas!

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  10. DONE IT! Jane, thank you so much for hosting this challenge. Four non-fictional books that had been on my TBR pile (and would make me feel so guilty) for more than a decade have been finally read.

    Here are the books read:

    THE OPPRESSIVE PRESENT by Sudhir Chandra

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2643855370?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    2. BABA PRITHVI SINGH AZAD: THE LEGENDARY CRUSADER: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2643876181?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

    3. PENAL SETTLEMENT IN THE ANDAMANS by R.C. Majumdar

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2644068033?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    And the one change, as I told you about:

    4. THE INDIAN STRUGGLE by Subhas Chandra Bose

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2644253645?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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    I am so glad that you are continuing the challenge in 2019. Will be signing up soon. Wishing you a very happy 2019.

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    1. Congratulations on finishing, Neer! I hope you're enjoying that feeling of relief!

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