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Green Apple & Reading Challenge Update

The decongestant has knocked me out the past couple days. Fits of coughing hurts my rib cage. I’ve been coughing hacking out my lungs. The good news is, coughing has mitigated this morning–I can slowly and gingerly swing my feet, one at a time, to the side of the bed, and get up without hurting my rib. I met my friends at Cafe Flore for some light breakfast and headed out to Green Apples to look for some books. I found Rough Music by UK author Patrick Gale, whom I found has no distributor in the United States. That’s a stroke of luck. Green Apple also has an used copy of Music Room in excellent condition by Dennis McFarland, whose latest Letter From Point Clear I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m also compiling a list of books for the upcoming 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, hosted by Dewey at The Hidden Side of A Leaf. That I’ll be away from home that weekend means I’ll have to bring a stack of books that are for sure page-turning. I’m asking for ideas from all of you. I’m digging more Dennis McFarland, Joanne Harris, Shirley Abbott, along with at least one book by Jane Austen, a biography, a Man Booker Challenge book, and a Russian Challenge book.

Challenge Progress
Russian Reading Challenge: 4/4
This challenge continues until the end of the year. I have completed the challenge but will continue reading more Russian novels, including another reading of The Master and Margarita, which I’ll discuss with my class next month. Sharon is very lenient in the number of books required because many Russian novels are lengthy and requires much withdrawal to digest.

Man Booker Reading Challenge: 3/6
This challenge also runs all of 2008. I read all three books: A Month in the Country, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, and The Gathering in March and April when I was in Hong Kong. Three more to go.

I have to work on the Chunkster Challenge and am contemplating the Southern Reading Challenge.

8 Responses

  1. Did you see that Eva made a big list of book recommendations she compiled from her comments after asking people to suggest things? Let’s see if I can find the url….

    Here you go.

  2. Ouch! I hope your recovery continues very quickly!

  3. Oh feel better Matt! I hate having allergies. I don’t know if I’ll be able to participate in Dewey’s challenge this time but I’ll cheer you on! 🙂

  4. Congrats on finishing the Russian Challenge.

    I finished my second book but have not blogged about it. I am starting War and Peace.

  5. I think I’m not in the mood for The Gathering yet as I couldn’t keep up after the first chapter. I’ll put it aside and try again. Dennis McFarland books sound very intriguing, and I have tried looking Patrick Gale but didn’t have luck either.

  6. dew:
    Thanks so much. That’s a most wonderful and resourceful list. I’m sure I’ll find some ideas there! 🙂

    I’m feeling better, still using the inhaler. Thanks. I can’t believe the asthma comes back after 20 years!

  7. iliana:
    Thanks. I’ll be away during that weekend but I’ll set aside plenty of time reading at the beach. 🙂

    Russian Challenge is ongoing for me but I still have to post all my reviews to the official site. I’ve been so slacking… 😉

  8. John:
    The current McFarland read, Music Room, is very similar to The Gathering, but it’s lighter and more fun to read. try it. 😉

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