Sunday, April 1, 2007

What F*&k am I thinking?

Guys- I am a bad, bad girl.

After spending oh-too much time on a business plan with less the four hours of sleep a night, I haven't had enough time to read. I actually have gone an entire day without reading a word of my Erickson novel. Sacreligious! I don't think that has ever happened to me. My room mate had to calm me down and the next morning I did squeeze in 20 pages before returning to the drawing board. But still...

So not only have I like created the challenge thats so challenging only the crazy bloggers are joining (see link above) but also am joining other challenges. Hell, so far I am still on top of my challenge reading and these are TBR books anyways.

The Non-Fiction Challenge

is hosted by Thoughts of Joy and is something that I find to be a great idea. Literature we tend to stay niche but when it comes to Non-Fic, more and more when reading others' lists a hybrid appears. We all want to read a little bit of everything. As do I...

Orientalism by Edward Said is one of the most important texts I have ever read. In university, the first 3 chapters were required reading and I ran - literally - outside the next day to purchase it. Never before have I ever been so touched by the knowledge and passion. Said examines the consequences of Post-Colonialism - namely the idea that we define ourselves not by what we are but by what we are not. This is the first in a trilogy and by far the book Said is most known for though he was an active writer.

Will Ferguson has been an author that I have been dying to read for such a long time. I always caught snidpits of his books while at work but I never read anything sitting down. That is until I saw Hitching Rides With Buddha. It's his tale about his journey across Japan. A book about my fav place written by a fellow Canuk? Who could ask for better?

The Truth about Stories by Thomas King is another CBC Lecture put in print. A loved one gave me this for my b-day which I have not gotten to yet. I did my final high school project on oral tradition so to say that I have a passing interest would not be fair. This book discusses Native storytelling - a topic I know nothing about but should.

David Eggers's Pulitzer Winner A Heartbrecking Work of Staggering Genius I am reading to improve my writing style. And of course because EVERYONE is telling me to read this.

Finally, Elie Wiesel's Night. I wanted to read it for the reading group has chosen over at Heather's but alas alas the vote went the other way. So I thought to 'bump' it here. I saw him on Oprah and it spiked my curiosity. For whatever anyone wants to say about the lady, she has great taste in books.

I hope this is ok with you Joy!

The Challenge runs parallel to my own -May to September. Crazy!
Reading this with Proust. Thats why you guys are not seeing any Michel Foucault. I think I will make History of Sexuality a challenge of its own next year. If I'm insane enough.


March 22nd to June 21st Stainless Steal Droppings is hosting a Fantasy challenge. I had to join since when all is said and done, this is my favorite genre.

Peter Pan - I have always loved. When I was a kid, I nailed a poster on my roof telling Peter Pan to come get me. I even had a suitcase all ready to go just in case. Therefore Barrie's classic is number one on my list.

InkSpell - am soooo excited to read. Funke's first book was so great and inspiring that when I saw the sequel my hands couldn't stop themselves. I am gittery just thinking about reading this one.

The Darkness That Comes Before is book one of R Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing Series. I have been eyeballing this one for some time. The author is a philosophy major and rumor has it that he has implemented many of this into his texts. How could I resist? Really.

Another series first is Terry Brooks' First King of Shannara. I have to get off my ass and read this series. Its not that it interests me per say but I have to read this - its a classic. I hate people who say they read fantasy but don't know what LofR stands for. Even after the bloody movie!

Last but not least AT ALL is the second volume of Eric Van Lustbader's Ring of 5 Dragons series. This I ended up reading on a bet. In reality, I won even though I lost. Why I was ever reluctant to read this epic is beyond me. I just found Book 2 & 3 in hardcover which was a sign that I had to stick them in here. Had to... Carl - This one I seriously recommend you read if you have not. It boggles the mind.

That's my five. I have to get back to writing a business plan now but I


Joy said...

Nessie! What a great list! I can see that you put a lot of thought into your choices. I hope they all turn out to be winners. :) The only one I read is NIGHT and I thought it was VERY well done (unfortunately it's true).

I will redo your link on Mister Linky so it will link here.

We only have to get through April, then we can begin! Happy Reading, Nessie.

tanabata said...

Hitching Rides with Buddha is definitely going on my list too. I think I've finally narrowed it down and will post my NF titles soon.

SuziQoregon said...

Great list Nessie! I've had Dave Eggars' book on my list for a long time, but it's one of those that I keep waiting for the timing to be right. I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

lifelongreader said...

Let me know what you think of InkSpell - that is one I want to read in the coming months if I an get my hands on a copy.

Carl V. said...

Awesome, Nessie! Glad you're on board! I have not read the books that you mentioned but will add them to my list. Thanks!

Carrie K said...

Interesting choices, Nessie! I've never read Edward Said, will have to make up that lack right away.

Literary Feline said...

I am glad I'm not the only one who has to give into temptation on occasion. :-)

Your nonfiction choices sound interesting. Night is the only one I've had the opportunity to read and it's very moving.

I haven't read any of your Once Upon A Time picks, but they all sound good.

I look forward to reading your thoughts on all of your challenge picks!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Nessie!

I am doing this (the non-fiction) challenge too! I love your selection of books. I just read a book by Vendela Vida (Dave Eggar's wife) ...she's a super author too. What a great couple they make!

"Night" by Elie Wiesel will be a great read too. Can't wait for challenge to start, it's going to be so interesting reading everyone's reviews!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments you left me as I was in and out of the're a pal!

I'm back now and will be reading your blog more often!

hellomelissa said...

i like how the post just ends mid-sentence!

you're doing so well on your challenges! makes me feel like a schmuck. I'm reading the second book of the "his dark materials" trilogy... "the subtle knife."

booklogged said...

Hitching Rides with Buddha intrigues me. Love your Fantasy selections, too. I actually thought Peter Pan was kind of weird, but then I read it the first time just a couple years ago.

Aren't these challenges too fun?

pat said...

Great list. Actually I say that at every person's blog, the problem is that I mean it. I have added quite a few books to my wish list

Marina said...

I really like your writing layout, and I'm going to check out some of the other challenges you're doing.

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