Otakuite++ | Posted 08/12/13 | Reply
Although I look really late here I have to agree this. ^^; is a really awesome challenge to do~ I at least read more than 700 books already in my entire life and it helped me get smart ^_^
Otaku Legend | Posted 02/20/13 | Reply
Thank you! :)
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/20/13 | Reply
Welcome aboard the challenge. :)
I think I will join this, that's a brilliant idea!
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/05/13 | Reply
I do love his sense of humor and the quirkiness of Discworld. If I need a good laugh I always go to his books.
Otakuite++ | Posted 02/05/13 | Reply
Hurray, another Terry Pratchett fan!
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/04/13 | Reply
Go ahead and include the manga. Its cool. :)
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 02/04/13 | Reply
I know I could cut the number down a little, it's just that fifty would certainly be more of a challenge for me than twenty-five or thirty. (Though a book a week is a little much for me at the moment. Once I get my world post properly organized, I might cut the number down a little.)
Oh, I wasn't planning on the majority being manga. (I read a lot less manga than I do typical novels.) I just happened to start a manga the day before I saw this post - so I thought I'd ask if I could include it.
I took a poetry class in college, and the professor was so obsessed with Emily Dickenson that she was all we studied.
I read a lot of fantasy too. :) Also scifi and mystery.
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/03/13 | Reply
Yeah, I'm kinda a classic chick lit person; actually took a class on it for my major in college. Along with Tolkein and Fantasy as my major authors credit.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/02/13 | Reply
Despite it being labeled a "classic", I have never been a fan of that 19th Century romantic literature. If you enjoy it though, good for you. :)
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/02/13 | Reply
'Jane Eyre' is a good book; it's a classic! And I've been really busy lately with a drama production that I'm doing props for.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/01/13 | Reply
Do whatever number works for you. :)
I prefer it to be regular books, but I guess if you want to include a few manga that's all right. Just not the majority? ^^;
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 02/01/13 | Reply
Ooh, sounds fun. Although thirty books would be entirely more feasible for me, it's called a challenge. Right? Besides, I remember fondly the days when I could read more than one book in a week. (Really love the idea, maybe it will get me back to reading like I want to.) So, challenge accepted, TimeChaser.
One question, though. Does manga count? (I only ask this because I'm right in the middle of one now.)
That's a toughie. Maybe read a few better books first. ;)
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 02/01/13 | Reply
Will do, if I can just get on with my re-read of 'Jane Eyre'.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/19/13 | Reply
By all means, join the fun. :)
Mistress Fan Fic (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/19/13 | Reply
This sounds fun. I saw the day you posted this but that day was a quick in and out for me. Just checking PM's. I saw Nana's post and stop by to read hers then came by here. Think I will hop on board this train.
Good luck to you...
See ya around TheO my friend...
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/15/13 | Reply
@Neko Nana Mode:
Give it a try, definitely. :)
One reason I'm doing this is sometimes I get lazy and don't read as often as I'd like, so giving myself a challenging goal helps. ^^
System Ghost (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/15/13 | Reply
I've never actually tried to count my book reading. I might try it just to see what I can do.
In lit we trust.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/13/13 | Reply
She wrote mainly historical and mysteries, and combined the two genres in her Brother Cadfael Chronicles, which is what I'm reading.
The series takes place from around 1135 to 1145 during a real civil war in England called "The Anarchy" when King Stephen and his cousin Maud clashed over the throne. Its set in the real town of Shrewsbury and its abbey. The main character, Cadfael, is a Benedictine monk who spent 40 years in the world first as a soldier in the Crusades and other adventurous occupations before he chose to retire to monastic life. As such he has an intuitive understanding of human nature and often ends up helping his friend deputy sheriff (later sheriff) Hugh Beringar in solving baffling murder cases.
Its a very interesting series, combining the real history of medieval England, whodunnit, and also a healthy dollop of medieval romance (there's almost always a star-crossed couple Cadfael also has to help along the way).
They adapted 13 of the 21 books into a TV series in the '90s starring Sir Derek Jacobi as Cadfael. Most of the episodes are good, although on occasion they took liberties with characters and plots to better fit television, though the very last episode aired was so distorted it barely resembled the original novel.
Sadly, the series is currently out of print, I believe. Its been years since I've seen major book stores carrying it, and online the individual books are fetching prices about 2-3 times their original cost. And they have yet to publish them in e-book format. But if you're interested in giving em a try you can look around to see if you have better luck finding any. I recommend them. :)
Anyway, here's a link for you that can tell you more: Cadfael.
Otaku Idol (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/13/13 | Reply
What kind of books does Ellis Peters write? I gather they must be interesting if you've already finished three of 'em.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
Queen of Mustaches (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
ooo sounds like fun CHALLENGE ACCEPTED !!!!
Hope you can read 50 as well. :)
Primadonna (Otaku Legend) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
This sounds like fun! ^^ I think 50 is a reasonable amount, I haven't been consistently reading in ages so I think I'll try this out :3 Good luck to you, my friend~~
Tea pixie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
You too! :D
You're welcome and good luck. Have fun reading. ^^
I think this sounds like a good idea! I don't know if I'll manage 50 though... But I set myself the challenge to read as much as I can! Aha. I'll keep a record too. Yus.
Thanks for the challenge TC ^^
I would go mad with a library like that. ^^;
Reading print books is nice, but I do agree that electronic reading has many advantages, especially in your situation with terribly limited selection. Its fun to be able to carry your own personal library around wherever you go and have it fit in your hands all the time. :)
Nyaa~ (ZE MEANIE) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
I used to read a lot more but since I moved to this little town I hardly read anymore. Back in Utah I went to the Library on a regular basis. I tried that here but the library is super tiny and hardly carries any of the type of books I'm interested in.
I looked into the library loan program but you have to pay for the book to be shipped to here and back from whatever library it comes from. At that point I decided it was better hold off and simply save the money for a Kindle instead.
It's kind of sad but the digital library amazon offers with the prime membership easily holds more than 4 times what the tiny library here does. Plus, if I have to pay for shipping both ways to loan something, I'd rather buy it instead, seriously. ^^
Anyway, it should be a lot of fun. I'll have to keep track to see just how many books I do end up reading this year. :p
In the name of the tune I will punish you!
Yeah, I think I might go to Adam about it. Maybe he could officially post the challenge if he agreed it was a good idea. Make a post on the front page and in his own world. I enjoy reading and think its always a good idea to encourage others to read more.
Music Fairy (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
I posted my personal challenge, I put my goal at 25 :)
Oh, I see... Well yes, it would be cool if this could be made into some kind of official challenge somehow!:) It would be nice to see how many people would participate...^^
I'm doing this mainly as a way to engage people again, since I have been largely inactive on the site in the last year. If there were a way to issue this as an official challenge, I would have done it, but it doesn't relate to any of the art hubs the site focuses on.
Maybe I could appeal directly to Adam...
Yeah... I might actually do this, just for fun :)
Like I told Pleiades, if 50 is too difficult you could always lower it to 25 or something that's a more manageable goal for you. :)
I'll have to modify this post and add that.
I wish you happy reading. ^^
I know when I got my Kindle, and then my NOOK, that I read faster and read more than I had in a long time.
I've always tended to read slowly too. Although I'm in a phase right now where I'm reading more actual print books again, I've found with the Kindle I had and now my NOOK that I read much faster that way.
You could always lower the challenge goal to suit your own abilities. Say 25 instead of 50. :)
I would love to accept the challenge, but I'm quite sure I won't be able to read a total of 50 different books this year XD I simply won't have the time for it... Plus just about every book I read has 500+ pages :') Anyway, I wish you good luck in achieving your goal!;)
Otaku Idol (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/06/13 | Reply
If this were any kind of texts in general, I could manage it. But books?! I do read plenty, but I read slowly. In fact, considering what I do read, I had better take my time and let them sink in. Often, when I do finish a book, I reread it sometime later to see what I might have missed the first time.
In any case, good luck with your challenge!
Nyaa~ (ZE MEANIE) | Posted 01/05/13 | Reply
I wouldn't make the bulk of your 50 re-reads.
Oh of course it wouldn't. I just know that if I did this there would be some that are re-reads.
Anyway, I find the idea of doing this fun since I just got my Kindle Fire the other day. The only thing I'm waiting on is for my wireless router to show up so I can get connected with it. So I plan on reading quite a bit this year.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 01/05/13 | Reply
I think they can be allowed. :)
Its basically just 50 books for the year, they don't all need to be previously unread. Although I wouldn't make the bulk of your 50 re-reads. :P
What's your take on rereading previous books and counting them as well? For example, you might want to read something you haven't read in ages or because a sequel is coming out so you want a refresher.