Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Xmas for 2015

Merry Xmas for my family to yours.

And a Happy New Year for 2016

I know I haven't read the 24 books I planned on reading this year, but I always had trouble getting all hyped up about reading fiction.

AS a Scanner I have had to learn to give myself permission to stop flogging a dead horse. If I am not going to complete the project, then dont keep trying to finish it, because I know I wont.  Just put it aside and leave it. It's now over and done with.

 Except Historical fiction. I can read that because it is based on history - usually.

Find something new to take its place - in this case NON Fiction Books.

So come look for me on my new NON FICTION Blog for the next 5 years - from 2016 to 2020.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Here's the thing...

Ever since I discovered the NON Fiction Challenge that I am starting in January, I have been less and less inclined to want to continue reading classical fiction.

This is not an excuse, but several years ago, I discovered that I have a Scanner type personality. We scanners are hard wired to always be learning.  We can't learn from classic fiction. Unless it's historical fiction. LOL

And besides that, I am having a devil of a time even trying to get into the Spin Book I am supposed to be reading - The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.

If Mark had only written this book in 19th century english, I could have managed it. But no, its mostly written in this 16th century shakespeare type language which makes it devilishly hard to read.

So I have decide that I will do NO MORE Spins. I have failed at 3 out of 3 Spins. I always get the wrong number and the wrong books.

I will keep this blog open to read and review those classics on my list that I DO want to read.

I will also do the LHOTP readalong for next year since that is only one book a month. I shouldn't have too much problem with that.

So basically, starting in January 2016, I will be mostly reading NON fiction books for the NON fiction challenge.

Please see my NON Fiction blog for details.

Thank you.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Xmas SPIN Number 19

The wheel has been SPUN and we have our Number.

 The Number is 19!!!!!

And on my list 19 is - The Prince and the Pauper  - by Mark Twain!!!!!

Finally a Book I can actually READ!!!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Non Fiction Adventures Challenge

Today I discovered the NON FICTION ADVENTURES 5-year reading challenge - which I have joined. I have always preferred reading NON Fiction over Fiction. Which is probably why I am not doing so well on this Classics Challenge.

As you can see from the link above, I have made a new Blog for this NON Fiction Challenge.

Anyway I also now need to remove the few NON fiction books I have on this classics club  challenge - which will affect the Xmas Spin list as well - so it's a good thing I discovered this before the SPIN number is chosen.

Xmas Spin is here!!

SPIN Number 11 has been announced so I am going to try one more time.

We all know the rules. Make up a list of books you want to read - no more than 20 titles - and list them numbered from 1 to 20.

The deadline for posting a spin list is today since the spin number will be posted tomorrow!!! Once the number has been announced, we all have to read and review that number title.

The deadline for reading is by February 1st. which is 6-7 weeks away. 

So far I have had NO luck with the last  two spins I entered. The first spin I was able to swap out my title for another title by the same author so that was OK.

On the last spin I hated the book I ended up with. And I promise I DID try to read it. but who wants to read Middle English just for a challenge?? Certainly NOT me. So The Canterbury Tales was soon dumped from my list!!

Now I have to make up a new list and hope this time I get a book that I DO want to read!!!

Most of these have been on my previous lists. Some are new.

The Campfire Girls are an early form of Girl Scouts, but totally fictional. There were tons of Books written about them by various authors. You can read more here. Most of them are available on Project Gutenberg as well.

Below is MY Spin List for December

1 Richard Adams - Watership Down

2 Victor Appleton - A Tom Swift book

3 Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden

4 CampFire Girls - Various Authors

5 Susan Coolidge - What Katy did at School

6 Agatha Christie -  A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

7 Daphne Du Maurier - The Glass Blowers

8 F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

9 Arthur Hailey - Final Diagnosis

10 Laura Lee Hope - The Bobbsey Twins

11 Rudyard Kipling - Kim

12 Louis L'Amour - Sacketts Land

13 Gaston LeRoux - Phantom of the Opera

14 C S Lewis - The Magicians Nephew

15 Katherine Mansfield - The Garden Party & Other Stories

16 E Nesbit - The Railway Children

17 Anna Sewell - Black Beauty

18 James Alexander Thom - From Sea to Shining Sea

19 Mark Twain - The Prince and the Pauper

20 Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House on the Prairie