TBR Lite: 0/6 - i just never felt like reading the books i'd listed
Chunkster Challenge: 4/3-5 Done!
Classics Challenge: 5/5 DONE!
So, these items are all in no particular order. I can never limit myself to a set number. if i set the number too high, then i feel like i have to add in things, too low and i end up cutting out something i don't want to. Here are the things i enjoyed most in 2009, with comments
The Hugo Winners Vol. 1 edited by Issac Asimov- OLD sci-fi short stories
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist - Swedish vampires
1984 by George Orwell - classic dystopia
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - modern, YA semi-dystopia
After the Quake by Murakami - lyrical Japanese short stories
The Grey King by Susan Cooper - English kids having adventures!
Skellig by David Almond -English kids having a very very different adventure
American Gods by Neil Gaiman - epic
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - very early feminism
Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare - Hotspur vs Harry plus Falstaff = very good
Fables series - Snow White is proactive? The Big Bad Wolf is a hard-boiled detective? Super cool
Y: The Last Man series - the world comes to an end for almost every male on Earth. The one that is left is actually a nice guy!
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell -presidential history is fun!
The Lost by Daniel Mendehlsohn -searching for your ancestors is deeply meaningful
Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne - understanding your really really deep ancestors is amazing!
Coraline - i always thought something like this movie would happen to me when i was a kid
Watchmen - even sandwiched between to big guys i thought this movie was fabulous
The Dirty Dozen - how the hell did i not see this years ago?
Star Trek - bang, zoom! who needs the originals?
Avatar - not even motion sickness could stop me!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Brad Pitt is lovely and this movie made me cry
Inglourious Basterds - more Brad Pitt, killin' NAT-zees.
Pride and Prejudice, BBC version - better Elizabeth, better Darcy
Pride and Prejudice, Keira Knightly version - much prettier
The Decemberists concert- seriously, one of my top 3 concerts ever!
Meeting B- pretty self-explanatory i would think.
Going to a motorcycle race with my Dad- daddy-daughter bonding!
Hearing Beethoven's Ode to Joy live with chorus at the Schermerhorn- beautiful and amazing
Spending a weekend in Atlanta with my mom, sister and brother- we hung out, went to see the King Tut exhibit and went to Medieval Times. Not a bad long weekend.
Giggling through The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) at Shakespeare in the Park.
So, this year, i think, has been pretty good. I'm so much happier with my life now than i was 12 months ago. Here's to more great days in 2010!
My cool best friend D made this for me! It is going on the front of my car as soon as i can dig out my drill to hook it on. Awesome, huh? Besides what i got from B, my parents also gave me a new 16 GB MP3 player! i've been using an old 1 GB that still takes AA batteries so it kept eating those up and i had to keep deleting music to add on new stuff. Now i've got so much space i can even add in audiobooks. Thanks so much Mom and Dad!
What do you think of speed-reading? Is it a good way to get through a lot of books, or does the speed-reader miss depth and nuance? Do you speed-read? Is some material better suited to speed-reading than others?Well, it depends on what you call "speed reading". People at work say i must speed read because i read quickly. Various self/online testing has shown i read about 400-450 wpm, which is good but not spectacular. I certainly don't feel like i'm trying to read fast most of the time. I don't know that i've ever tried to learn to read faster either. I think speed just comes from practice, practice, practice, a lot of which occurred during my formative school years. i know i read some things faster than others. Fantasy, general fiction, horror or histories are all things i read more quickly, while techie sci-fi, philosophy, biology and astronomy slow me down a good bit. just try to read a book on quantum theory quickly! you may technically have read all the words but if they made any sense good for you!
Read at least three nonfiction books in 2010 related to the theme "Nature & Science". Your books should have something to do with science, scientists, how science operates, or the relationship of science with our culture. Your books might be popularizations of science, they might be histories, they might be biographies, they might be anthologies; they can be recent titles or older books.I haven't picked any specific books to read, though i have The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins and A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson on my TBR shelves. I should try to get those read.