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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Into The Old World Reading Challenge

Into The Old World Reading Challenge

I've signed up to take part in the Into The Old World Reading Challenge hosted by Splash of Our Worlds and My Love Affair With Books! The books chosen for this 2011 Challenge just have to be ones that were published before 2009. In my mind, I'm going to refer to this challenge as the "I Can't Believe I Haven't Read This Yet, I Mean, Seriously" Challenge. Because, for real: Why haven't I? Where've I been? Living under a very dense rock, apparently. The following are the books that I hope to read next year. I could have included TONS more books from my TBR list that I've been meaning to read for years, but I'll start with these ones for right now.

 
 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
Looking For Alaska by John Green (2005)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1955)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951)
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2005)


45 comments :

  1. Thanks for participating! Love your blog's name...

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  2. This is such a great challenge! There are so many great books that were published before I started book blogging that I've never read and really should...I'll have to look into this one :)

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  3. I think I'll be participating in this challenge because I, too, live under a very large rock. :) Good luck!

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  4. I loved The Giver and The Book Thief. There are so many books I missed reading or didn't have time for. What a great challenge.

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  5. What a great challenge! I LOVE Looking for Alaska! It's one of my favorite YA books. Then again, I love anything written by John Green :oP A Wrinkle in Time is also very good! A lot of people have recommended The Book Thief to me, but I haven't read it yet. You'll have to tell me how it is!

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  6. I like your name for this challenge better, I find myself saying "I can't believe I haven't read this" all the time:) And shockingly, I've only read a couple on your list, so maybe I need to sign myself up for this challenge as well:)

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  7. @Misha: Well, thanks for setting this whole thing up!
    @Melissa: Yes, so, so many great books!
    @Small Review: I'll be interested to see which ones you choose if you decide to participate!
    @Lisa: I've been meaning to read The Giver and The Book Thief for such a long time so I'm excited to get started on this challenge.
    @Laura: I'm such a bad nerdfighter! I haven't read any John Green books yet.
    @Jenny: haha, yes I thought it was a very fitting name.

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  8. I've still got the Book Thief on my shelf. I've got to read it! Have fun!

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  9. Nice selection of books. The Book Thief is one of my favorites! I hope you like it, too, when you get to it. Good luck with your challenge!

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  10. Love the blog name! So clever!!!
    I loved The Book Thief, its one of my favorite books ever.. I suggest a read as soon as possible! The Catcher in the Rye was one of the books that my English Literature class destroyed for me, but if you're just reading it solo, its a pretty good story...

    Enjoy the reading! :]

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  11. @Alyssa: I don't own any of these myself. I'll have to get them from my library.
    @Jessica: Thanks!
    @Nora: Yes, I find that often learning about books in class can take the fun out of it. I just want to read it, not analyze it to within an inch of its life.

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  12. You have some good choices on your list! Wrinkle in time and the Book Thief are good reads!

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  13. Oh! It sounds cool this challenge!! And I like your choices, though I have only read a few of them.

    Good luck!

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  14. Aylee, thanks so much for the info. :D What do you think of the casting choice for Clary?

    btw, thanks for adding my button to your blog - you rock! :)

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  15. I see a John Green book! Hooray for nerdies!

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  16. Yay! You're participating too! This challenge is really COOL~!

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  17. @AnimeGirl: I thought it sounded cool, too. And easy! I mean books before 2009? There are tons of them to read.
    @Jessica: I love her and no problem :)
    @Nina: Yes, finally!
    @Reading Lassie: Oh, I didn't know you were participating!

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  18. Oh man... I feel kinda bad having only read 2 of these books. They are like epic classics, no?
    You are in for a treat with "The Giver", maybe the best Dystopian YA book ever, in my opinion. As for "The Time Traveler's Wife"? Well, let's just say that I much preferred the movie (who would have thunk it? ;) )...

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  19. It's not unheard of to enjoy a movie more than the book, certainly.

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  20. You're telling me! Some of my favorite reads were destroyed by English classes... At the end of the Hobbit, I just wanted to punch Bilbo Baggin's legs out.

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  21. the truth hurts! that book was so psycho-analyzed, I still have to double check my spelling of "Hobbit"

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  22. Why do English teachers think EVERYTHING in a book needs to be analyzed? I'm sure the author didn't have a specific purpose and symbol for every little thing.

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  23. I know, right? My English teacher is always all "words have double meanings, and language is in constant motion, so not even the author can understand the power their words have when they're writing.." Still, who says we have to be the ones to psycho analyze the significance of the shirt color in the eighth page of the second chapter?

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  24. So annoying. And it wasn't just with books: movies, too. When we were learning about allegories, we watched Star Wars and had to analyze every detail. Just ridiculous.

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  25. Eww, thankfully, we've never had to dissect movies (yet), though we have just started Hamlet and it took us a good two hours to get through three scenes... ughhh, not even Shakespeare is sacred!

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  26. That sounds brutal. Well, luckily I'm in the faculty of science so I don't have to deal with that anymore.

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  27. haha, im going into library science.. it's my future.. whoops :P

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  28. Aw, well good luck to you! Maybe you could learn to love it?

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  29. I do love it! I just don't want to lover every double meaning of key phrases and literary elements, I just want a good story without the shrink visit. Haha :]

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  30. It usually pretty easy to find too! Until the old schooling kicks in and I find myself analyzing things all over again!

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  31. Haha, only the worlds in the books are safe! :P

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  32. Oh, I wouldn't say that. I wouldn't like to live in the worlds of most of the books I read, especially the dystopians!

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  33. Well, some of the worlds are safe, others I'd do a lot to avoid, haha.

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  34. You now have the most comments on my blog!

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  35. Haha, I'm not an obsessed stalker fan, I promise! :D

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  36. I never thought you were! I promise :)

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  37. Hey! This is a good idea..... Don't know if I'll sign up though. I already have a few challenges on my plate!

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  38. I know! There are just so many to signup for. Can't keep track of them all.

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  39. I love this idea! I think your new name for it is a good one. ;) I also have not read The Giver or Looking for Alaska and have been meaning to. I may just have to sign up for this one too! Auugghh! lol

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  40. Do it! lol. It's pretty easy, I mean there are a lot of books to choose from seeing as how the criteria for "Old World" is just before 2009.

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