Lyda here. The Reading on Discworld Challenge continues. I’ve read more books for the challenge.
I already wrote about completing some of the challenge and reported on the books I read for item #s 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, and 15. I am trying to read new books for most of the challenge. I want to discover some new books to love – which is really why I do these challenges. (I already re-read the Terry Pratchett books mentioned in the challenge. Of course.)
Now I have completed these parts of the challenge too.
6. Read a mythological book, or a book of myths, or a book about mythology.
I read “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. Knights, kingdoms, strange creatures… definitely mythological! The Sith Master has been reading the whole series, and now he has me hooked too. I haven’t seen the HBO series, although I’ve heard good things about it. This is an exciting and fascinating story full of interesting, complex characters. The only problems are a) losing sleep because I’m reading these and I can’t put them down, and b) eventually getting to the end of the series. I’m already halfway through the second book…
8. Read a book about money.
I read “The Prosperous Heart“. I love Julia Cameron’s books, so it went quickly. This is an excellent book, which gave me both small practical steps and big leaps of realization. I’ll be implementing this in my life, gently. Julia’s books are always gentle.
12. Read a book about a strange new land, or a travel book – fact or fiction.
I read “The Fine Color of Rust” by P.A. O’Reilly which is set in a little dusty town in Australia. A good funny “coming of middle-age” story that starts out lighthearted, touches deep, and ends up being hopeful.
14. Read a book that most people would be embarrassed to read in public, because of the title, the content, or the cover art. And then read it in public.
I read “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach. The library copy I read had a white cover with the word BONK in very big letters on the front. Plus the book has illustrations that are… interesting. Mary Roach is a wicked funny writer, and she bravely asked scientists and others the questions we would have asked if we’d had the courage. I recommend it highly. There are definitely more Mary Roach books in my future. Reading the book was fun. Reading the book in public was hilarious.
I still have the following parts of the challenge to complete:
3. Read a book about something you’ve always wondered about.
7. Go to the library and wander into an aisle you do not usually frequent. Pick a book from the shelf and read it.
13. Read a book about sex, sexuality, and/or sexual politics.
16. Read a book with an inanimate object as a character and/or an important part of the plot.
17. Read a book that teaches you something. Something that will not come in handy in your everyday life. Learn something completely impractical.
18. Read something spiritual, mystical, mathematical, or amazing. Something that will remind you of how magic and unbelievable the universe and everything in it really is.
19. Read a detective novel, a crime story, a mystery, or a thriller.
So far, I’ve done 12 of the 19 parts of the challenge.
I post about this so I can keep it straight in my own head. Which is a rather chaotic place sometimes. I need to see it written down where I can find it again.
Which explains the digressions…