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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby MamaPata » Wed May 02, 2018 6:20 pm

I love 'The Color Purple'! I'll be interested to hear what you think.
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Thu May 03, 2018 8:26 pm

Challenge: Platypire diversity challenge
Rules: Extremely flexible. The minimum is one book :) There are monthly themes but it's fine to finish the books later. If you want to participate but aren't sure what to read, there are many suggestions.
Misc: Since 2015 or so I've kept starting "diverse" books but I've not been able to finish almost anything. My primary goal is to finish what I've already started. I'm a really slow reader and I know that right now it's better for me not to start anything new.
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:22 am



Book: Clotilde Chaparro - Duzinda
Challenges: Dread and read
Purchase details: got it for free from espejismo who got it in Brazil (not sure how/where)
Learner's notes: The book takes place in the 1930's and 1940's. I had to look up some words but not many. The hardest part was keeping up with who was whose brother, wife, cousin etc. Families used to be so big.
Representation notes: The book is about domestic violence and it's intended to help women recognize they're being abused [in heterosexual relationships]. The characters are ethnically diverse and based on real people. There are several descriptions of rape :cry:
There's a theme of victim vs survivor comparison that I feel uneasy about. However, abuse is definitely recognized as unfair in the book.
Other: There will be a movie based on this book. The author is active on fb and wordpress.
Overall the book feels a bit amateurish. It also just barely reaches 100 pages.
Finished on October 28.
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:09 am



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Book: Mijáilov - Las 19 copas mundiales de fútbol: datos estadísticos y análisis desde el punto de vista de la cienciometría
Challenges: Dread and read
Purchase details: Ordered in 2015 from ozon.ru for about 900-1000 roubles :? The Russian edition costs 400 roubles right now

Wow, what a disappointment. It's supposed to be an analysis of the World cups from a "scientometric" point of view. I expected something involving medicine and physics, maybe probability theory. Well this book just describes every World cup (up to 2010), the format used, which matches were played, who scored, some really basic stats like how many hattricks there were, and finally a section of some overall stats. When I was reading about the individual World cups I looked forward to the overall section, but remember that this book doesn't include the stats after 2010. So I found myself constantly wondering whether this or that record had been beaten yet, etc. Some facts were easy to look up, others had me counting manually because I was too curious :lol: Sometimes I knew one case from 2014-2018 fitting the description but wasn't sure whether there were any others.
Some expressions seem very clumsily translated, but I understand that when it comes to statistics, precision is really important, and maybe there's no better way to say it unambiguously. On some occasions the translation *is* imprecise though :cry: To the point that I could hardly understand what they meant.

Oh and there are literally 2 pages about "scientometrics", basically the Hirsch index adapted to football, and then some pages listing each team's attack index, defense index etc. Boring and pointless.

The book was published by URSS, a publishing house whose mission is to "preserve and expand the scientific heritage", basically promoting Soviet and Russian science, and translating scientific literature into Russian. Well... I'm sure there's some good stuff out there, but I'm very hesitant to give their publications another try.
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:44 am

Also, I've started a short stories challenge again :)
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:14 pm

Book: Maggie Nelson - The Argonauts
Challenges: Dread and read
Learner's notes: Very non-linear and confusing. I finished reading it while celebrating New Year, and then started rereading pretty much the whole thing. It's best read within a short time, especially if you're not familiar with the names she's referring to.
Once I got used to it, I honestly liked the (lack of) structure, but it's not for everyone. It's been translated into several languages but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're familiar with the topics in question. I've also seen English native speakers describe it as too messy and hard to read.
Representation notes: Problematic from an intersectional feminist perspective, probably too "leftie" from a non-feminist perspective.
What I found annoying to cringeworthy:
-The book is hailed for giving an insight into gender fluidity, but there are next to no mentions of that. Ok, it does describe her experience during and after her partner's transition, but that's it. To be fair, it's mostly a problem with the press coverage of the book. I definitely think that if you want to read about being gender fluid/non-binary/etc, you should seek out something else too.
-She describes how they had decided to name their kid Iggy and needed a longer "official" form. They didn't want to go for Ignatius and chose Igasho, a native American name. Her partner is supposedly part-Cherokee. They also got the "blessing" of a nurse who happens to be a "full tribe member" of Pima. But the name appears to be neither Cherokee nor Pima. And I found their reason to use it, well, superficial.
-Ableism with regard to speech defects
Other:
Surprisingly comforting about the topic of death. I didn't even know the topic is discussed but I really needed that after losing my grandmother a few months ago.
Also, New Year's Eve/day turned out to be a great time for reading about birth and death :)
I came across this book via Emma Watson's book club on goodreads (Our shared shelf), but obviously couldn't finish it within the designated month (May 2016). I'm not sure I even began it during that month.
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:00 pm

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Challenge: Mount TBR (here's a fellow participant's description in Portuguese)
Rules: Read 12+ books you owned as of January 1, 2019. If you started the book before 2019, you should read 50% or more this year (exception: books you read for last year's challenge but didn't finish). Audiobooks and E-books may count "if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books".
Target: 12 books, that's the minimal goal
Giveaway: yes

I really like the new rule! Well, I didn't participate last year, but I still have some unfinished books from 2016 :lol:

Tentative list:
La gatta di Varsavia
Gli eredi degli dei
U očekivanju potresa
Die verschwundene Trommel
Nummisuutarit
Fiorentina da impazzire
How the French won Waterloo (or think they did)
Värityskirja
Europa: nascita e affermazione di una civiltà
Eurolandia contro l'Europa
The Life and Times of an Ordinary Captain: Forty Years of Flying
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:28 am

Challenge: European reading challenge
Giveaway: yes (giftcard for the person who reads and reviews the most books)
Rules: read 1-5 books by European authors or taking place in Europe. Each author/country can only be used once. All genres count, including guidebooks. All formats count and rereads also do.

I signed up for this challenge in 2016 but now the host has confirmed it's fine to finish a book you've started before the year began :D Aiming for at least 5 books again.
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Re: Reading challenges: sign-up and reviews

Postby Serpent » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:34 pm

Challenge: Diversity challenge
Rules: Very flexible, no levels and many possibilities to choose from. Poetry, non-fiction, e-books, picture books etc all allowed.
Misc: Since 2015 or so I've kept starting "diverse" books but I've not been able to finish almost anything. My primary goal is to finish what I've already started. I'm a really slow reader and I know that right now it's better for me not to start anything new.
Target: Mine is to have 75% (or at least 2/3) of the books I read count for the challenge. (You don't need to set a goal if you don't want)

Challenge: Mental Health Reading Challenge
Rules: Same but specifically about mental health. Well, they say "all formats allowed" and "both fiction and non-fiction", but not sure about for example picture books. (not planning to read any)
Misc: The books I have in mind are about depression and drug/alcohol addiction.
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