May Group Challenge 2020

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May Group Challenge 2020

Abr 20, 2020, 5:20am

I hope everyone is keeping well and safe and that your reading is proving to be a comfort and distraction.
I must admit to purchasing a few (well, quite a few!) books online this month. It is always a joy to open a parcel of books!

Continuing with the 'keep it simple' theme, this month's challenge is to read a book title with the least number of words. So if you have not read all the one word titles (and you can access one of them), read a one word title. If not, move on to two word titles. And so on.

Happy reading!

Abr 20, 2020, 5:28am

Good idea for a challenge. I will go for the Vassilis Vassilikos’ unbeatably brief title Z!

Abr 20, 2020, 5:30am

>2 puckers: Definitely the winner for the shortest title. Lucky you hadn't read it yet - you are getting so close to the end of the list!

I think I will go with either Voss or Shirley.

Abr 20, 2020, 7:05am

>3 JayneCM: if someone wants to equal the shortest title there is also John Berger’s G.

Abr 20, 2020, 7:11am

Loving by Henry Green is on my list. I'll try to get to it in May.

Abr 20, 2020, 7:36am

Excellent challenge! I am going to read Tarr by Wyndham Lewis. It's a book I've kind of been dreading, based on the last book I read by him, the memorable yet overwhelmingly annoying Self Condemned. At least this one has.... a short title.

Abr 20, 2020, 7:52am

>4 puckers: Two single letter titles - I didn't know that! I really need to sit down and read through the entire list more thoroughly. I haven't been looking for any of the more obscure titles yet. I'm sure there are some that I will have trouble finding.

Editado: Abr 20, 2020, 8:04am

>4 puckers: But G. (and V. ) have a period/full stop so they are two-character titles. :)

I will probably read either Nadja or Nana.

Abr 20, 2020, 9:20am

I read G earlier this year so maybe I'll give Z a go.

Abr 20, 2020, 1:50pm

I am going to go with We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

Abr 22, 2020, 8:31pm

I think I'll read Cost.

Editado: Abr 23, 2020, 11:20am

I'm thinking Voss, Pnin, Trawl, or Fury. I have all of those ready to go.

I have not read G, V, or Z, but G is only one that I already have a copy of in my home library.

I noticed that Marya is coming out on audiobook 4/28. I have it on hold through overdrive. I no longer have a 3 hour commute now, so audiobooks aren't as convenient.

Abr 23, 2020, 2:31pm

>12 BentleyMay: I too no longer have a commute and it's really eaten into my "reading" time! I miss my audiobooks.

Maio 1, 2020, 1:11pm

Finished Cost today and it was worth the read. Roxana Robinson's use of language is skilled and evocative, and while I definitely felt the Northeast/WASPiness of the characters, they also were complex and deep. For a novel about addiction, it didn't feel agenda driven.

Maio 2, 2020, 1:12pm

I finished Crossfire yesterday - not the usual 1001 fare in my mind - a book about a young Japanese woman who uses her power of pyrokinesis to kill bad people who escape justice. It was pretty good, although some things seemed a bit unbelievable (if you can accept the premise of pyrokinesis to begin with!), like the relationship that develops between Junko and a young man she meets who can 'push' people to do what he wants.

Maio 26, 2020, 2:49pm

I completed my read of We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. I was intrigued by the fact that this book was published before Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four and obviously influenced both authors of those books. I wasn't overly impressed by the story however. I read both Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four at a much younger age, and they made more of an impact on me.

Maio 28, 2020, 5:48am

And I am currently reading two books with one word titles. But it is a little bit of a cheat as they are both from the 1001 Childrens' Books list. With the boys at home, a lot of my reading has changed to reading aloud to them.
So we are reading Inkheart and Pinocchio at the moment.