Posted by: istop4books | January 6, 2008

New Year, New Challenge

I’m starting off 2008 by participating in the Set It Yourself bookcrossing challenge:12 weeks to complete, 6 TBRs, 2 bookclub books, 3 books from other bookcrossing, and to keep up the the Les Miserables readalong.

Just finished: Alexander McCall’s The Kalahari Typing School for Men, a very pleasant, very easy way to start the year:


Currently reading: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, translation by Fahnestock and MacAffee

From Fantine, Book One:

About the death penalty: “Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing?”

On fear: ” Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.”

On revolution: “..the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over, men recognize that the human race has been harshly treated but that it has moved forward.”

On tyranny: “Man has one tyrrant: Ignorance.”

On success: “Success is a hideous thing. Its false similarity to merit deceives men. Success — pretender to talent.”

Bookcrossing Readalong

On the needles: My So-Called Scarf in Misti Alpaca, dark brown for Alex

Just finished: Rollin’ Beret

Made in a day with handpainted yarn sent to me by my secret santa buddy from Ravelry: rainwomanknits. Turned out very pretty. The pattern is Rollin’ Beret by Wooly Wormhead – Thanks!

A HUNK IN THE HOOD: (actually finished Dec 30)My hunk of a kid in a hoodie knit up in Cascade 220



  1. Alexander McCall Smith has a lot of great books but I think there are all better heard than read. You can get them used cheaply. The number 1 Ladies Detective series read by Lisette Lecat is brilliant. She’s a number 1 reader. What you get is all the flow of the language.

    We are currently listening to Love Over Scotland which is the sequel to 44 Scotland street. The reader sound like Sean Connery.

    I think the worst series is the Sunday Philosopher series. The reader is okay but it just doesn’t flow very well.

    We also got into the Portugese Irregular Verbs series which is humorously pompus. The reader does a great job of getting all the German right. I wish he’d right more of this series.

  2. I listened to The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs with my husband during a road trip, and we both enjoyed it; however, I seem to be technically unable to listen to an audio book without getting terribly distracted and sleepy. My mind wanders and I find myself backtracking constantly when listening, which is a shame, I realize, because I’m missing out.

    Thanks for the heads up, though! Maybe on our next road trip, with my husband to keep me in line, we’ll listen to another one.

  3. Instead of listening to it straight through try listen to a chapter or two at a time. We live 10 miles from everything, so we put on a story and get about 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

    Also sometimes it’s the genre. We find that some of the crime novels work well because there’s less talk and more action. We’ve listened to almost all the Robert B. Parker novels, several of the Elmore Leonard novels and even some of the Ian Rankin novels about Detective John Rebus in Edingburgh. It’s funny that in Love of Scotland, Alexander Smith takes a little shot a Ian Rankin.

    We actually found that the Suasage Dog novels got better by hearing them all. The last one was really over the top.

    Another read we liked was Tim Curry. He reads all the Limony Snicket books. He’s way over the top.

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