Friday, November 30, 2007

here be lists

The Fall Reading Challenge is drawing to a close and even though I am one and a half books shy of my goal, I am pretty pleased with my accomplishments.

Here are the books I read this fall:

How to be an Accordion Player - Geoff Berner
the Speaker of Mandarin - Ruth Rendell
Summer of My Amazing Luck - Miriam Toews
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
and half of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain

And look at the lovely award (look up ^ way up) that Captain Karen gave all the participants.
And with the fall challenge ending at midnight tonight, that can only mean the start of a fresh new reading challenge.
So I would like to invite you to head over to the fresh as new-fallen snow Winter Reading Challenge blog, where I will be posting my winter list, plus a little background as to why I chose those particular books. I'm sure many of the other participants will be sharing their lists as well, so it will be List Junkie Nirvana over there. Please come visit.. Who knows, you may feel tempted to stay and read a few books of your own.

And this being Friday and all, it's Friday Random Playlist time. That Minnesotan Cool Cat, he of the arty parties and the giant pumpkins is collecting your Friday Random 10, so lay it on him.

Here's the hand of ten that my shuffle threw down:
1. When you come knockin' - John-Rae and the River
2. A rush and a push and the land is ours - the Smiths
3. This town - Hot Hot Heat
4. Burn 2 ash - Chad VanGaalen
5. Belgium or Peru - Cuff the Duke
6. A change is gonna come - Billy Bragg
7. White light / white heat - the Velvet Underground
8. I hate rock n roll - the Jesus and Mary Chain
9. Editions of you - Mudhoney
10. Blue angel - Squirrel Nut Zippers

It's going to be bloody damn cold here this weekend, so other than braving the elements to go see Control while it is still screening at the great old theatre in Kensington, I am going to curl up with a book, my fuzzy blanket and the fireplace. I hope I have enough tea in the house.

What are you doing to ring in December? Remember to pace yourself; it's a long month.


phlegmfatale said...

There's an installation of a collection of video footage by the vid artist Phil Collins (not the musician) of people around the world singing Karaoke Smiths songs. I heard of this and thought of you. I plan to see it soon, and will give you a full report.

Allison said...

I feel so unread in comparison ;)

Is it really cold there now? I hope the elements are too bad and that you are able to take in Control.

To ring in December, I have a friend up for the weekend and we are going shopping and my list is a mile long. I plan to at least cut it in half so I don't have to go back out that will ever happen. Well, a girl can dream!

Happy Saturday!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That sounds delightful, Phlegmfatale! The dramatic possibilities alone are mindboggling. I would love to hear more.

It's cold this weekend, Al! But we are determined to make it to Control, as it looks to be the last weekend for it.
You are ringing in December in fine style, I hope you have a great visit, and don't be held slave to the list. I must must must make my brandy fruitcake this weekend, should have done so 2 weeks ago.

justacoolcat said...

I'm also among the unwashed and underread masses, but I think I'll send The Wifey to the reading lists.Her nose is always in a book. Do you have anyone hitting SciFi?

~ He of the arty parties

mellowlee said...

Wow, that's a lot of reading! I almost picked up a copy of Fight Club, but I had already picked up three other books, which came to $55 with coupons. Maybe next book shopping trip :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wifey may even want to join the Winter Reading Challenge, Just A of the arty parties. There's still lots of time.
There were a few people who covered fantasy during the Fall challenge, so I would not be at all surprised to see some SciFi in there.

Go to the library, Mel! That's where I get most of my books.

BeckEye said...

I just finished reading Lolita, which was excellent. I wanted to read more of Nabokov's work, but when I stopped at the bookstore yesterday, I decided to grab another unread classic before going deeper into any one catalog, so I picked up Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.

Anonymous said...

Great reading list, I have not read any of those. Good for you!
I hope to do some personal reading on my University break during the month of Dec.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have never read Lolita, Beckeye, although that did show up on a what novel are you quizz that I did the other day. I need to keep it in mind, though, as I would like to read some of the classics I missed.
Love Vonnegut!

Hi, Artifacts, welcome! That's the best part of Christmas break, isn't it? Time for reading. Oh and pyjama day, that's also a great part of Christmas break.

Anonymous said...

Lets try this again. "leave your comments, enter word verification characters,click anonymous button and publish your comment". Easy my ass or it doesn't appear to be on my computer thingy!
On CBC radio this morning, I hear as I was sipping on my second, yes only second cup of coffee, that shopping is being compared to the modern day hunting and gathering. I knew there was a reason why I was so good at purchasing things.
Four hours in Ikea is nothing compared to what it could of been with a licenced restaurant and all those comfy beds.
Deep down, I believe a closet shopper is lying in wait and just needs the right stimulus to emerge.
Anyhow thanks for the great visit and the privilege of being part of your family for a week. It was really great.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha you are a hunter-gatherer, Bruno!

I wonder how long one could hang out in IKEA drinking beer and then going for a wee sleep in one of the Huskubernar beds before getting ejected from the premises. Those Swedes are a pretty accepting lot, but I am sure they have their limits.

It was beyond fabulous to have you here, Bruno. Come back soon.

Dale said...

Good luck with the new reading challenge. I'll be playing the home game and hope to win lots of parting gifts!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Don't forget to jump up and down and clap a lot whilst playing, Dale. The cameras love that stuff.

Will said...

I did read half - or maybe more like a third or a quarter - of Please Kill Me. I think it's a good book to have around to pick up time and again. Guess I'm not much up for the challenge though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I actually assumed I was going to pick it up for a read now and then, Will, but I am actually reading it all the way through, because it is pretty fascinating. And outrageous.