Report for Book Challenges 2011

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I was optimistic, and decided to set myself some reading goals for 2011:

But as you may have gleaned from my excuses in Nov 2011, it looked like I was failing the challenge!

The records say:

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Jan 2012
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To Be Honest

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Ok, my attempts at the book challenges this year (12 e-books in 2011, Unfinished Books 2011) has been absymal.

I think my total reading is still consistent with the past few years. It just seems worse this year as I had set myself actual targets, a la the book challenges, and am falling far short! (1 out of 12 e-books, 2 out of 6 “unfinished” books)

I’m not going to bore you with the old excuse, “I didn’t have time to read”.

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Nov 2011
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The Art of Possibility (Unfinished Book #2)

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The Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander, finished Mar 2011. An excerpt from the story Tanya's Bow is shown.

I finished this book earlier this week 😀 It’s 2 out of 2 now! Yesh!!

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Made in America (Unfinished Book #1)

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Made in America, Bill Bryson, finished Mar 2011. An excerpt from the Wright Brothers/Kitty Hawk chapter shown.

Yes, it’s true! I actually finished an “unfinished book”. 1 out of 2 before March 2011 yo! 😀

I finished “Made in America” by Bill Bryson earlier this week, at lunchtime. Why is that important? To show that sometimes I read books at lunchtime. 😛

This book took me, in total, 6 years to finish. Homaigash.

But really, it’s a terrific read. There is a lot about word and phrase etymology, but I find that rather interesting. The stories contained within – about famous and not-so-famous people in America, who were either part of beginnings, endings, or in-betweens of cultural evolutions – are a delight to read.

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Mar 2011
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Origins of supermarkets; self-improvement to benefit others; and how TV ruins our lives (Unfinished Books, Q1 2011)

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So I thought I’d set a clearer goal than just, “Finish 6 previously unfinished books in a year“.

Hence, come 31 Mar 2011, I should have finished any 2 of the following books:

A little bit more about each book:
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