Category Archives: The Numbers Challenge

Thoughts on Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange (by Bethany – the Numbers Challenge, Month #2)

Jill and I have a long history with Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange – a story that involves King Lear and Fr. Murphy and those long, dull days at the very end of one’s high school career … Continue reading

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Jill’s second update on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

I have made steady progress since my last update. I’ve gotten to page 206. I’m enjoying K and C (which is how I’m referring to this book from now on. The actual title is too much) quite a bit, and … Continue reading

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Early thoughts on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  When I learned what my July Numbers Challenge book was, I was happy. I’ve been a devoted buyer of Michael Chabon’s books for years now, since I saw the movie version of Wonder Boys about a hundred years ago, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Beginning of Robinson Crusoe (by Bethany)

I have been pitifully slow getting started with Robinson Crusoe. I’ve been pitifully slow getting through all of my reading lately, really. Even Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – which is long, yes, but not difficult – is going … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

I finished The Book Thief on the first full day of my vacation this past Friday.  It was a new and exciting experience for me: my first time “off the grid” in almost two years.  Of course, I’ve been away … Continue reading

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Update on Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

So a million years ago, or in 2011, my friend Martha directed me to a website wherein a guy named Mark does play-by-play summaries and commentaries of various books.  Super-detailed ones.  And he once read The Book Thief.  I read … Continue reading

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And a new reading challenge begins: Early thoughts on Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is my first book in our Numbers Challenge.  This book was released to marked fanfare in 2005.  I remember seeing it in the bookstores at the time and being infinitely disappointed that a book called … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge Announcement!

Bethany and I will one day finish the AP English Challenge, we swear.  But we’ve been talking about what to do as our next book-reading challenge for a while now and I initially thought of picking one book a month … Continue reading

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