Two-Thirds Book Challenge Update 11

This is update 11 in the Two-Thirds Book Challenge.


My Two-Thirds Book Challenge – Book 18

Tracing Stars by Erin E. Moulton

“I loved it. The characters, quirky and real, are like anyone you might know having grown up in New England, especially if you grew up in tourist traps and/or with fisherman. … I couldn’t put it down. I have already recommended it to local awards committees.”

My Two-Thirds Book Challenge – Book 19
Sneaky Pie for President by Rita Mae Brown

“I think it’s fun that, in an election year, RMB really tried to get into the brains of critters and what issues they might get behind. …

While the concept is a really fun way to frame a slice of politics and I appreciate the plot that leads up to Sneaky Pie announcing her candidacy, but most of the time it felt forced. … Probably not the best choice for your first RMB, but definitely worth adding to your list.”


Appetite for Life, The Biography of Julia Child by Noël Riley Fitch

“This book has been a long time in the reading. I started reading it not long after seeing the movie Julie and Julia. …

For as much time as it took me to read the whole thing I can say that it was completely worth it. … The details that are including are sometimes cumbersome to wade through, especially for a slow reader such as myself, but the complete picture that emerges could not be more worth it.”

little princes by Conor Grennan

“The book is adventure, hope, and all things good rolled up into one. I can’t tell you how many times it had me teary eyed or in full blown tears. Happy tears.”

About the lost children of Nepal see also Next Generation Nepal



“… I’m pretty sure it is THE PERFECT BOOK to read in those circumstances. It’s trashy enough – a young married girl seduces a king! who is then seduced by her sister! who convinces him to leave his faithful wife and take on Rome in order to get her in bed! and then maybe seduces her brother because she can’t manage to give the king a male heir! – to pick up and put down between dips in the lake or shots in the arm or x-rays. It’s enthralling enough – lush descriptions of food and dancing and sex and the countryside, at least reasonably accurate English history – to keep the reader distracted from the fact that her arm is in traction and her summer plans have been derailed. And it’s thick enough, at 672 pages, to last through those interminable appointments, waiting for bad news but hoping for good.

In short: an excellent beach read. Maybe not an excellent READ, but an excellent beach read, and just what the doctor ordered for my broken arm summer.”


Miss E wasn’t all that satisfied with this book and its approach to the topic. But since slowness is its topic I’ll refrain from attempting to abstract her review and leave it to you to mosey on over to that link and read it for yourself.


Well, folks and 2/3 Challenge readers, only one more month left. Will we individually attain our stated goals? We will be OK with ourselves even if we don’t? Big questions that cannot be answered until next month. Which, at this point, is in two more weeks.

Sorry for the late post again this month. Two trips over the Cascades to Corvallis so Sara could attend training were the main delaying factors this month.



2 thoughts on “Two-Thirds Book Challenge Update 11

  1. The funny thing is that when I read Elizabeth’s review of In Praise of Slowness when she posted it I immediately got the book off the shelf at work and read it in two days. I wasn’t entirely satisfied with it either but at least it is (ironically) a quick read.

  2. 😀

    I understand about the book not being entirely satisfying but it is exactly the kind of book (and there are many) that I was referring to in my review of Albom’s The Time Keeper [ ].

    One I would recommend, although it has been a few years since I read it, is Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow time in the Information Age. Another might be Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey’s Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out, but I honestly don’t remember what I thought of it.

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