Season 2. Episode 13: The Trio On 25 in 2020 Challenge

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Books book and more books.  This year Frances, my mother, Sarah, my sister and I have embarked on a challenge to read 25 books in 2020.   This is our first installment, the beginning.  More to come.

So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Music by Ennio Mano “Birds of Paradise” Epidemic Sound

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Jo Malo says:

    I agree with Frances. Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov are two of the greatest novels ever written! And as Sarah talks about reading unpleasant books, with so many excellent books to read, why continue with something we don’t care for? I’ve started and put down a couple already this year, so the Oscar Wilde quote really hits home. Rebecca, I just feel your joyful and competitive spirit will meet your reading challenge…only 2.083 books a month! Go, Rebecca 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am excited that I have found “The Idiot” on audible. I don’t know the plot, the ending – I promise I won’t look at the end or skip ahead in my haste to know what’s next. I agree that life is too short to read something that causes unnecessary angst especially if it goes counter to your value system. I truly appreciate your guidance in my choice of books. I haven’t been in the fiction section for years. It’s fun to come back… Many hugs coming your way…

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    2. My tendency is to keep reading, even if I don’t particularly like the book. Now that I think about it, that may be the result of my upbringing: one must finish what one started! There is also an element of curiosity: if I can get to the end, maybe I’ll be able to see what this strange beast actually is. That said, I remember reading several books (three, I think) written my first workshop professor in grad school. By the time I finished reading the last one, a very misogynistic consciousness and worldview had emerged, and I wanted no part of reading any more.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        I know exactly what you mean – “you must persevere, never give up, respect the book, finish your vegetables.” I think that is why I decided to go to non-fiction because I already new the story and I was looking for details. And yet, it was a non-fiction read when I realized that I had to change, that my time was precious and sometimes a book was not worthy of my time. I have come to see reading as a connection, a trust between reader and writer. We enter the world of the writer, and sometimes that world clashes with our values and societal norms. That is not to say that I am closed to new thought and knowledge. It is just that I am not open as you said in your insightful words, to “misogynistic consciousness and worldview.” I am with you on that account. Always enjoy our conversations.

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  2. elisabethm says:

    That’s a great challenge! I hope you’ll join me in #theeugeneoneginchallenge 😉

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I found the translation by James E. Falen on Audible so that I will be able to listen to the words. I also found a Kindle version to follow along. I am excited about #theeugeneoneginchallenge and will be with you every step of the way. Thank you for sending the link with Stephen Fry’s rendition. As always, he is brilliant. https://youtu.be/lZ9VLGWK8Zk I love these literary adventures that take me to another time and another place. Thank you Elisabeth!

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      1. elisabethm says:

        That’s wonderful news! So happy that you’re joining #theeugeneoneginchallenge 💕Thank you for your support!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Thank you for introducing me to Pushkin, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Pasternak, Gogol…..more adventures ahead. Bringing lots of tea.

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  3. Resa says:

    What a fab challenge!
    I’ve been reading more the last few years. It’s so very enjoyable.
    I tried to read Dostoyevski’s Notes From Underground. I returned it to the library 2 weeks ago. After chapter 4, I was confused about if I was a mouse or an insect.
    However, Life by Kieth Richards was so much fun, and Red Notice by Bill Browder was eye opening… big time.
    I also read 3 Bukowski books in the last year. The Post Office book had me on my side laughing.
    I read books by our WP authors. Shehanne Moore is a fave of mine. I’m reading The Blue-Eyed Cat by Mike Steeden right now.
    If you need a quick entertaining read, I wrote a book. It’s a free download. It’s very contemporary, and if you need a quick read to help fulfill the challenge, just let me know!
    LOL!!!
    Fab podcast, Rebecca!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      PLEASE send your book or the link. I have placed it on my to-read list for 2020. And remember, the invitation to go into the “podcasting from the distance” unknown is always open. Would love to get your insight into Bukowski – I have never read his books. We are connected by books and reading. Hugs coming your way.

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      1. Resa says:

        Here it is!
        https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/artists/
        {{Hugs}}
        I’ve got to go back and check out that podcasting from a distance!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Fabulous – thank you! Looking forward to reading your book, Resa!!! And yes, check out that podcasting from a distance!!! Hugs!

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      3. Resa says:

        Yes… now I remember!! LOL!

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  4. I enjoyed listening to the conversation. (Who wouldn’t? It’s about books!) I also grew up without a television and read all the time. I miss those days of being curled up in a chair reading for the entire day. I look forward to the comic book discussion. (Or should I say “graphic novel” discussion?) I am very curious about what you’ll choose.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      So here is my confession! I found a graphic novel, but it isn’t a novel. It is a New York Times Bestseller by Jim Ottaviani, Illustrated by Leland Purvis. Are you ready for the name?!!! Here it is: “The Imitation Game.” Alan Turing Decoded. If you have any suggestions for a Graphic “Novel” please let me know. P.S. I too miss those days of reading for hours.

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