I'm new to this community and I started a list at the beginning of this year, just writing down all of the books that I read durning the year for fun. I found the old list in my room and decided to finish writing all of the books that I have read.
Before I was finished writing my thoughts were, Hey it would be cool to have read 100 books this year but sadly I have not done that, I have reached 86 books though and I will continue reading until the end of the year. It's possible for my to read 2 books and a half in a day (though I only have ebooks left and I'm not able to be on everyday) so it might be possible for me to come close or even reach the goal. I don't think that I will end up doing it but I do think that I will keep reading until the end of the year and see what happens.
I do not have reviews for every book that I have read this year but I will post a list under an LJ Cut (I only have the titles because I never wrote down the author names though if they are needed then i can figure it out) and At the beginning of next year that is something that I will start doing.
Now I've just started Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts. :)
I knew there was a discrepancy between my Reader2 list and my posts in here. I figured out what it was. I skipped book 25! Argh!
So I'm a book further behind than I thought I was. Eep!
So, book 25 will be Getting Things Done
which I will finish tonight. :)
Then I will continue with Book 48 which will likely be Dude, Where's My Country?
. Maybe. :)
Tue, Dec. 26th, 2006, 12:53 am
misquoted: Book 47
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I read this as an undergrad, but it's been a while. I really like this book -- love his writing style and the way he makes you see and feel what he's seeing and feeling. And I like the story as well. :)
Almost done with GTD. :)
Book 49 was "Six Legged Sex: The Erotic Life of Bugs" by James K. Wangberg (Marjorie C. Leggitt, Illustrator). It was a very fun read, but not very deep. I liked the silly illustrations, but I would have liked actual anatomically-correct drawings for some chapters. Two pieces of the odd trivia I learned were that some bugs can make music with their penises, and other bugs give silk-wrapped "presents" of dead prey to their sweethearts the way we humans give boxes of candy. The book just skimmed several topics and didn't go into much detail on any particular subject, but that's what serious books on entomology are for.
Book 50 was "Good in Bed," a novel by Jennifer Weiner. I was warned that this was fluffy chick lit, and it is, but well-written. I loved the main character, and even though I found parts of the plot to be unrealistic, the character's feelings and reactions always rang true for me, especially the parts about struggling with weight and body image. I cried a lot at the end of the book and plan to read more of Weiner's novels in '07.( the other books I've read this year:Collapse )
I'm part-way through "The Persian Pickle Club" by Sandra Dallas, and I think that might actually make 51 books in '06 for me as I should be able to finish it in the next few days. Additionally, I'm still reading "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin, but I don't think I'll finish that before the year is out.
Sun, Dec. 24th, 2006, 10:21 pm
misquoted: Book 46
Teenage Romance, or How to Die of Embarrassment
by Delia Ephron.
My daughter was having a cranky evening, so I found this book on my shelf and started reading it with her to cheer her up. It's a funny little cartoon book about being a teenager, and it cheered her up. :) So I re-read it. It had been years...well, since I was a teenager. :)
So that's book 46.
I'm getting a little worried that I won't make the goal, but I do have a week of hanging out in Seattle with a good deal of free time. I also have the airport tomorrow, and the plane, though I'll likely sleep on the plane.
Four books to go.
I'm more than halfway through Getting Things Done
I'm more than halfway through The Great Gatsby
I've started a few other books but am not even a quarter of the way through them...if I finish them, great. If not, I'll start them again for next year.
I'm bringing those two books listed with me to Seattle, plus Memoirs of a Geisha
and To Kill a Mockingbird
I can do it. :P
Yay, the goofiness is fixed and I have in fact read 45 books. Five to go!
Those will likely be:
The Great Gatsby
Getting Things Done
In My Father's House
The Onassis Women
To Kill a Mockingbird (maybe...I've only barely started it so I might have to start over)
Aristotle and Christina
and maybe a little comic book I gave to my daughter to make her laugh...it used to be mine and I used to love it.
Anyway, five of those.
That leads me to a question:
There are a handful of books that I started this year but never finished. What are you guys doing about that situation? Is anyone else in that situation? Will you count those books for '07 if you finish them?
Some of mine are books I barely started (like things I've purposely left in Seattle), so I'll start those over. Some are books I had trouble getting into or through. Some are books I just didn't get around to finishing for whatever reason, but I've read enough to know I want to finish, but also don't want to start over for '07.
Book 45? I think so. (I'm not sure because this community is not showing me all my posts, and I'm going by my Reader2 numbers which I know to be off by one, and that list says I've read 44 books so far this year.
Paper Moon by Joe David Brown.
The movie made from this novel is one of my favorites, though I'd never read the book. I got both the book and the movie for Christmas this year (early! yay!) and I've read the book already. I LOVED it.
I did this one in reverse too -- saw the movie way before reading the book, but I'm glad I did. The movie was made from the first half of the book so seeing the movie later might have made me go "huh? what about the rest??" while seeing the movie and then reading the book gave me the feeling of "ooh! there's more!"
Also, if anyone can read this, please comment so I know. I cannot read anything in this community for the last little while. Not sure if it's my LJ or the community. I've notified the moderator. Thanks!
Book 48 was Octavia Butler's collection of five short stories and two essays, called "Bloodchild." When she died earlier this year, I decided I wanted to read all the books I could find by her that I hadn't already read, since I think she's an excellent author. I read "Clay's Ark" earlier this year, but I have a few of hers left to read in '07. The short stories were good, though I believe I've already read at least two of them in anthologies. I also liked her two essays on writing a great deal. Her one-word piece of advice for aspiring writers? Persist.
I'm confident I'm going to make it through 50 books by the end of the year, and maybe even more than that since I have some time off work coming up soon. At the moment, I'm part-way through "Six Legged Sex: The Erotic Life of Bugs" by James K. Wangberg (Marjorie C. Leggitt is the Illustrator) and "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin.( the other books I've read this year:Collapse )
Okay, I have fallen behind. But I intend to go down swinging, so we will see how far I can get.
Anyway, today's batch:06 - 159/208:
Singleton, George - Novel: a novel
- 335 pages; 06 - 160/208:
Furutani, Dale - Jade Palace Vendetta
- 222 pages; 06 - 161/208:
Furutani, Dale - Kill the Shogun
- 230 pages; 06 - 162/208:
Gross, Terry - All I Did was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists
- 353 pages; 06 - 163/208:
Block, Lawrence - All the Flowers are Dying
- 288 pages
Tue, Dec. 12th, 2006, 11:45 pm
Some of these posts aren't showing up for me, hence my goofy counting. I think I've fixed my numbering though.