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I doubt I'll be able to make 50 myself, but, hey, I am all for lofty goals.
(Plus our What are you reading now? topic is getting rather long.)
Happy New Year, all!
I just finished Omnivores Dilemma which was great. Now I'm thinking about You: An Owners Manual
My list beyond that is
Getting Started Knitting Socks
My Name is Red
The Screwtape Letters
The Divine Comedy
The Robber Bride
The Knitters Book of Yarn
The Mysts of Avalon
A Distant Mirror
Crime and Punishment
The Lathe of Heaven
The Meaning of Wife
Don Quixote is on my planned list, too.
Have a study guide: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitNote/Ulysses.id-153.html
I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, though. Very sweet read.
10> You use the county system, yes? I use the city system's website - I find it easy to renew through it, but I have other complaints.
No more TV when I get home: I must read!
Anyway, I finished The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
It was very good! But a bit cathartic for some, I do believe. I did post a review for the world to see.
I am rereading two books. Jurassic Park and Neuromancer. We'll see how that goes. I have not read the former since Junior High...we'll see how much I remember.
and its too beautiful a day out there to waste it studying, so I think I'll twist the boys' arms and head for the park to read a bit more...
Into the Wild -I reread it for the first time since it was first published
Afoot and Afield in San Diego County -my boys are starting to enjoy hiking
The Warded Man -library thing ARC , very enjoyable
Thunderstruck- gift for Christmas, a true life tale of murder and the beginning of radio
Travels with Charley- a fun read
Angels and Demons- needed something to read while in Big Bear.
I'm not sure what's next.
So far, I have three down, The Will of the Empress, Physical Science in the Middle Ages and Minima Moralia. Only 47 more to go!
And I have three books-in-progress: Harry Potter et L'École des Sorciers (which is going dreadfully slowly, due to my terrible French), The Scientific Revolution (which I read on my brand-new Kindle whenever I find myself on a bus/train/tram/metro with some spare time) and Possessing Nature (the book I *should* be devoting all of my time to finishing, but am not....)
Here's my reading for January:
Books Read in 2009, * indicates reread
1. Eight Cousins* by Louisa May Alcott
2. Rose in Bloom* by Louisa May Alcott
3. Ambulance Ship by James White
4. Mort* by Terry Pratchett
5. Soul Music* by Terry Pratchett
6. Frederica* by Georgette Heyer
7. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
8. The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells
9. The Annotated Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
10. The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett
11. Rilla of the Lighthouse* by Grace May North
12. Ginnie Come Lately by Carola Dunn
13. Griffin's Castle by Jenny Nimmo
14. The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
15. Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
If you are interested in my reviews, check out
There, I think I finally have it working. I should have checked it earlier when I first posted it!
Anyway, in spite of it being a vacation, I did not get a lot of time to relax. I finished a great little novel called Three Minutes on Love, of which I received from the Early Reviewer. I reviewed it...and I even sent the LT link to the author. She wrote me back telling me that she really liked the review I gave her.
I am now reading The Master and Margarita. OMG, what a fun book so far!
I also finished and reviewed Jurassic Park. It's interesting rereading it as an adult versus when I read it while in Middle School... It was still entertaining, but I got something else out of it... I understood the philosophies.
Happy Reading, and thanks for being a San Diego Bibliophile!
(We are really up there on the list of messages and members.)
I just finished, last Monday, a book called Altered Carbon that was very good. It's a hard-boiled mystery novel set in the far future, which lead to an interesting genre and premise in of itself.
I have recently discovered a new genre called Bizarro. It's a more modern take on the Weird genre of the 20s and 30s that H. P. Lovecraft is known for. Because of this, I am now reading The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange). It is not something I would recommend to everyone merely due to the potentially offensive nature of the stories, but they are imaginative (and not to mention enjoyable) nonetheless.
Books Read in 2009, * indicates reread, message # indicates where review is:
16. Twisted Tales From Shakespeare by Richard Armour (msg 76)
17. Remake by Connie Willis (msg 83)
18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (msg 90)
19. The Reluctant Widow* by Georgette Heyer (msg 95)
20. A Little Princess* by Frances Hodgson Burnett (msg 98)
21. Tinker by Wen Spencer (msg 105)
22. These Old Shades* by Georgette Heyer (msg 114)
23. The Rescue of Ranor* by Wilanne Schneider Belden (msg 118)
24. Devil's Cub* by Georgette Heyer (msg 128)
25. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (msg 128)
26. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
27 So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson
28. Miss Seldon's Suitors by Jeanne Savery
29. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
30. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
31. The Grand Sophy* by Georgette Heyer
32. Small Gods* by Terry Pratchett
33. The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson
34. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
35. The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
36. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
I am not sure what I want to read next...maybe some borrowed books I should return ;)
Another great book about Poland during that time is The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945. This is a memoir written by the Polish musician Władysaw Szpilman. He tells how he and his family survived living in the Warsaw Ghetto, the deportation of Jews to extermination camps, the 1943 destruction of the Ghetto, and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising during World War II.
Szpilman wrote this book in 1945, directly after the war. According to his son, “it enabled him to work through his shattering wartime experiences and free his mind and emotions to continue on with his life.”
I started two more: Tipping the Velvet (set 19c England) and The Glass Castle (my book group seems to pick a lot of memoirs). I'm enjoying Tipping, although not quite as much as Fingersmith so far.
Anyone out there? What are you all reading?
I finished Elsewhere. Current reads are Persuasion (Austen) and Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri). The former is the best book I've read all year (then again, I've read it at least 15 times), and the latter is excellent. Next I'll read Lahiri's The Namesake before starting her latest, Unaccustomed Earth, which is for my reading group in June.
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