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18 June 2007 @ 11:31 pm
Over the years I've developed a group of books that I own, but for some reason haven't read. This summer I'm planning to read as many of them as possible. Here's the list in no particular order:

1. Harry Potter 5 by JK Rowling
2. Harry Potter 6 by JK Rowling
3. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
4. Emma by Jane Austen
5. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
6. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
8. One Flew Over the Cookoos Next by Ken Kesey
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
10. Kidnapped by Robert Lewis Stevenson
11. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
12. Peter Pan by JM Barrie
13. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates
14. Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll
15. Harry Potter 7

(Just thought I'd share)
18 June 2007 @ 08:31 am
Has anyone read the following books:
-The Last Town on Earth - Thomas Mullen
-Thirteen Moons - Charles Frazier
-Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume
-Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West - Hampton Sides

I'm just wondering how they were & if they're worth reading. I've read Charles Frazier & Hampton Sides' other books & loved them, so I'm hoping these books are good as well!
08 June 2007 @ 12:02 am
If I wanted to see more reviews, why not getting the ball rolling and start a new one myself?

Author: A.M. Homes
Book: This book will save your life
Pages: 372
Publisher: Granta Books

I recently finished reading This book will save your life; the novel itself reads as delicious as the doughnuts on the book's jacket in real life would taste.

The protagonist Richard Novak takes us on an extraordinary journey, starting from his beautiful LA home. So out of touch with his own feelings, but equipped with housekeeper, nutritionist and physical trainer, Richard wakes one day with an all-consuming pain landing him in the ER.

When he befriends Anhil, the owner of a doughnut shop, he's getting seduced by the shop owner's sugary baked goods. Richard assesses his life/style as various circumstances are about to interfere with his daily routine...

A.M. Homes' writing is imaginative and laughable. It has been a delight to plunge into Richard Novak's life, accompanying him as he transforms from a wealthy day trader into a good samaritan.

Grade: A

Are there any other delicious novels by A.M. Homes you liked?
03 June 2007 @ 09:55 pm

One book that changed your life: 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand; it ruined the study of architecture for me, but became the book I will spend the rest of my life living up to.

One book that your have read more than once: Every book I own (well over 500, after only about 8 years) I bought because my library complained about having me underfoot when I browsed and never having more than half their stock on shelf once I'd checked out; the one with the highest count is probably 'The Hobbit' by J.R.R. Tolkien.

One book that you would want on a desert island: 'The Complete Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; by the time I work my way through all the stories, I'll have muddled enough of the details from the beginning to make re-reading worth while.

One book that made you laugh: 'Good Omens' by T. Pratchett & N. Gaiman; anything by Pratchett or Dahl will do it for me.

One book that made you cry: 'The Queen of Attolia' by Megan Whalen Turner; I read this fairly late, at about 12, but just scant pages in and I was an emotional wreck. A word though, that was mostly due to having read the first book by Megan Whalen Turner, 'The Thief', and knowing the characters from that.

One book you wish had been written: 'Animagus Winter' by Ellis Graveworthy (alias

); it is, alas, fanfiction, set in an earlier era of J.K. Rowling's 'Wizarding World', but so separate and original and- just so beautiful in premise that I pray for its complete creation.

One book you wish had never been written: I cannot think of a single instance; this feels akin to saying "I've got matches" ... at a book burning.

One book you are currently reading: Oh good, you're aware that people read roughly a half-dozen books at a time; 'Scaramouche' by Rafael Sabatini has priority at the moment.

One book you have been meaning to read: My reading summer reading list is just 13 books long, but gets interspersed by what ever catches my attention at the library and/or bookstore.

And the variants ...

A book that freaked you out: 'Thief of Souls' by Ann Benson; it deals with Gilles de Rais, graphically.

A book you thought you shouldn't be reading: 'The Love Slave' by Beatrice Small; I was 11 at the time, so its understandable, but it was really good for filling in my knowledge of sex.

A book that scared you: 'The Dark Thirty' by Patricia C. McKissack; first read at age 8 and 'The Gingi' still makes me flinch at shadows.

A book that reminds you of yourself: 'Love Walked In' by Marisa de los Santos; it pretty much predicts my life but I won't complain since it has a believably complicatedly happy ending.

A book that took time to get into but turned out to be wonderful: I'll read almost anything, so a book that requires brute strength makes it a waste of trees and ink.

A book that you wished you lived: 'Rose Daughter' by Robin McKiney because my first love was the Beast.

A book that you couldn't put down and had to read in one sitting: 'The Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson which was unfortunate due to the fact it was a family-get-together weekend.

A book series that you read: 'His Dark Materials' by Philip Pullman.

Current Mood: nerdy
NO BOOKS will ever be as good as the ones I read when I was 12 years old. I just realized that recently.

A book that you read many times: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A book that made you laugh: Don't Care High by Gordan Korman

A book that made you cry: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

A book that freaked you out: I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier

A book that you thought you shouldn't be reading: Go Ask Alice

A book that scared you: The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

A book that reminded you of yourself: Happily Ever After... Almost by Judie Wolkoff

A book that took time to get into, but turned out to be wonderful: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

A book that you wished you lived: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

A book that you couldn't put down and read in one sitting: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A book series that you read: All the Romana books by Beverly Cleary
24 May 2007 @ 11:17 pm

Moth Smoke
Author: Moshin Hamid
Pages: 256
Genre: Modern Fiction

Synopsis (from www.granta.com): The year is 1998, the summer of Pakistan's nuclear tests, and Daru has just managed to lose his job in Lehore. As the economy crumbles around him, his electricity is cut off, and the jet set parties behind high walls, Daru takes the bright steps of falling for his best friend's wife and giving heroin a try. This is the story of his decline.

Review: Honestly, I picked up this book because the library didn't have his most recent work, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and I wanted to read something Pakistani. Within the first 20 pages I was hooked, drawn in by Hamid's minimalistic yet poetic style and his amazing character, Daru. The story is mostly told from Daru's point of view, but there are vignettes separating the 'chapters' that give you insight into the supporting character's world and interpretation of Daru and the events of the book. I polished the thing off in 3 days, unable to put it down. I was a bit put off by the drug use, but Hamid even made that aspect of Daru seem charming, and a natural thing for this character to do. I was quite drawn into Daru's mind, and his way of thinking, and his surroundings. Hamid's descriptions are wonderful (he transports you to Pakistan, utterly and completely) and his storytelling is phenomenal, but the crowning jewel in this book are the characters. Ozi, Daru's best friend, and Mumtaz, Ozi's wife, were my favorites; they're so complex and realistic and beautifully drawn. Moshin Hamid is a pure genius, and now he's one of my favorite authors.

Rating: * * * * *, or READ THIS NOW PLZ.

So, now I'm reading something by my favorite modern author, Thrity Umrigar, and I cannot wait to settle into a nice summer reading marathon. She's supposed to have a new book coming out soon, too, so when I finish Bombay Time I can move on to more of her. :)

What about you? What are you guys planning on reading this summer, or what are you reading currently? And who else thinks that summer is the best time for reading?

And, I think that's enough.
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Current Music: Prague (live) - Damien Rice
13 May 2007 @ 08:51 pm
BOOK #10

SUMMARY: Awe and exhilaration- along with heartbreak and mordant wit- abound in "Lolita," Vladimir Nobokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Most of all, it is a mediation on love- love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

REVIEW: I was very curious about this book. I knew of the movie, however, I had never seen it (it is now next on the Netflix list!) and so when I saw the book at the store I scooped it up. I anticipated a type of prose similar to books like "Emma"- you know, the type that requires you to re-read a passage many times and is full of old fashioned metaphores. I was very happy when I realized this was not the case! In fact, Nabokov's prose is what made the novel so wonderful. I actually found myself laughing at loud at times because of his use of language, case in point: "and for the first time in my life I had as littel desire for her as a manatee." While Humbert's love was of the gross and inappropriate type, Nabokov created him in such a way that you actually felt sorry for him as he falls into despair at the end. It's funny, I never liked Lolita! And I didn't feel sorry for her in the least bit- I was actually angry at her for how she treated Humbert! If you're looking for a well written book, I highly suggest this one!

FAVORITE QUOTES: We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless. // I have often noticed that we are inclined to endow our friends with the stability of type that literary characters aquire in the reader's mind. No matter how many times we reopen "King Lear," never shall we find the good king banging his tankard in high revelry, all woes forgotten, at a jolly reunion with all three daughters and their lapdogs. Never will Emma rally, revived by the sympathetic salts in Flaubert's father's timely tear. Whatever evolution this or that popular character has gone through between the book covers, his fate is fixed in our minds, and, similarly, we expect our friends to follow this or that logical and conventional pattern we have fixed for them. // I had an idle urge to squeeze out the blackheads on the wings of his perspiring nose with my long agate claws.
13 May 2007 @ 08:33 pm
So I just finished this and liked it a lot.. Some things confused me, though. Or not confused necessarily but just want others' opinions on them.

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But even with all those, they're the things that nag and just make me want to re-read the book. The kind of unresolved issues that are ok in a book because they don't always get resolved in real life either.

On another note, did anyone else think it was very similar to Jonathan Safran Foer's work? (The two authors are married.) In theme, the alternating chapter/narrator structure, sometimes in language.. hell, it was even the same font!

I'd love to know what others thought of this book.
13 May 2007 @ 10:05 am
I have recently finished two books, and since I have been going through them fast lately I will stop and post about a couple (mostly because I need to get something else to read!)

The Damned by L.A. Banks

This is book six in the Vampire Huntress series. I thought that the first ones were OK but decided to keep reading in it. I feel the series really picks up at book three. I highly enjoyed the plot to this one and the ending really made you go back and think about what was going on in this story. At this point Damali and Carlos have really grown and are dealing with major inner struggles as well as Carlos as a character making some big changes. I don't want to give the story away, but I have enjoyed this series more than the Laurell K. Hamilton books. I had a difficult time getting into them. But if you are into passion, action, and characters with some serious power then it is definately something you should read. I also like how she brings togeather people of various backgrounds togeather to make up the guardian team.

Full Moon Rising by Kerri Arthur

This book is about a werewolf, vampire mix (or dhampire as the book calls them). I found this one to be a quick read and I feel that the reviews inside of it gave it more praise than it needed. I enjoy reading about more complex characters, but maybe they will develop more over the next few books when Riley finally becomes a guardian. It also seemed the situation they found themselves in was fairly easy to get out of versus the series I have been reading where you are wondering how it will turn out. I will probably give the next book a try just to see where it goes.
13 May 2007 @ 03:40 am
My first real review on here...! What can I say, I've been lazy.

#1 The Five People You Meet In Heaven
By: Mitch Albom
Pages: 196
For Pleasure
Took me: About 3 days
I Give it: A (plus like a billion)

Since it's been out for a while and is well-known, this review may very well be preaching to the choir. But I had heard so much about this book and how amazing it was supposed to be...being something of a cynic, I kind of figured it had to be trite and over-hyped. So when a close family friend randomly handed it to me and said "Here, this is good, you should read it" I wasn't too enthuiastic but...I don't think I've ever been more wrong, or more pleasantly surprised by a book. I couldn't put this down. It was beautifully written, haunting, sad, uplifting - many many things that a book should be, all at once.
The plot is simple enough. A jaded old man dies feeling that his life has been meaningless, and meets five people that, whether he knew it or not, had impacted or been impacted by his life in some way. From such a basic premise, this little volume takes you to amazing places. The spiritual implications, for example - No absolute Heaven or Hell, but rather reflection. Being confronted by your entire past, looking back and finally figuring things out, which as you see through the main character's eyes, can be heavenly and hellish in and of itself. It's also an emotional roller coaster. I'm not going to ruin anything, but the fifth person, in particular, could very possibly have you in tears. Books don't usually do that for me, but I got choked up. In a good way.

I can't say enough positive things about this book. Go read it now now now. <3
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