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Title: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on January 04, 2011, 11:35:19 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Juliana on January 05, 2011, 10:55:31 AM
1. The Chocolate War- Robert Cormier  Managed to never read this when I was a teenager.  I liked it, but man, it was kind of depressing
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 05, 2011, 09:16:58 PM
1. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?: Final Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison (this was supposed to be book 50 last year, but I couldn't manage reading 4 of them in one day - they are all in the 300 page range) - the series dragged a bit in the middle, but the last 2 were much better
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Juliana on January 11, 2011, 02:54:36 PM
1. The Chocolate War- Robert Cormier  Managed to never read this when I was a teenager.  I liked it, but man, it was kind of depressing
22 Sleep With the Fishes- Brian M. Wiprud
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on January 13, 2011, 03:34:16 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee

Currently reading:
3. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
(yes, I started this in October but am still slogging away at it a little at a time, as it's not the best bedtime reading, but is too heavy to lug back and forth to work)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2011, 10:07:09 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley - FANTASTIC! Great way to kick off 2011.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Juliana on January 15, 2011, 01:01:22 PM
1. The Chocolate War- Robert Cormier  Managed to never read this when I was a teenager.  I liked it, but man, it was kind of depressing
2. Sleep With the Fishes- Brian M. Wiprud
3. Divine Justice- David Baldacci
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2011, 11:13:09 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 16, 2011, 07:01:04 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall

If you've just read this for the first time I am insanely jealous. Spike is very much my hero and I must have read this at least a dozen times in my life and laughed like a drain every time. Are you planning to work through his entire wartime diaries?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2011, 09:53:13 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall

If you've just read this for the first time I am insanely jealous. Spike is very much my hero and I must have read this at least a dozen times in my life and laughed like a drain every time. Are you planning to work through his entire wartime diaries?

Wow I didn't think anyone even heard of this. Yes, that's my first reading. I thought it was okay - I mean, definitely funny, but the way my father talked about it I was expecting more laugh-out-loud moments. I think I chuckled 3 or 4 times, smiled a lot at his jokes, and didn't understand a bunch of his acronyms or overly British references. But it was light and easy enough that it didn't turn me off from reading the next one.

I have Volumes 2, 3, and 4 on my shelf, planning to read them at some point but not consecutively.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on January 18, 2011, 10:50:26 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
I liked it, and am ready for the next one.
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
Can't wait to get the new edition and compare
3. Street Gang
An accounting of how Sesame Street came in to existence... fun, but not enough Jim Henson!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Juliana on January 21, 2011, 02:18:27 PM
1. The Chocolate War- Robert Cormier  Managed to never read this when I was a teenager.  I liked it, but man, it was kind of depressing
2. Sleep With the Fishes- Brian M. Wiprud
3. Divine Justice- David Baldacci
4. The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood. Reread it specifically for The AV Club's "Wrapped up in Books" (http://www.avclub.com/articles/wrapped-up-in-books-relaunches-january-24-with-the,49949/)  I love this book though.  It kills me every time, but I still love it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on January 21, 2011, 06:29:09 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 22, 2011, 12:53:26 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
Well this turned out to be a massive disappointment. The concept seemed good - an essay about the real stories which fuelled the 70's rather than the retrospective (as the author puts it) "Abba-fication" of the decade where commentators usually concentrate on the flares, glitter and disco-balls.

However Haslam doesn't seem to have a clue about how to take all the information he has evidently collated and place it in a logical readable order. He has the pen of a butterfly mind, flitting from subject to subject with no warning. Sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, female equality and the hits of the Real Thing are just as likely to appear in the same paragraph as anything else so you get the immediate feeling he hasn't properly researched his material. Glaring errors like stating Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" was their debut album completely undermine his credibility, but nothing grates more than his ludicrous assertion that the 'black community' never liked the band The Police because of 'their name' and that Sting & Co did watered down reggae in songs such as "Walking on the Moon". I have rarely guffawed so loudly at the inclusion of a such a pathetic opinion. Avoid this one like the plague.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: kcneon on January 25, 2011, 02:05:34 PM
1.  The Sportswriter - Richard Ford [Library sale find....I see why it was for sale.]

Reading:

Rocket Men - The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson  [Great read, but written a bit like a textbook. Learning so much about this historic event!]
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on January 27, 2011, 08:31:24 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley - FANTASTIC! Great way to kick off 2011.
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on January 27, 2011, 01:24:29 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns

Sad sad sad, yet so beautifully written. The man can write that's for sure.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on January 30, 2011, 01:13:53 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 31, 2011, 08:28:12 AM
1. Hit and Run - Lawrence Block

Much better than LB's last few books and definitely better than the previous book in the Keller series.  I liked this one a lot, even if it was a tad predictable.

Alright... I'll see this thread again in six months or so.  LOL
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on January 31, 2011, 09:07:25 AM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
I've had this book on my "to read" list for years - simply because it involves one of my favorite bands of all time: Camper Van Beethoven. But wow, what a huge disappointment. Yes, I knew ahead of time that it was a fictionalized account of their demise and the subsequent rise of Cracker, but I thought there'd be a little more substance to it. This book is nothing more than a published version of fan fiction - with the author putting himself on the stool as the band's drummer. If I was a member of the band I'd be highly insulted - especially Johnny Hickman, who is reduced to nothing more than a whiney masterbator throughout. Just terrible.

Almost finished with:
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
(yes, I started this in October but am still slogging away at it a little at a time, as it's not the best bedtime reading, but is too heavy to lug back and forth to work)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 31, 2011, 10:37:34 AM
Almost finished with:
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
(yes, I started this in October but am still slogging away at it a little at a time, as it's not the best bedtime reading, but is too heavy to lug back and forth to work)
Have it mentioned where he lost the other ball?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Rafe on February 06, 2011, 06:45:15 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov

Fantastic book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on February 06, 2011, 06:48:18 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
3. Street Gang

4. Earth (the Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race -- John Stewart and Co.
Does this really count as a book?  Eh, I suppose so.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on February 10, 2011, 02:51:07 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Makes me want to take the Tenement Museum tour whenever I make it back to NYC. Also, I don't think I had ever heard of the General Slocum disaster before reading this book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 20, 2011, 12:24:17 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Not a patch on the first two parts of the famed trilogy. Everyone is bitching about how poor the recent movie adaptation of this novel is and I can now see why... it must be as dull as hell?! It reads like a disappointing episode of Law & Order, miles away from the action and excitement of it's predecessors.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on February 20, 2011, 06:57:25 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on February 21, 2011, 02:35:49 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff

Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on February 22, 2011, 10:55:49 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?

I think I don't really like his books, and I announced this at the ski house we were at this weekend as I was reading this latest. My friends comments later were "for a book you don't like, you sure do laugh a lot."  So yeah, I guess it's pretty funny.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on February 22, 2011, 11:32:51 AM
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde

Here's my list so far. Currently reading about 5 different books at once for school.

Are you guys on goodreads.com? The more I use that site, the more I like it. I find it really good for recommendations when you see something a friend has read and loved.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: kcneon on February 22, 2011, 03:58:23 PM

Are you guys on goodreads.com? The more I use that site, the more I like it. I find it really good for recommendations when you see something a friend has read and loved.

Hadn't heard of it, but checking it out today.  I stopped using bookcrossing a long time ago.  I have found LinkedIn to be a good source for business books in the same way, so will give this a go.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on February 22, 2011, 10:40:16 PM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde

4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel

Left one off my list earlier! This is a quick read, a cute little graphic novel, which caught my eye at the library a few weeks back. Got the email a few days ago that it was due back today, so I read it on Sunday.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on February 24, 2011, 02:09:11 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund - a quick read I picked up between library holds. Not awful but not great either. I can see why he's an airport favorite. I read this in 4 days during lunch breaks.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on March 12, 2011, 11:55:32 AM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on March 14, 2011, 09:49:52 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
FINALLY! Well worth the time and effort it took to get through this fascinating, thoroughly-researched tome.

Currently reading:
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on March 20, 2011, 06:24:59 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
Great little book about Radio Caroline's lesser known phase as a pirate radio ship in the 1980's. Very well-written and engaging. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on March 22, 2011, 02:26:45 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton - lovely and dark fairytale/mystery for grown-ups.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2011, 03:35:37 PM
Do you recommend it? I have a queue of books that's much too long, but that sounds intriguing.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on March 22, 2011, 04:17:33 PM
Do you recommend it? I have a queue of books that's much too long, but that sounds intriguing.
I thought it was a wonderful escape. It was definitely too long and could have used a more thoughtful edit. Not sure if it was too girly or not. But, I'm going more with "not". This is the first book I have read by this author and I cannot remember how it ended up going into my queue. But, I'm glad that it did.

Oh...and the author is cute. Ha.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on March 26, 2011, 08:58:06 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze

I really hope that Nicholas Maze is a pseudonym, because I cannot imagine how ANYONE would willingly put their name to this piece of one-dimensional shite. Worst book I have EVER read.

Currently reading:
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on March 27, 2011, 12:52:54 AM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on March 27, 2011, 08:53:37 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
3. Street Gang
4. Earth (the Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race -- John Stewart and Co.

5. One of our Thursdays is Missing-- Jasper Fforde
Excellent read, but read some of his others first.
6. At Home: A short History of Private Life-- Bill Bryson
Loved it!
7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption-- Laura Hillenbrand
Read it in one sitting.  An account of a soldier who is gunned down over the Pacific, survives on a raft for 40+ days, and then goes two years as a POW in Japan.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: The Hegemo on March 29, 2011, 02:47:28 PM
These are actually in reverse-order of when I read them, because I downloaded the list so far from Goodreads:

1. Middlemarch   George Eliot
2. Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America   Philip Jenkins
3. Two Underdogs and a Cat: Three Reflections on Communism   Slavenka Drakulic
4. My Life in France   Julia Child
5. The Sociopath Next Door   Martha Stout
6. Tales of the Komets   Blake Sebring
7. A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization (Suny Series in Popular Culture and Political Change)   Steven P. Dandaneau
8. Northern Drift: Sketches on the New York Frontier   John  Golden
9. White Trash   John King
10. Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President   Edward McClelland
11. The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet   Jill Conner Browne
12. Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America   Kate Zernike
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on April 07, 2011, 03:25:22 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island

Funny and witty, it took me a while to get into the groove of what this observational travel memoir of Bryson's trip through England, Scotland, and Wales was really supposed to be, but once I did I enjoyed it very much.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on April 08, 2011, 08:47:40 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on April 10, 2011, 09:21:01 PM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel

5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald

Finished 3 books for this semester, got another one almost done. Also for fun, read Lev Grossman's "The Magicians" which is like a fucked up Harry Potter. I really enjoyed it. Cept for one kind of gross part that squicked me out. No spoilers on that, though.

Also, finally finished the first volume of Garth Ennis's "Preacher." I enjoy it but as far as his series go, I have so far enjoyed "The Boys" much more.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on April 11, 2011, 12:38:49 AM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: The Hegemo on April 11, 2011, 10:24:42 AM
These are actually in reverse-order of when I read them, because I downloaded the list so far from Goodreads:

1. Middlemarch   George Eliot
2. Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America   Philip Jenkins
3. Two Underdogs and a Cat: Three Reflections on Communism   Slavenka Drakulic
4. My Life in France   Julia Child
5. The Sociopath Next Door   Martha Stout
6. Tales of the Komets   Blake Sebring
7. A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization (Suny Series in Popular Culture and Political Change)   Steven P. Dandaneau
8. Northern Drift: Sketches on the New York Frontier   John  Golden
9. White Trash   John King
10. Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President   Edward McClelland
11. The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet   Jill Conner Browne
12. Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America   Kate Zernike


13. Zeitoun -- Dave Eggers
14. For the Love of Art -- Janet Goodfriend
15. Stayin' Alive -- Jefferson Cowie
16. O: A Presidential Novel -- Anonymous
17. Dreaming Suburbia -- Amy Maria Kenyon
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on April 16, 2011, 08:13:41 PM

28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams


How was this? Is it by the guy from Little Britain? 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on April 16, 2011, 08:16:57 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
3. Street Gang
4. Earth (the Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race -- John Stewart and Co.
5. One of our Thursdays is Missing-- Jasper Fforde
6. At Home: A short History of Private Life-- Bill Bryson
7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption-- Laura Hillenbrand

8. In Defense of Food: An eater's manifesto-- Michael Pollan
Easy read, makes me want to change my diet, and gave some "food for thought"
9. The Girl Who Played with Fire-- Steig Larsson
Meh. He lost me when there was a blow-by-blow description of the furniture bought from Ikea. Not as good as the first one.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on April 16, 2011, 10:11:15 PM

28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams


How was this? Is it by the guy from Little Britain? 
Indeed it is!  It is also illustrated by Quentin Blake, who does the illustrations for Roald Dahl.    It was Walliams first book.  It's a teen book, and I really enjoyed it.  12-yr old Dennis lives with his dad and older brother, mother left about 2 years before, but Dennis isn't allowed to ever talk about her.  Pretty dresses remind him of her, and he loves looking at fashion mags.  After getting friendly with a girl at school, Dennis starts wearing dresses.  Lots of humor in the book with a theme of noncomformity. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on April 16, 2011, 10:15:30 PM
Sounds like a good read! I'll have to look for it. I like Walliams, so I'll check it out.
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Post by: c-lando on April 18, 2011, 12:29:24 PM
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
How was this? Is it by the guy from Little Britain? 
Indeed it is!  It is also illustrated by Quentin Blake, who does the illustrations for Roald Dahl.    It was Walliams first book.  It's a teen book, and I really enjoyed it.  12-yr old Dennis lives with his dad and older brother, mother left about 2 years before, but Dennis isn't allowed to ever talk about her.  Pretty dresses remind him of her, and he loves looking at fashion mags.  After getting friendly with a girl at school, Dennis starts wearing dresses.  Lots of humor in the book with a theme of noncomformity. 
I wanted to share that I looked on my local library’s site for this book and they do not have it. However, I was amused by the top 3 search results:
1. Free to be – You and Me
2. The Beyonce Experience (LIVE)
3. The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and Triumphs of Hope
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on April 18, 2011, 12:31:04 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book -
Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 18, 2011, 01:55:29 PM
1. Hit and Run - Lawrence Block

2. The Colorado Kid - Stephen King
3. Grifter's Game - Lawrence Block

These were both put out by Hard Case Crime and the brevity of them appealed to me.  The King book was a good read, the lack of closure on the main story is kind of odd, but also cool in a way.  The LB one is a reprint from 1961.  It was gritty and fun... very predictable until the end, then kind of went off the rails for me but, at the same time, I'm glad it didn't end as predictably as I had thought it was going to.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 22, 2011, 08:26:31 AM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
I wonder if Sheppard was under some kind of publisher's deadline when he wrote this fascinating insight into the life of one of the world's most reknowned musicians and artists? I say this because whilst Eno's early life and career is covered in minute detail, the final few chapters appear to absolutely rush through his achievements after the turn of the new century. To me, it made for a somewhat unbalanced story as I would have liked to know as much about Eno's 'drive' to produce a band as lacklustre as Coldplay as I would his desire to leave Roxy Music at the cusp of thir greatness. Probably the best book you are going to read about Eno... until the next one.
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Post by: trixi on April 24, 2011, 11:42:02 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2011, 10:18:41 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

FUN! A page turner, that's for sure. I'm not sure I really understood some of the banking and financial terminology, but I don't think it really matters.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on April 28, 2011, 06:19:27 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
3. Street Gang
4. Earth (the Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race -- John Stewart and Co.
5. One of our Thursdays is Missing-- Jasper Fforde
6. At Home: A short History of Private Life-- Bill Bryson
7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption-- Laura Hillenbrand
8. In Defense of Food: An eater's manifesto-- Michael Pollan
9. The Girl Who Played with Fire-- Steig Larsson


10. A Novel Bookstore-- Laurence Cosse
Pretty good. Read while in the UK, it was in France, I was confused.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 28, 2011, 07:45:56 PM
You read something else while we waited in the lounge at Heathrow, didn't you?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on April 28, 2011, 08:02:42 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze

7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

From the worst book I have ever read to one of the best. Culled from thousands of hours of interviews - some dating back to the 1960's and '70's - this book chronicles the inception of the "punk" ideal, starting with the Velvets, Stooges and MC5 and following the organic path via all the movers and shakers of the NYC movement and scene. I finished it last night and I already want to read it again. Sooooooooooooooo good.

Currently reading:
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe by Patti Smith

I really loved Patti back in the day, but after reading about how she let stardom go to her head in "Please Kill Me," I was dubious about reading this book, lest my illusions be completely shattered... but already it has drawn me in.  her writing is simply amazing.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 05, 2011, 06:44:19 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
Very enjoyable autobiog from one of Britain's comedy 'treasures'. Written in the form of letters to friends and family (& Madonna!) this is a cut above your average celebrity book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 09, 2011, 02:13:23 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - Fantastic. Gwynner gave me this book and told me to read it. Sooooooooooo glad she did.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on May 09, 2011, 06:50:46 PM
You read something else while we waited in the lounge at Heathrow, didn't you?

I did- have to go find it so I can add it!  (Yes, it was that memorable)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on May 10, 2011, 12:05:33 AM
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - Fantastic. Gwynner gave me this book and told me to read it. Sooooooooooo glad she did.

That was definitely one of the best written non-fiction books I've ever read.  I mean, the subject matter is cool too but it's one of the few non-fiction stories I've ever read where I didn't feel like the author was trying to dumb things down, make things more dramatic than it seemed, or put themselves in it without making it seem like they were injecting themselves into the story.



Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 10, 2011, 09:37:47 AM
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - Fantastic. Gwynner gave me this book and told me to read it. Sooooooooooo glad she did.
That was definitely one of the best written non-fiction books I've ever read.  I mean, the subject matter is cool too but it's one of the few non-fiction stories I've ever read where I didn't feel like the author was trying to dumb things down, make things more dramatic than it seemed, or put themselves in it without making it seem like they were injecting themselves into the story.
This is what I wanted to say when I posted that I had read it. When Gwynne gave it to me, I thought it was going to be fiction. Once I realized it was non-fiction, I was a bit disappointed. But, it read SO easily and I felt like I really understood nearly all of the science involved. She just stated everything plainly. It almost became a story itself for me that she made an early decision in life to write about this woman and then planned out her whole life so that she could make sure the story was told.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on May 14, 2011, 12:11:38 AM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on May 14, 2011, 10:57:23 AM
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - Fantastic. Gwynner gave me this book and told me to read it. Sooooooooooo glad she did.

I am really looking forward to my library hold coming in on that one! A friend recommended it awhile ago, and I am really excited to read it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 16, 2011, 01:03:22 PM
1. Hit and Run - Lawrence Block

2. The Colorado Kid - Stephen King
3. Grifter's Game - Lawrence Block

Did you know that there is a new Matthew Scudder book? It's called A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF. The first time I ever heard of these novels was when Craig Ferguson told him to write another one and he told Craig he was DONE with them. Apparently, he decided to write another and Craig wants most of the credit for being his inspiration. :) He was on Craig's show to pimp it. I think they are great friends in real life. It was a fun interview.

http://watching-tv.ew.com/2011/05/13/craig-ferguson-lawrence-block-alcoholics-anonymous/
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on May 18, 2011, 02:04:14 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Adding:
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe by Patti Smith
This book is so beautifully written that I was sorry it had to end. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Superb.

Currently reading:
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - by Mark Hodkinson.

Just started reading this last night and am having trouble putting it down. The novel fast-forwards and rewinds between 1980 and 2010, chronicling the diverging fortunes of two bandmates/friends.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2011, 10:19:45 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist

It was interesting and philosophical, so that was nice. A little too "religious" for me, even if he did a great job of never really mentioning religion or god. I don't mind that I read it, but I'm not so sure I believe in the concept of a Personal Legend like he emphasizes.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 20, 2011, 12:41:58 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
Wonderfully absorbing little romcom book fully deserving of all the plaudits being aimed in its direction. Basically the story of two people and describing their lives on St Swithuns Day for each of 20 years it takes both expected and unexpected turns, entertaining at every one of them. I can't see it being long before this book is "a major motion picture from the makers of Love Actually"
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 20, 2011, 03:13:05 PM
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
Wonderfully absorbing little romcom book fully deserving of all the plaudits being aimed in its direction. Basically the story of two people and describing their lives on St Swithuns Day for each of 20 years it takes both expected and unexpected turns, entertaining at every one of them. I can't see it being long before this book is "a major motion picture from the makers of Love Actually"
A good reminder to add this to my queue. I've heard such great things about this one.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 20, 2011, 11:58:55 PM
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
Wonderfully absorbing little romcom book fully deserving of all the plaudits being aimed in its direction. Basically the story of two people and describing their lives on St Swithuns Day for each of 20 years it takes both expected and unexpected turns, entertaining at every one of them. I can't see it being long before this book is "a major motion picture from the makers of Love Actually"
It's actually going to be "from the director of An Education" and the release date is August 19, 2011. David Nicholls gets the screenplay credit.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 21, 2011, 05:13:14 AM
It's not starring Jesse Fucking Eissenberg (sp?) is it?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 21, 2011, 10:16:38 PM
No - it's Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on May 22, 2011, 12:20:38 AM
Yay, just made it to 10! Oh- does listening to audio books count? Because I listened to a 1000+ page fantasy novel at my temp job, and it was smutastic.

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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald

10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt

- Very much enjoyed this book, and in fact read it in one sitting. It's chock full of geektastic references, only a few of which I had to look up, and it made me curse as I realized on of my fiction characters shares a name with a character from a Philip K Dick novel. (Curses!!!) But good to have discovered early on, and thankful it was a supporting character.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on May 24, 2011, 08:25:17 AM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe - Patti Smith

Adding:
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - Mark Hodkinson.
This bittersweet novel fast-forwards and rewinds between 1980 and 2010, chronicling the diverging fortunes of two bandmates/friends. Hodkinson gets it exactly right.

Currently reading:
10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 24, 2011, 02:22:01 PM
1. Hit and Run - Lawrence Block
2. The Colorado Kid - Stephen King
3. Grifter's Game - Lawrence Block

4. Anthem - Ayn Rand  - I've read this several times, it's a pretty compelling read.  Short, and not overly complicated which describes a lot of my favorite books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 24, 2011, 02:35:30 PM
1. Hit and Run - Lawrence Block

2. The Colorado Kid - Stephen King
3. Grifter's Game - Lawrence Block

Did you know that there is a new Matthew Scudder book? It's called A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF. The first time I ever heard of these novels was when Craig Ferguson told him to write another one and he told Craig he was DONE with them. Apparently, he decided to write another and Craig wants most of the credit for being his inspiration. :) He was on Craig's show to pimp it. I think they are great friends in real life. It was a fun interview.

http://watching-tv.ew.com/2011/05/13/craig-ferguson-lawrence-block-alcoholics-anonymous/
Bumping this again for Kwyjibo since he's posting in this thread again...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 24, 2011, 02:46:42 PM
I did know it was coming, but had forgotten about it and forgot to watch when he was on.  Apparently Ferguson really likes his books, he's on there a lot.  At one point he said he was done with fiction all together.  I don't know how he keeps churning them out, he's pretty old.

I read through all 17 or whatever it is Scudder books in chronological order right before the last one came out... I had read all but one of them before that but never one after the other or in any kind of order.  Have you read any more of them since you first mentioned discovering him?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 24, 2011, 03:17:13 PM
I did know it was coming, but had forgotten about it and forgot to watch when he was on.  Apparently Ferguson really likes his books, he's on there a lot.  At one point he said he was done with fiction all together.  I don't know how he keeps churning them out, he's pretty old.

I read through all 17 or whatever it is Scudder books in chronological order right before the last one came out... I had read all but one of them before that but never one after the other or in any kind of order.  Have you read any more of them since you first mentioned discovering him?
I still haven't read any others. There are so many that I think it will take me some work to make sure I read them in order. But, I really did like what I read in that first one enough to keep him on my radar. Some day my library queue will die down and I'll get to pick one up. But, the way it's going with reading lately (mostly, I'm not reading that much at all since I've been running/walking at lunch), I'll never read another one EVER.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 27, 2011, 01:26:44 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
This compendium of the late, great DJ's short pieces for magazines and newspapers is a welcome  addition to our bookshelf. The articles are laid out in alphabetical order based on their subject matter rather than chronologically which (to my mind anyway) would have made more sense. They veer all over the place, from seeing Madonna at Wembley, via The Osmonds, a hatred for ELP, being heckled at Reading Rock Festival all the way to meeting his hero Kenny Dalglish. Every single one showcases Peel's very natural - and often cynical - sense of humour
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2011, 10:06:41 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory

Eh. Still funny, but cared more about finishing it than I did about reading it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on May 31, 2011, 12:45:30 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on June 01, 2011, 09:30:11 AM
Have you read any more of them since you first mentioned discovering him?
I had a gap in library books and ended up grabbing A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN yesterday. It was the oldest of the Scudder series that was on the shelf at the time. So far, I'm hooked. YAY!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 01, 2011, 11:22:41 AM
Have you read any more of them since you first mentioned discovering him?
I had a gap in library books and ended up grabbing A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN yesterday. It was the oldest of the Scudder series that was on the shelf at the time. So far, I'm hooked. YAY!

Is that the one with the tontine?  That one is VERY good.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on June 01, 2011, 12:10:17 PM
Have you read any more of them since you first mentioned discovering him?
I had a gap in library books and ended up grabbing A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN yesterday. It was the oldest of the Scudder series that was on the shelf at the time. So far, I'm hooked. YAY!

Is that the one with the tontine?  That one is VERY good.
I had to look up "tontine". But, yes. Apparently it is that one. Club of 31.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2011, 09:52:11 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire

Great stuff. I read it in a week, which is as fast as any book I've ever read, so that's telling about how engaging it was for me. I didn't understand the point of all the stuff with the advanced mathematics in first part of the story, though, as it seemed like it was completely abandoned later. Maybe it's revisited in the next part?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 07, 2011, 04:56:39 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 • Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
Reeves, aka Jim Moir (hence the title), is one of Britain's best-loved comedians, but one whose fame has not spread across the Atlantic. Reading this fabulously flowery description of his early life (up to his late teenage years) you get a glimpse at where he got his comic chops from. Lovely little read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on June 14, 2011, 09:09:17 PM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart

Really liked it at first, found the action in the last 100 pages very well done, but the middle dragged so badly that I almost didn't make it to the good parts. Nice social commentary, both satirical and heartbreaking.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on June 15, 2011, 05:15:35 PM
Yeah, I pretty much felt exactly the same.  Shteyngart tried to do soooooo much in one book and it just really got away from him.  In the end he tried to tie it all back together and maybe only got 60% of it.  But even getting that much is kind of impressive and it was a really good 60%. 

So yeah... really too messy for me not to be disappointed a little, but also with enough little brilliant bits that it kind of sticks with you a bit. 

I liked it, but thought it ended up being waaay over-rated on all those "Best of" lists.  Not even close to as over-rated as "A Visit from the Goon Squad," however.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on June 15, 2011, 10:05:31 PM
Yeah, I pretty much felt exactly the same.  Shteyngart tried to do soooooo much in one book and it just really got away from him.  In the end he tried to tie it all back together and maybe only got 60% of it.  But even getting that much is kind of impressive and it was a really good 60%.  

So yeah... really too messy for me not to be disappointed a little, but also with enough little brilliant bits that it kind of sticks with you a bit.  

I liked it, but thought it ended up being waaay over-rated on all those "Best of" lists.  Not even close to as over-rated as "A Visit from the Goon Squad," however.

Dang! "A Visit from the Goon Squad" is next in my queue! Actually gave Super Sad back to the library today and picked up Goon Squad. I give Super Sad a 3/5 stars rating for the epically dragging middle portion. Hoping I enjoy Goon Squad, but now concerned it is also overrated, especially after what you said and a review done by a fellow grad student earlier this week.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on June 16, 2011, 01:52:22 AM
I enjoyed Goon Squad.  I just enjoyed it in a light summer reading sort of way.  It's the sort of book that I pretty much knew I was going to like, and it delivered in the exact amount I expected and then I forgot all about it.  It didn't like, exceed or transcend anything in any way.

I was stunned when it started winning all these awards and getting included on "Best of" lists and I was absolutely flabbergasted when it won the Pulitzer Prize.  But it was by no means bad.
 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on June 16, 2011, 08:56:16 AM
I just finished the first chapter, and it definitely feels like a summer read and NOT a Pulitzer-worthy work of literature.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on June 16, 2011, 09:42:01 AM
Have you read any more of them since you first mentioned discovering him?
I had a gap in library books and ended up grabbing A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN yesterday. It was the oldest of the Scudder series that was on the shelf at the time. So far, I'm hooked. YAY!

Is that the one with the tontine?  That one is VERY good.
DONE and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED it!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on June 16, 2011, 09:46:49 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 16, 2011, 01:40:26 PM
8. A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!

I'm glad you liked it.  I'm about 30 pages shy of finishing Everybody Dies which is a later entry in the series.  It's been a while since I read any of these, I had forgotten how great they are.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2011, 11:30:14 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

He never did get back to the point of all that advanced mathematics stuff, which I was looking for, but otherwise it was a great read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 17, 2011, 02:24:13 PM
1. Lawrence Block - Hit and Run
2. Stephen King - The Colorado Kid
3. Lawrence Block - Grifter's Game
4.Ayn Rand - Anthem

5. Lawrence Block - Everybody Dies
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on June 17, 2011, 05:09:48 PM
8. A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!

I'm glad you liked it.  I'm about 30 pages shy of finishing Everybody Dies which is a later entry in the series.  It's been a while since I read any of these, I had forgotten how great they are.
YAY!!!!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 20, 2011, 09:15:46 AM
Yeah, it's nice to actually be reading again, I really haven't read much since we moved about four years ago.  For whatever reason I got into a stage where if a book didn't hook me like right away I couldn't get into it.  LB is awesome for that, you're hooked in almost immediately.

I'm working on an Elmore Leonard book now that Julie insisted that I would like.  So far I think she's going to be right because it grabbed me right off the bat... been too tired to read more than a few pages at a time though.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on June 24, 2011, 01:11:40 PM
Quote
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart

12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

Not sure why this got the Pulitzer. It was an okay novel, attempting to be more clever than it was. I enjoyed the Powerpoint chapter, and I saw how it was supposed to bridge a gap between the entire story beforehand and the concluding chapter, but the final chapter was utter shit. I get what she was trying to express there, but it did not work for me at all. Maybe it's because I read it right after Super Sad True Love Story, but her vision of the future seemed much more far-fetched than his. I was able to believe the world that Shteyngart threw us into. Egan's future worldview was very similar, but much less realistic.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on June 24, 2011, 09:28:39 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on June 27, 2011, 09:17:10 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 30, 2011, 03:02:16 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 • Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
8 • Dean Budnick & Josh Baron - Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
Should have been good. Wasn't.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on July 08, 2011, 12:27:52 PM
Quote
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

Wonderful book. In fact, lovely would be the best way to describe it. The turns of phrase were so pretty, some gorgeous writing here. Every once in awhile, there was a sentence so good, I would pause and re-read it, and even read it out loud, it was that well written. Amazed that this is her first novel, and very much hoping to see more good works from her in the future. What a sweet, romantic story this is!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 14, 2011, 12:30:33 AM
Looks like I have to reconstruct my list. Oh, well...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on July 14, 2011, 10:00:25 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on July 15, 2011, 09:07:40 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on July 19, 2011, 10:01:45 PM
Quote
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - this was so built up to me that bits of it were a let-down, and bits of it dragged somewhat, but overall, it was informative and interesting.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 20, 2011, 08:35:44 AM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 • Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
8 • Dean Budnick & Josh Baron - Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
9 • Mark Radcliffe - Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
Radcliffe is essentially unknown outside the UK (he is a musician, radio DJ and minor TV celebrity) but his lack of fame overseas should not deter people from reading this very entertaining book in which he spends each chapter musing on a particular day in his life when he met someone famous or did something interesting inside the entertainment business. His lack of ego is refereshing, his sense of humour always evident. Recommended!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on July 23, 2011, 04:25:39 PM
Quote
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - Awesome. Wonderful book, quick paced, great characters. Couldn't put it down once I was hooked, and actually stayed up til 5:30 am reading it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on July 25, 2011, 12:25:38 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on July 29, 2011, 04:02:54 PM
Quote
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins - loved this one almost as much as the first book
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - found this one not quite as captivating as the first two, but overall a satisfying ending to the trilogy. Looking forward to seeing how the film adaptations are done.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 30, 2011, 01:53:23 PM
1. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?: Final Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Luckily in addition to making my list here, I recorded my books at goodreads.com, so I don't have to think of everything again.

2. Pandora Gets Jealous (Pandora Series, #1) by Carolyn Hennesy
3. Pandora Gets Vain (Pandora Series, #2) by Carolyn Hennesy
4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
5. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
6. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
7. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) by Suzanne Collins
8. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
10. Pandora Gets Lazy (Pandora Series, #3) by Carolyn Hennesy
11. Pandora Gets Heart (Pandora Series, #4) by Carolyn Hennesy
12. Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler
13. Blood Brothers, exp. ed. by Elias Chacour
14. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
15. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
16. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6) by Jasper Fforde
17. A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
18. Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, #4) by Michael Buckley
19. The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark, #1) by John Claude Bemis
20. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1) by Ann Brashares
21. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #2) by Ann Brashares
22. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, #3) by Ann Brashares
23. Pandora Gets Angry (Pandora Series, #5) by Carolyn Hennesy
24. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #4) by Ann Brashares
25. Bewitching Season (Leland Sisters, #1) by Marissa Doyle
26. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares

ETA: I forgot 2, plus I added the last one for the month.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on July 30, 2011, 03:15:50 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Chris on July 31, 2011, 10:52:43 PM
1. Bossypants - Tina Fey (awesome)
2. Sex on the Moon - Ben Mezrich (also pretty good)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on August 01, 2011, 04:20:29 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 02, 2011, 11:07:56 AM
1. Lawrence Block - Hit and Run
2. Stephen King - The Colorado Kid
3. Lawrence Block - Grifter's Game
4.Ayn Rand - Anthem
5. Lawrence Block - Everybody Dies

6. Elmore Leonard - The Switch - My first EL novel, I liked it, it grabs you and never stops.  Great character development without going over board.  I'll be reading more of his.

7. Steven King (as Richard Bachman) - The Long Walk - My favorite book of all time, I've read it probably 6 to 8 times.  Something about the concept fascinates me.  Such an interesting read, even on repeated readings.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on August 13, 2011, 07:01:42 PM
Quote
1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

18. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson

I wanted to like this, I really did, but it is filled with rookie writer errors and feels wholly unedited. Reads like a draft rather than a completed manuscript. The main character's voice is annoying. I think the story is decent and a neat idea, but ultimately the telling of it fails.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2011, 04:33:05 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia

It took me two months to read this. I guess that indicates how much I liked it. I'm glad I read it, but I'm more glad I'm done with it. The last 50 or so pages were good at least.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on August 19, 2011, 09:48:59 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on August 19, 2011, 09:49:31 AM
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia

It took me two months to read this. I guess that indicates how much I liked it. I'm glad I read it, but I'm more glad I'm done with it. The last 50 or so pages were good at least.
DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. You have been warned.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on August 19, 2011, 11:42:25 AM
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia

It took me two months to read this. I guess that indicates how much I liked it. I'm glad I read it, but I'm more glad I'm done with it. The last 50 or so pages were good at least.
DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. You have been warned.

Warning noted. I don't really have much desire to, but you know how these things sometimes go. You just sort happen upon them and then suddenly you're doomed. I didn't read the book because of the movie, actually (although it probably helped). I read it because A) I remember my girlfriend reading the book back in 2006 when we lived together and I always wondered what it was about, etc, and B) I needed books and my sister had it on her shelf so I just took it. It's not like I went out of my way for it.

Speaking of needing books... I think I'm out of books to read. Crap.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on August 19, 2011, 02:07:14 PM
Speaking of needing books... I think I'm out of books to read. Crap.
Uh-Oh. Time to go to the Ghostbusters' Library.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on August 20, 2011, 05:49:19 PM
Speaking of needing books... I think I'm out of books to read. Crap.

Have you read The Hunger Games yet? Wonderful series. I haven't been this smitten with a book series in ages.
I have a bit of a <3sies issue with dystopian future stories where I kind of need to read them ALL. And then I write the same kind of stuff, lately, anyway, so yeah. Clearly I am obsessed.


Speaking of The Hunger Games, completely agree with C-lando regarding Jennifer Lawrence as perfect casting for Katniss. Really excited to see how the movie compares to the books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2011, 01:15:51 PM
Yup, I read Hunger Games last year. It was great and I totally loved it. Although... I'm not as sold as you guys on Katniss. She is described as having olive skin and is something like 16 or 17, right? Jennifer Lawrence is NOT olive skinned or 17. Of course, I'm also intrigued by the choice, so I'll be willing to give it a go, but I'm not in love with the idea just yet. I want to see some footage first.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on September 08, 2011, 11:24:55 PM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
18. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson

19. The Magician King - Lev Grossman - started off great, ended horribly. The non-ending screamed 2nd part of a trilogy (if indeed this is meant to be a trilogy). So disappointed after a great first half. It's like I'm talking about sports or something.

20. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - Love love love. Beautifully written. I'd already seen the movie a few times and adored the story. The book is better than the movie, but only slightly. They're about as evenly matched as I've seen a book vs. movie, but the book wins it, since it really explains the depths of their insular existence and why they were so accepting of their fates. There is still that nagging tug of why they didn't try to run, but I think Ishiguro made the right choice as a writer to leave that subject implied. I feel like other characters within that world, a story untold might be like that, but that wasn't Kathy's story, it wasn't hers and the other Hailsham students' reality. Fascinating world, again so much love for this beautifully crafted/written novel. <3
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 09, 2011, 08:23:43 AM
1. Lawrence Block - Hit and Run
2. Stephen King - The Colorado Kid
3. Lawrence Block - Grifter's Game
4.Ayn Rand - Anthem
5. Lawrence Block - Everybody Dies
6. Elmore Leonard - The Switch
7. Steven King (as Richard Bachman) - The Long Walk

8. John Grisham - Ford County Stories - JGs legal stuff bores me to tears but his non-legal stuff is always great.  This one is a collection of short stories set in the same town as A Time To Kill.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on September 09, 2011, 08:37:01 AM
20. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - Love love love. Beautifully written. I'd already seen the movie a few times and adored the story. The book is better than the movie, but only slightly. They're about as evenly matched as I've seen a book vs. movie, but the book wins it, since it really explains the depths of their insular existence and why they were so accepting of their fates. There is still that nagging tug of why they didn't try to run, but I think Ishiguro made the right choice as a writer to leave that subject implied. I feel like other characters within that world, a story untold might be like that, but that wasn't Kathy's story, it wasn't hers and the other Hailsham students' reality. Fascinating world, again so much love for this beautifully crafted/written novel. <3
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! So beautiful and haunting. God. I love this book. I was seriously obsessed with it forever after reading it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on September 09, 2011, 07:22:37 PM
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! So beautiful and haunting. God. I love this book. I was seriously obsessed with it forever after reading it.

I can pretty much guarantee I'll be reading it again soon. And also that my writing for the several months is going to be heavily influenced by some of the ideas in the novel. I seriously haven't loved a book this much all year. A few books I've read this year come close to this much <3 (Major Pettigrew, The Hunger Games), but Never Let Me Go is some seriously fine literature. Might watch the movie again tonight, in fact.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on September 10, 2011, 09:51:39 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
3. Street Gang
4. Earth (the Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race -- John Stewart and Co.
5. One of our Thursdays is Missing-- Jasper Fforde
6. At Home: A short History of Private Life-- Bill Bryson
7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption-- Laura Hillenbrand
8. In Defense of Food: An eater's manifesto-- Michael Pollan
9. The Girl Who Played with Fire-- Steig Larsson
10. A Novel Bookstore-- Laurence Cosse
Pretty good. Read while in the UK, it was in France, I was confused.

10. [[something read in the waiting room at Heathrow in April, but I cannot remember what it was. It involved a half-breed vampire, and was the first in a trilogy. meh]]
11. Mark Twain Autobiography, 2010 edition.
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- steig Larsson
13. The Pursuit of Love-- Nancy Mitford
14. Love in a Cold Climate-- Nancy Mitford
15. Call Me Irresistable- Susan Elizabeth Phillips
16. The Last Dragon Slayer--- Jasper Fforde
17. Room-- Elizabeth Donoghue
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Chris on September 10, 2011, 10:06:51 PM
1. Bossypants - Tina Fey (awesome)
2. Sex on the Moon - Ben Mezrich (also pretty good)

3. Robopocalypse - Daniel Wilson (I wanted to read it before Spielberg makes the movie. It's a good read, but I'm not sure if much separates this from iRobot or any other robitics gone rogue story.)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 19, 2011, 10:31:27 AM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 • Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
8 • Dean Budnick & Josh Baron - Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
9 • Mark Radcliffe - Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
10 • Humphrey Lyttelton - It Just Occurred to Me - The reminiscences & thoughts of Chairman Humph
Humourous biog from UK jazz musician and broadcaster
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on September 20, 2011, 09:11:30 AM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe - Patti Smith
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - Mark Hodkinson.
10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French

Wow, I haven't posted in this thread since June and now I can't remember what I've read since then, except for:
11. See a Little Light: The Bob Mould Story - Bob Mould and Michael Azerrad

Currently reading:
12. Thank You For The Days - Mark Radcliffe
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on September 20, 2011, 10:34:24 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
50.  Sirensong--Jenna Black
51.  Shine--Lauren Myracle
52.  Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last--Israel Meir Lau
53.  Violin of Auschwitz--Maria Angels Anglada
54.  Notes from the Blender--Trish Cook
55.  I Will Always Love You--Cecily Von Ziegesar
56.  Prey--Linda Howard
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on September 21, 2011, 10:05:59 PM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
18. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson
19. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
20. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

21.  The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

- Had to read this for my lit class. I finished it 3 days early. The first half was painful to read. I fell asleep while reading at least 3 times. The last 200 pages were much less awful, and I started to like the book up until its rather abrupt and annoying ending.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on September 23, 2011, 04:05:46 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.

I've started two different books that I had to return because they were due before I could finish them. So, I had to get back in line for those. I'll hopefully have two more books to update quickly once I can check them out again. Library drama.

15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 23, 2011, 04:22:48 PM

15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.

Were there any stories about barbers with monkeys?  Or kids sitting on drum sticks on the school bus?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on September 26, 2011, 10:12:18 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia
11. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch

It was good enough. I have been warned not to see the film, though, and honestly I'm not sure I'd want to anyway. His writing style reminds me a little bit of Bill Bryson.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 26, 2011, 01:30:47 PM
11. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch

It was good enough. I have been warned not to see the film, though, and honestly I'm not sure I'd want to anyway. His writing style reminds me a little bit of Bill Bryson.

The British version with Colin Firth is actually OK.
The American 'baseball' version sucks every kind of donkey cock and then comes back at you like a post-curry fart
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 02, 2011, 02:43:44 PM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 • Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
8 • Dean Budnick & Josh Baron - Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
9 • Mark Radcliffe - Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
10 • Humphrey Lyttelton - It Just Occurred to Me - The reminiscences & thoughts of Chairman Humph
11 • Mark Hodkinson - The Last Mad Surge of Youth
Really enjoyed this, right up until the final few pages when the author seemed to throw everything away in a fit of pique
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on October 11, 2011, 12:12:17 AM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
50.  Sirensong--Jenna Black
51.  Shine--Lauren Myracle
52.  Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last--Israel Meir Lau
53.  Violin of Auschwitz--Maria Angels Anglada
54.  Notes from the Blender--Trish Cook
55.  I Will Always Love You--Cecily Von Ziegesar
56.  Prey--Linda Howard
57.  Rafa: My Story--Rafael Nadal
58.  Popular--Alissa Grosso
59.  Kill Me If You Can--James Patterson
60.  Tighter--Adele Griffin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on October 17, 2011, 12:35:46 AM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
18. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson
19. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
20. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
21.  The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
22. Transmetropolitan - Warren Ellis - Finally finished this. Enjoyed it, but not as much as I would have hoped. Definitely poignant reading for any major election.

23. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James - way to make a ghost story boring, jerk!

24. Kabuki: The Alchemy - David Mack - Gorgeous. this is Volume 7 of a series, and now I need to read the rest, because this graphic novel is truly a work of art.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on October 17, 2011, 09:03:50 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
16.On Folly Beach - Karen White - chick lit that "learned me" a little something. I picked it up because I loooooooooooove Folly Beach and would be happy to spend every summer there for the rest of my life.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: scurvygirl on October 23, 2011, 05:15:12 PM
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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
18. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson
19. The Magician King - Lev Grossman
20. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
21.  The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
22. Transmetropolitan - Warren Ellis
23. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
24. Kabuki: The Alchemy - David Mack
25. The Graveyard Book (audio version) - Neil Gaiman - Awesome. Delightful and fun. Beautifully written and a genuinely heart-warming story about a child who grows up in a graveyard, raised by ghosts.

26. Kushiel's Dart (audio version) - Jacqueline Carey (listened sometime in the spring) - Smutty as all get out. Amazed at how prolific this author is, given that each book in the series clocks in around 1000 pages. Dang.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: patas on October 25, 2011, 11:03:54 AM
I've been doing this for years at Woxy. Here is what I've read so far:

1. Orange Eat Creeps by Grace Krilanovich - Ok...what the hell was this book about. I couldn't tell what the hell was going on, but I kept reading cover to cover. This book was like one long run on sentence.
2. Dark Hallow by Brian Keene - This is the first Brian Keene book that I've read that I didn't think was great. My wife called it smut, and I think I agree with her. There are some fantastic scenes dealing with real issues in this book, but then there are those scenes that I practically blush while reading. I can't believe the author actually wrote them.
3. The Passage by Justin Cronin - What a fantastic read. I breezed right through this. I loved nearly every moment of it cover to cover
4. The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - This is a reread except this time I listened to the audiobook. It was a fantastically narrated. I still say that I'm not really into the standard fantasy genre, but this series is just fantastic. I look forward to reading the next three book over the next year or so in anticipation of him releasing the fifth sometime this decade.
5. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean - This was a great read. True stories behind the discovery of the elements of the periodic table. Who knew history could be so much fun. At times the book did get a bit technical especially in the later half.
6. Blind Descent by James Tabor - Non-fiction about the race to discover the deepest cave in the world. It follows one American and his teams exploring Mexican caves and an Eastern European exploring caves in Georgia. It was rather exciting reading a book about something I am so scared to do.
7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunger by Seth Grahame-Smith - Another blend of fact and fiction blurring history. It was a fun book to read but I often would like the author to write clearer what is fact and what is fiction (yeah duh the vampire stuff isn't real), but what about the rest of the story?
8. Under the Dome by Stephen King (audiobook)
9. Overwinter by David Wellington.
10. Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin - This is such a long book filled with so much detail that it was just as good the second time reading as the first time I read it (if not better). I picked up on so much more the second time through too.
11. Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt - A good book not just about crows, but more about how a nature lover can make the most of living in an urban area and the co-existence of nature and humans in urban areas.
12, Urban Gothic by Brian Keene - A pretty gruesome and scary tale. I couldn't believe the weird dreams I was having after putting this one down at night.
13. Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin - Out of the first three Song of Ice and Fire novels I've reread this year, I remembered the least of this one. It was the most enjoyable to read as well with many of the twists still intact the second time around. I am really looking forward to rereading the fourth book soon as I know I pretty much skimmed through the nine pages the first time through.
14. Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Pretty typical of all their book except this one is based on a new character. The new character is fairly unique with an interesting back story. Recommended for a quick summer read.
15. Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart - A fun non-fiction read laden with facts and beautifully illustrated. A look at how deadly an dangerous plants have shaped history. In all an interesting way to look at history.
16. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - I thought I'd start reading these since I enjoy the show.
17. A Taint in the Blood by S.M. Stirling - I really wanted to like this because I've wanted to read some of S.M. Stirlings earlier books, but having two of the main characters be hero brother and evil sister named Adrian and Adrien just didn't work for me. Listing to the audiobook, there were times I couldn't follow the story because of the name similarity. It was a boring plot to boot.
18. Boneshaker by Cherie Preist - This has been on my to read list for some time and I was totally let down and disappointed. With all the praise this novel got, I expected much more. Instead I was bored with it after 100 pages and trudged through the final 300.
19. A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin - Reading this for the second time was so refreshing especially having just reread the first three books. I really hated this book the first time. I think it was the five year break between books. I appreciated the story more (and could follow it better) this second time around. I've gone straight into Dance with Dragons.
20. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (audiobook) - This was a really fun book to listen to. It was well read with a wide range of character voices done by one person. It was simple yet very well written. I found my self at the engine of my driver's seat several times. It kept me on my tows when I had to turn it off when I got to work.
21. The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez - Just a terrible book. It took me forever to read. I never wanted to pick it up at night. This is Martinez's debut. I read another of his novels last year and it was a lot of fun. Glad he is a better writer now.
22. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist An entirely different look at the rising dead scenario. I really enjoyed this alternate perspective. It is a totally different and unique book. A real look at human character. Same author as Let the Right One in by the way.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on October 25, 2011, 01:04:04 PM
Welcome to the Pulp section, patas!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Jen on October 25, 2011, 02:44:09 PM
1.   Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë
2.   Wuthering Heights-Emily Brontë
3.   Shirley-Charlotte Brontë
4.   Villette-Charlotte Brontë
5.   The Professor-Charlotte Brontë
6.   1999: A Novel of the CelticTiger and the Search for Peace (Irish Century)-Morgan Llywelyn
7.   Sandition and other stories-Jane Austen
8.   Persuasion-Jane Austen
9.   The Stories of Ray Bradbury
10.   The Magician's Elephant-Kate DiCamillo
11.   Dubliners-James Joyce
12.   Great Irish Short Stories-Vivian Mercier
13.   Becoming Jane Austen-Jon Spence
14.   Just So Stories-Rudyard Kipling
15.   Perfume-Patrick Suskind
16.   Sarum: The Novel of England-Edward Rutherfurd
17.   The Forest-Edward Rutherfurd
18.   A Study in Scarlet- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
19.   The Sign of the Four-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
20. The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The 37 short stories with illustrations as published in The Strand and including The Hound of the Baskervilles. Watched the Sherlock episodes on Masterpiece recently and decided it was high time to actually read the series. Have really enjoyed it but more than ready for another set of characters. ;)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on October 25, 2011, 05:04:16 PM
1.   Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë
2.   Wuthering Heights-Emily Brontë
3.   Shirley-Charlotte Brontë
4.   Villette-Charlotte Brontë
5.   The Professor-Charlotte Brontë

No love for Anne Brontë?  She's the Brontë that doesn't suck!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2011, 06:01:16 PM
Haha. Jeez Jenny - it's like you're a professor for some english lit class.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on October 25, 2011, 10:58:05 PM
I know, right?  Everyone else is all young adult lit. and Jenny's bringing out the classics.

I can't really talk though, I've been pretty bad about reading this whole year and have read almost nothing.  I probably need to pick up the new George RR Martin stuff.  I made it through the first four and then it took like forever for him to put out the next one, and now I've sort of lost momentum.  I can't remember what was happening, and I can't muster up the effort to wade into a heavy like 600 page book especially if it means I have to re-read like another 1000 pages just to re-familiarize myself with it all.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2011, 11:00:41 PM
I'll tell you what though - seeing what people read on the subway is a pretty good indicator of what the masses are reading these days. For a long time it was the Steig Larrsson stuff, but now it's all Game of Thrones all the time. I'm definitely going to start looking into that after I finish my current book and the next one in my queue.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: patas on October 27, 2011, 07:50:38 AM
Welcome to the Pulp section, patas!
Thanks, I need somewhere to track what I read. Why not here? I always get so many good recommendations from these threads.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: patas on October 27, 2011, 07:52:04 AM
I know, right?  Everyone else is all young adult lit. and Jenny's bringing out the classics.

I can't really talk though, I've been pretty bad about reading this whole year and have read almost nothing.  I probably need to pick up the new George RR Martin stuff.  I made it through the first four and then it took like forever for him to put out the next one, and now I've sort of lost momentum.  I can't remember what was happening, and I can't muster up the effort to wade into a heavy like 600 page book especially if it means I have to re-read like another 1000 pages just to re-familiarize myself with it all.
You have to start over and read the first book again. That's what I did and I ended up loving the newest book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Jen on October 27, 2011, 12:41:40 PM
Haha. Jeez Jenny - it's like you're a professor for some english lit class.

Well I did major in English Lit. ;)

I admit, the classics are my favorite. I have a harder time finding newer authors to try. I usually stick to historical fiction and/or sci fi/fantasy (which also seem to tend to the historical by time period). Can you guess my minor?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on October 27, 2011, 01:22:44 PM
I know, right?  Everyone else is all young adult lit. and Jenny's bringing out the classics.

I can't really talk though, I've been pretty bad about reading this whole year and have read almost nothing.  I probably need to pick up the new George RR Martin stuff.  I made it through the first four and then it took like forever for him to put out the next one, and now I've sort of lost momentum.  I can't remember what was happening, and I can't muster up the effort to wade into a heavy like 600 page book especially if it means I have to re-read like another 1000 pages just to re-familiarize myself with it all.
You have to start over and read the first book again. That's what I did and I ended up loving the newest book.

Dude.  That's a freak-ton of work! 

I read crazy, crazy fast (with incredibly poor retention as a result) but that would still probably take me at least two weeks.  The only reason I made through the first series was because a friend bought me the first three and I got sick shortly after and plowed through the second two books in one day while lying in bed.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on October 27, 2011, 09:37:09 PM
Now here is a thread where I will be regularly posting.  I read 103 books each of the past two years.  This year, I am on track to read 125.  Seeing as to how this is my first post in this forum, here's a list of what I have read so far in 2011:

1: “Ex Machina: Volume 5” by Brian K. Vaughan
2: “Ex Machina: Volume 6” by Brian K. Vaughan
3: “Ex Machina: Volume 7” by Brian K. Vaughan
4: “Ex Machina: Volume 8” by Brian K. Vaughan
5: “Ex Machina: Volume 9” by Brian K. Vaughan
6: “Ex Machina: Volume 10” by Brian K. Vaughan
7: “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris
8: “33 1/3: Kid A”
9: “The Bel Jar” by Sylvia Plath
10: “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris
11: "Star Island" by Carl Hiassen
12: "DMZ: Vol. 1: On the Ground" by Brian Wood
13: “BFI Film Classics: Spirited Away” by Andrew Osmond
14: “How to Wreck a Nice Beach” by Dave Tompkins
15: “Disney War” by James B. Stewart
16: “The Walking Dead Book 1” by Robert Kirkman
17: “The Walking Dead Book 2” by Robert Kirkman
18: “100 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die” edited by Stephen Jay Schneider
19: “The Walking Dead Book 3” by Robert Kirkman
20: “The Walking Dead Book 4” by Robert Kirkman
21: “The Walking Dead Book 5” by Robert Kirkman
22: “Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of The Byrds' Gene Clark” by John Einarson
23: “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris
24: “Skippy Dies” by Paul Murray
25: “The Great Movies III” by Roger Ebert
26: “The Grift” by Debra Ginsberg
27: “An Object of Beauty” by Steve Martin
28: “Air Vol. 1: Letters from Lost Countries” by G. Willow Wilson
29: “The Walking Dead Book 6” by Robert Kirkman
30: “The Mother Tongue:  English  and How It Got That Way” by Bill Bryson
31: “Something Rotten” by Jasper Fforde
32: “The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles” by Michael Alan Nelson
33: “I Hate People:: Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job” by Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon
34: “Hunter's Moon” by James L. White, Dalibor Talajic and Sebastian Cardoso
35: “Moby-Duck: the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them” by Donovan Hohn
36: “33 1/3: Master of Reality” by John Darnielle
37: “Tourquai” by Tim Davys
38: “151 Best Movies You've Never Seen” by Leonard Maltin
39: “Area 10” by Christos Gage and Chris Samnee
40: “Amberville” by Tim Davys
41: “Tron: Betrayal” by a committee
42: “One Step Behind” by Henning Mankell
43: “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore
44: “The Bronx Kill” by Peter Milligan and James Romberger
45: “The Worst Thing” by Aaron Elkins
46: “33 1/3: Swordfishtrombones” by David Smay
47: “I Shall Wear Midnight” by Terry Pratchett
48: “Daytripper” by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
49: “Dark Entries” by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'Edera
50: “Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger
51: “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
52: “33 1/3: Chocolate and Cheese” by Hank Shteamer
53: “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction” by J.D. Salinger
54: “Thursday Next: First Among Sequels” by Jasper Fforde
55: “Franny and Zooey” by J.D. Salinger
56: “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon
57: “Robopocalypse” by Daniel H. Wilson
58: “Stephen King's N.” by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev
59: “One of Our Thursdays is Missing" by Jasper Fforde
60: “The Mansion on the Hill” by Fred Goodman
61: “The Devil's Candy” by Julie Salamon
62: “33 1/3: Born in the U.S.A.” by Goeffrey Himes
63: “33 1/3: Tusk” by Rob Trucks
64: “Shock Value” by Jason Zinoman
65: “Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records” by James Nice
66: “Inside Scientology” by Janet Reitman
67: “Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time” by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton
68: “Fool” by Christopher Moore
69: “BFI Modern Classics: The Exorcist” by Mark Kermode
70: "Firewall" by Henning Mankell
71: “Gone” by Mo Hayder
72: “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland” by Patton Oswalt
73: “33 1/3: Pretty Hate Machine” by Daphne Carr
74: “Axe Cop” by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle
75: “2030” by Albert Brooks
76: “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson
77: “BFI Modern Classics: Withnail & I” by Kevin Jackson
78: “The Lost Beach Boy” by Jon Stebbins and David Marks
79: “Citizen Vince” by Jess Walter
80: “Before I Go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson
81: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
82: “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
83: “The Pyramid” by Henning Mankell
84: “Drive” by James Sallis
85: “Unexpectedly, Milo” by Matthew Dicks
86: “33/13: Some Girls” by Cyrus R.K. Patell
87: “The Silent Land” by Graham Joyce
88: “33 1/3: Marquee Moon” by Bryan Waterston
89: “How to Make Friends with Demons” by Graham Joyce
90: “BFI Film Classics: Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari” by David Robinson
91: “Indigo” by Graham Joyce
92: "The Troubled Man" by Henning Mankell
93: “The Griff” by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson
94: “Let Me In: Crossroads” by Marc Andreyko, Patric Reynolds and Dave Stewart
95: “BFI Film Classics: The Third Man” by Bob White
96: “The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye” by Jonathan Lethem
97: “Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel by Kim Harrison, Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno
98: “Deep Focus 1: They Live” by Jonathan Lethem
99: “The Big Over Easy” by Jasper Fforde
100: “BFI Film Classics: Les Enfants Du Paradis” by Jill Forbes
101: “The Walking Dead Book 7” by Robert Kirkman
102: “Steel and Other Stories” by Richard Matheson
103: “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout” by Lauren Redniss
104: “Axe Cop Vol. 2: Bad Guy Earth” by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: patas on October 28, 2011, 12:27:59 AM
At least we can continue to track what we read, right Mr. McBubba?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 28, 2011, 06:18:37 AM
Holy Bubbabooks!!!...that's a lot of reading!

<BillHicks>We got ourselves a reader</>
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on October 28, 2011, 07:52:25 AM
At least we can continue to track what we read, right Mr. McBubba?

Yep.  I see you already posted your list of reads for the year.  Glad we have a place where we can continue this.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: yoshomon on October 29, 2011, 11:19:58 AM
I made it to 50 already this year:

1. Around the Way Girls (v. 1) by LaJilla Hunt
2. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
3. Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein
4. Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics ed. by Gabriel Kuhn
5. The Signature of All Things: On Method by Giorgio Agamben
6. Ghosts by Cesar Aira
7. A Shore Thing by Snooki
8. Decision Points by George W. Bush
9. The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
10. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
11. Suicide by Edouard Leve
12. Normally Special by xTx
13. Logic by Graham Priest
14. With Borges by Alberto Manguel
15. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis
16. Fiasco by Imre Kertész
17. An Empty Room: Stories by Mu Xin
18. Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel García Márquez
19. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation by Jacques Rancière
20. The Stranger by Camus
21. Europeana by Patrik Ouedník
22. Autopy of Surrealism by Cesar Vallejo
23. The Mayakovsky Case by Cesar Vallejo
24. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
25. The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz
26. Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya
27. From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar
28. Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife by William H. Gass
29. 30 Under 30 ed. by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang
30. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
31. Maus (vol. 1) by Art Spiegelman
32. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
33. The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche
34. Wittgenstein's Antiphilosophy by Alain Badiou
35. Illuminations by Rimbaud (new translations by Ashbery)
36. Racing Odysseus by Roger Martin
37. ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
38. Nox by Anne Carson
39. Stations of Desire by Ibn Arabi
40. The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Taleb
41. Odes (Books I-IV) by Horace (transl. by James Michie)
42. Maus II (And Here My Troubles Began) by Art Spiegelman
43. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho transl. by Anne Carson
44. Forget Foucault by Jean Baudrillard
45. Bad Nature, Or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marîas
46. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
47. Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander
48. The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry by Ernest Fenollosa (ed. by Ezra Pound)
49. The Seamstress and the Wind by Cesar Aira
50. Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 30, 2011, 09:50:59 AM
1 • Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 • David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 • Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 • David Nicholls - One Day
6 • John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 • Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
8 • Dean Budnick & Josh Baron - Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
9 • Mark Radcliffe - Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
10 • Humphrey Lyttelton - It Just Occurred to Me - The Reminiscences & Thoughts of Chairman Humph
11 • Mark Hodkinson - The Last Mad Surge of Youth
12 • Tom Sharpe - Wilt in Nowhere
Vacation 'on the toilet' fodder. Or "paperback pulp for the pooper"
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on October 31, 2011, 11:18:43 AM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia
11. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch
12. Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why The U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey -And Even Iraq - Are Destined To Become The Kings of The World's Most Popular Sport


This book was PHENOMENAL and I loved it. It was informative, well-written, easy to understand and just full of amazing theories and ideas. It helps that I know a bit about soccer, but not a ton, so perhaps I was the perfect demographic, but man oh man I'm so glad I read this. Very good. In the book they reference Fever Pitch a lot which was fun since I'd just read it. They claim that Fever Pitch is the best soccer book ever written but I'd disagree - that title should go to Soccernomics.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 31, 2011, 11:29:48 AM
1. Lawrence Block - Hit and Run
2. Stephen King - The Colorado Kid
3. Lawrence Block - Grifter's Game
4.Ayn Rand - Anthem
5. Lawrence Block - Everybody Dies
6. Elmore Leonard - The Switch
7. Steven King (as Richard Bachman) - The Long Walk
8. John Grisham - Ford County Stories

9. Steven King - The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1) - This was my second attempt at reading this.  The first was years ago and I just couldn't get into it.  I'm still stymied by the hype, but I guess it makes sense as a setup for the rest of the series.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: cyclone on October 31, 2011, 12:14:22 PM
It has been a slow year for me for a number of reasons, but ...

1. The Cornel West Reader
2. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
3. Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
4. The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
5. Exploring Reality by John Polkinghorne
6. Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
7. The Best American Essays 07 (edited by DFW)
8. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard
9. Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez
10. The Concept of Anxiety by Søren Kierkegaard
11. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
12. King's Cross by Tim Keller
13. Race Matters by Cornel West
14. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
15. Black Postcards by Dean Wareham
16. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
17. Concrete by Thomas Bernhard
18. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
19. The Best American Comics 2007 by Chris Ware (editor)
20. The Freelance Pallbearers by Ishmael Reed
21. 33 1/3: Song Cycle by Richard Henderson
22. Seaview by Toby Olson
23. Light Boxes by Shane Jones
24. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
25. Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace
26. Players by Don DeLillo
27. The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
28. Naked City by Sharon Zukin
29. Venus Drive: Stories by Sam Lipsyte
30. Some Common Weaknesses Illustrated by Carson Cistulli
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on November 01, 2011, 10:09:23 AM
Holy Bubbabooks!!!...that's a lot of reading!

<BillHicks>We got ourselves a reader</>
NO KIDDING. GOOOOOOOOOOOD LORD.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: rva on November 01, 2011, 11:17:54 AM
12. Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why The U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey -And Even Iraq - Are Destined To Become The Kings of The World's Most Popular Sport

I read this last year.  It's definitely thought-provoking but ultimately I disagreed with a lot of it.  The part that everyone talks about is the US rising as a soccer power, but that was actually a lot less interesting than some of the other stuff in the book, or just the book's general Moneyball/Sabremetric approach to soccer.

Gotta give Yosh props.  That's 50 books the hard way.  That is some heavy, heavy reading right there. Most of those books should count as two.  Baudrillard should count as four.  But minus 10 points for reading more than one Nassim Taleb book.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on November 02, 2011, 08:23:47 AM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe - Patti Smith
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - Mark Hodkinson.
10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French
11. See a Little Light: The Bob Mould Story - Bob Mould and Michael Azerrad
Adding:
12. Thank You For The Days - Mark Radcliffe
Easy book to dip in and out of, as each chapter offers an amusing story in the life of Brit DJ Mark Radcliffe.
 
13. Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life - Tom Lewis
Interesting and insightful history of the creation and building of the American interstate highway system.

Currently reading:
14. House of Dolls - Ka-Tzetnik #135633
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Butter on November 02, 2011, 10:28:30 AM
Gotta give Yosh props.  That's 50 books the hard way.  That is some heavy, heavy reading right there. Most of those books should count as two.  Baudrillard should count as four.  But minus 10 points for reading more than one Nassim Taleb book.

Yes, but then you throw in the Snooki book, and that counts as about 1/10 of a book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on November 04, 2011, 11:37:13 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
16.On Folly Beach - Karen White - chick lit that "learned me" a little something. I picked it up because I loooooooooooove Folly Beach and would be happy to spend every summer there for the rest of my life.
17. The 9th Judgment - James Patterson - audiobook
18. Backseat Saints - Joshilynn Jackson - audiobook - Best line: "It sounded like some fireworks gettin' it on with a bag of asthma."
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: yoshomon on November 05, 2011, 02:45:58 PM
I made it to 50 already this year:

1. Around the Way Girls (v. 1) by LaJilla Hunt
2. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
3. Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein
4. Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics ed. by Gabriel Kuhn
5. The Signature of All Things: On Method by Giorgio Agamben
6. Ghosts by Cesar Aira
7. A Shore Thing by Snooki
8. Decision Points by George W. Bush
9. The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
10. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
11. Suicide by Edouard Leve
12. Normally Special by xTx
13. Logic by Graham Priest
14. With Borges by Alberto Manguel
15. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis
16. Fiasco by Imre Kertész
17. An Empty Room: Stories by Mu Xin
18. Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel García Márquez
19. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation by Jacques Rancière
20. The Stranger by Camus
21. Europeana by Patrik Ouedník
22. Autopy of Surrealism by Cesar Vallejo
23. The Mayakovsky Case by Cesar Vallejo
24. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
25. The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz
26. Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya
27. From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar
28. Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife by William H. Gass
29. 30 Under 30 ed. by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang
30. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
31. Maus (vol. 1) by Art Spiegelman
32. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
33. The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche
34. Wittgenstein's Antiphilosophy by Alain Badiou
35. Illuminations by Rimbaud (new translations by Ashbery)
36. Racing Odysseus by Roger Martin
37. ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
38. Nox by Anne Carson
39. Stations of Desire by Ibn Arabi
40. The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Taleb
41. Odes (Books I-IV) by Horace (transl. by James Michie)
42. Maus II (And Here My Troubles Began) by Art Spiegelman
43. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho transl. by Anne Carson
44. Forget Foucault by Jean Baudrillard
45. Bad Nature, Or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marîas
46. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
47. Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander
48. The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry by Ernest Fenollosa (ed. by Ezra Pound)
49. The Seamstress and the Wind by Cesar Aira
50. Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

51. Introduction to the Philosophy of History by GFW Hegel
52. How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: yoshomon on November 05, 2011, 02:47:57 PM
Gotta give Yosh props.  That's 50 books the hard way.  That is some heavy, heavy reading right there. Most of those books should count as two.  Baudrillard should count as four.  But minus 10 points for reading more than one Nassim Taleb book.

Nah, the Baudrillard was very short and entertaining.  What's wrong with reading more than one by Taleb?  The second one was a series of aphorisms, and it was hilarious.  I probably won't ever own a copy, but it's a great book to grab at the library and read in an afternoon.

No apologies for the Snookie book!  When you work at a public library, you read a little bit of everything.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on November 06, 2011, 01:00:05 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
50.  Sirensong--Jenna Black
51.  Shine--Lauren Myracle
52.  Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last--Israel Meir Lau
53.  Violin of Auschwitz--Maria Angels Anglada
54.  Notes from the Blender--Trish Cook
55.  I Will Always Love You--Cecily Von Ziegesar
56.  Prey--Linda Howard
57.  Rafa: My Story--Rafael Nadal
58.  Popular--Alissa Grosso
59.  Kill Me If You Can--James Patterson
60.  Tighter--Adele Griffin
61.  The Year We Were Famous--Carole Estby Dagg
62.  The Best of Me--Nicholas Sparks
63.  The Christmas Wedding--James Patterson
64.  Uncle Tom's Cabin--Harriet Beecher Stowe
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: patas on November 08, 2011, 09:51:34 PM
1. Orange Eat Creeps by Grace Krilanovich - Ok...what the hell was this book about. I couldn't tell what the hell was going on, but I kept reading cover to cover. This book was like one long run on sentence.
2. Dark Hallow by Brian Keene - This is the first Brian Keene book that I've read that I didn't think was great. My wife called it smut, and I think I agree with her. There are some fantastic scenes dealing with real issues in this book, but then there are those scenes that I practically blush while reading. I can't believe the author actually wrote them.
3. The Passage by Justin Cronin - What a fantastic read. I breezed right through this. I loved nearly every moment of it cover to cover
4. The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - This is a reread except this time I listened to the audiobook. It was a fantastically narrated. I still say that I'm not really into the standard fantasy genre, but this series is just fantastic. I look forward to reading the next three book over the next year or so in anticipation of him releasing the fifth sometime this decade.
5. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean - This was a great read. True stories behind the discovery of the elements of the periodic table. Who knew history could be so much fun. At times the book did get a bit technical especially in the later half.
6. Blind Descent by James Tabor - Non-fiction about the race to discover the deepest cave in the world. It follows one American and his teams exploring Mexican caves and an Eastern European exploring caves in Georgia. It was rather exciting reading a book about something I am so scared to do.
7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunger by Seth Grahame-Smith - Another blend of fact and fiction blurring history. It was a fun book to read but I often would like the author to write clearer what is fact and what is fiction (yeah duh the vampire stuff isn't real), but what about the rest of the story?
8. Under the Dome by Stephen King (audiobook)
9. Overwinter by David Wellington.
10. Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin - This is such a long book filled with so much detail that it was just as good the second time reading as the first time I read it (if not better). I picked up on so much more the second time through too.
11. Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt - A good book not just about crows, but more about how a nature lover can make the most of living in an urban area and the co-existence of nature and humans in urban areas.
12, Urban Gothic by Brian Keene - A pretty gruesome and scary tale. I couldn't believe the weird dreams I was having after putting this one down at night.
13. Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin - Out of the first three Song of Ice and Fire novels I've reread this year, I remembered the least of this one. It was the most enjoyable to read as well with many of the twists still intact the second time around. I am really looking forward to rereading the fourth book soon as I know I pretty much skimmed through the nine pages the first time through.
14. Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Pretty typical of all their book except this one is based on a new character. The new character is fairly unique with an interesting back story. Recommended for a quick summer read.
15. Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart - A fun non-fiction read laden with facts and beautifully illustrated. A look at how deadly an dangerous plants have shaped history. In all an interesting way to look at history.
16. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - I thought I'd start reading these since I enjoy the show.
17. A Taint in the Blood by S.M. Stirling - I really wanted to like this because I've wanted to read some of S.M. Stirlings earlier books, but having two of the main characters be hero brother and evil sister named Adrian and Adrien just didn't work for me. Listing to the audiobook, there were times I couldn't follow the story because of the name similarity. It was a boring plot to boot.
18. Boneshaker by Cherie Preist - This has been on my to read list for some time and I was totally let down and disappointed. With all the praise this novel got, I expected much more. Instead I was bored with it after 100 pages and trudged through the final 300.
19. A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin - Reading this for the second time was so refreshing especially having just reread the first three books. I really hated this book the first time. I think it was the five year break between books. I appreciated the story more (and could follow it better) this second time around. I've gone straight into Dance with Dragons.
20. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (audiobook) - This was a really fun book to listen to. It was well read with a wide range of character voices done by one person. It was simple yet very well written. I found my self at the engine of my driver's seat several times. It kept me on my tows when I had to turn it off when I got to work.
21. The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez - Just a terrible book. It took me forever to read. I never wanted to pick it up at night. This is Martinez's debut. I read another of his novels last year and it was a lot of fun. Glad he is a better writer now.
22. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist An entirely different look at the rising dead scenario. I really enjoyed this alternate perspective. It is a totally different and unique book. A real look at human character. Same author as Let the Right One in by the way.
23. Peter and Max by Bill Willingham - My last post in this thread is a really mediocre book. This book is based on fabled characters in modern day setting. It was written like a children's book but it was for adults.
24. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt - The first time in ages that I randomly picked up a book at the library and decided to read it. It was one of the most fun books I've read all year. Fantastic prose, fantastic characters. It is a California gold rush era novel about two brothers that are hitmen. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Jen on November 11, 2011, 09:12:06 AM
No love for Anne Brontë?  She's the Brontë that doesn't suck!

I just saw this. And you know what? I can't figure out why she wasn't included in that collection (all of those stories were in one very large hardback). I'll keep an eye out when next in half priced books. But for the record, I really really like Charlotte Bronte so :P.  ;)

   1.   Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë
   2.   Wuthering Heights-Emily Brontë
   3.   Shirley-Charlotte Brontë
   4.   Villette-Charlotte Brontë
   5.   The Professor-Charlotte Brontë
   6.   1999: A Novel of the CelticTiger and the Search for Peace (Irish Century)-Morgan Llywelyn
   7.   Sandition and other stories-Jane Austen
   8.   Persuasion-Jane Austen
   9.   The Stories of Ray Bradbury
   10.   The Magician's Elephant-Kate DiCamillo
   11.   Dubliners-James Joyce
   12.   Great Irish Short Stories-Vivian Mercier
   13.   Becoming Jane Austen-Jon Spence
   14.   Just So Stories-Rudyard Kipling
   15.   Perfume-Patrick Suskind
   16.   Sarum: The Novel of England-Edward Rutherfurd
   17.   The Forest-Edward Rutherfurd
   18.   A Study in Scarlet- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
   19.   The Sign of the Four-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
   20.   Patrick: Son of Ireland-Stephen R. Lawhead

I bought this a few years ago when I worked at B&N. I was in the middle of another one his books (can't recall which now, Merlin maybe?) and went ahead and purchased Patrick. While this is definitely a fast read, and interesting in parts, just like his other book, I felt very dissatisfied with the book as a whole. The character never is really likable. Lawhead takes a real person and pretty much fictionalizes Patrick's life which I find bold but maybe also disrespectful? Anyway, one of my favorite genres is historical fiction, particularly the early Celtic/British period. I think I'll stick with Morgan Llywelyn and Bernard Cornwell for my historical/fantasy needs.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: yoshomon on November 11, 2011, 11:48:15 AM
I made it to 50 already this year:

1. Around the Way Girls (v. 1) by LaJilla Hunt
2. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
3. Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein
4. Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics ed. by Gabriel Kuhn
5. The Signature of All Things: On Method by Giorgio Agamben
6. Ghosts by Cesar Aira
7. A Shore Thing by Snooki
8. Decision Points by George W. Bush
9. The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
10. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
11. Suicide by Edouard Leve
12. Normally Special by xTx
13. Logic by Graham Priest
14. With Borges by Alberto Manguel
15. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis
16. Fiasco by Imre Kertész
17. An Empty Room: Stories by Mu Xin
18. Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel García Márquez
19. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation by Jacques Rancière
20. The Stranger by Camus
21. Europeana by Patrik Ouedník
22. Autopy of Surrealism by Cesar Vallejo
23. The Mayakovsky Case by Cesar Vallejo
24. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
25. The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz
26. Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya
27. From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar
28. Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife by William H. Gass
29. 30 Under 30 ed. by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang
30. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
31. Maus (vol. 1) by Art Spiegelman
32. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
33. The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche
34. Wittgenstein's Antiphilosophy by Alain Badiou
35. Illuminations by Rimbaud (new translations by Ashbery)
36. Racing Odysseus by Roger Martin
37. ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
38. Nox by Anne Carson
39. Stations of Desire by Ibn Arabi
40. The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Taleb
41. Odes (Books I-IV) by Horace (transl. by James Michie)
42. Maus II (And Here My Troubles Began) by Art Spiegelman
43. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho transl. by Anne Carson
44. Forget Foucault by Jean Baudrillard
45. Bad Nature, Or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marîas
46. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
47. Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander
48. The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry by Ernest Fenollosa (ed. by Ezra Pound)
49. The Seamstress and the Wind by Cesar Aira
50. Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

51. Introduction to the Philosophy of History by GFW Hegel
52. How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

53. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on November 13, 2011, 10:30:49 AM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe - Patti Smith
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - Mark Hodkinson.
10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French
11. See a Little Light: The Bob Mould Story - Bob Mould and Michael Azerrad
12. Thank You For The Days - Mark Radcliffe
13. Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life - Tom Lewis[/quote]

Adding:
14. House of Dolls - Ka-Tzetnik #135633
Fictionalized yet haunting account of life from the Jewish ghetto to a Nazi death camp - specifically the "Joy Division."

Currently reading:
15. Miss O'Dell - by Chris O'Dell
A chance meeting at a bar in L.A. completely changed the life of 20-year old Chris O'Dell. She became the assistant to Derek Taylor of Apple Corps, who enticed her to London in the summer of 1968 to work at Apple Records. She fumbles her way through the chaos with naivety and innocence, which makes her story all the more compelling and interesting. Full of Beatles insider stuff, yet it feels as though she is only scratching the surface of what she actually knows and experienced during those heady times. Very engaging read from a very likable person.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: yoshomon on November 13, 2011, 10:04:28 PM
I made it to 50 already this year:

1. Around the Way Girls (v. 1) by LaJilla Hunt
2. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
3. Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein
4. Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics ed. by Gabriel Kuhn
5. The Signature of All Things: On Method by Giorgio Agamben
6. Ghosts by Cesar Aira
7. A Shore Thing by Snooki
8. Decision Points by George W. Bush
9. The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
10. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
11. Suicide by Edouard Leve
12. Normally Special by xTx
13. Logic by Graham Priest
14. With Borges by Alberto Manguel
15. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis
16. Fiasco by Imre Kertész
17. An Empty Room: Stories by Mu Xin
18. Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel García Márquez
19. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation by Jacques Rancière
20. The Stranger by Camus
21. Europeana by Patrik Ouedník
22. Autopy of Surrealism by Cesar Vallejo
23. The Mayakovsky Case by Cesar Vallejo
24. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
25. The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz
26. Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya
27. From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar
28. Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife by William H. Gass
29. 30 Under 30 ed. by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang
30. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
31. Maus (vol. 1) by Art Spiegelman
32. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
33. The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche
34. Wittgenstein's Antiphilosophy by Alain Badiou
35. Illuminations by Rimbaud (new translations by Ashbery)
36. Racing Odysseus by Roger Martin
37. ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
38. Nox by Anne Carson
39. Stations of Desire by Ibn Arabi
40. The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Taleb
41. Odes (Books I-IV) by Horace (transl. by James Michie)
42. Maus II (And Here My Troubles Began) by Art Spiegelman
43. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho transl. by Anne Carson
44. Forget Foucault by Jean Baudrillard
45. Bad Nature, Or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marîas
46. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
47. Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander
48. The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry by Ernest Fenollosa (ed. by Ezra Pound)
49. The Seamstress and the Wind by Cesar Aira
50. Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

51. Introduction to the Philosophy of History by GFW Hegel
52. How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

53. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek
54. Revealment And Concealment : Five Essays by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on November 15, 2011, 03:47:07 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
16.On Folly Beach - Karen White - chick lit that "learned me" a little something. I picked it up because I loooooooooooove Folly Beach and would be happy to spend every summer there for the rest of my life.
17. The 9th Judgment - James Patterson - audiobook
18. Backseat Saints - Joshilynn Jackson - audiobook - Best line: "It sounded like some fireworks gettin' it on with a bag of asthma."
19. Time to Murder and Create - Lawrence Block - 2nd Matthew Scudder novel
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on November 17, 2011, 10:06:12 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
16.On Folly Beach - Karen White - chick lit that "learned me" a little something. I picked it up because I loooooooooooove Folly Beach and would be happy to spend every summer there for the rest of my life.
17. The 9th Judgment - James Patterson - audiobook
18. Backseat Saints - Joshilynn Jackson - audiobook - Best line: "It sounded like some fireworks gettin' it on with a bag of asthma."
19. Time to Murder and Create - Lawrence Block - 2nd Matthew Scudder novel

20. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins - audiobook
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on November 17, 2011, 09:11:44 PM
105: “Snuff” by Terry Pratchett

Despite an aversion to the fantasy genre in general, I am a long-time fan of Pratchett, largely because many elements of his books satirize our modern world.  Pratchett has been described as a modern-day Mark Twain, which is a pretty fair assessment.

“Snuff”, the latest Discworld novel, largely concerns intolerance, which has long been a theme in the series.  Through the course of the preceding 38 books, the society of Ankh Morpork has come to begrudingly accept vampires, warewolves, trolls, zombies and dwarves, but can its collective minds be pried open wide enough to accept goblins?

Chief copper Sam Vimes inadvertedly spearheads the movement as he investigates the simultaneous disappearance of a surly blacksmith and the brutal murder of a goblin. 

Action-packed, funny and big-hearted (even if it does occassionally get up a soap box), “Snuff” upholds the unusually, and consistently, high standards of the series.

Recommended?  Yes, though not as the first book for those new to the series.

106: “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” by James Frey

James Frey is apparently a notorious figure in the world of modern literature, though both he and his controversies were completely off my radar. 

And I still don't know what he did that apparently caused such a ruckus awhile back.  I only learned about this book by stumbling upon it on the staff recommendation shelves at a Chapters bookstore in London, Ontario.  Chapters is a chain north of the 49th parallel, and it appeared to basically be a continuation of the now-defunct Borders franchise, only with a much bigger and better selection than that store ever had.

I try not to judge books by their covers, but this one had me intrigued.  The hardcover comes in a slipcover with no info on the back, and only the title and an image of a scalpel and a drop of blood on the front.  And the exposed spine of the book looked like a Bible. 

Turns out the “Final Testament” is the story of a new incarnation of God on Earth, as told through several different perspectives, with each chapter being told by a different person and so bearing their name as the chapter title.  And as if that isn't enough to show Frey is mimicking the format of the Bible, the text is all left-justified, which was a bit annoying to read for 400 pages.

Frey's new Jesus is a pot-smoking, video-game-addicted slacker who miraculously survives a construction site accident, only to be revealed as a savior for the new millenium.  And this new Hippy Christ is out to spread a message of love and understanding through the simple and charitable act of having sex with as many people of both genders as possible, and with as many partners and is as many combinations as He can arrange.

The text isn't quite as steamy as one would suspect, it is still packed to the rim with nookie (though, now that I think about it, there was no rimming mentioned).  It doesn't take long before each new chapter, even though it is from a new perspective, becomes a repetitive cycle of introduction, doubt, belief, and high-level description of getting a freak on.  And, oh yes, the occassional anti-church, anti-corporation or anti-captalism rant.

Like I said earlier, I don't know what the previous controversy was surrounding Frey, but it obvious from this book that he wants to kick the beehive again.  But I haven't heard of any mass protests of his “Final Testament”, and the author is so obviously trying to play the enfant terrible that I doubt many will take bait. 

In the end, the “Final Testament” wants to be shocking and thought-provoking, but it is simply as over-sexed and obnoxiously policitized as a college humanities professor.

Recommended?  So lightly it might as well not be.

107: “33 1/3: Achtung Baby” by Stephen Catanzarite

Every so often, in my quest to read an absurd number of books, I experience some unintented synchronicity between consecutive titles.  In this occurrence, I happened to read back-to-back books about God and sex.

I didn't even know this volume of the “33 1/3” series would be about (and only about) these subjects.  I have had a copy of this for a long time now, and even forgot I had it until I started reading about the recently released super-deluxe-edition reissue of the album.

Now, some of the entries in this series address the making of an album, and others focus more so on the perspectives of the author and others.  And then there are some that are just a mess with little or no relationship to the album at hand.  I'm sorry, but the volumes that are unrelated novellas or a collection of short stories should not be in the series.

“Achtung Baby” is one such book, and it is basically two different things: a discussion of the place of God in our modern world, and also the author's clumsy attempt to superimpose upon the album the framework of a story wherin Adam & Eve fall from grace in the garden of Eden and straight into comptemporary society.

Towards the end of the text, the author acknowledges the story he builds upon the album was not the intention of the original artists, and yet he subjects us to his tale, nonetheless.

This is a deeply flawed and very, very bad volume of “33 1/3”.  Catanzarite spends half of his time preaching to this audience, including a beef with the scientific method that had me stratching me head until I broke the skin.  Then he wastes the rest of the book spinning his barely-fleshed allegory of Adam & Eve in modern day Sodom (which reminds me: why does Sodom get centuries of infamy while Gamorrah gets the...uh, shaft?).

So there you have it: half dry sermonizing and half entry-level writing course story “inspired” by this album.  And  two halves make a hole, into which this book should be buried.

Recommended?  No

108: “Deep Focus: Heathers” by John Ross Bowie

This is the second volume I had read in the “Deep Focus” series of 33 1/3 sized books about movies of level “B” and below.

In the first one I read, Johnathem Lethem provided some unusual insights and barbed zingers about John Carpenter's “They Live”.  At least Bowie aims a bit higher, as he addresses 80's black comedy “Heathers”.

A bit of my own history with the film: I have not thought about this movie once in years and seeing this book reminded me how much I used to love it.  Although I have seen this movie at least ten times, I probably have not seen it in roughly two decades.  And the more I dug into the book, the more I realized just how little I would otherwise remember from the film.

Bowie does a great service to the movie and the reader with this entry in a series of which I am quickly becoming a fan.  The author conducted many new interviews which, combined with well-researched archival material, provides many interesting insights into the development, production and reception of the movie, as well as obscure references and symbolism in the film. 

The author also interweaves his own history with the movie, which provided an interesting perspective.  Never mind the fact that his own intial experiences with the movie were with two consecutive Heathers he dated.  No, really, their first names were actually “Heather”.

I don't feel my summary can do this book justice, but if you feel inclined to read a book about “Heathers”, you should pounce on this lively little tome.

Recommended? Highly

109: “Other Kingdoms” by Richard Matheson

Matheson is my favorite author.

The guy wrote “I Am Legend”, without which we would not have the entire zombie genre.

He wrote a whole bunch of classic Twilight Zone episodes.  Know that one where Shatner sees the gremlin on the wing of the plane?  His.

I could go on, but I just wanted to give a brief background on the man so that you might understand why this book is such a disappointment.

“Other Kingdoms” is a new book by Matheson and that alone simply makes it remarkable.  Sure, the people at Tor never seem to stop dipping into his archives to slap together yet another short story compendium, but new material?  I honestly didn't even know the guy was still alive.

So I approached this book with a very open mind and generous heart.  And the premise sounded a bit promising, as a young man fresh from combat in WWI ventures into the British countryside, to the hometown of a friend he made and lost in the trenches.  In the spirit of Blackwood and Lovecraft, it is quickly revealed there are mysterious, magical, deceitful creatures in the woods and, should one venture into the forest, one should be careful not to stray from the path.

Of course, our young protagonist immediately strays from the path, and soon finds himself subject to supernatural torments that may be caused by fairie folk, or maybe the self-proclaimed witch who lives in the woods, or maybe both, or maybe neither.

I tried to become absorbed in the text, or at least try to appreciate it as a tribute to the aforementioned horror writers.  But “Other Kingdoms” is rather poorly written, and Matheson tries to use a get-out-of-jail card by having the tale told from the rambling perspective of an elderly gothic horror writer nearing the end of his life.

And yet I was pretty surprised when the novel takes a pretty swift turn, when the protagonist is suddenly getting it on with the witch, frequently and in a fair amount of detail.  The narrator goes to great pains to remind us the witch is old enough to have been his mother at the time.  As if that is not strong enough suggestion of incestuous undertones in their booty knocking, some eyebrow-raising dialogue makes it explicit.

And then the protagonist decides to move on to somebody younger, and is soon doing ye olden beast with two backs with a fairie girl who is all of three feet tall.  Which shifts the uncomfortable nature of the sexual content of the book from incest to something akin to pedophilia.

Ick. 

Wish I could put a more scholarly spin on it but, jeez, everything in the book is pretty skin-crawling, and not in the good ways.

But at least he one-ups Frey, since the Hippy Jesus of “Final Testament” gets his freak on early and often with every willing person, but even He doesn't get it on with his mother (or at least a surrogate of) or a three-foot tall fairie.

Recommended?  No
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on November 18, 2011, 08:22:39 AM
108: “Deep Focus: Heathers” by John Ross Bowie

This is the second volume I had read in the “Deep Focus” series of 33 1/3 sized books about movies of level “B” and below.

In the first one I read, Johnathem Lethem provided some unusual insights and barbed zingers about John Carpenter's “They Live”.  At least Bowie aims a bit higher, as he addresses 80's black comedy “Heathers”.

A bit of my own history with the film: I have not thought about this movie once in years and seeing this book reminded me how much I used to love it.  Although I have seen this movie at least ten times, I probably have not seen it in roughly two decades.  And the more I dug into the book, the more I realized just how little I would otherwise remember from the film.

Bowie does a great service to the movie and the reader with this entry in a series of which I am quickly becoming a fan.  The author conducted many new interviews which, combined with well-researched archival material, provides many interesting insights into the development, production and reception of the movie, as well as obscure references and symbolism in the film. 

The author also interweaves his own history with the movie, which provided an interesting perspective.  Never mind the fact that his own intial experiences with the movie were with two consecutive Heathers he dated.  No, really, their first names were actually “Heather”.

I don't feel my summary can do this book justice, but if you feel inclined to read a book about “Heathers”, you should pounce on this lively little tome.

Recommended? Highly
Thank you, BMcB. I would not have known anything about this book if you hadn't written up this review. HEATHERS is a favorite. I can't wait to pick this up.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: cyclone on November 26, 2011, 11:33:57 AM
1. The Cornel West Reader
2. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
3. Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
4. The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
5. Exploring Reality by John Polkinghorne
6. Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
7. The Best American Essays 07 (edited by DFW)
8. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard
9. Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez
10. The Concept of Anxiety by Søren Kierkegaard
11. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
12. King's Cross by Tim Keller
13. Race Matters by Cornel West
14. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
15. Black Postcards by Dean Wareham
16. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
17. Concrete by Thomas Bernhard
18. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
19. The Best American Comics 2007 by Chris Ware (editor)
20. The Freelance Pallbearers by Ishmael Reed
21. 33 1/3: Song Cycle by Richard Henderson
22. Seaview by Toby Olson
23. Light Boxes by Shane Jones
24. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
25. Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace
26. Players by Don DeLillo
27. The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
28. Naked City by Sharon Zukin
29. Venus Drive: Stories by Sam Lipsyte
30. Some Common Weaknesses Illustrated by Carson Cistulli

31. Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
32. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson

Currently reading Bibliophile by Michael Griffith.  I recently attended an open mic on my school's campus that was put on by a recently started writer's society, and Griffith spoke, who is a UC professor and established author.  I had never heard of him.  The title novella was pretty good but I'm having a hard time making it through the others.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on November 26, 2011, 11:47:53 PM
110: “33 1/3: Dummy” by R.J. Wheaton

Here is something that an author would have to completely bungle for me not to love: a 33 1/3 about the still-mesmerizing debut album by Portishead.

Fortunately, Wheaton does justice to the album with this volume that details the unusual story of the group's formation and the record's production.  I have long been fascinated by how Portishead made recordings, had these pressed to wax and then made their own custom samples from these discs, but I did not know the band even went as far as to “age” those records through destructives acts such as putting the discs on a dirty floor and stomping on them.  That's a fair amount of effort to create a library of samples which no other artist could have.

Wheaton also uses the album's production as a springboard to explore odd tangential subjects, such as a brief background on the inventor of the theremin.  Nothing absolutely essential to the topic at hand, but still an interesting excursion, nonetheless.

All quotes from core band members were pulled from period interviews, which is to be expected as Beth Gibbons has long declined to talk to the press and her two compatriots seem content to usually let the music speak for itself.  Readers may be disappointed by the lack of new first-person interviews and explanations as to exactly what this or that song “means” exactly, but I believe Wheaton does a very good job tailoring archival material to the frame he has created.

I do, however, have two minor grievances with the book.  First, the author takes a scattershot approach with his presentation of the material, with the text broken into small passages of usually only a few paragraphs each, and rarely with a natural feeling of transition from one passage to the next.  Although this rather jarring effect subtly mirrors the more disorienting passages of the album being discussed, it was a bit wearing over the course of more than 200 pages of text.

Which leads me to my other complaint, and that is the book is really too long for this format.  I have noticed this becoming a trend with the most of the recent entries in the 33 1/3 series.  Since the width and height of the series are ideally suited to a rather thin book, the number of pages in the books on “American Recordings”, “Marquee Moon” and now “Dummy” warrant a larger sized book and, therefore, probably should have been standalone books outside of the series.  First, as a book snob, I believe this series should adhere to the design aesthetic it has established over a run of 80 titles at this point.  But I also have found the longest of the books in the 33 1/3 collection could have been improved with more judicious editing that would have prevented redundancy of information.

As I have said about other books I have recommended in the series: if you think you will enjoy reading a book about this album, then you'll probably enjoy this book.

Recommended?
Yes

111: “Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History” by Ben Mezrich

Hard to believe but, per gram, material collected on the lunar missions is the most expensive substance on Earth.  And something I did not know before reading this book: it is illegal for U.S. citizens to own any quantity of moon dust.

Thad Roberts was an intern at NASA who dreamed of being the first man to set first foot on Mars, when he decided to steal a safe full of moon rocks.  With the assistance of his girlfriend and another friend, he succeeds in stealing the rocks from a heavily-secured facility, only to be apprehended by the feds when he tries to sell them.

That Roberts tried to sell the stolen materials hints at an inherent flaw in the approach taken by “Sex on the Moon”.  Mezrich tries dilligently to present Roberts as a charasmatic dreamer and die-hard romantic who wanted to literally give his girlfriend the moon.  And yet he tries to sell the pilfered collection and even admits the seed of his scheme was planted when he learned how much it was worth.

Myself, I think Roberts was a textbook sociopath, who charms, connives and coerces others to his will, initially convincing fellow interns to camp out illegally at various sites and engage in potentially fatal cliff diving.  Similarly, he abuses the trust of mentor Dr. Everett Gibson, from whose office he steals the safe containing not just the moon rocks, but also the famous Mars meteorite found in Antarctica and several notebooks in which Gibson was working on his memoirs.  Roberts denies ever seeing the notebooks, but everything else in this book would suggest he is either lying about that, or that he was simply so engrossed with obtaining and selling the moon rocks that he did not take notice of their presence when he disposed of the safe in a random dumpster.

This is the first work by Mezrich that I have read, but I am aware of two of his other high-profile books, “Bringing Down the House” and “The Accidental Billionaires”, both of which were turned into feature films.  I kept thinking about this precendent when reading “Sex on the Moon”, as the author keeps the tone light, fast-paced and, well, easily adaptable into a Hollywood feature film.  I highly suspect Mezrich has taken liberties with the facts of the theft and done some creative embellishing and speculation in maximize the wow factor of the book.

Is that is the case, then it seems to me that Mezrich might have something in common with his subject, a man who believes he has the right to steal rocks from NASA that are viewed as substandard specimens in its collection.  Roberts believes he is justified in all of his actions, and I can't help but wonder if Mezrich might be of the same mindset regarding the fictionalization of non-fiction.

I could be wrong about Mezrich and the extent to which he may have tweaked the truth to his own purposes, but I doubt it.  A cursory glimpse at the synopsis for those other two titles of his shows an interest in writing about brilliant, highly educated men who believe rules do not apply to them in their pursuits.  So it isn't a stretch to suspect the author identifies with this type because that is the kind of person he is, or aspires to be.

And all of this is why I did enjoy “Sex on the Moon”.  Although I was absorbed in the story, I also found myself an arm's length from the material, wondering what was or was not true.

Recommended?  Yes, though not entirely for the reasons the author intended.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: yoshomon on November 27, 2011, 05:34:25 PM
I made it to 50 already this year:

1. Around the Way Girls (v. 1) by LaJilla Hunt
2. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
3. Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein
4. Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics ed. by Gabriel Kuhn
5. The Signature of All Things: On Method by Giorgio Agamben
6. Ghosts by Cesar Aira
7. A Shore Thing by Snooki
8. Decision Points by George W. Bush
9. The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
10. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
11. Suicide by Edouard Leve
12. Normally Special by xTx
13. Logic by Graham Priest
14. With Borges by Alberto Manguel
15. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis
16. Fiasco by Imre Kertész
17. An Empty Room: Stories by Mu Xin
18. Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel García Márquez
19. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation by Jacques Rancière
20. The Stranger by Camus
21. Europeana by Patrik Ouedník
22. Autopy of Surrealism by Cesar Vallejo
23. The Mayakovsky Case by Cesar Vallejo
24. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
25. The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz
26. Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya
27. From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar
28. Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife by William H. Gass
29. 30 Under 30 ed. by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang
30. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
31. Maus (vol. 1) by Art Spiegelman
32. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
33. The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche
34. Wittgenstein's Antiphilosophy by Alain Badiou
35. Illuminations by Rimbaud (new translations by Ashbery)
36. Racing Odysseus by Roger Martin
37. ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
38. Nox by Anne Carson
39. Stations of Desire by Ibn Arabi
40. The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Taleb
41. Odes (Books I-IV) by Horace (transl. by James Michie)
42. Maus II (And Here My Troubles Began) by Art Spiegelman
43. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho transl. by Anne Carson
44. Forget Foucault by Jean Baudrillard
45. Bad Nature, Or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marîas
46. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
47. Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander
48. The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry by Ernest Fenollosa (ed. by Ezra Pound)
49. The Seamstress and the Wind by Cesar Aira
50. Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

51. Introduction to the Philosophy of History by GFW Hegel
52. How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

53. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek
54. Revealment And Concealment : Five Essays by Hayyim Nahman Bialik

55. The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo
56. Varamo by César Aira
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on November 28, 2011, 09:48:58 AM
112: “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield

Finally, a very readable book about fonts and their history.  I assume this book is  quite popular as I placed a hold on this at the library back in August and that hold was finally fulfilled just last week.  My interest in the book was strong enough that I was tempted to buy it every time I passed by the hot sellers tables at Barnes & Noble.  I probably just should have caved and bought the book because, now that I have read it, I probably will buy it at some point.

“Just My Type” is a passionate and scholarly history of fonts, as well as an examination of why particular fonts mean something to us.  The text goes way beyond serifs vs. non-serifs or Guttenburg's development of movable type.  Just a sampling of topics include the interrobang (the combination of exclamation and question marks that the author describes as “the Esperanto of punctuation”), Microsoft's theft of Helvetica which they rebranded as Ariel (the author directs the reader to a very good College Humor video that touches on this) and the lack of copyright protection of fonts in the U.S.

In general, Garfield maintains a light tone, though he occasionally gets tangled in terminology and minutae that  slow the pace to a grind.  Then there's the structure of the book: Garfield often seemlessly transitions between radically different topics, but is not always successful.  There are also a handful of moments where he seems to step too far outside the norms of scholarly objectivity, such the bone he has to pick with Paul McCartney claiming authorship of The Beatles font on Ringo's drumhead.

But these are very minor faults in a book that was largely a joy to read.  How much enjoyment you will get from it depends on the extent to which you obsess over fonts.  As I said before, the book appears to be very popular, so I'm guessing there is a substantial number of fellow font whores out there, and this book will be like porn to them.

Recommended? Yes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on November 29, 2011, 09:32:33 AM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
16.On Folly Beach - Karen White - chick lit that "learned me" a little something. I picked it up because I loooooooooooove Folly Beach and would be happy to spend every summer there for the rest of my life.
17. The 9th Judgment - James Patterson - audiobook
18. Backseat Saints - Joshilynn Jackson - audiobook - Best line: "It sounded like some fireworks gettin' it on with a bag of asthma."
19. Time to Murder and Create - Lawrence Block - 2nd Matthew Scudder novel
20. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins - audiobook
21. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - audiobook
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 01, 2011, 08:02:29 PM
13: “BFI Modern Classics: Blade Runner” by Scott Bukatman

I have been a fan of this movie for so long that, over the course of my fandom, I loved it back when nobody else I knew liked it, and then I grew tired of it while those same people finally discovered its greatness, and then fell back in love with it after everybody else was tired of it.  I am one contrary bastard.

But I am at a good point on the sine wave of my ardor for this film to read a BFI book about it.  Alas, Bukatman does not have much to reveal that was not already touched upon by the other books and articles I have read about “Blade Runner”, let alone the feature-length documentary in the massive DVD/Blu-Ray set from a couple of years back. 

Also, the author has the tendancy to write lofty and excessively convoluted prose that kept me an arm's length from the text at all times.  It is one thing to write a book that takes a scholarly approach to a subject, and another to dress up your text in a manner that adds only the illusion of greater intelligence.

Which leads me to a running theme through the BFI books so far that is starting to become a sort of running gag.  Is there really a sly undercurrent of homosexuality in every movie covered in this series?  The authors never fail to find one. 

Can't wait to see if they can find such a subcontext in “The Ten Commandments”.  Oh, wait, that whole movie is high camp.

Recommended?  You would be better off watching the documentary in the multi-disc set.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: cyclone on December 02, 2011, 06:04:09 PM
Anyone read Nixonland?  I think I'm going to dig into it next week after hearing nothing but recommendations since it came out.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 05, 2011, 08:28:26 PM
114: “Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare and UFO's” by Mark Pilkington

Bear with me, as I need to clarify some things before I get to talking about this book.

I am an Atheist, and I also don't believe in aliens, ghosts, telepathy, Bigfoot, witchcraft, reincarnation or psychic powers.   Needless to say, I'm not much fun.

I felt I had to explain my background, because it begs the question why I picked up this book about whether aliens are real, are a government hoax or even a hoax pretending to be a government conspiracy.  Not the kind of book I would normally consider reading, but I was swayed by a starred review in Booklist, and the following quote from Jon Ronson: “An incredible, complex, fascinating story...I loved it.”  I may now have to retract my reommendation of Ronson's “The Psychopath Test”.

But I think Ronson and Booklist must have received a different book in this jacket, because this is the kind of rambling, formless drivel that I would normally expect to hear from somebody wearing a tin foil hat and whom I am stuck next to while waiting for the bus.  I should have known I was in deep trouble when the following text appeared on page 6: “Were they an unusual phenomenon like ball lightning?”.  A natural phenomenon like ball lightning?!?  He might as well have written “a natural phenomenon like Yeti/the Loch Ness Monster/Joan Rivers.”    Or how about this doozy on page 137: “Around this same time, the National Enquirer became perhaps the most outspoken and reliable source of information about UFO's”.  Yes, folks, that pinnacle of journalistic excellence that is The National Enquirer.

Then there's the hyperactive, (mis)information dump of the text.  The author jumps erratically from one time, place and subject to another, and very rarely with any sort of transition.  Dates, names and places (especially seemingly every Air Force base in the U.S.) eventually melt into a blur.  It took me forever to read this, because the experience was actually like trudging waist-deep through a very viscous liquid.  The book often had me feeling so groggy and dizzy that I felt like I had a touch of flu.

The author's head must be hell to live in, because it was a very sad place to visit.  Everything to the author is either a UFO conspiracy or a government conspiracy.  Basically, in his world, there has to be a conspiracy somewhere, or maybe the conspiracies are a hoax?  Or maybe the hoaxes are intentional smokescreens to prevent us from learning the truth that there are UFOs?  Or maybe the hoaxes are so ridiculous that it confirms there are no UFOs?  Or maybe the hoaxes are so ridiculous that it confirms there really are UFOs?  Pilkington spends so much time either up his own ass or chasing his own tail that it's no wonder he's dizzy.

This material is not best served in bound book form.  No, the ideal delivery mechanism for this was badly mimeographed pages stapled together about three decades ago.

This book is so bad that it will not only fail to convert any skeptics, but it just might put some UFO and government conspiracy buffs back on the straight and narrow.  Somebody at Booklist should be spanked for their starred review. 

All I know from reading this book is that the truth may not be out there, but Mark Pilkington definitely is.  Waaaaaaay out there.  Remember to firmly affix your tin foil hat to your head at all times, Mark.

Recommended?  Only as kindling, and I'm not sure it is sufficiently bulkly enough to even adequately do that.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2011, 11:06:02 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia
11. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch
12. Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why The U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey -And Even Iraq - Are Destined To Become The Kings of The World's Most Popular Sport
13. James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales - Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN

The ESPN book is as good as advertised. It's interesting, covers a TON of ground, and is generally fascinating. Toward the end it gets bogged down in the "we had more information covering the more recent years, so we'll spend more time with it" and slowed down a bit but that is really nitpicking. I will tell anyone who's interested that it's a good book and worth reading. Of course...it helps if you like sports at least somewhat.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on December 06, 2011, 07:50:15 PM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe - Patti Smith
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - Mark Hodkinson.
10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French
11. See a Little Light: The Bob Mould Story - Bob Mould and Michael Azerrad
12. Thank You For The Days - Mark Radcliffe
13. Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life - Tom Lewis
14. House of Dolls - Ka-Tzetnik #135633[/quote]

Adding:
15. Sarah's Key - Tatiana De Rosney
(Thanks for the recommendation, Trixi. Loved it!)

Still reading:
16. Miss O'Dell - by Chris O'Dell
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: cyclone on December 07, 2011, 04:56:17 PM
1. The Cornel West Reader
2. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
3. Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
4. The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
5. Exploring Reality by John Polkinghorne
6. Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
7. The Best American Essays 07 (edited by DFW)
8. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard
9. Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez
10. The Concept of Anxiety by Søren Kierkegaard
11. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
12. King's Cross by Tim Keller
13. Race Matters by Cornel West
14. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
15. Black Postcards by Dean Wareham
16. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
17. Concrete by Thomas Bernhard
18. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
19. The Best American Comics 2007 by Chris Ware (editor)
20. The Freelance Pallbearers by Ishmael Reed
21. 33 1/3: Song Cycle by Richard Henderson
22. Seaview by Toby Olson
23. Light Boxes by Shane Jones
24. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
25. Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace
26. Players by Don DeLillo
27. The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
28. Naked City by Sharon Zukin
29. Venus Drive: Stories by Sam Lipsyte
30. Some Common Weaknesses Illustrated by Carson Cistulli
31. Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
32. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
33. Bibliophile by Michael Griffith

34. 33 1/3: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by John Cavanagh

I'm surprised I never got to this one sooner considering how much I love this album, plus the library system seems to be out of the remaining titles I'm most interested in (notably Low, Endtroducing and The Notorious Byrd Brothers).  It would also be atop the list of albums that I'd love to read about due to that material being so readily not available.  It's kind of similar to the Village Green Preservation Society book in that regard.  I loved the Pet Sounds book, for example, but now after reading (and re-reading) the new Wilson biography (Catch A Wave), my memory of the 33 1/3 book's content is fuzzy.  Even among the most hardcore Floyd/Syd internet sites, information on the actual Piper sessions and early touring days is pretty sparse outside of the occasional artifact like that infamous "Why is it so loud? I grew up in the string quartet ..." 1967 TV interview.

Surprisingly, the book did not go the route I had anticipated.  I had expected a lot more about the formation of the band and a whole lot of pseudo-Syd Barrett biography material, and the book didn't really deliver either.  Although the format is rather sporadic, it worked fine for me.  It jumps right into the recording of the album while detailing the underground/psych London music scene with The UFO Club, etc.  I also have to give the author credit for not running the back story of the life-changing album appreciation into the ground like I notice in a lot of this series.  He dug See Emily Play, bought the Relics compilation, naturally then got Piper, fell in love.  Simple as that.

I appreciated the details of the recording process, which followed the usual 33 1/3 format as far as contributors goes.  The contributions of Norman Smith are pretty good, who I learned had a bit of a controversial reputation in relation to the album's mythos and legacy.  I enjoyed the part about Syd politely agreeing with his input from a producer's POV, but then continuing to write and play the songs exactly the same way he had been.  The dissection and analysis of Interstellar Overdrive was pretty fun too.  The Beatles references and comparisons seem a bit excessive at times, although it is naturally a part of the narrative since they were recording Sgt. Peppers at the studio at the same time.  That also help explained what I had always known about Piper being recorded very quickly ... they didn't want the band eating up too much Beatles time, and often times PF rushed through recording to get to gigs that same evening.  I enjoyed the later Syd contributions by Kevin Ayers as well.

Overall, this was one of my favorite books in the series despite it not quite being of the "I have a whole new insight/appreciation of the record" variety.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 07, 2011, 05:29:26 PM
34. 33 1/3: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by John Cavanagh

I'm surprised I never got to this one sooner considering how much I love this album, plus the library system seems to be out of the remaining titles I'm most interested in (notably Low, Endtroducing and The Notorious Byrd Brothers).  

...

Overall, this was one of my favorite books in the series despite it not quite being of the "I have a whole new insight/appreciation of the record" variety.

I also enjoyed the 33 1/3 on "Piper", though I admit I am not much of a fan of the album (which is odd, as I am a big solo Barrett fan).  Still, I suspect the extent to which most will like the book depends upon their feelings towards the album.

I highly recommend all three of those other entries you listed.  I have read roughly 80 - 85% of the series, and I can tell you "Low" is still one of my absolute faves of the series, and it was quite some time ago that I read it (it was one of the first ten or so that I tackled). 

"Entroducing" is also notable not just for the information, but also for being just a straight interview with DJ Shadow.  No muss, no fuss. 

As for "Notorious", it made me reappraise, and better appreciate, an album I used to be largely indifferent towards.  The book is a bit dry, and unusually heavy on the technical aspects and elements such as time signatures.  Still, it is a thorough and scholarly dissection of the album, and the author throws in some of his own feelings towards the record (which I always enjoy in the 33 1/3 series--the author explaining to me why the album at hand is important to them).  There's also some interesting behind-the-scenes drama, what with Crosby aggressively pushing his own tracks and drummer Clarke abruptly exiting the group (minor aside: the Legacy edition of the album has a lengthly bonus track that makes the listener a fly-on-the-wall during that very uncomfortable altercation).

Anyways, I recommend pulling the trigger on all three books, with "Low" being my highest recommendation.  I'm not sure which titles Shake It has in stock at the moment, but they are the only retailer in this area that I know carries the series.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: cyclone on December 07, 2011, 05:55:57 PM
Thanks for the insight and recommendations.  Not sure if I'll end up picking them up or not, I simply don't buy many books these days in favor of always using the library and being content with my own medium-sized personal collection, and with the 33 1/3 books especially, since they're pocket size and won't even be attractive on the shelf.  If I did I would probably go through eBay/Amazon to at least get them cheap.  I wish the library would get a few more in in addition to the "best of" volume(s) they have in the system. 

Echoing your sentiments, I have also heard that the Low entry is awesome but that Notorious is choppy (and a few Goodreads reviewers were quick to point out some embarrassing typos that made it through).  Not to derail the thread, but I'm curious as why you were previously indifferent on the album.  It has always been my favorite Byrds album by a long shot (meaning no disrespect to Sweetheart which I also love dearly).  On a hunch I'm guessing that maybe YTT is your favorite, which I have never been able to get into and was indifferent to myself?

Scanning Wiki, I also see that a Fear of Music title is planned for a forthcoming release.  I would have much preferred Remain in Light, but I'll still look forward to it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 07, 2011, 08:04:02 PM
Not to derail the thread, but I'm curious as why you were previously indifferent on the album.  It has always been my favorite Byrds album by a long shot (meaning no disrespect to Sweetheart which I also love dearly).  On a hunch I'm guessing that maybe YTT is your favorite, which I have never been able to get into and was indifferent to myself?

Scanning Wiki, I also see that a Fear of Music title is planned for a forthcoming release.  I would have much preferred Remain in Light, but I'll still look forward to it.

Actually, I find all of the Byrds albums to be a bit spotty, and I feel their catalog is best served by the most recent box set, "There Is a Season".  That said, I'm coming around to thinking "Mr. Tambourine Man" may be my favorite album of theirs.  I am a huge Gene Clark fan, and his songs on that and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" are just astounding.  But, when push comes to shove, I think that, with some attempt at objectivity, Sweetheart is their best album.

As for "Notorious", I don't know why I was so slow to take to the album.  I was especially reluctant to like the first track, "Artificial Energy" (not sure who thought it was a good idea to put heavy phasing on everything).  Over time, I just started like the album better one track at a time (the same thing happened to me with repeated listens to Big Star's "Third" over the span of a decade).  Nowadays, I think the first side is almost perfect, but it the second side seems gets worse with each track until it reaches the lamentable "Space Odyssey".

As for the book on "Fear of Music", I am lucky that is my favorite Talking Heads album.  And I wouldn't be surprised if it really covers the entire era of Eno working with the band, as a lot of 33 1/3 entries span more than the album at hand (sometimes covering a band's entire catalog).  Also, this book is written by Jonathan Lehtem, who aside from being a stellar novelist, wrote a very enjoyable book on "They Live" for the similarly styled and themed "Deep Focus" series.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 07, 2011, 09:01:57 PM
115: “33 1/3: Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace” by Aaron Cohen

One of the most recent entries in the series, and a very solid one at that.  Not unlike Franklin's album that had her returning to her roots in the church, this volume is a throwback to the cleaner, more direct books of this series.  It is even a return to the more traditional slim format, when most of the recent volumes have been trending towards more cumbersome in size.

There are some details about the album that surprised me.  I did not know the sessions were filmed (by Syndey Pollack) for an intended theatrical release that never materialized.  Some of that footage of the second night of performances shows Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger in the congregation, taking a break from the overdub sessions for “Exile on Main Street” that brought them to L.A.

Go figure that, although I recently developed a deep love for gospel funk, I have not heard this album.  I was even aware of it, but just never thought to actually seek it out.  Now I do want to hear it, only to discover all previous CD incarnations are way out of print and the album is not available digitally.

Recommended?  Yes

116: “Neonomicon” by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows

After decades of general indifference, Lovecraft's body of work has somehow become a cottage industry that has brought us beanie Cthulu's and a glut of tribute fiction that is almost entirely wank.

But even Lovecraft's original work is mostly drivel—dated, shambling, occasionally borderline incomprehensible and sometimes a bit racist.   And this is coming from somebody who actually enjoys Lovecraft.  But the endless stream of derivative works set in his “mythos” (how I hate that term) seem obsessed with his unpronounceable names for demigods, and have little more to contribute beyond that.  You say po-tay-to, I say po-tah-to.  You say Kuh-thu-loo, I say Chuh-too-loo.

Yet I was curious when I saw a Lovecraft-themed graphic novel penned by the legendary Alan Moore, and a rave quote from Brian K. Vaughan on the back cover pushed me over the edge.  I was curious even though graphic novels tend to be among the worst books in this most recent expansion of the Lovecraft mythology (there, no more “mythos” for this review).

I am pleased to say my concerns were unfounded, because “Neonomicon” is the best of the Lovecraft-inspired works I have encountered.  Although the dialogue occassionally rings just a hair false, the writing is vastly superior to other Lovecraft-related graphic novels and most graphic novels, period.

Also, the art is very top notch, which I appreciated most in the eyeball-searing two-page spreads of unimaginable horrors from other dimensions, and less so in the blood-soaked crime scenes and a rather detailed and extensive orgy.

Which brings me to something I am obliged to say: the content here is quite extreme.  “Suggested for mature audiences” doesn't quite cut it.  The sexual content and the level of gore tested my limits, and I don't consider myself to be very sensitive.

But while many, many other authors would simply use this type of material casually for shock value, I feel it is necessary to this story to make it as horrific and unnerving as possible.

“Neonomicon” is a repulsive, fascinating and exhilarating head-long dive into the unthinkable.  Don't even think of reading this before bedtime.

Recommended? Yes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: cyclone on December 07, 2011, 09:43:29 PM
Also, this book is written by Jonathan Lehtem, who aside from being a stellar novelist, wrote a very enjoyable book on "They Live" for the similarly styled and themed "Deep Focus" series.

I read his essay book The Disappointment Artist (I think that was the title) last year.  A bit of a knock-off of something like DFW's A Supposedly Fun Thing ... but decent enough.

As for Notorious, I think it's an excellent, 9/10 album, but I agree that the first half is stronger.  Draft Morning and Tribal Gathering are perfect songs.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: patas on December 18, 2011, 09:34:10 AM
1. Orange Eat Creeps by Grace Krilanovich - Ok...what the hell was this book about. I couldn't tell what the hell was going on, but I kept reading cover to cover. This book was like one long run on sentence.
2. Dark Hallow by Brian Keene - This is the first Brian Keene book that I've read that I didn't think was great. My wife called it smut, and I think I agree with her. There are some fantastic scenes dealing with real issues in this book, but then there are those scenes that I practically blush while reading. I can't believe the author actually wrote them.
3. The Passage by Justin Cronin - What a fantastic read. I breezed right through this. I loved nearly every moment of it cover to cover
4. The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - This is a reread except this time I listened to the audiobook. It was a fantastically narrated. I still say that I'm not really into the standard fantasy genre, but this series is just fantastic. I look forward to reading the next three book over the next year or so in anticipation of him releasing the fifth sometime this decade.
5. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean - This was a great read. True stories behind the discovery of the elements of the periodic table. Who knew history could be so much fun. At times the book did get a bit technical especially in the later half.
6. Blind Descent by James Tabor - Non-fiction about the race to discover the deepest cave in the world. It follows one American and his teams exploring Mexican caves and an Eastern European exploring caves in Georgia. It was rather exciting reading a book about something I am so scared to do.
7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunger by Seth Grahame-Smith - Another blend of fact and fiction blurring history. It was a fun book to read but I often would like the author to write clearer what is fact and what is fiction (yeah duh the vampire stuff isn't real), but what about the rest of the story?
8. Under the Dome by Stephen King (audiobook)
9. Overwinter by David Wellington.
10. Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin - This is such a long book filled with so much detail that it was just as good the second time reading as the first time I read it (if not better). I picked up on so much more the second time through too.
11. Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt - A good book not just about crows, but more about how a nature lover can make the most of living in an urban area and the co-existence of nature and humans in urban areas.
12, Urban Gothic by Brian Keene - A pretty gruesome and scary tale. I couldn't believe the weird dreams I was having after putting this one down at night.
13. Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin - Out of the first three Song of Ice and Fire novels I've reread this year, I remembered the least of this one. It was the most enjoyable to read as well with many of the twists still intact the second time around. I am really looking forward to rereading the fourth book soon as I know I pretty much skimmed through the nine pages the first time through.
14. Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Pretty typical of all their book except this one is based on a new character. The new character is fairly unique with an interesting back story. Recommended for a quick summer read.
15. Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart - A fun non-fiction read laden with facts and beautifully illustrated. A look at how deadly an dangerous plants have shaped history. In all an interesting way to look at history.
16. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - I thought I'd start reading these since I enjoy the show.
17. A Taint in the Blood by S.M. Stirling - I really wanted to like this because I've wanted to read some of S.M. Stirlings earlier books, but having two of the main characters be hero brother and evil sister named Adrian and Adrien just didn't work for me. Listing to the audiobook, there were times I couldn't follow the story because of the name similarity. It was a boring plot to boot.
18. Boneshaker by Cherie Preist - This has been on my to read list for some time and I was totally let down and disappointed. With all the praise this novel got, I expected much more. Instead I was bored with it after 100 pages and trudged through the final 300.
19. A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin - Reading this for the second time was so refreshing especially having just reread the first three books. I really hated this book the first time. I think it was the five year break between books. I appreciated the story more (and could follow it better) this second time around. I've gone straight into Dance with Dragons.
20. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (audiobook) - This was a really fun book to listen to. It was well read with a wide range of character voices done by one person. It was simple yet very well written. I found my self at the engine of my driver's seat several times. It kept me on my tows when I had to turn it off when I got to work.
21. The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez - Just a terrible book. It took me forever to read. I never wanted to pick it up at night. This is Martinez's debut. I read another of his novels last year and it was a lot of fun. Glad he is a better writer now.
22. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist An entirely different look at the rising dead scenario. I really enjoyed this alternate perspective. It is a totally different and unique book. A real look at human character. Same author as Let the Right One in by the way.
23. Peter and Max by Bill Willingham - My last post in this thread is a really mediocre book. This book is based on fabled characters in modern day setting. It was written like a children's book but it was for adults.
24. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt - The first time in ages that I randomly picked up a book at the library and decided to read it. It was one of the most fun books I've read all year. Fantastic prose, fantastic characters. It is a California gold rush era novel about two brothers that are hitmen. Highly recommended.
25. The Mystic Arts of Erasing all Signs of Death by Charlie Huston - This book was ok, but it had all the failings of first person narration. The narrator starts off interesting, then goes to annoying, then to boring. The main character is supposed to be a "dick". This concept is taken to the extreme and devolves into cliche.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: MissKitty on December 18, 2011, 10:22:41 AM
1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
3. Boy Island - Camden Joy
4. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - Ian Kershaw
5. Shiprocked: Life on the Waves of Radio Caroline - Steve Conway
6. White Collar Woman - Nicholas Maze
7. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
8. Just Kids: Patti Smith's Life with Robert Mapplethorpe - Patti Smith
9. The Last Mad Surge of Youth - Mark Hodkinson.
10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French
11. See a Little Light: The Bob Mould Story - Bob Mould and Michael Azerrad
12. Thank You For The Days - Mark Radcliffe
13. Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life - Tom Lewis
14. House of Dolls - Ka-Tzetnik #135633
15. Sarah's Key - Tatiana De Rosney
Adding:
16. Miss O'Dell - by Chris O'Dell
17. Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum

At the end of Sarah's Key there was a list of books that one could read that had similar content and that the author recommended as further reading. Blum's book happened to be in stock at the library when I took Sarah's Key back, so I picked it up. Great novel written from the perspective of a German woman during WWII, and that of her daughter in present day.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 18, 2011, 02:30:52 PM
117: “Otis Redding: Try a Little Tenderness” by Geoff Brown

Some may have noticed I have not posted a book review in awhile.  I have been having a pretty rough time as of late, as an inordinate amount of excrement has been colliding with a multitude and wide variety of fans.  Also, I have been slowly trudging through a book that is a fair bit longer than my usual fare, and which I hope to soon conclude and review.

In the interim, I finally tackled a book I bought remaindered at Half Price a few years back.  Not sure why it has taken me this long to read this, as I am a pretty big Otis Redding fan.

This book is an entry in a very short-lived series of slim hardcovers produced under the “Mojo Heroes” banner, which also includes volumes on Neil Young and Arthur Lee.  I assume this series was an attempt to do something like 33 1/3, but covering entire artist catalogs.  The books are slim hardcovers, but the total amount of text would probably make for one of the longer 33 1/3's, if translated to that format.

I admit I had pretty high hopes for this book, given my interest in the subject, and that this is an attempt by the highly-regarded Mojo magazine to establish a book series.  Alas, if the other two books in the series are like this one, then I can see why they were not able to continue beyond their three flagship entries.

This book is not necessarily bad, but it is little more than a lengthy essay that reads like a long Wikipedia entry.  There is little evidence of new first-person interviews being conducted as research for the book, and most of the information here is simply names, dates, locations and song titles.  The author makes very little attempt to establish the environment in which so many great tracks were produced, so I finished this book feeling no closer to the real Otis than I did before.

Recommended? No
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on December 18, 2011, 03:03:57 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
50.  Sirensong--Jenna Black
51.  Shine--Lauren Myracle
52.  Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last--Israel Meir Lau
53.  Violin of Auschwitz--Maria Angels Anglada
54.  Notes from the Blender--Trish Cook
55.  I Will Always Love You--Cecily Von Ziegesar
56.  Prey--Linda Howard
57.  Rafa: My Story--Rafael Nadal
58.  Popular--Alissa Grosso
59.  Kill Me If You Can--James Patterson
60.  Tighter--Adele Griffin
61.  The Year We Were Famous--Carole Estby Dagg
62.  The Best of Me--Nicholas Sparks
63.  The Christmas Wedding--James Patterson
64.  Uncle Tom's Cabin--Harriet Beecher Stowe
65.  Sarah's Key--Tatiana de Rosnay
66.  Kill Alex Cross--James Patterson
67.  Litigators--John Grisham
68.  Skank--Teresa McWhirter
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on December 21, 2011, 02:07:13 PM
1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
13.Live Wire - Harlan Coben
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - audiobook - Wow! I requested this from the library so that we could listen to it on our road trip. It came in AFTER the trip. Soooooooooo good. I think I'll read the other two instead of listenting to them. I think Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT casting for the role of Katniss.
15. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock - borrowed from my lovely friend, foolsgold, this is one effed up book of short stories. Chuck Cleaver if he wrote novels instead of songs.
16.On Folly Beach - Karen White - chick lit that "learned me" a little something. I picked it up because I loooooooooooove Folly Beach and would be happy to spend every summer there for the rest of my life.
17. The 9th Judgment - James Patterson - audiobook
18. Backseat Saints - Joshilynn Jackson - audiobook - Best line: "It sounded like some fireworks gettin' it on with a bag of asthma."
19. Time to Murder and Create - Lawrence Block - 2nd Matthew Scudder novel
20. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins - audiobook
21. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - audiobook
22. In The Midst of Death - Lawrence Block - This is the second Scudder novel to be released but it was the 3rd one that was written, or so I remember reading somewhere. Worst cover ever on this paperback. The cover has NOTHING to do with how anyone in the book was actually killed. I don't understand it AT all. Nice to see Matt finally stop drinking, as well as seeing him try to find some hope in life. Can't wait to read the next one, A Stab In the Dark.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on December 21, 2011, 06:13:49 PM

At the end of Sarah's Key there was a list of books that one could read that had similar content and that the author recommended as further reading. Blum's book happened to be in stock at the library when I took Sarah's Key back, so I picked it up. Great novel written from the perspective of a German woman during WWII, and that of her daughter in present day.

I have that at home too, but haven't yet started it.  I made a list of a few of those at the book of the book.  And I'm glad you liked it!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 21, 2011, 09:43:46 PM
118: “Kahawa” by Donald E. Westlake

Books personally recommended to me are always a dicey affair.  I don't want to insult somebody who has entirely good intentions at heart when making such a recommendation; however, that doesn't mean I am going to factor that into my perception of the book.  And when somebody says, “this is my favorite book”, I can't help but cringe a little since, no matter how much I might enjoy it, it is extremely unlikely it will become my new favorite, so that automatically increases the potential for friction over this person's favorite fiction.

Which is how I came to read “Kahawa” by Donald E. Westlake, of whom I was unaware, but who is apparently popular with mystery fans.  Curiously, this book is not a mystery, but is instead a fictional adventure/conspiracy/political story set in Idi Amin's Ugunda.  I admit that dark era is of some interest to me, so I was intrigued by this tale of a train full of Ugundan coffee stolen by a ragtag bunch of mercenaries, former Ugundans, businessmen and assorted others.

But even the most exciting moments of that heist (and its extensive planning) cannot shake a taint of cliché--an obvious influence from the Indiana Jones movies that betrays the book's roots in the early 80's. 

Worse still are the attempts to steer away from stereotypes, but in a ham-fisted way that just turns characters into a different type of stereotype.  Case in point: the two most prominent female characters feel like they were cobbled together from Ms. Magazine articles of the era and, even though they are strong-willed, what they truly want is a real man inside them. 

The African workers don't fare much better.  They are never called “natives”, but the characterizations are sometimes uncomfortably close to the “noble savage” kind of patronization.

All of which is a shame, because the meat of this 500+ page book is an energetic and entertaining read.  Alas, even the plot of the book becomes undone in an ending where a great many deeply preposterous coincidences left me insulted. 

Of course, this is not what I am going to tell the person who passionately recommended this book to me.  As for me, is it...

Recommended?  I really want to say yes (and you could do much worse than read this book) but, in my heart, I have to say “no”.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2011, 11:17:03 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia
11. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch
12. Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why The U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey -And Even Iraq - Are Destined To Become The Kings of The World's Most Popular Sport
13. James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales - Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN
14. Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Good stuff and interesting, but I was slightly confused because of HOW SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT it is from Blade Runner. In today's world of movies being almost the same as their source material I had forgotten about all the poetic liberties filmmakers used to make. I really like the movie (the final cut, not the original cut) and I think I like it even more now that I read the book. The book, though, is really interesting in its own way - a manner which took me by surprise. So yeah - a good read and worthwhile.

I'm also pleased that I pumped out 2 more books than my average for a year. Go me.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 24, 2011, 12:52:25 PM
119: “The Visible Man” by Chuck Klosterman

My introduction to Klosterman, so I don't know how this compares to his other books.

Little about this seemed to establish Klosterman as a distinct presence within the world of contemporary writers.  There's some pop culture references and a lot of talk about our place in the modern world and our relationship with the technology that has changed the human experience so much in this century.  

The delivery mechanism for these discourses is a first-person account of an Austin therapist, one of whose patients is an enigmatic genius who has successfully created a suit that enables him to be invisible, and he uses this power to voyeuristically observe various people within their own homes.  He claims these observations are done in the spirit of science, though the therapist doubts this motive.

There is much about this book which kept me at a distance and prevented me from becoming thoroughly engrossed in the narrative.  That said, I was still intrigued by the concept, much like the book's therapist who is both obsessed with, and repelled by, her patient.

But what will stick with me long after reading this is a passage where the therapist is taken to task for being married to sad, bitter man who does nothing but read and then post on the Internet his thoughts about what he has read.  Ouch.

In the end, “The Visible Man” is far from being one of the books I read this year that I would most highly recommend to others, but still my answer to the question that is it...

Recommended? Lightly.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: va-vacious on December 28, 2011, 08:53:25 PM
Going to see how far I get in this this year.  Trashy novels not included.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
2. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 ed)
3. Street Gang
4. Earth (the Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race -- John Stewart and Co.
5. One of our Thursdays is Missing-- Jasper Fforde
6. At Home: A short History of Private Life-- Bill Bryson
7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption-- Laura Hillenbrand
8. In Defense of Food: An eater's manifesto-- Michael Pollan
9. The Girl Who Played with Fire-- Steig Larsson
10. A Novel Bookstore-- Laurence Cosse  Pretty good. Read while in the UK, it was in France, I was confused.
10. [[something read in the waiting room at Heathrow in April, but I cannot remember what it was. It involved a half-breed vampire, and was the first in a trilogy. meh]]
11. Mark Twain Autobiography, 2010 edition.
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- steig Larsson
13. The Pursuit of Love-- Nancy Mitford
14. Love in a Cold Climate-- Nancy Mitford
15. Call Me Irresistible- Susan Elizabeth Phillips
16. The Last Dragon Slayer--- Jasper Fforde
17. Room-- Elizabeth Donoghue

18. Bossypants - Tina Fey
19. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgsen Burnett
20. Girl of the Limberlost- Gene Stratton Porter
21. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
22. The World Without Us - Alan Weisman
23. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
24. Fallen - Karin Slaughter
25. The Other Side of Silence  - Margaret Mahy
26. Alchemy - Margaret Mahy
27. The Homeward Bounders - Diana Wynne Jones
28. Daddy Long-Legs - Jean Webster
29. Dear Enemy - Jean Webster
30. Smooth Talking Stranger - Lisa Kleypas

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2011, 07:22:27 PM
1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
2. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3. Spike Milligan - Rommel? : Gunner Who?
4. Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island
5. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
7. Spike Milligan - Monty: His Part In My Victory
8. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
9. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
10. James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia
11. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch
12. Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why The U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey -And Even Iraq - Are Destined To Become The Kings of The World's Most Popular Sport
13. James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales - Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN
14. Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
15. Lucy A. Snyder - Switchblade Goddess

I went to a white elephant gift exchange party, but had to leave early, so I ended up with the least desired gift - two dime store novels. One had a hulky fireman's chest on the cover and the other had a naked girl holding a knife. Naturally I couldn't let this hilarity pass without at least a little bit of effort on my part so I said I would at least try to read one. And the one CLEARLY was the one with the naked girl on it, duh. It was a crappy novel that takes place in more or less the modern world but with sword and sorcery style magic and spells and stuff. I took the challenge to finish it, and alas I did. It was the 3rd book in the series, so I had no idea what she was referring to half the time but I plowed forward regardless. There is no recommendation for this book because it's a crap story that doesn't hide itself as such. I think this review is already more coverage than it deserves.

I'm also pleased that I pumped out 3 more books than my average for a year. Go me.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 31, 2011, 08:03:40 AM
I went to a white elephant gift exchange party, but had to leave early, so I ended up with the least desired gift - two dime store novels. One had a hulky fireman's chest on the cover and the other had a naked girl holding a knife. Naturally I couldn't let this hilarity pass without at least a little bit of effort on my part so I said I would at least try to read one. And the one CLEARLY was the one with the naked girl on it, duh. It was a crappy novel that takes place in more or less the modern world but with sword and sorcery style magic and spells and stuff. I took the challenge to finish it, and alas I did. It was the 3rd book in the series, so I had no idea what she was referring to half the time but I plowed forward regardless. There is no recommendation for this book because it's a crap story that doesn't hide itself as such. I think this review is already more coverage than it deserves.
Brilliant!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 31, 2011, 06:42:35 PM
120: “33 1/3: Court and Spark” by Sean Nelson

And yet another 33 1/3 concludes my reading for 2011. 

I am not a Joni Mitchell fan, and can only recall ever hearing one track from this album.  But I tend to most enjoy the volumes of the 33 1/3 series that are about albums with which I am not already familiar.

Unfortunately, the bulk of Nelson's track-by-track analysis assumes readers have an extensive history with  “Court and Spark”.  I appreciate the author's enthusiasm (perhaps even obsession) with the album at hand, but he is preaching to the choir of miles of aisles of Mitchell fans.

The book is much stronger in the passage preceding the track-by-track analysis, where the author gives a brief summary of Mitchell's history prior to this album, and another passage that follows, in which the author analyzes her career afterwards.  The concluding passage is especially interesting, in that the author has some pretty harsh things to say about Mitchell's transition to jazz fusion and the alarming change in the viewpoint expressed in her lyrics.  It is at this point that Nelson sets aside his fawning adoration and offers some truly critical assessment.

Alas, I feel this final passage was too little and too late.

Recommended? Only to existing Joni Mitchell fans.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: trixi on December 31, 2011, 09:56:29 PM
1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
50.  Sirensong--Jenna Black
51.  Shine--Lauren Myracle
52.  Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last--Israel Meir Lau
53.  Violin of Auschwitz--Maria Angels Anglada
54.  Notes from the Blender--Trish Cook
55.  I Will Always Love You--Cecily Von Ziegesar
56.  Prey--Linda Howard
57.  Rafa: My Story--Rafael Nadal
58.  Popular--Alissa Grosso
59.  Kill Me If You Can--James Patterson
60.  Tighter--Adele Griffin
61.  The Year We Were Famous--Carole Estby Dagg
62.  The Best of Me--Nicholas Sparks
63.  The Christmas Wedding--James Patterson
64.  Uncle Tom's Cabin--Harriet Beecher Stowe
65.  Sarah's Key--Tatiana de Rosnay
66.  Kill Alex Cross--James Patterson
67.  Litigators--John Grisham
68.  Skank--Teresa McWhirter
69.  Name of the Star--Maureen Johnson
70.  What Happened to Goodbye--Sarah Dessen
71.  Berlin Boxing Club--Robert Sharenow
72.  Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance--Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Bubba McBubba on January 03, 2012, 06:30:46 AM
Here's the full list of what I read in 2011:

1: “Ex Machina: Volume 5” by Brian K. Vaughan
2: “Ex Machina: Volume 6” by Brian K. Vaughan
3: “Ex Machina: Volume 7” by Brian K. Vaughan
4: “Ex Machina: Volume 8” by Brian K. Vaughan
5: “Ex Machina: Volume 9” by Brian K. Vaughan
6: “Ex Machina: Volume 10” by Brian K. Vaughan
7: “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris
8: “33 1/3: Kid A”
9: “The Bel Jar” by Sylvia Plath
10: “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris
11: "Star Island" by Carl Hiassen
12: "DMZ: Vol. 1: On the Ground" by Brian Wood
13: “BFI Film Classics: Spirited Away” by Andrew Osmond
14: “How to Wreck a Nice Beach” by Dave Tompkins
15: “Disney War” by James B. Stewart
16: “The Walking Dead Book 1” by Robert Kirkman
17: “The Walking Dead Book 2” by Robert Kirkman
18: “100 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die” edited by Stephen Jay Schneider
19: “The Walking Dead Book 3” by Robert Kirkman
20: “The Walking Dead Book 4” by Robert Kirkman
21: “The Walking Dead Book 5” by Robert Kirkman
22: “Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of The Byrds' Gene Clark” by John Einarson
23: “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris
24: “Skippy Dies” by Paul Murray
25: “The Great Movies III” by Roger Ebert
26: “The Grift” by Debra Ginsberg
27: “An Object of Beauty” by Steve Martin
28: “Air Vol. 1: Letters from Lost Countries” by G. Willow Wilson
29: “The Walking Dead Book 6” by Robert Kirkman
30: “The Mother Tongue:  English  and How It Got That Way” by Bill Bryson
31: “Something Rotten” by Jasper Fforde
32: “The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles” by Michael Alan Nelson
33: “I Hate People:: Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job” by Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon
34: “Hunter's Moon” by James L. White, Dalibor Talajic and Sebastian Cardoso
35: “Moby-Duck: the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them” by Donovan Hohn
36: “33 1/3: Master of Reality” by John Darnielle
37: “Tourquai” by Tim Davys
38: “151 Best Movies You've Never Seen” by Leonard Maltin
39: “Area 10” by Christos Gage and Chris Samnee
40: “Amberville” by Tim Davys
41: “Tron: Betrayal” by a committee
42: “One Step Behind” by Henning Mankell
43: “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore
44: “The Bronx Kill” by Peter Milligan and James Romberger
45: “The Worst Thing” by Aaron Elkins
46: “33 1/3: Swordfishtrombones” by David Smay
47: “I Shall Wear Midnight” by Terry Pratchett
48: “Daytripper” by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
49: “Dark Entries” by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'Edera
50: “Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger
51: “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
52: “33 1/3: Chocolate and Cheese” by Hank Shteamer
53: “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction” by J.D. Salinger
54: “Thursday Next: First Among Sequels” by Jasper Fforde
55: “Franny and Zooey” by J.D. Salinger
56: “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon
57: “Robopocalypse” by Daniel H. Wilson
58: “Stephen King's N.” by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev
59: “One of Our Thursdays is Missing" by Jasper Fforde
60: “The Mansion on the Hill” by Fred Goodman
61: “The Devil's Candy” by Julie Salamon
62: “33 1/3: Born in the U.S.A.” by Goeffrey Himes
63: “33 1/3: Tusk” by Rob Trucks
64: “Shock Value” by Jason Zinoman
65: “Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records” by James Nice
66: “Inside Scientology” by Janet Reitman
67: “Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time” by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton
68: “Fool” by Christopher Moore
69: “BFI Modern Classics: The Exorcist” by Mark Kermode
70: "Firewall" by Henning Mankell
71: “Gone” by Mo Hayder
72: “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland” by Patton Oswalt
73: “33 1/3: Pretty Hate Machine” by Daphne Carr
74: “Axe Cop” by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle
75: “2030” by Albert Brooks
76: “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson
77: “BFI Modern Classics: Withnail & I” by Kevin Jackson
78: “The Lost Beach Boy” by Jon Stebbins and David Marks
79: “Citizen Vince” by Jess Walter
80: “Before I Go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson
81: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
82: “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
83: “The Pyramid” by Henning Mankell
84: “Drive” by James Sallis
85: “Unexpectedly, Milo” by Matthew Dicks
86: “33/13: Some Girls” by Cyrus R.K. Patell
87: “The Silent Land” by Graham Joyce
88: “33 1/3: Marquee Moon” by Bryan Waterston
89: “How to Make Friends with Demons” by Graham Joyce
90: “BFI Film Classics: Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari” by David Robinson
91: “Indigo” by Graham Joyce
92: "The Troubled Man" by Henning Mankell
93: “The Griff” by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson
94: “Let Me In: Crossroads” by Marc Andreyko, Patric Reynolds and Dave Stewart
95: “BFI Film Classics: The Third Man” by Bob White
96: “The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye” by Jonathan Lethem
97: “Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel by Kim Harrison, Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno
98: “Deep Focus 1: They Live” by Jonathan Lethem
99: “The Big Over Easy” by Jasper Fforde
100: “BFI Film Classics: Les Enfants Du Paradis” by Jill Forbes
101: “The Walking Dead Book 7” by Robert Kirkman
102: “Steel and Other Stories” by Richard Matheson
103: “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout” by Lauren Redniss
104: “Axe Cop Vol. 2: Bad Guy Earth” by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle
105: “Snuff” by Terry Pratchett
106: “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” by James Frey
107: “33 1/3: Achtung Baby” by Stephen Catanzarite
108: “Deep Focus: Heathers” by John Ross Bowie
109: “Other Kingdoms” by Richard Matheson
110: “33 1/3: Dummy” by R.J. Wheaton
111: “Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History” by Ben Mezrich
112: “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield
113: “BFI Modern Classics: Blade Runner” by Scott Bukatman
114: “Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare and UFO's” by Mark Pilkington
115: “33 1/3: Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace” by Aaron Cohen
116: “Neonomicon” by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
117: “Otis Redding: Try a Little Tenderness” by Geoff Brown
118: “Kahawa” by Donald E. Westlake
119: “The Visible Man” by Chuck Klosterman
120: “33 1/3: Court and Spark” by Sean Nelson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 08, 2012, 08:39:27 PM
1. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?: Final Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
2. Pandora Gets Jealous (Pandora Series, #1) by Carolyn Hennesy
3. Pandora Gets Vain (Pandora Series, #2) by Carolyn Hennesy
4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
5. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
6. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
7. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) by Suzanne Collins
8. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
10. Pandora Gets Lazy (Pandora Series, #3) by Carolyn Hennesy
11. Pandora Gets Heart (Pandora Series, #4) by Carolyn Hennesy
12. Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler
13. Blood Brothers, exp. ed. by Elias Chacour
14. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
15. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
16. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6) by Jasper Fforde
17. A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
18. Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, #4) by Michael Buckley
19. The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark, #1) by John Claude Bemis
20. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1) by Ann Brashares
21. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #2) by Ann Brashares
22. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, #3) by Ann Brashares
23. Pandora Gets Angry (Pandora Series, #5) by Carolyn Hennesy
24. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #4) by Ann Brashares
25. Bewitching Season (Leland Sisters, #1) by Marissa Doyle
26. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares
I really need to update more often than twice a year!

27. Betraying Season (Leland Sisters, #2) by Marissa Doyle
28. Room by Emma Donoghue
29. The Luxe (Luxe, #1) by Anna Godbersen
30. Louise's War by Sarah R. Shaber
31. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
32. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham
33. Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen
34. Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain
35. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris
36. Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2) by Charlaine Harris
37. Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3) by Charlaine Harris
38. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) by Charlaine Harris
39. Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, #5) by Charlaine Harris
40. Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6) by Charlaine Harris
41. All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7) by Charlaine Harris
42. From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8) by Charlaine Harris
43. Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9) by Charlaine Harris
44. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10) by Charlaine Harris
45. Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1) by Jessica Day George
46. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
47. The Lady Most Likely...: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn
48. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11) by Charlaine Harris
49. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor
50. We Don't Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government from Radically Improving by Ken Miller

There was one other, but I can't remember the title and haven't been able to successfully google the title.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: The Hegemo on January 08, 2012, 10:25:10 PM
Uh, didn't update this after April...so here's the rest

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1. Middlemarch   George Eliot
2. Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America   Philip Jenkins
3. Two Underdogs and a Cat: Three Reflections on Communism   Slavenka Drakulic
4. My Life in France   Julia Child
5. The Sociopath Next Door   Martha Stout
6. Tales of the Komets   Blake Sebring
7. A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization (Suny Series in Popular Culture and Political Change)   Steven P. Dandaneau
8. Northern Drift: Sketches on the New York Frontier   John  Golden
9. White Trash   John King
10. Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President   Edward McClelland
11. The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet   Jill Conner Browne
12. Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America   Kate Zernike
13. Zeitoun -- Dave Eggers
14. For the Love of Art -- Janet Goodfriend
15. Stayin' Alive -- Jefferson Cowie
16. O: A Presidential Novel -- Anonymous
17. Dreaming Suburbia -- Amy Maria Kenyon

18. Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice   Bill Fletcher Jr.
19.The Whore of Akron: One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James   Scott Raab
20. Hip: The History (P.S.)   John  Leland
21.A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future   Jennifer Granholm
22.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan   Lisa See
23.The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle   Haruki Murakami
24Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own   Doreen Orion
25.What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election   Bob Fitrakis
26.Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade   George Packer
27.Confidence Men   Ron Suskind
28.The Reluctant Fundamentalist   Mohsin Hamid
29.Midnight Hockey: All About Beer, the Boys, and the Real Canadian Game   Bill Gaston
30.The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin   Joe McGinniss
31.Stoner   John     Williams
32.The Story of Edgar Sawtelle   David Wroblewski
33.The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas: Stories   Davy Rothbart
34.Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)   Mitchell Stevens
35.1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About   Joshua Clover
36.Love is a Mix Tape   Rob Sheffield
37.Blood, Sweat and Hockey: 17 Years in the NHL   Býýrje Salming
38.Hate: A Romance   Tristan Garcia
39.The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement   Miriam Pawel
40.Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business   Gary Rivlin
41.You Must Go and Win: Essays   Alina Simone
42.Ten Thousand Saints   Eleanor Henderson
43.The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry   Jon Ronson
44.Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer   Antonino D'Ambrosio
45.Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism   Richard C. Longworth
46.That Summertime Sound   Mathew Specktor
47.Libra   Don DeLillo
48.Twentieth Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape   Owen D. Gutfreund
49.Junky   William S. Burroughs
50.The Audacity to Win: How Obama Won and How We Can Beat the Party of Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin   David Plouffe
51.The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power   Geoffrey Dunn
52.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society   Annie Barrows
53.Pike (Switchblade)   Benjamin Whitmer
54.A Visit from the Goon Squad   Jennifer Egan
55.American Fan: Sports Mania and the Culture That Feeds It   Dennis Perrin
56.33 Revolutions Per Minute   Dorian Lynskey
57.Evel    Leigh Montville
58.In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic   Professor X
59.The Believers   Zoë Heller
60.The Indie Cred Test   Henry H. Owings
61.Wading Home   Rosalyn Story
62.Gabby   Bruce Boudreau
63.The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor   Steve Early
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: daytime drinking on January 09, 2012, 12:43:13 PM
hey it's me Kruschev from the woxy boards.  anywhoos, i kinda forgot what number i left off with before shit went dizzown.  i think i was at, oh and if any you jerks got that saved from the woxy boards (the googleplex) that'd be tits cuz i've forgotten a few books i read

23.  don quixote- miguel de cervantes ****
24.  holidays on ice- david sedaris *****
25.  candide- voltaire ****
26.  the time machine- hg wells ****
27.  the invisible man- hg wells ****

i just ended the year on such a high note.  
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: daytime drinking on January 12, 2012, 10:26:51 AM
hey it's me Kruschev from the woxy boards.  anywhoos, i kinda forgot what number i left off with before shit went dizzown.  i think i was at, oh and if any you jerks got that saved from the woxy boards (the googleplex) that'd be tits cuz i've forgotten a few books i read

23.  don quixote- miguel de cervantes ****
24.  holidays on ice- david sedaris *****
25.  candide- voltaire ****
26.  the time machine- hg wells ****
27.  the invisible man- hg wells ****

i just ended the year on such a high note.  

forgot one

28.  decision points- george bush jr ***1/2
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: c-lando on April 02, 2012, 02:21:11 PM
28. Room by Emma Donoghue
I just started reading this, LMNOP. What did you think of it?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 02, 2012, 02:33:43 PM

forgot one

28.  decision points- george bush jr ***1/2

How were the illustrations?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 02, 2012, 04:11:04 PM
28. Room by Emma Donoghue
I just started reading this, LMNOP. What did you think of it?
It worked well as a bookclub selection as it generated a lot of discussion. I enjoyed it, but would give it a 7/10. I can still remember details nine months later, so it's definitrly one that sticks with you!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2011
Post by: daytime drinking on April 04, 2012, 09:33:29 AM

forgot one

28.  decision points- george bush jr ***1/2

How were the illustrations?

sadly no illustrations.  i'm going to make it a point to read presidential memoirs from here on