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50 Books in 2011
« on: January 04, 2011, 11:35:19 PM »

1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #1 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #2 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #3 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2011, 03:34:16 PM »

1. Life - Keith Richards
2. Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee

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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)
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011, 10:07:09 AM »

1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley - FANTASTIC! Great way to kick off 2011.

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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #6 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011, 11:13:09 AM »

1. Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #8 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?
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #10 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!
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #11 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"  I love this book though.  It kills me every time, but I still love it.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #12 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 02:05:34 PM »

1.  The Sportswriter - Richard Ford [Library sale find....I see why it was for sale.]

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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!]
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