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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #45 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #46 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #47 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? 
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #48 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.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #49 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. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #50 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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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #51 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #52 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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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #53 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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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #54 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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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #55 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
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #56 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.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #57 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.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #58 on: April 28, 2011, 07:45:56 PM »

You read something else while we waited in the lounge at Heathrow, didn't you?
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #59 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.
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