MKS1977's 100 books for 2009
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2. Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
I think I enjoyed them both more as an adult than I did when I was a child anyway. :)
3. Just After Sunset by Stephen King
I find King's short stories more enjoyable than many of his novels, so I was excited to start this one. But I must say, I'm a little disappointed. It's still a very good read, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as his other collections. Maybe my expectations were too high. One story did stand out - "The Gingerbread Girl" was excellent.
I see many of your are on track to read many more than 100 books. I'm impressed, and jealous.
With my work and school schedules, 100 books is a true challenge for me. But it sure will be fun!
- a book on the causes and effects of increasing geographic polarization over the past few decades. It was a little dry, but very interesting if you're into sociology, statisics and politics.
This book has been on my tbr list for a long time, but once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Dark, creepy, and incredibly enjoyable!
6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I finally caved to the peer pressure. All of the women I work with raved over this series, and told me I'd love it. It just didn't appeal to me (most YA and chick-lit doesn't). One of my co-workers kept telling me I wouldn't know I didn't like it until I tried it... similar to the way my mother tried to coax me to eat vegetables.
So, I read it. And while it was certainly more enjoyable then eating peas, I fail to see what all the fuss is about. It was cute enough, and a quick enough read that I will probably finish the series. If I'm going to read 100 books this year... they can't all be Tolstoy. I'll probably pick up the next one when I need something I can get through fast.
Overall I'd give it 3 stars. (Although I must admit, I might have liked it more had I read it when I was 12.)
- a great collection of classic sci-fi. It includes "The Sound of Thunder", in which a man travels back in time to hunt dinosaurs, inadvertently steps on a butterfly, and alters the future - aka 'the butterfly effect'.
I love Vonnegut - witty, weird, and poignant.
-Dragged a little bit at some points, but overall very good. I especially liked the last 100 pages or so.
- a book of interesting paradoxical quotations, some hilarious, others incredibly insightful. A quick, fun read.
I'm not worried, I'll still get to 100. Next month is spring break, and I have the whole summer to catch up.
11. The Strongest Tribe; War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq by Bing West. (400 pg)
- a very comprehensive account of the 6 years of the war in Iraq, the incredibly knowledgable author criticizes the failures while praising the successes and heroes of the war. Excellent.
12. The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut
Laugh it up, but it took me away from my troubles, at least for a while. I was surprised at how different it was from the movie, particularly in the dialogue. (And trust me, I would know!)
Touchstones not working.
I chose this book from Time Magazine's List of 100 All-Time Best Novels.
It takes place in 1950's Brooklyn, where a man Named Frank Alpine takes a job in a small, struggling to survive grocery store owned by a Jewish couple. Frank begins to fall for the couple's daughter, but he is hiding shameful secrets. Very descriptive writing and extremely fleshed out characters, but a very depressing story
-a philosophical argument of free will vs. determinism with regard to the evolutionary process. Interesting and well written.
1320 pgs/ ~ 47 per day
4 Books: 2 Fiction, 2 Non fiction
Favorite: The Stongest Tribe
I really can't wait for spring break.
- Adorable. Thank you to all who recommended this book. I loved it.
- A very exciting title for a mostly boring book. (Although the last essay on self-cannibals was interesting.) I was expecting something more like The Hot Zone, and was disappointed.
-difficult to describe. It shifts back and forth between 20th cetury and 18th century London (including using 18th century English). Murders occuring in both time periods are somehow connected. I was hoping things would be explained a bit better in the end, but it was still a very suspenseful and enjoyable read.
-I liked this one better then Twilight. I still don't understand why these books are so hyped, but it was fun and quick. In fact, I read it all in one day. I'm on Team Jacob. :)
- Hilarious, as expected. Not quite as great as the first two, but very much I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.
-a very informative and quite funny account of the first Puritan settlers in New England. This is the first book I read by the author, I loved her style and will surely read more of her books.
-Excellent. Definitely my favorite of the series. (so far, anyway!)
-a graphic memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. Highly recommended.
-somewhat predictable, but still a good mystery.
- I liked the style and can understand why it's considered a classic, but I found the characters too selfish and spiteful to appreciate any romantic aspects.
-I found this one a bit weaker from a mystery standpoint, but still very funny.
26. How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School by Kell S. Dunham
-I orignally wasn't going to include this in my 100 book quest, but it wasn't required reading, so it counts. :)
Lots of tips on studying and managing stress. I still feel incredibly overwhelmed.
12 books read (Thanks to spring break!)
2 books were from the 1001 list.
Three months in, 26 books down. Perfect.
27. The Legal Limit by Martin Clark
-an imprisoned drug dealer is angry that his hot shot lawyer brother won't pull strings to get him out or prison, so he threatens to destroy him with a secret buried in his past. It got a little slow in the middle, but overall very good.
- Loved it. I intended to read for just a little bit on a study break, and I just couldn't put this book down. It's a heartbreaking tearjerker, like most of her books. But I was sucked in by the fairy tale romance, and I'm not the type who usually enjoys romance. My only complaint was the inevitible way it ended, which I hated even though I knew it was coming.
29. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Someone remind me why I keep reading these? I just don't get it. Am I the only one who would take Jacob over Edward in a heartbeat? Every time Bella describes Edward's cold marble-like skin I just laugh. Yuck.
I also found it funny that there were so many Wuthering Heights references, since I just read that book and couldn't stand those characters either. At least that book was far better written. I've heard many spoilers about the final book in the series, and I don't think I can stomach it. I think I'm done with this series, I gave it my best shot. She should have picked Jacob.
(Touchstones for Eclipse not working.)
I think maybe you are looking at this from a very werewolf point of veiw. Eclipse felt like a filler, because mostly they argue alot about how the opposite (Edward and Jacob) is dangerous, and towards the end, she packs a whole bunch of plot into it.
Great series, although I think you are finished with the first, and the best, two.
Right now I'm too busy with my last three weeks of school to find much time to read at all!
3 books, all fiction
1392 pages/~46 pages per day
Favorite: Picture Perfect
I enjoyed it, although it seemed to drag a little bit in between adventures.
I read this old Star Wars novel a long time ago but I didn't remember anything about it. Now I know why... there was nothing memorable about it.
-I've heard very good things about this author, but this book didn't quite live up to expectations. I liked it enough to try another one of her books at some point.
Could either one of you recommend one of the author's better works?
However, that said, I loved While I Was Gone - I definitely plan to reread that one.
33. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- This book is absolutely wonderful, compelling and captivating from cover to cover. An absolute must-read for any lover of American history or politics. A five star masterpiece.
-another book crossed off the 1001 list. I hadn't read one from that list in a while, and I picked this one simply because it was short. I wasn't expecting it to be laugh-out-loud funny, and was pleasantly surprised.
- very interesting and well written. The author presents topics of constant conflict, with examples from early American history to present day. My only criticism is the liberal slant in every chapter. The author is certainly entitled to his opinions, as he is no doubt highly informed and makes excellent, fact-based arguements. But based on the title and book description, I expected more of a 'debate', with both sides of the issue being presented equally. It would have been interesting if Fineman had chosen a conservative co-author, and presented each arguement in two parts. Just my two cents.
- Interesting enough if you like evolution, but I couldn't say I really enjoyed it. It wasn't bad, just ok.
- another 1001 book checked off the list. I'm not sure if I liked the story itself, but I did enjoy the philosophical references and musings that permeated the book and brought all the characters and storylines together. So I guess that means I liked it.
I just realized I never added up my total for May:
4 fiction, 2 non-fiction
1 book over 500 pages
1 1001 book
2142 pages/~69 pages a day
-This book lived up to all the hype. An exciting page turner, highly recommended.
Edited to try to make touchstone work.
- A fun piece of fluff, the Stephanie Plum series just cracks me up.
-an interesting look at alternative interrogation techniques using psychological manipulation. It's one man's account, and not very in-depth, but still good.
-I was excited to start this since I really enjoyed books II and III of this series, but I was disappointed to find the most of the book is backstory. It wasn't a bad backstory, I was just missing the other characters and couldn't wait to get back to them. It was very good, just not what I expected. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
- I should've liked this book, I liked the story. However, the lack of proper punctuation and endless run on sentences were interesting in the beginning, frustrating toward the middle, and so maddening by the end I almost didn't finish it.
Too bad for just those simple things to ruin a book for you and you are not the first I have heard that from.
Hopefully your next book will be a great read!~!
2 non-fiction, 5 fiction
1 book over 500 pages
1 1001 book
2525 pages/~84 pages a day
Favorite: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I've picked up the pace, but I'm still behind. I'm starting to think I may not make it to 100.
I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of the Dark Tower books, too. Did you read 2 & 3 right before reading 4? I'm just wondering because I haven't read them in years, and am trying to figure out if I should do a re-read of the early books before I tackle the last few.
As the for the Dark Tower books, this is my first time reading the series. I read the first one last year and 2 and 3 earlier this year. The 4th book takes quite a departure in the storyline, so I don't think a re-read is necessary. (Unless you want to because they just so good!)
43. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- this was a very weird book. I'm not even sure how to describe it, I don't know that I completely understood it. I do know that I liked it.
-Sometimes when I read a book that gets alot of buzz I set expectations high and wind up being disappointed. It took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but I certainly was not let down. It's excellent.
- A re-read from high school. I didn't care for it then (as was the case with all books I was 'required' to read), but this time, I loved it.
-A children's classic that I never read before. It was just ok. Perhaps I would've liked it better as a child. I was surprised that God was mentioned so often. Not that I have a problem with that, I just wasn't expecting it in a sci-fi/ fantasy story.
-very good mystery. It became a little predictable towards the end, but it was still quite a page-turner.