Source: NPR.com Best Books of 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Source: NPR.com Best Books of 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Easy and happy -- the guy always gets the girl and vice versa. :-)
Monday, December 14, 2009
I did enjoy reading about how they maintained their connection. Quite honestly though, while I was reading about their bonding during highschool, I couldn't shake the idea that they were a mean girls clique. I wonder how a sequel "All the Other Girls from Ames" would read?
Saturday, December 5, 2009
2. The Beans of Egypt Maine by Carolyn Chute
3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
4. Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
5. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
6. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
7. Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
8. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
9. Middlemarch by George Eliot
10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Taken from 1001 Books for Every Mood
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
2. Brotherhood of Rose by David Morrell
3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
4. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
5. The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson
6. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
7. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
8. The Last Spymaster by Gayle Lynds
9. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
10. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
11. Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy by John Le Carre
12. The Untouchable by John Banville
I have ready # 3 and # 9. #9 is one of Grisham's best novels.
Does anyone else have comments on any of these?
Taken from 1001 Books for Every Mood.
I thought "The Bridge of Sighs" was okay, but not great -- howeer I frequently read an author in more than one work before I jump to a conclusion. In this case it was fortuitous. "Empire Falls" was an excellent character study. Humor with a bit of an underlying dark side and some surprises toward the end.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
3. Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
4. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
5. An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List by Lauri Notaro
6. Miracle on the 17th Green by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
7. The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey by Roger Highfield.
8. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
9. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore.
Has anyone read any of these? If so, please review.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Don't bother unless you are trapped without anything to do or read -- or unless you are a lurker, like me.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I read this one a while back, but I'm about to read another one of his so it reminded me to post it.
Boy, it's hard to describe because it transcends so many genres; science fiction, politics, social science, Native American, etc. It's about a self described "time traveling mass murderer", however not in a fun Terminator II way, more in like a thoughtful profound way. Eh, it's just too hard to describe.
While it was a great book and the writing was stellar, I'm not sure I can recommend it to people. It was so crushingly heartbreaking for me that I literally sobbed openly during it and almost didn't finish. You know how there are some things you wish you could unsee or unknow? This is one I wish I could unread because it hurt me so much. However, it's a testament to the writing that it was able to affect me that profoundly, which is what a work of art is meant to do.
I'll leave it up to you.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is first novel for this author. The story was quite engaging, and I particularly loved listening to the audiobook. The narrator had a beautiful English accent. I learned a few details about the historical events in Hong Kong in the 40's and 50's.
Although I liked this book...I'm yearning for one of my favorite genre's -- suspense!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
It's not a "happy" book, but it was a fascinating (albeit somewhat depressing) look into another culture.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yawn. If you are into gossip, sagging morals, back-biting, and irrelevant one-upmanship -- this one's for you.
I felt like a voyeur to a bunch of spoiled, misguided people.
This book was written by the author of Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle. Need I say more?