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Books read in August [Sep. 6th, 2007|10:23 pm]
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maidofawesome
23 - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
24 - The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
25 - White Noise by Don DeLillo (reread)

Okay, so this was quite a literary month, I feel. The first two were books I was bought for my birthday - I've always wanted to read The Bell Jar and it didn't disappoint. It is beautifully written, so evocative, although really sad... as you can see how much it mirrors her life. I saw a great play about the life of Sylvia Plath at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last month too - it was actually just coincidence that I'd read the book that month as well. But it definitely helped in understanding the play, and enjoying it.

The Book Thief was just... AMAZING. I'd mainly put it on my wish list because I liked the cover... I actually thought it was a children's book. Yeah, not a children's book. But so good. I really recommend it. The end made me cryyy though. So sad. It was wonderful though - I don't know what else to say about it, other than it was brilliant.

I read White Noise at uni - well, skimread it, because that was how I read at uni - so it was interesting to reread it properly. I still enjoyed it. It's such an odd book, really contemplative, and you really can't pinpoint exactly what it's about. Just... life.

Next up is The Last Testament of Gideon Mack. I started reading it on the way to Edinburgh but abandoned it to finish White Noise. It's okay - not as gripping as I thought it would be.



STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR


Children's novels: 7
Reread: 11
Adult novels: 18 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0..
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Books read in July [Aug. 8th, 2007|10:56 pm]
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maidofawesome
17 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (reread)
18 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (reread)
19 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (reread)
20 - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (reread)
21 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
22 - Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (reread)


So, yeah, apparently some book about a wizard was out in July? You probably haven't heard of it, but the author, some little known English lady, had written six more in the series, so I figured I should read them. /sarcasm

HARRY POTTER MONTH!!!! I wanted to reread all the books before 7 - I didn't actually finish HBP and I had to speedread the second half of 4 and all of 5. I went back and finished 6 though and would quite like to reread 5, especially as the film is out. But I'm thinking I'll take a break from Pottering for a little bit and read some new stuff - I got a couple of books for my birthday last month. Anyway, I loved 7 to bits, I wrote more about it here in my personal LJ. I just felt like JKR said everything that she wanted to and if it DID end there... well, she wrapped everything up. That's not to say I don't want more, though. I really don't want to say goodbye to the characters yet.

Oh, and I finished rereading Hogfather today (so it's technically an August book, but sshhh), mainly out of a desire to reread a book that I loved. Damn, Pratchett's a good writer.



STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR



Children's novels: 7

Reread: 10

Adult novels: 15 (inc. reread)

Graphic novels: 0
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Books read in May and June [Jul. 1st, 2007|08:50 pm]
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maidofawesome
[Current Mood |calmcalm]

11 - Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisburger
12 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
13 - The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
14 - In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
15 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (reread)
16 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (reread)

Wow, what happened to June, huh? It just disappeared and I had barely any reading time. I basically read one book all month, In The Time of the Butterflies (the last two were over the space of this weekend). Very busy month.

I liked Everyone Worth Knowing - I enjoyed reading it and was curious to find out what happened, but it's chick lit, isn't it? So it was okay, but not great literature and I wouldn't say that I loved it. I'm still not convinced that Weisburger is a very good writer, and I feel like there's a lot of self-insertion in her books, so that when her heroine gets complimented, it's really a compliment directed at Weisburger (both her main protagonist in this book and in Prada were described as wonderful writers - ego much?!). And that kind of bugged me.

The other three new books though were books that I can safely say that I loved. The Chabon was beautiful and poignant and sad, but such a fantastic novel, and the Alvarez was all those things too, while also reminding me of a friend who I've lost, who recommended it to me. I adored the Connolly (I'm just being too lazy to write out the full titles here, by the way). It felt like the kind of book I wish I'd written, or at least had read when I was younger. I think it's the fact that it's inspired by fairy tales and was about a child not dissimilar to me, and in the end of the book where Connolly discusses the books that inspired him and the critical texts about fairy tales that he read, I got to feel all intelligent, because I read a lot of them for my dissertation.

I'm rereading Harry Potter, of course, because of the release of the last book ever later this month. Eeee! I'm already well into PoA, so hopefully I can drive through them in time - it'll be so frustrating if I don't finish them all in time. Because I won't be able to wait. I feel like I read slower now than I used to, and that's annoying.

STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 2
Reread: 5
Adult novels: 14 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0
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Books read in April [May. 5th, 2007|12:20 pm]
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maidofawesome
9 - My Friend Leonard by James Frey
10 - Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

I really enjoyed both of these books. I couldn't put My Friend Leonard down - I know that Frey gets a lot of criticism because a large part of his books are fictional, and to be honest, that does make me sad. I want to believe that compelling characters like Lilly and Leonard existed, although internet speculation seems to suggest that they don't. However, Frey still has the ability to create interesting characters, moving scenarios and his writing style is unusual, but engaging.

I'd never read any Kurt Vonnegut - I've heard of him, of course. His name gets bandied around in films and books as inspiring, amazing, etc., and I always thought 'Why have I not heard of this guy?' Of course it's because in American society, he's a big name, but in England I don't think he's as widely known. Anyway, when he died, I wanted to read something of his, and his obit mentioned Slaughterhouse 5 as being one of his best loved books, so I read that. I really liked it. I wasn't impressed by the first chapter - more of an introduction, really, and although it made him sound interesting and knowledgeable, it wasn't really engaging, and it took me a long time to read. I kept getting distracted by magazines and things. Of course when I finally got past chapter one, I really got into it, and loved the plot, and Billy, and his writing style. It reminded me a little of The Time Traveller's Wife, but... less so. And such a little book! I read the majority of it in like a day, it was so teeny.

I'm about to start Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisburger (Devil Wears Prada lady). I found Prada interesting (although I preferred the film), I'm interesting to see what the sequel will be like.

STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 0
Reread: 3
Adult novels: 10 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0
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Books read in March [Apr. 13th, 2007|08:18 pm]
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maidofawesome
6 - Earth, Air, Fire and Custard by Tom Holt
7 - You Don't Have To Be Evil To Work Here, But It Helps by Tom Holt
8 - Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

#6 was great, #7 was really not. By continuing with the universe created in the Paul Carpenter series, but taking Paul Carpenter and Sophie out of it and focusing on new characters, Holt did himself a disservice. The book just didn't work. It was still entertaining, but I didn't care about the characters, and felt quite bored for most of it. Bit of a shame really.

Feet of Clay, I must have read a million times. Still awesome, and still manages to surprise me with the twists and turns in it. I love Pratchett.

Currently reading My Friend Leonard by James Frey. I think it'll be done by the end of the weekend, I can't put it down. I'm looking forward to my train journeys so much right now, because I love what I'm reading. Yeah, I know it's not all true, but who cares? It's still a great piece of writing.

STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 0
Reread: 3
Adult novels: 8 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0
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Books read in February [Mar. 7th, 2007|08:08 pm]
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maidofawesome
Another year, another countdown!

4 - The Portable Door by Tom Holt (reread)
5 - In Your Dreams by Tom Holt

Kind of... abandoned Wuthering Heights. I'll start again, I will! I just have two more Tom Holts to read first. I highly recommend Tom Holt. His books are really funny, and easy to relate to, but also very suspenseful - you find yourself dying to know what happens next. The Paul Carpenter series is great.

STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 0
Reread: 2
Adult novels: 5 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0
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Books read in January [Feb. 11th, 2007|12:10 am]
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maidofawesome
Another year, another countdown!

1 - Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
2 - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
3 - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Next up... um... Wuthering Heights, I think. I'm trying to read clever books this year! (Also known as The Books I Was Meant To Read At Uni But Didn't)

I actually really enjoyed Dorian Gray and Gatsby, especially the latter, I read it in about 4 days (which is fast, considering the only time I had to read was my 15 minute train journey twice a day). Tis very good. I'm not sure Wuthering Heights is going to be so readable, so I'm reading a Tom Holt at the same time. :D

STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 0
Reread: 1
Adult novels: 3 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0
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Books read October - December 2006 [Dec. 30th, 2006|12:00 am]
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maidofawesome
29 - Growing Pains by Billie Piper
30 - On The Road by Jack Kerouac
31 - Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
32 - The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
33 - Stardust (reread) by Neil Gaiman
34 - What Happens Now by Jeremy Dyson
35 - The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisburger


STATISTICS FOR 2006

Children's novels: 9
Reread: 4
Adult novels: 26 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 2
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Books from October (and before...) [Oct. 30th, 2006|12:27 am]
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maidofawesome
Knew I'd missed some out...

27 - Sandman: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman
28 - Sandman: Death, The Time of Your Life by Neil Gaiman

But, yay to new job which will involve actual train travel, and to a more literary end to 2006. Next up, Jack Kerouac, On the Road.


STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 6
Reread: 3
Adult novels: 19 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 2
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Books I read from May - October [Oct. 22nd, 2006|09:24 pm]
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maidofawesome
I'm almost certain I've missed out some books - I haven't updated this since May, but I honestly can't remember if I had a lengthy reading period during that time, or not. At any rate...

22 - Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz
23 - A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
24 - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (yes, I'd never read it before)
25 - The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks
26 - Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

I've read such a puny amount of books this year, seriously. 26 by October? Man. However, since December I've been working in a job that involves 3 minutes of train travel and half an hour of walking, and I haven't mastered the art of walking and reading while not walking into people, lampposts, cars or stepping in dog poo.

Hopefully this will change fairly soon, and I will have a job that involves some kind of machine based travelling and more reading. I miss books.

Fragile Things, by the way? Frigging awesome.


STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR

Children's novels: 6
Reread: 3
Adult novels: 19 (inc. reread)
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