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January 1st, 2010
|08:00 am - Books Read in 2010|
1. Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld #3) - Within the series this got a 4/5.
2. Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4) - 2/5, this series started to bore me.
3. A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories) - Now I really enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series but this book of short stories just didn't jive nearly as well. 3/5 stars.
4. The Last Face You'll Ever See: The Private Life of the American Death Penalty - Very interesting subject matter. compelling and thoughtful, but didn't deliver what it said it would on the outside jacket. While I would normally give a book like this at least a 4, because of the way it is presented, I have to rate it 3/5. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the death penalty, though, as it is a one of a kind work.
5. Columbine - It's the only book anyone would ever need to read when looking into the event at Columbine High School in 1999. Objective and professional work of journalistic non-fiction extremely well researched. 5/5 easily.
6. The Dogs of Babel: A Novel - I simply can't say enough about this book, so I won't even try to. 6/5
7. Mommy's Little Girl: Casey Anthony and her Daughter Caylee's Tragic Fate - Okay I didn't know anything about this case at all while selecting that book and I think that was my first mistake. Disturbing case material aside, this was a train-wreck of a book that didn't really teach me anything and seemed to be just as exploitative as faux news is when covering a big deal. I didn't see a lot of respect for the subjects discussed and it is an unfinished, premature look at the ordeal given that the trial and such hasn't even gone through yet. 2/5
8. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel - What a unique book. It looks pretty intimidating: thick, lots of words, but it's surprisingly a very fast read once you get into it. It's about a family who goes to the Congo and how they deal with the culture shock - takes place in the 50s and 60s. 4/5
9. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) - Wow. This book was brilliant! 5/5
January 1st, 2009
|12:15 am - Books Read in 2009|
1. Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (Left Behind No. 3) - I'm really enjoying this series, but prefer to read each book in between other books, so that it doesn't entirely consume me. So far, this book I've been most impressed by.
2. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - It's not a mystery why this is a classic. A light read, but I would imagine much better had I not known the plot.
3. Flowers for Algernon - A reread. I was much more affected by it this time around than I was last time around. I really enjoyed the hard psychology behind it, but even more so the emotional psychology.
4. Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind No. 4) - This series is very entertaining, but I've noticed that the writing is starting to slacken. Either that or I'm not paying as much attention to it in favor of the story. It's one of those series where I stop reading for criticism and read for entertainment.
5. Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed (Left Behind No. 5) - Not the best writing style, but an interesting enough story line to make me want to see what happens next.
6. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir - Memoir covering growing up in poverty in Ireland under strict Catholic ideals.
7. Brave New World - A reread. I was more struck by the philosophy this time around rather than the book as a whole. Definitely still one of my very favorite books and one I'd recommend to just about anyone.
8. Brida: A Novel (P.S.) - Paulo Coelho has a distinct ability to write a book that one can't put down once one opens and to take magic and spirituality and apply it to the real world. One can't close a book by him without finding themselves just a little bit more inclined to be more authentic and reach for what once seemed like distant dreams.
9. Witness, the first of 5 in the Third Wish series. The first book was written with a strong, almost quirky voice and covered philosophy, slice of life, romance, friendship, and brotherhood while simultaneously never saying too much (or not enough) about each. A very charming story and one that I am eager to see where it goes.
10. Coraline - A vividly imaginative present-day fairy tale. Very satisfied upon finishing this novel and very appreciative of the creativity that went into writing and organizing it. This is the kind of book that I'd like to have written. : )
11. She Said Yes - This is a memoir, told in various perspectives of the life of Cassie, a victim of the Columbine shooting in 1999. With a gun to her head, she was asked if she believed in God, and she said, "yes," becoming a modern-day martyr. This book would appeal most to Christians and parents as well as anyone looking for where they fit on a spiritual path. This book does not sensationalize what she did and provides a very balanced look at her life, and thus leads to reflection on one's own.
12. Charlotte's Web - Re-read. Was checking it out because my daughter loves the movie so much and I wanted to give it a read to see if it would be a good "big" book to start her off on.
13. Postman Always Rings Twice - Crime fiction, classic. One of the best books I've read in 6 months, easily.
14. Assassins (Left Behind, Book 6) - Left Behind book 6.
15. The Indwelling (Left Behind No. 7) - Left Behind book 7.
16. Father Time - Enjoyable read, series of essays from the same writer, accessible. Would like to read more essay-related books just to get a feel for that form and this was a good starter book.
17. All Quiet on the Western Front - Exquisite piece; a rare gem. Highly recommended for its unique voice and language.
18. The Barfighter - Got this book for free through the Goodreads.com first-read promotions. It wasn't so much my style due to subject matter, but it was a nice light read told with an interesting relatively new voice in fiction.
19. Into the Wild - Jon Krakouer's count of the life and death of Chris McCandless, an adventurer who attempts to survive in a remote spot in Alaska.
20. Peter Pan - Never read this children's fairy tale and thought it was about time to get this one covered. Interesting themes and well written.
21. Delights & Shadows AND The Blizzard Voices - Modern Poetry. There are a few gems in the first collection. The second collection is great, too, but is best read front to back.
22. And Then There Were None - My first mystery book. Because I don't have anything to compare it to, I don't really know how good it was, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
23. The History of Love: A Novel - Written in a really unique style.
24. Go Ask Alice - Haunting book. For those who haven't read, a diary of a teenager who gets mixed up with drugs. A wakeup call to parents and teens that really sits with you for a while.
25. Middlesex: A Novel - Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, Modern Fiction, Taboo Subject matter.
26. Escape - Memoir of a woman who escaped horrific conditions living in a polygamist Cult.
27. Stolen Innocence - Memoir of a woman who became a child bride in a polygamist cult. This one covers the trial of Warren Jeffs, the leader.
28. Animal Farm - The classic by George Orwell. Really enjoyed reading this.
29. Freakonomics - Sociology blends with economics to create this great read about correlations that go against conventional wisdom. Fun read.
30. The Firstborn Advantage - Picked this up on a whim. If you are a first-born and interested in birth order and have never read anything about it, then this book shouldn't disappoint. But if you're very familiar with the birth order theories, this book only serves to reiterate the basics.
31. Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution - Fascinating Read: Highly recommended for any woman. Don't let the name fool you; it's a very well-written grounded book about female evolution which serves to provide some explanation on things and expand the mind about the human condition through time. Excellent read, 5 stars easily.
32. Silent Night - The perfect light read. Read in under 3 hours and it was a refreshing read that was engaging enough and interesting enough to keep me focused. Loved it.
33. The Exorcist - I loved this book. Never saw the movie, the book didn't scare me. There was some sacrilege that was a bit much for me, but it was relevant to the book. This book was beautifully written with flowing and gorgeous prose.
34. Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three - Excellent nonfiction about an event that happened in Arkansas that was very much like the Salem Witch trials. This book is a wake up call that things like this are still going on out there and left me incredulous to what took place in the mid 90s in my own state.
35. The Time Traveler's Wife - A really sweet book; it certainly didn't disappoint at all. What I liked best is the author's ability to pull off a believable time-travel story.
36. She's Come Undone - The well-received coming of age book by Wally Lamb. It was recommended highly by a friend that I trust, but I think I was either too critical of it or didn't get the appeal. It read like just another coming of age story with angst and such - for me I've really stopped having curiosity about this genre. The author, who is male, did an excellent job writing from the female perspective.
37. Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death - What's remarkable about this nonfiction book is that it remains so objective. However the objectivity might read as being flat (not for me so much; I appreciated just the hard facts). While I believe some others have come out which are more comprehensive and include more information, this one certainly didn't disappoint.
38. Lord of the Flies - Reread this classic and was much more appreciative of the book reading it as an adult than reading it as a child.
39. God's Debris: A Thought Experiment - A good idea, the introduction itself promises the reader a lot and for me, it didn't deliver. It didn't make my head spin or cause any profound thought. This book is just a string of simple logic designed to get a person thinking about things more. For me, the logic was too weak and had too many holes to be believable. Some interesting unique ideas in the book would make a great premise for religious fiction.
40. Quarantine: A Novel - A unique book. It won a lot of prizes. I can't recommend it to anyone, but the description on the link should let you know if you'd be interested or not.
41. My Sister's Keeper - The writing itself and some of the characters weren't as strong as Nineteen Minutes, but the actual story was compelling enough to get me to finish this "light read" and I would say I'm glad I did.
42. The Cocker Spaniel Handbook - A really good basic handbook (of course if you have a Cocker Spaniel). These come for all different sorts of breeds, though, so if you have a dog this might be a really good resource. What I liked best were the methods of training explained - I learned some new tricks to teach my doggie some new tricks. And I also liked that it was very informative about health, temperment and such. About 1/4 of the book was about how to turn your dog into a show dog which didn't appeal to me, but was extremely informative if that's something you'd want to do with your dog.
43. The Shack - A very unique book, Christian Fiction, not for everyone. Some of the ideas in the book definitely forced me to look at things from different perspectives that I had before. The writing itself is not good and neither are the characters, but the ideas behind this book are sound and interesting.
44. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America - This book really wowed me. It was extremely interesting and artful in its composition. I would recommend it to anyone interested in true crime and non fiction or someone who wants to learn a lot of cool trivia about America's history in the late 1800s.
45. Look for Me by Moonlight - Picked this up for free at the local library's sale. It was alright. I can say that for a vampire book aimed at pre-teens and tweenies, this book is actually very quality stuff which parents should feel safe letting their children read.
46. Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 1) - Wow, the source material for True Blood is extremely interesting. I think I read this book in one sitting. Totally lost track of time and read all night. This book and its premise is incredibly good.
February 5th, 2008
|06:32 pm - 101 in 1001|
Starting today I've decided to do the 101 goals in 1001 days challenge. This puts my end date on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. An easy date to remember as it's my husband's birthday. : )
Anyway, now to make my list of goals:
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January 1st, 2008
|01:54 pm - Books Read in 2008|
1. I am Legend
*Excellent sci-fi/thriller about a vampyric virus.
2. Never be Lied to Again
*Above average resource for learning how to "read" if people are lying to you. However, it does have a section of manipulative techniques for getting the truth out of people which may be off-putting. Just the psychological wisdom in this book makes it a must read for people interested in how to "read" others, especially in relation to lying.
3. The Truth in the Light: An Investigation of over 300 Near-death Experiences
*A no-nonsense, scientific analysis of the phenomenon of Near Death Experiences. Written from a skeptical point of view, leaving the reader to make their own conclusions on if this phenomenon is a glimpse into the afterlife or something that science can explain. Scientific explanations are given for accounts of NDE, yet there is still, admitted by the skeptical author, aspects of NDE that not even science can explain.
4. Top 100 Baby Purees
*Great resource for cooking your own baby food from common grocery items. This book is perfect for moms who want to cook for their babies. However, use caution with introducing cow's milk early. The book permits it, while most pediatricians say that it's best to wait as there are a lot of complex proteins in cows milk that a baby can be allergic to.
*Judy Blume meets The Bell Jar. It's a fun, quick read, but more suitable for preteens and young adults: a coming of age book about a 17 year old girl.
6. Dalores Claiborne
*I hadn't read a Stephen King novel in years and this one didn't disappoint.
7. The Alchemist
*This book I would recommend to anyone. A true gem.
8. Seductive Poison
* A wonderful memoir written by a Jonestown survivor. This book will really help answer the question of "how could this happen?" as far as how an individual can get lured into a cult, the brainwashing, etc... I do not have an objective view on if this is a good book as a stand alone because I read this after watching the documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People's Temple. I wanted to learn more about Jonestown and this book didn't disappoint.
9. Dear People: Remembering Jonestown
* A collection of documents and news articles which attempts to summarize the Jonestown rise and fall. This book is predominantly void of emotion, but does cover a lot of historical accounts of the event. I'd say only to read it if you're seriously interested in Jonestown. Otherwise, just go with #8 as it was a much better read.
10. The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu
* Like all religious texts, this book resonates at some points and doesn't at others. I think it is full of a lot of wisdom, but I personally prefer the Christian path rather than the path of Tao.
11. Fahrenheit 451
* Decided to revisit this classic since reading it for the first time in junior high.
12 The Friday Night Knit Club
* What can I say? I had never tried "chick lit" before, and my step mom got me this based on the rave reviews. I would assume that for "chick lit", it's right on the mark. Many women love this book. While this is a best seller and very popular reading right now, I can say that I personally didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
13. The Mist
*Another Stephen King novel to satisfy my curiosity after watching the movie; I wanted to know how the book measured up to the movie. Many people loved the movie and I did not. I enjoyed the book more, but only by a little. It had a completely different ending.
14. The Professor and the Madman
*The telling of the unlikely circumstances that lead to the writing of the first Complete English Dictionary. well researched and accessible. Highly suggested reading for anyone interested in the history of the English language and trivia about it and also highly suggested for anyone interested in a very captivating and haunting case study of the mentally ill patient who gave so much of himself to create the OED.
15. Native Son
* A compelling glimpse into race relations in the early 1900s. Written by a black writer, published in 1945, this fiction is considered a classic and I'm glad I revisited it a decade after I read it the first time.
16. Snow Falling on Cedars
*Compelling and hard to summarize, this book struck me most for its amazing organization and its beautiful prose. Set on a fictitious Island, this book examines post WWII predjudice against Japanese Americans, covers a murder trial, and examines love and passion.
17. The Phantom Tollbooth
*Never read it before. Was cute, and full of puns and anecdotes. I look forward to sharing it with Anya when she gets older.
18. Nineteen Minutes
*A remarkable story that is able to depict a wide array of characters and leaves the reader haunted by the outcome at the end. I recommend it.
*Absolutely hated this book. I didn't read it all the way through, but I figure 260 pages of literary torture should equate to one slot on my read 50 books list. Many people disagree with my position on this book, but I found it inaccessible and boring.
20. The Bad Seed
*Potentially disturbing subject matter, but a decent read.
*Urban fantasy, a potential rivalry to the Harry Potter series, engrossing, but not for everyone (steer clear if you're not interested in teen romance). Definitely my taste, though. 5/5
22. New Moon
*Second book in the Twilight series.
*Third book in the Twilight series.
24. The Plague
*A book that fans of Camus and philosophy/humanities/social sciences should enjoy.
25. Water for Elephants
*A man in a retirement home relives his younger years as a vet for a Circus. Written with a strong, vivid voice and well researched I found this more interesting than I thought I would.
26. I, Robot
*Sci-fi with a psychological and at times Christian leaning. It was entertaining, even though I haven't tampered much with science fiction, I found it accessible and an easy read.
*The first of the "Pendergast" series. I couldn't put it down! Action, adventure, and science fiction surrounding genetics.
28. Economics in One Lesson
*Essential reading for anyone who doesn't want to embarrass himself while holding a political debate about economics. Also, I found this very accessible as I read it coming from a place with zero knowledge on the subject.
29. The Wait
*Because this is my favorite author, I'm too biased to give an objective review. I'd recommend strongly The Pains of April or The God Files before getting into his other books, though this one was good.
30. The Yellow Wallpaper (and other stories)
*Many people agree this is a chilling examination of mental illness with a feminist slant. I found it a series of straight-up medical fiction, with barely detectable feminist ideas and I wasn't as "chilled" by it than others report.
*Recommended for grades 7-10, this book chronicles the experiences a 15 year old girl has when she finds herself in a place called "elsewhere", living in an afterlife where she ages backwards until she becomes a baby and is born again on earth. Great premise, but the story was lacking for this adult reader. Would recommend for younger readers or as a quick, entertaining read for adults.
32. Sand and Foam
*By Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet), this book is really a series of parables and proverbs with a Christian leaning. Short read, but a lot of wisdom.
33. Breaking Dawn
*Fourth book in the Twilight series.
34. The Princess Bride
*Enjoyed it a lot the first time I read it. This was a re-read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the movie and would like to read the same story with more colorful and poetic language or for anyone who would like a nice, quick read that's a wholesome story along with a lot of witty asides.
35. Of Mice and Men
*Read this in Jr High and re-read this year it as an adult. I appreciated it more this time around and found it a quick easy yet thought-provoking read, though I'm not one for books that misspell words to get across certain accents or dialects.
36. The Kite Runner
*Book totally wowed me. Can be triggering for sensitive types, but if you want to take on some heavy subjects, I'd recommend it.
37. What Dreams May Come
*Well researched (though fiction), and thought provoking. Takes several newage + scientific discoveries on the afterlife and weaves all theories together to paint a picture of what the afterlife could be for one person as he adjusts to what has become of his spirit after death and what is to become of his beloved wife in light of his passing. For lovers of this movie, this book should not disappoint.
38. In Cold Blood
*The classic True Crime book written by the famed Truman Capote.
39. The Law
*French writer Bastiat writes about the fundamentals of law: life, liberty, and property. His ideas should appeal to libertarians.
*British novel with flowery prose, an introspective main character, and a haunting tale. Fans of British writing style should love this story which has definitely earned its place among the classics.
41. The Futurological Congress - Picked this up to read "alternative" science-fiction and was disappointed until the end, when I finally figured out the message. For me, it was a great message, but just not the right kind of means. Some people do like the means, though, so if you like psychedelic/strong sexual themes/sketchy characters, then you may like this book.
42. At First Sight
*Wanted to see what Nicholas Sparks was about so I read this book. This particular book was an easy read. It didn't turn me off to the author; I'm thinking about checking out his more popular books in 2009.
43. Nights in Rodanthe
*Quick, easy read, accessible to both men and women with a beautiful core-message driven come clearly, poetically, and effectively.
44. The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God (Berkley True Crime)
*True Crime story about a small cult leader and the horrible crimes he committed. Recommended only for those with a strong stomach for violence or those who are interested in the psychological aspects of brainwashing and cult mentality.
45. The Road
*Post-apocalyptic Pulitzer prize winning book. Some will see in this a work of art while others will see in it a poorly done abstract painting. Check out both good and bad reviews before buying.
46. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Excellent science fiction for people who don't like science fiction or for people who do. It it a very satiating read and a brilliant story.
47. The Bridges of Madison County - I'm actually embarrassed that this is on my list for 2008. Yeah, it was that bad.
48. The Old Man and The Sea - Not as bad as I thought it would be judging from Hemmingway's short stories which I dislike. Mostly flat and repetitive, but a short quick read with some wisdom.
49. A Stir of Echoes - A quick read that I didn't want to put down, Richard Matheson is becoming one of my favorite writers.
50. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind No. 1) - I don't care if you think I'm nuts but I enjoyed this book completely. my only complaint is that the beginning started out a bit shaky. A speculative fiction about how the authors envision the "end times" as told in the Bible with excellent knowledge, believable characters, and eloquently told. I completely enjoyed this book and intend to read the entire series.
January 1st, 2007