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Friday, December 28, 2007

Book It, 2007

I had a lot of time for reading in 2007, and I took advantage of it. Here's what I read this year by genre but in no particular order. Titles that I would recommend are marked with an +.

By the way, have you seen this site, Good Reads? I just joined last week; it is some kind of social networking site (aaugghh!) for book reviews and reading recommendations. You can see what your friends are reading and post reviews of books you've read. Interesting!

Fiction:

+ The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
+ One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
+ A Series of Unfortunate Events Books 6-12 by Lemony Snicket
Libra by Don Delillo
+ Empire Falls by Richard Russo
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
+ The Known World by Edward P. Jones
+ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
+ The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
+ Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
+ The Coma by Alex Garland
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
+ The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
+ The Helsinki Roccamations by Yann Martel
+ How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers
+ Maybe the Moon by Armistead Maupin
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Nonfiction:

+ The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
+ The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
+ Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
+ Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
Queer Wars by Paul Robinson
Lonely Planet Taiwan; Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei; The Philippines; Vietnam; Hong Kong and Macau; and Guatemala

Tried and Failed:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (I ran out of renews at the library!)
The March by E.L. Doctorow
The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Blogroll:

Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish
Liza's Xanga Blog
Kevin's Blogger Blog
Asher's Bloggety Blog Blog
CNN World News
The Taipei Times
The Chicago Tribune

Currently listening :
My Holiday
By Mindy Smith
Release date: 09 October, 2007

1 comments:

Liza Pierce December 29, 2007 at 11:57 AM  

I shouldn't have read this yet, because you don't recommend Water for Elephants. I'm still going to try to read it anyways.
Why do you not recommend the Jane Austen Book club? I was thinking you liked it. Or more so than I did since I failed to finish it, or really even get too far into it.
I have looked at The Lovely Bones several times. You are not recommending it, so I'm going to keep passing it up.
I knew you would like the Helsinki Roccamations and How we are Hungry. I loved them both.
I read Tuesdays with Morrie this year too. I don't know if I would recommend it or not. I read it during a very very boring time in my life, and it occupied my mind for a few days. But nothing sticks out much.
I had to read Zen and the Art of Archery in college. I thought it was interesting. I've heard others talk about the Motorcycle one. I don't plan on reading it.

That's all.

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Time, as I've known it
Doesn't take much time to pass by me
Minutes into days, turn into months
Turn into years, they hurry by me
But still I love to see the sun go down
And the world go around

Dreams full of promises
Hopes for the future, I've had many
Dreams I can't remember now
Hopes that I've forgotten,
faded memories
But still I love to see the sun go down
And the world go around

And I love to see the morning
as it steals across the sky
I love to remember and
I love to wonder why
And I hope that I'm around
so I can be there when I die
When I'm gone

I hope that you will think of me
In moments when you're happy and you're smiling
That the thought will comfort you
On cold and cloudy days
if you are crying
And that you'll love to see
the sun go down
And the world go around
And around and around

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