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Thanks to this wonderful community re-sparking my interest in reading, I managed to read 100 books last year. I'm hoping to continue this habit through 2007.Read more...Collapse )
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I forgot to post at the end of the year, so here is my official YAY! I succeeded in my goal of reading 50 books in 2006! Go me!

Here's my complete 2006 book list!

Out of all books read, I think my favorite book (first time read) was The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.


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Title: Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 339

from Amazon.com:
If readers found the Sandman series creator's last novel, American Gods, hard to classify, they will be equally nonplussed—and equally entertained—by this brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic. "Fat Charlie" Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful agenting job he doesn't much like, and a pleasant fiancée, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learns two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god, and that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their father's godlike abilities. Spider comes to visit Charlie and gets him fired from his job, steals his fiancée, and is instrumental in having him arrested for embezzlement and suspected of murder. When Charlie resorts to magic to get rid of Spider, who's selfish and unthinking rather than evil, things begin to go very badly for just about everyone. Other characters—including Charlie's malevolent boss, Grahame Coats ("an albino ferret in an expensive suit"), witches, police and some of the folk from American Gods—are expertly woven into Gaiman's rich myth, which plays off the African folk tales in which Anansi stars. But it's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning—along with gleeful, hurtling prose.

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Hello gang! I created a new community, fiveohinohseven, so you can join and begin posting there whenever.

For now, joining is open, but about the third week of January or so, I'll probably start moderating joining. So if any of your friends are looking for a book-club like community, send them our way!

I also changed up the layout at the new place, so that we can more easily search the tags. I won't be tagging/memory-ing the posts at the new place, but maybe you'll think "Gee, I'd like to read more Sartre, and I know someone posted about him." If we use tags (I'm thinking at the very least, author tags), it'll be easier to interact. That's my thinking anyway.

Let me know if there's any changes anyone would like to see!
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Title: In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd
Author: Ana Menendez
Pages: 229

from Amazon.com
This delightfully rich collection of interrelated short stories focuses on Cuban immigrants in Miami. The title story, also featured in the 2001 Pushcart Prize anthology, tells of four elderly men playing dominoes and talking about their past mostly apocryphal glories, while an Anglo tourist, dressed in pink, snaps photographs. In "The Perfect Fruit," the reader almost inhales the overripe bananas a middle-aged woman cooks night and day in her battle to conquer the fruits she sees inundating her home and her sanity. The 11 stories in this author's first collection focus on family relationships and immigrants' nostalgia for a past beyond recovery; the moods proceed from light, playful, and humorous to dark, passionate, and frantic. Menendez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up in Miami and has worked as a journalist there and in southern California.

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Finished two books this week: I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe and I Like You by Amy Sedaris. The former was a lot of fun, but the voice and fairly simple plot got a little old by the last fifty pages. But overall, it was a fun read, realistic to the plight of the college freshman. The latter was a very fun, quick read, as it's really a cookbook/hospitality manual full of collages and recipes. Even though the text might not ever have been expected to be read all the way through, I did it, and it was funny, even to read in snatches, out of order. Good times.

These were books 47 and 48. Now I'm reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and that will probably take me all week. So close to the goal! We'll see.

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Wow, I haven't updated here in forever. Here's a list of the books I've completed since my last post:

26. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
27. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
28. The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
29. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
30. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
31. Cirque Du Freak: Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan
32. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
33. Teach Me by R.A. Nelson
34. M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Christopher Tebbetts
35. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
36. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
37. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

To read my reviews on these books, check out my Reading Log

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I did it! Last night I finished my 50th book! YAY!

My 2006 reading list.

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Greetings fellow readers!

Someone else brought this up and I figured I'd check with everyone. Would you be interested in participating in another book community? It could be a 50 in '07 community, or just a community structured like this one, but without the goals. Reading goals would of course be welcome and encouraged.

If you want to participate in a similar community but have suggestions for improving upon the community (maybe you want something more interactive, or something else), please feel free to share.

I hope everyone who set a goal managed to get a point they can be happy with. I know I myself am very close to meeting my goal of 50, and that excites me.

What was your favorite book to read this year? What wonderful author(s) did you discover this year? Feel free to jump in and discuss the year in books.

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I've been so busy the past few months that I haven't been doing much reading.

At some point I read Welcome to Jasorassic Park, a Fox Trot Collection by Bill Amend as a stress reliever.

This afternoon I finished reading my first Chronicle of Narnia (ever), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I don't know why I never read the series as a child, but I didn't. I'd seen the cartoon, and I've seen the new movie, but I'm only just now getting around to reading the books. Luckily (?), they are a quick read. Honestly, the movie did a great job, considering what it was given to work with. The book was low on detail, and obviously written for children. British children, at that. I found the laid back, conversational style a bit annoying too. Literally referencing a character's previous actions by chapter breaks, and the various asides from the author's point of view was hard to stomach. But I'll admit I'm a bit of a snob about my books and writing and grammar, and it does make them fun, perhaps... Oh, and I'm still trying to figure out the White Witch's parentage... Perhaps I missed something in Sunday School as a child, but I don't remember any reference of Adam's first wife Lilith in the book of Genesis either. Oh, that would be because it is mainly a Jewish myth. Thanks, Wikipedia.

I don't see myself making 50 this year, but since I wasn't really trying to, I'll consider 42 books (plus whatever else I do manage this year) a good effort. And on the plus side, I still have plenty to read next year. :-)
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