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Reading Frenzy

Several moons ago, I wrote about my goal to read all of the unread books I own by August 2005 when I will celebrate my 40th birthday. I got off to a slow start but I am making progress. Short reviews below of some that have made it to the "done been read" stack.

The Original List

Nineteen Eighty Four
Into Thin Air
Wuthering Heights
Rosencrantz and Guildentstern Are Dead
Brave New World
The Hobbit
The Godfather **
Unless **
Interpreter of Maladies
A Map of the World
The Hours
The Jane Austen Book Club **
The Birth of Venus **
Prodigal Summer **
White Oleander
A Widow for One Year
Family Orchard
Six Wives The Queens of Henry VIII
The Last Madam
Corelli's Mandolin - currently reading
Memoir From Antproof Case
The Red Tent
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Back When We Were Grownups
Stories of Nabokov
The Shipping News
A Short History of a Prince

Recent Additions

The Photograph **
Something Rotten **
The Letters of Heloise & Abelard
Pride & Prejudice **
Emma **
My Life
Jane Eyre

Short Reviews of What I've Read **

The Godfather - Definitely one of the rare times when the movie truly outshines the source material. This was such a piece of crap. I kept thinking I was reading Sidney Sheldon or John Grisham through most of it. Stick with the movies Godfather 1 & 2. Skip the book and Godfather 3.

The Jane Austen Book Club - Not impressed with this one but it did inspire me to read more Jane Austen. Very predictable plot.

Pride & Prejudice and Emma - Liked them both but I still prefer Edith Wharton to Austen.

The Birth of Venus - I wrote about this recently and recommended it while I was still reading it. The rest of the book did not disappoint. Put this on your holiday gift lists.

The Photograph - Penelope Lively is one of my favorite authors so I was very excited when I began this book. It was a bit slow at the beginning but I was so into it by the end of the book that I stayed up until 3AM on a school night to finish. Lively is a marvel at viewing a single incident from the perspectives of multiple characters and she does that again and again throughout.

Unless - Another one that kept me up past my bedtime. The plot contains a mystery that is very compelling but I also liked peeking into the main character's thought process as she writes one of the novels within the novel.

Prodigal Summer - I absolutely loved this one. I can't stop thinking about the world she described and the characters she put in that world. It's the first book I've read by Barbara Kingsolver and I cannot wait to buy some of her others.

Plenty more to read but I will still be putting books on my holiday wish list.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 29th, 2004 10:48 pm (UTC)
i am very, very proud of you.
Nov. 30th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We'll see how far I get with this resolution.
Nov. 29th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)
I once read the Godfather and it was just a whole lotta nasty - it had none of the...well...epic quality (if that is the right word) of the first two movies.

Pride & Prejudice and Emma - Liked them both but I still prefer Edith Wharton to Austen.
Ack - I'm choking on my own bile here. Mind you, when I think about it, those two would probably rank as my least two favourites - I rank her novels thusly: Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I've never read Sandition or Northhanger Abbey.

Well, even though we can't agree about everything, I have to say well done! I was toying with the idea today that I might undertake to re-read all of Shakespeare when I've finished re-reading all of my Austen. Can you blame me - I've been finding absolutely nothing enticing at the library these days!
Nov. 30th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
I have always wanted to read my giant Complete Works of Shakespeare but never did it. Maybe that will be my next goal...
Nov. 30th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
R&G are dead is one of my favorite works ever. Have you seen the movie adaptation with Tim Roth and Gary Oldham?

I LOVED a Widow for One Year. I can't wait to see The Door in the Floor.

Jane Eyre...a book that really changed the way I felt about life and literature and women's place in both.

I need to set a goal like this. I have so many unread books and keep buying more. Great Job :)
Nov. 30th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
I just caught the tail end of the movie over the weekend but didn't watch because I want to read it first. (I love your icon!)
Dec. 1st, 2004 12:20 am (UTC)
it's quite funny and really cool to see hamlet going on in the background.

(thanks...i shall ewan you again then :p)
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
heh @ "done been read". Certainly a nice touch.
Nov. 30th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
You have so many good ones on that list!! A lot of those I haven't read since highschool...

At the moment I'm re-reading all the Sherlock Holmes stories. I'd forgotten how fun they are. :)
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