The Original List
Nineteen Eighty Four
Into Thin Air
Rosencrantz and Guildentstern Are Dead
Brave New World
The Godfather **
Interpreter of Maladies
A Map of the World
The Jane Austen Book Club **
The Birth of Venus **
Prodigal Summer **
A Widow for One Year
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
The Photograph **
Something Rotten **
The Letters of Heloise & Abelard
Pride & Prejudice **
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.