Tuesday, July 22, 2008

.my life in books.

I keep up with this on my Livejournal usually. Nevertheless, I thought since I use Blogger more now that I would keep it updated here as well.

::Books I've Read So Far This Year (2009)::

1. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
2. Breathing The Water - Denise Levertov
3. This Year You Write Your Novel - Walter Mosley
4. Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish
5. French Milk - Lucy Knisley
6. The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
7. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
8. Madness - Marya Hornbacher
9. The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff
10. Escape Into The Open - Elizabeth Berg
11. The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
12. How To Become A Famous Writer Before You're Dead - Ariel Gore
(the next four are graphic novels:)
13. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight - The Long Way Home - Joss Whedon
14. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight - No Future For You - Joss Whedon
15. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight - Wolves At The Gate - Joss Whedon
16. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight - Time Of Your Life - Joss Whedon
17. Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
18. Sabbath's Theater - Phillip Roth
19. Ordinary Genius - Kim Addonizio
20. Goldengrove - Francine Prose
21. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
22. Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
23. Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss & The Musical Rent - Anthony Rapp
24. Animal Farm - George Orwell
25. The Last Girls - Lee Smith
26. The Chelsea Whistle - Michelle Tea

::see those read in 2005 -2008::


  1. How was the book The Uglies? I came across it when searching for stuff. It doesn't seem my type of book. I'll give anything a chance, lately.

    I am currently reading a series by some Arkansas writer that makes me feel stupid for lowering my book standards but the story is quite interesting. Alan Ball, creater of Six Feet Under, is turning it into a series on HBO, Sept 7 called True Blood.

    What can you do when the story is good? Mindless reading never hurt anyone.

  2. The Uglies was really fun. It felt cinematic - I could completely imagine it becoming a movie. It's YA novel, of course, and a little on the Sci-Fi side -- but only a little.

    Wait, why does it make you feel stupid?

    Interesting on the new Alan Ball series...I'll have to look into that. :)

    And I am always open to new book suggestions, btw.

  3. I just have a standard for books and these make me feel like I am reading romance novels secretly. I should hide them and not let people know. It is wearing off though. The good story is shining through which is why I can't stop reading them. The book is no worse than my love for cheesy Lifetime christmas movies.

    I just have issues with the characters, well the author. Envisioning these women so everyday ordinary. With fucking BANANA CLIPS in her hair, my god. Who still wears those. A 20 something in Louisiana, I don't even believe that. It's always old women with those. It sounds like I am looking for Prada wearing women with fashion a high priority but I believe I am looking for her to not tell me what she is wearing so much. It's in the details and I imagine she is trying to make her like every other real woman but I don't know why can't she say night shirt, night gown, instead of "she pulled on her tweety bird night gown, she wore a black dress with little red flowers and green stems and she looked hot or she pulled her hair back in a banana clip and started cleaning etc. It's those minute details that just irk me! She dresses her too damn old! And why couldn't she just wear a hot black dress, the must have staple. If I were skinny I'd have one. I still love the character Sookie and the world.

    Anyway yeah it's the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris 8 books so far. I started with #6 (all the others are at Kill Devil Hills Library) to see if I liked it and I had to get my hands them. I did uncover a major secret that has just a bit upset #1. That is what happens though.

    I read some info about The Uglies and it seemed sort of interesting. If it is a fast read I may try it.

    I am also FINALLY reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I have a few pages left.

    I was thinking of rereading Steve Martin's The Pleasure of My Company. Have you read that yet? It's a novella. The guy has OCD and all the light bulbs in a room have to equal a certain amount, he's a nice character and I would like to visit him again.

    I'm shutting up. :)

  4. Ha, no...don't shut up. This is the most action my blog has gotten in months.

    I should definitely read the Steve Martin books. I always see it at the library and think of you, actually. Heh.

    I think I've mentioned that I am somewhat familiar with the Charlaine Harris books -- aside from just the library. Never read any, though. Still, I'd never judge. I read a great deal of YA fiction afterall. I agree, though -sometimes a writer can describe something *too* much. In fact, I actually think, as a writer, I tend to. Probably due to the juvenile literature I absorb and try to write. Young people really seem to like that.

    We have the Harris books in Sci-Fi. Yeah, you might dig The Uglies. Like I said, it felt like a movie sometimes for me. I'd get really tense waiting for something that was about to happen, etc. It was exciting, actually. I want to read the others - The Pretties and The Specials. But I wanna read them in order and The Pretties is never in...I should probably reserve it.

    Heh, and now I'm rambling. Aw, Charity! I miss you! Hehe. ;)

    BTW, how are you liking The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  5. Water For Elephants defies words...seriously, I loved it. Not that I am against open-ended books or books that have a depressing end (I think I've mentioned to you that some of my favorite books are those that made me cry), but I will say that the end made me happy and was better for it. I promise that doesn't give anything away. I am amazed at all the circus detail, too. I imagine Gruen did a great deal of research.

    I've heard of LibraryThing, but not GoodReads. I'll check that out, though. I've neglected my LibraryThing a long time anyway, so maybe I should just try something different. Thanks for the tip! ;)