1. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett...Amazon says:The alchemists of the Discworld have discovered the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill? It's up to Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little.") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never heard of") to find out..."Moving Pictures", the ninth "Discworld" novel is a gloriously funny saga set against the background of a world gone mad!this was a really good book, it held my interest and was as good as terry pratchett is normally. so yeah read this!!good way to start the year off!
Curious...are we posting 2007 books in here too, or is there a new community for that?
Booklist 20061. The Global Soul - Pico Iyer2. Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett3. The Mistress of Spices - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni4. The Book of Revelation - Rupert Thomson5. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller6. Lessons for a Sunday Father - Claire Calman7. Bitter Almonds - Mary Taylor Simeti & Maria Grammatico8. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood9. The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean10. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks11. Of Pageants and Picnics - Elizabeth David12. Chipatti or Chips - Nisha Minhas13. Return to Paris - Colette Rossant14. Mrs Kimble - Jennifer Haigh15. Eric - Terry Pratchett16. The Acid House - Irvine Welsh17. A Party in San Niccolo - Christobel Kent18. Hospital - Polly Toynbee19. Tarte Tatin - Susan Loomis20. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides21. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad22. The Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh23. How To Be Lost - Amanda Eyre Ward24. By Bread Alone - Sarah-Kate Lynch25. Al Dente - William Black26. The Plague - Albert Camus27. A Good Year - Peter Mayle28. A Friend of the Family - Lisa Jewell29. Light On Snow - Anita Shreve30. Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo - Will Self31. In The Eye of the Sun - Ahdaf Souief32. Mamory Maps - Lisa St Aubin de Teran33. Good Behaviour - Molly Keane34. Chasing Cezanne - Peter Mayle35. French Spirits - Jeffrey GreenePages so far - 1110935. French Spirit - Jeffrey Greene...What Amazon says:When Jeffrey Greene, a prizewinning American poet, and Mary, his wife-to-be, discover a moss-covered stone presbytery in a lovely village in the Puisaye region of Burgundy, they know they have to live there. "French Spirits" is the tale of their odyssey to become not just homeowners but Burgundians. Greene recalls their experiences in turning the 300-year-old stone building which the locals believe houses numerous spirits into a habitable refuge. He brings to life their adventures in finding wonderful bargains with which to furnish their new space, including a firm mattress and some rather suspicious "antiques" bought from the back of a van. Greene offers the unexpected joys and surprises of village life, from celebrating his and Mary's simple backyard wedding to toiling in a verdant garden. He shares the experience of surviving his mother's decision to move in and humorously introduces the locals both human and non-human who define his and Mary's new world. Woven throughout the tale are the pleasures of rural France - wondrous food and wine, long-held rituals and feasts, dark superstitions and deeply rooted history.I actually enjoyed this book, it was well written and easy to read, it did seem to just mention other people without actually explaining who they are. But i love reading about france and people setting up life, and the characterisation of the people in the village was wonderful!Well i never got to 50, but given what i've done this year its not all that surprising. so 35 is quite good!I dont think i'll get to 50 next year but i'll have a go!next book for next year will be Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett, always need a bit of fantasy occasionally!
This year, I managed to read 69 books, a record for me. My thoughts on the books can be found here.( books readCollapse )(posted in booktards and book_it_2006)
I didnt manage to read 50 books in 2006 :( :( ( Books Read In 2006Collapse )( Did Not FinishCollapse )I wish you all the best and many books in 2007 ^_^
1. “A Million Little Pieces” James Frey. (432 pages.)2. “Children Of God Go Bowling” Shannon Olson. (292 pages.)3. “Where The Kissing Never Stops” Ron Koertge. (250 pages.)4. “Vicious Spring” Hollis Hampton-Jones. (200 pages.)5. “Suicide Blonde” Darcey Steinke. (191 pages.)6. “Paper Wings” Marly Swick. (276 pages.)7. “Tart” Jody Gehrman. (311 pages.)8. “Blair Witch: The Secret Confession Of Rustin Parr” D.A. Stern. (150 pages.)9. “My Story” Amy Fisher. (276 pages.)10. “Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair With The Bay City Rollers” Caroline Sullivan. (274 pages.)( The Rest, But Sadly Not As Many As I'd Liked...Collapse )
I read 94 books this year (not including re-reads), I hope to get to 100+ next year.( T h e L i s t )
Book 51: Getting Lost: Survival, Baggage and Starting Over in J.J. Abrams' LostEditor: Orson Scott CardGenre: Reference/AnalysisNumber of pages: 240Pages Read This Year: 15137My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best]: BShort description/summary of the book: from AmazonTheories abound about the survivors of Flight 815 and their enigmatic island home on the supernatural television phenomenon Lost. This collection of essays provides insight into the most talked-about issues, including chapters on Why the Survivors Must Be in Another Dimension (or the Twilight Zone), Lord of the Lost: Jack vs. Locke, The Others: Where On Earth Did They Come From . . . or Did They?, and A Theologian's View of the Island as Purgatory. Contributors such as television critic Joyce Millman, science-fiction writer Adam-Troy Castro, and paranormal-romance author MaryJanice Davidson tackle predominant themes, plotlines, and symbols of the hit show while answering the questions on every fan's mind: What's with the polar bears and black mist? Why does the sudden struggle for survival lead some to romantic relationships, some to conflict, and others to leadership? and Why did Boone have to die?My Thoughts: It seems like more and more of these Lost analysis books are coming out every month -- as this one was compiled by Orson Scott Card, though, I figured it would be worth picking up. It's not bad, but it's really not any better than any of the other collections of Lost-inspired essays out there.Card has pieced together a book of essays detailing various aspects of the Lost phenomenon by various writers -- essays of varying quality. A piece by Adam-Troy Castro arguing that the Losties are sharing the same island as Gilligan and the Skipper is great; a piece by Amy Bender dissecting the character of John Locke (written, ostensibly, in the character of the historical John Locke) is ponderous and dull. The rest of the pieces are somewhere in-between.The book wraps with a long Lost "encyclopedia" by Wayne Allen Sallee, which is of mixed usefulness. Entries for each of the main characters and the actors who portray them, books and cultural references in the show and clues to the mysteries are all quite useful. For several entries, though, it feels like Sallee was just padding the section -- do we really need him to define "acolyte" for us without giving any explanation as to its purpose in the show, for instance? In fact, when we reach the entry for "Jaunty Cravat," Sallee outright admits someone pointed out there weren't enough "J"s. No wonder it felt bloated.An okay book, as good as any other Lost book out there, but not great.In the Queue: Lisey's Story by Stephen King, Zorro by Isabelle AllendeAnd that finished me off for book_it_2006! See you guys in bookz_n_07!
Read in 2006:1) The Princess Bride2) Things Fall Apart 3) Cry, the Beloved Country4) Farenheit 4515) The Grapes of Wrath 6) 19847) Killing Rage8) The Picture of Dorian Gray9) Invisible Man10) Sister Carrie11) My Antonia12) Their Eyes Were Watching God13) The Bluest Eye 14) Far from the Madding Crowd15) Beloved16) Catch-2217) How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents18) Sula19) The Catcher in The Rye20) The Stranger21) Annie John22) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie23) The Portrait of A Lady24) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy25) Life of Pi26) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe27) Jane Eyre28) Life, the Universe, and Everything29) To Kill A Mockingbird30) O Pioneers!31) One Hundred Years of Solitude32) The Time Traveler's Wife33) The Horse and His Boy34) The Handmaid's Tale35) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader36) Lady Chatterley's Lover37) The Good Earth38) The Bridge of San Luis Rey39) Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister40) Wicked41) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.42) Fellowship of the Ringand many things for grad school that don't count
Book #41: Darkspell (Deverry, book 2)Author: Katharine KerrNumber of pages: 440My rating, 1 (worst) to 5 (best): 3Happy New Year to everyone! :)