22
May
2011

Because I said so. Hey, I’m going to start a meme. These are the 91 books my book club group has read (so far) together. Which ones have you read? (Cut, Paste, Bold). These are not ordered chronologically.

  1. The Alchemist, Coelho
  2. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein
  3. As I Lay Dying, Faulkner
  4. Atonement, McEwan
  5. Beach Music, Conroy
  6. Bel Canto, Patchett
  7. Betrayal in Paris, Fell
  8. The Birth of Venus, Dunant
  9. The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani
  10. The Book Thief, Zusak
  11. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Fielding
  12. The Brief History Of The Dead, Brockmeier
  13. Cane River, Tademy
  14. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Miller
  15. Cold Mountain, Frazier
  16. Cold Sassy Tree, Burns
  17. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Maguire
  18. The Crimson Petal and the White, Faber
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon
  20. The DaVinci Code, Brown
  21. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Wells
  22. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Barbery
  23. Enchantment, Card
  24. Ender’s Game, Card
  25. Excellent Women, Pim
  26. The Eyre Affair, Fforde
  27. Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
  28. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Albom
  29. Girl With a Pearl Earring, Chevalier
  30. The Giver, Lowry
  31. The Glass Castle, Walls
  32. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Shaffer & Barrows
  33. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Rowling
  34. Heaven is for Real, Burpo
  35. The Help, Stockett
  36. The Heretic’s Daughter, Kent
  37. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Ford
  38. If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him…, McCrumb
  39. I Know This Much is True, Lamb
  40. The Illuminator, Vantrease
  41. In Cold Blood, Capote
  42. An Inconvenient Wife, Chance
  43. The Killer Angels, Shaara
  44. The Kitchen Boy, Alexander
  45. The Kite Runner, Hosseini
  46. Learning Joy from Dogs without Collars, Summer
  47. Life of Pi, Martel
  48. Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez
  49. The Lovely Bones, Sebold
  50. Matched, Condie
  51. Me and Emma, Flock
  52. Memnoch the Devil, Rice
  53. Memoirs of a Geisha, Golden
  54. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Edwards
  55. Mercy, Garwood
  56. The Mercy of Thin Air, Domingue
  57. The Mermaid Chair, Kidd
  58. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt
  59. A Million Little Pieces, Frey
  60. The Mirror, Millheiser
  61. Nefertiti, Moran
  62. Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro
  63. Nineteen Minutes, Picoult
  64. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Smith
  65. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, Vida
  66. Open House, Berg
  67. The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory
  68. The Pearl, Steinbeck
  69. Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  70. Rebecca, DuMaurier
  71. The Red Hat Club, Smith
  72. The Red Tent, Diamant
  73. Rocket Boys, Hickam
  74. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, Hoffman
  75. The Sculptress, Walters
  76. Seabiscuit, Hillebrand
  77. The Secret History, Tartt
  78. The Secret River, Grenville
  79. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See
  80. The Space Between Us, Umrigar
  81. Stoney Creek, Alabama, Youngblood and Poole
  82. The Sugar Queen, Allen
  83. Suite Francaise, Nemirovsky
  84. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, Patterson
  85. In the Time of the Butterflies, Alvarez
  86. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffenegger
  87. To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee
  88. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith
  89. Twilight, Meyer
  90. Water for Elephants, Gruen
  91. The Well and the Mine, Phillips
2
Apr
2011

Several of my epic fantasy book-reading pals have urged me to read George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series, of which, this is the first novel:

Many of those recommendations included the phrase, “if you liked The Lord of the Rings, you’ll like this, too.” Because, I LOVE the Lord of the Rings, the last thing I ever wanted to read is a knock-off of it. So, I was very reluctant.

One day, back in December, I noticed A Game of Thrones was on the $5.00 kindle book list, so I went ahead and ordered it. Still, with reluctance, even though I now owned it, I only toyed with the idea of reading it.

Last weekend was rainy, rainy, rainy and miserably cold. I needed something to crawl under the covers with, so I picked it up (reluctantly).

Good grief! I cannot believe I put this off for so long.   Yes, I can see why people who love LOTR also like this one. But, they are not sibling stories.  If you enjoy epic storytelling, with complex, well-defined characters and plotlines, then this novel is for you.  There is a hint of other-worldliness (magic, creatures, etc.) but only a whiff, in the background.  The driving force behind the story are the people of the various courts vying for the throne.

This is the first 5-star book I’ve read in ages and ages.

Every night for a week, I stayed up well past midnight, to read “just one more chapter,” knowing I had to arise at 6am the next morning.

If I had to summarize this book with one word, it would be: “Satisfying.”

Then, I saw the trailer for the HBO series about a week and a half ago:

I’ve not had HBO in my home for going on 20 years. I ordered it last week.

Hey, isn’t that Boromir????

5
Nov
2010

Wednesday evening, I was in the kitchen, fixing some chili stew for dinner. The kids were at the table working on homework, my husband was watching a show on the news channel where some dude was describing anecdotes from former President Bush’s upcoming Decision Points.

One particular story stood out, where Bush was discussing his earlier drinking years, when he was at a function hosted by his father (I believe). He asked an older female guest what sex was like after 50. The story went on to say that, when he was turning 50, she sent him this note: “Well, George, how is it?”

Ha ha ha. I turned to my husband, and said, “Oh, hint, hint, I’d probably like to read that book if you need Christmas present ideas.”

Then, I saw my teenage son sitting, pen in air, poised over his homework, with a horrible, strained look on his face. He was glaring at me, too.

“What?” I asked.
“Uhhhh,” he shook his head.

“Did you think we were talking about a book about sex after 50? Because that’s not what we were talking about, ha ha ha.”

“Oh, thank you,” he replied.

12
Jun
2010

This odd, little novel was one of those recommended-for-you suggestions that Amazon randomly comes up with. I don’t know what it is about  my purchasing habits that told Amazon  I needed to read a 1950’s pulp sci-fi novel, but this time Amazon guessed well.

I really enjoyed this light, interesting read. My favorite plot element was the inclusion of killer, hooved animals that had a single horn (when reared the height of these marauding “unicorns” was said to be 15 feet).  These unicorns didn’t just stampede a man; rather, they dismembered him and then giddily mashed the bits to pulp.   Thus –> pulp fiction!  Bwa ha ha ha!

This novel, by Tom Godwin, was originally entitled The Survivors, but has been recently reprinted under the title Space Prison.