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.
- The Alchemist, Coelho
- The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein
- As I Lay Dying, Faulkner
- Atonement, McEwan
- Beach Music, Conroy
- Bel Canto, Patchett
- Betrayal in Paris, Fell
- The Birth of Venus, Dunant
- The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani
- The Book Thief, Zusak
- Bridget Jones’s Diary, Fielding
- The Brief History Of The Dead, Brockmeier
- Cane River, Tademy
- A Canticle for Leibowitz, Miller
- Cold Mountain, Frazier
- Cold Sassy Tree, Burns
- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Maguire
- The Crimson Petal and the White, Faber
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon
- The DaVinci Code, Brown
- The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Wells
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Barbery
- Enchantment, Card
- Ender’s Game, Card
- Excellent Women, Pim
- The Eyre Affair, Fforde
- Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Albom
- Girl With a Pearl Earring, Chevalier
- The Giver, Lowry
- The Glass Castle, Walls
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Shaffer & Barrows
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Rowling
- Heaven is for Real, Burpo
- The Help, Stockett
- The Heretic’s Daughter, Kent
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Ford
- If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him…, McCrumb
- I Know This Much is True, Lamb
- The Illuminator, Vantrease
- In Cold Blood, Capote
- An Inconvenient Wife, Chance
- The Killer Angels, Shaara
- The Kitchen Boy, Alexander
- The Kite Runner, Hosseini
- Learning Joy from Dogs without Collars, Summer
- Life of Pi, Martel
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez
- The Lovely Bones, Sebold
- Matched, Condie
- Me and Emma, Flock
- Memnoch the Devil, Rice
- Memoirs of a Geisha, Golden
- The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Edwards
- Mercy, Garwood
- The Mercy of Thin Air, Domingue
- The Mermaid Chair, Kidd
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt
- A Million Little Pieces, Frey
- The Mirror, Millheiser
- Nefertiti, Moran
- Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro
- Nineteen Minutes, Picoult
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Smith
- Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, Vida
- Open House, Berg
- The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory
- The Pearl, Steinbeck
- Pride and Prejudice, Austen
- Rebecca, DuMaurier
- The Red Hat Club, Smith
- The Red Tent, Diamant
- Rocket Boys, Hickam
- Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, Hoffman
- The Sculptress, Walters
- Seabiscuit, Hillebrand
- The Secret History, Tartt
- The Secret River, Grenville
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See
- The Space Between Us, Umrigar
- Stoney Creek, Alabama, Youngblood and Poole
- The Sugar Queen, Allen
- Suite Francaise, Nemirovsky
- Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, Patterson
- In the Time of the Butterflies, Alvarez
- The Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffenegger
- To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith
- Twilight, Meyer
- Water for Elephants, Gruen
- The Well and the Mine, Phillips
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????
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.
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.