El El's Comments


El's comments from the The Next Best Book Club group.

Note: El is no longer a member of this group.

(showing 1,161-1,180 of 1,193)

Jan 02, 2009 01:45PM

1218 Laura, the meatiest-meat-ball-of-a-book you could read this year would be 2666. It is certainly not a book for someone looking for just a quick, fun read.
Dec 31, 2008 10:49AM

1218 15 POINT TASKS
2. For Christmas: Read a Book with the word Santa, Elf, or the Name of Any of the Reindeer in the Title.
Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years by Phyllis Siefker.


TOTAL POINTS: 100
Dec 30, 2008 07:19AM

1218 Ooh, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber *was* really good.
Dec 29, 2008 08:05PM

1218 Fiona, The Jungle is about the corruption of the American meatpacking industry. It's a pretty harsh depiction of immigrant life in the early part of the 20th century in America. Because of the book President Roosevelt investigated the conditions in meatpacking plants and as a result some things were made better.
Dec 29, 2008 04:46PM

1218 Edith Wharton is a must-read (The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence).

I also highly recommend Margaret Atwood.
Others I would recommend:
Flannery O'Connor
Annie Dillard
Joan Didion
Cynthia Ozick
Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)
Anais Nin
Alice Munro
Doris Lessing
Charlotte Gilman Perkins
Toni Morrison
Kate Chopin

I really could go on forever... :)
Dec 29, 2008 09:00AM

1218 Nikki, The Jungle is great, but published a little earlier than Fiona wanted. I would still recommend it too though. :)
Dec 28, 2008 07:33PM

1218 15 POINT TASKS
1. For African American History Month: Read a Book about the Civil Rights Movement (Non-Fiction) or Takes Place during That Time Period (Fiction).
No Name in the Street by James Baldwin.


TOTAL POINTS: 85
Dec 28, 2008 07:11PM

1218 Cynthia, can you come up with anything for a profession as a medical secretary? Administrative assistant (in a doctor's office) could also pass.
1218 I'll find out in February how I will do without a TV. Currently my boyfriend and I have a TV that gets NBC just fine, and we might get ABC or CBS if the wind is just so. I will watch TV, but I certainly don't need it. In February we'll be moving to a more expensive place and life changes to digital and all that anyway, so I think the TV will solely be used for Netflix and bought/borrowed DVDs. I have a friend at work who has let me borrow a few television series I never caught due to the lack of cable (I'm on Queer as Folk right now thanks to her); I know I wouldn't do well without options like that. As for regular television I think I'll be just fine... and I'm actually looking forward to having one fewer distraction in my life.

I will say that I will probably miss Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News and Jeopardy the most. Things that I have grown attached to (The Office, Chuck, etc.) will just have to be Netflix'ed.
Dec 28, 2008 08:06AM

1218 5 POINT TASKS
5. Pick 10 Books From Your TBR List, Put The Titles Pieces Of Paper, And Pick One Out Of A Basket Or A Hat Whatever You Can Find, And Then Read That Book.
The View from the Seventh Layer by Kevin Brockmeier.



TOTAL POINTS: 70
Dec 27, 2008 10:33PM

1218 Just going through my notebook of books I've read - I have a miscellaneous non-fiction shelf on my page if you would like to take a look at other titles. I tried to come up with a different variety here:

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale by Catherine Orenstein.
In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land by Bill Weber and Amy Vedder.
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman.
A Pelican in the Wilderness: Hermits, Solitaries, and Recluses by Isabel Colegate.
An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks.
Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear and A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities by Jan Bodeson.
Dec 27, 2008 09:06PM

1218 10 POINT TASKS
8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word King, Queen, Princess, Prince, Duke, Or Duchess.
The Once and Future King by T.H. White.


TOTAL POINTS: 65
Dec 27, 2008 02:37PM

1218 I'm resurrecting this one to ask if anyone knows of a main character who is specifically a medical secretary (long-shot, yes...)?
Dec 26, 2008 10:00PM

1218 Fiona, I would recommend some Virginia Woolf, though I suppose "normal" may not be the best term to describe her characters.
Dec 26, 2008 09:29PM

1218 10 POINT TASKS
5. Many Great Authors Died in 2008: Read A Book By An Author Who Died This Year.
For the Good of the Cause by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


TOTAL POINTS: 55
Dec 25, 2008 04:50PM

1218 10 POINT TASKS
2. For the Holiday Season: Read a Book with a Holiday Song in the Title.
Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub.


TOTAL POINTS: 45
Dec 23, 2008 03:22AM

1218 I thought you had to start totaling your points from when you begin the task; I didn't realize you could go back to the beginning of December and include books you read prior to starting the task. In that case...

5 POINT TASKS
2. February is National Library Lovers Month... Visit Your Local Library And Either Check Out A Book Or For Those Who Have To Own - Buy One From A Library Sale And Read That Book.
Omensetter's Luck by William H. Gass

8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other winter holiday.
The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens (which includes the novella A Christmas Carol, appropriate for this task).

25 POINT TASKS
3. Lisa's Task - Read a book of at least 700 pages.
2666 by Roberto Bolano.


TOTAL POINTS: 35
Dec 19, 2008 07:29PM

1218 Nicholas, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote The Leopard.

You're right, not many people have read it, which is a shame. I can't say I would put it in my Top-Anything, but still a darn good book.
1218 I've read 64, and I will say I disagree with a lot of the titles on the list.

Along with the Shakespeare confusion, why is Chronicles of Narnia listed and also (separately) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
Dec 15, 2008 05:03AM

1218 I'm down with this.

5 POINT TASKS
1. February Is African American History Month: Read A Book With A Main Character Who Is African American Or A Biography/Autobiography Of An African American.
Clifford's Blues, John A. Williams.


2. February Is National Library Lovers Month...Visit Your Local Library And Either Check Out A Book Or For Those Who Have To Own - Buy One From A Library Sale And Read That Book. (Previously Purchased Books Don’t Count.)
The View From the Seventh Layer, Kevin Brockmeier.

3. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Romance Novel.
Possession: A Romance, A.S. Byatt.

4. It’s Winter: Read A Book Whose Title Contains a Winter Weather Word – i.e. Blizzard, Snow, Ice, Sleet, Icicle, Snowflake, Frost, Freeze, Slush, Flurry, Chill, Or Hail.
Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson.

5. Pick 10 Books From Your TBR List, Put The Titles Pieces Of Paper, And Pick One Out Of A Basket Or A Hat Whatever You Can Find, And Then Read That Book.
Musicophilia, Oliver W. Sacks.

6. Read A Book By A New, First Time Author. (The author can have only one published book at the time you read it.)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wrobelwski.

7. Read A Book Whose Title Starts With The Word Who, What, Where, When, Why Or How.
What Is the What, Dave Eggers.

8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other winter holiday.
Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin (re-read).

9. Read A Mystery Novel.
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie.

10. The Oscars Are In February: Read a Book you’ve Already Seen the Film To.
The Princess Bride, William Goldman.


10 POINT TASKS
1. For Chinese New Year: Read a Book That Takes Place in China or Was Written By a Chinese Author.
Pavilion of Women, Pearl S. Buck.

2. For The Holiday Season: Read a Book with a Holiday Song in the Title.
Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, Stanley Weitraub.

3. For Christmas: Read a Book with Any of the Following in the Title: Angel, Miracle, God, Jesus, Shepherd, Manger, Wise Man, Mary, or Joseph.
The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins.

4. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Book with the Word Love, Romance, Kiss, Valentine, Cupid, Sweetheart or Heart in the Title.
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Manuel Puig.

5. Many Great Authors Died In 2008: Read A Book By An Author Who Died This Year. http://www.fantasticfiction.co...
For the Good of the Cause, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

6. Read A Book That Takes Place In A Country That Is Part Of Your Ancestry (I.E. If Your Irish Read A Book That Takes Place In Ireland Or About Ireland).
Severin's Journey Into the Dark (A Prague Ghost Story), Paul Leppin.

7. Read A Book Where The Main Character Is Mentally Or Physically Handicapped.
Children With Emerald Eyes, Mira Rothenberg (re-read).

8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word King, Queen, Princess, Prince, Duke, Or Duchess.
The Once and Future King, T.H. White.

9. Read A Book With December, January, Or February In The Title.
The Dean's December, Saul Bellow.

10. Read A Book With A Title Containing The Name Of A Body Part (Eg. Hand, Nail, Finger, Toe, Etc).
Buddha's Little Finger, Vincent Pelevin.

15 POINT TASKS
1. For African American History Month: Read a Book about the Civil Rights Movement (Non-Fiction) or Takes Place during That Time Period (Fiction).
Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965, Vicki Crawford.

2. For Christmas: Read a Book with the word Santa, Elf, or the Name of Any of the Reindeer in the Title.
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, L. Frank Baum.

3. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Book with the Word Chocolate (Or Type of Chocolate or Other Candy) In The Title, Then Eat That Kind Of Chocolate Or Candy.
Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, Steve Almond.

4. Read A Book And Read It's Sequel. Books should be read back to back. They can be any two books from a series (not necessarily book 1 & 2) but should be read in order i.e. book 3 then book 4 not book 5 then 8.
The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde.

5. Read A Book Where One Of The Main Characters Has The Same Profession As You.
Literary Secretaries, Secretarial Culture, Leah Price. (This was tough as I do not know of any books with main characters who are Medical Secretaries. This is non-fiction, but I hope that counts.)

6. Read A Historical Fiction Book Featuring A Famous Historic Personality Or A Biography Of A Historical Figure.
Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman, Sharon Rudahl.

7. Read A Non-Fiction Book About A Religion Other Than Your Own.
Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish, Sue Bender.

8. Read A Book That Relates To One Of Your New Year's Resolutions.
Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit.

9. The Oscar’s are coming: Read a Book or Play Whose Movie Counterpart Was Nominated or That Won in the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay Category and Watch the Film. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
The Informer, Liam O'Flaherty.

10. In Honor Of Inauguration Day: Read A Book About Politics/Politicians (Fiction Or Non-Fiction).
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli.

25 POINT TASKS
1. Karen's Task - Read a book about / set in / or by an author of a country with a name that starts with the first letter of your name (first / middle / last). Example - If your name is John - you could read a book about Japan, set in Jamaica, or written by an author from Jordan. http://www.listofcountriesofth...
Tales of the Amber Sea: Fairy Tales of the Peoples of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Irinia Zhaleznova.

2. Ann From S.C.'s Task - Read a book that you have started but never finished.
On the Road , Jack Kerouac.

3. Lisa's Task - Read a book of at least 700 pages.
The Quincunx, Charles Palliser.


topics created by El