I finished this weekend with the 12. I should have time to read the 2 alternates!
Thanks Martha. Kerri, I actually really enjoyed Arabian Nights. It was one of my favorites this year. It took a little while to get hooked on it though.
Finished! Great timing since I decided to go back to school this year.
Bernadette wrote: "Jill, I agree that she seems self-absorbed but thought she had some "issues." I read it this summer, right after losing my Dad and found that I identified with some of her feelings of loss. I was a..."
I loved the book. I really identified with her feelings of loss as I just lost my brother when I began reading this book. For me it really was a spiritual experience. I guess the timing in your life that you read a book really does matter.
1. Angels & Demons - Dan Brown (June 26, 2011) 2. Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert (January 24, 2011) 3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson(March 23, 2011) 4. The Austere Academy - Lemony Snicket (August 21, 2011) 5. 'L' is for Lawless - Sue Grafton (April 15, 2011) 6. Congo - Michael Crichton (April 12, 2011) 7. At Bertrams Hotel - Agatha Christie (August 19, 2011) 8. The Bone Garden - Tess Gerritsen (March 29, 2011) 9. Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dana (February 17, 2011) 10.Tales From the Arabian Nights (June 10, 2011) 11.Blood Memory - Greg Isles (July 31, 2011) 12.Isle of Dogs - Patricia Cornwell (July 11, 2011)
1. The Big Bad Wolf - James Patterson
2. Split Second - David Baldacci
Just finished the last book on my list! Very rewarding.
I loved this book. I am very much a dog person and find that many times I try to imagine what my own dogs are thinking when I encounter life's troubles.
Pauline wrote: "Silver wrote: "Donna wrote: "Gaijinmama wrote: "Being an English teacher I had to look it up!
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A book written in the form of a series of documents (letters, diary entries, etc.) is called an epistol..."
I don't think that Stoker was a chauvinist at all. In fact his mother was an active feminist and many believe the character of Mina was influenced by his mother. He was known as a liberal who was for progressive change. I imagine that he saw the men in his life trying to "protect" his mother just as the male characters in Dracula tried to protect Mina.
As I was reading I was thinking of The Historian. I kept thinking of the similar writing style that Kostova seemed to use.
Tasha wrote: "I finished it last night. Although I enjoyed it, I gave it just 3 stars. I did this bc while I was interested in the story it didn't grip me like other reads do. I feel like, for me, a 3 star me..."Tiffany wrote: "I read this about a
year ago and absolutely loved it! I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did! Hope everyone else feels the same! =)"
I also gave it a 3. I enjoyed it but wasn't completely captivated by it.
by Charles Dickens
Especially after all the talk of Dickens in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
Elaine wrote: "Kelly wrote: "I am trying to add a mix of my favorite authors and new authors; a mix of classics and modern writings.
The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain
Dexter Series (at least want to begin the..."
Elaine: I absolutely loved The Innocents Abroad! You are right, the sarcasm is wonderful. It is amazing to me how some of the stereotypes have not changed in over a hundred years. I'll definitely read more of Mark Twain!
MarBear wrote: "12. Like any scientist. Flavia expects her world to obey certain rules, and seems to be thrown off kilter when surprises occur. How much does she rely on the predictability of those around her, lik..."
Before her investigation, she seemed to live a sheltered life, where everything was predictable. I think during the course of her investigation, she realized that she could be wrong about things and not everything is always so "scientific". I think it was appropriate that her father was an illusionist. Her chemistry studies made her very logical, but not everything is always so logical.
Pat wrote: "Katy wrote: "I'm struggling with this one and almost ready to give it up. I am enjoying Flavia and her interaction with her sister's, but I find her waaaay to grown up for a child her age--althoug..."
I agree Pat. I think that while she was grown up about somethings her true age showed in many places making her a smart, but typical 11 year old. I loved the book and loved being able to laugh through a mystery story.