Erin Erin's Comments (member since Apr 16, 2009)

Erin's comments from the Challenge: 50 Books group.

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May 16, 2009 06:50PM

2051 13. The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee

4.5 stars, I loved it. I grew up in a regional Queensland town somewhat like the one in the story and could see everything described by the author so clearly. The familiar words and some beautiful descriptions (in one of the final chapters the author describes a gathering storm in a particularly accurate and beautiful way) made this a wonderfully engaging read for me.
May 12, 2009 01:25AM

2051 11. Stuart A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters

3 stars, I expected a bit more from this book after reading some great reviews. I really enjoyed it, a good biography and it's worth reading but I wasn't blown away.

12. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

5 stars, this book had a bookmark in it close to the end but I decided to start from the beginning as it had been well over a year since I started it. Loved it, so well written.
May 02, 2009 06:04AM

2051 MAY

10. Everything You Need by A. L. Kennedy

5 stars, AMAZING. I loved this book, I was apprehensive picking it up because I usually assume that a book of this length could do with some editing but Kennedy's writing is just perfect. I got that amazing good book afterglow when I finally put it down.
Apr 26, 2009 07:05PM

2051 9. Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx

4 stars, one of my absolute favourite authors. I never don't enjoy reading her.
Apr 21, 2009 07:37PM

2051 Haha, wow, I'm doing April to April as well! For extra coincidence - my real name is Erin. Good luck with your goal!
Apr 21, 2009 06:47AM

2051 7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

5 stars, a re-read - just as brilliant as I remember. I'd been craving a re-read of this book and I went out and bought it this afternoon and read the whole thing this evening.

8. The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea Poems by Mark Haddon

4 stars, a really lovely little book. I loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and it's one I've re-read several times. Haddon's poetry definitely didn't disappoint me.
Apr 18, 2009 07:43AM

2051 I'm starting late but I'm feeling really motivated to read at least 50 books in 12 months.
I use to read an awful lot but more recently I've stopped making time for it. I've begun at the start of April 2009 with some easy-read trash to get back in the habit:

1. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
2. You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar
3. Gossip Girl #3 All I Want is Everything A Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar
4. Because I'm Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar

None worth more than 2 stars but they were a guilty pleasure in high-school and sometimes you need that sort of thing?

5. A Thousand Acres A Novel by Jane Smiley

4 stars, a wonderful novel and one I've been meaning to read for a while. It reminded me how much I use to enjoy reading.

6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

3 stars, I expected more from this. A friend spoke very highly of it and with all the research that has clearly gone into the writing I expected something more literary. Pleasant, easy fluff on subject matter that interests me.
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Apr 18, 2009 03:07AM

2051 I was brought up by a "literary snob" mother so I've always been in the habit of reading good writing. I did develop one guilty pleasure when I was in high school - the gossip girl series. Some of the worst writing I've ever read but you can knock one over in a couple of hours and I use them when I get myself out of the habit of reading (quite recently) they're a good warm up. Mostly though I just don't enjoy things outside of the "literature" section and I definitely agree with everyone who's said you should read what you enjoy.
I get a lot of good recommendations through my mother, review sections in my favourite newspapers and magazines and from peers, lecturers and classes in my course of study.
Apr 16, 2009 11:58PM

2051 I buy used from ebay and I use to use the public library constantly but since I moved I haven't even gotten myself a membership. I love to collect books and I get excited reading pre-owned books on the chance that I'll find something special penciled in the margin (I also collect found writing).

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