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May 23, 2015 06:28PM

970 I appreciate these links too. We live in a multi-media world and even when I don't have time to listen or watch something (or read something, for that matter) it is nice to know these things are out there and what others think of them.
Arabian Nights (14 new)
Jan 11, 2015 01:18PM

970 I did find that if I read too many of the stories at a time, it did get a bit monotonous for me. I found it worked best when I just read a couple/few stories a night.
Dec 04, 2014 06:27PM

970 I just reached 100 books! Of course, when I think that it is still less than 10% of the 1001 books, it makes it seem such a small achievement...
Nov 23, 2014 05:50PM

970 Just started The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. It is my first Wharton. So far, so good. Although, I have to say it is much like so many other books written about this era -- rigid social conventions, especially for women, the search for a good husband, the social iniquities that keep life exciting. I'm waiting to see what twist this particular book brings to these themes.

I just finished this book. I can't say I loved it but I did enjoy it. It was definitely a book about change and transitions in society -- nostalgia for the "old England", the industrialization and looming problems from industrialization, the beginning of changes in social interactions (especially for women), etc. I also never got what attracted Connie to Mellors. In the end, it seems that it was all about the sex and 'lust' that connected her to him. She married into a sexless marriage, which was alright for her at first but after some time she longed for more. In addition, she was so isolated with her whole life centering around her husband and Wragby. It almost seemed as though Mellors was her search for identify or simply for something different.

I don't know if different versions of the book had different endings but I felt I was left hanging. Someone in this thread referred to being surprised that Connie and Mellors ended up together. But, in my version of the book (view spoiler)

Mar 07, 2014 06:13AM

970 I just started Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Feb 28, 2014 07:55AM

970 Just finished Middlemarch by George Eliot. I really enjoyed getting into the lives of these provincial families and people and rather miss riding along with them.
Feb 11, 2014 08:21AM

970 Just finished Rabbit, Run by John Updike. Not sure what I think... It isn't exactly a plot driven book and there isn't a lot that actually happens. But I found it rather disturbing watching what did happen. I will have to continue digesting. But, I think I am interested enough to now read the next book and see if it brings me any more insights.
Feb 11, 2014 08:18AM

970 Just started Middlemarch by George Eliot. A loooong read - perfect for some winter hibernation.
2014 List Goal? (52 new)
Jan 04, 2014 03:34AM

970 I am aiming to read 16 list books to get me to the milestone of 100 books from the 2006 list. Seems so small - I am a slow reader. But, love the challenge of it!
Aug 25, 2013 03:48AM

970 I just started Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. So far, I am wondering where it is going as the first couple of chapters just kind of babble and meander on. But, I am looking forward to getting more into it.
Aug 25, 2013 03:45AM

970 I just finished The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. This is the third Wells book I have read and the each packs such a big punch for being such short books. He writes so vividly that you are automatically part of the story. This book raises some interesting issues about what the future will look like and makes one think about how our actions today may influence the future. I would have enjoyed more of his adventures exploring different parts of the future, but I guess one wouldn't want to ruin the surprise of what is to come!
Jun 30, 2013 04:01AM

970 Recently started The Idiot by Dostoyevsky. So far I am really enjoying it!
Jun 30, 2013 04:00AM

970 I recently finished The Yellow Wallpaper. I have heard so much about it. But, I was surprised to find it a short story rather than a novel. So, it was a quick read but I still can't quite figure out how I feel about it... At any rate, another one checked off the list, although it was so short it feels like I cheated somehow.
970 For the first half of the book, I was a bit annoyed. The book had so many seemingly unconnected stories and there seemed to be no real plot. During the second half of the book, I saw the different stories/threads come together. But, I still didn't feel completely satisfied by the time I had finished. I wasn't sure exactly what it was that I had just read or what it really all meant. So, I needed some time to reflect on it and read some reviews and history of the book.

I was a bit bothered that some of the characters (such as Evelyn Nesbitt) were dropped partway through the book. I understand it -- she was just a mechanism to show the development and moves of Tateh and his daughter. But, I think I was so bothered by it because Evelyn's section of the book was kind of told through her perspective rather than Tateh's. So, I unconsciously expected her character to continue or come back up again.

In trying to figure this book out, I did a little internet research and read some of the analysis provided by SparkNotes. It brought up an interesting perspective of the two 'unnamed families' - Father, Mother and Younger Brother compared to Tateh and his daughter. It suggested that the two families (who could really have been any well-off or immigrant family) parallel each other and provide different perspectives on the social and cultural changes that were taking place at the turn of the century.

After some reflection, I still can't say I loved the book. But, I think I appreciate it's perspective on an interesting time in American history.
Feb 19, 2012 12:23PM

970 Just finished Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The story line did not really differ from the one everyone knows so well, but it was interesting to read the book (finally!) for the details and tone it sets. Plus, it was a super quick read.
Jan 29, 2012 12:12PM

970 I just finished Beloved by Toni Morrison. One word: Lyrical. I guess I never realized Toni Morrison fell into the Magical Realism category. The book was poetic, a bit creepy, but overall a great read. I look forward to reading more of her books that are on the list.
Dec 12, 2011 06:18PM

970 Recently started The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Enjoying it so far. It is one of those books I am surprised I have never read before now.
Sep 03, 2011 11:32AM

970 Just finished Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre A.F. Choderlos de Laclos. I wasn't sure I would like the epistolary structure but ended up really enjoying it.
Aug 07, 2011 08:32AM

970 Recently finished The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. A quick read that elicits lots of interesting questions/discussion about science, morality, nature/nurture, whether we should do things just because we can, etc.
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