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message 1: by Jackie (last edited Sep 13, 2009 06:47PM) (new)

Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments Reads through September 6, 2009
1. Run with the Horsemen, Ferrol Sams
2. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda
3. The Unicorn Expedition and other Fantastic Tales of India, Satyajit Ray
4. House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
5. A walk in the woods, Bill Bryson
6. To Siberia, Per Pettersen
7. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer (Loved this one)
8. Abide with me, Elizabeth Strout
9. machine Dreams, Jayne Anne Phillips
10. Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
11. Slowly Down the Ganges, Eric Newby
12. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
13. A Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz
14. The space between us, Thrity Umrigar
15. persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
16. Old Man's War, John Scalzi
17. How to be lost, Amanda Eyre Ward
18. The Far Pavillions, M.M. Kaye
19. Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich (Great)
20. The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
21. In his Blood, Lee Williams (my friend's first novel)
22. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
23. The Ginseng Hunter, Jeff Talarigo
24. Rivethead, Ben Hamper
25. last report on the miracles at little no horse, Louise Erdrich
26. I capture the castle, Dodie Smith
27. Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
28. painter from Shanghai, Jennifer Cody Epstein

Looks like I have to get reading if I want to make my 50 for 2009!


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments OK, there are 16 weeks left in the year and I have 23 books left to reach the goal. I think I am going to have to plan my reads to accomplish the 50 books, 3 books every two weeks. I think I can do it!

29. The Gathering, Ann Enright -- almost finished and
30. Parchment of Leaves, Silas House is waiting for me to pick up at the library.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments So, I finshed The Gathering and Parchmnet of Leaves and also finished another. Am I on track? I don't know.

31. Cereus Blooms at Night, Shani Mootoo


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 32. A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore


Leshawn | 460 comments Only 18 to go Jackie! You can do it!


message 6: by Jackie (last edited Sep 23, 2009 11:41AM) (new)

Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments Thanks, Leshawn. I think I will do it!

33. Disgrace, JM Coetzee

Finished today (9/23). An interesting, disturbing well written book. Enjoyed it.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 34. The Siege of Krishnapur, JG Farrell.

I am counting this book even though I did not complete it. I read over 180 pages and it took me a while to get through it. I found the book disappointing, boring and lacking any excitement.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 35. Possession, A.S. Byatt

I struggled to get through this book, but was determined to read it all (minus the portions I skimmed) because I had given up on my last one.

As for my reading goal, this book has not made the goal easier to attain; I just spent way too much time on it. But, I am going to read, read, read, and hopefully make it!



Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 36. Rooftops of Tehran, Mahbod Seraji

Good but not great.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 11 weeks and 14 books to go....loosing confidence that I will reach my goal, but still going for it!


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 37. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

This book was really good.


Efe Jackie wrote: "37. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

This book was really good."


I've been wanting to add this to my 'to-be-read' list which is already way too long. I just might have to now.




Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments Monef wrote: "Jackie wrote: "37. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

This book was really good."

I've been wanting to add this to my 'to-be-read' list which is already way too l..."


Monef, This book was great. Along a similar line and also great is Everything Is Illuminated A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer is married to Krauss and they write about similar topics but handle them in very different ways. Krauss' book is beautifully written from two very different characters' perspectives, and Foer's has some humor with magical realism-ish parts.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 46. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This was a great book, one of the best I have read in a while.

And not sure about making my goal, but still going for it!!!


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments Well, it is the end of the year and I almost made my goal of reading 50 books. I am currently on #50, but I don't think I will finish it today. Despite the fact that I did not technically meet my goal of 50 for the year, I feel good about the amount of time I spent reading and the about the books I read. In 2009, I found some new authors to love(Louise Erdrich and Jonathan Safran Foer), and read a few really good books (top 4 were "the help" "everything is illuminated" "unaccustomed earth" and "time traveler's wife"). It is sad that I did not read any great books, but I hope 2010 will bring many great books!


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 2010 is here. My first read, begun in 2009, completed in 2010 was a disappointment.

1. Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins


Efe Ooooh, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was my last read of 2009 and I absolutely floved it. I'm onto the Girl who Played with Fire right now. What did you think of Millenium #1? Will you be looking to read the rest in the series?


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments Monef wrote: "Ooooh, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was my last read of 2009 and I absolutely floved it. I'm onto the Girl who Played with Fire right now. What did you think of Millenium #1? Will you be looking..."

Monef,
Yes, I loved dragon tattoo, it was one of the best books I have read in a while. There was a little excerpt of the girl who played with fire at the end of my paperback, and it did entice me. Someone has already promised to loan me the girl who played with fire, so I am looking forward to reading it soon. Hope you like that one just as much, I hear it is great, even better that dragon tattoo. And I will probably read the third one too. Fun books!

Thanks for your comment.
Jackie




Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

I am on vacation and have not been reading much. I miss books, but vacation has been great.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 15. Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa.

I also read about 100 pages of The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim, and although it was pretty good, I just was not in the mood, I needed action, movement in the book.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 16. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due. Enjoyable mystery/thriller/immortality cult.


Jackie (mrpixel) | 76 comments 21. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

This book took waaaaaaaayyyyyy too long to read. Glad it is over.


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