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message 1: by Cait (last edited Jan 04, 2011 09:18AM) (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments ETA: Didn't meet any of my goals for 2010. Came close with some, not so much with others. It's still nice to see where I was at though. We'll see how I do this year. :o)

My goal last year was to read 100 books and I ended up doubling that. This year I'm going to focus more on pages read.

Goals/Stats

- 50 books from the 1001 list (17) hahahaha! soooo not close
- 30 classics - (24)
- Knock 10 'big' books off of my TBR (6)
-Finish Lost Lit List (only the books that are on my TBR) (11)
Read as much of the works of Dickens and Irving as possible
-Participate in more group reads (3)
-Read as many as I can from my owned tbr (35)

Written by men:54
Written by women: 30

84 books, 28,772 pages


message 3: by Bhumi (new)

Bhumi | 524 comments Wow, Cait, you read 200 books last year? That's unbelievable! Good job!


message 4: by Cait (last edited Nov 11, 2010 05:37PM) (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments Bhumi wrote: "Wow, Cait, you read 200 books last year? That's unbelievable! Good job!"

I did, although a few were very YA (which I read for the seasonal challenges) and some were pretty short, like
The Pearl, The Old Man and the Sea - but thank you!

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1. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters *4 Stars* (466p)
2. The Diaries of Adam and Eve - Mark Twain *5 Stars* (112p)
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson *1 Star* (590p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 4. The Wasp Factory: A Novel - Iain M. Banks *3 Stars* (184p)


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Efe | 181 comments Cait wrote: "3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson *1 Star* (590p)"

What did you think of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? You are one of the first people I have seen to give it one star, so I would be interested to know what you thought of it.




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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments Monef wrote: "Cait wrote: "3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson *1 Star* (590p)"

What did you think of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? You are one of the first people I have se..."


I just did not care for it at all. The beginning was extremely slow, then it got a bit interesting, then incredibly slow again, then there was so much talk about computer specs that I thought I was reading a Mac commercial, then there was the BDSM stuff which to me just came across as cheesy. It all just felt very amateurish and I thought the characters were flat, boring, and interchangeable. I have no idea how he was such a ladies man. The ending was one of the most anticlimactic I've ever read. I was expecting so much and it ended up being a huge letdown. But like I said before, I am definitely in the minority. I really wish I felt differently.




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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 5. Await Your Reply: A Novel - Dan Chaon *3 Stars* (336p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 6. Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--the Science Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction - Jena Pincott *4 stars* (384p)

7. The Invention of Morel - Adolfo Bioy Casares *4 Stars* (103p)

8. Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters *3 Stars* (472p)

9. Ulysses - James Joyce *2 Stars* (783p)

10. Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living - Declan Kiberd *4 Stars* (415p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 11. Evil Under the Sun - Agatha Christie *3 Stars* (224p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 12. Laughter in the Dark - Nabokov *5 Stars* (308p)


message 12: by Efe (new)

Efe | 181 comments Cait wrote: "Monef wrote: "Cait wrote: "3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson *1 Star* (590p)"

What did you think of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? You are one of the first peop..."


I do know what you main about the overly commercialised description of everything. It was not only like a commercial for Mac, but Billys Pan Pizza, IKEA etc. Although I did enjoy it much more than you did, I have to admit that really bothered me as I found it so jarring. I wonder if something was lost in translation.


message 13: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments It very well could be the translation. Or is it possible that those things were added in posthumously? I am by no means a conspiracy theorist, but it makes me wonder...





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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 13. Under the Dome - Stephen King *5 Stars* (1,074p)
14. The Survivors of the Chancellor - Jules Verne *2 Stars* (132p)
15. After the Quake: Stories - Haruki Murakami *3 Stars* (192p)
16. The Year of the Hare - Arto Paasalinna *3 Stars* (135p)


message 15: by Cait (last edited Jun 11, 2010 12:27AM) (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments I haven't updated in forever!

17. Secrets of Eden: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian *4 Stars* (400p)
18. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson *4 Stars* (146 p)
19. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway *4 Stars* (211)
20. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie *3 Stars* (224p)
21. A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb *4 Stars* (282)
22. Looking for Alaska - John Green *5 Stars* (221p)
23. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories - Ambrose Bierce *5 Stars* (36p)
24. The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham *5 Stars* (256p)
25. The Ghost Writer - John Harwood *4 Stars* (369p)
26. Something, Maybe - Elizabeth Scott *3 Stars* (217p)
27. A Farewell to Arms - Hemingway *5 Stars* (332p)
28. Bloom - Elizabeth Scott *3 Stars* (231p)
29. A Good and Happy Child: A Novel - Justin Evans *4 Stars* (336p)
30. Demons in the Spring - Joe Meno *5 Stars* (300p)
31. Throw Like A Girl: Stories - Jean Thompson *4 Stars* (304p)
32. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot *5 Stars* (369p)
33. Deep River - Shusaku Endo *5 Stars* (220p)
34. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins *3 Stars* (668p)
35. Fear and Trembling - Kierkegaard *4 Stars* (108p)
36. Nightlight: A Parody of Twilight - Harvard Lampoon *3 Stars* (160p)
A Briefer History of Time - Stephen Hawking *5 Stars* (176p)
37. Paper Towns - John Green *5 Stars* (305p)
38. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes *5 Stars* (311p)
39. House Rules - Jodi Picoult *3 Stars* (532p)
40. The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen *3 Stars* (269)
41. If I Stay - Gayle Forman *5 Stars* (199p)
42. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen *5 Stars* (335p)
43. The Cider House Rules - John Irving *5 Stars* (552p)
44. Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martel *4 Stars* (213p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 45. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert *4 Stars* (411p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 46. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson *4 Stars* (246pp)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 47. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson *3 Stars* (144p)
48. Tethered - Amy MacKinnon *3 Stars* (275p)
49. Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent - Anthony Rapp *3 Stars* (309p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments Damn it, I hate when I get behind in my updating.

50. The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie *2 Stars* (256p)
51. Tinkers - Paul Harding *4 Stars* (192p)
52. My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto - Jen Lancaster *2 Stars* (384p)
53. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote *3 Stars* (343p)
54. The Passage - Justin Cronin *4 Stars* (766p)
55. So Much for That - Lionel Shriver *2 Stars* (448p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 56. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson *3 stars* (256p)
57. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas *5 stars* (1168p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 58. The Boy Detective Fails - Joe Meno *4 stars* (320p)
59. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver *4 stars* (470p)
60. The Nobodies Album - Carolyn Parkhurts *4 stars* (320p)
61. Stories: All-New Tales - ed. by Neil Gaiman, Al Sarrantonio *3 stars* (428p)
62. Ape House - Sara Gruen *2 stars* (352p)
63. Dismantled: A Novel - Jennifer McMahon *2 stars* (304p)


message 22: by Cait (last edited Sep 29, 2010 09:18AM) (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 64. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen *4 stars* (576p)
65. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli *3 stars* (128p)
66. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie *4 stars* (264p)
67. The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas *2 stars* (480p)
68. Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho *2 stars* (240 p)
69. A Briefer History of Time ^^^^from post #16, forgot to number this


message 23: by Lahni (new)

Lahni | 290 comments Cait wrote: "I haven't updated in forever!

17. Secrets of Eden: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian *4 Stars* (400p)
18. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson *4 Stars* (146 p)..."


I was reading through your list of books and noticed you didn't number A Brief History Through Time. You have read one more book than your numbers show. :)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments Lahni wrote: "Cait wrote: "I haven't updated in forever!

17. Secrets of Eden: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian *4 Stars* (400p)
18. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson *4 S..."


Thank you so much!!!


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 70. Persuasion - Jane Austen *5 stars* (224p)
71. The Bad Seed - William March *5 stars* (256p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 72. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare *4 stars* (144p)
73. The Seance - John Harwood *3 stars* (350p)
74. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins *4 stars* (374p)
75. Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) - Suzanne Collins *4 stars* (391p)
76. Room - Emma Donoghue *3 stars* (321p)


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 604 comments 77. Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis - Lisa Sanders *4 Stars* (304p)
78. Skippy Dies - Paul Murray *4 Stars* (672p)
79. David Copperfield - Dickens *4 Stars* (896p)
80. Hypothermia - Arnulder Indridason *3 Stars* (320p)
81. The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories - Ed. by Peter Haining *3 Stars* (512p)
82. A Room With a View - E.M. Forster *4 Stars* (240p)
83. Faithful Place - Tana French *4 Stars* (400p)
84. HELP! A Bear is Eating Me! - Mykle Hansen *4 Stars* (132p)


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