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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
read in October, 2014
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If there ever were a title apropos for every Thomas Hardy book, one that covered the completely wretched nature of each of his characters, Les Misérables would fit the bill: (of those I've read) the misery that awaits Tess; the dire straits for Jude; ...more
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
" I just ADORE Hardy. I'll write up a review for this one in the next couple of days. I'm planning on Far From the Madding Crowd next, but I'll definite ...more"
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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka
recommended to Rebecca by: Ami
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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4.5 stars

Despite hearing constant negativity surrounding this book... And, granted, this book isn't for everyone, but ... Oh! How I loved it! So. So. So!

I listened to it on CD with the author as narrator, so perhaps having her voice and expression ma
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
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I thought I could use this as an inticement to get my 12yo daughter to clean her room. I announced we would be listening to it together as we worked together. She wasn't thrilled about either prospect, but I popped it into the player a
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The Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Enchantress Of Florence
by Salman Rushdie
read in October, 2014
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If rare rubies and diamonds were buried in a barrel of sewage would you reach through the depths and grasp them? Or would you shudder and recoil?

I'm not sure I would encourage this acquisition; just as I'm not sure I can recommend this book.

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
" (haha. Thank you!) I have to say, it's ok, I've received meaner. She felt passionate about the book. I just hope God doesn't hold my literary tastes a ...more"
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Nora Ephron
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Rudyard Kipling
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

Elizabeth Gaskell
“I would far rather have two or three lilies of the valley gathered for me by a person I like, than the most expensive bouquet that could be bought!”
Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

“A supreme deity would no more gift us with intellect and expect us to forsake it in moments of bafflement, than He would fashion us eyes to see and bid us shut them to the stars”
Terryl L. Givens, The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

Susan Hill
“Books help to form us. If you cut me open, you will find volume after volume, page after page, the contents of every one I have ever read, somehow transmuted and transformed into me. Alice in Wonderland. the Magic Faraway Tree. The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Book of Job. Bleak House. Wuthering Heights. The Complete Poems of W H Auden. The Tale of Mr Tod. Howard''s End. What a strange person I must be. But if the books I have read have helped to form me, then probably nobody else who ever lived has read exactly the same books, all the same books and only the same books as me. So just as my genes and the soul within me make me uniquely me, so I am the unique sum of the books I have read. I am my literary DNA.”
Susan Hill, Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home

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2011 Reading Challenge
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