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Jan 02, 2013 10:07AM

2051 i read 57 last year and about the same the year before so i don't see it should be difficult to do it again in 2013.
Dec 15, 2012 06:51AM

2051 58. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
Dec 10, 2012 10:05AM

2051 57. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Dec 08, 2012 05:02AM

2051 56. Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh.

this is how the world ends ..
not with a bang but a whimper.

Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
Dec 01, 2012 05:47AM

2051 December 1 ... last month of the year. already.

55. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

another story about another quest. quests are as old as story telling itself. this is a nice little book that manages to be heartfelt without getting too overly-sentimental.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Nov 24, 2012 10:39AM

2051 54. Immobility by Brian Evenson

a great story about a quest. set in a post apocalyptic world. a riveting tale.

Immobility by Brian Evenson
Nov 19, 2012 09:24AM

2051 Donna wrote: "Sooz wrote: "52. The Night Circus.

Another great read! one of my favourite of 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern"

I've been going back and forth on this one - just like the reviews that..."


Donna: i just enjoyed reading it sooooo much. it was a marvelous escape from the everyday. the author is a born story-teller with a great imagination and wonderful way of describing things. the reader does have to take a leap of faith and accept that strange and wonderous things are possible. it's a little like a very well written fairy tale for adults ... whether this appeals to you or not will likely determine how well you like the book.
Nov 17, 2012 12:07PM

2051 53. The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair
Nov 15, 2012 09:16AM

2051 52. The Night Circus.

Another great read! one of my favourite of 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Nov 04, 2012 01:07PM

2051 51. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

damn. what a great afternoon all snuggly warm with this great story to keep me company.
Nov 03, 2012 06:15AM

2051 50. We the Animals

We the Animals by Justin Torres
Oct 27, 2012 07:56AM

2051 49. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

i have to admit i was a little sceptical after the first chapter or two. it had a real Y.A. feel to it -set in a near-future dystopian world, a young woman narrator who has to rise to a challenge. simplistic writing style ... and possibly simplistic story?

happy to report i got hooked and while it is an easy read and a quick read, it was enjoyable.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Oct 23, 2012 07:51AM

2051 48. The Book Thief

another one i was expecting more of - just because i had heard such good things about it.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oct 12, 2012 07:02AM

2051 46. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
it was okay. i think i was expecting more.

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan


47. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

now here's something to write home about. wow.

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
Sep 23, 2012 06:22AM

2051 re difficult books: i can definitely relate to what has been said about them. my most memorable books fall into one of two categories ... the one you can't put down. everything else just goes on hold (including sleep) because you literally can't tear yourself away. the other is the one where i can only read in small instatllments. the language is so rich or the story so dense with detail or so mind bending that you feel full after only a few pages. it's like you've eaten this wonderful meal and must stop to digest it before consuming more.


re Magical Realism: i did make an earlier post with this observation. like you China this isn't a writing style i associate with American writers. it is a style that is often used by writers living under an oppressive state which is probably why Johnson uses it. when you live in a state where lies -even outlandish impossible lies- are accepted as truth and where anything can happen -even to very ordinary citizens- speculative, satirical and magical realistic elements are a perfect metaphor for what is really happening under that regime.
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Sep 23, 2012 05:52AM

2051 Naomi: wow! 53. that's really impressive!

Linda: i just finished Wild. i can certainly see why it is so popular ... Cheryl Stayed is soooo engaging. her writing feels so personal and so honest.

Tiffani: The Fault in Our Stars and Night Circus are two i am hoping to get to. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is one i read last year and liked a great deal.

as for myself, i just just added Wild, my 45th book so i have no doubt i will make 52 which is my personal goal .... one per month.
Sep 23, 2012 05:47AM

2051 45. Wild From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed

current best seller - a memoir- that is very engaging. i can see why so many are liking this book Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Sep 13, 2012 08:54AM

2051 43. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

a relatively short vivid look at a way of life few of us in the west can even imagine.

Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

44. After the Fall Before the Fall During the Fall

there are a LOT of post-apocalptic stories out there, and it becomes more and more difficult for writers to come up with a fresh idea. Nancy Kress does so admirably!

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall A Novel by Nancy Kress
Sep 03, 2012 06:50AM

2051 Faye:
first ... i like your observation regarding 'a parallel universe'. that is what the reality presented in T.O.M.S. felt like to me as well. i think of this kind of story as speculative fiction as it has none of the classic elements of sci fi. T.O.M.S. also has a 'magical realism' aspect to it as no distinction is made between real and fantastical elements. the author presents even the most far-fetched coincidences in a straight forward manner.

i also took note of your comment that you know little about Korea. fictional books like T.O.M.S. set in a country we know so little about are problematic for me -in that- i think readers may actually believe they have some insight on a country. an insight that may have some validity to it, BUT it is still based on a work of fiction.

i finished T.O.M.S. a few weeks ago, and am currently reading Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. i am only a few chapters in, but it is very readable ... very engaging and -so far at least- it tends to support the vision of the country presented in the novel.

Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Sep 03, 2012 06:29AM

2051 42. Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois

an entertaining, speculative alternative history set in America in the early 70's. in this America the Cuban Missle Crisis was not averted and both the Soviet Union and the States were hit with nuclear warheads.

Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois


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