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message 1: by Michelle (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:45AM) (new)

Michelle (morgantina) 1. The Horse and His Boy - CS Lewis - January 7th

2. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - January 29th

3. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - February 1st

4. New Moon - Stepenie Meyer - February 2nd

5. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer - February 5th

6. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer - February 7th


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Michelle (morgantina) 7. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - February 9th


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Michelle (morgantina) 8. The Histories - Herotodus - February 11th


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Michelle (morgantina) 9. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison - February 18th


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Michelle (morgantina) 10. The Watchmen - Alan Moore - March 2nd


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments watch out! Michelle has 10!


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Michelle (morgantina) 11. Gomorrah - Roberto Saviano - March 4th


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Michelle (morgantina) 12. Sexus - Henry Miller - March 12th


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Michelle (morgantina) 13. The Princess & Curdie - George MacDonald - March 18th


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Michelle (morgantina) 14. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - March 25th


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Michelle (morgantina) 15. Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety - Judith Varner - March 28th


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Michelle (morgantina) 16. The Color Purple - Alice Walker - March 31st


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Michelle (morgantina) 17. The Leopard - Giuseppe di Lampedusa - April 22nd


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Michelle (morgantina) 18. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death - Kurt Vonnegut - April 25th


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Michelle (morgantina) 19. Christians as the Romans Saw Them - Robert Wilken - May 4th


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Michelle (morgantina) 20. Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's - R.A. Scotti - May 13th


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Michelle (morgantina) 21. Medea - Euripides - May 13th


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Michelle (morgantina) 22. No Reservations - Anthony Bourdain - May 14th


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Michelle (morgantina) 23. Diaries of a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke - June 4th


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Michelle (morgantina) 24. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair - June 13th


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Michelle (morgantina) 25. When You're Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris - June 15th


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Michelle (morgantina) 26. On Beauty - Zadie Smith - June 21st


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Michelle (morgantina) 27. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman - June 24th


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Michelle (morgantina) 28. The End of Poverty - Jeffrey Sachs - June 27th


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Michelle (morgantina) 29. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol - July 10th


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Michelle (morgantina) 30. The Shape of Water - Andrea Camilleri - July 11th


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Michelle (morgantina) 31. Words Are Stones - Carlo Levi - July 14th


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Michelle (morgantina) 32. Walking the Bible - Bruce Feiler - August 1st


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Michelle (morgantina) 33. In a Sunburned Country - Bill Bryson - August 2nd


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Michelle (morgantina) 34. The Odyssey - Homer - August 13th

35. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - August 14th


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Michelle (morgantina) 36. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School - Kathleen Flinn - August 17th


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Michelle (morgantina) 37. Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams - August 21st


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Michelle (morgantina) 38. Shame - Salman Rushdie - August 26th


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Michelle (morgantina) 39. Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers - Cardella - September 6th


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Michelle (morgantina) 40. Notes from Underground - Dostoevsky - September 8th


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Michelle (morgantina) 41. The Bible - September 13th


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Michelle (morgantina) 42. The Sound and the Fury - Faulkner - September 14th


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Molly | 330 comments Michelle wrote: "42. The Sound and the Fury - Faulkner - September 14th"

This is one of my favorites. What did you think? Did you love it like I do or did it drive you crazy with the writing style?



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Michelle (morgantina) I had a really difficult time at first and was quite frustrated! I read Benjy's portion knowing that I wasn't quite getting it; I finished it then consulted a Norton edition that helped clear up some of the confusion.

After reading Quentin's and Jason's sections, I went back and read Benjy's with a fresh eye. And that made all the difference.

So, although I didn't love it, I greatly appreciate it and think it's a book that I will re-read in the future and grow to love. The stream of consciousness style didn't make me insane, but it did keep me on my toes! I'd like to read about Faulkner's experience writing in stream of consciousness. I've never written like that so I'm curious about both his creative and technical process.


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Molly | 330 comments I always am so impressed by Faulkner's utter daring to begin his book with Benjy. I think people either abandon it after the first page or keep reading because they want to know the key to the seeming nonsense - they like a challenge. So maybe he did it intentionally to weed out those he felt weren't ready or willing to experience his work. I re-read it every few years - that certainly helps. Another example of the same writing style is his As I Lay Dying. Not nearly as challenging for a reader, but still the same idea. And quite funny too.


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Michelle (morgantina) 43. In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan - September 19th


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Michelle (morgantina) 44. 1984 - George Orwell - September 28th


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Michelle (morgantina) 45. The Day of Battle - Rick Atkinson - October 9th

46. The Day of the Owl - Leonardo Sciascia - October 14th


message 44: by Michelle (last edited Nov 29, 2009 04:54PM) (new)

Michelle (morgantina) 47. The Return of the King - Tolkien - November 22nd

48. The Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys - November 23rd


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Michelle (morgantina) 49. Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History - Sandra Benjamin - November 29th


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Michelle (morgantina) 50. Prince Caspian - C.S. Lewis - December 2nd


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Michelle (morgantina) 51. Reversing Dry Eye Syndrome: Practical Ways to Improve Your Comfort, Vision, and Appearance - Maskin, Steven L. - December 3rd

52. Eric and Enide - Chretien de Troyes - December 7th

53. The Little Prince - Antoine St. Exupery - December 14th


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