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message 1: by Robyn (last edited Dec 28, 2012 02:19AM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments 36 Books, thats only 3 books a month... I believe this is a goal I can actually stick to. With all of the yearly/quarterly challenges etc. I may even read more but I don't want to get ahead of myself. For now its 36 and if I don't make it I will have fun trying!





message 2: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments 1. City of Lost Souls **** 535 pages


message 3: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments 2. Animal Farm *** 112 pages


message 4: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 581 comments Robyn, your little counter is cute! I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to go and make my own!


message 5: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Thanks Kathryn : ) I dont mind one bit, I think I have almost as much fun compiling my lists and making counters etc as I do reading lol


message 6: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Free Will** 83 pages

this book was interesting and did make me think. i just couldnt get over statements like "i did not choose to choose what i chose" or the idea that it is only luck that has made anyone successful.
I suppose I am just an optimist and have always held myself responsible for every action regardles of my upbringing so I feel like saying there is zero free will is just taking the easy way out.
Although there is nothing really wrong with the book i just cant bring myself to give it more stars because i just disagree with the idea.


message 7: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Lover Unleashed *** 537 pages


message 9: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Perks of Being a Wallflower *** 213 pages
i really wanted to love this book but i found myself annoyed with the main character through most of the book. i liked that it was written through letters and enjoyed some of the other characters enough to give it 3 stars


message 10: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 3888 comments Why were you annoyed by Charlie? He seems like he's likable at least from what I've heard.


message 11: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Adriana wrote: "Why were you annoyed by Charlie? He seems like he's likable at least from what I've heard."

he was a likable character but the crying all the time just annoyed me for most of the book and he was so very sensitive i just wanted him to stand up for himself... i wont spoil it if you havent read it but in the end was some of the reasoning behind the crying etc. it just wasnt for me i guess.

i did however love all the scenes with the rocky horror picture show, being a theater kid myself back in my high school days this brought back all kinds of memories for me


message 12: by Jack (new)

Jack (jack_) You're doing such a great job! You go! :-D


message 13: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 3888 comments Robyn wrote: "Adriana wrote: "Why were you annoyed by Charlie? He seems like he's likable at least from what I've heard."

he was a likable character but the crying all the time just annoyed me for most of the b..."


Hmmm... thanks (:
I will keep this in my mind when I read about him.


message 14: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Thanks Jack! I have had the crud and am falling behind a bit, yay flu season.. but Im feeling better enough to start back in on some good books : )


message 15: by Jack (new)

Jack (jack_) Same here. I've been sick with EVERYTHING! And now I'm 2 books behind. :-(


message 16: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments hope your feeling better Jack!! I am FINALLY back in the reading mode. looking forward to starting again in march lol


message 17: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Color Purple 295 pages ***
I enjoyed this book but it didn't really tug at my heartstrings or anything. liked it, didn't love it even though I wanted to. A big part of this is probably because I had the crud while reading it. I may give it another shot next year and see if I like it more


message 18: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Giver192 pages, ****
excellent book, i felt the end was a bit rushed. am hoping there is a second book to elaborate on the end


message 19: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Heart on My Sleeve 240 pages, ***


message 20: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Gunslinger 224 pgs, **
i really wanted to love it...


message 21: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 258 pgs, ****
great book! this was my first look into any oriental culture. even though it was fiction it still peaked my interest. i will be reading more books by this author


message 22: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6679 comments Robyn wrote: "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 258 pgs, ****
great book! this was my first look into any oriental culture. even though it was fiction it still peaked my interest. i will be reading more books by t..."


Love her books!


message 23: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Megan, this book was a great first read by this author. I hope all her books are as good and Brianna I am always interested in a buddy read. They keep me motivated lol. I will send you a private msg and we can set it up : )


message 24: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Matched 369 pages, ****


message 25: by Robyn (last edited Mar 24, 2013 06:16PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Dark Room: A Novel 288 pages, **
This one was hard for me to get through, 30 or so pages at a time I finally finished. it will be a donation book for sure, hopefully someone out there will love it more then i did


message 26: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Me Talk Pretty One Day 272 pages, ****
this was my first book by David Sedaris and I was not disappointed. Loved the fact that I could pick it up and read a short story in a few mins in between playing with the little one. I will be reading more by him in the future.


message 27: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Room 321 pages, ****
Started out excellent, lost some of the momentum as the book went on but still a great read


message 28: by Katelyn (new)

Katelyn | 73 comments You read so fast!


message 29: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Lover Reborn 572 pages, ****
This book has made me re-love this series after taking a short break from it.


message 30: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments A Stolen Life 273 pages, ***
The story was of course gripping but only because of the horrendous things Jaycee had to endure but I didn't love the way the book was really written.


message 31: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Speak 208 pages, ****
I didn't love the beginning of this book, it was entertaining but just sounded a litte to young. Once I reminded myself it was a young adult book and kept going the book really improved.


message 32: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Blindness 326 pages, ****
This book was almost a 5 star read but I wasn't a huge fan of the lack of quotation marks and it did get a tad philisophical which I would normally like but because it would be in the middle of conversations it made it a little hard to follow. Overall a good book with a great storyline. I will be reading seeing for sure.


message 33: by Katelyn (new)

Katelyn | 73 comments Look at you go Robyn!


message 34: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments thanks Katelyn! I'm on a roll this month, if I can keep up this pace I will up my yearly goal. All the buddy reads and challenges are motivating me to start a new book then I have been lucky that the books so far have all been pretty good : )


message 35: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Gone Girl465 pages, ****
This one was almost 5 stars for me, maybe even 4.5 would be more accurate. I didn't have any true connection with the characters so I can't give it a 5 star rating but the book was well written, came from a different perspective then I was expecting and was semi-suprprising. Highly recommend it


message 36: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Great Gatsby 216 pages, **
Glad I read it before seeing the movie but still didn't love it


message 37: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Shanghai Girls 309 pages ***


message 38: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Before I Fall ** 470 pages
eh. had a hard time getting into this book. it improved a bit by the end but I just wasn't fealing it


message 39: by Donna (new)

Donna (dcraven08) | 14 comments Oh no...that's on my to read list too :(


message 40: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments it really did improve, i think i just had my heart set on not liking it. i know a lot of people who loved it


message 42: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Where We Belong **** 372 pages
I loved this book, great quick easy summer read


message 43: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Princess Bride*** 283 pages
I liked this book more this time around then I did the last time I attempted it. The main downfalls for me were the lengthy narration and the fact that I just couldn't help but to compare it non stop to the movie. I would read a part I recognized from the movie then would want it to follow the movie in my mind and when it didn't I would get annoyed. Just one of the many reasons I never watch a movie before reading the book


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