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message 1: by Charity (last edited Jan 15, 2009 10:54AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3


message 2: by Charity (last edited Jan 15, 2009 10:54AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5


message 3: by Shary (new)

Shary (sharyfg) | 49 comments How did you like The Ruins? I have it on my TBR shelf and was thinking of reading it soon.


message 4: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) I thought it was just okay. Several people I know told me that they couldn't put it down, but I think that reading it while I was sick might have had some unjust influence on my feelings about the book because I didn't find it as compelling as others have. It was a decent enough read overall.

I would highly recommend skipping the movie adaptation. Just terrible.


message 5: by Charity (last edited Jan 15, 2009 10:54AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham 1/7


message 6: by Shary (new)

Shary (sharyfg) | 49 comments Good to know. Thanks!


message 7: by Shelly (new)

Shelly (mercy20) Wow... John Wyndham. I remember really liking his stuff when I was in high school, but I haven't read any of it recently. I should pick it up again and give it a spin, see how it holds up to my memory of things.


message 8: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) The Midwich Cuckoos was my first Wyndham and it really blew me away. I now have a craving for more, so I'm going to have to seek him out on my next venture to the bookstore.


message 9: by Shelly (new)

Shelly (mercy20) The Chrysalids is the one that got me hooked. Though I enjoyed Cuckoos as well. G'luck on your hunt :D


message 10: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Thanks! I have The Chrysalids on my list along with, The Day of the Triffids, Chocky, and The Kraken Wakes. Although, I'm going to have to hold off on reading The Day of the Triffids for a bit. After recently finishing The Ruins, I need a break from man-eating plants. :-)


message 11: by Amber (new)

Amber | 129 comments Charity, why did it stand out?


message 12: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Well Amber, this was my first foray into the science fiction genre and it really surprised me. I guess I expected it to be a little cheesy or campy (maybe because most movie adaptations of science fiction books are a little of both, I don't know), but it was a very smart book...well-written and engrossing.

I would recommend John Wyndham, or at least, this novel by John Wyndham, as a great place to start for anyone wanting to give science fiction a try. I think that it would exceed most novices' expectations of the genre.


message 13: by Charity (last edited Feb 26, 2009 02:25PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham 1/7
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 1/9


message 14: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham 1/7
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 1/9
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones 1/16


message 15: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham 1/7
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 1/9
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones 1/16
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 1/17


message 16: by Charity (last edited Feb 26, 2009 02:43PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham 1/7
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 1/9
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones 1/16
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 1/17
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky 1/27
8. Misery by Stephen King 1/29
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl 1/30


message 17: by Aprile (new)

Aprile (aprileb) I just read Brave New World too. What did you think?


message 18: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Very good. It has been collecting dust on my shelves for years now. I'm glad I finally made it a priority.


message 19: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Loved the book...hated the rats...it was Brave New World with the rats, right, not 1984?


message 20: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) No, it was 1984, but the rats did freak me out, too.


message 21: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Glad you cleared that up for me!


message 22: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker 2/19
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck 2/20
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis 2/21
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster 2/26


message 23: by Charity (last edited Mar 19, 2009 07:02PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck 3/2
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe 3/2
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck 3/2
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck 3/2
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck 3/3
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen 3/4
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 3/5


message 24: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments I'm so sorry!!! I seemed to have missed your first ten! Mia Culpa


message 25: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck 3/2
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe 3/2
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck 3/2
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck 3/2
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck 3/3
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen 3/4
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 3/5
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk 3/7
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain 3/8


message 26: by Brian (new)

Brian (banoo) I'm really liking your book selections. We share similar tastes. In Dubious Battle was my first Steinbeck read. Joyce, Cain, Dostoevsky... I'm using my mobile phone now but when I get to a computer I'll have to check out your library. For sci-fiction try Philip K. Dick... Ubik just rattled me.


message 27: by Brian (new)

Brian (banoo) and you're right... it's not because you were sick. the ruins was just flat.


message 28: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
24. Emma by Jane Austen
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


message 29: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments half-way there! and what amazing choices! You need to read The Rievers by Faulkner...my favorite next to To Kill a Mockingbird.


message 30: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Thanks, Mary Todd! I definitely need to pick up some Faulkner soon. I have 3 or 4 books of his here at home, but I'll have to try to seek out The Reivers sometime when I'm at the bookstore.

I agree, To Kill a Mockingbird is fabulous. This was my third reading of it and I must say, it gets even better every time.


message 31: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

APRIL

27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver


message 32: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

APRIL

27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff


message 33: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments FAB list, you really need to read The Rievers and Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Spring!


message 34: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

APRIL

27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


message 35: by Cam (new)

Cam Yours is definitely the most impressive list I've seen Charity, (Little Bee is surrounded by her elders)! I think 80% of what you've read this year is sitting on my Mt Bedsidetable. I would never have the staying power to read them back to back. Amazing! Can't wait to see what you've got lined up for the rest of the year.


message 36: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Thanks, Cam! It's been a good year so far. A few books have been re-reads, but I've really been making an effort to read some of the books that have been languishing on my shelf for years.


message 37: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

APRIL

27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


message 38: by Charity (last edited May 02, 2009 08:09AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

APRIL

27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham


message 39: by Charity (last edited Jun 01, 2009 06:38AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
24. Emma by Jane Austen
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks


message 40: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Really, read the Reivers...a Faulkner. It would so fit with your 'coming of age' theme and all the aha books you have read.


message 41: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) I will. I will. I promise! :-)


message 42: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel


message 43: by Charity (last edited Jun 17, 2009 08:40AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
39. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
40. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra


message 44: by Charity (last edited Jul 10, 2009 03:43PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
24. Emma by Jane Austen
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
39. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
40. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
41. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
42. The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy

JULY
43. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster


message 45: by Charity (last edited Oct 03, 2009 09:09AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
24. Emma by Jane Austen
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
39. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
40. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
41. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
42. The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy

JULY
43. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
44. Mandala: A Novel of India by Pearl S. Buck


message 46: by Helen (new)

Helen | 55 comments I love A Passage to India. It's been one of my fav's for years. I have never read #44 and Pearl S. Buck is one of my favorite writers. So I will look for this one.


message 47: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Helen, Mandala was my first experience with Pearl S. Buck and it convinced me that it won't be my last. She was a masterful storyteller!

A Passage to India was a delight also.


message 48: by Helen (new)

Helen | 55 comments Have you read The Jewel in The Crown by Paul Scott? It's pretty good too.


message 49: by Charity (last edited Jul 12, 2009 10:42AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) No, I haven't. Is that from his Raj Quartet? Someone was just talking to me about that the other day. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!


message 50: by Helen (new)

Helen | 55 comments Yes, it's Book #1. So start with that one.


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