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Tori | 217 comments In a Sunburned Country Finished 1/6/09 which reminded me of all things Australia that I miss from the land down under. :(
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Tori | 217 comments A Room of One's Own Finished 1/9/09
A Room of One's Own (Penguin Modern Classics) by Virginia Woolf


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Tori | 217 comments The Horse and His Boy Finished 01/12/09

The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3) by C.S. Lewis


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Tori | 217 comments Dope Finished 1/21/09
Dope by Sara Gran


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Tori | 217 comments The Secret Life of Bees Finished 1/31/09 on the plane coming back from Italy. Absolutely amazing. It made me want to buy a jar of honey..or something.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


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Tori | 217 comments Under the Duvet Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities Finished 2/22/09 A bit of light reading at a busy time in my life when I can't commit to anything that causes too much thought.
Under the Duvet Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities by Marian Keyes


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Tori | 217 comments Without Reservations The Travels of an Independent Woman Finished on a long hellish flight across country to Seattle complete with mechanical delays 2/23/09. This book did nothing for me. I started it, and can't stop reading a book once I've started.
Without Reservations The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach


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Tori | 217 comments Revolutionary Road Finished 2/28/09
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates


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Tori | 217 comments A Man Without a Country #11 Finished 03/08/09
A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut


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Tori | 217 comments #12 When You Are Engulfed in Flames finished 3/14/09
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris


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Tori | 217 comments I learned something about books in the last few months since taking this challenge. Does anyone else feel like this is homework? I think I'll drop my goal down to 35 from 50. Seriously. I'm getting married, work full time, moving into a house and the year is almost a quarter of the way over. This feels like I'm trying to cram for a final exam and has taken a great deal of pleasure out of my reading. I don't absorb the words and the story anymore. I just try to read so I can update my Goodreads list. 35 books will make that less of a homework type assignment and more of a "Let's read for pleasure" not to see who can outdo each other. Isn't that what reading is all about?
I'm currently reading Inkheart and I enjoy it. I'm just not going to cram to get through it or any other book worth my time. Anyone have any thoughts?



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Aprile (aprileb) I think that your goal seems reasonable. :)

I am a really quick reader, so the goal isn't going to be that hard for me to hit (I'm already 1/2 way done), but I can totally understand how you feel.

However, I don't think most people in this group are trying to "outdo each other." I think most of us think it is a reasonable goal, and want to hit it, as well as keep track of our books read. I think those are the points of this group. However, I think it is totally reasonable to cut your goal and just enjoy your books!

Inkheart is an amazing book! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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Connie Faull | 611 comments I agree with you. Last year I made up a table with all my books and I had a column that was for goal date to finish the book and then an actual date to finish the book. I had to get rid of that goal date, because I felt like I was working instead of enjoying the book. I may or may not hit 50 books. I don't take it so literally, I'll just see how many I can read in the year. Don't stress and enjoy your reading and planning your wedding!


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Molly | 330 comments This has been mentioned before. I agree with you - when I get caught up in my "count" I tend to find things less enjoyable.

I use this group as a way to motivate me to read when I might otherwise be lazy watching junk on TV, I use it to keep track of what I have read since I like to make lists and refer back to them, and to find out what everyone else is reading - I've come across some great recommendations - and some great Goodreads friends!

I've never hit 50 before and doubt that I ever would. But I read a lot more than I ever have before and take my time doing so. I'm on my 7th book and proud of it :0)


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments HOMEWORK!!!! God forbid...stop right now. Even when I was teaching English I hated giving reading as homework. Read for fun. We will cheer for every book you read...life is not a race!


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Anastasia Garcia (anastasia13) Totally agree, Don't force yourself to read, I've been feeling myself more excited about updating my Goodreads but after a while I figured out it was because I LIKE keeping track of my books like that, gives me an accomplished feeling.

But that's very amazing of you to drop your goal to a reasonable 35, instead of quitting the reading all together.

I'll definitely be there cheering you along!


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Andre It's all about reading...not necessarily attaining a goal. 50 is just a number, but reading is an end in itself. So...
...if you get to 50--huzzah!
...if you get to 35--huzzah!
...if you get to five--huzzah!
It's the turning of the page not the number of pages turned. The joy--and the journey--is all :-)

Cheers!


message 20: by Tori (last edited Jun 18, 2009 08:49AM) (new)

Tori | 217 comments #13- Inkheart Completed 3/31/09. Since the year is a quarter over and I'm on track to finish 50, I may take a break and read shorter books. Reading some long ones lately and maybe that's why it feels like homework. :) Maybe I'll make 50 after all. ????????

Inkheart (Inkheart, Book 1) by Cornelia Funke


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Aprile (aprileb) I loved Inkheart!!!!


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Tori | 217 comments #14- Notes from a Small Island finished April 11th. This one took me forever and it was not Bryson's best work.

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson


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Tori | 217 comments #15- God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian also finished April 11th. If anyone needs a short book to read, this only takes about 30 minutes if that.
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut


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Tori | 217 comments #16 10 Habits That Mess Up a Womans Diet finished 4/20/09 I picked this up at the library because nothing else was flipping my skirt up at the moment. Diet books are not usually my genre, but I just needed something to keep me motivated to eat right at that moment.
10 Habits That Mess Up a Womans Diet by Elizabeth Somer


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Tori | 217 comments #17 Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
Finishes 4/23/09 This was so weird to me. I mean, this girl is writing and we know that her last diary entry is her last and she doesn't. It's surreal. Also, I did a bit of research. Miep Gies is still alive and living in Amsterdam at age 100+. Amazing.

Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


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Tori | 217 comments #19 The Time Traveler's Wife Finished May 5th on the flight home from Vegas. That seems like the only time I can find to read large quantities lately...flying. Interesting side note: For any fans of the TV show Lost, this book was recommended by producers for summer reading. They say that if you can understand the time jumping and implications of this book, you can understand Lost.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


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Tori | 217 comments #20 Holidays on Ice finished May 6
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris


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Tori | 217 comments #21- Love and Marriage finished May 8

This is an easy read. I told my new husband that he needed to read it...because it's just so darn right on!
Love and Marriage by Bill Cosby


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Tori | 217 comments #22- My Life as a Furry Red Monster What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud finished May 9 This was also a pretty easy read, but I enjoyed the memoir by Kevin Clash! God bless him and what he does for children.
My Life as a Furry Red Monster What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud by Kevin Clash


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Tori | 217 comments #23 The Screwtape Letters finished May 10
I've been reading a lot lately since I've been sick.
:(
The Screwtape Letters (Paperback) by C.S. Lewis


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Tori | 217 comments #24 Michelle Obama finished May 12. I'm almost halfway there! I'm totally on track to finish 50 this year! Whoot whoot.

Michelle Obama by Liza Mundy


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Tori | 217 comments #25 Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

Finished May 14th.

Half way to goal!!!

Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler


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message 35: by Tori (last edited Jun 18, 2009 10:04AM) (new)

Tori | 217 comments #26- Botchan by Soseki Natsume finished May 19th.


Botchan A Modern Classic by Natsume Soseki


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Tori | 217 comments #27 Moose A Memoir of Fat Camp finished May 23, 2009.
This was a pretty great memoir and I read a lot of them.
Pick it up if you get a chance.

Moose A Memoir of Fat Camp by Stephanie Klein


message 37: by Aprile (new)

Aprile (aprileb) Congrats on being over 1/2 way there!


message 38: by Tori (last edited Jun 18, 2009 10:08AM) (new)

Tori | 217 comments #28 - The Boy in the Striped Pajamasalso finished May 23. I've nothing to do today but read. It was fantastic to just sit and do nothing today. Ahhhh
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


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Tori | 217 comments #29- Of Mice and Men finished May 24.

Of Mice and Men (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck


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Tori | 217 comments #30 Certain Girls finished May 29.
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner


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Meranda (msl87) Tori wrote: "#28 - The Boy in the Striped Pajamasalso finished May 23. I've nothing to do today but read. It was fantastic to just sit and do nothing today. Ahhhh"

How did you like this? I have it on my TBR list, but haven't see/heard too much about it.




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Tori | 217 comments Mandy wrote: "Tori wrote: "#28 - The Boy in the Striped Pajamasalso finished May 23. I've nothing to do today but read. It was fantastic to just sit and do nothing today. Ahhhh"

How did you lik..."


It's ending was definitely not expected. It was ok and a quick read if you need to finish some books to make goal.




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Tori | 217 comments #31 The Bell Jar finished May 31. I'd been wanting to read this for awhile. I'm glad I got the chance.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


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Tori | 217 comments #32 - The Last Lecture finished 6/2/09. I figure I can take my time from now on. If I finish one book a week, I'll still be done in Oct. and I'm averaging about 3 a week lately.
Whoo!
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Tori | 217 comments #33- The Beach Housefinished Sunday, June 7th.
The Beach House by Jane Green


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Tori | 217 comments #34 Bread Alone A Novel finished June 11.
Bread Alone A Novel by Judith R. Hendricks


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Tori | 217 comments #35 The House on Mango Street finished June 12.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


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Tori | 217 comments #38 - The Time Machine finished June 21.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


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