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Finish Line 2009! > Barb Mc's 50 Books for 2009

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message 1: by Barb (last edited Feb 07, 2009 01:53PM) (new)

Barb | 25 comments This is excellent motivation! Here we go...

Book 1: The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

I was absorbed by the underlying premise and impatiently read through to discover how the secret would be revealed, however, this book has a few overuse of metaphors, some far-fetched events, and a couple characters left undeveloped. Very enjoyable, nonetheless!

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Barb | 25 comments Book 2: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Not quite as compelling as the first book but still a great read.

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Barb | 25 comments Book 3: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

As long as JK Rowling continues to write supplementary Harry Potter books, I will continue to buy them. The fact that the proceeds go to charity is an added bonus!

The fairy tales in this book are quaint and Dumbledore's commentary is quite amusing. A super fun, quick read!

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Barb | 25 comments Book 4: Perfume The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

My usual preference is to read character-driven stories with introspective plots but this book was a pleasant surprise. It contained no unforeseen twists and no sympathetic characters, however, the lyrical prose were utterly captivating and made it a very quick read. Some credit should also be given to John E. Woods for such a wonderful translation.

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Aprile (aprileb) I loved the Tales of Beedle the Bard too!

Oh, and don't get too down about New Moon, the other two are WAY better!!!

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Barb | 25 comments I'll probably start Eclipse sometime in Feb. Can't wait! Too many books, not enough time to read...

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Barb | 25 comments Book 5: A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Hilarious take on such a serious subject. Christopher Moore's off-beat and somewhat juvenile sense of humour does not disappoint. Looking forward to reading more work by this author.

MB (What she read) Barb wrote: "Book 5: A Dirty Job by [a:Christopher Moore|16218|Christopher Moore|"

Yes! A Dirty Job is my favorite (so far) of Christopher Moore's books.

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Leslie | 312 comments Love that you put a little comment with the books...

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Barb | 25 comments Book 6: Blindness by José Saramago

Pure awesomeness! Admittedly, the lack of punctuation is a little annoying and makes for a long read but this is offset by the superb story and the ingenious way the author does not name any of the characters. I love a good post-apocalyptic tale and this is one of the best!

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Barb | 25 comments Book 7: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Three books into this series and I still like Jacob better than Edward!

Okay, so obviously I'm a little behind in this challenge. I'm hoping to finish 2-3 books in the coming week to catch up!

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Barb | 25 comments Book 8: My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

What I liked about this book:
1) It was short
2) The profits go to women's health organizations

After the first few stories, I lost interest and they all started to sound the same.

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Barb | 25 comments Book 9: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

What can I say about this book to do it justice?? Five stars all the way!

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Barb | 25 comments Book 15: Life After God by Douglas Coupland

Hmm...looks like I'll be lucky to get to 25!

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Barb | 25 comments Book 16: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max

Hilarious, but clearly not a book for the easily offended

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