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message 1: by Alex (last edited Jan 22, 2009 12:16PM) (new)

Alex Book 1:
Salem's Lot by Stephen King
I'm a little bit embarrassed that this is the first book I finish this year, but hey, I wanted something light and fun (things which I didn't get, however). Now, there lies ahead a year full of more meaty lit.

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Alex Book 2:
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Not the best book I've ever read but, well, at least it was much better than the previous one.

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Alex Book 3:
Wild at Heart The Story of Sailor and Lula by Barry Gifford
Finally! Something I am not ashamed of having read.

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Alex Book 4:
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
All I can say is Peter Pan is a disturbing character.

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Aprile (aprileb) Great book choices!
"Slaughterhouse-Five" is really interesting and your Peter Pan comment made me laugh. It's funny when we are so used to the commerical Disney versions of things and then see how they are "truly" supposed to be.

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Aprile (aprileb) Oh Turn of the Screw. What a wonderfully odd book.

message 12: by Alex (last edited Feb 28, 2009 01:23PM) (new)

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Tiffany | 1746 comments Mod
Hey, Alex. On a Henry James kick?

How'd you like Daisy Miller? It's one of those books that most people either LOVE (!!!!) or HATE (!!!!!). What side of the fence did you fall on?

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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments congrats on your first ten! Wasn't Daisy Miller a movie with Warren Beaty in the 70's?

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Alex Book 12:
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
One of the bleakest and most depressing books I've ever read. Just thinking about the last pages makes me cry my heart out.

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Alex Book 14:
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Probably the best book I will read this year.

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Alex Book 15:
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Now I'm ready to start writing my dissertation on this book!

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Alex Book 16:
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
I loved this play in my first reading, but now I hated it!

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Alex Book 17:
Sula by Toni Morrison

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Alex Book 20:
Tambien Berlin Se Olvida by Fabio Morabito
Beautiful book

message 25: by Alex (last edited Nov 02, 2009 05:14AM) (new)

Alex Long time since I posted. Well, I've not been in a reading mood. Just finished (again) When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. Is it number 22?

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message 27: by Alex (last edited Nov 02, 2009 05:15AM) (new)

Alex Book 24:
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
You see, one day I read a beautiful, poignant novel, and the next I read just crap. I think I've really had enough of the king of crap now, and I've got him out of my system. Now I feel ashamed I've wasted so much time reading this trash.

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Alex Book 25:
Drown by Junot Díaz
Very similar to How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, but a little bit cruder.

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Alex I accidentally deleted Book 11, and now I've forgotten which one it was... Well, never mind,

message 30: by Tiffany, Administrator (new)

Tiffany | 1746 comments Mod
Hi, Alex.

Your book 11 was The Pleasure of the Text by Roland Barthes, posted 3/7/09.


message 31: by Alex (new)

Alex Wow, You know better than me, Tiffany, thank you!!!

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Alex Ok, only 25 more books to go... Will I be able to make it??

message 33: by Alex (last edited Nov 02, 2009 05:17AM) (new)

Alex Now, second half. Just like me. Had an entire year to read 50 books, but I like reading half of them in just a couple of months.
Book 26:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Gory, violent book. Yet, the character I liked the least was Oliver Twist. He's such a pansy.

message 34: by Alex (last edited Nov 02, 2009 05:18AM) (new)

Alex I forgot I read this for my Shakespeare class!

Book 27:
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Wonderful! It's a shame that Marc Antony is such an ass in Antony and Cleopatra

message 35: by Alex (last edited Nov 02, 2009 06:46AM) (new)

Alex Book 28:
La hora entre el perro y el lobo by Silke Scheuermann
Beatiful, poetic and poignant

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Alex Book 29:
Annie John A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid
Hmmm. Not that bad. Not that good either.

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Alex Book 30:
Album de Familia by Renate Dorrestein

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Alex Book 31:
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers
I can't believe how dull and obvious these stories were.

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Alex Book 32:
Sombras del Pasado by Ha Jin
Interesting and rather depressing.

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Alex Book 33:
La Symphonie Pastorale and Isabelle by André Gide
The first novella had some interesting ideas presented in the corniest possible way. I really liked Isabelle though.

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Alex Book 34:
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Good postapocalyptic book.

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Alex Book 37:
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A little snobbish and boring.

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Alex Sorry, didn't make it this year.

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Jane | 15 comments Alex wrote: "Sorry, didn't make it this year."

That's okay. You read some excellent and very important books. Now, you can laugh at all those people who talk about those classics when they have no idea what they're talking about.

message 49: by Alex (new)

Alex Yeah, I'm happy about that. Actually, I've decided to read more classics this year. Long, classic books that everybody talks about but nobody has read. In Search of Lost Time, The Idiot, Don Quijote, Middlemarch, among others.

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Jane | 15 comments oh, you are brave. I tried to read Don Quijote once...

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