Hemlokgang's 100 in 2012
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Thanks for setting up the group, hemlokgang! Looking forward to reading in 2012.
Yes, thanks for setting this up! I'm looking forward to following your reading again this year.
I think Aunt Julia was my favorite of MVL's books that I read last year - although I liked The Bad Girl a lot, too. Part of me wonders if I'm missing something, or if I'm just not literary enough, because I liked his lighter works better than I liked his great, big, epic, political novels.
Big dilemma!! Two novellas, separate authors, one jacket. Does that count as two books or one? Am I nuts for even wondering about this?
One, I think. Unless they're both on the 1001 list or something, separately. And you are not at all nuts. Not even a little bit. Unless we're all nuts around here...
Thanks! I think maybe we all are, just a bit mad.....about books anyway!
And I was going to say, two! ;)
But that's because I will cherry-pick books out of an omnibus, or read other books between, etc. I think of a "book" as one story, rather than one physical entity.
But however you want to do it is fine, of course!
^ What wookie said.
I think owning the Great Books collection may have helped me decide how to handle that issue. Were I to count any bound collection of work as only a single book, it'd take me forever to finish one! (Not to mention, how useful would a review like that be?)
Just my opinion. :)
I'd say if it's a book of short stories it counts as one but if it's an omnibus which has multiple books in it, you would count the stories. Personally, I've never quite figured out what novellas are -- short books or long short stories? I have a few that have been published by themselves and in anthologies.
I am conflict though if you don't count the stories in an anthology separately. It doesn't seem fair when you have some anthologies out there that only have one story in them that is worth the paper it is written on. Which comes back to whatever seems best to you! LOL
Okay...love the comments! Think I will err on the conservative side and say one, although there are compelling arguments on both sides of that discussion!
Oh, I've heard that's a great book! I must see if I can find a copy anywhere.
I've never quite figured out what novellas are -- short books or long short stories?
Actually, I think there's a word-count that makes something novella, but since I don't count the number of words in any short story or book I read, I don't find that so helpful.
I go by whether it is published in a collection or not...informal determination at best.
For once, hemlokgang, we have different opinions on a book. I hated Night Train to Lisbon, I thought it was a lot of bombastic (see what I did there?) b.s. But it is good for Mercier that a lot of people do love it.
That's what I love about LT....the honesty! Have you read Fernando Pessoa at all? I would love to know what you think!
Glad to know I am not alone there! I plan on working my way through the Palliser series over the course of this year.
I've read all but the last one, The Duke's Children. The title of chapter 1 revealed to me that Trollope was about to kill off my favorite character in the series and I didn't want to read it. The Palliser series is great, almost as good as Barchester. Have fun with it!
What a great list of books here. I see you liked the Stephen King too. Some people (my husband) finished it and said meh! I could not believe his reaction.
#30 - Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy by Jacqueline Kennedy - ****
#31 - The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Caroline Kennedy - ****
I am always so happy to see people getting into the Barchester series. Enjoy!
#78 - Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott - **
I picked up a copy of Flatland because it was almost free and I collect Penguin Classics, but I'm not sure if I'll ever try to read it. It looks painful, and your review backs up my assumption.
#83 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker - ****
#84 - Sarah Orne Jewett's Best Short Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett - ****
Congratulations on the 100 !
Notes is a Dosty I haven't read, what did you think of it ?
Generally I like Dostoevsky very much. However, "Notes From Underground....." is darkly discouraging. The best way I can describe this collection is as a series of philosophical snapshots taken at distinct periods in the author's life. Clearly he was eternally struggling to make meaning of life and it was an anguish filled process. Apparently I prefer the author's storytelling to his autobiographical philosophizing.
#101 - Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson - ***
#102 - The Informationist by Taylor Stevens - **
Wow, you are smokin' through quite a pile of books! Congrats on reaching and surpassing, 100!
#108 - The Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar - *****
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