Alina's 50 books
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Finally decided to start the post as well. 50 books or 15k pages this year. Might be the pages in the end since so far I have some pretty tiny books on my list. Until the final decision, I will keep a track of both books and number of pages, maybe even some personal opinions from time to time.
1. The Leap - Jonathan Stroud - 188 pages
2. Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore - 240 pages
total so far - 428 pages
3. Heroes of the Valley - Jonathan Stroud
not laugh out loud funny, but funny enough, with a hero which I'm pretty sure is a midget, and some quite unbelievable legends of old. I found the beginning quite slow, but it definitely picks it up.
total so far - 817
4. Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings - Christopher Moore - 380 pages
Not as bad as I heard it to be, but not as funny as I hoped it to be, either. However, it's just as weird as expected, and he definitely knows why the whales sing. Scientifically speaking...
total so far - 1197
5. Buried Fire - Jonathan Stroud - 300 pages
total so far - 1497
6. The lust lizard of melancholy cove - Christopher Moore - 326 pages
The weird is strong in this one :)
total so far - 1823
@TinaValdes: fun indeed, better in my opinion than Fluke
quinaquisset: so far I read Lamb, A Dirty Job, Bloodsucking Fiends, Practical Demonkeeping, The Stupidest Angel and Fluke.
somehow Steve (heart) Molly gives me the weirdest feeling so far... :)
7. Dune - Frank Herbert - 396 pages
looking forward to getting the rest as well :D
total so far - 2219
Indeed, but I had to take a break because I don't have the third one. Can't wait to buy or borrow it. Until then, I shan't get lazy :D
So I got to book 9, The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman. A very interesting read, 245 pages of Jesus' life story. And Christ's...
total so far - 2783
10. Bite me: A Love Story - Christopher Moore - 308 pages
Apparently I just made a huge passion for Chris Moore. Must say this book is not as funny, nor creepy. Just your regular vampire book. Nothing sparkly, thank God, and peppered with some vampire kitties, but still not as good as others I've read before.
total so far - 3091
14. The Eyes of Heisenberg - Frank Herbert - 176 pages
Total so far - 4584
15. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman - 370 pages
Total so far - 4954
Was Neverwhere really great? I've thought over and over about reading it, but never get around to it...
Tina, it was very very nice. Entertaining, and fun, and a bit scary from time to time. It has been described as a dark "Alice in Wonderlad", and it pretty much is. Just one thing that was a bit disturbing, but I won't spoil it for you. Start reading and tell me if you liked it :)
16. Camouflage - Joe Haldeman - 366 pages
Unfortunately I borrowed it and it was translated in Romanian. Poor translation, one of the worst I've seen. Not even corrected (a lot of mis-typed words). Despite that, it was hard to let go. Can't wait to read more Haldeman. Any suggestions?
Total so far - 5320
I've only read The Forever War by him and it was very good (part of the SF Masterworks published by Gollancz). It's military SF though, but it's the best of the best. He wrote a couple sequels to this as well which I'm going to read sometime in the future.
Thanks. Will check to see where I can find it :D
For now I finally finished 17. Son of a Witch - Gregory Maguire - 598 pages
Total so far - 5918
18. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - 324 pages
For the warm and fuzzy feeling
Total so far - 6242
19. The Jesus Incident (Pandora) - Frank Herbert, Bill Ransom - 430 pages
Total so far - 6672
20. Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason - Helen Fielding - 484 pages
Total so far - 7156
21. The Lazarus Effect - Frank Herbert, Bill Ransom - 515 pages
Total so far - 7671
22. The Magician's Nephew - C.S Lewis - 176 pages
total so far - 7847
23. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis - 208 pages
Total so far - 8055 pages
24. The Horse and his Boy - C.S. Lewis - 176 pages
Total so far - 8231 pages
26. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S.Lewis - 320 pages
Total so far - 8775
28. The Last Battle - C.S. Lewis - 224 pages
Total so far - 9223
Must say that it took longer than I expected to read all the books, but they were lovely (much better than the movies). The grand finale left a bitter-sweet taste, but all in all, it was a very enjoyable experience
29. Fool - Christopher Moore - 312 pages
Total so far - 9535
Since I started reading on Kindle, I will have to 'guess' each time the number of pages per book. I might not always be accurate, but the difference can't be more than 2-3 pages :)
30. You're the One That I Don't Want - Alexandra Potter - 398 pages
Total so far - 9933
32, Blood Rites - Jim Butcher - 455 pages
Total so far - 10831
Bit behind with the number of books, but looking pretty good on pages :)
Thanks for encouraging me :)
Just finished book 33. Coyote Blue - Christopher Moore - 348 pages
Pages so far - 11179
There you go, getting nearer and nearer, i've read 32 books totalling 16,000 pages but i like long books, a Diana Gabaldon read earlier in the year was 1412 pages long, keep going.
34. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher - 426 pages
Pages so far - 11605
SPOILERS: a wizard fighting an army of zombies while riding a zombie T-Rex. How awesome is that? I doubt the next books will be able to top this :)
37. Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore - 336 pages
Total so far - 12 425
What did you think of Love Nun? I've read several Moore, but not that one.
I also read the You Suck ones in the wrong order but still enjoyed them! :)
Really enjoyed 'You Suck' the best. Of course, it was the first Moore I read too. I remember laughing so hard I thought I would hurt myself!
That was 'Lamb' for me. Not the first I read, but brought tears of laughter in my eyes quite often. You've got to love Biff :)
Aaaaaand as for the challenge, just ding-ed 40. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman - 407 pages
Tina - If you didn't try Neil Gaiman, I would recommend it. Well, even if you did, I would still recommend it.
Total so far - 13 292
I enjoyed Gaiman a lot. Neverwhere is really great. Some sort of dark Alice in Wonderland so to say. It really keeps you interested and entertained and the characters are quite interesting.
Good Omens is much funnier (Neil Gaiman + Terry Pratchett - go figure). The end is quite predictable, but the "journey" is entertaining and interesting. And again, I loved the demon/angel couple in the book. Things aren't always what they seem :D.
I don't think I made much sense, but I'm dead tired. Wanted to answer though so I don't forget. I would strongly recommend you read them both. And Anansi Boys and American Gods if you have the time :)
Thanks so much for your response.... I will definitely pick up adult Gaiman now. And maybe find my copy of Good Omens. Wonder what bookshelf it's hiding on?!? :0)
41. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J. K. Rowling - 325 pages
I wanted to read new and exciting books, I promise, but I just couldn't go for so long without Harry. It just doesn't lose it's grip on me, no matter how often I read it, or in what language. You can never forget such a great love :-)
Total so far - 13 617 pages
42. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling - 359 pages
Total so far - 13 976 pages
I guess 15 000 pages is not really a challenge. Let's see if I can get 50 books (a bit doubtful)
43. White Night - Jim Butcher - 457 pages
I think I'm falling for Harry Dresden and for his adventures :)
Total so far - 14 433 pages (almost there with the number of pages)
44. Confessions of a shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella - 360 pages
I decided to go for some girly books as well. One can never have enough wizard and strange creatures, but also feels the need to explore her pink, purple and glittery side (don't snigger :P).
Total so far - 14 793 pages
I'm getting soooo excited. The next book will complete my 15 000 pages target. Yay me and I'm getting optimistic about the number of books as well.
I'm on a roll.
45. Shopaholic takes Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella - 396 pages
Total so far - 15 189
Aaaaand first part of the challenge is done. I'm so excited I can barely contain myself.
Thanks, guys. I'm sure I will. And now I have a question for people who might stumble across my entry. I have 5 more books to read, and 4 books I actually know I want to read. This leaves me with 1 I have no idea about. I could continue with the Dresden Files, or I could read another Ender book (I was planning to read the whole saga this year but I guess I got caught up with others). However, I want the last book to be really nice and special and epic. A coronation of my achievement :))
So I want to ask you what book would you recommend as the 'grand finale'. I will check reviews about them, or you could just tell me a few words on your recommendation. However, I want to make sure I'll actually finish it, so don;t recommend a 1000 pages bible :)
Looking forward to your ideas :D
46. Shopaholic ties the knot - Sophie Kinsella
I'm enjoying this more and more. I think this will become one of my guilty pleasures (like re-watching Love Actually every Christmas) :-D
47. Shopaholic and sister - Sophie Kinsella
Getting closer and closer and still have no idea what book 50 will be. Also...it's so easy to read these Shopaholic books. I would have never imagined one can go through them so fast, and also enjoy them.
OK, I'm not done with the book yet, but there's something I just can't understand. I;m reading World War Z and I heard there will be a movie of it. Here's the trailer if anyone wants to check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwTxRuq-uk (looks pretty good).
Now the questions: how are they going to make that movie when the book is all about interviews so to say? Are they just going to take the interview with the hottest dude and make it into a movie? Are they just going to ignore the book and just use the idea of reanimated corpses? Then why call it the same as the book? I'm not done with it yet, as I said before, but this questions has been bothering me since last night.
Each interview is like a story... they can have the guy narrate while the movie shows what was happening in this or that guy's story. It's not so hard to do, maybe making it into a TV series would work out even better depending on how good/long the stories are.
This is just speculation on my end though, didn't read the book or watch the trailer :)
It's just one story in the movie. Watch the trailer, you lazy one :)
49. World War Z - Max Brooks
It was much more than I expected. Also, it's not a story about zombies. It's a story about people...
50. The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie
I wish I had some fireworks to celebrate this. I finally made it, both 15 000 pages and 50 books. This last one was not epic in the sense I was aiming for, but it's a very nice read. A bit difficult in the beginning, until you get used with the style. I didn't know what Logen looks like for a very long time. And I always what to know what the characters look like so I can imagine them. Anyway, it was a very good choice (thanks trueneutral) and I'm looking forward to read the rest. As a matter of fact, I actually ordered them. The Kindle might be great but I'm missing actual books and turning pages and smelling the paper.
Looking forward to next year, when I will try again to read 50 books, and I hope to make it again. This time I'm actually aiming for some specific titles, as opposed to this year, when I just borrowed books and read whatever I could find.
Well, this being said, I would like to congratulate myself for pulling this, I will turn to re-reading some books I've been missing, and I will 'see' you next year, with a new attempt.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (not sure I should with you an invigorating End of the World as well)
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