2012 - Your Best Five Reads of Q1 (January - March)
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Though not quite the end of the month, here is a thread for your best five books of the last three months.
Happy list making!
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by H.H. Dalai Lama
Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and live by Jeff Jarvis
The Army of the Republic: a Novel by Stuart Archer Cohen
From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp
I highly recommend all of these books. These were all such wonderful books that I don't see how my reading year can get any better! However, right now I am on a little mystery binge and thoroughly enjoying myself.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Paul Robeson by Martin Duberman
The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
If I finish Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder before the end of the month it will stand among these regardless of what it does to the count.
I had a 'Shakespearean binge' last January so the top 5 is a bit heavy on the comedies of the Bard. Otherwise I have found solace in children's classics and fairytale like stories. I guess I am in the mood for lighter fare these days. here's my top 5,
1. The Railway Children. E. Nesbit.
2. A Midsummer Night's Dream. William Shakespeare.
3. Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare.
4. Measure for Measure. William Shakespeare.
5. Aslauga's Knight. Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué.
The reviews for all of these can be found on my 75 Books Challenge thread,
I went on a bit of a dystopian run and loved them all!
1. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
2. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
5. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell - my only non-dystopian novel looks like!
All of my reviews can be found at my 75 books in 2012 challenge thread - http://www.librarything.com/topic/129827
Wow, how do I decide?
Not in order:
The Paladin by CJ Cherryh
The Virginian by Owen Wister
A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer
Heavy Time by CJ Cherryh
One More Night With the Frogs by Hugh Pyle
All were first time reads. :)
P.S. I'm not technically finished with Letters of a Woman Homesteader, but if I were, it would have to be #6...
Oh, way too many to limit to five, so I'll cheat.
Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
GB84 by David Peace
The Corner that Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier
An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse by Jay Rubenstein
(9) Stop that! Stop that!
You're not going to cheat while I'm around....!!!!!
I feel a little guilty because I've been neglectful about posting my reading in this group this year, but I DO NOT feel guilty about reading so many good books!
Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Wizard by Gene Wolfe
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
I'm going to add one more because I'll finish it tonight and because I like it so much:
Why Read Moby-Dick by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Knox Brothers by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo
Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta
My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
The Great Leader by Jim Harrison
I'd also like to mention A Question of Belief by Donna Leon -- this is one of the Brunetti mysteries and though it didn't make the top five list, reading it reminded me all over again how much I appreciate Leon's writing -- I found myself reading parts of this one out loud just to savor the intelligence and delicate touch Brunetti uses in interviewing witnesses or in talking with family and co-workers.
My selection leans towards Young Adult books because I've been working my way through the YA section of my TBR shelf.
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse
4. Riding the Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon
5. Plague by Jean Ure
My WW2/spy kick from last year is quite alive and well in 2012!
Payment Deferred by C.S. Forester
Agent Zigag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal, by Ben Macintyre
A Rule Against Murder, by Louise Penny
The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
Rommel? Gunner Who?: A Confrontation in the Desert, by Spike Milligan
In the order I read them:
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design by Faythe Levine
Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints by Sam Brower
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
I haven't read as much this year as I would ideally like, but fortunately I've read a few great books!
The Marriage Plot - one of the most satisfying endings I've ever read!
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - didn't know I could love or respect Jeanette Winterson even more, but now I do
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle - lyrical and haunting
Divergent - fun
Steve Jobs - surprisingly engaging (I read this for a book club, not by my own choice)
Not in any order;
The Fighting Temeraire: The Battle of Trafalgar and the Ship that Inspired J. M. W. Turner's Most Beloved Painting (The Hearts of Oak Trilogy)by Sam Willis (3 1/2 stars Naval history)
A good history inspired by Turner's 1839 painting of the H.M.S. Temeraire being towed to the break yard by a steam tug. The history covers the years from 1759 (The Seven Year's War) till 1815 (The Battle of Trafalgar). The book reads like a good action / adventure novel in many places, because Wiliis doesn't let history get in the way of a good story
I’ve purchased the other two books in the series The Admiral Benbow: The Life and Times of a Naval Legend and The Glorious first of June
The Hunger Games (all three books) by Suzanne Collins (Sci-Fi) (Honorable mention)
This was the big book several years ago and with the movie coming out I decided to give it a read. It wasn't a bad story (for a youth/ young adult book), think it was over hyped though. (Just my opinion). Interesting concept and idea. (p.s. enjoyed the movie)
Count Luckner, The Sea Devil by Lowell Thomas (WW1 History 4 stars)(been added to my favorites list)
This was a great book!! It's the story of Count Luckner and how he took a sailing ship (yes a square rigger) and raided allied shipping during WW1. If that isn't enough he was awarded a humanitarian medal by the Pope after the war because while doing the raiding he never so much as hurt a ship's cat. He took on the crews of the ships he sank on his own ship and let them go as soon as possible.
The first few chapters Lowell tells how he met and befriended Luckner, then Luckner tells his story in his own words, not only of his raiding but also how he ran away from home at a young age (he didn't want to carry on the family tradition of being a calvary officer) to go to sea.
Over the Top by Arthur Guy Empey (4 stars WW1 memoirs)
Arthur Guy Empey went to England and enlisted in the British army after the sinking of RMS Lusitania in 1915. As the U.S. was technically neutral at the time, this was against U.S. and English law (he was turned down at least once that he writes about).
He fought on the western front until he was wounded in the Battle of the Somme and medically discharged in 1916.
Upon his return to the U.S. he wrote this book to tell of his experiences and what life was like in the trenches. Each chapter covers different part of an infantry man’s life from enlistment to battle. How they lived, fought, entertained themselves and endured life in the trenches.
Overall the book is an easy read and full of insights of the life and plights of the WW1 soldier. A little simplistic and light hearted by todays standards, it still does a good job of telling of the horrors of trench warfare
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A thirty minute quick read... Short story(around 8000 words) about four friends who are taking a trip together (to Goa,
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Check it out..
I love getting recommendations from other readers. Here are my five.
Cutting for Stone
In the Garden of Beasts
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by
Politics and Religion
The Tragedy of Arthur
Mistress of the Art of Death series
Well, how on earth did I miss posting my favorites for the first quarter? Okay, here they are:
1. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (audio)
2. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (a reread)
3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (another reread)
4. A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz (YA)
5. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (YA)
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