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I have finished reading 25 books this year. I hope to finish 75 to 100 books by the end of the year. I have slowed down some so hopefully this will keep me motivated.
Here is what I have read this year:
The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue
March 2008 = 3 books
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate: Two Novels
America's Report Card: A Novel
February 2008 = 10 books
DIRTY MARTINI (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries)
Lost & Found
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
Rusty Nail (a jacqueline "jack" daniels mystery)
BLOODY MARY (Jack Daniels Mysteries)
Jan. 2008= 11 books
Last Night at the Lobster
The Sweet Far Thing
Looking For Alaska (Printz Award Winner)
The Reading Group: A Novel (P.S.)
Peony in Love: A Novel
WHISKEY SOUR (A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery)
Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries)
Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z
The Faraday Girls: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
26. Enlightenment for Idiots by Anne Cushman- March 2008 Early Reviewer Book
efoltz - i am new to this group so commenting on one of last month's books you read. Your thoughts on Eat,Pray, Love?? My book club read it - I could barely get through it. With respect and understanding for her suffering and need for self discovery and recovery - gag! Too much me, me, me, whine, whine, whine. I had an overwhelming desire to send her an email -"Please take a service vacation with the Sierra Club, volunteer in a Literacy Program, go to Africa with Doctors Without Borders -focus on someone else's needs!!!!" This was a major best seller so I guess I am in the great minority.
I read Eat, Pray, Love because of all the good reviews. I also was disappointed. The other section was slightly decent was the Italy section. I agree there was frequent whining. I felt like her self-discovery goal in India was accomplished very little. The book would have been more interesting if she had focused more on others.
I don't recommend Enlightenment for Idiots then. It is probably too similar and only slightly better. One of the characters was funny and attempting to the the main character to focus more globely.
#28: Did you enjoy The Wednesday Sisters? I just checked it out of the library.
It does still have the Italian culture or family dynamic. I thought the book was only mediocre. There was too many descriptions of fabrics and paint colors for my taste. The main character is an interior decorator.
#41: I get a kick out of the Shopaholic books - they are very fun! Hope you are enjoying the series.
I like historical fiction and will be adding The Golden Tulip to the ever-growing TBR list.
A Girl with a Pearl Earring is a good book. I read it a long time ago. I found it of particular interest because when I visit the Metropolitan Art Museum in NY city, I find myself drawn to the particular area where Vermeer's paintings are located. He has a wonderful way of painting with such clarity that you feel as though you are in the room watching the painting unfold.
#54: Wow! What a great recommendation for Vermeer's work. Makes me want to visit NYC, a place I have always said I would never go. I will put A Girl with a Pearl Earring on Continent TBR.
ok, I'm curious about your statement "I have always said I would never go." Why not?
Your statement is very true; The Met has many, many people milling about throughout the galleries. However, there are hidden nooks and cranies that I find each time I go there.
There are quiet rooms to explore. For example, in the American Wing there is a large area away from the main exhibits. It contains hundreds and hundreds of artifacts and pictures behind glass cabinets.
In addition, there are tours each day led by volunteers who show the museum through their eyes and they meander through the areas and the paintings away from the main galleries.
You can tell I love the met eh?
What were your thoughts on Schooled? I was reading some of the reviews on Amazon and while many liked it, some were offended by it. There was a review on there by a former parent and one by a former student and both felt somewhat betrayed by her book. I think the most surprising thing to me was seeing the author get into fights with people who voiced any criticism of her book. Many of her comments have now been deleted but it was kinda surprising to see her reaction.
By the way your almost at 75. Just 5 more to go!
Wow - that's kind of surprising. What is she, 10? I've got Schooled on my wishlist. I'll have to keep that behavior in mind when reading it.
Hang in there, you are close to obtaining the 75 book challenge goal!
Hey, look how close and lots of time before the end of the year--go for it!
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