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in which i have read a lot: february

As promised, here is the February update on my goal to read 52 books this year.

Week Five: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

I had started this in the last week January, and finished it in February. Holy mackerel was it amazing. It was completely different than anything I have ever read, and although it took me quite a while to get used to the style of writing, I was hooked by about the 20th page. I definitely recommend this one. It’s quite intense at different parts and slightly gory at others, but overall it’s just an amazing story.

Week Six: HP & The Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Seriously, have I not mentioned that I love the Harry Potter books? Hahaha. Recently, I’ve been rereading the seventh one over and over again. I realized it had been quite a while since I read HBP, and with the movie on the horizon (how much farther away could July possibly be?!?) I thought it would be a good idea to remind myself of the book. Fabulous as always.

Week Seven: Flood Tide by Clive Cussler
Week Eight: Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
Week Nine: Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler

I went on a bit of a Clive Cussler kick this month. His books are just insanely fun to read. They are all adventure stories, mostly based on this character Dirk Pitt. If you’ve seen the movie Sahara, that was based off one of Cussler’s novels. They’re all crazy underwater adventures, with some complete psycho attempting to destroy something or kill someone or control something in order to be the most powerful-wealthy person in the world. Dirk Pitt and his sidekick, Al, get into the craziest situations and manage to get out of them in completely unrealistic ways. Totally fun books to lose yourself in.

Week Nine: Lucia Lucia by Adriana Trigiana

I bought this book a few years ago simply because I liked the cover and that it was about an Italian family. And, luckily, I ended up loving the book. It is the story of a young Italian-American woman named Lucia and how her life was irrevocably changed by a handsome stranger. It’s a great story: sweet at times, painful at times, tragic at times. Certain moments even make me tear up. It’s a pretty quick read, and it’s an interesting look at the life and traditions of an Italian-American family in the 1950s.

That brings the grand total up to 12 out of 52 books. And in only 9 weeks! I’m three ahead! Wooo! Read anything great lately? I already have my March books picked out (because the rest are packed in boxes ready to be sent to North Carolina), but I’d love some recommendations for April and beyond!

Past Months: January


March 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm 2 comments

in which i have read a lot: january

I mentioned in my Resolutions post that I wanted to read more, a lot more. That eventually took shape into an actual New Years Resolution: Read 52 books this year.

You read that correctly, kids. I want to read one book every single week this year. It works out to about 4 1/3 books per month. Now, I have a slight advantage when it comes to reading a lot: I read really quickly. I don’t know if it’s technically speed-reading (I actually highly doubt it), but I have always been able to read super quickly. And not just get through the words quickly, but really read them, know what is going on, and retain that knowledge for a long time.

So, I thought it would be a nice monthly post to update the world on how my quest for reading a shit-ton of books is going. And so far, so good. Here are the books I read in January:

Week One: Atonement by Ian McEwan

I had seen the film, and was dying to read the book. And let me tell you, it is even better than the film. It is just absolutely enchanting. It has been a long time since I have come across a book that I wanted to start again the moment I finished it, but this was definitely one. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this one.

Week Two: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Now, I know you might think this is cheating, since I’ve read this book (and the rest of the HP series) about ten times. But, I wanted my ‘weeks’ to be from Sunday to Saturday, and Week One started on a Thursday. So I needed a book that I could read super quickly to get me on track with the whole Sunday to Saturday thing. And I can read HP&DH in one sitting, and I love it, so it was a good choice.

Week Three: The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

A good friend of mine sent me a link to this interview with Leo Babauta, and I instantly wanted to read his book. I love the concept of simplifying my life, and would love to be able to do it. I was also incredibly inspired by what he was able to accomplish using his quite simple and straightforward methods. So I went out, bought the book, and devoured it in about two hours. And then emailed everyone I know telling them to read it. It’s a great read about how to create new habits and make attainable goals. I highly recommend this one if you’re feeling overwhelmed by life.

Week Three: Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

If you want a good laugh, go read this book. It is a hilarious “low culture manifesto” and is full of great pop culture references. It is a very smart, very funny book. It is simply overflowing with witty comments and funny comparisons. It’s a very fun read, with chapters touching on everything from MTV’s The Real World to Star Wars to Cover Bands. It is also one of very few books where the footnotes are just as awesome as the main text. Love it.

Week Four: The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

Every bit as delightful as the movie, and actually a whole lot different than the movie. For one, the Wicked Witch doesn’t pursue Dorothy et al for the entire length of the story, only towards the end. Also, and most strikingly to me, the Winged Monkeys are actually not evil in the book! They are forced to obey whoever is in possession of the Golden Cap (which isn’t even mentioned in the movie) three times, and it just so happens that the Wicked Witch has the Cap. Anyway, it was good! I’m glad I finally read it!

Week Five: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

I know, I know… another Harry Potter book already? What can I say… I just love them! I hadn’t read Order of the Phoenix in a while, so when the craving for some HP goodness arose, I grabbed it. Everytime I read that one, I wish that they had kept more of the chase/battle in the Dept. of Mysteries in the movie. For the most part, I acknowledge the books and movies as completely separate entities, so I usually don’t mind the differences (and I’m pretty sure I’m almost totally alone in that!), but that’s one that always bugs me.

Week Five: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Diaz

I’ve only just started this one. I brought it with me to jury duty, but ended up not having a whole lot of time to read. So far, I’m liking it. It’s totally different than anything I’ve ever read thus far, but that’s a good thing! I like reading new things. I’ll report more at the end of February!

That brings the grand total up to 7 out of 52 books. Do you have any recommendations for February?

February 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm 4 comments

in which it is already 2009

Umm… hi. I simply can’t believe that it is 2009 already. Where did 2008 go? I feel like I was just starting to hit a groove with 2008, and it’s been ripped out from under me! Hopefully, the groove will continue in 2009.

My New Year’s Eve was incredibly uneventful. In fact, I was in bed, asleep by 9:45pm. I didn’t have any plans, and I was tired… so there ya go. I actually worked half the day today, before exploring the recently opened Metro with J — we hit up Target and Taco Bell… really classy, right?

And so now it’s 2009. And now comes the time of resolutions. I typically suck at resolutions. I kind of pick a few of the classics — eat healthier, work out more, keep in better touch with friends — but never really make any progress with them.

So instead, here are some things that I say I will do, and what I hope actually happens!

I will finish my grad school applications this weekend.
I hope I get in!

I will eat more fresh fruits & vegetables and real meals.
I hope I can resist the ease of frozen pizza and Taco Bell!

I will make a valiant attempt to lose my belly and tone up.
I hope I can survive CardioMax!

I will write old-fashioned letters to friends instead of emails.
I hope they enjoy them as much as I will!

I will maintain a daily planner and fill it with inspiration as well as tasks.
I hope it turns out as pretty as I am imagining it!

I will start taking out my camera more often.
I hope I can get inspired more often!

I will save more money.
I hope I can save more money!

I will read more.
I hope I pick inspiring, interesting and fun books!

What do you plan on doing this year? How do you hope it all turns out?

January 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm 1 comment


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