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books read: 19-32

It seems I haven't updated this journal with the books I've read in over a month, but I have been posting over at 50bookchallenge.

19. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy.
20. Deepak Chopra - The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life.
21. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Sixth: The Ersatz Elevator.
22. Andre Norton - Web of the Witchworld.
23. David Mitchell - Ghostwritten.
24. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Seventh: The Vile Village.
25. Nicola Griffith - Slow River.
26. Lynne Truss - Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
27. J. Gregory Keyes - The Blackgod.
28. Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audio, abridged).
29. Margaret Atwood - Blind Assassin.
30. Andre Norton - Year of the Unicorn.
31. Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel’s Avatar.
32. Yann Martel - Life of Pi. (finished today)


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Aug. 1st, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
I would love to know what you thought of The Time Traveler's Wife, Life of Pi and Ghostwritten. Have you read Cloud Atlas? Do you review books anywhere?
Aug. 2nd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
No, I don't review books very often. There are a few here in my journal, but not many.

The Time Traveler's Wife was good for listening. There were some annoying bits, and I wonder if there were more in the book, since the audio version was abridged. At times I found Clare annoying, too, which is bad in a main character, but she was very real. I don't think I would take the time to read it after I listened to it, but it was fun.

Life of Pi is a book I stopped reading halfway through and picked up again a few weeks later. It was a fast read after that. It was okay. Not my usual type of book, but enjoyable.

I loved Ghostwritten. It had been on my shelf for years, and it was finally the time to read it after picking it up several times. David Mitchell's style impressed me and I liked figuring out the connections between the characters.

I haven't read Cloud Atlas yet, but I have his second book, Number 9 Dream on my shelves. I want to read both of them sometime after liking Ghostwritten so much.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for giving me your impressions. Those are the three books on your list that I have also read.

I felt the same way about Clare. I really didn't like her at all. I liked Henry. The scene on the kitchen table with Gomez after Henry's death made me dislike Clare all the more. I can understand her missing Henry very much, but his death was still recent and Gomez was the husband of her friend!

I liked Life of Pi, but I'm sure there's a lot of symbolism in the book I didn't understand, like that sea of algae, I think it was. I've heard some people say they don't think the tiger was even in the boat with Pi. Sometimes heavy symbolism can just go right over my head!

I didn't read Number9Dream, but I know, if you loved Ghostwritten, you'll probably love Cloud Atlas even more. Mitchell is brilliant at constructing his books.
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