Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010

Yes, I am still alive and reading. This week has been very busy and now I am in the midst of a 24 hour read-a-thon! I will have quite a few books to post tomorrow evening.

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 16, 2010

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides
Calliope (or Cal as 'he' now is known) was born and raised as a girl. Then suddenly something started to grow down below and Calliope realized something was very wrong. A story covers three generations, starting with Calliope's grandparents (who also happen to be brother and sister) who flee Smyrna, during a Turkish invasion, to America where they settle in Detroit and start a new life as husband and wife.

This wonderfully crafted story delves into many 'human' issues including who and why we love along with the great "Nature vs. Nuture" debate. The subject matter may be hard for some to swollow, but as someone who has known a hermaphordite this tale is told with honesty concerning what it means to be 'different'. Of the books I have read so far on this list I would have to say it is in my top five.

I am off to read a couple of 'non-list' books as they have holds and are due tomorrow. Normally, I would just check them back in and request them again, but both are titles I have been looking forward to reading: THE IMPERFECTIONISTS by Tom Rachman which has been getting very good buzz all over the web and Julia's KITCHEN WISDOM: ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES AND RECIPES FROM A LIFETIME OF COOKING by Julia Child, what can I say, I have become a Julia fan ever since reading Julie and Julia! My reviews on both of these will post tomorrow on my other blog and then I'll be back for more '1001' reading!

So far: 24 Books Read
977 To Go!

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010

CITY OF GOD by E.L. Doctorow
This 'story' start with a bang, the big bang, and goes on to try to cover and novelist's return to writing, a Holocaust survivor's story, and a mystery involving thefts in a church and synagogue. If it sounds convoluted, it is and I wish I could say that the writer was able to mix all of these stories into an interesting read...he didn't. I hate to say it, but after reading the novel I couldn't really remember all of the details. I think there was too much going on and not enough of any one story to make the entire novel cohesive. I really do not know why this one is on "the list". I guess some might find the fragmentary style interesting, I just found it irritating.

23 Books Read
978 To Go!

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 9, 2010

THE LIFE OF PI by Yann Martell
Pi is a young boy living in India, while not being harassed at school he spends his free time in the zoo his father owns. Pi's father says he was born Hindi, but follows no structured religion, so Pi goes in search of enlightenment and finds things he like in Christianity, Hindu, and the Muslim faiths and joins them all. This brings trouble when all of the religious leaders wind up at Pi's house to tell his parent was a good (Christian, Muslim, and Hindi) he is. Pi sees no trouble in blending the faiths to seek enlightenment, but that is only the beginning of this wonderfully told "journey" tale. It is when Pi winds up shipwrecked on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger as his only companion that the story really starts.

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale which is along the lines of Homer's Odyssey in it's scope and weirdness. There are twists and turns that I never expected and that is hard to do with me. I loved the fact that Pi was able to see the good in many faiths and had no trouble aligning himself to those parts that spoke to his belief system. The tale of his 277 day journey on the lifeboat/raft is intriguing and almost impossible to describe. If you have not read Life of Pi, put it on your TBR pile!

I may be away from this blog for a couple of days while I read some books that are due back in the library due to holds, but I will be posting my musings on my other blog.

22 Books Read
979 to go!

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010

I have just posted my review of Hidden Wives on my other site
it was a page turner and if you are at all interested in what goes on behind the closed gates of fundamentalist societies this is the book for you.

I'm off to start on Life of Pi which I have wanted to read for some time, but just never got around to it.

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 6, 2010

THE SEA by John Banville

This is the story of a man who has just lost his wife to cancer. He returns to the seaside village that he visited as a young boy and thought of his first romance fill his mind. The story jumps from the past to the future and shows how we both grow and stay the same when it comes to love.

I have to admit that this is probably one of my least favorite reads so far. I cannot really put my finger on the reason why as the story held my interest, but for a book under 200 pages to take me over four days to read there has to be something missing. I think it was the characters, I just didn't connect to any of them, male or female. I guess it could just be the author, as thinking to my review of his other book, THE SHROUD, I also had trouble being connected to the characters.

I am currently reading a copy of a new book, HIDDEN WIVES by Claire Avery, which I received from the author. My comments will be up on my other blog in the next day or so. I am really enjoying this novel which looks at the lives of two young sisters in a fundamentalist religious community.

21 Books Read
980 to go!

I will be back soon with another "1001" book, until then...

Good Night and Good Reading!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June 5, 2010

I know it's been a few days since I have posted. I do have a book read from "the list", but with some overdue gardening and moving into my new space at the Antique Mall I have been exhausted and my back is not doing that great. I will post (hopefully later tonight) about my new read.