neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

Year 2 reading list

From my 101 in 1001 list,
31. Read 150 books for pleasure. Here is the list to keep track

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91 / 150

This year:
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58 / 50

I have some catching up to do. I only made it through 33 books last year.

Date Book Link or comments
January 6/07 David Baldacci, The Camel Club The amount of detail and conspiracy he attempted to cram into 400+ pages boggled a bit. As well, the Oliver Stone character is completely unlikely within the context of this story.
January 9/07 Pernille Rygg, The Butterfly Effect No, not The The Butterfly Effect
January 19, 2007 Bruce Schneier, Beyond Fear Author had some interesting points, but the fact that this is a completely unreferenced work is distracting. The author makes some claims that would be more impactful if he provided sources for.
January 21, 2007 Malcolm Gladwell, Blink Makes me want to learn what all those muscles he's talking about are. *g*
January 22, 2007 Augusten Burroughs, Running with Scissors Dark, dark story.
February 1, 2007 Peter Beinart, The Good Fight: Why Liberals-and Only Liberals-Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again
Two hundred page book, of which the author only talks about the future for ~30. The rest of the time is a discussion of the historically shifting position of the left in the US over the past 60 years. Does not deliver what the title promises. Ironic that his premise is libs have no clear vision, and he doesn't offer one either.
February 10, 2007 Frank Rich, The Greatest Story Ever Sold A factual timeline of the continued deception perpetrated by the Bush administration in order to justify the invasion of Iraq. Very few new revelations, but shocking in its entirety.
February 13, 2007 Hugo Hamilton, The Speckled People A friend of mine lent this to me a couple of years ago, I had never heard of it, and wasn't sure it would interest me. It is a heartbreaking story of a German/Irish boy growing up in Ireland after WWII, allowed only to speak Irish or German, but not English. I love stories that are told with an interesting voice, a character who shines through the words. This book evokes memories of childhood, of trying to sort out the pain of the adults around you, while still preserving the wonderful world of a child.
February 18, 2007 John Grogan, Marley & Me If you want a book that will make you laugh out loud, uncontrollably, in the most inappropriate of places, read this book. Read it up until the toboggan run. If you want a book that will break your heart and make you bawl your eyes out, read the rest of the book. The author has managed to capture the heartbreak and joy our pets bring to our lives in a light, easy to read novel. Hug your furbabies!
March 4, 2007 John Grisham, A Painted House A really enjoyable read
April 12, 2007 Ayelet Waldman, Murder Plays House Funny read, will look for others in series
April 15, 2007 Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, She's Not There Will look for the first Poppy Rice novel, not spectacular, but a good cottage read.
April 16, 2007 Scott Frost, Run The Risk Too convenient, 'mastermind' was too smart, to no end.
April 24, 2007 Todd Gitlin, Sacrifice Not a terribly captivating book. Older messed up son reading his father's journals to try to understand him better; after father's suicide. Father was a psychoanalyst who re-wrote some of the major father/son storylines of the bible.
April 27, 2007 Sidney Sheldon, Memories of Midnight Sequel, but readable on its own. Standard Sheldon world of super evil and clueless victims.
May 1, 2007 Terry McMillan, A Day Late and a Dollar Short This was the first Terry M. book I've read, and I'm not sure I'll read another. The biggest issue I had with it was how everyone and everything seemed to wrap up so neatly in the end. The chances of all these family members suddenly straightening out after thirty some-odd years of messing up just does not ring true. And while the letters made me cry a little, please.
May 5, 2007 Stephen J. Cannell, Cold Hit Entertaining story, got a bit over the top at the end, can see the 'made for TV'ness of it (no wonder given SJC's background). May try others to see how they go. Think the character is re-occurring.
May 8, 2007 Joan Hess, The Deadly Ackee Entertaining short stories, one of which I'd read in another anthology. Cute 'novel'.
May 14, 2007 Liz Curtis Higgs, Mixed Signals This book was disappointing. I was expecting a women's fiction novel and ended up with a Christian Romance instead. Not only does every character find their personal god, and develop their saving grace, but the heroine is immature and her reactions to predicable situations (seeing the object of her affection hugging another woman etc) are infantile at best. If one more person had shed one more tear in this book I would have torn the book in too. Best thing I can say about it is that I'm finished reading it.
May 18, 2007 Hugh Zachary, Munday Of all the 3/$10 fiction books I recently bought, this was the only disappointment. Storylines are started and abandoned, and the abrupt ending is jarring and unsatisfying. The sexist tone of the author was also annoying.
May 20, 2007 Stephen R. Donaldson, The Man Who Fought Alone
May 21, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, From Potter's Field Somewhere along the way I stopped reading this series, I have some catching up to do.
May 22, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Cause of Death
May 24, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Unnatural Exposure
June 7, 2007 Leon Uris, Mitla Pass
June 8, 2007 Mary Higgins Clarke, Daddy's Little Girl First MHC book I've read and I was pleasantly surprised by it. While it is superficial on many levels, and it is obvious the author is trying to be 'net savvy and failing, it was an engaging and quick read. I would certainly not call it a mystery, but willtry another of her books.
June 10, 2007 Dorothy Cannell, The Importance of Being Ernestine
June 16, 2007 David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
June 18, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Black Notice Still trying to fill in the holes of the books that I skipped.
June 20, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, The Last Precinct
June 21, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Blow Fly
June 22, 2007 Patrica Cornwell, Trace
June 23, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Predator
June 28, 2007 Vicki Iovine, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy I know. I never thought I would find myself reading one of these, but she is pretty damn funny. And while I didn't really learn anything new, I giggled a lot. Especially at her outdated fashion tips - Stirrup pants? hehe.
June 30, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Hornet's Nest Her emotionally stunted, uncommunicative, but apparently completely successful characters are getting to be too much.
July 2, 2007 Sue Grafton, N is for Noose
July 3, 2007 Sue Grafton, O is for Outlaw
July 5, 2007 Sue Grafton, Q is for Quarry
July 8, 2007 Sue Grafton, R is for Ricochet
July 11, 2007 Sue Grafton, S is for Silence And now I'm caught up on this series, on to the next.
July 15, 2007 Ayelet Waldman, The Cradle Robbers
July 15, 2007 Ayelet Waldman, Bye-Bye Black Sheep
July 19, 2007 Patricia Cornwell, Point of Origin
July 28,2007 JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Aug 21, 2007 James Laxer, The Border, Canada, the US and Dispatches from the 49th Parallel Interesting look at life on both sides of the 49th and our relationship with the US. Written before, during and after 9/11. Weird non-ending.
Aug. 31, 07 Sears and Sears, The Birth Book You can certainly see where their biases lie - which is pretty funny for a doctor and a nurse.
Sept. 10, 2007 JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit What an enjoyable book! As I was reading it, I kept thinking, 'I can't wait to read this to my child(ren)' The most entertaining/captivating of his books I've read so far.
October 20, 2007 JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion Guh. Never want to have to read a book like that again! Confusing timelines, text where a character has three different names, and boring story.
October 24, 2007 Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner I know this is actually for hubby to read, but I wanted to gain some insight on what he's planning too. Good book for labour support people. (esp. ones that don't want a doula in the room)
Nov 1, 07 Pam England, Birthing From Within A little bit too much focus on art and drawing for expression, but great pain management tips. lots of ice cube work to be done. Also lots of advice for birth partner
November 08, 2007 Henci Goer, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Childbirth Are you sensing a theme yet?
November 16, 2007 Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
November 23, 2007 Andrew Solomon, A Stone Boat
November 24, 2007 Kathy Reichs, Bones to Ashes Not a bad installment in this series. Quick read.
November 29, 2007 Dave Hill, Dad's Life Funny, touching story. A little bit confusing with the ex's motives, but tied up in a tidy package.
November 30, 2007 Maud Bryt, Baby Love A tad old fashioned on advice, and a bit of a fluff piece. Parenting is wonderful and it will all work out, just stay calm.
December 3, 2007 Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Really, I think the title says it all. Pretty damn funny read, and impressive in the attempts to use historically correct context.
December 29, 2007 Nikki Sixx, The Heroin Diaries

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