Book 45: Without A Net
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Book 45 was Without a Net by Michelle Kennedy, which is a reread.

I'm behind, but I'm also in the middle of several books. :P

Books #45 & #46
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sarahmichigan
Book #45 was "The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz, as a book on CD. It had the same reader as the short story collection by the same author I listened to earlier this year, "Drown." A few minor characters from "Drown" show up in cameos in "Oscar" as well. The book is, ostensibly, about a science fiction and comic book nerd named Oscar, who lives in the U.S. but whose family is from the Dominican Republic. He is on a quest to get laid, a quest made difficult by the fact that he's hyper-nerdy, fat and homely. However, the book also examines his sister's story, his mother's story, and the story of the Dominican Republic under the dictator Trujillo. A curse by Trujillo on Oscar's family casts a shadow on all of Oscar's life and the life of his mother as well.

Book #46 was "Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning" by Julia Markus. I really loved this book! It is not a dual biography of the two married poets but rather, as the title indicates, a biography of their marriage -- how it came about, how the poets influenced each other before and after marriage, and how, in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's case, she influenced her husband for decades after her death. It's chock full of excerpts from their letters, has lots of accompanying paintings and photographs, and is a pretty easy and fun read. The book does a good job of putting them in the political and artistic context of their time. It's fun to read about the other famous writers and celebrities they were friends with, and the disagreement between husband and wife over spiritualism was a particularly interesting part of their story.

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Book 47: Forever Free
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Forever Free, Joe Haldeman. 274p. 1999, Ace/Berkley/Penguin Putnam.

Reading Time: November 20-26, work and car rides.

This was a direct sequel to The Forever War. It started out okay, if a little dull, and somewhere in the middle it felt like Joe lost his outline and forgot how he meant to end the story. I think I finished it because I kept hoping for a payoff that would make the whole pointless ride worth it.

Book 44: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Book 44 was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling of course. :) It's a reread, but after seeing the first part of the seventh book as a film, I decided to read the seventh book again. :)

I feel behind, but I have a long weekend right now, and I have a bunch of time off during the Christmas season, plus one of the books I'm reading now is for work, so I'll read that here and there during the work day. I am giving a presentation about it (sort of a summary of the book) in mid-December, so I really need to finish it maybe this weekend. It should be my first priority.

Books 44-46: one shot, one burbon, one beer.
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Book 44: A Flag Full of Stars, Brad M. Ferguson. 241p. 1991, Pocket Books/Simon &Schuster.
Book 45: Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins. 398p. 2010, Scholastic.
Book 46: Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman. 326p. 1997, Ace/Berkley/Peguin Putnam.

Reading Time: October 28-Nov19

I grabbed Flag for reading in the car on the way to Owosso, where I would be petsitting for a 5-day weekend. The Hubby and I spend every Thursday morning at a coffee shop, reading e-mail and celebrating Payday. In Owosso, we went to a little bookstore with an espresso bar. I spotted a copy of Mockingjay on discount, and had to have it. I read it voraciously over the weekend. When I got home, Forever Peace was waiting at the library. Peace became my work-break book, and Flag became my car-ride book.

Flag was intended to take place just before the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture. As a story, it moves okay, but as a media tie-in, there's a certain hokieness, a bit of camp that I never felt with the shows and movies. I liked that story centered around non-canon characters, but some of the character development and internal conflict was the source of the hokey. Otherwise, it was a different take on Klingons.

I've been waiting for Mockingjay since I finished Catching Fire (my book 34). I don't like the way the story ended -- I was rooting for the other love interest, and I was horrified at who the author killed, but way things fell out tied well to the denoument.

Peace took me the longest to read, because it was not well-suited for reading in short bursts. Haldeman called it a sequel, written to address the problems and issues of war and conflict of the mid-90s. It's not. I don't recognize any of the characters, and I'm not sure what year the story takes place in, but it does tie in to the the state of humanity at the end of Forever War.

I've already started Forever Free.

Books 42 and 43 (Where the Heart Is and HP & the Order of the Phoenix)
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Book 42 was Where the Heart Is, which I loved, as it's also a movie I love (didn't realize it was based on a novel until I ran across the novel).

Book 43 was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which I've read before, but it's been a while, and this was an audiobook.

I've got 10 books to go, so I'm behind, especially since 2 of those books need to be in German.

In progress:
Die Fu:nf Menschen...
It Could Be Worse, Oder?
Love Dare
Drive
Anne of Green Gables

I need another audiobook. :P

Books 41 & 42
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sarahmichigan

I'm feeling a little behind. I was aiming to get to 52 books this year, and I'm only on track to squeak by with 50. But, there are still 2 months, so we'll see!

Book #41 and 42 were both books on CD. I have been reading print books, but they're going slowly.

Book #41 was "A Fistful of Charms" by Kim Harrison, the 4th in "The Hollows" series of urban fantasy books with the main character Rachel Morgan. As per usual, these are brain candy for me. I have some issues with Harrison's artistry as a writer- she uses stock phrases over and over in a way that irritates me. And yet, she makes me want to know what happens next, so I guess she's doing something right. I've listened to most of these on road trips with my husband, and they really help pass the time. It was fun that we were listening to this particular book during a trip in Northern Michigan, since much of the action is set around Mackinaw City and the straits.

Book #42 was "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMaurier. This is a re-read for me, but I read it as a regular print book the first time, and this time as a book on CD. The reader was quite good. I think I got more out of it the second time, caught some literary allusions that I missed the first time. I still think DuMaurier's descriptive powers are fantastic and I still have problems with the gender politics in the book. Reading up on DuMaurier's life, I suspect she really identified with Rebecca and not the unnamed first-person narrator of this book.

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Book 41: Baby Brother's Blues
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I think now I've read all of Pearl Cleage's novels, though she's written at least two nonfiction books and at least two plays which I've never read.

I am reading 53 books this year, three of which have to be in German. I've been trying to read the first Harry Potter book in German since like 2005, when I bought it, but I haven't touched it in at least a year. :P

I'm in the middle of three German books, outside of that one. I'll finish two of them before the end of the year, that's my goal. I've already read one German play. :)

In addition, I'll read 10 more books in English.

So, I've read 40/50 English books.
and I've read 1/3 German books.

In process, German:
Johannes
Fu:nf Menschen...
It Could be Worse, Oder? (german/english story)

In process, English:
Love Dare
Anne of Green Gables
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Drive

Book 40!!!!! Endstation Sehnsucht
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My 40th book was in German, and I'm sooooo proud of myself. :)

It was a play, "Endstation Sehnsucht" which is a translation of "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, and it's my favorite play. I've read it many times, and I've seen the movie several times as well.

But it's a REAL book, not a kids' book, and I read it start to finish, and that makes me very happy.

:)

Book 39: Babylon Sisters
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None of Pearl Cleage's books have hit me as hard as I Wish I Had a Red Dress, except maybe What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, but I am reading the rest of her stuff because I do like it all.

Book 39 was Babylon Sisters, which was good, though not great. But I will say that her writing itself is great, and I love her characters. :)

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