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25 March 2013 @ 10:06 pm
Time to revisit this little mission! Here it is :) 37/100 HIT ME BACK!!!

So, if I've crossed it out I've read it, and if not I've gotta read it by the end of this year, or perhaps some other extended time frame in case of severe business...This is of course,  possibly excepting those books in which I have no interest.

1) Lord of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
2) My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult
3) Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
4) Crosstitch, Diana Gabaldon
5) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling
6) The Bronze Horseman, Paullina Simons
7) The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
8)The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
9) The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett

10) The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
11) The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
12) To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

13) The Kite Runner, Khalod Hosseini
14) The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffeneger
15) The Bible
16) The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
17) The Magician, Raymond E Feist
18) The Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
19) Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
20) Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
21) Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
22) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, JK Rowling
23) The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
24) Into The Wilderness, Sara Donati
25) A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
26) Life of Pi, Yann Martel
27) Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
28) Jessica, Bryce Courtenay
29) Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
30) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
31) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling

32) A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
33) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
34) Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
35) Rachel's Holiday, Marian Keyes
36) The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
37) Santaram, Gregory David Roberts
38) Pact, Jodi Picoult
39) The Tea Rose, Jennifer Donelly
40) Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult
41) Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt
42) Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
43) The Girl In Times Square, Paullina Simons
44) Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
45) This Charming Man, Marian Keyes
46) Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
47) The River God, Wilbur Smith
48) The Persimmon Tree, Bryce Courtenay
49) World Without End, Ken Follett
50) Dune, Frank Herbert
51) Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang
52) April Fool's Day, Bryce Courtenay
53) Atonement, Ian McEwen
54) The Bone Garden, Tess Gerritsen
55) The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
56) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
57) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling
58) Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes
59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon
60) The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
61) I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
62) Eragon, Christopher Paolini
63) Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden
64) Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
65) Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres
66) Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer
67) Tully, Paullina Simons
68) Catch 22, Joseph Heller
69) No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander Smith McCall
70) Watermelon, Marian Keyes
71) We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
72) Anybody Out There? Marian Keyes
73) Chocolat, Joanne Hariss
74) The Winter Rose, Jennifer Donelly
75) The Denniston Rose, Jenny Patrick
76) Killing Floor, Lee Child
77) A Really Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
78) Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
79) Nothing To Lose, Lee Child
80) Secret, Rhonda Byrne
81) The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
82) The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
83) The Stand, Stephen King
84) Edmonds Cookery Book, Edmonds
85) The Potato Factory, Bryce Courtenay
86) Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Marian Keyes
87) The Vintner's Luck, Elizabeth Knox
88) The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
89) Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Feilding

90) The Penguin History of New Zealand, Michael King
91) London, Edward Rutherford
92) The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
93) Shipping News, Annie E Proulx
94) Four Fires, Bryce Courtenay
95) Mao's Last Dancer,  Li Gunxin
96) Last Chance Saloon, Marian Keyes
97) Plain Truth, Jodi Picoult
98) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind
99) The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
100) The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
19 November 2011 @ 10:47 pm

Title: Everything is Illuminated
Author:  Jonathan Safran Foer
Grade: A+
Blurb from the Back:

"Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated won the Guardian First Book Award in 2002. It tells the story of a young man who goes to the Ukraine in search of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He is aided in his quest by a blind old man, a randy guide dog and a very, very bad translator. It is funny, moving and gripping and we guarantee you won't have read anything quite like it before"

First Sentence(s):

"My legal name is Alexander Perchov. But all of my friends dub me Alex, because that is a more flaccid-to-utter version of my legal name"

Absolutely bloody brilliantCollapse )
10 November 2011 @ 01:46 pm

Title: Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:

"On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of her country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge.

By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnesses mysteries and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone. 

First Sentence(s):

"The play-for which Briony had designed the posters, programmes and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crepe paper- was written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch"

Atonement: Reparation or expiation for sinCollapse )
01 November 2011 @ 10:53 pm

Title: When God Was A Rabbit
Author: Sarah Winman
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:

"This is a book about a brother and a sister

It's a book about childhood, and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between

More than anything, it's a book about love in all it's forms."
First Sentence(s):

"I divide my life into two parts. Not really a Before and After, more as if they are bookends, holding together flaccid years of empty musings, years of the late adolescent or the twentysomething whose coat of adulthood simply does not fit. Wandering years I waste no time in recalling"

Fuck the yogiCollapse )
24 October 2011 @ 09:53 pm

Title: The Famished Road
Author: Ben Okri
Grade: B
Blurb from the Back:

"Azaro is a spirit-child who is born only to live for a short while before returning to the idyllic world of his spirit companions. Now he has chosen to stay in the world of the living. This is his story."
First Sentence(s):

"In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branches out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry"

Sometimes I think it was a face that made me want to stay. I wanted to make happy the bruised face of the woman who would become my mother.Collapse )
03 October 2011 @ 03:00 pm

Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Grade: A+
Blurb from the Back:

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in
her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go
on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night
of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will
they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that
follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

First Sentence(s):

"'I suppose the important thing is to make some sort of difference,' she said. 'You know, actually change something.'"

20 September 2011 @ 09:54 pm

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:
"Jack is five, and excited about his birthday. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures eleven feet by eleven feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside…"

First Sentence(s):

"Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra"

RoomCollapse )

20 September 2011 @ 09:21 pm

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Grade: A+
Blurb from the Back:
One of those ones that just has praise for the book, I'm afraid. 
Well deserved praise, of course. 
This is what the google books summary has to say

"Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Helpis a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't."

First Sentence(s):
" Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that's what i do, along with all the cooking and cleaning"

Read more...Collapse )

03 April 2010 @ 11:24 pm

Title: House Rules
Author: Jodi Picoult
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:
"Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger's, Jacob has an obsesive focus on on subject- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the bops what they need to do- and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder."

First Sentence:
"Everywhere I look, there are signs of a struggle"

"Look after your brother, he's the only one you've got"Collapse )



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