Crossed off another two

It’s nice when you can finish a 500 page book in a day.  If only every book I picked up was as much of a page turner as "The Time Traveler’s Wife".  I love and dread that feeling when you realize that there aren’t enough pages left in the book for things to end the way you want.  It’s like this sense of inevitableness that you have no choice but to accept.  I could put the book down, walk away and postpone the end but my eyes are transfixed and my hands won’t let go of the pages.  This is why I love to read!
 
So, here’s my reading list.  I guess I’ll try to read the books I own before moving on to buying more.  I happen to have a lot books by Vietnamese writers on my list.  This year is the first time I’ve read books by Vietnamese authors and so far I’m depressed by them all.  I’m really hopeful my friend’s book gets published.  He just finished his first book — a much more witty, smart humurous manuscript about his year living in Viet Nam.  I hope it makes my reading list some day.  In the meanwhile, I’ll make due with the books I have.  If I can finish the 5 books I own on my list below by the end of the year, I think it’ll be an all-time reading record for me!  Hope they’re all page-turners; otherwise, it’ll be shear will power to get me across the finish line.
 
  • Perfume Dreams (*)
  • Leave it to Psmith (*)
  • Stumbling on Happiness (*)
  • The Tapestries (*)
  • Bartimaeus Trilogy  (*)
  • Wild Nights
  • Twilight
  • Catfish and Mandala
  • The Last Lecture
  • Dear First Lady: Letters to the White House
  • Seeing Vietnam
  • Everything is Illuminated  (*) – CHECK!
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife  (*) – CHECK!
  • Monkey Bridge (*) – CHECK!
  • Kiln People  (*)  – CHECK!
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