That’s 17 books in the next 6.5 months if I really do intend to read them all by the end of the year. That would be 3 books a month practically… not sure I can swing that but I’m gonna try!
- Sense and Sensibility
- Everything is Illuminated
- Bartimaeus Trilogy
- Perfume Dreams
- The Last Lecture
- Dear First Lady: Letters to the White House
- Kiln People
- Catfish and Mandala
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
- A good scent from a strange mountain
- Seeing Vietnam
- Leave it to Psmith
Let’s see how well I do…
I liked the first book so much I finished the rest of the series. All-in-all, I liked the whole series. Lots of action, lots of drama. The only thing I didn’t like was that the storylines started splitting from the second book onwards. I think at one point, you had to track 6 or 7 different plot lines. They eventually all merged and overlapped here and there but it felt a little too fractured. And the series got progressively more religious, which didn’t bother me too much but I could see it being a touchy subject for some people.
Random: My favorite comment from Sindy… driving back from dinner at one of her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, Sindy points out some of her favorite restaurants along the way. She then says, "I love Dick’s" as we pass by "Dick’s Drive-in" (a hamburger joint). It tops my "I don’t want to ride the S.L.U.T." joke about the South Lake Union Transit line. =)
While on vacation, one of the few things I was able to accomplish on my "To-Do" list was to read. I brought back two books with me — both were sitting on my "to read" pile and both were personal recommendations from friends. I haphazardly threw in two books the night before my flight out and randomly chose one for my flight.
The first book was "Middlesex". This was a recommendation from my former biz partner. Surprisingly, I was able to actually finish it during my trip. It meant squeezing in reading time between 12am – 3am which was my only free time what with taking care of the babies, spending time with the family, etc. It’s a touching and slightly disturbing story about the life of a hermaphadite who was born a girl and at puberty began turning into more of a man than a woman. Very unusual read but still quite the page-turner. This isn’t the type of book I would normally choose for myself so I’m glad I got a chance to read something outside my typical interest.
The second book turned out to be "The Golden Compass". As it turned out while I was in Korea, G recommended this to me. We were hanging out and stopped by a huge bookstore which had a fairly large selection of English books. He recommended 2 or 3 books to me and I bought them on the spot. One was "Slaughterhouse Five", which I read promptly but "The Golden Compass" got set aside until it got randomly thrown into my suitcase. What’s funny is when I pulled it out after finishing "Middlesex", I read the back cover, which alluded to "armoured bears" and some other stuff that sounded vaguely familiar and I finally realized it was familiar because I had seen the movie already! It’s funny that I’ve owned this book for over a year now and I saw the movie before I even realized I had the book! I’m only a couple chapters in but I already feel like they did a bad job casting and costuming the cast in the movie. That’s Hollywood for you.