#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

Finished Fellowship of the Ring.  Finally.

Thank goodness I decided to WATCH the Lord of the Rings trilogy as part of my 101 list.   I don’t know if I will ever be able to make it through 2 more of these books.  This one nearly killed my love of reading forever.  I really had to push through it, which is unfortunate since it has such a cult following and I thought I would like it.   Can’t love them all, I guess.

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#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

My online book club ladies never disappoint.  I finished I Am the Messenger and loved it.   I really felt like I knew the main character, probably b/c it was written in the present tense and came across as a conversation between the two of us.

Next up – I guess I’m going to start the Lord of the Rings series, but I grabbed Pride & Prejudice this morning as well.   P&P is yet another high school book I have been wanting to re-read.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

Just finished The Thirteenth Tale.  I would rank it in my top 5 new reads of the year, possibly even second behind The Time Traveler’s Wife.  The book read as an intellectual mystery with a dash of the supernatural.

Next up – I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, then I will start on the Lord of the Rings series for the online book club readalong.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

My online book club started a small read-along for the Lord of the Rings, starting with The Hobbit.  Surprisingly, I have never read any of these book or watched the movies.  I’ve been meaning to watch the trilogy for a long time, which is why I included that on my 101 list.  Now that we’re doing this read-along, I’m going to read the books first, then watch the movies.

I finished The Hobbit yesterday.  It was an easy read, and each part of the journey was interesting enough, but  I didn’t fall in love with it.  I do wish I would have read it when I was younger because I probably would have enjoyed it much more.

I’m going to knock out The Great Gatsby over the next couple of days since it’s a tiny book.  This is another classic I haven’t read in at least 10 years.  When I’m done, I’ll probably pick up Fellowship of the Ring.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

I finished The Book Thief, and it was just as amazing as everyone told me it would be.  Definitely one of the best reads of the year so far.  I cried like a little girl as I read the last few chapters.

I started a new book early this morning – The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesay.  I really don’t know anything about it and no one recommended it to me.  I saw it on a list of must-reads for 2008, so I decided to give it a try.

I might also pick up The Hobbit from the college library on Monday.  My online book club is having a read-along and I have never read it!

#19: Write a letter to someone I admire & #23: Read 50 books in 1 year

I finished Then We Came to the End.  It won some awards and some critics claimed it was “Hilarious!”  I didn’t think it was hilarious.  I thought, if anything, it was somewhat realistic at times, somewhat off the charts at times, and overall depressing.  However, it was well-written, very detailed, and you could picture the characters clearly even though there were few descriptors of their physical appearance.

Now on to The Book Thief.  I picked it up earlier this week when I accidentally (and ironically) left my other book in my office.   So far, I’m really impressed by this novel, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

As for my next check-off (write a letter to someone I admire), the letter has now been mailed (signed, sealed, delivered….I’m yours!)  I started writing it about 2 months ago, but like anything else I write, I over-read it, nitpick it, and edit edit edit until I hate it.    I almost did the same thing with this letter.  At the last minute, I decided to hunt down the original letter, make tiny grammar and word changes, and send it off as it was.   I’m not going to go into much detail, other than to say the letter is private and I’m glad I sent it off.

Another random update…

My online book club is discussing Then We Came to the End today, and I am nowhere close to being finished.  I’m only about 150 pages in, and it just didn’t pick up for me.  As usual, I’ll end up finishing it anyway but I hate that I can’t involve myself in the discussion.

In other news, here is the elliptical I ended up purchasing.   My husband and I did a lot of research, and found the best reviewed/most recommended elliptical in our price range.  We decided on the Schwinn 430.

elliptical

It will arrive in about 2 weeks.  I really hope it helps me get my butt in gear.

Random update…

It’s been several days since I last checked in, so I thought I would make a quick post.  I’ve been reading Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris, but it’s slow-going.  I think the topic is interesting enough, and the “we” point of view is really unique, but for some reason it’s not drawing me in.  I’m only about 100 pages in, which is an unusually slow pace for me.  I just need to put down the laptop and devote some real time to it, I guess.  My husband is playing video games, so now might be a good time.

Also, I think I need to start working on the Health section of my list.  I bought an elliptical today, and it should arrive within the next couple of weeks. I’d really like to get back in shape because I think that’s a lot of my problem with feeling worn-out all of the time.

My veggie garden is growing lots and lots of leaves (the squash plants are HUGE) but no veggies so far…

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year & #29: Read 3 classic novels

I finished 1984, which means I get a double check off.  Good for me, right?

After finishing,  I have decided I have mixed feelings on this book.  I get the hype, and why it’s considered a masterpiece – it was really progressive for its time, and is still a very thought-provoking book.  However, it was a really tedious read at times.   I wasn’t terribly interested in the beginning, but then the story started to pick up and draw me in.  Just when I was starting to get invested, it got TERRIBLY boring, then some drama happened, then it got downright disturbing (which I’m ok with, but it was repetitive and drawn-out).

I’m surprised I didn’t like this book more, since another “negative utopia” novel – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – is one of my favorite reads.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a science girl and not a politics girl?