So, we've been living 2010 now for almost 6 months.
I'm a considerable book-a-holic and find it always interesting to see what I've read throughout a year.
Anyway, what books have you read so far this year?
What were your feelings on them?
Do you have a list or idea of what books you'd like to read this year?
For me, I've read half of Dicken's "The Curiosity Shop." I found it too dry to finish, so I moved onto my friend's favorite book by Poppy Z. Brite, "Lost Souls."
It was about teenage vampires, but a lot darker (and far kinkier) than that Twilight series.
Currently, I am reading Nabokov's "Lolita," which is great but makes my skin crawl.
Next, I intend to read Hemingway's "Farewell to Arms."
So what about you? Any recommendations or don't-bother-reviews?
torimari, GREAT question! I am a former English teacher, who still loves to read and write. So I am constantly doing both.
As for books, I've read _The Birth Order Book_ by Kevin Leman. Fascinating stuff and not all completely intuitive. He's done some research and has some interesting different parameters for determining why you are the way you are.
I also tried to read _Gilead_ by Marilynne Robinson. I gave it the 50-page try, but it just never clicked for me. It's written as one long letter (although not formatted that way), so you'd think I could get into it. But I didn't. Interestingly, my mother-in-law and husband both enjoyed it.
A couple of others I REALLY enjoyed: _The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society_ by Mary Ann Shafer and _Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance_ by Jack Sutin.
Both of those are set in WWII and are different stories, the first being fiction and the second being an autobiography. But I couldn't put either one down.
Currently, I'm reading a book on how to compose pictures and also another book by Kevin Leman _How to Make Children Mind Without Losing Yours_. Great title!!
I realize all the books I mentioned were recommended to me. So I guess I'm open to hear more.
Also, I LOVE to read the classics. So let me know about _Farewell to Arms_.
I like the classics too, but they take patience. I'm reading Middlemarch by George Elliot right now. It's a fantastic book, but you have to pay close attention to connect all the characters and keep track of who is speaking about whom. Elliot clothes her thoughts in some of the most beautiful sentences you'll ever read. You just feel a sort of "yes, that's how it is!" after some of them.
I'm thinking of reading something contemporary or not so lengthy after finishing Middlemarch, not sure what though. First things first.
Never read anything by George Elliot. I'll have to look into it. Classics do take patience; some are dry and some, like it sounds like you are reading, are rich in text and need more time to appreciate the language.
Alison-It's ok. I read Dracula when I was 20/21...being a lover of Gothicism and vampires I was a little disappointed in it. I knew the story but Stoker's writing was a little...bland. :s
Sounds like some great books~I'll have to look it up.
I love classics, but I'm way to cautious of newer fiction. I think it is because when I have read bestsellers they have been...mediocre--in recent years.
So, newer book recommendations are appreciated.
Looks like you've definitely surpassed my amount of books so far...I'm a lazy reader that thinks too much so I take too long to finish books. x)
Hemingway's "A Farewell To Arms" is one of my favorite books.
I have read and reread 'The Book Thief'. A truly magical book that speaks of growing up in Germany and the love that four people can have for each other and how it grows through hardship. If you haven't read it, it really is a must on anyones list.
I have also read quite a lot of Huxleys work and would recommend that to get a taste of his disturbing view on society.
I would love to hear what your favorite books are!
Disturbing look at society? You had me at disturbing. I'll definitely look at 'The Book Thief' too. Seems like you and Polly had great reviews so why not. :B
My favorite books are The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hugo), LOTR trilogy (Tolkien), As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner) and Equus (Schaffer).
Good to see this thread picking up. I felt there wasn't enough book discussion on a writing site, so wee.
Sadly,(as in im ashamed) i just finished the latest S-Stackhouse/TrueBlood Book
Dead in the family
prior to that:
paolo coelho "The Pilgrimage"
walter moers "The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear" (Adams meets Rowlings meets Vonnegut)
Piers Anthony "macroscope"
something by Carlos castaneda
and another 30 or so I cant recall - Im on a reading diet this year
Currently I'm on the second book of the Millennium trilogy - The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.
Prior to that The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve and How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper. All good.
I have just completed To Kill A Mocking Bird and before it I read The Time Travelers Wife.
I just finished the JR Ward "Black Brotherhood Dagger" vampire series, 8th book I just finished and are they hot and good!!!! I love to read and I have books all over the place...
I have seen that book, but don't remember what it is about.
I have that book also! he does have some great insight and tips.
I haven't read as much this year, but have quite a few going at the same time.
re-read The Omnivore's Delimma- Michael Pollan [excellent book about our food/food industry]
Loving Frank- Nancy Horan [about Frank Lloyd Wright and the woman he loved]
a couple job/career related books by Robin Ryan that were excellent
Anastaisa- Megre [interesting book about a girl who lives in the Siberian forest, part of the Ringing Cedars Series]
Organic Housekeeping- Ellen Sandbeck I know it must sound incredibly boring, but it's very informative and has enlightened me a lot about the toxins in our everyday life. working on a hub in regard to children and keeping them safe.
often I pick up books I've already read and read parts of them again. too many to name.
I love books, sometimes I buy them just because I like the cover or title.
This year, I have read Julie Walter's Autobiography 'That's another story', (I really admire her), Simon King's Autobiography 'Wildlife'(the wildlife photographer), Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' (can't believe I had never read it before) and am currently reading 'The Historian' by Elizabeth Kostova.
I was reading books that have films based on them, so I read:
The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (which is a children's book, but still excellent).
More recently (on my mum's suggestion) I read:
The Information Officer by Mark Mills
1688 by John E. Wills
Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
The Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden
All of which I've been writing hubs reviewing.
Also, I bought the 100 Classic Books 'game' for my DS and read Robinson Crusoe from that. I want to read a lot of classics but they are so daunting on a DS because you only get like 20 words on a page. Perhaps I'll give something like Middlemarch a go though, although at the moment I've still got 4 books on my 'to read' pile.
quiet a few autobiography of mahatma and abdul kalam , five point some one, what ur doctor doesnot know , vivekanands to name few...
Currently reading: The Most of P.G. Wodehouse
Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City - This one is REALLY good. I highly recommend it.
Jalal Toufic, Distracted. - This guy is very clever. He's like a Steven Wright that's read too many books. One line that sticks in my head is, "For the blind, everything that is not an edge is an abyss." Good stuff.
Canyon Sam, Sky Train - This one is why I wrote that trademark hub lol. Good story once she stops talking about herself.
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet. - One of the best books I've ever read. Totally awesome. I plan on hitting this for ten or fifteen minutes before I write sometimes, just to slow myself down. He reminds me of Cormac McCarthy in his pacing.
Seth Godin, Free Prize Inside: How to Make a Purple Cow- Marketing book I got turned on to. Quick read, good stuff to think about.
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being - really cool assembly of ideas and narrative technique. Good read.
Eula Biss Notes From No Man’s Land Some good stuff, some sort of liberal preachy parts.
Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginning Good story, a little dry, but worth the read.
Lyn Hejinian, My Life - Meh, not into this style, but some of the lines were clever, just enough to keep you going. Read it out loud to my wife and daughter so we could have fun with the randomness.
Carole Maso’s Break Every Rule Read half... hit the wall on a some experimental stuff, haven't picked it back up yet. ... there's a couple of other's I started and didn't finish too Milosz's ABC book and a Neruda memoir that was great, but just wasn't into it.
My most recent book was the Alchemist and I enjoyed by Paulo Coelho. I think it is a great book. I am currently reading The History of the Conquest of Mexico and Peru. It will take awhile along with your list. Thanks again. Oh! the author of the latest book is Williams H. Prescott. Mr. Prescott died in 1859 so, I imagine the books was printed some time during the 1840's it's that old.
I've read CS Lewis's Space Trilogy--Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and that Hideous Strength.
Then there's Swallow's of Kabul, by Yasmina Khadra
Anthem, by Ayn Rand
And right now I'm reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I've read Northanger Abby, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Though they were good, I can see why they are the lesser known of her works.
Right now I am reading Dune. I'm only a few chapters in, so I haven't formed an opinion yet.
I thought Mansfield Park was awesome. The other two, are okay. Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? That's a hoot, especially if you get the edition with the color plates. I lol'ed a lot reading that.
Dune is a good story, but the writing is pretty bad IMO. I had to push past some parts. Worth it though, cool world.
The books I have read since the beginning of the year are Seraph of The Swanee by Nora Zeale Thurston, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, Beloved by Toni Morrison and Forex Made easy
I read about three books a week. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy.
Hey Shadesbreath, I enjoyed the Dune movie. I never read the book, so I do not know about it. But, the movie was fantastic.
My father has always been utterly obsessed with Dune. He claims its better than Star Wars, and the 80s move was interesting. I need to read it since my father has literally a shelf of multiple copies of the 6-7 books from the series...I'm flooded with it...I'll tell you how it is if I read it. ;D
Wow, some people have long lists already and its only been half a year...I've read like, 2 books fully. Doh.
Hello to all, many of the books mentioned here I don't know, but I will check them for sure.
Here some of the ones that I have read this year: "The Normal and the Pathological" ((philosophy and history of medicine) by Geoges Canguilhem; "Red Dust" (novel) by Ma Jian; "Down Time:Great Writers on Diving" various authors; "Western Attitudes toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present" (History) by Philippe Ariès; "On the Treatment and Management of the More Common West-India Diseases 1750-1802" ed, J Edward Hutson; "Traditional Chinese Culture" by Zhang Qizhi; "The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine" by Shigehisa Kuriyama.
Can we make a book club? Maybe that will encourage me to read more literature.
How was that one on Western attitudes about death?
It is a classic in the topic and a quite good one indeed. Aries describe and analyze the various and changing views on death in Western (mainly Europe-France) societies. He contextualizes those views and changes and explores how they helped to develop new practices and socialization patterns.
A HubPages book club is a very cool idea. Do you mean that people all read the same book and discuss? Or just quick reviews of what they have read? Or both.
Am now reading T.C. Boyle's 'the Women,' about Frank Llyod Wright. Boyle is a master of the interesting sentence and quirky simile.
Currently devouring Stieg Larsson's "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" to complete the trilogy; finished Ian McEwan's "Solar" and enjoyed it enormously although it took me a few moments' reflection to understand the ending. "That Old Cape Magic" (Richard Russo) was a pleasant read, and "The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society" became a welcome Christmas gift to several friends last year, everyone praising the work. I'd be interested to join a HubPages Book Club to discuss specific books.
I think the greatest and the best modern writing was done in Spanish by the contemporaries of Picasso, Miró, Dalí and in fact (to give you an idea) most reminiscent of The Girl at the Window by Dalí representing a deep, distant, yet haunting beauty.
The most famous of these is certainly "100 years of solitude", but that is similar to Dalí's more crazy pictures, not good for beginners.
The author is Gabriel Marquez. His best novel is Chronicle of a Death Foretold. I think it is the 20th century second best novel, preceded on the number 1 spot by
La familia de Pascual Duarte by Cela.
Cela received the Nobel prize late when he had stopped caring and was even employing ghost writers to publish any kind of mix. But when he was young, maybe about 25, he wrote like an angel, a very dark angel, maybe the angel that knew he was going to become famous only as the Fallen Angel.
What I don't know is what the English translations are like.
Both these novels are very short, maybe 100 pages, maybe less.
So far this year I've read 19 books; on usually read between 35 and 40 a year.
This year I've been reading some children's fiction, and have enjoyed the series by Gordon and Williams - "Tunnels", "Deeper" and "Freefall." Also highly recommeded is Helen Dunmore's "Ingo" which is a beautifully crafted children's novel.
I have another book to add: Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs.
My next book I think will be Life of Pi. Then I have Memoirs of a Geisha and Empress Orchid. At the weekend my mum is bringing me some more books and I should also have a bash at another classic. Gna be kept busy for a while!
the Outlander series. Uther. High Places (again) I read whatever i can get my hands on in English. Usually my dad sends me a box once a year because getting english books where i live is too expensive. But i read ALL the time. it drives my hubby nuts
I read about 3-4 books a week so I can't remember them all without looking up my library record. This week - and this one made me laugh OUT LOUD - truly is "Tales from a recovering slut"
Since wrote about my hubpage on soiciopaths - I was watching all the movies that starred them, Robert Mitchum's "Hunter of the Night", "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," 1986, 'No Country for Old Men"
and 'Monster' (2003)Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, -
ive read my friend's book she wrote, but since its not published i dont know if it counts lol
Haha, I think I've kinda given up on "Lolita." I have less than 100 pages left, but it has been more painful than I originally thought.
However, I started reading "Dune" a few days ago, and I think this will got a lot more smooth. I'm not a sci-fi person, but this might change my mind. I've always been wanting to read it.
Dolores, I think all of your suggestions for the book club sound great! We should choose a book, give an amount of time to read it, and discuss.
My favorite for this year is Gail Collins "When Everything Changed," about the Women's movement. I read her columns in the Times several times a week and look forward to this one. Not as funny as the columns, but engaging and informative.
I also unfortunately plunged all the way through Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief, a book in which he stirred my imagination in the first half, then destroyed his credibility in the second. Strange.
More recently, I finished Jerry A. Coyne's Why Evolution Is True, a great nonprofessionals guide on the subject.
I wrote hub reviews on all three books, but I've found that book reviews don't draw many readers, so they may be my last.
I tend to spend more time writing than reading, since I'm in dead tree publications as well. I recently reread one of my own novels in preparation for a second printing–The Garden of What Was and Was Not, if that counts.
How you described that Biology of Belief book was definitely intriguing, hmm. Yea, I have one book review and it doesn't seem to do well.
Honestly, Amazon kills online book reviews because I usually, myself, go to the site to see a book rating and opinions. Doh.
Hmm, dead tree publications? The name interests me.
I've been on a Steinbeck rereading kick...Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday, and just the other day finished The Grapes of Wrath. My God, they're so worth a second look!
One current novel I adored is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I grew up in the 60's and was raised by an African-American 'maid.' This story left me breathless.
Almost 100 pages into Dune. Awesome. My dad has like 50 copies of each Dune book. I see why I think.
I've read at least two books by Peter David, at least one book by William Shatner, one by Gene Simmons, one from some popular cowboy series and no doubt at least one more I cannot recall. I have been so busy with paid writing gigs that I have not been able to finish the three other books i am reading right now.
Yay! Love to discuss books. I've only read a few books so far this year, but they were fantastic.
I'm from Missouri, so I checked out "Winter's Bone" by Daniel Woodrell. Woodrell is a promising novelists. If you like Faulkner, you may enjoy Woodrell; he reminds me of a very young Faulkner still honing his skill for writing.
I fell in love with Cormac McCarthy after reading "The Road" last year. This year, I've begun to dig into his other books: "All the Pretty Horses", "Child of God", and "Blood Meridian".
I'm currently reading "Blood Meridian".
hmmm. . . I've re-read "Eclipse" this year - mainly so I can criticize the film better
I then read "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" also by Stephenie Meyer and found it short and sweet and keep raving about it!
I just finished "The Sky is Everywhere" and loved it! I read it in about a day and a half - I couldn't put it down! The emotions discussed and complexity of the protagonist's situation was fascinating to explore.
Well...lets see...this weekend I sr=tarted reading the anita blake series by laurell k hamilton...the laughing corpse...and circus of the damnned and luantic cafe...then i skipped to book 10 which is a bit more of a porno then a mystery...but the earlier books were really good. I also read the darkest passion and darkest lie by gena showalter...her lords of the underworld series is AWESOME! I think im gonna have to go check out tales from a recovering slut after reading this forum though
Fortunately or unfortunately, I have been reading my own books for the last year and a half to improve on them and get the "bugs" out. I am even writing one with Mark Twain as a central character in the Hub pages to promote my other books.
Prior to that my favorites were Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, John Fowles's The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The first three are just very well written and tight. The last one surprized because I was rooting for the psychopathic murderer throughout, although I could stand it if he murdered Marge Sherwood, who was probably the only sympathic characters, besides Tom, the murderer. jael
6 months is along time to think back on, actually its seven now. Let's see...
"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith. A great coming of age story set in England. Dodie Smith authored the book "101 Dalmations," which I didn't make the connection until I read this book.
The whole Twilight Series again. I couldn't help myself. It went against my better judgement.
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" Clever and entertaining. Not sure I would read it twice, but great the first time.
Started "Lord of the Rings" again and finished "The Fellowship of the Ring." I was ready too many different books at the time that I got distracted.
I read the first two books of the Dark Tower series by, Steven King. I never considered myself a Steven King fan, but I appreciate his body of work. I once read "It" and it was difficult to read anything by King after that. Hated "It."
"Evelina" by Frances Burney. Really sweet book. I can see the influence on Jane Austen's writing, especially in the character of Willoughby.
"Screenplay" by Syd Field. I really enjoyed Fields approach to the screeplay form, but I think it could also be apllied to writing a novel or such. Great resource.
There are so many books I've started that I hope to finish the rest of this year. I loved reading about other books people are reading so I can put them on my list.
This year has all been childrens books for me, my little boy (20months)has developed a healthy appetite for reading so I'm enjoying going over some of my old favorites.
So far the highlight has been "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Dafoe, not really the light reading that I thought I remembered it to be.
I just finished reading "My Name is Will" and it's a romp of a frolic. Before that, I read "Tristram Shandy," which I found absolutely hilarious. I've also read three books by Irvine Welsh, two by Patrick McCabe and "Sputnik Sweetheart" by Haruki Murakami. You can't go wrong with any of these.
The four hour workweek by Timothy ferriss is quite a good read and also Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.
Wow! There is a great variety of genres and authors listed here! It is always good to hear what others are reading, and what they think of it.
So far this year I have (re)read a lot of old favourites. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), A Moveable Feast (Hemingway), My Family & Other Animals (Gerald Durrell).
On the new or first time front, Writing Your Life (Patti Miller), Further Than Night (Earl Livings), Great Expectations (Dickens), and Skin & Other Short Stories (Roald Dahl)were all good reads.
Not a complete list, but these are the titles I have read that come instantly to mind. Maybe I should start writing down what I read?
Happy reading all!
Most recently I've read (today, as a matter of fact) "The Pianist" by Wladyslow Szpilman, the Polish (and Jewish) classical concert pianist who survived the German occupation of Warsaw during WWII. Riveting, absolutely couldn't put it down until I finished it. It makes what we're going through here in America look like a piece of cake. And makes me more and more grateful for the amenities, comforts, safety and freedom I presently enjoy.
I found two new authors this year: Stephanie Meyer, who wrote the "Twilight" series, and Stieg Larsson, who wrote "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series.
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