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text 2016-01-08 17:15
Happy New Year! & Book Advent Calendar Day 23 to 24

 

Thanks for bearing with me during this fun little project which I'll probably repeat this year. I wish everybody a happy 2016 with lots of awesome reads; may your TBR always contain one book more than you'll need! :)

 

I meant to post the last update of the book advent calendar on Christmas Eve, but the holidays were really busy this year, and then life and a reading marathon got in the way, so I'll just post it now.

 

On the 23rd I got Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, a book that I have wanted to read for quite some time, but it was out of print for some years in Germany. A new edition has been published only recently, and now the pre-loved copies are much more affordable, so I bought one eventually.

On Christmas Eve I got three books:

Louis Sachar's Holes, which is supposed to be quite funny, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones because everybody I know IRL loved it, and David Gilmour's The Film Club because it sounds interesting and I need to read more non fiction.

 

 

You can find my other posts about the Book Advent Calendar here:

 

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text 2013-11-27 23:58
30 Day Book Playlist Challenge, Day 23: Ska
Fuzzy Nation - John Scalzi
Redshirts - John Scalzi
Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
The Android's Dream - John Scalzi

Day 23: Name a book that you enjoyed, but read through quickly without really thinking about it. (Ska)

 

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Scalzi's stand-alone sci-fi tends to perfectly fit this description. It's intelligent and well-written, but it is also intentionally accessible in a way that a lot of sci-fi isn't. Plus it's funny as hell (if you like Scalzi's sort of humor, which I do). I'm re-reading Fuzzy Nation right now, and it is so. much. fun. It's just my cheese, man.

 

(Note: Almost didn't include Redshirts, because you could get thinky and emotional about it if you wanted. Especially the ending. But I put it on anyway, because it's such a fast, fun read.)

Source: rosepetals1984.booklikes.com/post/670300/a-30-day-book-playlist-challenge-
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text 2013-11-23 18:58
Day 23: Book You've Wanted to Read for a Long Time But Still Haven't
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Into The Wild - Erin Hunter
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor - Robert Kirkman,Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury - Robert Kirkman,Jay Bonansinga
My First Five Husbands..And the Ones Who Got Away - Rue McClanahan
The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception - Robin Gaby Fisher,Angelo J Guglielmo Jr.
Across the Universe - Beth Revis
A Dog's Journey: A Novel - W. Bruce Cameron
Legend - Marie Lu

This list could go on and on, but I picked the biggest ones. I have a hundred books around here, in both hardcopies and ebooks. And every one of them is one I really want to read.

 

Divergent: I know the movie is coming out soon, so I want to read the book first. That's just how I work most of the time. That way the movie doesn't spoil the book for me and I can see how good the adaptation is. I've seen mixed reviews for this one, so I really need form my own opinion on this one.

 

Warriors: Into The Wild I love cats. I am the crazy cat lady, after all. So it only makes sense I want to read this series. And everyone I know that's read these says they're great.

 

The Rise of The Governor/The Road to Woodbury: I love The Walking Dead, and I've been watching it since the series premier. So, like any hardcore fan, I need to read the novels. I've read a lot of the comics, so I can honestly say I am a well-rounded fan. I just need to get these books so I can read them.

 

My First Five Husbands: I'm a Golden Girls fangirl. I've read nearly all Betty's books, read Estelle's book, too. So naturally, I need this one, too.

 

The Woman Who Wasn't There: I watched the special on ID about this woman and was amazed. How can someone be so cruel and cold about 9/11? Trying to take our grief and make it your own like that! It's unspeakable! So I really want to read this and learn all the details. I'm fascinated by crime and fraud and why people do what they do. I loved psychology and sociology, and this woman is a class A narcissus.

 

Across The Universe: I can never find a copy of this. That's the only reason I haven't gotten to it.

 

A Dog's Journey: I just don't know if I can handle anymore feels. The first one made me bawl. I don't know if my system can handle it.

 

Legend: I follow Lu on DeviantArt, and have for years. So when she announced she wrote a book I was all over it! I have this sitting on my shelf, I just can't find the time to read it. Ugh.

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-23 16:00
30-Day October Book Challenge ~ Day 23
The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition - Oscar Wilde,Nicholas Frankel

Day 23 ~ A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't

 

The covers I came across for this book certainly don't do justice to the story. No, I haven't read it, but I do know what it's all about. I saw the movie ~ sort of.

 

I can't continue, though, without giving a great big SPOILER WARNING. Because I saw the END of the movie. Just the end. And that's why I haven't yet read the book.

 

If you're unfamiliar with the story, it concerns a beautiful man and a portrait of said beautiful man. The portrait of Dorian Gray ages; Dorian remains beautiful. But every debauched act he commits shows itself on the increasingly disgusting picture.

 

In the end Dorian stabs the portrait, which reverts back to the young, beautiful original, and Dorian ages into what the hideous portrait was and dies. It was a scene so horrifying that I have never been able to make myself read the book.

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