Laura (onlyobsess) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 37 - 51

This stretches from June through November. My ultimate goal is 100, but I know that's not happening. Being in a non-English-speaking country for five months does not make reading easy.

37. Emma by Jane Austen - My second forage into the world of Jane Austen aside from Pride & Prejudice, and although it was good, Emma's character definitely got on my nerves for most of the book.

38. Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston - The survival story of a mountaineer who became trapped when his arm got pinned between a cliff and a huge boulder. On the one hand, it was fascinating to me as someone who loves the outdoors. But on the other hand, it was exasperating for the same reason, because he made some seriously stupid mistakes.

39. The Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett - The amusing tale of gnomes trying to survive in a world so much bigger than them, when humans just won't seem to let them alone. Typically wonderful Pterry genius.

40. Fluke, or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore - A hilariously bizarre story about a couple of whale watching scientists, in which Moore invents a whole new world and reinvents aviation history. Good for laughs.

41. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce - The second part in the Beka Cooper story, where we learn that being a Dog isn't quite all it's cracked up to be. There's a huge counterfeiting scheme going on, and Beka's got to solve this one on her own. Although still hampered by the diary format, this sequel is far better than Terrier was, both in character and plot.

42. Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones - People have told me to read this for years, and I think that honestly I refused because I associated it with the Miyazaki movie. I still have yet to see the movie, and I don't think I will, because the book was brilliant. The story of a girl turned into an old woman, and caught between the struggles of a powerful wizard and witch is more captivating than I ever thought it would be.

43. They Do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie - Four months later, I no longer remember what this was about. I'm sure a murder happened, and it was suspenseful and all that.

44. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - Although I definitely like McCourt's style and think he is a great storyteller, the story of his impoverished childhood in Ireland didn't feel so much like a story as a list of how horrible his life was. Although ultimately moving, sometimes reading it felt like a chore.

45. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - This definitely goes on the list of best books I've ever read. It's the strange turn of events that occur when revolutionaries in an unnamed South American country take hostage the guests of an international party at the vice president's house. But it turns from a hostage situation into a stalemate. Ranging from female revolutionaries to Japanese translators to German bankers to American opera singers, they begin to inhabit a world of their own where status does not exist, and time does not matter. It's one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. I can't recommend it enough.

46. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - As much as I tried to love this book, it was so much darker than Jane Eyre. Everyone was so angry and vengeful all of the time, and though they had reason, I just couldn't enjoy reading the novel.

47. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke - A sort of cross between epic fantasy and 19th century literature, this tells the story of two magicians trying to restore long-lost magic to England. Sometimes friends, sometimes enemies, the decisions they make and the deals they strike affect a whole country and beyond. Really engrossing and well-written. Despite it's immense length, I enjoyed the entire thing.

48. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks - A nice romance. Quite cute, but not necessarily good prose.

49. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - 12 people get killed off one by one on an island. You knew what was going to happen, so the fun was in trying to figure out how.

50. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger - A beautiful story about a Midwestern family of an asthmatic boy, his writer sister, his janitor father, and his outlaw older brother. The journey they take to find each other is full of troubles, but also full of miracles. It was so beautiful, and not at all overdone like I thought it might be.

51. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby - When very different four people decide to jump off the same building on New Year's Eve, they all end up walking down instead. And it's not a story about the end of life, really, it's a story about what happens when it just keeps going. Bizarre things happen.

51 out of 100 books read
Tags: classic, comedy, crime fiction, fantasy, literature, satire

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