Kel (hollyweirdo) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Started on 12/26/08:

1. Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling - Pretty good, cute and short. It was just nice to have another excuse to dip into the Harry Potter world again, to be honest.

2. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin - His memoir, it was okay, I was actually expecting better. I'm usually really into books like this, like I loved Live from New York and Hollywood Causes Cancer by Tom Green...but this one was just okay for me, nothing special.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling - Okay so I remember this being my favorite but I re-read it and I don't know if it's still my favorite. I love Lupin though and the series is still fantastic. The end.

4. Red Carpet Suicide by Perez Hilton - It was an okay book for what it was. I mean if your obsessed with celebrities specifically ones that are famous for being famous you'll like this book, if you're not then you won't. I thought it was ehh.

5. Youtube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts by Alan Lastufka and Michael Dean - It was okay, I mean I feel like I already knew all the stuff that I read. It wasn't as helpful as I thought and I listened to what it says and I still don't really get any subscribers ( is my channel in case you were wondering, haha). Then again for help books like thisit's hard to really have a definite answer on how to succeed because really there isn't a definite answer. I was just looking for something I knew I probably wouldn't find. I think for the most part, this book was extremely thorough and did it's best to inform you on everything surrounding the world of youtube.

6. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates - It was pretty good. Really depressing though, but you expect that. As you're reading the book you know something is going to go down at the end. But it makes me really want to see the movie.

7. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler - Hilarious. If you're a fan of her and/or you loved her other book, this one is just as good. I definitely recommend it.

8. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen - It was okay. I had to read it for class. I didn't hate it but I didn't like it. I was expecting it to be better since it's such a big, popular play and I kind of wanted to see it on I could do without seeing it.

9. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - I felt pretty much the same about this play as I did for Hedda Gabler.

10. Created By by Steven Prigge - About writing TV with tips from a bunch of TV writers (like Bill Lawrence from Scrubs) I had to read it for school. It was boring and didn't really explain much. It expected you to already knew what it was talking about.

11. The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka - Pretty intense play. I had to re-read the ending to make sure what happened really happened.

12. Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman - Very different play, that's for sure. I kind of liked it, but it was creepy. The ending though I thought was a cop-out.

13. The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein - Hated it. So boring. And Heidi is boring. Waste of time.

14. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer - Definitely an improvement from New Moon, which I hated, but it was eh. I mean it just kind of seemed like just a book used to bridge New Moon and Breaking Dawn. Because nothig really serious happened except Victoria finally getting killed and Bella realizing she loves Jacob too?? But come on she's not ever going to leave Edward so I don't get why she's all upset. My friend told me after reading Twilight the rest are just "eh" and I'm really starting to agree with her.

15. Angels in America: Part 1 by Tony Kushner - Honestly, I was expecting better, I look forward to part 2 seems better.

16. For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange - Its a "choreoplay or poem" so it read weird but I bet live it would be something interesting to watch.

17. The Reader by Bernard Schlink - I actually liked the movie better than the book. I think because some parts weren't as descriptive, like the court scene and stuff. It was just better to see performed than read. It was good though.

18. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler- I kind of was expecting better. Some parts were funny but some parts were just gross to me. I don't know, it didn't live up to reputation.

19. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - So I ran out of things to read and reread this. It's one of my favorite books so you can't go wrong really, awesome book.

20. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - I watched the movie and really enjoyed it, the book is a bit different. I think the movie was a lot more entertaining but I also liked the book. I kind of liked the plot more in the movie than in the book, like how it follows both Norah + Nick and Caroline because Caroline was hardly mentioned in the book. The book was cool though because it was basically Nick's perspective one chapter then Norah's perspective the next, which I thought was a pretty cool way to write it. But yeah it was pretty good.

21. Woyzeck by Georg Buchner - I was confused throughout the beginning but then it became very clear to me what was going on and then obviously at the end. I thought it was a pretty good play. Short, too.

22. The Seagull by Anton Chekov - I really liked this play. I feel like it was timeless and the little jokes that were in it still worked. And yeah, it was just a really good play.

23. Hardboiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami - I really didn't like this book. I didn't understand what was going on until halfway and even when I found out I was still confused. I just didn't like it at all.

24. The Bald Soprano by Eugène Ionesco - This was such a hilarious play. So completely random and didn't make sense, but I just loved it. I read it aloud with my class and we used fake british accents, haha. So maybe that's why it was so entertaining.

25. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sarte - It was okay. It's hard to explain but some parts kind of dragged for me other parts were pretty good. I underlined a lot of lines though because some stuff was pretty insightful.

26. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - Not a big fan. I read it before. But reading it aloud in class does make it funnier, it's not Bald Soprano though.

27. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - Oh man, SO much better than Looking for Alaska! At least I thought so. Really funny and entertaining. I recommend it!

28. Stranger than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk - Mainly articles he's written. Some were boring but the interview ones like with Juliette Lewis and Marilyn Manson I thought were interesting as was the last part which was a bunch of little stories about his life. So yeah it was half and half for me. Half boring but half really interesting.

29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling - Re-read. Not my favorite, but not my least favorite. I love Bill and Fleur. Can't wait for the movie. The end.

30. Paper Towns by John Green - I liked it, I didn't think it was as good as Katherines, I felt some parts just dragged as Q rambled about Margo, but for the most part it was a really interesting storyline and I learned what paper towns are which is pretty cool.

31. Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern - This is like my 2nd or 3rd time reading it. It's about long form improv called the Harold. It's great if you're into that. I am, so I love it.

32. Speaking with Angels by Nick Hornby - This book was really uninternesting. It was a bunch of short stories from people like Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers, and Colin Firth and it was just...mreh. I was kind of disappointed. Some stories were funny but a lot were disappointing.

33. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - This book sucked. With such an awesome concept of time travel...they made it soooo boring. I didn't connect with the characters at all, I didn't even LIKE the characters, at all. I was so glad that it ended I didn't even care what happened to the main character. Definitely one of the worst books I have ever read.

34. Generation of Swine by Hunter S. Thompson - It was okay. I mean for the most part he was talking about politics of the 80's and since I wasn't around very long in the 80's it was hard to kind of follow. Not his best, let's just say.

35. Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares - Yeah, the 4th traveling pants book. I liked these when I was younger and I saw it in the library and had to rent it. Guilty pleasure, haha. I haven't read the last few books in years though so sometimes it was hard to remember some things though. It was cute though. Better than the last few books I've read, that's for sure, haha.

36. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - I was actually really disappointed with this book. From all the hype I had such high expectactions and it was just mreh. I didn't really like it at all...

37. Pure Drivel by Steve Martin - Really funny, my favorite book of his so far, definitely. Better than his memoir and (barf) Shop Girl. Short and sweet too.

38. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris - I really enjoyed this book. Really funny, as usual by Mr. Sedaris. Though I haven't read any of his books in a while so it was kind of refreshing to read his style of writing again. Good stuff.

39. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - And now for something completely different. Though I did like this book. Depressing yet it just kept making you want to read it more. I saw the movie a while ago but forgot a lot of it. So yeah, another good one. Hooray!

40. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I loved this book! It took me a bit to get into it but when I did, yo, it was awesome. Also, I can really see this being a movie just the descriptions and all the action. Watch out right after HP and Twilight this is next man! Haha, maybe, I'd kinda like it to be. The ending was kind of mreh though, but I guess since it's part of a series it has to leave you hanging.

41. Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk - Pretty much the exact opposite of how I felt about the Hunger Games. I hated how it was written and just hated it from the start. Which is weird because I'm a typically a Palahniuk fan, but this one? Nope. I just couldn't get into it and once I realized this I kind of sped read through it just to get it over with.

42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – So I really liked The Virgin Suicides and figured even though this story is completely different and sounds weird maybe I’ll like it because it’s the same author and it’s got all that critical acclaim…well I was wrong. I really didn’t like this book at all and forced myself to finish. I just couldn’t connect with the whole idea of having sex with your brother or cousin first of all. And at the end when the he that was a she becomes a real he, I just wasn’t feeling it. I just wanted to be done with it. I kind of wanted to know more scientifically how this “girl” that turns out to be a guy/hermaphrodite/whatever was actually that. They said she had an oversized clitoris or something but what? Did it turn out to be a penis? How did they not realize this chick was an “obvious” guy? I felt like it was skipping a lot of stuff like that and concentrating on dumb stuff like…how she had such long black hair and wouldn’t cut it. Wow, sorry for that long rant, I just really did not like this book.

43. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – Another disappointing read for me. This I think is actually the first book EVER in the history of all the books that I’ve read, where I think that the movie is better. I mean the book was okay, don’t get me wrong, but there were a lot of points where I felt Hornby would just summarize a conversation in one paragraph instead of adding the dialogue and in the movie obviously it’s the entire conversation. But usually books are more descriptive than the movie and here I felt it wasn’t the case. And Bruce Springsteen doesn’t give Rob advice either, so yeah.

44. A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I couldn't really get into this book which was disappointing because I heard it was pretty good...but yeah it was eh.

45. Watership Down by Richard Adams - I felt like this book dragged a bit. It was okay. But it just dragggedddd. Again kind of disappointing...

46. The Graduate by Charles Webb - Pretty good, I liked this book because though I haven't watched the movie in a while it made me remember scenes in the movie and be like "ohhh yeah." I like how some parts were just all dialogue too and not to descriptive, I'm more of a dialoguey person. I liked it.

47. Matilda by Roald Dahl - So I liked this movie a lot as a kid and I remember also really liking The BFG by Dahl too but I haven't read his more popualr books so I vowed to start reading more of his books. I began with Matilda and yeah I really enjoyed it. It made me want to read more because all Matilda talks about in the beginning is reading. Haha, but yeah it was really cute.

48. The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory - I had read The Other Boleyn Girl and really, really loved it so that's why I chose this one. This one was pretty good too though I didn't enjoy it as much as TOBG. I understand this was fiction but still it's interesting to learn some history about Queen Katherine, though some parts were a bit slow and not as juicy as TOBG, that's for sure.

49. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman - It was good, it wasn't great, but it kept me entertained. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series though but we'll see. I want to see the movie though.

50. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty - I enjoyed this book up until the end because there really was no end to me. I guess that's the point of having a series, you have to continue reading them. I liked the main character though, Jessica Darling, I feel like she captured teen angst pretty well, haha.

51. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - It was okay. I'm not a big True Blood fan but I actually enjoy the show more than the book. I like the comedic aspects more in the show maybe that's why, since Lafayette isn't in the book that much. I liked Sookie's personality more in in the book though. All in all it was an okay read.

52. Paint It Black by Janet Fitch - Not as good as White Oleander that's for sure. I felt that the main character just rambled on and on and it I found myself skimming through it until there got to be some action. Even the little storylines/plot twists she created seemed interesting but she never continued on with them. Then it didn't even really end it just stopped kind of. Disappointing that's for sure.

53. Skywriting by Words of Mouth by John Lennon - It was okay, I liked the beginning part where he took time to talk about him and Yoko and what's going on in their lives or whatever but his little stories were a little too scattered for me, but that's John Lennon right? It was clever having an ongoing sentence that just kept changing or whatever but that almost the whole book. I felt like he was kind of trying too hard to be artsy or whatever. I still love him! But he was better at his day job, writing songs and singing them, not books and stories.

54. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - It was okay, I was expecting it to be more suspenseful. It was still good though, I liked the kind of twist at the end.

55. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - I was expecting it to be funnier. And maybe I should've read Pride and Prejudice before I read this like parody version of it. I really just wasn't into it...

56. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicole Kraus - It was okay, I kind of enjoyed the movie a little better mostly because of the happy ending. But the book wasn't that bad. Read if you're bored and if it was at the Goodwill for $1...that's how I got it, haha.

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