Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

58. The Scarlet Letter; 59. The Rolling Stone Interviews; 60. According to the Rolling Stones

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Started: January 26, 2010
Finished: January 27, 2010

I had read this once before in my junior year high school English class and didn't care for it, so I was surprised how much I liked it this time. Yeah, it's a little melodramatic, but it was very well-written and entertaining in its own way. Don't think I'll ever read it again, but I'm glad I picked this up on a whim at the library a few days ago. 273 pages. Grade: A-
The Rolling Stone Interviews
edited by Jann S. Wenner and Joe Levy

Started: January 26, 2010
Finished: January 27, 2010

A collection of the supposedly "best" interviews from Rolling Stone. Some of the interviews were great, but I was disappointed that some of them seemed to have been chosen more for the size of the celebrity being interviewed than for the quality of the interview itself. Plus it appears the interviews were edited down from what appeared in the original magazines. That stunk. Still, there was enough good stuff in here to make it worth reading once. 466 pages. Grade: B-
According to the Rolling Stones
by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood

Started/Finished: January 27, 2010

This is an oral history of the Rolling Stones told only in the words of Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wood with a few end of the chapter words from other people who played a part in their history. This was kind of boring, to be honest. The four "authors" are old enough now that they don't like to talk bad about anyone and they tended to gloss over the low spots in their lives and careers. It's also really weird in that Bill Wyman is barely mentioned and he was in the band for 30+ years. This would have been a much better book with the input of other people. There are a ton of great photographs though. 335 pages. Grade: C+
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 60
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 12,439

Currently Reading: The Thirsty Muse by Tom Dardis; According to the Rolling Stones; Lowboy by John Wray

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