Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

131. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; 132. The Plague; 133. Emma

The Plague
by Albert Camus

Started: March 29, 2010
Finished: March 30, 2010

I know this whole book/the plague detailed in it was an allegory for France during the Second World War, but I pretty much didn't think about that while reading it. Instead I just enjoyed it for what it was on the surface--a well-written tale of a town in quarantine during a plague outbreak. I like how concise and clear Camus' writing is, or maybe it's more a case of how concise and clear the translator was. Either way, this was enjoyable. 308 pages. Grade: A-
by Jane Austen

Started: March 24, 2010
Finished: March 30, 2010

My tastes have changed a lot over the last few years. At one point in time I loved Jane Austen in general and Emma in particular, but reading it this last week I realized that I absolutely hated every single character except Knightley. They were all either overbearing snobs or total retarded fools--or in the case of Emma's dad, a bit of both. I just didn't enjoy this at all. The writing was still catchy enough, I guess, but it's just not my style anymore. 495 pages. Grade: C
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling

Started: March 26, 2010
Finished: March 30, 2010

Holds up very well even if you know the ending. I like the Harry-Dumbledore dynamic in this book. It had been a long time coming. 652 pages. Grade: A-
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 133
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 32,949

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