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List started on 12/17/09:
1. My Booky Wook by Russell Brand - It was okay. Not my favorite autobio but not my least favorite. It kind of dragged in some instances, but I guess that's how life typically is.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - Cute kids book. I love the movie (the Gene Wilder one) but never read the book so yeah, it was good.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - So I've never read this book or seen this movie before but I've heard good things so I read it and I liked it. I thought it was going to be longer but it was very simple and to the point which for its readers (kids young and old) fits. I liked it and I plan on reading the rest of the books and I'm tivo'ing the movie that's coming on this weekend, haha.

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - It had a slow start but was an okay book. Not many books about greasers and "socs" anymore, that's for sure, so itt wasn't something I usually read. Pretty good though.

5. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - It wasn't what I was expecting, I was expecting to be more of a story or even journey but it was just very kind of scattered thoughts and random stories from her experience. It was good, but I actually think I preferred the movie.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry - I actually really liked this book. I picked it up not knowing what it was about but it was very Brave New World-y but I kind of liked it better. I just wish the ending could be more solid but other than that I liked it and the whole idea of it. How much we take all these memories we have for granted and yet if they ever disappeared we would be living in a very boring world.

7. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - I was expecting this to be a lot better. I found it kind of hard to follow with the different narrators. It took a while for me to realize this, I actually looked it up on sparknotes, haha. But yeah, not as good as I thought it was going to be.

8. The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby - I have a Nikon d60 and I don't really use it that well, I just use it to take pictures but not the fancy onces I should be, so I rented this book from the library and it was fairy informative. From taking landscape shots to flowers to people to city shots, I took a lot of notes, haha. So I should be taking better photos soon. It was written very simple and easy to understand too, not much photography jargon that the professionals do. So I liked it.

9. 5-Factor Fitness by Harley Pasternak - I know it's not a normal book someone would read but I was interested in it. I went to the gym because I had a free week pass and 2 free training sessions and the trainer said I should eat 5 small meals a day, so I found this book and read more on it. Not sure if I'm going to do it because I'm lazy...but it's good to know. It's better than all those other weird diety-fitnessy books like Atkins and stuff.

10. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer - So I read this book with low expectations because I read the previous two thinking they were awful. The first one was good...but that's it, in my opinion, it's all downhill from there. But I got this book as a gift and it's been sitting on my shelf for ages so I was like why not, might as well get it over with. And yup, wasn't good, though I will give it this, it was more interesting and "what's gonna happen next?" than the previous two because this book was just all over the place. But the outcome was so disappointing, all this HUGEEE build-up for what? Nothing. Eh, what can you do?

11. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen - I was pretty surprised by this book. At first I thought it was going to be a cheesy teen romance book but then it got super deep! I'm not going to give anything away but it was pretty powerful stuff. I ended up not liking the main character that much at all because I felt like she wasn't strong enough. But it was a good book I want to read more from this Sarah Dessen.

12. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown by G.K. Chesterton - I had to read this for my Alfred Hitchcock class, it was okay. It's like a mystery thing lots of little twists. At least it had a happy ending. It was okay.

13. The 39 Steps by John Buchnan - Again I had to read it for my class. Very similar to the story above a kind of mystery thing, but I didn't like this one too much. It didn't really hold my attention. (The movie didn't really either.)

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling - I haven't read this book in foreverrrr, not since it came out in 2007. So I forgot a lottt of stuff. It was really good though, I forgot how good it was. So sad but so good.

15. The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller - Boring. Read more like a history text book than anything else. Disappointing.

16. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock - Toooooo long! Some parts were interesting but after a while I was just over the book and wanted to finish it already. It was too long. I had to read it for school.

17. Spellbound by Beauty by Spoto - I liked this one better than TDSOG. It was shorter and less about everything and more about interesting stuff. Juicy. Alfred Hitchock was bizarre.

18. The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw - Didn't like it. Too romancy and I couldn't connect with any of the main characters, they just didn't have any nice qualities about them. Weird romance too. Just too much, didn't like it.

19. I Am the New Black by Tracy Morgan - I loved this book. It wasn't my favorite autobio but it was still pretty good. It's crazy what Tracy went through in his life and yet he seems like the happiest person in the world. So cheerful and stuff. I feel like he's extremely underrated and deserves all the success he gets.

20. This is Why You're Fat by Jackie Warner - One of those diet/fitness books. Pretty interesting though. But all of those books say the same thing.

21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - It was okay, I was kind of expecting to be better because I've heard such great things but it was just okay. Nice message though.

22. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - I love these books, I can't wait for the 3rd one. This one leaves you on such a cliffhanger though it's like "what!?! what's going to happen!?" So good! The next book series to be made into movies I bet.

23. The Modern Monologue: Women - Just a book of monologues for auditions and stuff. Nothing special, some are good, some are blah.

24. The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman - Loved it. It was a memoir and all the stories were great. She's so funny! It made me love Sarah Silverman even more.

25. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - I really liked this book. I mean typical kind of love story but the whole setting of the traveling circus makes it more exciting and interesting to read. At first I didn't understand why it was neccessary to have it going back to present/old Jacob but the whole end made it cute. I'm really interested to see how they're going to make this movie.

26. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty - I read the first one awhile ago but the library temporarily lost this one but found it again so yay I got to read it. It's a cute book, and slowly addicting like all young adult books are. I enjoyed it.

27. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - I really, really loved this play. It was easy to read silently which I know sounds weird but some plays sound boring are just are confusing when read like a book, but this one wasn't. It was really funny too, I think it's my new fave.

28. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - Much like the Sound and the Fury, I was expecting this one to be a lot better as well, oh well guess I'm not a big Faulkner fan.

29. The Hound of the Bakersvilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Loved it, very interesting. Kept you wanting to read more. I was surprised it was written in the early 1900's because the jokes Holmes made were still funny and everything was very easy and just an overall great read. Sherlock Holmes definitely lives up to reputation but I was surprised that Watson kind of had a bigger role.

30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - Eh, it was okay. I liked Nick and Norah better and pretty much any other John Green book better. Interesting story but kind of lost me towards the end. Just okay, I didn't love it but I didn't hate it.

31. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Tool - Didn't like it, just couldn't get into it. Honestly, I even skimmed some parts.

32. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - Very cute book, easy read. I've only seen various movies never read the books, but yeah I liked it.

33. The Time Machine by HG Wells - I'm glad it was short because it was just eh to me. Not the best, not the worst, just eh.

34. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty - It was cute, predictable kind of but cute. You can tell by the writing that Jessica Darling really is growing up, especially with this book it goes through basically her entire college career. It's a guilty pleasure, what can I say?

35. Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler - Pretty hilarious, loved it, and very quick read mainly because you just wanted to keep reading because it was so funny. Good stuff.

36. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer - Wow. This book is sooooooo much better than the movie. I hated the movie, but the book was fascinating. It was written much like a news piece, very documented, discussed other people like Chris that just went into the wild. Super, super interesting. Does not compare to the movie which is just...not good.

37. Call of the Wild by Jack London - I thought it would be nice to follow up Into the Wild with a book Chris McCandless loved, which was this. It was very short but written really interestingly. I loved how it didn't follow a person but a dog, I actually didn't know that that was what this book was about. Really good read.
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