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Kel
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Started: 1/6/11

1. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - I couldn't really get into it, I don't know why. I had never read Hemingway before though, I plan on reading another one of his though, maybe it was just this one I didn't like.

2. Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski - About two guys they try living homeless for a few months in different cities. It's kind of a Christian book, I was unaware of this until I received the book in the mail. While there are some parts I don't agree with, but for the most part it's an interesting read, they don't push their beliefs onto the reader just state their own.

3. The Stranger by Albert Camus - Pretty good book, quick read and fairly easy. The story was pretty good. It wasn't like incredible but still pretty good and I do want to read more Camus.

4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - I was getting into it in the beginning, but it was just too long and drawn out. I just ended up rushing to finish it.

5. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle - I really enjoyed this, it was 3 stories. I like how the stories tied in to one another, it was really clever and all of them were really funny and cute to read.

6. Second City Unscripted by Mike Thomas - I'm a big fan of SNL and loved interview-type books like Live From New York and The Christ Farley Show, this book was okay, not as good as the other two but some parts were interesting other parts were just...mreh. If you're into comedy, SNL, Second City, etc it's worth a view.

7. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe - Intense. Pretty good, not my favorite, but I like how he based on a piece of history.

8. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe - I enjoyed this read more than the Pit and the Pendulum. Really sets the tone in the beginning. Bit of a downer, but it's Poe and they're all downers. It was okay, pretty good.

9. Uglies by Scott Westerfield - Just decided to randomly pick up a YA book at my library and this one wasn't bad. I actually look forward to reading the others in the series. Very different, adventurous, and sci-fyish, but with a cool plot. I really like YA books that aren't dripping with romance (coughtwilightcough) and have original plots like this. Almost like the Hunger Games in a way.

10. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - Wow, what a downer. Weird though, it was so heartwrenching and depressing, you still had to keep reading it. I don't want to give anything away just that it was wonderfully written and you're really pulling for the two of them til the very end.

11. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez - Was really excited to read it but just couldn't get into it. Didn't like it so much and felt it dragged.

12. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Really liked it, such an interesting concept and story. Very short but to the point and just enough story.

13. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I really enjoyed this book. Such a unique storyline. Definitely added to my favorite classics list.

14. Empire of the Sun By J.G. Ballard - It was okay, very interesting. But I actually enjoyed the movie more so than the book which is a first for me. I guess seeing the story and what goes on and how Jaime grows is visually more interesting than the book. Still pretty good though.

15. Bossypants by Tina Fey - Loved it. Definitely lived up to what I was expecting. Just a bunch of funny stories from her life and her opinion of things, great.

16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - Okay so I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games series but to be honest I was kind of disappointed with this book. I feel like it was rushed, especially the ending, it was like BAM end. Also I feel like in the previous 2 there was more shocks and suprises and really good twists. I don't know I feel Collins forced a lot of it and it didn't really go out with a bang as I was hoping.

17. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith - Pretty good, but I felt like the end just ended. Like whaaat really? I guess that left room for the sequels but still, it was pretty disappointed.

18. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman - Again another trilogy that ended on a pretty low note for me! I feel like there was so many great twists and plot lines in the 2nd book that he had to connect them all and then it just went out there into deadland and I was lost. Definitely couldn't get into it. Then it ended kind of depressingly.

19. The Art of Traveling by Alain de Botton - Couldn't get into it. As much as I love traveling, I just can't get into reading about the art of it. I mean I enjoy looking at art but learning about it...I don't know it seemed very dense.

20. Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan - Okay so I am one of the very few people that kind of enjoyed the Cirque Du Freak movie and there's a huge series of books that this movie comes from. So I read the first one and it was pretty good. I think the movie combined the first two books so yeah, the first book was pretty good though. Easy reading but still exciting. Typical fun YA book fantasy, I like the whole freak show thing. Original storyline for a vampire book. I definitely plan on reading more.
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