SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #47-48

I'll be cutting it close to get to 50 this year, but my last book is in progress. I'll post my full list for 2013 and some year-end wrap-up thoughts in a day or two.

Book #47 was "Whiter than Snow" by Sandra Dallas. I'd read another book by the author, "The Persian Pickle Club," a few years ago and enjoyed it, so when my mother offered to lend me this one, I figured I'd give it a go. Dallas is a former journalist, and I can tell that she still has some of those writing skills in her and that she probably gets her ideas from news items, and likely from local history since she's also written some non-fiction books on Colorado history. The book is about a small town in Colorado where an avalanche comes down on 9 schoolchildren returning home at the end of the day. Only a few of them survive. The story flashes back to tell the stories of the families who are all caught up in the rescue effort, and shows how nobody, from the lowliest to the highest of society, is without sin (or "whiter than snow"). I didn't think it was perfect - I find her writing a little clunky in a few places. However, overall, I really enjoyed the book very much.

Book #48 was "Still Life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins. I've read several other things by this author, and his "Jitterbug Perfume" is still one of my all-time favorite reads, so I thought I'd give this a try when I was able to get it for 10 cents at a rummage sale. I had a little trouble getting into the book because of Robbins' style - the novel is sort of a fractured fairytale romance between an exiled princess and an outlaw bomber. As per usual, Robbins also explores some societal trends and ideas in his uniquely ridiculous way. I'm not sure if this book was more preposterous than other books I've read by him or if my taste in literature has changed over time, but this wasn't my favorite from the author. I also picked up "Skinny Legs and All" for 10 cents at the same rummage sale and plan to re-read that in 2014.

1. The Battle of the Labyrinth [fiction] - Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
2. Ice Cold [fiction] - Tess Gerritsen
3. Snow Crash [fiction]- Neal Stephenson
4. The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge [fiction]
5. The Brontes - Juliet Barker [non-fiction/group biography]
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [non-fiction]- Rebecca Skloot (unabridged audiobook)
7. The Moon in Our Hands [fiction]- Thomas Dyja
8. The Algebraist [fiction]- Iain M. Banks
9. Moab is my Washpot [non-fiction/memoir]- Stephen Fry
10. The Last Olympian (Book Five in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
11. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer [non-fiction/memoir]- Lynne Cox
12. A Year in Provence [non-fiction/memoir/travel]- Peter Mayle
13. A Plague of Doves [fiction]- Louise Erdrich
14. Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles [non-fiction/memoir]- Anthony Swofford
15. White Witch, Black Curse [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
16. The Witches of Karres [fiction]- James H. Schmitz
17. Dawn (Lilith's Brood: Book 1) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
18. Things Fall Apart [fiction]- Chinua Achebe
19. The Bacchae and Other Plays [fiction/dramatic script]- Euripides
20. Meditations from a Moveable Chair [non-fiction/essays/memoir]- Andre Dubus
21. Trumpet [fiction]- by Jackie Kay
22. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea [non-fiction]- Charles Siefe
23. Fat: The Owner’s Manual – Navigating a Thin-Obsessed World with Your Health, Happiness, and Sense of Humor Intact [non-fiction]- Ragen Chastain
24. Alif the Unseen [fiction]- G. Willow Wilson
25. Black Magic Sanction [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
26. George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large [non-fiction/biography]- Belinda Jack
27. Adulthood Rites (2nd book in the "Lilith's Brood" trilogy) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
28. Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town [non-fiction]- Mardi Link
29. A Canticle for Leibowitz [fiction]- Walter M. Miller Jr. (unabridged audiobook)
30. The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco [non-fiction]- Marilyn Chase
31. The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts [non-fiction/memoir]- Catherine E. McKinley
32. The Three Christs of Ypsilanti [non-fiction]- Milton Rokeach
33. Imago (3rd book in the "Lilith's Brood" trilogy) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
34. Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True [non-fiction]- Elizabeth Berg
35. Vanity Fair [fiction]- William M. Thackeray
36. What the Dog Saw - and other adventures [non-fiction]- Malcolm Gladwell
38. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster [non-fiction]- Jon Krakauer, Randy Rackliff, Daniel Rembert and Caroline Cunningham
39.-41. IQ84 (Books I, II & III) [fiction]- Haruki Murakami (unabridged audiobook)
42. The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life [non-fiction/memoir]- Allen Rucker
43. The Club Dumas [fiction]- Arturo Pérez-Reverte
44. The Master [fiction]- Colm Toibin
45. The Glass Castle [non-fiction/memoir]- Jeannette Walls
46. The Feast of Love [fiction]- Charles Baxter

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