SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #39-40

Book #39 was "Pale Demon," book #9 in "The Hollows" series by Kim Harrison, as an audiobook. The series started out as brain candy, and it's still not the best writing I've ever encountered (I find Harrison's style to be overly-wordy at times, like saying "My heart gave a thump" instead of just saying, "My heart thumped.") but she's gotten better at surprising the reader with twists and turns and making her characters grow and change. This book is largely a road trip story, and I listened to it in the car while road-tripping with my husband, so that was fun. Road trips tend to make you either grow closer or grow to detest the people you're traveling with, because you're cooped up in a small space together for a long time. On this road trip, Rachel grows to like two unlikely people who were former enemies, all while trying to get to the big witch convention on the west coast to clear her name and have her shunning by the witch community overturned. I thought this particular book was one of the best in the series so far and I had a lot of fun with it.

Book #40 was "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. I read this book at least 3 times when I was a teenager and loved it then. I re-read it with my husband, who is catching up on some "classic" novels he hadn't gotten to yet, and this was next on the list. As a teen, I identified with narrator Holden Caulfield and his angst about all the "phoniness" involved with growing up to be an adult. As an adult, I saw the novel in a totally new way, and I laughed a lot more. Not a lot happens in the book in terms of plot, but it is a portrait of teenage angst from a certain time and place, and it mostly stands the test of time.

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2. Light Music [fiction]- Kathleen Ann Goonan
3. The Indian Clerk [fiction]- David Leavitt
4. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly [non-fiction/memoir]- Jean-Dominique Bauby
5. Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast [non-fiction]- Andrew E. Kersten
6. Blue Champagne [fiction/short stories]- John Varley
7. A Person of Interest [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country [non-fiction]- Louise Erdrich
9. Nobody Nowhere [non-fiction]- Donna Williams
10. The Three Musketeers [fiction]- Alexandre Dumas (unabridged audiobook)
11. The Narrative of John Tanner [non-fiction/biography]- as told by John Tanner, edited by Edwin James
12. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [fiction]- Susanna Clarke
13. I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes [non-fiction]- Hemant Mehta
14. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft [non-fiction]- Natalie Goldberg
15. No Name in the Streets [non-fiction/essay]- James Baldwin
16. The Hunger Games [fiction]- Suzanne Collins (unabridged audiobook)
17. Permanence [fiction]- Karl Schroeder
18. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf [poetry]- Ntozake Shange
19. An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President [non-fiction]- Randall Robinson
20. The Delikon [fiction]- by H.M. Hoover
21. Catching Fire (#2 in the Hunger Games trilogy) [fiction]- Suzanne Collins (unabridged audiobook)
22. Codex Born (#2 in the Magic Ex Libris series) [fiction]- Jim Hines
23. The Hum and the Shiver [fiction]- Alex Bledsoe (unabridged audiobook)
24. Skinny Legs and All [fiction]- Tom Robbins
25. Artemis Fowl [fiction]- Eoin Colfer (unabridged audiobook)
26. The Best of All Possible Worlds [fiction]- Karen Lord
27. The Green Flash and Other Tales of Horror, Suspense, and Fantasy [fiction/short stories]- Joan Aiken
28. Use What You Have Decorating [non-fiction]- Lauri Ward
29. Erasure [fiction]- Percival Everett
30. Homer & Langley [fiction]- E.L. Doctorow (unabridged audiobook)
31. The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam [non-fiction]- Karen Armstrong
32. The Beekeeper's Apprentice [fiction]- Laurie R. King
33. Wisp of a Thing [fiction]- Alex Bledsoe (unabridged audiobook)
34. The Talented Mr. Ripley [fiction]- Patricia Highsmith
35. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World [fiction]- Vicki Myron
36. Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel [fiction/graphic novel]- Kim Harrison (author), Pedro Maia, and Gemma Magno (illustrators)
37. The Harmony Silk Factory [fiction]- Tash Aw
38. Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet [non-fiction]- John Bradshaw

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