Ratty (blinger) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 33 & 34 - 2014

Book 33: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Ninth: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket – 286 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Everybody loves a carnival! Who can fail to delight in the colourful people, the unworldly spectacle, the fabulous freaks? A carnival is a place for good family fun - as long as one has a family, that is. For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be yet another episode in a now unbearable series of unfortunate events. In fact, in this appalling ninth instalment in Lemony Snicket′s serial, the siblings must confront a terrible lie, a caravan, and Chabo the wolf baby. With millions of readers worldwide, and the Baudelaire′s fate turning from unpleasant to unseemly, it is clear that Lemony Snicket has taken nearly all the fun out of children′s books.

The ninth Series of Unfortunate Events book forces the Baudelaire children to start to question whether they are as bad as the terrible Count Olaf as they take drastic measures to try to hide from their enemy, as well as gain information about their potentially still alive parents. The children are forced to dress up in disguise and work in a carnival right under Olaf’s nose. But there is someone in the Carnival who might just be able to help them. Bad guys are good guys and good guys are bad guys and anyone can turn seems to be the enduring story of the Baudelaire’s children tragic childhood. The ending of this one is quite sad and a little scary – I feel these books are getting less and less kid-level. Either way, I’m increasingly finding myself getting into them now.

33 / 50 books. 66% done!

11759 / 15000 pages. 78% done!

Book 34: Sex Drive: In pursuit of female desire by Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton – 312 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
For many women an active sex life is on the bottom of their 'to do' list. Is women's sexual desire in the Western world at an all time low? Australia's most popular sexual anthropologist investigates.

Despite this book’s title, it is far from titillating (despite the many comments I got when it came up on my facebook while I was reading it). My interpretation was that this book was supposed to look at why women apparently don’t want sex. It did do that, but perhaps not quite in the sociological/anthropological mindset I was expecting. It’s less about gender studies and more about what drugs to not take if one is feeling a little less than spicy. I found it really dull, and personally wouldn’t recommend it unless you were specifically looking at the issue from the prescribing of drugs perspective.

34 / 50 books. 68% done!

12071 / 15000 pages. 80% done!

Currently reading:
-        Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton – 596 pages
-        Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs – 331 pages
-        The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter – 442 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
Tags: anthropology, drugs, kidlit, lemony snicket

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