December 25th, 2009


# 86 Pirate Latitudes

Pirate Latitudes

Michael Crichton

This was such a fun read! High adventure with pirates, treasure, intrigue, and more! As you'd expect, there's also a lot of bloodshed and violence.

Michael Crichton got it almost exactly right. The plot was extremely fast-paced, and the language was plain, simple, extremely readable, and just perfect for this kind of novel.

I did catch a weakness or two. For instance, some of the plot devices were much too obvious. In no way did that interfere with how much I enjoyed the book, though.

I highly recommend Pirate Latitudes to anyone craving an adventurous read. I also recommend it for reluctant readers, since the plot is so fast-paced, the action absorbing, and the language is easy to read.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!

  • krinek

56. The Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie

Title: The Murder at Hazelmoor
Author: Agatha Christie
Year: 1984 (original: 1931)
# of pages: 228
Date read: 11/11/2009
Rating: 3*/5 = good


"T-R-E-V D-E-A-D M-U-R-D-E-R

It was only a parlor game intended to while away the hours on a bitter winter night. But when the psychic table turning pronounced Captain Trevelyan 'dead,' the guests at Sittaford House became nervous. And when, a few hours later, Major Burnaby discovers the body, the game becomes an eerie and baffling murder case. Inspector Narracott for the police and Miss Emily Trefusis, hoping to clear her fiancé, delve deep into the spirit world -- to find a very human murderer." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I liked this wintertime mystery. I especially liked how Emily figured out the truth behind Trevelyan's murder.
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58. The Hours by Michael Cunningham - Another kinda boring book, I just couldn't get into it...

59. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophia Kinsella - I thought this one was entertaining. I finished it pretty quickly. I didn't see the movie beforehand but I didn't realize the book was based in London and I was reading it while I was studying abroad in London so it was nice to know some of the things she spoke about. But it was a really entertaining read, better than the Nanny Diaries.
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Book 42

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Genre: Classic
Pages: 96

B&N Synopsis

Beloved in Christmases past, and sure to remain a favorite into Christmases of the future, Dickens' popular holiday tale is the perfect Christmas present. The uplifting tale follows the mysterious and magical events that transform the miserly, miserable Ebenezer Scrooge into "as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man" as ever lived.

Although I have seen various movies of this classic Christmas tale, I'd never actually read it before and thought that I should. It was an excellent story. There are moments when I found myself pulling for Scrooge as he realizes the errors of a life barely lived. I'll definitely read this again next year!

Books completed: 42/50
Pages completed: 13,618/20,000
  • ydnimyd

#48 - Being Committed

#48 - Being Committed by Amy Dickinson (2004, 372 pages) 

Hannah Lovekin's boyfriend of five years finally pops the big question. And what does she say in return? No.

Lovekin, at 31, is anti-marriage, anti-family, and anti-intimacy. She really is the anti-girl, and after her boyfriend's proposal, she is forced to reevaluate her life and her stance on everything she is against.

In each of Maxted's books, she features a female character who learns and grows as the central plot point. What I preferred in her earlier books - Getting Over It and Running in Heels - is that the problems are subtle, not shoved down the reader's throat. This book lacks subtly, and instead, the reader finds him/herself confronted with a very selfish, childish protagonist. At the end, she's likable, but I hated Hannah so much that I actually put the book down for two months, giving myself enough time to forget about how much I hated her before I finished the book.

In the end, the book somewhat redeemed itself, but I cannot fully say that I would recommend this book to others. This is not Maxted's greatest work, which is why I can only give it a mediocre two and a half out of five brats.

Total Books Read: 48 / 50 (96 percent)
Total Pages Read:
13,966 / 15,000 (93 percent)
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