January 4th, 2011

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Book #1 -- Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, 639 pages.

Yes, I read Dan Brown. What can I say, the man is a genius at fast-moving, edge of your seat cheesy adventure novels of the Indiana Jones type. I liked "National Treasure" too. So sue me.

Progress toward goals: 4/365 = 1.1%

Books: 1/100 = 1.0%

Pages: 639/30000 = 2.1%

2011 Book List

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TITLE: Suicide
AUTHOR: Émile Durkheim

PAGES: 392
FINISHED: January 3rd, 2011

SUMMARY: This is a groundbreaking study in Sociology by notable functionalist, Émile Durkheim. The book addresses suicide and its social causes and argues that suicide is the result of a lack of social integration into society. Suicide also provides psychological explanations and practical applications of the impact of suicide on victims, family members and society.

NOTES: I read this book for my advanced sociological theory class. I enjoyed it, but I've always found Durkheim's writing style to be very dense, which can be draining. Pushing aside the obvious methodological flaws in his study, this study is interesting and very influential for the field of sociology.

RATING OUT OF 5: ★ ★ ★ ★
1 / 50

392 / 15000 (2.61%)

NEXT UP: SuperFreakonomics and Stories From The Vinyl Cafe
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No. 2 for 2011

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Rating: 3/5
Book: 2/50 (4% completed)
Pages: 321 pgs
Total Pages: 658/15,000 pages (4.39% completed)
Version: Book
Next up: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

I don't honestly know what to think about this book. It was a difficult but good read. The subject matter of the book is hard to begin with but it is also narrated by a 5 year old character so it was sometimes hard to follow.

While I liked the book for the most part, I don't think the book deserved the hype that it has been given. Definately worth the read, but I wish I had borrowed it from the library.

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2010 Round up

So another year passes. 2010 felt like one of those years that you blinked and it was over already. I think it was one of those years where I learnt a lot about myself and what I’m willing to accept and not accept out of life and people. That aside (because as if that’s relevant to my reading habits), whilst I haven’t made fifty this year (nor 15000 pages), I have improved on last year, which is always my number one goal. So without further ado, the book list for 2010:

1.    Nightlight: A Parody
by The Harvard Lampoon – 154 pages
2.    A Stroke of Midnight
by Laurell K. Hamilton – 366 pages
3.    The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 2: The One Tree
by Stephen Donaldson – 472 pages
4.    Mistral’s Kiss
by Laurell K. Hamilton – 302 pages
5.    A Lick of Frost
by Laurell K. Hamilton – 342 pages
6.    Temping Fate
by Esther Friesner – 279 pages
7.    Swallowing Darkness
by Laurell K. Hamilton – 365 pages
8.    Hatter M: Volume 2: Mad with Wonder
by Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier; illustrated by Sami Makkonen – 204 pages
9.    Divine by Blood
by P.C. Cast – 443 pages
10.    He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 other double standards every woman should know
by Jessica Valenti – 213 pages
11.    Divine Misdemeanors
by Laurell K. Hamilton – 333 pages
12.    Nobody’s Princess
by Esther Friesner – 305 pages
13.    Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
by Ariel Levy – 212 pages
14.    Elphame’s Choice
by P.C. Cast – 426 pages
15.    Brighid’s Quest
by P.C. Cast – 507 pages
16.    From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology
edited by Lawrence Cahoone – 600 pages
17.    Divine Beginnings
by P.C. Cast – 71 pages
18.    Aphrodite’s Blessings: Love stories from the Greek myths
by Clemence McLaren – 202 pages
19.    Goddess of the Sea
by P.C. Cast – 344 pages
20.    Next
by Michael Crichton – 540 pages
21.    Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler – 287 pages
22.    Your Planet or Mine?
by Susan Grant – 379 pages
23.    My Favorite Earthling
by Susan Grant – 378 pages
24.    How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 days
by Susan Grant – 377 pages
25.    The Constant Princess
by Philippa Gregory – 486 pages
26.    The Boleyn Inheritance
by Philippa Gregory – 514 pages
27.    Moonstruck
by Susan Grant – 378 pages
28.    The Warlord’s Daughter
by Susan Grant – 314 pages
29.    Sureblood
by Susan Grant – 376 pages
30.    Contact
by Susan Grant – 369 pages
31.    Angels and Demons
by Dan Brown – 620 pages
32.    Once A Pirate
by Susan Grant – 315 pages
33.    The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls – 341 pages
34.    She’s Such a Geek: Women write about science, technology and other nerdy stuff
edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders – 223 pages
35.   The Truth about Diamonds
by Nicole Richie – 224 pages

35 / 50 books. 70% done!

12261 / 15000 pages. 82% done!

Top 5 books (not including re-reads):
Usually I try to narrow myself down to only 5 books but this year I was lucky enough to read so many good books that I’ve had to consolidate a little – in most circumstances I was lucky enough to come across trilogies and two-parters that were exceptional so I have approached it in this way, as below.

5.   Swallowing Darkness
4.   Female Chauvinist Pigs
3.   Kindred
2.   The Otherworldly Men trilogy/The Borderlands trilogy (the Susan Grant books numbers: 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29).
1.   Elphame’s Choice/Brighid’s Quest

Interesting Facts:
Improvement on last year: 3 books (493 pages)
Library books: 2
Non-fiction: 5
Most read author: Susan Grant – 8 books/2886 pages
     Followed by: P.C. Cast – 5 books/1791 pages
          Laurell K. Hamilton – 5 books/1708 pages
Books with a fantasy element: 25
Re-reads: 0
Sequels/Not a stand-alone or the first in a series: 17

Comparison to 2009:

35 / 32 books. 109% done!

12261 / 11768 pages. 104% done!

Progress against 2010 goals:
  - Beat 2009 – read at least 33 books/11800 pages = success as noted above
  - Finish off some of the series I’ve started, including:
        o Merry Gentry series = success; I’ve now read all that exist (does anyone know if she’s gonna write more? I can’t decide if I want her to or not…)
        o The Tudor Court novels = fail; I only read two of the three left in the series. Definitely going to have ‘The Other Queen’ at the top of the 2011 pile.
        o The Partholon novels = success; I finished the entire series including the short story ‘Divine Beginnings’ released half-way through the year.
  - Read more classics = epic fail on this one. I have quite a few ones I really want to get into near the top of my list but keep getting distracted by other books before I get there. Definitely need to focus on this one in 2011.
  - Finish that modernism anthology = success as noted above
  - Read more non-fiction = success as noted above – I set a goal of 3 and made 5, so am very pleased with myself.

Goals for 2011:
  - Beat 2010 – read at least 36 books/12500 pages
  - Read at least three classics, those being:
        o Wuthering Heights
        o The Iliad
        o The Odyssey
  - Read at least 5 non-fiction books
  - Read/finish off the following:
        o Finish the last Tudor Court novel (The Other Queen)
        o Finish reading all of Susan Grant’s books (The Star Trilogy, and the 2176 series)
        o Finish reading the Robert Langdon books (The Davinci Code and The Lost Symbol)
        o Read the next four Kathy Reichs books (Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones)
        o Read the Howl & Sophie series by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, House of Many Ways)
        o Read the Wicked trilogy (Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men)
        o Read the next four Goddess Summoning books (Goddess of Spring, Goddess of Light, Goddess of the Rose, Goddess of Love)

Probably a bit ambitious but it’s worth a shot!