April 18th, 2011

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Book #22 - Allen Williams, The Witches' Kitchen, 278 pages.

Toad has narrowly escaped the witches' cauldron, but now she's stuck in the Kitchen, a terrifying and magical place where nothing is as it seems. Even worse, she doesn't remember who she is or how she got there, apart from a hazy impression that she wasn't always a Toad. Now she has to find a way out of the Kitchen - something no one has ever done - before the witches find her.

Book #23 - A. C. E. Bauer, Come Fall, 229 pages.

Ever wonder what happened to the human boy whose status as the Queen's favourite sowed discord between Oberon and Titania? No? Well you should. Read this to find out.


Book #24 - A. C. E. Bauer, No Castles Here, 271 pages.

Eleven-year-old Augie wants an adventure. Most of all he wants out of his bad neighbourhood and the bullies who are constantly beating him up and stealing his lunch. He just never thought he'd find both (and more besides) in a bookstore.

Progress toward goals: 108/365 = 29.6%

Books: 24/100 = 24.0%

Pages: 7351/30000 = 24.5%

2011 Book List

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13. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I really enjoyed this book. Such a unique storyline. Definitely added to my favorite classics list.

14. Empire of the Sun By J.G. Ballard - It was okay, very interesting. But I actually enjoyed the movie more so than the book which is a first for me. I guess seeing the story and what goes on and how Jaime grows is visually more interesting than the book. Still pretty good though.

15. Bossypants by Tina Fey - Loved it. Definitely lived up to what I was expecting. Just a bunch of funny stories from her life and her opinion of things, great.
El Corazon

39. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
by Vincent Bugliosi

Started: March 5, 2011
Finished: April 18, 2011

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! After a month and a half, I finally finished this behemoth of a book. It says 1,518 pages but the print is so miniscule that it was really more like 4,000. Anyways, despite the length, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Bugliosi is a masterful researcher and a pretty damn good writer too.  I'd give an A+ to the opening few hundred pages that give a minute by minute description of the facts as they happened on those four days in November 1963, an A+ to the lengthy biographies of Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald, and mostly around a B for the rest of this book. I did occasionally get tired of Bugliosi's tone when he was shooting down conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory as it read a lot like an attorney giving his final arguments to a jury. Though, of course, that's exactly what Bugliosi is and what he was trying to do here. Anyways, I'm glad I finally read this after I'd given it a couple of false starts over the last three or four years. 1,518 pages. Grade: A
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Total # of books read in 2011: 39
Total # of pages read in 2011: 10,038