May 9th, 2011

El Corazon

54. The Iceman Cometh; 55. Killing Yourself to Live...

The Iceman Cometh
by Eugene O'Neill

Started: May 6, 2011
Finished: May 9, 2011

I would absolutely love to see this play performed live with some talented actors. I can certainly sympathize with the delusions of drunkards on display here. 196 pages. Grade: A
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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
by Chuck Klosterman

Started: May 6, 2011
Finished: May 9, 2011

Chuck Klosterman's pop culture memoirs are the kind of book I would have fallen in love with when I was 22, would have hated when I was 30, and mildly enjoy with some reservations now that I'm 36. He overdoes the pop culture metaphors and similes, he has an annoying habit of ironically liking shitty bits of said pop culture, he overanalyzes his relationships with women and pop culture, but he's a fairly entertaining writer in spite of that. 235 pages. Grade: B+
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Total # of books read in 2011: 55
Total # of pages read in 2011:
13,473
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Book #28 -- Jean M. Auel, The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two), 544 pages.

Book #29 -- Jean M. Auel, The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children, Book Three), 688 pages.

Book #30 -- Jean M. Auel, The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, Book Four), 784 pages.

Book #31 -- Jean M. Auel, The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, Book Five), 800 pages.

What can I say? These are my version of the trashy Harlequin romance.


Book #32 -- Kristina McBride, The Tension of Opposites, 279 pages.

Two years ago, when they were both fourteen, Tessa's best friend Noelle disappeared. Since then, Tessa has lived her life on hold, eschewing any normal teenage experience which feels to her like a betrayal of Noelle's memory. Then comes the phone call. Noelle has been found. But the girl calling herself Elle is nothing like the Noelle Tessa once knew. Can Tessa help her best friend without losing any more pieces of herself, or is Elle's risky behaviour going to drag them both down?

This is an incredible book about how people react to and recover from traumatic events, and the effect that process has on the people closest to them.

Progress toward goals: 129/365 = 35.3%

Books: 32/100 = 32.0%

Pages: 11187/30000 = 37.3%

2011 Book List

cross-posted to 15000pages, 50bookchallenge, and gwynraven
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Books 11 - 20.

11. Haldeman - The Forever War
Although it shows a little that it was written at a certain point of history, it's still a very good scifi book, and I'm glad I bought it. :)

12. Chesterton - Orthodoxy
Makes a load of good, religious, points - although North Pole and South Pole have been properly conquered since then *LOL*

13. Silverstone - The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide To Feeling Great, Losing Weight & Saving The Planet
A bit blue-eyed and some ingredients are not cheap etc etc, it's still a beautiful, very readable book.

14. Wex - Born To Kvetch: Yiddish Language & Culture In All Of Its Moods
This was very interesting, easy to read and funny too. Great read.

15. Atwood - Eating Fire: Selected Poems 1965-1995
Delicious and with great variety.

16. Cox - Under The Paw: Confessions Of A Cat Man
Unfortunately something I'd advise to borrow before buying, but not a bad read. Didn't keep mine but didn't regret buying it.

17. Moon - Trading In Danger
*Very* good scifi, kickass heroine and everything :)

18. DeSales - The Sermons Of... For Lent (English translation)
Just in time for Easter *lol* Very good.

19. Moriyama & Doyle - Japanese Women Don't Get Old Or Fat: Delicious Slimming & Anti-Ageing Secrets
Felt I already knew most of the points, but no waste to read this. Doesn't make me like fish though *runs*

20. Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart (Finnish translation)
Typical Murakami feel in this book, liked it a lot. And now I want to go Crete again XD
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