October 12th, 2011

El Corazon

113. Ender in Exile; 114. Sixpence House...; 115. The Thin Red Line; 116. Candy Girl...

Ender in Exile
by Orson Scott Card

Started/Finished: September 26, 2011

An unnecessary sequel for the most part but still basically enjoyable if you've read the other books in the series. 377 pages. Grade: B-
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Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books
by Paul Collins

Started: September 26, 2011
Finished: September 28, 2011

Reasonably entertaining account of the author's move to Ham-on-Wye, a Welsh town with 1,500 residents and forty used bookstores. Collins does tend to write overly-complicated sentences sometimes but I enjoyed this overall. 247 pages. Grade: B+
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The Thin Red Line
by James Jones

Started: September 26, 2011
Finished: September 28, 2011

I still like From Here to Eternity better. This is great writing but the characters just aren't quite as deep. It reads kind of like a really intelligent action movie. 495 pages. Grade: A-
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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
by Diablo Cody

Started: September 28, 2011
Finished: September 29, 2011

I liked learning about the behind-the-scenes workings of Minnesota strip clubs and peep shows, but her writing does get a little too clever for its own good at times. She thinks she's wittier than she really is. I also would have liked to have seen a bit more real introspection into why Cody decided to start stripping instead of the shrug of the shoulders that she gives for the most part. 212 pages Grade: B+
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Total # of books read in 2011: 116
Total # of pages read in 2011: 33,280
El Corazon

117. Hollywood; 118. Class Warfare; 119. Cancer Ward

Hollywood
by Charles Bukowski

Started: September 28, 2011
Finished: September 29, 2011

This was the only Bukowski novel I'd never read bfore. I liked the stories being told here but did get annoyed at how he would rename various celebrities like going to see Tab Jones in Vegas instead of Tom Jones. It took me out of the story trying to figure out who Bukowski was talking about. He should have either used the real names or gone way more fake with them. 239 pages. Grade: A-
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Class Warfare
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Started: September 29, 2011
Finished: September 30, 2011

Picked this up on a whim as I'm not a real political-minded person. It was easier to read than I thought it would be. I'm not sure if I agreed with what Chomsky was saying but I certainly respected his manner of saying it in this book. 175 pages. Grade: B-
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Cancer Ward
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Started: September 29, 2011
Finished: October 5, 2011

I liked this much more than The First Circle. The stories told seemed more personal. 536 pages. Grade: A-
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Total # of books read in 2011: 119
Total # of pages read in 2011: 34,230