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Book update of DOOM

People. I'm kicking ass with my book-reading self. I'm at 23 books.

My five favorite books so far are......*cue exciting, hold-your-breath until you turn blue music*

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
Here's why: I like me a good mystery, especially with a twist you just never see coming. And the twist? Well, I didn't see it coming. If you like the Bronte sisters, you'll like this book. Even if you don't (I dislike Jane Eyre immensely), but you like intrigue and a well-written novel, you'll like this book. The book requires a comfy chair, a cozy fire, and about ten cups of tea (and frequent potty breaks) - I had a tough time putting it down for mundane things like sleep or food.
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen Dunbar
Here's why: I love me statistics, but I have no love for economics.  Finding a book that delves into the fun aspect of economics with real-world (albeit controversial) examples made me happy. Like I wrote in a previous post, if you want to know why abortion played a role in the decrease in US crime, read this book. Controversies make me smile.
The Earthsea Chronicles - Ursula Le Guin
Here's why: I have not read the last three books, but the first three: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; and The Farthest Shore. I love (and sometimes hate) series in which the primary character actually ages. It's about cycles and the impermanence of existence. Le Guin has a simple writing style that usually bothers me (think Hemmingway, yuck). However, I found her bare-bones approach to writing refreshing. It was encouragement to work on pruning the redundant in my own writing. 

To date:
Fantasy
1. Gifts - Ursula Le Guin (1/1/2007)
3. Wolf Moon - Charles De Lint (1/6/2007)
4. Dreams Underfoot: The Newford Collection - Charles De Lint (1/8/07)
5. Forests of the Heart - Charles de Lint (1/13/07)
7. Voices: Ursula Le Guin (1/20/07)
8. Someplace to be flying: Charles de Lint (2/2/07)
9. Terrier - Tamora Pierce (2/10/07)
10. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula le Guin (2/11/07)
12. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula le Guin (2/16/07)
13. The Farthest Shore - Ursula le Guin (2/16/07)
16. Memory and Dreams - Charles de Lint (2/27/07)
18. The Dark Mirror - Juliet Marillier (3/8/07)
19. The Blade of Fortriu - Juliet Marillier (3/16/07)
20. Moonlight and Vines - Charlest de Lint (3/20/07)
21. Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison (3/22/07)
22. Poison Study - Maria Snyder (3/23/07)
23. Magic Study - Maria Snyder  (3/26/07)
Crime
2. Find Me - Carol O'Connell (1/5/2007)
Girly-Girl
6. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares (1/14/07)
Humor
11. America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction - Jon Stewart & Daily Show Writers (2/14/07)
Mystery
14. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (2/17/07)
17. The Case of the Missing Books - Ian Sansom (3/3/07)
Nonfiction
15. Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen Dunbar (2/19/07)

Comments

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kell77
Mar. 27th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
You're kicking my butt at this goal!
I'm on book 13... slow and steady wins the race right???? Okay, not wins, but at least finishes right???? congrats on doing so well with all your reading :)
rinalia
Mar. 28th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: You're kicking my butt at this goal!
Slow and steady is ALWAYS good! Sometimes I overwhelm myself by trying to read three or four books at once! This results in me confusing a fantasy book for a book on the history of salt.
ellettra
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
first of all, i'm squeeing, because i bought the thirteenth tale and will be reading it very soon! and then i squeed because i didn't know you write, too! and THEN i squeed because you've got Dead Witch Walking on your list and i am OBSESSED with that series!! i'm dragging my feet through the 4th because i know i'm about the get the 5th from the library and i've timed them to where there is no interruption between them! hahaha, that is obsession. :) i don't think they're the most brilliant books ever written in terms of style, but i like the way kim harrison writes and i am WAY invested in the characters. keep reading! they get better and better!
rinalia
Mar. 28th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Wow, it was like a veritable squee-fest! Which I support, btw.

I love writing and am happy I do so much of it at work!

I'm excited about reading more of the Rachel Morgan series. She reminds me of Stephanie Plum.

Yay for reading!
ellettra
Mar. 28th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
:D LOL! it was indeed a squeefest. :D

wirenth
Mar. 27th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
awesome. i keep meaning to read freakonomics but i just never get there. right now i'm really enjoying black bodies and quantum cats: tales from the annals of physics by jennifer ouellette which is way fluffier and easier to read than it sounds. but it's good!
rinalia
Mar. 28th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Ohh, the book on quantum physics sounds good - I'll have to add it to the evergrowing list!
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