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Mmmm books!

I have been very lax in my book updates, mainly b/c I've been too lazy to write anything resembling reviews.

Anyway, here's what I've read since my last update from last century.

40. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (4/23/08) - in which I FINALLY FINISH THIS DAMN BOOK. This would have been an awe-inspiring, humorous trip down crazy-lane if it weren't for the super longness of it.
41. To Hell and Back - Lilith Saintcrow (5/4/08) - guilty pleasure number 5385748027580477.34
42. Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr (5/3/08) - i liked her first book in this "series" better...this had a lot of gaps in plot.
43. Fire Study - Snyder (5/11/08) - mmmmm, I love this book and I love the entire series. Definitely rec'd, no matter what you like. *nods*
44. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle (5/15/2008) - in which I feel very sorry for the actual hound. but i heart sherlock holmes.
45. City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare (5/18/08) - good second book in the series, some character development, a little drama (could see it coming a mile away, however)....prefer it 55 times more so than a certain other author's series involving vampires and the supernatural. *ahem* (who's final book i'll still read, btw).
46. The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle (5/30/08) - in which sherlock holmes does not get enough air time on the pages.
47. The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (6/4/08) - in which sherlock holmes returns to make up for lost air-time in above book.
48. Fables and Folk Tales from around the World (6/30/08) - in which i learn different folk tales and fables. from around the world, even.
49. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter - Sue Monk Kidd (7/6/08) - OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND YOU SHOULD TOO.  This isn't fiction but a feminine journey of self-discovery - girl, woman, crone. I love it so much and shall read it five million more times. I'll post some quotes later. I also rec'd her fiction books The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid's Chair.
50. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova (7/13/08) - while fictional, there's a lot of european history (romania, bulgaria, ottoman empire, etc.) that's utterly fascinating and disturbing. i liked it for that reason alone. The writing is good, which is always a plus. The coincidences in the story are somewhat outlandish but history lessons and super awesome character capture make up for them.
51. Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost (7/21/08) - ummm. shit, i can't even remember what this book was about. i'm pretty sure i read it. i think. oh yeah, i remember it. sorta. it sucked. don't read it.
52. His Last Bow - Arthur Conan Doyle (7/22/08) - not to be confused for an archery bow. and not his last bow either.
53.Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich (7/28/08) - another guilty pleasure. easy read. not her best, not her worst.
54. Wise Talk, Wild Women - Gwen Mazer (8/4/08) - this gives me hope for my future aged self. i should buy this book and read it every year on my birthday to let myself know how awesome i am and will be.
55. Looking Back - Lois Lowry (8/5/08) - anyone who has read Lowry will enjoy this quick memoir (with pictures!)
56. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula le Guin (8/11/08) - i love le guin so much and even though some of the stuff in this book frustrated me, the overall story and characters enthralled me to the very last page. it's a sci-fi novel but isn't, which is my way of encouraging you to read it.
57. Marked - Karen/PC Cast (8/12/08) - quick, easy read, like the feminine aspect, not exactly stellar writing/character capture.
58. Betrayed - PC Cast (8/14/08) - lack of stellar writing skills shall not deter me from continuing this series! go me!

Because The Left Hand of Darkness needs to be read by some other library patron, here are a few quotes. I wish I had taken down more, thus I shall have to purchase this book. Such is life.

He was a hard shrewd jovial politician, whose acts of kindness served his interest and whose interest was himself. His type is panhuman. I had met him on Earth, and on Hain, and on Ollul. I expect to meet him in Hell.
--
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
--
Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together...
--
Alone, I cannot change your world. But I can be changed by it. Alone, I must listen, as well as speak. Alone, the relationship I finally make, if I make one, is not impersonal and not only political: it is individual, it is personal, it is both more and less than political. Not We and They; not I and It; but I and Thou. Not political, not pragmatic, but mystical.

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