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|Monday, January 15th, 2007|
A quote from Martin Chuzzlewit, by Charles Dickens.
"Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure from the monotonous scene on which he has been an actor of importance, would seem to be the signal for instant confusion. As if, in the gap he had left, the wedge of change were driven to the head, rendering what was a solid mass to fragments; things cemented and held together by the usages of years, burst asunder in as many weeks. the mine which Time has slowly dug beneath familiar objects, is sprung in an instant; and what was rock before, becomes but sand and dust."
I don't really know why, but I like this particular quote a lot. I just read it tonight/this morning, and I thought I would share it.
Does anyone else have quotes they would like to share?
|Thursday, January 4th, 2007|
So, this community is kind of dead. This is my effort to restart it.
A few questions:
What is the best book you read in 2006?
Has anyone read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
? If so, what did you think of it?
I know I'm a bad maintainer for not posting a lot, but I would love it if I could get this community up off the ground again. Current Mood: indescribable
|Tuesday, September 26th, 2006|
I recently just finished reading "The Cider House Rules" by John Irving.
Before that I also read "A Widow for One Year"
My reviews and descriptions are under the cut.
|Sunday, September 24th, 2006|
I'm a bad maintainer....
Sorry I haven't been posting, guys. I know I kind of let this community go, but I figure we could give it another start. The book club thing I was talking about won't work out for me right now, but it very well could later this year, so let's keep that in mind.
I just finished The Twelfth Card
, by Jeffery Deaver.
It was a forensics crime novel featuring Detective Lincoln Rhyme, and it centers around a teenage girl in Harlem who's digging into the history of one of her ancestors, who is a former slave. There is someone out to get her, and we'll leave it to Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs, Lon Sellitto, and more to find out why! If you like Deaver's other books (as well as all those crime scene shows on TV), you'll definitely like this one. There are plot twists upon plot twists, and a few humongous, "WTF, no they did NOT just do that!!!!!" moments, just as we would excpect from the author who gave us The Bone Collector
, which is also a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
Okay, enough of my craptastic book-reviewing skills....
What has everyone else been reading over the summer? Let's all post pictures of the book's covers, if we can find them (google images is your friend). ^_^
|Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006|
Okay, so, sorry this has been so dead.
I've been busy....
But I just finished reading the works of Oscar Wilde, and now I'm reading The Dante Club
and Babylonian Life and History
. OH, man....I'm only one chapter into the first one, and I'm already hooked.
What's everyone else reading right now?
|Monday, March 13th, 2006|
Sorry the book club thing has fallen by the wayside.
I have been so incredibly busy, that I haven't had time to try and figure out what we should read; I haven't been getting very many suggestions either, so I suppose it's not a big deal.
Anyway, right now I'm reading Lolita (by Vladimir Nabokov).
I must say....I can't help feeling sorry for Humbert, even though he is a dirty old man. He really does do some very disgusting things, but still. :( I'll write more about it when I've finished the book. I can say that I like Nabokov's writing style, though.
Has anyone else read this book? If you have, who do you think should play Humbert, and who do you think should play Lolita? I know that there have already been a couple of screen adaptations (one in which Humbert is played by Jeremy Irons), but suppose it was remade in the present day....who then?
The little girl might be very difficult to cast, but I think Geoffrey Rush would make a very good Humbert, even though he's not exactly a handsome man (and Humbert is supposed to be very attractive). Current Mood: lazy
|Tuesday, February 21st, 2006|
|Thursday, January 26th, 2006|
The book club
This entry is here to receive comments about suggestions for book club reading. If you have any, feel free to respond.
|Tuesday, January 24th, 2006|
|Monday, January 16th, 2006|
a great quote I found
Currently, I am reading Nuala O'Faolain's "Are You Somebody?", and here's a quote I found, which I thought would be fitting to put here:
" 'Bookworm', they used to say at school. That's right. I've wormed my way into what I've read and no one can ever shake me out."
|Friday, January 13th, 2006|
About the book club thing: I think we should start in February. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to which books we should read, if any.
Also, I bought the first four Harry Potter books yesterday, as well as Lolita. As soon as I finish The Pickwick Papers and Are You Somebody? (that one's for English), I am going to start reading the Harry Potter books. One by one. :) I'm so excited! Current Mood: crazy
|Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006|
A book recommendation
The Snow Garden (by Christopher Rice), was absolutely wonderful, in my opinion. I would recommend it to the following:
--Anne Rice fans who'd like to see if her son's work pleases them too.
--people who like their books with a slightly creepy edge.
--slash girls (if you are one, you know what this means).
--anyone who has two days straight to stay up and read this book.
Maybe it's just my opinion, but I swear, the good parts of this book do not go on and off--they all run together. Just when you think you've reached a good stopping point, Rice throws another zinger at you, and you have to stay up to read more.
this entry is also in my LJ.
Okay, so, I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books. *sheepish* For reasons that really aren't important, I never picked them up when the series was started, and I haven't since. What matters now is that I am GOING to read them--and I shall do it in one big swoop. As soon as I finish all of the books I have to read (this does not, of course, include books for class, which are not yet listed in my book journal, but will be as the need arises. Books for class, if they interrupt my reading of the HP series, will be read alongside it. ^_^), I will begin with book one. Unfortunately, I've seen four movies before reading any of the books, but them's the breaks, I suppose. Even so, I repeat: SPOILERS, AND YOU DIE. (by the way, this entry has not been locked, because I want EVERYONE to know of the horrible, painful death that awaits the bringer of spoilers).
These are the books I have to read/finish before I can start the Harry Potter series. They will be read/finished in the order in which they are listed. Yes, I'm anal about reading. It bothers me when I pick up a book and don't get to finish it, even if the book is horrible):
--The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens (I am reading this one now).
--Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes.
--Henry V, by William Shakespeare.
--Llewellyn's 2005 Magical Almanac, by multiple authors.
--The Works of Oscar Wilde, by Oscar Wilde.
--Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (this was a birthday present from my mother a while back. Unfortunately, she got me the abridged version. *makes face*).
--Fire From Heaven, by Mary Renault.
--Beethoven: The Universal Composer, by Edmund Norris.
--Stonehenge, by Bernard Cornwell (this is not, mind you, that bloody awful Age of Stonehenge book. *yucks* I wouldn't read that book again if my life depended on it).
--Middlemarch, by George Eliot.
--Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell.
--Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hary.
I won't even TRY to estimate how long it might take; my plan is to simply plow right through the whole lot of them, and get to the HP series as soon as possible. My goal? Get through the fifth HP book before the fifth movie comes out.
|Tuesday, December 27th, 2005|
New books that I got for Christmas!
I got the following two books for Christmas:
The Snow Garden, by Christopher Rice.
Beethoven: The Universal Composer, by Edmund Morris.
I'm in the process of reading the first one, and I love it so far. Christopher Rice is going on this community's interests list, if he's not already there.
Also, a question, as far as that book club thing we were talking about. Which books does everyone have in mind? Also, since we haven't decided on a book yet, let's wait to start this thing until February--or mid-January, at the earliest.
What does everyone think? Current Mood: happy
|Wednesday, December 14th, 2005|
There is an author to add to the interests list. They're totally different books from the ones we've been talking about. I read "angels and demons" in record time, he has a way of building suspense you just can't put it down. And the chapters are really short so its super easy to say okay, just one more. I'm reading "The davinci code" right now. It's just as suspenseful although the storyline is less believeable. It's all about imagery and it seems like if you're looking for something in particular you will be able to find it anywhere. Anyway i'm trying to say this without giving anything away to people who havent read it. So read it. haha. tell me what you thought if you had already.
|Sunday, December 11th, 2005|
a second interests request
To beef up our interests list, whenever I finish reading a book, if the author is not listed on our interests page, I will add it.
If you would like a particular author to be added to the interests list, please do not hesitate to comment.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. :) I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas in advance.
A silly idea I've got: I know we're all terribly busy, but wouldn't it be fun to have a monthly book club of some sort? We could pick a specific book, and all read it. Of course, the book for the next month would have to be decided the month before, etc. What do you all think? Current Mood: lazy
|Saturday, December 10th, 2005|
a book recommendation
This one was a very good read--unexpected, too. I saw the vampire fangs on the front cover, and I had to pick it up and read it. It turned out to be a hell of a read for something I'd picked up off of a Walgreens shelf.
It's called Midnight Mass, and it's by a guy named F. Paul Wilson. I'd never heard of him before I read this book, but he's written a motherload of other stuff, too. I may have to start looking for more of his books now. :)
I would recommend Midnight Mass to any vampire fan, but a specific recommendation goes out to Stephen King fans who've never read any other vampire novels, but want to branch out.
With all that being said, I need to go and get back into bed (I've been sitting up reading). I have to get up in six hours and fifteen minutes. Current Mood: impressed
|Monday, November 28th, 2005|
a book recommendation
If you're a Stephen King fan, and you haven't read Dreamcatcher, I highly recommend it. It provided me with a whole lot of enjoyment. :)
If you HAVE read Dreamcatcher, who are your favorite characters, and why?
--Duddits, because he reminds me of a childhood friend of mine, who died recently.
--Beaver, because of a certain incident involving him, Duddits, and a lullaby. I will say no more, in order to avoid spoilers. If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about.
|Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005|
For my history class we have to write a short story based on a fictional character but make it as feasible as possible. It's due tomorrow so it's kind of short notice but it would be great if you guys could read it over and let me know if the basic story line details or any historical aspects you may be familiar with make sense. I'm sure many of you know that it's difficult to tell what aspects of you own writing may not make sense to others.
Even if you can't give me your feedback in time for the due date I would love to hear it anyway.( here it isCollapse )
|Tuesday, November 15th, 2005|
I just finished a really awesome book.
Pompeii: A Novel
by Robert Harris.
Historical fiction surrounding the events of the catastrophic Vesuvius eruption that buried Pompeii in A.D. 79.
The back of the book jacket reads:
"Along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the gorgeous weather belies impending doom, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius has taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to the people around the Bay of Naples. There is a crisis on Augusta's main line--somewhere north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Attilius must repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. His plan is to organize an expedition in Pompeii, then head out the the place where he believes the fault lies. But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work--natural and otherwise--threatening to destroy him."