Finished the 4th book of the Ember series "The Diamond of Darkhold". If you read the series don't bother watching the movie. It was kind of lame. Books were better. Also realized the 3rd book of the Leviathan series "Goliath" by Scott Westerfeld was out this year and read that. Before that I read "Wingshooters" by Nina Revoyr. Also have "The Resistance" and "The Returners" by Gemma Malley. Don't know what else I'll read during winter break.
Yeah, the other two were probably better than "Goliath" but I still enjoyed it. So the Kane Chronicles aren't as good as the Percy Jackson series? Have you read any of the heroes of Olympus series? I decided to wait on those till the series is finished/almost finished...although that could be a while if it's a lot of books. I finished "The Resistance" and unfortunately the library doesn't have the 3rd book of the declaration series and I originally thought "The Returners" was part of that series but isn't. "The Returners" was pretty good though. Has anybody read The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan? Seems like a popular series but was wondering how it is and if it's worth starting on...being there's like 10 books and I always feel the need to finish a series. Speaking of series...I just finished "Fire" the second in "The Seven Kingdoms" series by Kristin Cashore, the sequel "Graceling". Sequel, as in it's in the same series but not really about the same characters except for one. I liked it a lot too and apparently she has a 3rd book coming out in May, "Bitterblue". I have "Going Bovine" next to read on my Kindle that and Watchman Nee's "The Normal Christian Life". I like being able to read for hours at a time on Winter break.
quote:Originally posted by goodeveningsun: graceling shouldn't be a problem for you. the second in the 'series' is one of those same world completely different set of characters type things. i'm wondering if the next will tie things together some. either way, because they're done that way, i don't recall either being cliff-hanger-y. (hard to be when the next book isn't even going to involve the same cast)
I was just going through the past year of this thread making my book list of 2011 and found this. It kind of ties some things together but I think it more adds another dimension to set you up for future books as well.
i didn't really like going bovine. and yeah, i have not been impressed with the kane chronicles books so far. they have been okay, but nothing to write home about. i've not read the second heroes of olympus yet, but i liked the first one. found it on par with the percy jackson books.
Recently read Michael Lewis's Boomerang, which is about the financial problems facing various "first world" countries now. Fascinating look at Greece, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, and at the end, California (and somewhat the u.s.).
Currently reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. It's quite interesting so far.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett It Chooses You by Miranda July First Snow of Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
Meghan, let me know how the Sloane Crosley book is. I enjoyed I Was Told There'd Be Cake
quote:Originally posted by Hot Foot Steph: Darla I have Watchman Nee's "The Spiritual Man." It's really in-depth. What do you think of his book you're reading?
I haven't started it yet, but I kept seeing his name and books pop up in other books I read so I thought I'd read one. The only one the library had I think was "The Normal Christian Life". "Going Bovine" is okay so far. Picked up "The Lacuna" to finish reading that too.
Pete - it was just okay. I felt like "I Was Told..." was much funnier. I think Crosby's an excellent writer, and this was an interesting book, but not nearly as funny as the first one. It was actually a little sad, yet still had good observations. I'm not a huge fan of the humor essayists, as a lot of what is written I don't think is particularly funny (just a normal childhood), but Crosby's first book was actually great. For instance, I'm not a fan of David Sedaris, while I know so many people are.
i didn't really have any reading goals, per se, but i had hoped to catch up to the number of books i read the year year before. didn't quite make it, though.
hmm. lately, among other things, i've read...
the wild things - dave eggers wonderstruck - brian selznick mcsweeney's issue 35 interpreter of maladies - jhumpa lahiri american shaolin - matthew polly the importance of being earnest - oscar wilde arcadia - tom stoppard
I think I read a record number of books last year. I attribute having the summer off and a kindle to that. I didn't really read much between February and May but made up for it the end of the year. Still working on "Going Bovine" it's a bit odd I guess and still okay..funny at times. Also reading "The Normal Christian Life" by Watchman Nee.
Still reading "The Lacuna". It's like 500 pages long and sometimes I only read it during my 30 minute break at work so it's taking a while. I see you read "Wonderstruck" Carroll, I just got that from the library. You read "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" too right? I didn't even realized it was the same author till I got the book and read the front cover.
yep! it was really good in my opinion. on par with hugo cabret.
i've mostly getting back into reading for class mode, but i read a graphic novel biography of the 14th dalai lama recently. it mostly covered his younger years, but it was really interesting (and depressing) to read about some of the troubles of china's invasion of tibet.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball by Tom Tango, Mitchel Litchtman & Andrew Dolphin Life of Pi by Yann Martel
quote:Originally posted by Muffinly: So I'm taking the plunge-I started the Brothers Karamazov a couple weeks ago. I started once before, but never finished.
Meeeee too, on starting and never finishing, that is. But I was ALMOST finished, which is what bothers me the most about it. I need to re-read it. It is the first fiction book I have ever found something so profound that I underlined something in it. Usually that only happens with non-fiction. I don't remember what it is that I underlined, but I never feel compelled to underline anything in novels. This one was different. Good luck! I hope to read it again soon myself.