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So, I have a book list started and it is one of my resolutions to read more, so I intend to finish all of them, plus some, or at least Nearly, and leave some for next year. Changes may be made, I may find I don't like a book and will stop, and switch, ALL OF THESE ARE OFF MY SHELF (so no new ones yet) and these are in no particular order:

The Good Fairies of New York, by Martin Millar (finished yesterday. It was cute)
13 Bullets, by David Wellington
99 Coffins, by David Wellington
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut; (yeah, it wasn't required reading when I was in school)
Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow
Captain Hook, by J.V. Hart
Prom, by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Essential Tales of Chekhov, by Anton Chekhov; (to finish)
The Littlest Hitler, by various authors
A Season in Hell and Illuminations, by Arthur Rimbaud
Freak Show, by James St. James
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Mister B. Gone, by Clive Barker
The Child Thief, by Brom
Desert Rose, by Brom
Tommy's Tale, by Alan Cumming
Junior, by Macaulay Culkin
Pygmy, by Chuck Palahniuk
Diary, by Chuck Palahniuk; (to finish)
A Journey of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe
Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Rebel, by Albert Camus
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death, by Albert Camus
Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche
Darkness Visible, by William Golding
Perfume, by Patrick Suskind; (to finish)
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman; (to finish)
Dune, by Frank Herbert; (to finish)
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Forsaken House, by Richard Baker
Under the Jolly Roger, by L.A. Meyer
Peter Pan in Scarlet, by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, by Emilie Autumn

Discworld, by Terry Pratchet
A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snickett; (to finish)

Note the slightly dominate theme of Pirates...

Oh, and I finally FINALLY finished Lolita. I decided to read the last 6 or so chapters along with dreamy Jeremy Irons. I especially loved the last page.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
hmmm i have been meaning to make a book list. Sooo i might just steal yours as i know you have awesome taste :D I read Mister B. Gone. Was a pretty good book :) :) :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I may just read that one after the one I'm on right now :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:56 am (UTC)
Aaaand the one I started SUCKED, so I'll be starting Mister B. Gone tomorrow :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Can't get through Good Omens. I've been trying for two years.

Loved Dune, but my advice is to stop there and never again think of the rest of the "series". They hurt.

Read the first page of American Gods and then put it down. It's still in my purse. Noah bought it for me so I will read it...someday.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Have you read any of Gaiman's short stories? I found them to be the perfect 'bite size' bit of Gaiman. Especially his take on Snow White.

What was it about Good Omens that put you off? I suppose it might be a slog for its 'Britishness'? Is it a case of lost in translation?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Snow. Glass. Apples. is indeed wonderful. I find that he is a far better short story author than novel. At least for adults. His young adult stuff is pretty brill.

I'm used to 'Britishness', or actually, any world lit. since the Spanish and French tend to be my favorites.

Good Omens is far from seamless. I can tell it was written by two authors and as such it reads clunky and awkward to me. I *hate* the half page long "footnotes" and tangents as they are disruptive to what slight flow it has.

Both Gaimen and Pratchett are strong writers just, imo, not together.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh... I thought Neverwhere was great (one of my all-time favourite books, really), but I agree, his shorts are better. I've tried starting Anasazi Boys and American Gods, but they just didn't suck me in (I don't think he really has much of a way with NAMING his characters- I mean really, just about NO creativity in that department in Neverwhere, but in that one, it seemed somehow appropriate).
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