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1001 Books To Read January Update
February 16, 2011, 7:53 pm
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Again, I’m late with the update, but I have stellar news to report! I read 4 books for the challenge in January. Welcome back to me!

The first book To Have or Have Not by Ernest Hemingway. It wasn’t terrible, but certainly not my favorite. I’m not a big fan of him. I really don’t care for the slang he uses. Sure its authentic and typical of the period speech, but I find it detracts from the story. So with that book read, Hemingway is completed from my list! I will never read another.

The second book was An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. This was also the final book on my list by him. He’s a gifted author, I love his style, but some of his books were quite dry, The Remains of the Day and another was quite confusing and anticlimatic The Unconsoled. Then there was A Pale View of the Hills which was a lovely tale and Never Let Me Go which is one of the best books I’ve ever read. So I’m on the fence about him. He’s a hit or miss.

The third book The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. This is the sixth book I’ve read by him. He’s amazing, Saturday was worth reading just for the last chapter. Atonement was sublime. Then he get’s creepy, The comfort of Strangers is mind blowing, let me say I did not see that coming. This book followed in that vein. It was a good read and it did make me think a bit.

The fourth book was The Breast by Philip Roth. All I can say was this must have been creepy book month for me. A man is turned into a breast, the chances of it! But it was a thinking book and an amusing tale. Philip Roth is a gifted writer, I’ve immensely enjoyed his books The Human Stain has been my favorite, with The Plot Against America following.

I’m currently reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Its divine and I can’t get enough of it. I will be finished with it by the end of the day. Then I will be continuing on with The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy.

I stand at the end of January with 52 books read, I’m 33 books behind my goal. At this point, I’m plugging along and still trying to hit my goal of 5 books a month and not sweating it when I don’t. will finish this list though! Happy reading!


101 Things in 1001 Days January Update
February 16, 2011, 7:35 pm
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Well, late again with my update. The foot of snow on the ground and a sick fiance have me going stir crazy. I’ve been disinfecting the house and trying to keep from catching his Valentine’s gift to me.

I made no progress in January. Its a real bummer. But I have plans to tackle several goals for February. Wish me luck on getting back on the horse!