Daily Archives: January 23, 2009

Robinson Crusoe

Title: Robinson Crusoe
Author: Daniel Defoe
Finished: January 23
Pages: 352
Published: 1719
Challenges: Daniel Defoe Mini Challenge, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Casual Classics, 2nds Challenge

A fictional autobiography of Robinson Crusoe, who is stranded on a deserted island for 28 years, telling his tale of encountering cannibals, Native Americans, captives and other foreigners before his rescue. It gives you a false reality that this man was real. Further digging shows it may have been influenced by the life of Alexander Selkirk who lived four years on island near Chile.

After watching the premiere of Lost after almost a year, it was interesting finishing up this story about a castaway since all the members of Lost are on an island waiting to be saved.

I really enjoyed this story. Defoe does an amazing job of keeping he readers attention despite the fact that most of the story has no dialogue. Which then reminds me of Castaway.

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EW’s New Classic Books Perpetual Challenge

Created by A Review From Here.

I found this list at Entertainment Weekly and thought this would make a great perpetual challenge.  So, if you want to join, just sign up using the Mr. Linky below.  Also, please leave a comment and when you post a review please leave a link to that as well.  Thanks!

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
12. Blindness, José Saramago
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
21. On Writing, Stephen King
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt
28. Naked, David Sedaris
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman
47. World’s Fair, E.L. Doctorow
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
49. Clockers, Richard Price
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
58. Drop City, TC Boyle
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
61. Money, Martin Amis
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman
72. The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
84. Holes, Louis Sachar
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman
96. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson
98. The Predators’ Ball, Connie Bruck
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show

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Book Awards Challenge II – COMPLETE

Another challenge finished. This one doesn’t end until June 1, 2009, but I kept on reading. I’m sure I will be reading plenty of other award winning books through the rest of the year. To see the rules and other bloggers visit the challenge page HERE.

Completed Books in Challenge:

  1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Alex Awards) – SEPTEMBER
  2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Alex Awards) – OCTOBER
  3. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (Alex Awards) – OCTOBER
  4. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (Anthony Awards) – NOVEMBER
  5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Nebula Award) – NOVEMBER
  6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Alex Awards) – NOVEMBER
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Hugo Award) – DECEMBER
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey  Niffenegger (Alex Award) – DECEMBER
  9. Stiff by Mary Roach (Alex Award) – DECEMBER
  10. Middlesex (Pulitzer) – JANUARY

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Middlesex

middlesexTitle: Middlesex
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Finished: January 23
Pages: 529
Published: 2002
Challenges: Book Awards II, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Books, New Authors, RYOB 2009, TBR Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge

A coming of age Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a teenager in Detroit coming to terms with his/her own sexuality, while telling the family history.

“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”

I think that opening line will create the history of the book more than anything else. I knew nothing more than this statement for a long time before I read the book and it alone made me want to find out the story behind it.

I have to admit, despite the hype, I had a hard time getting through the book until about the last 200 pages. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction and so having to wait so long to find out the narrators personal story was hard. After the fact, it was nice knowing the geneology of Cal’s family prior to the reveal, but when you already know what happens it’s hard to sit through everything else.

Overall, it was a very good book, but not one I felt I could read quickly without missing important details pertaining to the story. Well worth the read and it’s spot on the 1,001 Books list.

Other Reviews:
What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

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