Long Time, No See!

Since I got back from Mexico I’ve been kind of bad about posting here on my blog. Okay, I admit it, I haven’t posted once. My bad. Anyway, what have I been reading? Something a little unusual for me… YA Paranormal romance. Ugh, I want to hate these kinds of books, but man is it difficult.

The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Christmas I got all three books in an omnibus. None of these books were on my Christmas wish list, but beggars can’t be choosers and I got a kindle (to be delivered at the end of the month!)

Well,  I haven’t much to say about these books, except they’re highly addictive and fun to read. My co-workers are really into this author so I may try to read some of her more adult novels.

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BBC ‘The Big Read’

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

41 out of 100? Not too shabby. I see a few holes in my reading though…

 

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The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

The blurb from Amazon.com;

Ever since her engagement, the strangest thing has been happening to Marian McAlpin: she can’t eat. First meat. Then eggs, vegetables, cake, pumpkin seeds–everything! Worse yet, she has the crazy feeling that she’s being eaten. Marian ought to feel consumed with passion, but she really just feels…consumed. A brilliant and powerful work rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an unforgettable masterpiece by a true master of contemporary literary fiction.

This was my first Atwood, I’m ashamed to admit. I really don’t read a lot of Canadian authors only because I feel like I should read them, what with me being born in that glorious country (Oh! Canada…). Sorry, I forgot myself for a moment. My patriotism kicks in at the oddest of times.

Feminism is a theme which interests me greatly although the author, according to wikipedia anyway, describes it as protofeminist. The idea of being eaten, bit by bit, not necessarily by overtly sexist actions and ways of thinking, is the perfect metaphor for what it feels like to be woman. I know, we live in a time of equality blah, blah, blah. However, Atwood manages to tap into the emotional side of the gender issue, especially how a woman can feel as if she is losing herself within a romantic relationship, or within the role of mother.

One of the most effective ways the author represents that in “The Edible Woman”, beyond the metaphor of cannibalism,  is the change in narrative perspective. As Marian loses more of her own identity the narration switches to third person. Once she reclaims her self  it again turns back to first person.

Although this wasn’t one of those novels which will stay with me forever, I feel that this was a good introduction to this great author. However, I’m not sure how Atwood’s other novels compare to this one. I know that this was from relatively early in her literary career. “Oryx and Crake” has been added to my TBR pile.

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Booking Through Thursday

Who would you rather borrow from? Your library? Or a Friend?

(Or don’t your friends trust you to return their books?)

And, DO you return books you borrow?

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m bad about borrowing books. There have been occasions where I’ve lost library books (but to be fair I’ve lost a lot of my own, as well). My fines at the library get so bad that sometimes I have to pay them in installments. However, I love the concept of libraries. There’s never any excuse not to read while they still exist. Imagine, a place where they let you take home things for free and all they ask of you is to bring them back in one piece. Amazing.

As for lending and borrowing amongst friends and family, that’s tricky. I really don’t offer to lend people books anymore because I tend to never see them again (the books, not the friends!). I also dislike borrowing books because there’s a chance I won’t like it which makes for some awkwardness. This happened when I read one of my brother’s favorites, Dune. I detested it. However, I make exceptions for those who have similar reading tastes as me, such as my best friend with whom I agree about pretty much anything literary.

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WWW Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

This is the first Atwood I’ve ever read. I don’t know why I resisted reading anything by her up to now. Was it because she’s Canadian? Yes. *blushes*. Shame on me. 😉

 

 

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

This book came into my life at exactly the right time. Serendipitous? I think so. I hope I used that word correctly, it’s always been one of those words I think I know what it means…

 

 

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have only two books left in English. It has to either be;

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

I’m really not in the mood for Lawrence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

I’m never in the mood for Hemingway, though.

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Teaser Tuesday- The Edible Woman

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This weeks Teaser comes from The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (my first Atwood, yay!)

Marian gazed down at the small silvery image reflected in the bowl of the spoon: herself upside down, with a huge torso narrowing to a pinhead at the handle end. She tilted the spoon and her forehead swelled, then receded. She felt serene.

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Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger HopI’m delighted to be taking part in this week’s Book Blogger Hop, although I probably signed up waaayy too late. Anyway, this weeks question asks;

“If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?”

Always, without fail. If you miss the first books you’re going to miss a great deal of character development, not to mention back story. There are some authors who make it a little easier to jump in mid series. An author who comes to mind is Charlaine Harris with her Sookie Stackhouse series (which I’ve read all of!). Although it would be best to read the series from the beginning, at the start of the novels she usually manages to recap some of the major plot turns of the previous book, or she mentions how a new character came to be involved with the series. Not only is that helpful for first time readers, but it  jogs my memory as it’s usually been a year since I read the last book.

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