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The Reading Corner

jazz_girl
03-22-2005, 12:10 PM
Ok, a little change ;)
We can use this thread to talk about the books we've read, the ones that we loved, and the ones we hated!
I think it's a good idea to put "spoiler" warnings in case we're gonna talk exclusively about something, and maybe there's someone who hasn't read it or hasn't finished reading it, and we could spoil the reading ;)

bovenbuuf
03-22-2005, 12:11 PM
Ok well I read it, thought it was nice.. but not the best. Can see why the make a fuss about it, all has to do with the curch. Think a couple of days ago the curch also made an announcement about it.

Personly I thought that the Dante club from pearl was better.

*Elsie*
03-22-2005, 12:12 PM
What a great idea Jazz! But I can't talk about it because I didn't read it yet. I am reading motorcycle diaries at the moment.

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 12:13 PM
This book is next on my "must read" list. Great idea for a thread, by the way. Maybe we should include a reader's section for the books we've read or will read? Still....great idea.

bovenbuuf
03-22-2005, 12:16 PM
yeah that would be nice.. with books that are great to read..

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 12:20 PM
Yes....why not. Maybe when I finish teaching, I can begin reading this book.

bovenbuuf
03-22-2005, 12:22 PM
ah.. so its the same for you, Tiff.. To less time to read something. I am still trying to finish my book from Marsh. And its just a detective so not very hard to read at all..

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 12:23 PM
I have a book that I'm reading for another book club, so I really don't have time to read Da Vinci Code. Maybe next month when things slow down, I will begin reading.

bovenbuuf
03-22-2005, 12:30 PM
yeah same here.. to much things going on to sit back and read. I need total silence when I read.

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 12:32 PM
I do too. That's why I'm waiting until the end of April to pick up any more books. I can't handle it, teaching, and finishing projects for my class. It's too much right now.

jazz_girl
03-22-2005, 02:19 PM
I usually read Latin American or Spanish books, but the last one I read was the Da Vinci Code, cause everyone recommended it to me. Believe it or not, I read it in two days!!!!
It was a very interesting reading, however as Jud said, I don't think it was the best book ever. And I don't get all the fuss the Church is making about it...I see they can be offended, but IMO they are exaggerating, and all they're making is people more interested in reading the book. I was thinking about buying the sequel: Angels and Demons. Has anyone read that one? Is it any good?

bovenbuuf
03-22-2005, 02:26 PM
Nope I still have to read that book. Did read Digital Fortress. Thought it was nice too

*Elsie*
03-22-2005, 02:39 PM
I read every single book of Dostoievski, so if somebody wants to talk about it... Russian litterature is my passion :worship:

bovenbuuf
03-22-2005, 02:43 PM
Ok well I still have to start with that, Connie. Do have Dostoievski on my list...

*Elsie*
03-22-2005, 02:53 PM
I have a list too. Some books are on it for years. Not enough time :sad:

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 03:07 PM
I usually read Latin American or Spanish books, but the last one I read was the Da Vinci Code, cause everyone recommended it to me. Believe it or not, I read it in two days!!!!
It was a very interesting reading, however as Jud said, I don't think it was the best book ever. And I don't get all the fuss the Church is making about it...I see they can be offended, but IMO they are exaggerating, and all they're making is people more interested in reading the book. I was thinking about buying the sequel: Angels and Demons. Has anyone read that one? Is it any good?

Of course, last year I read "100 Years of Solitude"-in English. It was an interesting book, to say the very least. I thought that family was crazy, but that was my take on it.

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 03:09 PM
I have a list too. Some books are on it for years. Not enough time :sad:

I have a book list that I will follow for teaching. It has lots of interesting stuff on it, and I look forward to reading many of the things on there. The majority of the stuff there is American or British Literature (Rosie would be interested in these).

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 06:23 PM
Has anyone read "The Devil Wears Prada"? I liked it.

jazz_girl
03-22-2005, 06:59 PM
No, I haven't. What is it about?

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 07:31 PM
The main character, Andrea Sachs, interviews for and accepts a job with Runway magazine, the magazine of the modeling world. Her boss, Miranda, the magazine's editor-in-chief, is the bitchy boss that everyone loves to hate, and she doesn't make anyone's job any easier by making outrageous demands, like getting her twin daughters the latest Harry Potter book before it's released to the general public or finding them a new nanny.
Andrea wants to get on with the New Yorker and figures that her experience working with Miranda, the grand diva of the magazine world, is going to help her, so she agrees to stay on for a year and no longer. During that time, she loses lots of sleep, forgets about her family and her boyfriend, and nearly loses her best friend.
It's a good book, all in all. You'll laugh at some of the stuff she goes through to maintain her sanity.

jazz_girl
03-22-2005, 07:36 PM
It sounds interesting :)

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 07:36 PM
It is. The author is Lauren Weisberger.

jazz_girl
03-22-2005, 07:40 PM
Thanks, I'll keep it in mind :)

sigmagirl91
03-22-2005, 07:42 PM
You're welcome. That book was #1 on the NY Times best-seller list in 03.

justClaudia
03-22-2005, 10:45 PM
This is a great idea for a new thread . Really nice.

I read the Da Vinci Code , I liked the book , but I totally agree that was not the best book ever. Maybe the book had a very good marketing strategy ...

And I also read 100 years of solitude , one of my favorite books ever! Loved it .
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite writers..and his new book , i can't say the name in english..I just bought it and I'm haven't read yet..but I heard is great!

I read a lot of portuguese books..we have great writers here, not because I'm portuguese , but we do!

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 11:13 AM
This is a great idea for a new thread . Really nice.

I read the Da Vinci Code , I liked the book , but I totally agree that was not the best book ever. Maybe the book had a very good marketing strategy ...

And I also read 100 years of solitude , one of my favorite books ever! Loved it .
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite writers..and his new book , i can't say the name in english..I just bought it and I'm haven't read yet..but I heard is great!

I read a lot of portuguese books..we have great writers here, not because I'm portuguese , but we do!

When am I getting Portuguese lessons?

*Elsie*
03-23-2005, 11:25 AM
I have a book list that I will follow for teaching. It has lots of interesting stuff on it, and I look forward to reading many of the things on there. The majority of the stuff there is American or British Literature (Rosie would be interested in these).
Me too I happen to like British litterature. Especially Oscar Wilde! One of my favorite books is from an american writer though, it's the catcher in the rye. And last summer I read the great Gatsby.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 12:16 PM
Me too I happen to like British litterature. Especially Oscar Wilde! One of my favorite books is from an american writer though, it's the catcher in the rye. And last summer I read the great Gatsby.

I read Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school, and I will read them again for Adolescent Lit. when I have to take it.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 12:17 PM
Me too I happen to like British litterature. Especially Oscar Wilde! One of my favorite books is from an american writer though, it's the catcher in the rye. And last summer I read the great Gatsby.

Do you want me to send you a list of titles? Some you may have already read, and others you may want to read. Let me know.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 12:19 PM
well I also read some of those books. But when I don't have much time, and still want to read something I normaly take an easy noval or just a detective, but then not the classic English detectives, but more detectives from Sweden and Denmark

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 12:20 PM
Do you want me to send you a list of titles? Some you may have already read, and others you may want to read. Let me know.
Tiff, would you please send me the list aswell? I want to know what kind of books kids in US have to read for there study..

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 12:32 PM
Tiff, would you please send me the list aswell? I want to know what kind of books kids in US have to read for there study..

When I get home, I'll email that to you and Connie. Also, I may send Flo a list as well if she's ok with it.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 12:35 PM
yeah that is a good one Tiff.. she is the one that teaches English. Guess she will appreciate it aswell.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 12:36 PM
I read Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school, and I will read them again for Adolescent Lit. when I have to take it.
I never heard from the Catcher in the Rye.. but I did read the great Gatsby for my literature list English at highschool

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 12:46 PM
yeah that is a good one Tiff.. she is the one that teaches English. Guess she will appreciate it aswell.

I'll look for her email address and explain later. I don't think I saved her on my msn. I'll just pm her and see if she's OK with it.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 12:55 PM
well just think that reading is really good and fun to do.. I really enjoy it, but sometimes I just need more time...

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 12:56 PM
what also is a nice book to read is the first novel from Donna Tartt-the secret History.. but did thought that the novel after this book wasn't that good.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 01:40 PM
what also is a nice book to read is the first novel from Donna Tartt-the secret History.. but did thought that the novel after this book wasn't that good.

Never heard of her. Where is she from?

*Elsie*
03-23-2005, 02:12 PM
Do you want me to send you a list of titles? Some you may have already read, and others you may want to read. Let me know.
:bounce: Yes that would be great! Thanks Tiff. I hope to have more time to read shortly and I have a bit enough of Russian litterature. The book that I am reading at the moment (motorcycle diaries) is hard to read and doesn't inspire me, maybe because I allready saw the movie.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 02:32 PM
Didn't "Motorcycle Diaries" win an Oscar?

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 02:34 PM
Never heard of her. Where is she from?
Greenwood, Mississippi, born 1963

also with a small part of the book.
http://www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us/mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/writers/Tartt.html

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 02:34 PM
Greenwood, Mississippi, born 1963

also with a small part of the book.
http://www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us/mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/writers/Tartt.html

So, she's a Southerner. I think I'll read up on her one of these days.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 02:39 PM
yes well i thought it was a nice book, certainly when you know a little bit about greec and latin liturature

*Elsie*
03-23-2005, 02:41 PM
Didn't "Motorcycle Diaries" win an Oscar?
I don't know. Not for the best foreign movie, because that Oscar was for Mar Adentro. Maybe it won an Oscar for the cutest actor ;)

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 02:46 PM
:D I dont know it either.....probably didnt win a thing.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 02:47 PM
yes well i thought it was a nice book, certainly when you know a little bit about greec and latin liturature

I need to read up on some Greek and Latin literature. I haven't read much in those areas in awhile.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 02:56 PM
well yes she makes a good mix of it.. and well it so well written. But wel what can you expect. It took her a very long period to write it

*Elsie*
03-23-2005, 03:05 PM
I never heard from the Catcher in the Rye.. but I did read the great Gatsby for my literature list English at highschool
You never heard from it Jud? Oh, you are so young! The first time I heard speaking of this book was the day John Lennon died :sad:

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 03:43 PM
The motorcylcle diaries won the oscar for the best original score,yes .

And Gael should have won for the cutest actor too!!

Tiff Portuguese lessons any time,baby . Just say when ;)

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 03:45 PM
You never heard from it Jud? Oh, you are so young! The first time I heard speaking of this book was the day John Lennon died :sad:

Connie I was born the day John Lennon died..means a lot to me that day , and too my mother especially , she adored him ...and had her first daughter the day he died..ironic.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 03:52 PM
Tiff Portuguese lessons any time,baby . Just say when ;)

After this grueling semester is over. I don't think my mind can retain Portuguese and withstand the demands of classwork at the same time.

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 03:59 PM
After this grueling semester is over. I don't think my mind can retain Portuguese and withstand the demands of classwork at the same time.


I'm not going anywhere.

And I understand what you mean..it's hard to concentrate in one thing , two is just too much ...more than that well , thanks,but no thanks!

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 06:53 PM
You never heard from it Jud? Oh, you are so young! The first time I heard speaking of this book was the day John Lennon died :sad:
Well guess it means that I am young then, never saw it not even on hour liturature list...

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 07:09 PM
Catcher in the Rye is required reading for our high schools.

bovenbuuf
03-23-2005, 07:11 PM
Oh Ok.. well here its not :p

But I will look for it at one of my upcomming bookfairs..

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 09:18 PM
Catcher in the Rye is required reading for our high schools.


Not here either . Here the required literature is mostly Portuguese ...a lot of poetry,actually :D

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 09:22 PM
Not here either . Here the required literature is mostly Portuguese ...a lot of poetry,actually :D

Speaking of Portuguese, someone keeps spamming my work email with Portuguese language messages. I can distinguish Portuguese from Spanish, but I can't read it all that well.

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 09:28 PM
Speaking of Portuguese, someone keeps spamming my work email with Portuguese language messages. I can distinguish Portuguese from Spanish, but I can't read it all that well.

Ohh .. :rolleyes:

Well if you need some help , just say it

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 10:00 PM
Ohh .. :rolleyes:

Well if you need some help , just say it

Oh....I do. That stuff is ridiculous. I'm not going to open it because I don't know anyone by the name of whatever....

sigmagirl91
03-23-2005, 10:02 PM
Connie I was born the day John Lennon died..means a lot to me that day , and too my mother especially , she adored him ...and had her first daughter the day he died..ironic.

You were born Dec. 8, 1980? I thought your b-day was in April.

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 10:22 PM
You were born Dec. 8, 1980? I thought your b-day was in April.


Ok Now I'm confused!! :eek: :confused: :confused:

Of course my b-day is in April..Mum always said that,about Jonh Lennon's dead ...she smoked some stuff at the time, I bet!!

I never cared to check it...cause she always said so!!


:smash: :smash: at me !! I feel dumb!!

And now I need some of what my mother used to smoke!! :haha:

justClaudia
03-23-2005, 10:24 PM
Oh....I do. That stuff is ridiculous. I'm not going to open it because I don't know anyone by the name of whatever....


I think you should ignore that..never know what's in it .

jasmine(usa)
03-24-2005, 05:38 PM
:D Great idea for a thread, Jazz. I love to read. I've been on a Tolkien kick for a while. I've read LOTR twice I thought it was so good. Another of my faves is Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley is a wonderful author. I've read quite a few of her books(most more than once) and they were all good. If anyone else likes fantasy, I'd recommend those two authors.

sigmagirl91
03-24-2005, 05:39 PM
Ok Now I'm confused!! :eek: :confused: :confused:

Of course my b-day is in April..Mum always said that,about Jonh Lennon's dead ...she smoked some stuff at the time, I bet!!

I never cared to check it...cause she always said so!!


:smash: :smash: at me !! I feel dumb!!

And now I need some of what my mother used to smoke!! :haha:

I think she meant to say his b-day is April something. That's what she meant. Please google John Lennon.

sigmagirl91
03-24-2005, 05:44 PM
:D Great idea for a thread, Jazz. I love to read. I've been on a Tolkien kick for a while. I've read LOTR twice I thought it was so good. Another of my faves is Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley is a wonderful author. I've read quite a few of her books(most more than once) and they were all good. If anyone else likes fantasy, I'd recommend those two authors.

I've been wanting to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, among other things but I haven't because of time constraints and plain laziness.

jasmine(usa)
03-24-2005, 06:01 PM
I've been wanting to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, among other things but I haven't because of time constraints and plain laziness.It's definitely a must read if you like fantasy. I just finished reading The Simarillion(history of middle earth), and now I'm reading Unfinished Tales. Tolkien truly created another world.

sigmagirl91
03-24-2005, 06:58 PM
Tolkien is a good author anyway, like you said.

Björki
03-24-2005, 07:16 PM
Catcher in the Rye is required reading for our high schools.
did you like it??

sigmagirl91
03-24-2005, 08:05 PM
did you like it??

I'm OK with it. I have to read it again for Adolescent Lit. when I take it. I sent Jud, Flo, and Connie a book list. Did you want me to send you one too?

Björki
03-24-2005, 08:27 PM
I'm OK with it. I have to read it again for Adolescent Lit. when I take it. I sent Jud, Flo, and Connie a book list. Did you want me to send you one too?
yes pls just do it. BTW I can recommend the Swedish autor Henning Mankell :) I like the Wallander ones.

sigmagirl91
03-24-2005, 08:29 PM
yes pls just do it. BTW I can recommend the Swedish autor Henning Mankell :) I like the Wallander ones.

OK...so..is your e-mail addy in your profile here? If not, then please pm it to me.

bovenbuuf
03-25-2005, 08:42 AM
yes pls just do it. BTW I can recommend the Swedish autor Henning Mankell :) I like the Wallander ones.
Me too.. I have all of his books. Really like it... adn I do already know that I get another book from him at my B-day ;)

*Elsie*
03-25-2005, 08:57 AM
Me too.. I have all of his books. Really like it... adn I do already know that I get another book from him at my B-day ;)
I have never ever heard of the man :eek: What kind of litterature is it?

bovenbuuf
03-25-2005, 09:01 AM
I have never ever heard of the man :eek: What kind of litterature is it?
detective novels.

*Elsie*
03-25-2005, 09:02 AM
detective novels.
Thanks Jud. I don't like detectives.

bovenbuuf
03-25-2005, 09:14 AM
well I do :p

sigmagirl91
03-25-2005, 10:58 AM
I like contemporary fiction mostly.

*Elsie*
03-25-2005, 11:01 AM
I like everything but detectives, science fiction and (auto) biographies

*Elsie*
04-12-2005, 11:48 AM
Tiff, I finally finished 'Motorcycle diaries' and I am ready to attack one of the books on the list you sent me. I am thinking about 'A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' of James Joyce. Do you know it?

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 12:02 PM
well I think TIffs list has to wait.. I got so many books for my B-day! but of course non of the list Tiff send.

oh and I never heard of that book.

*Elsie*
04-12-2005, 12:12 PM
well I think TIffs list has to wait.. I got so many books for my B-day! but of course non of the list Tiff send.

oh and I never heard of that book.
Neither have I, but I have James Joyce on my list since a long time. I have a book with his novels, but I don't like novels and Ulysses is too thick!

sigmagirl91
04-12-2005, 12:15 PM
Tiff, I finally finished 'Motorcycle diaries' and I am ready to attack one of the books on the list you sent me. I am thinking about 'A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' of James Joyce. Do you know it?

I've heard of it, but I haven't begun reading anything lately. I probably won't read anything until around May, when the semester's over.

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 12:17 PM
dus Connie....jij hebt alle eer om te beginnen! :p

*Elsie*
04-12-2005, 12:22 PM
dus Connie....jij hebt alle eer om te beginnen! :p
Okay, let me be the first :) But only if I can find the Franch translation. I'll let you know.

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 12:29 PM
why French....why not just read it in English or of course Dutch. Although that probably will be a little bit harder to find there in France :p

*Elsie*
04-12-2005, 12:47 PM
why French....why not just read it in English or of course Dutch. Although that probably will be a little bit harder to find there in France :p
I always read in French. I can't find Dutch books here and English would be too hard for me, because I am not used to read in English.

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 12:50 PM
well I never read in French :p Mostly its in Dutch of course, and from time to time English and well I did read some in German..but taht is going really slow!

*Elsie*
04-12-2005, 01:06 PM
well I never read in French :p Mostly its in Dutch of course, and from time to time English and well I did read some in German..but taht is going really slow!
Ach so! Jaaa, Deutsch is sehr schwer :)

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 05:10 PM
jazeker!But I always try that if I am able to read the language to read it in its orginal language...

sigmagirl91
04-12-2005, 05:27 PM
that's why I try to read things in its original form.

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 05:29 PM
yeah well most( famous) books are in English so for you its not a real problem

bovenbuuf
04-12-2005, 05:30 PM
btw Connie if you want a really nice book Dorrestein with Verborgen gebreken. I really liked it, it had so much and well all to a perspective of a child...

*Elsie*
04-13-2005, 08:31 AM
jazeker!But I always try that if I am able to read the language to read it in its orginal language...
That's very courageous and I suppose that it's the best thing to do, but when I want to read Russian litterature, I don't have a choice :sad: Most translaters try to improve the text. When the writer uses the same word several times, they are trying to find synonyms :devil:
And when I read the English patient (in Dutch) I was wondering whether it was lousy written or lousy translated.

bovenbuuf
04-13-2005, 08:38 AM
That's very courageous and I suppose that it's the best thing to do, but when I want to read Russian litterature, I don't have a choice :sad: Most translaters try to improve the text. When the writer uses the same word several times, they are trying to find synonyms :devil:
And when I read the English patient (in Dutch) I was wondering whether it was lousy written or lousy translated.
yeah Ok sometimes its very hard to find good translation of the book...and well same as you books from Russian writers, I just read them in Dutch!

taysbest
04-14-2005, 11:41 AM
You could try anything by David Sedaris. He's so funny!

*Elsie*
04-14-2005, 11:45 AM
I have never heard of him but I will keep it in mind. I like funny books :)

bovenbuuf
04-14-2005, 12:43 PM
never heard of him either. But will try some day to read something, for now I am to busy with my own stuff ;)

sigmagirl91
04-14-2005, 01:41 PM
So am I, Jud. When the semester's over, I can concentrate on reading. I have fallen behind big time.

sigmagirl91
04-14-2005, 11:08 PM
I will read Da Vinci Code in particular, since it is a bestseller, and I haven't read it yet.

justClaudia
04-14-2005, 11:09 PM
I will read Da Vinci Code in particular, since it is a bestseller, and I haven't read it yet.


So much fuss about a book , it's crazy!!

But I'm sure you'll like it ;)

sigmagirl91
12-29-2005, 04:49 PM
I've checked out Da Vinci Code three times, and I haven't been able to proceed past the first 100 pages. I don't know if it's me or the schedule I keep, but I just can't read this book.

The Shadow of the Wind, for me, was the page turner. I couldn't put this book down. On my must-read list next is Paulo Coelho. I want to read "Eleven Minutes" and "The Zahir".

justClaudia
12-30-2005, 10:05 AM
Da Vinci Code, like I said before - it's a nice book, but definetly not the book of my life.

Now Paulo Coelho - that is a whole diferent story - I love his books!
If you haven't yet, then you must read "The Alchemist". Also loved "Veronika Decides to Die" and "The Devil and Miss Prym".

And "The Zahir" of course - haven't read it yet, but I was told it's very good.

bovenbuuf
12-30-2005, 10:16 AM
I never read a book written by Paulo Coelho.. Now i am reading a book from ian Rankin.. a nice detective, good holiday food...

sophia_c
12-30-2005, 10:35 AM
Hi Jud- as you can see all my computer problems are sorted out. I will tell you later. I am actually reading two books right now- one I started on the plane to Argentina and never finished and another I got for Christmas. They are; "The shadow of the wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and "Gaudi" by Gijs Van Hensbergen. The first one is an amazing book and I am almost finished it now but you know when you don't want a book to end?...thats how I feel about it.

justClaudia
12-30-2005, 10:39 AM
Jud, Sophia :wavey:

That one, "Gaudi" is it about Antoni Gaudi? Cause I'm fascinated for him, his art is the reason why I always want to return to Barcelona.

sophia_c
12-30-2005, 10:41 AM
Jud, Sophia :wavey:

That one, "Gaudi" is it about Antoni Gaudi? Cause I'm fascinated for him, his art is the reason why I always want to return to Barcelona.

Hi Claudia :wavey: Yes it is! My Mom lives there now so I hope to visit very soon...

bovenbuuf
12-30-2005, 11:22 AM
well never read any of it.. still have some books to read :)

justClaudia
12-30-2005, 11:29 AM
Oh lucky you, lucky her!
I love it there.

sigmagirl91
12-10-2006, 06:16 PM
Since I'm sooooo good at digging up threads from the dead, why not this one? I've read a gazillion books since the last time this thread was alive. Lemme see....

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I didn't think I'd like gothic stuff, but this one was....hmmm....good.
Carrie by Stephen King. I liked it....there was a movie.....but I'm not into semi-horror of any kind.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Liked the book, but hated the ending.
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. This one is actually a re-read. I still think Holden's a severe slacker with issues.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. The attempts of immigrant mother from China to instill values from the mother country into their daughters is a fun and interesting.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Another re-read. Imagine living in a society where everyone was the same.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Poor Dorian. He sells his soul for eternal beauty and youth-and end up losing both eventually.
The Color of Water by James McBride. The author's memoir about race and identity.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The American Dream is a total nightmare in this story of corruption and greed.
Pledged by Alexandra Robbins. A semi-fictional tale about sorority life. If you have pledged (*raising hand*) or are thinking about pledging a sorority, this book is a good must-read.

There were others....to numerous to name on these pages. But I had a busy 2006 with books.

gravity
12-11-2006, 01:42 AM
I just knew I could rely on sigmagirl91 to help revive the death of silence that swept over this place !

Anyway I know you women like a good fictional story, but me, I prefer real life :)

Being someone who has to travel from home quite often, I often find myself reading inspirational travel books. Tony Hawks is one of my favorite authors. Adventurous, crazy and funny.... Round Ireland with a Fridge, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis and One Hit Wonderland all great books worth reading. Right now I'm struggling through his most recent A Piano in the Pyrenees. I say struggling mostly because I'm having a little fun overseas atm, mixed in with heaps of important business, and my reading time is pretty much non-existant. But I got through half the book on the beaches of Mar Del Plata this past weekend, and it's not bad. Fridge or Moldovans at Tennis are far better IMO :)

(Before Sunrise / Before Sunset are two of my favorite movies ever.... it's pretty much the idyllic way I'd love to meet my future wife... traveller, chance meeting somewhere, and instant chemistry... I like to believe in the fairytale)

I've also been reading a book about complicated male-female relationships, all the rules we use as tests when starting out on dates, and how to successfully play "the game". Unfortunately, I'm learning I'm never going to be god's gift to a lot of women simply because I refuse to play this stupid game of worrying about when I can callback a date without appearing desperate, respond to her emails, or ask her out again. :lol: For me, I will always act on the way I feel at the moment, and not some thought out strategy of playing it cool to look good to the opposite sex. Oh well. But the book is hilariously funny, real, and because this place is full of judgemental women, I'm not giving you the direct title of the book :yeah:

Good to see you posting in here again sigmagirl91 :p

sigmagirl91
12-11-2006, 11:35 AM
I just knew I could rely on sigmagirl91 to help revive the death of silence that swept over this place !

Anyway I know you women like a good fictional story, but me, I prefer real life :)

Being someone who has to travel from home quite often, I often find myself reading inspirational travel books. Tony Hawks is one of my favorite authors. Adventurous, crazy and funny.... Round Ireland with a Fridge, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis and One Hit Wonderland all great books worth reading. Right now I'm struggling through his most recent A Piano in the Pyrenees. I say struggling mostly because I'm having a little fun overseas atm, mixed in with heaps of important business, and my reading time is pretty much non-existant. But I got through half the book on the beaches of Mar Del Plata this past weekend, and it's not bad. Fridge or Moldovans at Tennis are far better IMO :)

(Before Sunrise / Before Sunset are two of my favorite movies ever.... it's pretty much the idyllic way I'd love to meet my future wife... traveller, chance meeting somewhere, and instant chemistry... I like to believe in the fairytale)

I've also been reading a book about complicated male-female relationships, all the rules we use as tests when starting out on dates, and how to successfully play "the game". Unfortunately, I'm learning I'm never going to be god's gift to a lot of women simply because I refuse to play this stupid game of worrying about when I can callback a date without appearing desperate, respond to her emails, or ask her out again. :lol: For me, I will always act on the way I feel at the moment, and not some thought out strategy of playing it cool to look good to the opposite sex. Oh well. But the book is hilariously funny, real, and because this place is full of judgemental women, I'm not giving you the direct title of the book :yeah:

Good to see you posting in here again sigmagirl91 :p

:rolleyes: @ God's gift to women! Puh-leeze....

gravity
12-11-2006, 02:42 PM
:rolleyes: @ God's gift to women! Puh-leeze....

Me? I said never that's never going to happen deario :) I'm a lost cause, and too stuck in my own haphazard way of doing things....

sigmagirl91
12-11-2006, 09:44 PM
Me? I said never that's never going to happen deario :) I'm a lost cause, and too stuck in my own haphazard way of doing things....

OK....

gravity
01-10-2007, 03:43 PM
I'm currently reading "unforgettable places to see before you die". I'm hoping to go on a long vacation in the next year or so, this book is my inspiration and motivation to succeed. I also have two horribly boring business books to read about business negotiation and marketing, but the pile of unread business books is getting to be as tall as the eiffel tower in my office. I'll probably end up having a bonfire party and burn the lot, even though that goes a little against my principles of saving the planet from global warming. :lol: