book time

Feb. 1st, 2006 11:56 am
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Here are the current top 50 books from http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com. Bold the books you have read. Italicize the books you plan to read. Leave the rest.
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2005:books

Dec. 30th, 2005 03:15 pm
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every (new) book I've read, total 67 Read more... )

geiko

Dec. 20th, 2005 01:49 pm
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I finished the Geisha book and can understand everyone's annoyance at Arthur Golden now. I am still going to see the film, b/c it looks lush and gorgeous.

Spoilers for Memoir of a Geisha )
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From paris to the moon, Adam Gopnick

the edge

Dec. 8th, 2005 04:38 pm
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I read Freud's Civilization and its Discontents, which is mainly only worthwhile for historical reasons, although I now want to read his treatise on religion. When I say historical reasons, I mean to see what someone thought was wrong with civilization and society back then. Not surprisingly, he found a lot of problems stemmed from sexual repression. But he also thought that most people's jobs/work came from this repression - redirected libido. I find this an odd concept, personally. Although it's probably true that there's a negative correlation between sexual satisfaction and job satisfaction.

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Nov. 23rd, 2005 10:05 am
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Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies
Shadow of the wind thing.
lauralh: (just plain evil)
I actually slept so much this weekend that I could not fall asleep last night, and now I'm freakin' exhausted at work. Hopefully the gingerbread latte will help.

Everything that I wanted to happen this weekend, did not. The only thing that went without a hitch was me taking my boyfriend to see his new favorite band on Friday.

One nice thing that was not planned was getting to know Kate, although the way that went about was also less than optimal.

I read Dry and it made me want to drink a lot and smoke a bunch of crack. Funny thing was, right when I was on the crack-smoking part, Reg was burning pizza in the toaster oven, so I got really weirded out.

This weekend makes me thing that I should actually become a hermit instead of talking about it.

edit: Also the Simpsons last night was pretty good. They are really going back to the roots, it feels like.
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Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy
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"A Million Little Pieces", james frey
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decided to take almost all my books back to the library and read WoT instead.

A Severed Head, Iris Murdoch

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Oct. 16th, 2005 04:03 pm
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the wave and other stories, caren gusoff (forgot her lj name)

Only the first story was enjoyable.

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Only the middle was enjoyable.
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harlan ellison, troublemakers
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just like beauty lisa lerner

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Oct. 10th, 2005 09:22 am
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Running with Scissors is a quick read (took me about 3 hours) and quite possibly the funniest book about pedophilia ever. (OK it's not "about" pedophilia but boy is there a ton of it.)

edit: ok it does take a while to get to the gay rape, but it's worth it.

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Oct. 9th, 2005 11:50 pm
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running with scissors augusten burroughs
oscar and lucinda peter carey
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finished anansi boys and watched the dirty dozen. Telly Savalas reminded me of [livejournal.com profile] baroof for some reason. the combination, at any rate, led to FUCKED UP DREAMS which I thankfully do not recall.
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Just read Elaine Morgan's The Aquatic Ape, which has an appendix by Sir Alistair Hardy, the progenitor of this theory. It's just over 150 pages, succinct and to the point - practically an abstract, really. For those of you unaware, it's the theory that some primates started to live in lakes/rivers/seas for a while, just long enough for man's ancestors to lose their hair, develop subcutaneous fat reserves, straighten their pelvis, and start talking. Oh, and also to move the vaginal canal pointing the other way, so doggy style is a fun treat rather than the norm. I'd read a little bit about it before and it made enough sense, but now I'm all but convinced.

I also read Shade's Children by Garth Nix, a fast-paced juvenile SF novel that really pulls you in. Oh the competition. Although I think he just wanted to make a movie, 'twould work quite well for that. (Just a hint of sex. I mean, there's already nothing hotter than being the last of your kind, hunted for your brain to be put into androids so the overlords can play battle games, but you also get to fuck based on winning a lottery.)

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Sep. 28th, 2005 12:17 am
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darwin's dangerous idea, dennett
the perks of being a wallflower, chobski
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east, edith pattou

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