My 2011 books
73 8.31. Blindness - Jose Saramago
Loved this movie. Love Saramago. It's about time that I read about humanity going to hell instead of just watching it.
46 7.52. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel - Barbara Kingsolver
Beautiful words. Some great quotes. Too much God.
11 8.83. Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics) - Charlotte Bronte
Thank you librevox for making this free and something that I can listen to as I spend hours remodeling my house!
3 9.34. Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
What?! He had a wife after her?! It doesn't matter at all because he had that wife in that same amazing Scottish accent. these ones are SO much better as audiobooks!
86 95. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Oly... - Rick Riordan
Hmmm...hero lives, all of the main characters live, and all of them get lauds from the gods. Yup, this was definitely made for fifth graders.
114 7.96. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
I've been on a World War kick for a while, and this has been in my anti-library for about that long time ten.
89 8.67. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson a... - Rick Riordan
OK, I know this is made for fifth graders, but I read the first one after the movie came out and now I've got to finish the series.
3 6.38. Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
Now I'm only reading this one because a friend gave it to me claiming it was her favorite book. I'm afraid that it's a bit too god...god...god..blah...blah...blah for me other than that.
5 9.49. Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon
Due to my impending trip to the Highlands, I've been reading up on Scottish history--the nonfiction type, so I thought I'd at least make it through the battle at Culloden in the fictional part too! At least here I can imagine the most beautiful Highlander my fantasy warped mind can conjure.
2 910. Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose
Was blown away by the mini-series, so I put all other books on hold to read this one. I was not disappointed. I got a real dose of what it meant to be a hero, and why soldiers can honestly say that war is hell. Thank God for them, and thank God I'll never have to survive what they did.
93 7.511. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) - Stephen King
OK, I read this a decade ago. It was one of my first Stephen King novels and, given my age at the time, I've since forgotten what it's all about. I wanted to finish the entire series, now that Mr. King has decided to give Roland his final say, and I thought I'd start at the beginning. I was not disappointed. I love the worlds that this man can create and drag you into in only a few words!
50 8.212. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 1) - Charlaine Harris
Holy horrible bunch of plotless garbage. I admit I was entertained by Ture Blood, so I had to try one of the books. This now takes the cake for the only smut book I'll ever read. I will not be reading the rest of this series...and I'll spend a good deal of my next week contemplating how some authors actually get paid to write the trash they write.
422 7.913. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Beautiful imagery. Jack Kerouak has such a talent with words. It makes you wonder exactly how amazing of a story he could have constructed if he just hadn't been so damn high all of the time.
24 8.814. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
You know, this is as close to a romance novel as I have ever read, but I found myself enjoying the Hell out of it. It has even prompted me to go to Scotland this summer, though I won't be holding out for a Frazier. I think I will be reading the other books in this series...and imagining that beautiful Scottish accent the entire time!
6 8.715. A Very Long Engagement: A Novel - SÃ©bastien Japrisot
The movie was poetry. The book was as well. I really enjoyed the language, as well as the tiny plot twists. I founf myself wishing that I could have come up with this story.
223 8.116. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Suskind
A sensory book. This story is told in terms of beautifully described scents with the element of the grotesque so eloquently included. I liked this movie, but thank God I saw it before I read the book, because the literary version absolutely blows the cinematic one away.
17 8.117. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
I can't say it was much in terms of imagery, but I did enjoy the story line, and I had a slight problem putting it down after a while.
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