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( Feb. 6th, 2009 11:20 pm)
I get some of the weirdest friends requests over at GoodReads. I have no idea how these people even find me. Like, Gary, 15, from Highlands, MI.
Profile quote: "i like to all extreme sports. i dont really like reading book but i would like to learn to like them."

How can I not add Gary back? He wants to learn to like books! It's adorable! Plus, he is from Highland, MI, and wherever that might be, it sounds as if they are wearing kilts over there.
I wonder if he is really fifteen.

For a while I also had a little fanclub in Wixom, MI, but then I denied one of the friends requests from there, and now they don't like me anymore. There doesn't seem to be much going on in MI if all they have to do is stalk me on GoodReads. :-)

Actually, it's not really stalking on GoodReads. That's the great thing about the site: because it only has bookreviews and no blogging content, you have no real connection to your "friends" list except that you get updated about the books they read and the reviews they write. It's a very literate and completely impersonal kind of stalking. And they have a "best reviewers/librarians" etc list for each country, and yes, it does give me a kick to be on there. Never let it be said that reading is not competitive... ;-)
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read. (I made them blue, instead, because colors are more fun. Then I made the ones that I already own but haven't read yet pink, because I like pink.)
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Do something to the books you don't intend to read ever (well, never say never, I'll read anything if it's the only thing available. But the books you'll avoid reading if you can.) I made them purpur, because I don't like purpur. ;-)

Long list of books, now with colors! )

For those who don't know, I'm on GoodReads and I review books quite regularly (or rather, I try) , so if you want to read my book reviews (or let me read yours), come on over and friend me. My profile is here.
My plan for Saturday was:
- buy book as soon as Hugendubel opens
- buy food on market, possibly reading at the same time, if market is not too crowded
- read
- meet people to watch Christopher Street Day Parade
-go horseriding

Instead I did this
- crawled out of bed an hour after Hugendubel opened
- bought book
- crawled through market, feeling sick at thought of food
- read 50 pages
- feel sick
- read ten more pages
- sleep
- read another ten pages
- again with the sick
- and the sleep

I managed to finally make it through the book at about 11.30 p.m., cuase it's Harry Damn Potter, and I'll be damned if I don't read that book on the day it is released, and which - considering that I slept all day - is quite alright. But it would have been more fun it I hadn't fallen asleep all the time.

My reaction (completely unspoilery, but I know how some of you are. Including myself.) )
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( Sep. 26th, 2006 12:13 pm)
Hot Library Smut

The British Library does it for me. What's your kink?
I read quite a few books these last weeks, partly because I was on vacation, partly because my fannish hunger was fed by music vids this months, so I didn't read much fanfic.

Here's my vacation reading:

Naomi Novik - His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade and Black Powder War )

Truman Capote - Summer Crossing )

Paul Grote - Tod in Bordeaux )

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tender is the Night )

Paul Theroux - The Pillars of Hercules )

Part 2 to follow soon, after I cooked, ate, watched Bones and Amazon.com is back up.
I've read an insane amount of fanfic these last two months, so I didn't have time to read many books. Here's what kept my eyes busy inbetween all the fanfic:

Annie Proulx - Close Range -Wyoming Stories )

Mark Frost - The List of Seven )

John Banville - The Sea )

Kathy Reichs - Break No Bones )

Nicole Krauss - The History of Love )

You can find more of this (I hesitate to call these reviews) here.
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( Jul. 1st, 2006 10:26 pm)
It's been a while since I last poasted about the books I've read lately. Mostly because I didn't read many books during all the studying I did. And not all the books I read during the last few weeks were as good as they proised to be.

But let's move on to the list.

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella )

The End of The World by Michael Cunningham )

Marley and Me by John Grogan )

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro )

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman )

Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams and Mark Cawardine )

Well, this turned out to be a lot longer than I expected. And a bit more depressing as well. I think I need to read another book.
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( May. 7th, 2006 03:29 pm)
I haven't had much time to read in the months before my exams, but I'm trying to catch up with my reading list. Here's what I read during the last three months:

Rita Mae Brown - Catch as Cat can, Murder on the Prowl, Cat's Eyewitness and Cat on the Scent )

Alex Garland - The Coma )

Jeffrey Steingarten - The Man Who Ate Everything and It Must have been Something I ate )

Robyn Sisman - Weekend in Paris )

Julie Orringer - How To Breathe Underwater )

Peanuts 1950 - 1954 )

I have a little over 100 books on my amazon wishlist and about twenty unread ones lying around, so I guess I won't get bored. Ever again. ;-)
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( Dec. 19th, 2005 06:43 pm)
I'm looking for a scary book for someone as a christmas gift. The only thing I know about that someone is that she likes horror movies, and that neither german nor english is her native language, so I'm not going to give her Poe. I was thinking about something a bit easier, like Stephen King?

I'm not a King fan myself. Any recommendations, dear flist?

Please entertain me. I'm panic-posting all day so I don't have to think about my exams, and I'll keep on posting until I find something you people want to talk about. I'm taking request. Tell me what you want to hear and I'll write about it.
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( Jul. 19th, 2005 12:44 pm)
If I continue to read like this, I may post my reading list regularly. You can find my last one here, if you are interested.

But on to the books I read in the last three weeks

1) Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife )

2) Karin Slaughter - Blindsighted )

3) Kathy Reichs - Cross Bones )

4) Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the dog in the the night-time )

5) Carolyn Parkhurst - The Dogs of Babel )

And then there was of course 6) J.K.Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But I don't think I need to tell you anything about that, do I? *g*

Next on my reading list: "John Henry Days" by Colson Whitehead, "The Book of Nothing" by John D. Barrow and "Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise" by Dai Sijie.
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( Jun. 29th, 2005 04:36 pm)
Called in sick today, because that's how I was feeling this morning. Just staying home and not having to go to the work I hate where I have to see the people I hate made me feel so much better that I'm afraid I'll have to go tomorrow. As much as I hate them, I can't lie about being sick.
Anyway, I wanted to share some book recs. Lately, I've been buying books like crazy. I blame work and the way it depresses me. Spending hours in a book store is my personal anti-depressant.

Here's what I read during the last two months:

1) Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown - Mrs. Murphy Series )

2) Karin Slaughter - A Faint Cold Fear )

3) Paul Theroux - Dark Star Safari )

4) Nicholas Shakespeare - Bruce Chatwin )

5) Sting - Broken Music (Autobiography) )

6) Joseph Gangemi - Inamorata )

That's it. I have quite a few books on my shelf that I haven't read yet, and I can't wait to find the time to do so. Today I started "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, it I already love it after twenty pages (then I had to stop to go shopping).

Btw, has anyone ever read "The Blind Watchmaker" by Richard Dawkins? Douglas Adams talks about it in "The Salmon of Doubt", and it sounds fascinating, but it is also rather expensive over here. Anyone know if it is good?
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( Feb. 14th, 2005 06:37 pm)
Sometimes I feel adventurous and read original fiction.
Uhm, I mean books. That's what they call them.
Like Andrew Pyper's "Lost Girls", where I found this little quote:

"I'm uncomfortably aware of my buttocks squishing and slipping against each other like mating seals."

Oh, I'm so easily amused these days. :-)

Note: Books don't have a copy-past button. Just so you know.


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