Sunday, March 15, 2015


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And The Birds Rained Down

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Check-in: Year of Reading Ambitiously

Here is how far I've come with my 50 books for 2015.

Yellow highlights mean I've read it already!  

1.  A book with more than 500 pages
2.  A classic romance
3.  A book that become a movie (To read: Still Alice)
4.  A book published this year
5.  A book with a number in the title
6.  A book written by someone under 30 (I am Malala?   - is it?)
7.  A book with nonhuman characters - Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
8.  A funny book - Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
9.  A book by a female author -Reading Next: For Today I Am A Boy
10. A mystery or thriller
11. A book with a one-word title - Ru
12. A book of short stories - Reading Next: Godforsaken Idaho
13. A book set in a different country
14. A non-fiction book - Reading Now: The Inconvenient Indian
15. A popular author's first book
16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet (To Read: All My Puny Sorrows)
17. A book a friend recommended
18.  A Pulitzer Prize-winning book. - The Orphan Master's Son
19.  A book based on a true story. - Ru
20.  A book at the bottom of your to-read list.
21.  A book your mom loves
22.  A book that scares you
23.  A book more than 100 years old
24.  A book based on its cover
25.  A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't.
26.  A memoir - Intolerable
27.  A book you can finish in a day (To read: El Deafo)
28.  A book with antonyms in the title
29.  A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
30.  A book that came out the year you were born
31.  A book with bad reviews
32.  A trilogy
33.  A book from your childhood
34.  A book with a love triangle
35.  A book set in the future
36.  A book set in high school - When Everything Feels Like The Movies
37.  A book with a colour in the title
38.  A book that made you cry
(I don't think I can pre-plan this one.)
39.  A book with magic
40.  A graphic novel
41.  A book by an author you've never read before - A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
42.  A book you own but have never read  (To Read: Rules of Civility)
43.  A book that takes place in your hometown - The Trail of The Conestoga by Mabel Dunham
44.  A book that was originally written in a different language (And The Birds Rained Down)
45.  A book set during Christmas
46.  A book written by an author with your same initials
47.  A play - Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party
(Goodnight Desdemona, Good morning, Juliet)
48.  A banned book (To Read: The Bell Jar)
49.  A book based on or turned into a TV show
50.  A book you started but never finished
(The Dovekeepers)

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

I "read" this one as an audio book.  (Free!  From the KPL!  Downloaded on my phone! Amazing technology.)

David Sedaris is funny.  David Sedaris reading his own stuff is laugh-out-loud, hey-Dan-listen-to-this-part funny.

Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The gist of it--a memoir telling one man's story of his escape from the oppression (religious, political, anti-gay) of Yemen/Egypt to live an honest and authentic life in the UK and Canada--sounds like it should be a fascinating story. And while the facts are interesting, the story is dull and repetitive. For me, it lacked emotional connection. I trucked on through because I wanted to give this Canada Reads contender a fair shake, but my whole experience reading it (save maybe for the last chapter and who's to say for sure whether I was suddenly 'feeling it,' or just glad the whole experience was almost over) felt more like required reading than anything fun. I'm disappointed. I think that's all I'm going to say about this one.