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  1. Finished the fourth Wheel of Time book. Loving the series now. Time for some Bukowski because I'm not entirely depressed and cynical enough. Starting with "women".
  2. It's infuriating. I've been reading a lot of books from the perspective of black narrators during segregation. But, I'm still so surprised when I read anything about it. The medical community failed this woman and should be ashamed. Not only did they take cells without her permission, they did not tell her the radiation therapy would leave her unable to have children, nor did they protect her medical information. She was treated like an animal by John Hopkins.
  3. Reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the fourth Wheel of Time book (which is incidentally the longest. ugh), Blood Meridian, and maaaaybe one day I'll actual start reading Les Miserables.
  4. I bought "12 Years a Slave" but I didn't get very far because it seemed really, really dry. Does it get better as it gets into the story? Because I was falling asleep in the beginning. I understand it's a true story but I figured watching the movie (and getting to stare at Fassbender) would suffice.
  5. Just finished Doctor Sleep. It was worth it for the ending. It wrapped up Danny's story really well. I like Dan a lot as a character but I could do without the rest of the book. I wouldn't recommend as it's kind of a drag and not all that scary. I even do this thing where I only read scary books after dark (I have a kindle so I'll sit in a pitch black room) and it still was barely creepy. Unless you really, really loved the Shining...just read 11/22/63 and ignore everything else he's put out for the past 5 years..
  6. Top ten favourite books of all time! Maybe even top 5. I couldn't stop laughing the entire book and was actually depressed that I couldn't read about Crowley and Aziraphale anymore. =( As a side note, the second title is "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch". "Nice" is used here in the archaic meaning of the word which means "stupid". If you like it, check out "Discworld" by Terry Pratchett. While Gaiman coauthored "Good Omens", Pratchett was the man behind the wit. There are like a 50 Discworld books and while many of them have reoccuring characters and subplots and should ideally be read in order, you could really just pick any of them up as they are more episodic than anything. I recommend "Going Postal" and "Small Gods" but if you really want a good read, just go through the whole thing starting with "The Colour of Magic".
  7. "Where'd Ya go, Bernadette?" Cute but shallow. I expected more. Would recommend to a friend's mom but not a friend. "Never let me go". Sad, melancholic, and eerie. I liked it. The "twist", I always saw coming, was beautifully done. Like it was always there, visible yet unaddressed. It was a dread that I didn't want to face and that's exactly how the author planned it. Halfway through "Doctor Sleep". Boring. There were some minorly creepy moments in the beginning with Danny but it's pretty lackluster. The true knot are not scary. This is my first Stephen King book and I'm pretty underwhelmed. I'm determined to finish what I started though. Halfway through "Divergent". Meh. I understand why teens like it but it's also pretty shallow. My sister will want me to take her to the movie when it hits theaters so I thought I should just read it real quick. Just started "Blood Meridian". I love Cormac Mccarthy. His detached, masculine style is so inventive and beautiful. Hopefully I can power through it by the end of the week.
  8. On the third Wheel of Time book. And Ender's Game. Finished Stardust, the Book Thief, and the second wheel of time book last week.
  9. Just finished both the Book Thief and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls I'm now reading the second wheel of time book. Better than the first.
  10. Joined a book club on goodreads. Reading The Book Thief and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. I am getting a kindle for xmas. My reading will reach a whole new level.
  11. I finally finished the first Wheel of Time book. Gah! I can't commit to 13 more of these books! I'm moving on to Practical Magic, book #1 of the discworld series. There are 40 of those though @_@. At least Pratchett detests dullness.
  12. If you like Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow is a must read.
  13. Finished the Help. Better than I thought it would be. I actually cried a few times. Movie was great too (rented that a few days later). Easy to read but hard to stomach.
  14. Read about 80 pages of Cloud Atlas while in Barnes and Nobles yesterday. Unfortunately I promised myself I wouldn't buy another book until I finished the ones I already owned. It was stupidly hard not to buy it. It was soooooo gooooood.
  15. After wheel of time, I probably will move onto the Dark Tower series. I had heard about it for a long time and had no idea it was Stephen King until I checking out Gunslinger in the bookstore the other day.
  16. I've started the first Wheel of Time book because I clearly hate myself. Only a dozen or so more to go and I hear there is a big slump between books 6 and 11. Yay?
  17. I read "white fang" when I was in 5th grade. It was probably my first adult novel. I need to reread it because I'm sure I missed like everything of importance and literary merit. I felt like the Hunger Games could have been vastly improved by one change. I don't want to spoil though. Curious/Nighttime was an interesting book. I found it too pandering to the autistic perspective though. Trying too hard.
  18. It's really hard for me to not laugh out loud during parts that are unintentionally funny. However, my friends and I like to get really drunk and watch movies and make snarky comments in the privacy of our homes.
  19. "Oh right, the lobster..." became a joke between my ex and I whenever we forgot something important. "I accidentally swallowed the knife!" for whenever we were messed something up.
  20. I've heard a lot about it but I haven't read it. If you love Gaiman, you should check out "Good Omens". He co-authored it with Terry Pratchett and I think it's his best work (I haven't read Sandman, to be fair). "Good Omens" is laugh out loud funny. I've only ever actually belly laughed because of four authors and those books were "When you are Engulfed in Flames" by Sedaris, The Hitchhikers Guide series, Catch-22, and Good Omens. "Neverwhere" and "American Gods" are also good. I gave up on American Gods about 3/4ths the way through because I got bored but a lot of people love it and it's going to be an HBO series. I give up on books more easily than most people as I have a massive reading list and get easily distracted if I feel a book isn't getting somewhere or at least being entertaining.
  21. "Final Sacrifice" is solid. "Space Mutiny", "Teenagers from Outerspace", "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank", "The Sreaming Skull", and "Manos: Hands of Fate" are probably my favs as well.
  22. I read Dragonsong a long time ago (an english teacher gave it to me). It takes place hundreds of years after the events of Pern in the original series. I liked it a lot. It was one of the first books with a female lead that wasn't about men (either wanting to or wanting not to get married to them). That blew me away in 7th grade.
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