Friday, June 02, 2006

this has nothing to do with anything, but i'm going to list the books i have read while in Okinawa. so in case you're looking for something different to read, please continue with the post. or maybe you're just curious. if you care not for either of the options, please come back at a later date (June 5th would be good) to read about my trip to mainland and my school days since i came back.

thanx to my dear friend Shelley who a year or so ago gave me a little book called "what i read" in which i have been keeping track of my reading, the quotes i like, and any wish list items for the future.
i'll rate the books i read out of 4 stars; and please keep in my mind, that i am by no means an expert on what you'd like. :)

August 2005 re-read April 2006Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJ. K. Rowling3 and a half stars
August 2005A tree grows in BrooklynBetty Smith3 and a half stars
August 2005The Life of PiYann Martel2 and a half stars
Summer 2005The Dark Tower III:
The Wastelands
Stephen King3 and a half stars
October 2005Tuesdays with MorrieMitchell Albom2 and a half stars
Nov-Dec 2005The Dark Tower IV:
The Wizard and the Glass
Stephen King3 and a half stars
December 2005
The GiverLois Lowry3 stars
Dec-Jan 2005-6
The God of Small ThingsArundhati Roy3 stars
February 2006IshmaelDaniel Quinn2 stars
February 2006Crime and Punishment
in original
Fyodor Dostoevsky4 stars
March 2006White NoiseDon DeLillo3 stars
March-April 2006Lady Chatterley's LoverD.H. Lawrence3 stars
April-May 2006Razor's EdgeW. Somerset Maugham3 and a half stars
May 2006The Second Summer of the SisterhoodAnn Brashares2 and half stars
currentlyPale FireVladimir Nabokov
currentlyThe Dark Tower V:
Wolves of the Calla
Stephen King


Kevin Thomas Hurley said...

Hey, can you cheat and put A Drinking Life in there for four stars? I am curious about A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. tell me about it

-e said...

it's about a girl growing up in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century. it gives a very good picture of life in the working neighborhoods of new york. touches on everything: education, jobs, family. I really liked it as a potential novel to use in classrooms, either for literature or for a fictional slice of American life in a history class.

Craig Mauelshagen said...

It just so happens that Lady Chatterley's Lover was the 2nd last book I read! I chose it because I thought it would be saucy, pretty disappointed on that account but it turned out be in interesting in terms of the class divisions in the UK. In the book I just finished (Road to Wigan Pier by Orwell) Orwell comment on D H Lawrence and L C's Lover a couple of times while talking about social class in the UK. He didn't have a terribly high opinion of it but apparently he (Lawrence) is a classic example of a working class person who enters the lower upper middle class via the route of literary intelligentsia (Orwell's words not mine - I have no idea).

-e said...

i think i mostly enjoyed that book exactly for the reason you mention. it was a really good view at post WWI England, with industries taken over the countryside and the British society struggling with changes modernity and war devastation have brought. I'll have to borrow the Orwell book from you.

Xavier said...

OoOOO. I would so love to read Crime and Punishment in Russian. That's got to be one of my most favorite of books.