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    What did you read in 2004?

    I hope this isn't redundant from the "bookworm" thread, but I'm in the mood to reminisce about the year that is about to end, and I thought I'd ask what books you discovered in 2004 that will be with you for a long time.

    I'll start:

    -- Zigzagger by Manuel Munoz (dark, brooding short stories -- yum)

    -- Brownsville by Oscar Casares (more short stories -- not as dark, but full of well-developed, amazing characters)

    -- Every Night Is Ladies Night by Michael Jaime-Becerra (more short stories, but all interconnected; the characters from the stories resurface throughout)

    -- Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes / Beatriz and the Heavenly Bodies by Lucia Etxebarria (novel about a woman from Spain who moves to Edinburgh, comes out of the closet, and reminisces about her childhood love)

    I'm sure there are others as well ...[/i]

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    I've kept a little tally of books I read this year here. I'm at 77 I think. I was really shooting for 100 :(

    My favorites were:

    Children's:
    The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
    The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

    Fiction:
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
    Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
    Blindness by Jose Saramago
    The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

    Non-Fiction:
    The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine by Shigehisa Kuriyama
    Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown by Nayan Shah
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg
    Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle

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    i wish i've read more but here are my favorites from this year.

    the namesake by jhumpa lahiri
    the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
    shopgirl by steve martin
    the pleasure of my company by steve martin
    american gods by neil gaiman
    stardust by neil gaiman

    i resolve to read even more next year. :)

    jangrl

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    I am also shooting for 100 books a year, but I keep count starting at my anniversary date- July 5th. So I still have half a year to get my book count up.

    So far though, I've really enjoyed:

    Three Junes (I can't recall the author right now)
    A Small Rain by Madeleine L'Engle (a re-read)
    On Loving God by Bernard of Clairveaux

    This week I hope to finish
    An American Childhood by Annie Dillard (a new favorite)
    Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes

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    now that I think about it, I read more books than I thought I did this year. that said, the only ones that have really stuck with me are Stiff and The Time Traveler's Wife. but I haven't done a lot of heavy reading this year, mostly fluff, because 2004 has pretty much sucked for the most part.

    P.S. I think 77 is a pretty great number, anyway, brdgt (I say jealously, hee).

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon_lemming
    P.S. I think 77 is a pretty great number, anyway, brdgt (I say jealously, hee).
    Heh, I know, but I'm a grad student, so that's sort of like cheating because I have to read so much for school :)

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    a short list...

    Some of the books I read this year....

    Wicked by Gregory Maguire
    Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire
    The Lady and The Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
    All the Harry Potter Series
    Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell (I reread this every year because she's my favorite....

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    I have no clue what books I read in 2004 (maybe in 2005 I should start listing the books I read). This is sad. I can tell you this much:

    Cunt by Inga Muscio (nonfiction)


    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (fiction)
    Saints at the River by Ron Rash
    Villette by Charlotte Bronte
    I rediscovered The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrisson
    Carolina Moon by Jill McCorkle

    Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions by Maurice Manning (poetry)
    Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

    I'm getting books for Christmas, though! I even got the Anne Sexton biography. I'm excited, since there's nothing to do during our winter term at school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soapandwater
    I have no clue what books I read in 2004 (maybe in 2005 I should start listing the books I read). This is sad.
    You can keep track with your livejournal - make a "private entry" and save it to your memories, then just edit it and add books as you go :)

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    GENIUS!

    You know what's weird? I've had a livejournal of some type for about four years now and never used the memories. (OH MY GOSH, you can put things on FRIENDS ONLY, TOO? HA!)


 
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