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By Flipflops (Flipflops) on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 08:42 pm: Edit

I'm waiting for my sister to finish Shadowmancer so I can read it. Also, I am really bored right now, anyone else?

By Noodleman (Noodleman) on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 08:50 pm: Edit

Passionate Marriage and The Sound and the Fury

By Baggins (Baggins) on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 10:34 pm: Edit

I am reading Crafty Cat Tales, its a book with different short stories having to do with cats. I read it on and off.

I am also trying to get myself to read Unfinished Tales by Tolkien. I bought it with the Silmarilion after I finished Lord of the Rings. I read the Silmarilion but I started on the Order of the Phoinix so Unfinished Tales got left behind.

By Nmoreno1 (Nmoreno1) on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 10:54 pm: Edit

I'm quite bored.

By Demingy (Demingy) on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 11:11 pm: Edit

I'm reading Actual Innocence right now and it is really good! It is a collection of true stories about people who were wrongly imprisoned and exonerated years later (mostly by DNA testing, but some were other methods).

By Alejandro (Alejandro) on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 11:15 pm: Edit

im trying to find a good JFK biography...any suggestions?

By Over30 (Over30) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 12:00 am: Edit

I read it years ago but seem to remember it was worth reading: "Jack, the strugges of John F. Kennedy" by Herbert Parmet"

By Luvvlise (Luvvlise) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 12:06 am: Edit

I'm addicted to Tracy Chevalier . Ever since I read <i>Girl With a Pearl Earring</i>, I can't stop reading her books. Currently I'm reading <i>The Virgin Blue</i> - very good stuff.

By Allena (Allena) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 01:16 am: Edit

Right now I'm reading my History text, and preparing for my final in that class tomorrow night.

By Flipflops (Flipflops) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 12:49 pm: Edit

Cool! Go Lord of the Rings!

By Usunkmyb_Ship (Usunkmyb_Ship) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 04:24 pm: Edit

Siddhartha

required

By Demingy (Demingy) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 04:28 pm: Edit

Oooo, Siddhartha. I still have that on my wishlist.

By Jenesaispas (Jenesaispas) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 05:05 pm: Edit

Reading Catch-22. I love it; it's so funny and insightful.

I just "finished" reading the Sparknotes of the last part of The Brothers Karamazov. God, I loved that, too, but Dostoyevsky just goes on and on and on and on... 1000 pages is just too much! I probably got more from the Sparknotes (analysis-wise) than I probably would've gotten. Plus, had I finished it, I probably would have harbored significant feelings of resentment and anger towards it. But, this is not so, and I love the theme of transformation and reformation!

By Alejandro (Alejandro) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 08:53 pm: Edit

thanks over30, ill keep that book in mind!

By Oceanblue52 (Oceanblue52) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 09:26 pm: Edit

Memoirs of a geisha.

It's so good I've been neglecting studying for my Gov't final. It's written in a really refined, beautiful language. Everyone should read it.

By Stephenpmi (Stephenpmi) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 09:57 pm: Edit

Gore Vidal's Lincoln...most provocative.

By Bumblebee83 (Bumblebee83) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 10:54 pm: Edit

I'm reading all kinds of stuff.... The Count of Monte Cristo, but it's so long that I swear Ill be dead before I finish... Outrageous acts of everyday rebeelion by Gloria Steinem, I love her...The Beauty Myth, which I think every girl should be required to read....um, this Greg Iles book, I think it's called dead sleep...Booked to die (which if you like Da Vinci Code, you'd probably like that one too) Cider house Rules ( I love love love John Irving) and Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins (again love him love him )

By Noodleman (Noodleman) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 11:05 pm: Edit

How funny! I'm a guy and I have exactly the same reaction to Irving and Robbins! Also to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

By Taru (Taru) on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 11:58 pm: Edit

The Rasputin File, by Edvard Radzinsky. Very interesting and highly recommended.

By Bumblebee83 (Bumblebee83) on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 12:03 am: Edit

Is Marquez 100 years of solitude? I like that Irving and Robbins are kind of weird....after I read The world according to Garp I almost dropped out of school and became a writer...Villa Incognito, not my fav

By Kitkattail (Kitkattail) on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 06:59 pm: Edit

I feel really pretentious for saying it, but James Joyce's Ulysses. It's hard to get through, and lots of it is going over my head, but what I do understand is really good and really funny.

By 21someone21 (21someone21) on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 08:33 pm: Edit

Burmese Days George Orwell

By Ndcountrygirl (Ndcountrygirl) on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 12:56 am: Edit

Girl with a Pearl Earring.

I loved Memoirs of a Geisha.....

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 02:03 am: Edit

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass and I just finished Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin. Omon Ra was a hilarious absurdist black comedy about the Soviet space program and it was my favorite book that I read in my Russian History through Literature course at school. Prior knowledge of Russian (including pre-Soviet) themes make the book a bit easier to understand.

By Hakujin (Hakujin) on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 01:29 pm: Edit

I just finished Angels and Demons. It's the prequel to The Da Vinci Code; too bad the author had to write both books because they are almost identical in plot, the only difference being the location.

By Quasarqueen (Quasarqueen) on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 03:11 pm: Edit

The Odyssey by Homer

if you're interested in psychology then read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Fascinating plot with unique utilization of language.

By Emeraldkity4 (Emeraldkity4) on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 03:33 pm: Edit

Im supposed to be reading the Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz for my book group but I just can't get into it ( I am only about 1/3 of way through) so I am rereading old Peter Wimsey stories.

Next choice in book group is one of mine however The sky fisherman by Craig Lesley

By Jer728 (Jer728) on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 07:19 pm: Edit

Just finished Huck Finn. Good until the end when I wanted to gouge my eyes out.

By Glowingamy (Glowingamy) on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 08:50 pm: Edit

Context is Everything: The Nature of Memory

The funny part is I just had to run upstairs to look at that title, since I forgot it :P

By Gabushida (Gabushida) on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 10:40 pm: Edit

Boogers Are My Beat by Dave Barry
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk (just starting)
Just for Fun by Linus Torvalds (creator of Linux) and David Diamond
and we are starting Hamlet in Lit :)

Also, I just finished Slaughterhouse Five today by Kurt Vonnegaut

By Ticklemepink (Ticklemepink) on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 10:46 pm: Edit

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce... just finished Chapter 3... looking goooood!

By Jblackboy05 (Jblackboy05) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 02:50 am: Edit

It's all about Atlas Shrugged for AP Government and Politics, I hate the length of this book- 1160 pages

By Heatwave345 (Heatwave345) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 11:30 am: Edit

The Da Vinchi Code

very interesting read!

By Kmw11187 (Kmw11187) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 11:42 am: Edit

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - interesting read
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L'Engle - good but it challenges my beliefs (book about time travel and the ability to "live within" someone else.) - fantasy book

By Digmedia (Digmedia) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 11:58 am: Edit

Sin Killer (Larry McMurtry)... ok, but not really keeping my interest.

His Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite books, but nothing else he's done has approached it in terms of what appeals to me.

Recently finished Under the Banner of Heaven - a very chilling book. While some may dismiss the beliefs that led to the murders as arising from Mormon fundamentalism, the chilling part is that every religion has similar zealots that think killing others are justified, from Islamic terrorists to Christians who feel it is right to kill abortion doctors.

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By Ndbisme5 (Ndbisme5) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 01:37 pm: Edit

Skakespeare's Julius Caesar (BTW, I'm reading that RIGHT NOW!!!

By Demingy (Demingy) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 04:05 pm: Edit

Jblackboy05,

Oh, but Atlas Shrugged is definitely worth every page. Nothing has been able to unseat that as my all-time favorite book in ten years (and second favorite-The Fountainhead). I don't say this very often, but reading Atlas Shrugged was practically a life changing experience for me.

Okay, I'm done with my little plug for Ayn Rand.

By Chopsticks (Chopsticks) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 04:48 pm: Edit

I'm a vonnegut fan as well...

just finished Love in the Time of Cholera~ Marquez
The Winter of their Discontent ~Steinbeck
A day in the Life of Ivan Denosivitch ~ Sholtzenitzen (sorry, I forget the crazy russian spellings)

By Jblackboy05 (Jblackboy05) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 05:15 pm: Edit

Demingy, thanks for your insight, maybe I'm being to judgemental about the book

By Mrbesch (Mrbesch) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 08:09 pm: Edit

Catch-22. I live for sarcasm.

By Shopmom (Shopmom) on Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - 03:07 pm: Edit

Chaos

By Antigone (Antigone) on Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - 09:08 pm: Edit

I read some of Memoirs of a geisha--I was a bit bored actually
Now I'm reading daughter of the forest

By Twinkletoes696 (Twinkletoes696) on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 01:52 am: Edit

I'm going to be reading "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut when I get the chance. Right now, my reading is limited to whatever I'm assigned to for school, which is more than sufficient.

By Athlonmj (Athlonmj) on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 07:40 am: Edit

Treason by Ann Coulter

By Firebird12637 (Firebird12637) on Sunday, May 30, 2004 - 11:02 pm: Edit

A is for Admission, by Michele Hernandez

...haha, jk jk

actually, Steve Olson's "Mapping Human History"...it's getting pretty boring near the end though...

By Invisible (Invisible) on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 12:38 am: Edit

The Secret Life of Bees

Lovin it so far.

By Willywonka (Willywonka) on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 12:43 am: Edit

We finished Wuthering Heights and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in English class, so I've got some open slots.

I figure we'll get a summer reading list for next year, so I'll have that, and I also want to read Candide before school starts in September.

By Invisible (Invisible) on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 12:44 am: Edit

I loved Ros and Guil are dead! Hah, but the movie was just too boring.

By Trolley_5204 (Trolley_5204) on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 03:43 am: Edit

Native Speaker, by Chang-Rae Lee

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 03:10 pm: Edit

Slaughterhouse Five

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 - 03:57 pm: Edit

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, the new collection of essays by David Sedaris!! It is so good, just as good as Me Talk Pretty One Day.

By Suprmodl29 (Suprmodl29) on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 - 04:07 pm: Edit

Bergdorf Blondes

By Kwtortoise (Kwtortoise) on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 - 05:28 pm: Edit

Fatal Voyage, by Kathy Reichs. It's about a plane crash investigation--rather good.

By Neo (Neo) on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 - 05:48 pm: Edit

I just finished Cold Mountain. Horrible, horrible book. Charles Frazier deserves to be punched in the nose.

I think I'll take a reading break before starting One Hundred Years of Solitude -- Garcia Marquez.

By Koopatroopa (Koopatroopa) on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 - 05:57 pm: Edit

I'm finishing up Ender's Game because I got tired of people pestering me about the book. (I honestly didn't see what was so special about it.)

Next, I'm heading into Flowers for Algernon (I'm on a science fiction roll.) and then Lolita, so I can finally be complete.

By Dunadan (Dunadan) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 01:20 am: Edit

The Idea Factory, a book about MIT seen through the eyes of a
mechanical engineering grad student. (I was an undergrad while he was
a grad. I didn't know him, but I knew someone who did.)

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 02:18 am: Edit

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Amazing novel. The first chapter was intense but luckily it has let up a bit on me.

By Mazzo (Mazzo) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 02:34 am: Edit

franny and zooey.

psst Koopatroopa, flowers for algernon is so sad. and lolita...GREAT CHOICE. its a littly dirty but man is it good.

By Easydoesitmom (Easydoesitmom) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 10:39 am: Edit

Sara Lewis "The Answer is Yes "

By C_J (C_J) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 12:14 pm: Edit

One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 09:18 pm: Edit

Franny and Zooey and One Hundred Years of Solitude are two of my all-time favorites. Franny and Zooey is by far Salinger's best book, followed by Nine Stories.

By Allison (Allison) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 10:14 pm: Edit

"white noise" (delillo)

i just finished "do androids dream of electric sheep?" (dick), and i read pynchon's "the crying of lot 49" before that.

By Unluckycharms (Unluckycharms) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 11:22 pm: Edit

Lab 257

By Harleylover (Harleylover) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 12:16 am: Edit

I'm reading "The Great Gatsby" right now.

By Daffodil22 (Daffodil22) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 03:30 am: Edit

Just finished The Stepford Wives- required reading for every woman! The book, not the movie. It's completely satire, and only in the 70s would a book like this be written.

By Aurojit (Aurojit) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 04:41 am: Edit

I'm reading Papillon right now

By Gianscolere (Gianscolere) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 01:34 pm: Edit

candide by voltaire (it's a fairly easy read) and pride and prejudice by austen.

By Skapoor1 (Skapoor1) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 07:40 pm: Edit

just finished "bringing down the house". interesting.

By Olive7891 (Olive7891) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 08:02 pm: Edit

Just finished Dune by Frank Herbert
-a lot of interesting philosophy

and now reading The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky... only maybe 1/6 into it, but really like it so far.

By Kewkiekid (Kewkiekid) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 09:56 pm: Edit

Who moved my cheese?

By Neo (Neo) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 11:12 pm: Edit

Just finished White Oleander -- Jane Finch.

I'm currently on 1984.

By Chemgirl (Chemgirl) on Sunday, June 13, 2004 - 08:25 pm: Edit

hmmm... do I really want to admit this?
Okay, I'm reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Latin, by Natalie Harwood. And yes, by my own choice!

By Aeolus (Aeolus) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 12:32 am: Edit

The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler, a story loosely based on my old high school

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 09:59 am: Edit

Did you ever read Watch Your Mouth by Daniel Handler? That book was bizzarre. He also wrote the Lemony Snicket books.

By Altf4 (Altf4) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:32 am: Edit

catch 22--i don't find it funny, only interesting

By Buhopeful (Buhopeful) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:52 am: Edit

Just for fun, I'm reading the Gossip Girl series by Cecily Von Ziegesar. You can't possibly be reading serious, intellectual stuff all the time. It's good to balance life out with funny, lite-hearted books and easy reading.

By Dredhead5000 (Dredhead5000) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 12:37 pm: Edit

"The French Leiutenant's Woman" by John Fowles
"Applied Economics" by Sowell

By Koopatroopa (Koopatroopa) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 01:15 pm: Edit

We interrupt this post to bring you a very important announcement:

HAPPY BLOOMSDAY!

By Demingy (Demingy) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 01:32 pm: Edit

Chemgirl,

Don't feel too bad. I just moved on to Chemistry Demystified to refresh before I take College Chem next semester.... In fact, your username struck me as funny given the circumstances. ;-)

By Rohit_Sn (Rohit_Sn) on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 03:05 pm: Edit

"common nonsense "is it by andy rooney. have to get started.

By Acennace (Acennace) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 08:23 am: Edit

The Men from The Boys by Kevin Phillips

By Gidget (Gidget) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 09:53 am: Edit

You guys have some of my favoirte books listed and funny enough I do theatre and just finished a production of Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are dead ( I was Gertrude) and am rehearshing for Flowers for Algernon which opens later htis summer.
Right now I am reading-
Whale Rider- loved the movie - had to read the book.

But I recommend DaVinci Code to everyone- my favorite book! and if you read it and want to know where all the facts in it came from read
Holy Name Holy Blood-Most information in the DaVinci Code has real facts backing it

By Acennace (Acennace) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 01:58 am: Edit

I just finished reading the Men from the Boys (by Philip Collins, not Kev Phillips; Kev is a character in the novel) yesterday. It's a must-read book. Love it. Now, I'm just rereading Silmarilion by Tolkien.

By Nathalie26 (Nathalie26) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 08:53 am: Edit

We the Living (Ayn Rand)

By Quasarqueen (Quasarqueen) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 08:54 am: Edit

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 02:41 pm: Edit

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

By Bluealien01 (Bluealien01) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 03:32 pm: Edit

The Bone Lady

By Smokejaguar (Smokejaguar) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 04:01 pm: Edit

Ender's Shadow

By Mreeves (Mreeves) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 09:32 pm: Edit

On the Road

By Wackicracka (Wackicracka) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 09:53 pm: Edit

Bringing Down the House. About the MIT students. Yep, summer reading, lol.

By Emeraldkity4 (Emeraldkity4) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 10:08 pm: Edit

Wicked by Gregory Maquire

By Ocliberal (Ocliberal) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 11:06 pm: Edit

Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown. Also read Da Vinci Code. Good reads, interesting, not works of art but thought provoking.

By J2005 (J2005) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 03:19 am: Edit

Crime and Punishment --- not bad

By Foundnemo (Foundnemo) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 11:22 am: Edit

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Just finished Bridget Jones ... can't believe I haven't read it until this summer.

By Jenz129 (Jenz129) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 03:37 pm: Edit

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

By Glowingamy (Glowingamy) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 08:56 pm: Edit

I'm reading Crime and Punishment too actually, yes it's good!

By Ocliberal (Ocliberal) on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 10:38 pm: Edit

I never read Crime & Punishment. My daugther did, though, because she had to read much better books than I ever did! Life in the 70s was easy street!

By Chasgoose (Chasgoose) on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 01:07 am: Edit

Ok I got a little afraid of Infinite Jest (especially when I found out the summer reading I have to do) and I am now reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. Its basically a study of lowbrow pop-culture told through a postmodern kaleidoscope if that makes any sense. I really enjoy it.

By Sluggbugg (Sluggbugg) on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 11:15 am: Edit

Ten Big Ones, Janet Evanovich
The Rule of Four, Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
My Life, Bill Clinton

By Flyingpenguin (Flyingpenguin) on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 12:39 am: Edit

Thomas Pynchon Mason & Dixon. Only book that I brought with me to China, other than the SAT II books.

By Encomium (Encomium) on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 02:20 am: Edit

Bleak House by Charles Dickens


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