Sunday, December 19, 2010

Irish Dancing Christmas Show

Today we have my daughter's Christmas Show.  They have two performances and my family will be in attendance.  I hope to post some pictures later.  I'm just getting the hang of this blog.  I have been very busy the past two weeks with Christmas show practices and of course Christmas shopping.  I did manage to squeeze in a little reading.  I finally finished the Dark is Rising Sequence which I ended up really liking and thinking about while shopping. I will finish the review this week.  I also finished North of Beautiful which I chose to read because it received a good review on another blog - I'm going to have to keep better track of whose blog it was - and also because the storyline focuses on a teenage girl, a senior in high school, who has a "flawed" face and who wishes to escape her life, and I have a relative in a similar situation.

Also, I have to add the 2010 books that I read in the beginning of the year to my 2010 list.  I am having fun with this blog and must find the time to post more.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: Presumed Innocent

Title: Presumed Innocent
Author: Scott Turow
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1987
Genre/Pages: Fiction/431 pages
Source: library
Grade: B+

The sequel to this book, The Innocent has been recently released, and I really want to read it. But, I needed to reread Presumed Innocent because it has been over 20 years since my first read.  I loved it the first time, but this time around I just enjoyed it.  

Living in a Midwestern city, Rusty Sabich, Kindle County's chief deputy attorney, is approaching middle age, with a marriage and career stagnating until he begins a torrid affair with an ambitious and unscrupulous colleague, Carolyn Polhemus.  However, after 4 months she breaks off with Rusty and he is devastated.  She was using him as a stepping stone to achieve her goal of becoming Prosecuting Attorney. Only 6 months after the breakup, Carolyn has been found murdered, and Rusty has been put on the case.  He doesn't tell his boss, Raymond Horgan, of his affair with Carolyn. Horgan is in the final days of his political campaign to remain Prosecuting Attorney, which he is clearly losing.  He needs Rusty to find the killer quickly.  Then, just when Horgan loses the election, incredibly, Rusty is accused of Carolyn's murder.  The courtroom and the interacions between all the players are magnificent.  I really enjoyed how Turow represented the two sides without prejudice, and he constantly kept me guessing who were the "bad guys".

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BBC Book List

Having seen this at The Avid Readers's Musings

I decided to see how many of these books I have read.  However, I read many of these books years ago. I seriously doubt that most people have only read 6.  Many are on the required reading lists for high school.
Here is the list and the rules:

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.


• Copy this list.

• Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

• Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The King James Bible

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

Emma -Jane Austen

Persuasion – Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

Animal Farm – George Orwell

The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Dune – Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

Ulysses – James Joyce

The Inferno – Dante

Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

Germinal – Emile Zola

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession – AS Byatt

A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte's Web- E.B. White

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Totals for me:  32 books read and 5 partially completed.  Not too bad! I think I will try to read more from this list!