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Old 01-04-2008, 11:39 AM   #316
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My only resolution this year is to improve my Norwegian by speaking it exclusively to my family and to begin reading in Norwegian. I just started the trilogy by Sigrid Undset (Kristin Lavransdatter) it's a slow go.
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A new year, a new list of books read!

#1. Princess On the Brink (Princess Diaries # somethingorother) - Meg Cabot.

I can't help it. These books are very silly and slight, but very cute and fun. They occasionally annoy me, but mostly amuse me. For once, I wanted to smack Princess Mia rather than her friend Lilly.

#2. Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt - Nick Hornby

I tried reading Hornby's latest, a young-adult novel called Slam, but didn't really get into it. I guess I can't relate to a teenaged boy who was into skateboarding, even if it features a character named Alicia.

But this one was a good read. A slim little collection of essays talking about books. As usual, Hornby's funny.
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Sword and Citadel - Gene Wolfe
Medevial Epics and Sagas
The Petty Demon - Fyodor Sologub
The Ways of White Folks - Langston Hughes
The 13th Apostle - April DeConick
Introducing Semiotics
Quantum Reality - Nick Herbert
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Gene Wolfe.
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#3: A Model Summer - Paulina Porizkova

It seemed very appropriate to read this fluffy novel after watching VH1's marathon of America's Next Top Model all week.

It was exactly what I was hoping for - a fun read about a teenaged model's entrance into the modeling life in Paris. Good, trashy times. Makes me wonder how much of it was based on the author's own experiences.
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#3: A Model Summer - Paulina Porizkova

It seemed very appropriate to read this fluffy novel after watching VH1's marathon of America's Next Top Model all week.

It was exactly what I was hoping for - a fun read about a teenaged model's entrance into the modeling life in Paris. Good, trashy times. Makes me wonder how much of it was based on the author's own experiences.

Does she explain anywhere in that book exactly what attracted her to Ric Okasek?
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Ha! No, alas. Her main love interest is an Australian dude who is described as being pretty dreamy. Definitely not an Ocasek reference.
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Just started The Name of the Rose, after finishing The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll. I wonder if anyone here has read Carroll. Kind of a unique writer.
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Just started The Name of the Rose
Had you read it before? If not, let me know what you think of it. It's still sitting here, unread. I've glanced at the first page or two, and for some reason, it just seems off-putting to me.
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I've not read it before, no, but I have read Eco before.
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I just finished "God's Politics" by Jim Wallis. Pretty good, but the book is four years old. Even though it discusses issues that are still relevant today, having the Iraqi War as its main focal point makes the book old. It would be nice if Wallis came out with a book for this election.

Now I am reading "Kabul Beauty School" by Deborah Rodriguez. Its about the author's experiences in Afghanistan while she ran a beauty school for Afghan women.
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Does anyone use that book application on Facebook? I've read some pretty good reviews of different things, actually. Made me want to commit to a book a month at the very least.
yeah, I love it! I usually refuse to add applications, but that one's awesome.
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Well i finished reading all of the Harry Potter books lastnight and all i can say is WOW!!!


They are fantastic! Brilliant - what a story, so much amazing imagination and so many fantastic&utterly believable characters! More twists&turns than a dozen coiled snakes!

I can't wait for the half blood prince to come out in November&here's hoping for a little more Alan Rickman mmm sexy
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#4 Love Is a Mix Tape - Rob Sheffield

Oh, did I love this book. A memoir that's mostly a lot of fun, but with one big, giant ache of sadness once you realize what happens to the person who's a big point of the book.

I love reading books by people who love music as much as I do. And it made me laugh out loud multiple times, which is always a great thing.

This book made me want to write more about music. Another great thing.
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#4 Love Is a Mix Tape - Rob Sheffield

Oh, did I love this book. A memoir that's mostly a lot of fun, but with one big, giant ache of sadness once you realize what happens to the person who's a big point of the book.

I love reading books by people who love music as much as I do. And it made me laugh out loud multiple times, which is always a great thing.

This book made me want to write more about music. Another great thing.
I've wanted to read that for the longest time! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

I'm currently reading a book called "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel J. Levitin. It's all about why humans gravitate so strongly towards music and what it does to our brains when we're listening or making music. Very interesting stuff.
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