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Old 06-19-2006, 09:21 AM   #31
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I am currently not reading anything (unless you count research articles for university). However, I have 'Teacher Man' by Frank McCourt waiting to read this summer.

Loved that book


I'm in the middle of Prozac Nation right now, and it's really.......um........depressing. I can't stop reading books once I start them, but this book is a huge downer, to state the obvious


Once I finish that, I'm reading The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve and Waiting for Snow in Havana byyyyy.....I can't remember the author



ps.....Also reading a book of Norse mythology for a class next year
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Waiting for Snow in Havana byyyyy.....I can't remember the author
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I'm reading The Nanny Diaries its freakin funny...great book!
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Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein.
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:45 AM   #36
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I'm in the middle of Prozac Nation right now, and it's really.......um........depressing. I can't stop reading books once I start them, but this book is a huge downer, to state the obvious
Prozac Nation might be one of the worst books I've ever read. There's no denying that Elizabeth Wurtzel was certainly depressed, but what's more influential on the book is the fact that she's also whiny and attention-hungry. A lot of readers might blame those traits on the fact that she's depressed, but I have a feeling she's that way all the time, that she's one of those people who will never be happy and never hesitates to make sure everyone knows.

I taught the book in a class called Literature and Madness, and many of my students disliked the book as much as I did. I just don't feel like it's an accurate portrayal of depression. There's a false sense of redemption at the end, I think. Keep in mind that the opening section of the book ("I Hate Myself and Want to Die" ) comes several years after the main action of the book. What does that say about the end?

It's interesting to note that Wurtzel couldn't cope with the massive success of Prozac Nation and became a drug addict. Then she wrote a memoir about that experience called More, Now, Again. She's one of those writers who has a gimmick, I think, and unfortunately, a lot of people are eating up everything she writes without realizing that.
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'Beloved' by Toni Morrison, this is for school, I don't really like it.
I am also reading "Beloved" for an over-the-summer school assignment. We had to choose one book from a list our teacher had, and from that, I took "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan. Then, we had to choose an author from that list, and read one of his or her books that was not on the list. I chose "Beloved" because one of my good friends says it's his favorite book. He adores it, and I already owned a copy of it and had never read it, so I decided it was a good chance to do so.

So far, "Beloved" is different, but it's not entirely horrible. I think it will be hard to write a critical review on it, because it seems so unique in subject matter and the writing style. I am more than halfway done, and I hope it comes together at the end.
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Just a side-note I didn't like the book Da Vinci Code at all but I def. loved the movie :nod:


I'm currently reading The Green Mile, because I had promised myself I wouldn't watch the movie til I read the book, but I broke my promise and the guilt is overbearing, I'm not too far yet, but so far I like it as much as I do any other King book

I read the Green Mile a few years ago...I can't remember if it was before or after I had seen the movie, but I really enjoyed the book. I am not much for King's books, but The Green Mile was excellent, I thought. I read it in six mini volumes. I guess there is an edition with them all compiled into one book?
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I'm reading Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett for the millionth time.

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I'm reading The Nanny Diaries its freakin funny...great book!
Ive been wanting to read that book
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The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

It's an incredible book (so far...)
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Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution by Orlando Figes

Great to see there's a lot of other book lovers out there!
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Right now I'm reading a book called "Wall Flower", it's pretty good ^^ The person who has written it is Stephen Chbosky. After that I'm gonna read some more books, but it's most swedish books :P I'm going to Italy next week and then I'm gonna read alot of books and magazines!
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Ive been wanting to read that book
ooooh go check it out now its great
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ooooh go check it out now its great
After that reaction Im convinced even more that Im going to read it really soon
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