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Old 06-06-2003, 11:28 PM   #21
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Beloved is a wonderful book.

I bought The Lovely Bones for my mother for Christmas. She and my sister both enjoyed it.

If anyone is looking for something good and classic, you can't go wrong with F. Scott Fitzgerald. He's my favorite author. There is an especially good volume of his complete short stories.
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Old 06-07-2003, 12:02 AM   #22
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i plan on finally finishing my copies of white oleander and fast food nation. i'd like to finish them before i go on vacation, so i can bring different books down with me for beach reading.

if i can read more books, i'll probably f. scott fitzgerald's this side of paradise or the beautiful and the damned. those are a lot better than the great gatsby, which is a good book, but these are better.
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If anyone is looking for something good and classic, you can't go wrong with F. Scott Fitzgerald. He's my favorite author. There is an especially good volume of his complete short stories.
haha i just noticed this! great minds think alike!

i always think of reading his books in the summertime. i don't know if i just associate them with summer, or if i think they fit the mood. but whatever, i usually read one of his novels every summer.
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i plan on finally finishing my copies of white oleander and fast food nation.
with white oleander, you must read the book before you see the film.
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1. fast food nation

2. no logo

3. dark continent.
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I'm reading 'Black Hawk Down' right now.

Dont know what I'll read next. A Tom Clancy book or Sherlock Holmes book are looking somewhat likely. I have a huge list of things I want to read though. It will probably be what ever whim I go off on once I finish 'Black Hawk Down'
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with white oleander, you must read the book before you see the film.
hehe, i've already seen the film several times. i've got it on dvd. i got it the day it came out.

but i think the book is better in some ways than the movie, it's a lot more graphic, meaning it doesn't skip over entire chapters the way the movie does. the book/movie angela's ashes does that too. the movie starts up at like chapter 4 or something. the book starts before the author's even born, but in the movie he's already 8 or so.
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haha i just noticed this! great minds think alike!

i always think of reading his books in the summertime. i don't know if i just associate them with summer, or if i think they fit the mood. but whatever, i usually read one of his novels every summer.
Indeed!

I've read Tender Is the Night, Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, and the Complete Short Stories, but I have yet to read This Side of Paradise for some reason. Have you read it? Perhaps I should add it to my summer reading list.
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I just saw a book in the book store yesterday that I really want to read. I've forgotten it's title ( I'm stupid ) but it was a book about the lives of Chinese women in the last few years. The author was a radio show host and she used to ask women to phone into her show and talk about their lives, and now she's written a book about some of the women's experiences.

I always have too many books on my list, lol.
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I really enjoyed Sula as well.

I'm reading a travel novel right now: Into the Heart of Borneo by the naturalist Redmond O'Hanlon. Funny and informative. For summer reading I'd suggest any travel novel, hell, any book at all by Bill Bryson. Quick, humorous and insightful stuff.

Books I've started but put on the backburner:

Conrad's Heart of Darkness - Maybe I'll attack it again this summer.

and

Memoirs of a Geisha - There was a lot of hype surrounding this book when it came out but, frankly, I've found it kind of slow going. I don't know when I'll pick it up again.



A novel that has impacted me greatly is Ellison's Invisible Man, although I don't know that I'd call it summer reading...lol.
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Hello,

Last week I finished Herbert Asbury's The Gangs Of New York. Now I'm reading a Dutch novel by Harry Mulisch: Het Stenen Bruidsbed (I've looked in Amazon.com but I cannot find an English translation for it, something like The Stone Bridesbed or whatever...). He has also written The Assault and The Discovery Of Heaven (2 books which might be a bit more popular in foreign languages).

Since I finished my thesis I have lots of time to read books, so I'm also a bit on a book-buying spree. It does create some problems though as I don't have any room to store even more books. Switching to CD's won't help as I don't have any room to store those too. I need to move to my new house soon!

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I'm reading Ian McEwan's "Atonement" at the moment. I want to get it done before Harry Potter is released.
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Memoirs of a Geisha - There was a lot of hype surrounding this book when it came out but, frankly, I've found it kind of slow going. I don't know when I'll pick it up again.
see, now that's funny. i couldn't put it down. i finished it in two days.
i thought it was one of the best books i've ever read.
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i plan on finally finishing my copies of white oleander and fast food nation.
Fast Food Nation

I wouldn't recommend reading it if you are a compulsive Drive-Thru eater. Other than that... good stuff to know.

I'm still working through Bandit Country by Toby Harnden... I just don't have the patience to read it quickly.
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i sat by the pool today reading the rum diary by hunter s. thompson.


girl, too weird. i went garage saling today and bought a copy of this for $3!


i also picked up One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Brave New World


I'm all set now for my summer reading.
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i would also highly recommend alice walker's the temple of my familiar. it is an absolutely stunning book.

and i definitely agree with the f. scott fitzgerald girls. i adore him. i have the beautiful and damned waiting for me on my bookshelf as well.
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Old 06-07-2003, 11:58 AM   #37
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I thought Memoir of a Geisha was great, too. And I also remember it as a quick read. Wasn't Madonna going to turn it into a movie?

I also remember reading This Side of Paradise over a Memorial Day weekend spent at a cabin on a lake in the Adirondacks...oh my salad days.
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I thought Memoir of a Geisha was great, too. And I also remember it as a quick read. Wasn't Madonna going to turn it into a movie?
Yeah, I don't know what it is about Geisha that makes it not terribly transfixing to me. I do feel that Golden pulled off the narrative successfully, but I feel like many of the scenes in the novel are sort of repetitive. Hell, I dunno, maybe I'll give it another shot. It definitely fills the bill of being summer reading. On another note, I think I remember reading the Steven Spielberg optioned the book and was going to make a movie.
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I'm reading Watership Down again and Sam and I are re-reading the Harry Potter books in anticipation of book 5 (got our tickets to the midnight release party thing here in Norwich today). I also got Bill Bryson's Made In America.
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I'm also super-excited about the new Harry Potter. In fact I'm literally counting down the days until it's release.
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