Book 50 of 80
Book 50. Sounds like a nice number.
And I’m SUPER excited (as you can tell by the all-caps) about this next book. Like: It’d better be good or I’m going to cry.
I did this odd thing though. I went on Goodreads (a social networking site for bibliophiles) and found someone who gave this book ONE star. THEN, I went through their library of books and compared all our book reviews. Almost without fail (she did score Three Cups of Tea the same as me and we both hated Almost Moon) we had the exact opposite ratings on books. She gave (I counted) six books one star that I gave five stars. And she gave 15 books (this might be a more telling statistic) five stars, that I rated with a one or two. (Two of those favorites? Eat, Pray, Love and Holy Cow.)
It started out as mere curiosity and ended up kinda like the twilight-zone — we didn’t agree on anything! So, sorry “Louise” from Canada. Whoever you are. Maybe I should have taken a hint that we wouldn’t be compatible when you listed your interests as cats and postcarding.
Needless to say, IF this is scientific in any way…I’m going to love this book.
Okay — I’m headed to Sri Lanka and it’s Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje.
Now, I’m not a diehard English Patient fan…but that’s mostly because it was assigned to me in my high school AP class and I read it the way most high school kids read books assigned to them — quickly, knowing that the teacher was going to tell me what I needed to know about the book. I do remember thinking Ondaatje wrote beautiful prose and that the book made me cry. He had a distinct writing style too. But I read that book a long time ago…
So, I’m ready to discover Ondaatje in this new stage of life.
Bonus conversation of the day:
(While watching “Short Circuit” on TV)
Me: Huh. That’s funny.
Me: The Indian actor looks exactly like Fisher Stevens in blackface. That’s crazy.
Matt: Are you serious right now?
Me: You don’t think so?? No. It tot-a-ly looks like him..
Matt: That IS Fisher Stevens…
Me: Seriously? How have I never noticed that before? That’s so racist!
Matt: Yeah, well, it was 1986. “Soul Man” came out the same year.
Double Bonus: (Is this when you guys all stop taking me seriously as a book blogger??)