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Book 50 of 80

July 29, 2010

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.

What 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.

Matt: What?

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??)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mome Rath permalink
    July 31, 2010 8:52 pm

    Wow — you’re up to book 50 already this year and you’re completing a Mad Men marathon? That’s pretty hardcore. Hope you get caught up to the 4th season soon!
    I can’t believe I didn’t find your blog earlier this year, especially since I read a lot of world literature. I’m not sure whether I’ll always be on the same page as you (I loved Cry, the Beloved Country, but didn’t enjoy The Book Thief as much as you did), but I’ve got to appreciate someone out there who has read and enjoyed The Shiloh Legacy series. Any idea yet where you’re going after Sri Lanka?

    • July 31, 2010 11:15 pm

      Hello there! Thanks for visiting. 🙂 I’m going to Nepal after this and I’m going to read “Into Thin Air.” It’s been sitting on my bookshelf forever…so, it’s time to check it out. I’m glad you’re a Shiloh Legacy books fan too! Really, the plotting and characters in those books are amazing.

      • Mome Rath permalink
        August 1, 2010 6:42 pm

        I’ve never read Into Thin Air, although it’s one I’ve heard many folks recommend; I’ll look forward to your review.
        Did you ever read any of the Thoene’s other books?

  2. August 2, 2010 10:31 am

    I have read a few of the Zion Chronicles books. I liked them too. I didn’t really like the ones she published with her husband though — the Westerns. Have you read any others?

    • Mome Rath permalink
      August 2, 2010 8:31 pm

      I agree that the Westerns weren’t as good. I read both the Zion Chronicles and the Zion Covenant series; the latter covers the period right before WWII. I’ve also read the stand-alones Shiloh Autumn and Twilight of Courage. All of those were great.
      I started but never finished the Zion Legacy series; one day I’ll get to the rest of them. There’s also a NT series that I haven’t read. You sparked my curiousity to look on Amazon, and apparently the Thoenes are starting a new series taking place in WWII. I think I may check that one out.

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