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Friday, January 25th, 2008
12:51 pm
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Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
11:52 am
Just Curious
Is there anyone on the list whom you don't enjoy reading?  I have noticed while going through the list that there are a few authors who I have trouble with, so if I ever get down to those few authors I will have a heck of a time getting those books marked off of my list.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
7:58 am
Hello all
On a whim I decided to look up any communities that had to do with the 1001 books list, and I was amazed to find this group, so I joined.  My reading habits are not dedicated solely to this list but I try to get through a few of them here and there.  A while back I posted in my personal journal the list, and marked which ones I have read as well as those which I own (even if I have not read them) and I try to keep this list updated as often as possible.  Here is the link
It is nice to be here:)
Friday, September 21st, 2007
8:32 pm
question about the list
hey, so i liked the idea of 1001 highly recommended books to try to get through... but i'm wondering who came up with the list? who decided which books would go on it and why? thanks!
Monday, September 10th, 2007
12:18 pm
Finished reading Disgrace by J M Coetze yesterday.

Enjoyed Disgrace, which is the story of a former university professor who seeks sanctuary on his lesbian daughter's farm slash boarding kennel in the country after having an affair with one of his students, which is discovered and made public knowledge. Life on the farm brings new insights, fresh challenges and ultimately a devastating blow to both of their lives after they are assaulted and robbed by a trio of men. The dogs become metaphors for oppression and also track the changing attitudes of the ex-professor. His attitudes towards women, lesbianism and life in general also change considerably during the course of the novel.

Started reading Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami yesterday. Not far into it yet, but I'm enjoying the lighter tone of the tale. Be interesting to see how it develops.

I've started making notes about the books I'm reading as I progress. Plot, characters, key points, relevant quotes, attitudes towards women/men/homosexuality etc. Themes. Metaphors. Basically second guessing the reviewers and critics, to see how accurate my interpretation of the novels are. A lot of the time, I find that I'm fairly on to it.

Crossposted in book_marked, 1000_1books and various other LJ reading communities.
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
5:14 pm
Just finished Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It struck me that several of the characters had the same dream; a piece of land they could call home. The cessation of money worries. In much the same way that many people dream of owning their own home and being financially independent today. Prejudice also seemed to be a common theme in this novel, against black people, women and handicapped people. Loneliness too, stood out as a predominant theme. Curley's wife craved company, as did Crooks. Both seemed somewhat misunderstood. Crooks because he was proud, Curley's wife because she was too friendly with the hired men and acquired a reputation as being a troublemaker as a result. Friendship too, and loyalty. Both George and Lennie are sympathetic characters, for different reasons.

I haven't read any critiques of this book, because I want to read the classics and form my own ideas and impressions of them, before analyzing them further.

I enjoyed this book and wonder what would have become of Lennie in this day and age. Would he be better off? I guess it would depend on the circumstances.

Crossposted in book_marked (my personal reading journal), nz_literature and several other LJ reading communities.

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Current Mood: content
Thursday, September 6th, 2007
9:31 am
My list
Here is the list and I've marked out what I have read to date. I will update as needed. What a great idea. :)

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Sunday, August 19th, 2007
6:58 pm
Books I've Read:
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Current Mood: okay
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