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  1. Readwine's 2009 List

    Frankie, that was soo funny. I'm still struggling with The 19th Wife. It is getting better, but so slow. I've been very busy with work and have not really had a chance to have a long read. Perhaps that is it. The Book Thief may be next on my list so thanks for your view on it. Yeahhhh! I guess The White Tiger was a little disappointing as I had just finished A Fine Balance which I enjoyed very much though it was emotionally exhausting. Had I read them in opposite order perhaps I would not had such high expectations and thus been a little disappointed. Nonetheless, it is a decent story. Again, Reading Lotita in Tehran did not reach my expectations. I felt the author was more into showing how she interprets literature (like taking a mini novel class at university) rather than developing her characters. A bit cardboardy (if there is such a word) Kylie, your reading list is amazing. Good, good luck.
  2. Readwine's 2009 List

    I absolutely loved it; very much in the vein of 84 Charing Cross Road. So far this year, it has been my most favorite book. Funny, gentle, sad, lovely. It takes place during a time in history of which I was not familiar, so very informative as well.
  3. Readwine's Wrist Weights

    Wrist Weights I have Read A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (ps. 1488) Labyrinth by Kate Moss (ps. 528) By Rosamund Pilcher: The Shell Seekers (ps. 582) Winter Solstice (ps. 504) September (ps. 613) Coming Home (ps. 977) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (ps. 624) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (ps. 576) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie (ps. 560) The Secret History by Donna Tartt (ps. 578) The Shinning by Stephen King (ps. 528) Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (ps. 582) The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (ps. 544) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ps. 576) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (ps. 560) The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver (ps. 656) The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver (ps.608) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (ps. 560) Wrist Weights to be Read Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra (ps. 947) The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz (ps. 1360)
  4. Readwine's Wrist Weights

    Chesil Beach is certainly a beautiful part of England. It is on my To Visit List. The best McEwan novel for me has been Atonement - not his usual dark material. I absolutely love your Marx's quote. I have 6 adoptees What kind of series do you prefer to read? Any recommends?
  5. Fictional Villains We Love to Hate

    Uriah Heep from David Copperfield - nasty little creature
  6. 100 books

    1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6 The Bible - 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8 1984 - George Orwell 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12 Tess of the D
  7. Readwine's Wrist Weights

    Chesilbeach, the above is a list of the "doorstoppers" that I have read and that I can think of hand. I often get on a theme kick (i.e. India kick or Africa kick etc.) I loved Half of a Yellow Sun as I was in the mood for it especially after listening to an interview of Adichie. The Poisonwood Bible was recommended to me by an art director of a New Mexico Museum, but I really did not pay too much attention to it as I thought it might be too religious for me. Silly me. Several months later (during an Africa kick), I picked it up and WOW! I absolutely loved it and could not put it down. It is written from several points of view which I thought might be too disruptive, but the way Kingsolver wrote it, this technique really works. I highly recommend it. Are you an Ian McEwan fan? Above all, he is my most favourite writer. I am speaking stylistically. He absolutely writes the most beautiful prose. His subjects, however, are so, so dark I sometimes have trouble getting through his books. Oh well, can't have it all.
  8. Most disturbing for me has been A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It was very good but an emotionally exhausting book to get through. But for the Grace of God go I.