Category: 50 Book Challenge 2010

BTT: Annual Review

Booking Through Thursday asked: What’s the best book you read this year? Worst? Favorite? Links are to the thoughts I wrote out at the time I read them.  I am eliminating re-reads from contention, and can still only narrow it down to three Bests:…

Goodbye, Columbus, by Philip Roth

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0679748261&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 50 I had to purge my books again because my TBR bookcase is overflowing.  I have it down to a full seven shelves and four additional piles.  During that mini-project, it occurred to me that I haven’t read any Philip Roth this year….

Memories of John Lennon, edited by Yoko Ono

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=006059456X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 49 I first listed Memories of John Lennon on my LibraryThing page in 2007.  That means I started reading it in 2007.  I put it down because I was (sorry) bored.  It has been sitting on my TBR shelf for three years. I…

Christmas Classics from the Modern Library

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0679602828&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 48 for the 50 Book ChallengeBook 5 for The Holiday Reading Challenge I forget when I picked up Christmas Classics, but it has been on my shelf for awhile.  And I don’t know what I was thinking, because I had already read most…

A Different Kind of Christmas, by Alex Haley

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0517162695&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 47 of 50 Book Challenge Book 4 of the Holiday Reading Challenge 1855.  Fletcher Randall is the North Carolinian son of a plantation owning state senator, studying at Princeton.  One day, he is befriended by three Quaker brothers, who take him home to Philadelphia,…

Benjamin Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder, by Robert Lee Hall

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=081221790X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 46 on 50 Book ChallengeBook 3 on The Holiday Reading Challenge I don’t remember what whim made me pick up Benjamin Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder, but it looks to have been from the Little City Book Sale last June.  It…

The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=039333306X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 45 The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman, was a random pick, except that I it was another war history.  It is the story of the family that owned and operated the Warsaw Zoo during World War II.  Once the zoo was bombed to…

The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=031606579X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 44 The Swan Thieves is the second novel by Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian.  The Historian, which was often called “The Da Vinci Code for Dracula people”, was a lot of fun, so when The Swan Thieves popped up at the Library’s…

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas: A Holiday Mystery, by Agatha Christie

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1579127894&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 43 – 50 Book ChallengeBook 2 –  Holiday Challenge I didn’t know that Agatha Christie had done any holiday novels, so I was really jazzed when I saw this one that feature Hercule Poirot, who I think is a total riot.  The premise…

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor, by Truman Capote

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0375837892&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 42 (for the 50 Book Challenge)Book 1 (for the Holiday Challenge) I am not sure where I found this lovely Modern Library copy of three Truman Capote holiday stories, but I love it.  Capote came from a very broken home and spent his…