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New Year Resolutions, Anyone?

So0 I have many New Year's resolutions this year, but reading at least (if not more) a book a week is one of them. I am a little jealous of all those lucky readers in this community who have read one-hundred books in a year! I hope I can reach that goal this year too, maybe! Anyways, I've decided that after each book I'll write a "mini" review and then what I will be reading soon, I would appreciate feedback on the books that I will be reading, to know what you guys thought of them before I start, thanks! Also, do you guys have any New Year resolutions (sorry off topic). Back on topic...who here has heard of Book Depository? bookdepository.co.uk is a UK website, sending books around the world with no shipping fee! This is really convenient for me, as I am from Israel, where I am severely lacking in a good English selection of books.

Just finished:
1. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
- I really enjoyed this authors style of writing, the book was intriguing and interesting. I ended up just recently ordering another book by this author called "Norwegian Wood."
2. Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
- This is the second book I have read by Palahniuk and again I must say he certainly has a unique writing style, mostly grotesque, but very interesting. This was a fast read and had a totally shocking ending.

Currently reading:
3. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
- I am only about sixty pages in, while I don't always agree with the authors opinions, I love how it is told from a very personal point of view, I feel as though Gilbert has become one of my close friends as I listen to her openly speak about her life and her travels towards finding balance.

Next up:
4. Norweigian Wood - Haruki Murakami
5. All books of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
7. Metamorphosis - Kafka
8. Notes from the Unuderground - Dostoevsky


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Jan. 2nd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
If you enjoy Murikami's style you might also like The Windup Bird Chronicle. That was the best of his books that I have read, I thought. Notes from the Underground? Really? Why? Doestoevski gives me the shivers.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation. I actually had have no idea about Doestoeski...a friend was just reading a book of his and suggested it was a good read...didn't know it might be spooky.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I get the shivers from Dostoevsky because it is so painful to read. Of his books that I have read Notes is probably the least painful if only because it is the shortest. Robert Heinlein once wrote that Russian literature actually gains something in translation, and although I don't read Russian, from the Dostoevsky that I have read I am inclined to believe him. But, I would be curious to your reaction. Let me know what you think of Notes. If you don't want to beat the shit out of the old man if only to get him to shut up, you are a better person than me.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Seconding The Windup Bird Chronicle, but also recommending Kafka on the Shore which is my favorite Murakami novel.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Well, I can definitely recommend the Hitchhiker's Guide books!

I'm pretty good with reading books, but my resolution is to keep a better log of them this year.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
haha yeah me too, i'm hoping by posting in the community often, i will be able to keep track~ =)
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
If your enjoying Chuck Palahniuk, then read Lullaby, I really enjoyed that one!
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I too made a New Year's resolution to try to read an average of book a week, so far I've managed to keep it (apart from the first year I made it, in 2007, when I only read 45 books) - but I think quality is much better than quantity - I doubt I'd ever get close to 100 books a year these days, I wouldn't have time.

I too have Norwegian Wood in this year's 'To read' pile. And Eat, Pray, Love as well. And the latest in the Hitchhikers' series - And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer (I bought it for my 14-year old son for Christmas, so as soon as he's finished it...)

So good luck to you for this year.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
And forgot to add, as far as reading goes, my resolutions this year are to read more Shakespeare, and more poetry, as my knowledge of both isn't great.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Norwegian Wood is absolute pure delight. If you enjoyed Sputnik Sweetheart you will enjoy this one a hundred times more. I certainly did. :D What a great start to the year! I'm kind of envious because I already read it.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. =)
I'm looking forward to it!
Jan. 2nd, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
My resolution is to read atleast 50 books this year. Last year I only read 45, so I'm hoping I will do better this year. It's just really hard when I'm at school because I really do throw myself into my school work.

Invisible Monsters was my favorite from Palahniuk, although I agree with an above commenter that Lullaby is good as well. Gilbert bothered me a bit in her book, I don't quite know why. I'm also going to be reading Perks of Being a Wallflower and Notes from the Underground soon. I can't wait to see what you post here, especially those reviews!
Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I will give the unsolicited advice that if you read more than one book a week, don't let it count against future weeks. That way you can keep the habit going.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
i love all of those murakami books. you should read kafka on the shore. it was my favorite book i read in 2009.
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