Friday, February 18, 2005

Truth and Beauty

Though I said I would be starting Eragon once I finished Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Mystery , a co-worker loaned me Truth and Beauty and I had to dive in immediately.

This memoir of Patchett's friendship with Autobiography of a Face author Lucy Grealy explores the true nature of a relationship through devotion, understanding and eventually heartache. There were points in the book where I wanted to scream at Grealy and points where I wanted to tell Patchett not to be that way but in the end, I found this to be an utterly touching devotional work. Patchett shows the good, the wonderful and the ugly from her friendship with Grealy and while this book only shows one side of the story, I feel I got a fair look at everything. I only wish Grealy could have written such a book so I could have seen things through her eyes.

Only 23 more books to read this year! I'm closing in on that goal.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

2005 Update

I've been crap at updating this but since one of my goals for this year is to read 30 books, it is necessary that I update more regularly.

So without further adue, here are the books I've read so far in 2005:

1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman*.

*might have actually been read in 2004!

2. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.

3. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

His Dark Materials is a series I wish I had read long ago. Philip Pullman created a fantastical world where children save the day and dust is intriguing. I loved his writing so much that I'm now planning to check out his other novels to see what lies within them.

4. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.

As a child of parents raised in Utah a lot of this book wasn't groundbreaking to me but still this book was amazing! Jon Krakauer took his time to really research these communities and provided a fairly unbiased view events. Now my parents are obsessively reading this book and singing its high praises. Should make for some interesting dinner discussions around the house!

5. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding.

Not as funny as Bridget Jones but a nice quick brainless read after Under the Banner of Heaven. Some parts of this were just too wild though and had me rolling my eyes.

6. I am currently reading Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Mystery
by Jasper Fforde and really enjoying it!

I've always loved the Thursday Next novels. I picked up the first one a long time ago because one of the local librarians recommended it to me. I've been hooked ever since! This is a unique world where the strange happens and yet it seems possible that this life could be everyday.

This brings me to having read 5 of the 30 books I shall read this year and it's only February 9th! I'm well on my way! Next in the que is Eragon by Christopher Paolini.