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01 January 2010 @ 12:00 am
books, books, books...  
So, I'd like to think that I read quite a bit---but unfortunately I always am left feeling that I don't read enough. I think it stems from the fact that I'm forced to read many things through Uni. many of which I would enjoy had I read them at my own pace.

With that said, even though it's a bit late I'm going to keep track of the books that I have read/ will read throughout the year, with a brief rating and would LOVELOVELOVE for some recommendations from my dear lj friends. Or even if you're just popping by and happen across this and want to jot down a book that you know I would like.

But enough rambling...

Have Read - Reread
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer ♥ Although they aren't the most stimulating, I was in dire need of a light read, so much appreciated
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer ♥ See above, but I really should have been doing my assigned reading 
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius ♥ Pretty interesting read for the history buffs out there
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury Holy crap!! easily one of my favourite books! Dark, fanciful "childrens" book
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller ♥ This shall forever be tainted by the film with John Malkovich. God, I hate that man.
Othello by William Shakespeare ♥ Iago = Win!
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare ♥ Becoming on par with Romeo and Juliet for being overdone. Serialz
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare ♥ One of my favourites, vurray funny

Have Read - Assigned
Chen Village by Anita Chan, Richard Madsen and Jonathan Unger ♥ Uhh... what?
Daughter of Han by Ida Pruitt ♥ Hit and miss, but I was biased going into this class
Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle ♥ I'll come back to this when I don't have to read it alongside Pascal *groan*
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ♥ My first foray into Austen (travesty, I know) but I wish I wasn't so rushed
Pensées by Blaise Pascal ♥ The randomness helps sometimes but seriously... what?
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise by Peter Abelard and Heloise ♥ Oh Heloise... he never really loved you.
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato ♥ Socrates may have been a douche, but at least he was entertaining
A History of Medieval Europe by R. H. C. Davis ♥ Good read for history buffs
Charlemagne's Courtier (The Complete Einhard) edited by Paul Dutton ♥ Of course you always get at least on prof. that assigns his own book *rolls eyes* // Dutton I ♥ you but c'mon... I'll defs come back to this though
Am I My Brother's Keeper? by Agnes C. Laut ♥ Oh Agnes, you little racist
The Secret History by Procopious ♥ I'll come back to this on my own time because I had some great parts and I didn't get to devote enough time to it


Have Read - Pleasure
(get your mind out of the gutter)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom ♥ Very cute, light read (just finished July 4)
Quicken by Xanthe Faulkner (script)♥ A tad too pretentious for my taste in some areas
Thoroughly Modern Millie (script) ♥ This will be a riot to see when it finally hits the stage
Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown ♥ Cute, TYA feel - should be interesting to see
The Crucible by Arthur Miller ♥ I can't believe I waited this long to read this
You Suck by Christopher Moore ♥ Not as good as some of Moore's other work IMHO
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Bible by Jonathan Goldstein ♥ I probably shouldn't have expected so much. There were a few LOL funny parts, but then it just became repetitive in the structure and whatnot. Meh rating
Hamlet by William Shakespeare ♥ Not gonna lie, my first intros to Hamlet were through HAIR and the Reduced Shakespeare Company (Hamlet backwards? yesplz!)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ♥ Bard + Rome = ULTIMATE WIN
The Wishing Well by Trevor Baxendale ♥ What the crap was this?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ♥ Enjoyable read but a tad confuzzling at times
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ♥ Absolutely adorable, and heartbreaking --- probably translates a lot better on the page than on film with the whole little girl/older gentleman vibe
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova ♥ So proud of myself for finally finishing this one. WTF was with the ending? seriously kids. Had it's moments though, and did successfully renew my interest in Dracula
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe ♥ I would have loved to have had one of my fav profs cover this in lecture to get all the juicy details I'm probably missing


Reading Now
Secret Lives of Famous Authors by Robert Schnakenberg
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Secret History of the Roman Emperors by Anthony Blond



 Abandoned
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Histories by Herodotus
Paradise Lost by John Milton


Recommendations
none yet


 Ratings:
♥ Loved it
♥ Liked it
♥ Probably would have enjoyed it more outside of lecture
♥ It's alright
♥ Barely passable
♥ Hated it



|| Notes ||
For those listed under "abandoned" that's not to say that I started them and will never pick them up again, I'm just notorious for starting numerous books and sometimes ones get pushed aside. I really want to finish these but I just can't bring myself to pick them up next.
 
 
 
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