Masterpiece
*****
Excellent
**** 1/2
Very good
****
Good
**** 1/2
Just okay
***
Not for me
**
Definitely not for me
*

The cats are herded!

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Thanks, Bottle of Shine, for hosting 342,745 Ways To Herd Cats, which was really a fun idea for a challenge! I’m going to call this challenge complete, though I really do hope to read the last two books on this list (we only had to read three total) before it ends officially. I enjoyed The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Dracula the most and Oryx and Crake the least.

Here are the books I read, followed by the ones I recommended:

  1. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Dewey) (Alison)
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Dewey)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (This Red Head Reads)
  4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Jazz Machine) (Framed)
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Rhinoa) (Day Dream Muse) (Just a Reading Fool)
  6. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Just Add Books)
  7. Dracula by Bram Stoker (Corinne) (DayDreamMuse)

The ones I recommended:

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  3. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  7. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  8. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  10. Nicholas & Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

Non-Fiction Wrap-Up

nonfictionfive2.jpgThanks, Joy, for hosting this again! I call this a wrap-up because even though technically I completed it, you might take issue with that.  After all, 4 were graphic novels, and the one that wasn’t was under 100 pages!  To top that off, I’m behind in my reviews as well.  I had hoped to finish X Stands for Unknown by Asimov to lend some credibility to my progress, but oh well.  I still plan on reading that one because I need an ‘X’ title, but it may take some time to finish.

Here were the books I read (with reviews to come):

  1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel memoir)
  2. Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel memoir)
  3. Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic novel memoir)
  4. The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary (graphic novel true crime)
  5. Darkness Visible by William Styron (memoir)

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
by Anne-Marie MacDonald

1990, 89 pp.
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Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is hilariously fun. Winner of the 1990 Governor General’s Award for Drama and written by the author of Fall on Your Knees, this play takes the main character, Constance, and puts her in the middle of Othello and Romeo and Juliet with very funny results.  Plot lines are changed, lines rearranged, and we get to really know the players as never before.

If you’re familiar with both plays you will be in stitches in parts.  Lines from the original plays are in italics to help the reader know the difference between those lines and MacDonald’s.  Even MacDonald’s are written in iambic pentameter.

Highly recommended — especially for lovers of Shakespeare or those participating in the Canadian Literature Challenge.

Bravo!

Listen to the first chapter of Gaiman’s Graveyard Book

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Blogroll Update

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Thanks!