100 Books Reading Challenge 2012

This year, I’ve decided to sign up to Book Chick City’s reading challenge to read 100+ books in a year. I love reading, and I read A LOT, so it’ll be good to see if I can manage 100 books in a year. I’ll be trying to review every book I read (in a bit more detail than I have done in the past), and I’ll be making a list on my 100 book challenge page. If you have any suggestions for books I should read, let me know in...

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Now Reading: Emma Donoghue – Room

The Auschwitz Violin was a really good book, too short for my liking though – one of those books that you just don’t want to end. The story is about a man who has been taken to Auschwitz and is pretending to be a carpenter. When they find out that he is a Luthier, he is set the task of creating a replica of a Stradivarius violin. If he doesn’t do it fast enough, he will be sent to be used for all manner of horrific things that...

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Now Reading: Maria Àngels Anglada – The Auschwitz Violin

I got a few books for Christmas this year: The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Àngels Anglada Room by Emma Donaghue Freedom by Jonathan Franzen The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen The Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris It was a tough choice to decide which to read first, so I’ve decided to read them in the order I opened them. First up is The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Àngels Anglada, which Cameron bought for me. I love reading books...

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Now Reading: Alexandra Potter – Be Careful What You Wish For

The last book I read was typical chick lit – totally predictable with a little twist in the middle, but great all the same – just what I would expect from Belinda Jones. I’ve read a lot of books recently that are a bit different from my normal style, so it was nice to get back to something a little bit easier to read for a change. And I’m carrying that on with the next book I’m reading – Be Careful What You...

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Now Reading: Belinda Jones – The Paradise Room

I really loved the last book I read (Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck), I can’t believe that I’ve never read it until now! I loved the relationship between George and Lennie, so the ending of the book really shocked me. I don’t want to say too much in case you want to read it yourself, but I had pictured a few ways which this book could end, and I was way off with all of them! It was a short book which I just couldn’t...

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Now Reading: John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

So the last book I read  (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian) was only a little bit about tractors, but I really enjoyed it! A few people had told me that it was a really funny book, but I also found parts of it to be really sad. I loved the character of the Dad, both stubborn but also charming and helpless. The end of the book was totally not what I expected to happen, but I prefer how it ended to how I would have written it. I guess...

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Now Reading: Marina Lewycka – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

The last book I read (Eve Green by Susan Fletcher) was really good. It took me a while to get into it, but once it had grabbed my attention I found myself desperate to find out what happened next. When I’m reading I often guess (or try to guess) what will happen next, and I did this often during this book, but I was wrong every time. Most of the books I read are quite predictable, so I really enjoy books that surprise me, and this one...

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Now Reading: Susan Fletcher – Eve Green

The last book that I read (Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín) was one of the best books I have read in a long time. (Spoiler alert – don’t read the next paragraph if you plan on reading this book) It was set in the 1950s, and focused on a young Irish girl named Eilis, who is persuaded to move to Brooklyn by her older sister Rose. She struggles with settling in, but eventually meets a guy (Tony) she really likes. She is then shocked with the...

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Now Reading: Colm Tóibín – Brooklyn

I LOVED the last book I read, typical Nicholas Sparks really. At first I thought the book was going to be really predictable, man falls in love with woman, woman already has a boyfriend, she has to make a choice, blah blah blah. Then at the end of a chapter, I turned the page to an insert page which said ‘Part Two’. The story had skipped forward 11 years and she was in a coma. I did NOT expect that to happen and wasn’t sure...

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It’s not often I say this but…

I went to see The Help today and it was as good as the book. I read the book earlier this year, before I found out it was going to be released as a film. It was a great book, even made me cry in places. I managed to avoid the tears in the film though, although not sure Cameron did! 😛 If you’ve not read the book, it’s about the civil rights movement in America in the 1960’s. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, it’s about an...

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Now Reading: Nicholas Sparks – The Choice

So I gave up on the last book I was reading (The Beautiful and Damned). I was really looking forward to reading it, but I had a hard time getting into it and there’s nothing worse than reading a book that you’re not enjoying (ask my dad – he stuck it out through 1,232 pages of Les Miserables). I’ll definitely try it again later, hopefully when I’m in the right mindset to read it. My next book is The Choice by...

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Now Reading: F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful and Damned

I’ve just finished reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’d been told by a lot of people on Twitter that I should read it, and I did really enjoy it. I was worried that there were going to be too many statistics which would make it hard to read, but I found it really informative – any statistics mentioned were clearly explained. I felt compelled to keep reading as I really wanted to know what...

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Now Reading: Michael Lewis – Moneyball

I finally finished reading Jane Eyre last night. I’ve not had much time for reading lately so it’s taken me a while! Too long for me to go see the film adaptation at the cinema I think, so I guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD to come out. The book was superb, a true love story with tragedy, heartbreak, and of course a happy ending (eventually). Whenever I though the story was starting to go a bit slow, boom – another...

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Now Reading: Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre

Jon Richardson’s book was just as I expected, honest, a little grumpy and completely hilarious. The book was pretty much just a stream of consciousness, and there were a lot of times reading the book that I found myself nodding in agreement with what he was saying. It was a lot like his stand-up or the radio show he used to do but a lot more frank – it’s refreshing that he’s not embarrassed to just tell it like it...

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One Day, One Great Actor, One Dodgy Accent

I went to see One Day last night. Having read (and really enjoyed) the book, I was in two minds whether to go see the film or not. Surprisingly, the film was fantastic. They kept it quite true to the book (David Nicholls wrote the screenplay), although trying to fit 20 different years into the same film meant that a lot of the detail of the story was missed. The best part of the film was Jim Sturgess as Dexter – he played the part exactly...

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Now Reading: Jon Richardson – It’s Not Me, It’s You

We Were The Mulvaneys was definitely not one of the best books that I have read recently. The story was good, focusing on the falling apart (and eventual putting back together) of a American family following the events of one night. It just took a long time to get going, and didn’t really capture my attention fully until around 250 pages in (out of about 450 in total). There was a lot of description involved in setting up the story, which...

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Now Reading: Joyce Carol Oates – We Were the Mulvaneys

I was a bit unsure about what to expect from my last book (The Postman Always Rings Twice). The blurb said that it was originally banned in Boston when it was released in the 1930s because it was too erotic and violent. I think I’ve been desensitised by modern films as I didn’t find it too bad. It was violent, but I’ve definitely read worse. The story itself was very interesting, I was just disappointed the book was only 116...

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Now Reading: James M. Cain – The Postman Always Rings Twice

The book I just finished was rather strange, but I quite enjoyed it. It was a collection of short stories written in the 1300s, some a bit stranger than others (The Eaten Heart was the weirdest). My next book, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is part of my ‘successfully made into films’ set. I’ve never watched the film, and although I’ve heard of the book in the past, I don’t really know what it is about, so it...

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Now Reading: Giovanni Boccaccio – The Eaten Heart: Unlikely Tales of Love

I really enjoyed the last book I read (One Day by David Nicholls). The book was set on the same day every year for 20 years, and it was pretty cool that the day just happened to be my birthday (St Swithin’s Day). The ending of the book was a complete surprise (I won’t say why in case I spoil it for you), but it was definitely unexpected. I’m looking forward to the film coming out in the cinema, although I’m 99.9% sure...

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Now Reading: David Nicholls – One Day

First of all, it seems like forever since I started reading the last book, because I haven’t had much time for reading the last few weeks. But even though it’s taken me a while, I loved the book. I always expect auto-biographies to be a bit fake and fluffy, but David Wells definitely wasn’t pulling any punches. Brutally honest about himself, but also about anyone else he didn’t like (I think the Blue Jays took the brunt...

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Now Reading: David Wells – Perfect I’m Not

The autobiography of Joe Torre that I just read was fantastic! I was quite lucky that I had a train journey to London and back on Friday, so I read the entire book in one day. The first part of the book was about his life – his upbringing and the start of his career (his playing days). I didn’t know too much about him before I started reading, but I was interested to learn he had quite a tough childhood, that he almost didn’t...

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