Tuesday, January 02, 2007

 

The Year Has Come To A Close


Okay, i'm not sure i'll find a cool picture...maybe. i know it's already the second, but i was unable to post until just today. what a fun year! i'm actually sad to be finished this project. No no, this herculean task hasn't made me swear off reading, but it was just fun to let everyone know what i think. well, i guess nothing prevents me from doing that normally. but you know what i mean. this was a great way for me to think about and sometimes evaluate what i read. anyhoo, let me tell you my favorite five books of the year:
In a Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson (Book 16)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Book 5)
Eaters of the Dead (Book 12)
The Seville Communion (Book 40)
East of Eden (Book 24)
i discovered bill bryson this year, as well as john steinbeck. i did read a lot of silly mysteries and such in order to get more accomplished, but i do enjoy the mindless read. sadly, i didn't reach 100, and not even 80, but by reading 79 books this year i made it through 1.52 books per week this year. i did read through the entire bible this year, however i don't count that since i've done that before. i am looking forward to reading through some old favorites as well, such as the lord of the rings, harry potter and dracula. i'm also excited about tackling some hard books, such as the brothers karamazov and beginning the harry potter series in german (it took me 20 minutes to get through a few pages, so it's a good thing i've waited). thanks to everyone who has faithfully read this, and to super anne for inviting me to join her. i hope that this has inspired more people to read!

 

Book 79: Perfume


this was a good book. weird, but good. sadly, i couldn't read it in the original, german, which is the only other language i know. oh well. this is the story of a young man, jean baptiste grenouille (or something french) who has the best nose in the world. he was born amid poverty and squalor in 18th century paris and has no scent of his own. but he can smell miles away, distinguish thousands of odors and aromas and can create the most fabulous perfumes. he rises from orphan to errand boy for a tanner to the secret behind paris' most famous perfume house. this doesn't satisfy him and he goes on a quest to acquire his own scent and to create something so heavenly that all people will love him. he has never experienced anything like tenderness or belonging, due to the fact that he has no odor. it's strange and people wouldn't say that's the reason they are driven from him, but it's the reason that he has lacked human companionship his whole life. in the pursuit of scent he realizes that beautiful young women who are just on the verge of womanhood have a particular scent. so he becomes a murderer in order to preserve their odor and create perfume. it's actually not as creepy as it sounds, and yet it is pretty creepy. i would recommend this book!

Monday, January 01, 2007

 

Closing Thoughts



What a year! I have had fun keeping track of all the books I've read and keeping all my faithful blog readers updated on my book reading. I want to thank all of you who have been reading my blog, giving suggestions and reading the books I've read. I would also like to thank my co-blogger Venus the Reader for undertaking this adventure with me and keeping me reading.

I would like to sum up the year by first listing my favorite books that I've read this year. I couldn't rank them so I'm just going to put them in the order I read them in. So, here they are...
#3: Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
#11: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
#36: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
#37: When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper
#41: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
#49: Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner
#54: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
#58: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
If you're looking for a book to read and still haven't read any of these, put them on your list.

Some of you may be wondering what my reading goals for 2007 are so I thought I'd fill you in on those too. I don't think I'm going to worry about counting at all because I want to read some more classics (and I always read those slower). I'm not sure which classics I'm going to read but feel free to give me some ideas. I also want to reread some of my favorite books like Gone with the Wind and the Lord of the Rings books.

My final thought has to do with the best book I've ever read in my life, the Bible. I didn't read the whole Bible this year so I couldn't blog about it but I try to spend some time reading it everyday. I've never been more challenged, encouraged, and satisfied by a book in my life. Here's a verse that I love from the Bible that sums up what God's word, the Bible, is to me...

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." ~Hebrews 4:12

No other book in the world is as good as the Bible!

Thanks for reading this blog and have a great 2007!!!



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