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Books in 2009
I did such a good job of tracking my books in 2008, but then totally stopped with the new year! Partly because life got so crazy, partly because I really haven't managed to read much, and partly because I got out of the habit.

However, since I haven't managed to read much recently, I think I can remember all or most of them. Let me try.

4. A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson -- The story of BB's effort to tackle the Appalachian Trail. Another fun read, he has a good sense of humor and way with words, plus he draws you into his daily life and thoughts.

3. In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson -- Sort of a travel book, sort of a comedy, this is a book detailing BB's explorations of Australia. It reinforced my desire to go there someday, and it was fun to read. His description of cricket made me laugh.

"Imagine a form of baseball in which the pitcher, after each delivery, collects the ball from the catcher and walks slowly with it to center field; and that there, after a minute's pause to collect himself, he turns and runs full tilt toward the pitcher's mound before hurling the ball at the ankles of a man who stands before him wearing a riding hat, heavy gloves of the sort used to to handle radio-active isotopes, and a mattress strapped to each leg. Imagine moreover that if this batsman fails to hit the ball in a way that heartens him sufficiently to try to waddle forty feet with mattress's strapped to his legs, he is under no formal compunction to run; he may stand there all day, and, as a rule, does. If by some miracle he is coaxed into making a misstroke that leads to his being put out, all the fielders throw up their arms in triumph and have a hug. Then tea is called and every one retires happily to a distant pavilion to fortify for the next siege. Now imagine all this going on for so long that by the time the match concludes autumn has crept in and all your library books are overdue. There you have cricket."

2. The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay - This was better than #1. Much better story, with interesting characters, although it was such an epic saga that I would be hard-pressed to give a one-line description of the plot. I think his writing would be more interesting if I knew history better, as his "fantasy" novels mirror and takes details from our own world history.

1.5 The Sword of Shananara, by Terry Brooks - I picked this up looking for brain candy. It's odd, this was a book I liked a whole lot in high school, but just didn't really get back into it this time. I haven't finished it, although I may still do so.

1. Last Light of the Sun, by Guy Gavriel Kay - I liked the ending of this book, but it started slowly. It really took me until about halfway through before it caught my interest.

Is that all so far? Perhaps I forgot one or two, but it's pretty close... That's pretty sad. Hopefully my life has slowed down enough recently that I can get back into reading again. Things have been so complicated and busy recently!


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aiela From: aiela Date: May 21st, 2009 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're interested in more Bill Bryson, we have a ton of them.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: May 21st, 2009 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Terry Brooks?

*runs screaming*
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: May 21st, 2009 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
2. The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay

I enjoyed this book immensely. The plot was convoluted but very well written IMO.

pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: May 21st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Some of the other Terry Brooks books are at least not so obvious Lord Of The Rings rip-offs, if you're finding The Sword of Shanara tiresome.
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greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: May 21st, 2009 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That's interesting. I read The Sword of Shananara in high school and liked it then too. I wonder if I would like it now.
From: tonycaselli Date: May 21st, 2009 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
As a huge baseball fan, I have to say: Oh my God, that description of Cricket is HILARIOUS!! I hope you don't mind, I'm going to steal it and re-post it! :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 21st, 2009 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
That's perfectly all right, glad you enjoyed it! Definitely read the book, he goes on for quite a bit longer about cricket, and the rest of the book is fun too.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 21st, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you read "Years of Rice and Salt?" I forget.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 8th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
No. Should I?
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 8th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Its a good book that depicts a world without European civilization and you used to own your own copy too.
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