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33. “The Road,” Cormac McCarthy

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

A father must protect his son as they try to scrape together a life in this sparse post-apocalyptic tale.

I think it is pretty well established that I get a little too involved with dystopic novels and might sometimes get confused about whether or not they are really happening. But I read most of this book in the cold on my front stoop while I was locked out of my house and smoking to keep warm, and, yeah, I kept thinking I was the only person carrying the fire. Even as parents with toddlers and small dogs strolled past me.

Page count: 287
Total pages: 10,452

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28. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” JK Rowling

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Page count: 652
Page total: 9,340

27. “Hary Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” JK Rowling

September 9, 2011 9 comments

It’s sort of weird how Umbridge disappears for like half the book? And is it just me, or does Harry get less insufferable after she makes him do lines?

Page count: 870
Page total: 8,688

26. “The Uglies,” Scott Westerfield

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

It Tally’s world, everyone becomes pretty on their sixteenth birthday, and are whisked away from the ugliness in which they have grown up to become self-assured Pretties. SHOCKINGLY, this might not be the best thing and doesn’t erase the pain of being ugly, just turns it into a disease.

Tally can’t wait for her birthday to take away the burden of her squinty eyes and frizzy hair, and to reunite her with her best friend, Peris, who turned pretty two months before her. When she meets Shay, a fellow ugly with the same birth date as her, Tally is happy to have someone to pass her last few months of ugliness with. But when Shay reveals that she is running away rather than be made surgically pretty, Tally is torn between her community, the desire to be pretty, and the urge to protect her new friend.

Page count: 402
Page total: 7,618

25. “The Magicians,” Lev Grossman

August 23, 2011 1 comment

Think “Chronicals of Narnia” with cynicism and self-hatred instead of Christianity.

Page count: 402
Page total: 7,618

19. “Spider Bones,” Kathy Reichs

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t know why I keep reading these books. The prose style does nothing for me, and the Temperance Brennen of these books is nothing like those of the television show.

Page count: 302
Page total: 5,386

18. “The Number One Lady’s Detective Agency,” Alexander McCall Smith

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Page count: 235
Page total: 5,084