Friday, March 19, 2010

This Week's Lists

What I Read:

Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates - a solid 1/5 stars. I really, really hated it and if it hadn't been the easiest read ever I probably wouldn't have finished.

Voices from S-21:Terror and History In Pol Pot's Secret Prison - 3/5. A hard read, very dry, but something I knew nothing about, so very informative. I'm really trying to teach myself more about contemporary history and this book taught me a lot about Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, but I feel like I would have understood more if I had known more of the country's history before I started.

New Times In The Old South - 3/5. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Fairly generic Southern humor, and certainly not the best there is out there. I consider myself a connoiseur of Southern humor, and with all the hilarious books out there I probably wouldn't recommend this one unless, like me, you are the person who reads them all.

What I Bought:
100 Most Infamous Criminal Cases (for the school)
Best American Short Stories '91, '94, '95
Best American Short Stories of the Century
Best American Non-Required Reading 2001
The Thorn of Lion CityIt Was A Dark and Stormy Night: The Best (?) From the Bulwer-Lytton Contest
Chocolat
Up The Down Staircase
Heartburn
Anil's Ghost
Ellen Foster
The Alienist
On The Street Where You Live
The Last Summer (of You and Me)
The Safety of Objects
While I Was Gone
Paper Towns
When the Emperor Was Divine
Emotionally Weird
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Under the Tuscan Sun
Mysteries of the Unexplained
Sex Lives of Cannibals
The Literary Cat
I Hate Other People's Kids
Total cost: $42

I've had something of a bad week and since I'm on a diet, I binged on books instead of chocolate.

Don't forget my contest is still going on - check out the post below to enter!

1 comment:

  1. So glad to see you say you disliked something by Joyce Carol Oates. I loved We Were the Mulvaneys, but anything else I pick up by her is terrible -- and feeling that way makes me feel decidedly un-literary (thus, I like it that you join me in my feeling about one of her books).

    LOVE Ellen Foster & all of Kaye Gibbons. HATED The Last Summer (of You and Me), despite liking the Traveling Pants series. Will look forward to what you think of your new purchases!

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