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
Up The Down Staircase
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!