Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Books 28 & 29

I think I lost a book somewhere... took too much time away and forgot what I read!

28/52: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, 3/5 Stars

29/52: Breakable You by Brian Morton, 3.5/5 Stars
It might be unfair to write a review only hours after having finished this book (which only took me a handful of hours to read). I ran through a gamut of ratings while reading... at first, the character development ran too deep, to the point of boredom, but then something suddenly happens and you find yourself reading the next few pages while still thinking about the last few--we all identify with what happened, we've probably lived through it in most cases. But here...

Lives change. What I really like about Morton's work is the streaming conscious and subconscious. It's something that I've attempted dealing with a bit differently. It works here for him and for his characters. There are times when one sentence is the equivalent of several paragraphs, but it works. At the end of the book, I had to ask myself, "What's real? No really, what's real?" The question had nothing to do with what was real in the book, but with what is real in life, morality or materialism. The answer? Perhaps. Both. What should be real?


Book #27 = The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #26 = The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 3/5 Stars
Book #25 = Where the River Ends by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #24 = Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #23 = The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst, 3/5 Stars
Book #22 = When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #21 = The Holy Man by Susan Trott, 4/5 Stars
Book #20 = Shopgirl by Steve Martin, 2/5 Stars
Book #19 = Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, 1/5 Stars
Book #18 = On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 2.5/5 Stars
Book #17 = Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White, 3/5 Stars
Book #16 = The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright, 4/5 Stars
Book #15 = The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #14 = Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss,
Book #13 = Captivate! by Adam Nisenson, 2/5 Stars
Book #12 = Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, 3/5 Stars
Book #11 = Maggie by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #10 = The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin, 3/5 Stars
Book #09 = Duma Key by Stephen King, 2.5.5 Stars

Book #08 = Every Woman Has a Story by
Daryl Ott Underhill, 2/5 Stars
Book #07 = Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin, 3/5 Stars
Book #06 = Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum, 4/5 Stars
Book #05 = The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt, 1/5 Stars
Book #04 = The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, 2/5 Stars
Book #03 = Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour, 3/5 Stars
Book #02 = The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, 3/5 Stars

Book #01 = Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, 3/5 Stars

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