Wednesday, November 24, 2010

31/52: Twilight

31/52: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, 3/5 Stars
I sit atop a fence post on this one. On one side, I see the author's intent to write from the perspective of a teen, which accounts for the simple nature of the writing. Inside the head of a teen girl, no less, there is much to get exhausted about. On the other side, more difficult words were thrown in randomly that broke the simple nature of the verse, and that was bothersome, as if the author was looking to up the reading level or purposefully teach the reader new words--we want to stay in the world she's created, not grab a dictionary or computer to look up these rarely used words. I think the book is meant for the mass market and not the critical reader, so it doesn't score too highly in my personal ledger, but I see how telling a simple story can elicit great fan fare. I mean... I did read it in less than 24 hours.


Book #30 = The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, 2.5/5 Stars
Book #29 = Breakable You by Brian Morton, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #28 = Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belski, 3/5 Stars
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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