march readings

March 31, 2007

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Nice, clean, crisp classic.  I had a Penquin copy that was published in 1961 and the retail value for this book was 50 cents if you can believe that. 

I am curious as to the location used in this story, it sounds like somewhere north of the Great Wall and Mongolia based on the fact the family travelled south and worked in the small city on the north side of the wall.  There was no mentioning of passing through the wall so I am wondering where along the Great Wall this took place.

My final recommendation : Five out of Five

A Man Named Dave Dave Pelzer

Riveting book, I don’t know which one is more tougher to read, April Fool’s Day or the Pelzer three book series, A Child Called It, The Lost Boy, and A Man Named Daved.  Both are true stories written in the first-person so it is written very well. Better than some of the cheap dime novel authors like Grisham for example.

My Final Recommendation – 4 out of 5 stars

Endurance : Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing

This is a fun read, for those who like to read about insane survival in extreme weather conditions with far from modern-day equipments.

My Final Recommendation – 4 out of 5 stars

The Glass Castle

Very nice read written by the author of the story herself.  Quite entertaining despite the hardship the family endured. 

My final recommendation – 3 out of 5 stars

books in the year 2007

March 10, 2007

This will be my posting for books I have read this year.  In bold will be a description about why or when I am reading it such as in progress, completed, or I have the book but have not started it yet.  See my posting, books in my lifetime for a more comphrensive list. 

  1. The Patron Saint of Red Chevys – Kay Sloan  finished in february
  2. Lisey’s Story – Stephen King  finished in february
  3. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S Clason 2nd reading in progress
  4. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck finished in March 
  5. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship – Jon Meacham  In Progress
  6. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies – Jared Diamond In Progress
  7. Endurancefinished in March
  8. The Glass Castle finished in March
  9. The Bonesetter’s Daugher – finished in April
  10. The Partner – finished in May
  11. A Time of War – finished in May

name this book

February 25, 2007

help! i need to put a name to this book so I can add it to my list. 

I can’t remember the name of this book I read in 9th grade, it was about a pair of friends [boys] who attended a private school.  the plot included a friend suffering a nasty fall by the river, one of the boys going off to war with the winter stormtroopers who skied.  for some reason the private school sounded like it was in CT.  this is a classic book and for the life of me the title escapes me but it seemed to have seasons in the title???

 i am sure one of you out there have read this book.

books in my lifetime

February 21, 2007

updated 2/21/07 [dang list keeps growing] 

I came across a blog listing books to read and thought I create one listing books I have read in my lifetime.  [This is in no particular order as I will expand it as I remember other books over the years as well as future books.]

  1. Lisey’s Story – Stephen King
  2. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
  3. In the Time of Butterflies – Julia Alverez Recommended
  4. The Farming of Bones – Edwidge Danticat Recommended
  5. The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss Recommended
  6. Lorax – Dr. Seuss
  7. Dr. Suess’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book – Dr. Suess
  8. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Suess
  9. Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Dr. Suess
  10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Suess
  11. The Shining – Stephen King Recommended
  12. Cujo – Stephen King Recommended
  13. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  14. The World’s Religions – Huston Smith
  15. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach Recommended
  16. April Fool’s Day – Bryce Courtenay Recommended
  17. Power of One – Bryce Courtenay Recommended
  18. On Writing – Stephen King
  19. The Parable of the Pipeline – Burke Hedges
  20. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason
  21. Desperation – Stephen King
  22. Bags of Bones – Stephen King
  23. The Negative – Ansel Adams
  24. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque Recommended
  25. Night – Elie Wiesel Recommended
  26. My Brother Sam Is Dead – James Lincoln Collier Recommened
  27. An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa – Rick Atkinson
  28. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae – Steven Pressfield Recommended
  29. Angles & Demons – Dan Brown Recommended
  30. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  31. Wolves of Calla – Stephen King
  32. It – Stephen King
  33. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  34. The Stand – Stephen King
  35. The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King
  36. Everything’s Eventual – Stephen King
  37. Song of Susannah – Stephen King
  38. Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman
  39. The Cube: Keep the Secret – Anne Gottlieb & Slobadan D. Pesic Recommended
  40. Pinkerton, Behave! – Steven Kellogg
  41. A Rose for Pinkerton – Steven Kellogg
  42. The Regulators – Stephen King and Richard Bachman
  43. From a Buick 8 – Stephen King Recommended
  44. My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George Recommended
  45. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam – Bernard Edelman
  46. Paddington Bear – Michael Bond
  47. The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant – Jean de Brunhoff
  48. The Travels of Babar – Jean de Brunhoff
  49. Babar the King – Jean de Brunhoff
  50. Seven Firefights in Vietnam – John A. Cash
  51. Riding the Bullet – Stephen King
  52. Flags of Our Fathers – James Bradley 
  53. The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King
  54. Four Past Midnight – Stephen King
  55. Whiteout – Ken Follett
  56. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe Recommended
  57. The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
  58. The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision – James Redfield
  59. On the Road – Jack Kerouac Recommended
  60. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  61. East of Eden – John Steinbeck Recommended
  62. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  63. Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck
  64. Ramona Quimby – Beverly Cleary
  65. Beezus and Ramona – Beverly Cleary
  66. Sphere – Michael Crichton
  67. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
  68. April Morning – Howard Fast  Recommended
  69. Ralph S. Mouse – Beverly Cleary
  70. Runaway Ralph – Beverly Cleary
  71. Ralph and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary Recommended
  72. The Dark Tower – Stephen King
  73. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawkins
  74. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho Recommended
  75. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept – Paulo Coelho
  76. The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliffs #2 – Franklin W. Dixon
  77. The Hardy Boys: The Haunted Ford #44 – Franklin W. Dixon
  78. The Hardy Boys: The Secret of the Caves # 7 – Franklin W. Dixon
  79. The Hardy Boys: Mystery of Smugglers Cove #64 – Franklin W. Dixon
  80. The Hardy Boys: The Shore Road Mystery #6 – Franklin W. Dixon
  81. The Hardy Boys: The Clue in the Embers #35 – Franklin W. Dixon
  82. The Hardy Boys: The Shattered Helmet #52 – Franklin W. Dixon 
  83. The Hardy Boys: The Sinister Signpost #15 – Franklin W. Dixon
  84. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  85. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut Recommended
  86. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kessey Recommended
  87. Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer Recommended
  88. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of Mt. Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer 
  89. Hop on Pop – Dr. Seuss Recommended
  90. Fox in Socks – Dr. Seuss
  91. Horton Hears a Who! – Dr. Seuss
  92. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss
  93. Mutant Message Down Under – Marlo Morgan
  94. In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson Recommended
  95. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream – Hunter S. Thompson Recommended
  96. Shadow Divers – Robert Kurson Recommended
  97. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini Recommended
  98. The Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald
  99. More Adventures of the Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald
  100. The Great Brain at the Academy – John D. Fitzgerald
  101. The Great Brain Reforms – John D. Fitzgerald
  102. The Great Brain Does It Again – John D. Fitzgerald
  103. The Return of the Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald
  104. What’s That Pig Outdoor?: A Memoir of Deafness – Henry Kisor  
  105. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  106. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  107. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  108. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  109. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  110. Deception Point – Dan Brown
  111. Dragon Tears – Dean Koontz
  112. Watchers – Dean Koontz
  113. Mr. Murder – Dean Koontz
  114. The Door to December – Dean Koontz
  115. The Perfect Storm – A True Story of Men Against the Sea – Sebastain Junger
  116. The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island – Linda Greenlaw Recommended
  117. The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey – Linda Greenlaw
  118. Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea – Steven Callahan Recommended
  119. Lonesome Dove –  Larry McMurty
  120. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Bryson
  121. The Call of the Wild – Jack London Recommended
  122. Rich Dad Poor Dad: The Cashflow Quadrant – Robert Kiyosaki
  123. Sales Dog: You Do Not Have to Be an Attack Dog to Be Successful in Sales – Blair Singer & Robert Kiyosaki
  124. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America – Erik Larson
  125. Reef – Nora Roberts
  126. Honest Illusions – Nora Roberts Recommended
  127. The Tin Collectors – Stephen Cannell
  128. Shane – Jack Schaefer Recommended
  129. Hidden Prey – John Sandford
  130. Night Prey – John Sandford
  131. Mind Prey – John Sandford
  132. Secret Prey – John Sandford
  133. The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss – Robert Kiyosaki & Ken McElroy
  134. The Patron Saint of Red Chevys – Kay Sloan
  135. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  136. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  137. Fantanstic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl
  138. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  139. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick
  140. Ahab’s Wife: or the Star-Gazer – Sena Jeter Naslund Recommended
  141. The Brethen – John Grisham
  142. The Last Juror – John Grisham
  143. The Rainmaker – John Grisham
  144. The Pelican Brief – John Grisham
  145. The Client – John Grisham
  146. The Green Mile – Stephen King
  147. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
  148. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King
  149. Shoeless Joe – Ray Kinsella Recommended
  150. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  151. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe Recommended
  152. Tommyknockers – Stephen King
  153. Insomina – Stephen King
  154. The Langoliers – Stephen King
  155. Captain’s Wife – Douglas Kelley
  156. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  157. Galilee – Clive Barker
  158. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
  159. Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah – Lady Chablis
  160. The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living – Terry Felber
  161. Curious George – H. A. Rey
  162. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever – Richard Scarry
  163. The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara Recommended
  164. Alienist – Caleb Carr Recommended
  165. The Angel of Darkness – Caleb Carr
  166. Twillight Eyes – Dean Koontz
  167. A Theif of Time – Tony Hillerman
  168. Skinwalkers – Tony Hillerman
  169. Mafia Princess: Growing up in Sam Giancana’s Family – Antoinette Giancana
  170. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother – James McBride Recommended
  171. A Light in the Attic – Shel Silverstein
  172. Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein
  173. Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
  174. Falling Up – Shel Silverstein
  175. Deadspawn – Brian Lumley
  176. Necroscope II: Vamphyri – Brian Lumley
  177. Necroscope IV: Deadspeak – Brian Lumley
  178. Necroscope III: The Source – Brian Lumley
  179. Necroscope – Brian Lumley
  180. The Last Aerie – Brian Lumley
  181. The Secret of the Unicorn [Adventures of Tintin series]- Herge
  182. Explorers on the Moon [Adventures of Tintin series]- Herge
  183. Red Rackham’s Treasure [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  184. Christine – Stephen King
  185. Thunder Point – Jack Higgins
  186. Eye of the Storm – Jack Higgins
  187. Empire of the Sun – J. G. Ballard
  188. Chess for Dummies – James Eade
  189. Personal Finance for Dummies – Eric Tyson
  190. Marabou Stork Nightmares – Irvine Welsh
  191. Night of the Fox – Jack Higgins
  192. The Eagle Has Flown – Jack Higgins
  193. Storm Warning – Jack Higgins
  194. Jack and Jill – James Patterson
  195. Pop Goes the Weasel – James Patterson
  196. Along Came a Spider – James Patterson
  197. Kiss the Girls – James Patterson
  198. Flight 714 [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  199. The Seven Crystal Balls [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  200. Destination Moon [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  201. The Calculus Affair [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  202. Vineyard Blues: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery – Philip Craig
  203. A Vineyard Killing – Philip Craig 
  204. Tintin in Tibet [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  205. Tintin and the Picaros [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  206. Land of Black Gold [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  207. Prisoners of the Sun [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  208. Tintin in America [Adventures of Tintin series] – Herge
  209. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway Recommended
  210. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  211. Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  212. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy Recommended
  213. The Cost of Living – Arundhati Roy
  214. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  215. The Samurai’s Garden – Gail Tsukiyama
  216. Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson
  217. The Shipping News – Annie Proulx Recommended
  218. The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  219. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, an Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson
  220. Rainbow Six – Tom Clancy
  221. The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy
  222. Red Storm Rising – Tom Clancy
  223. Flight of the Intruder – Stephen Coonts
  224. The Bourne Supremacy – Robert Ludlum
  225. I Heard an Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven
  226. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konigsburg
  227. How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medival Europe – Thomas Cahill Recommended
  228. Needful Things – Stephen King
  229. Dreamcatcher – Stephen King
  230. Gerald’s Game – Stephen King
  231. Night Shift – Stephen King
  232. Pet Sementary – Stephen King
  233. Rose Madder – Stephen King
  234. Storm of the Century – Stephen King Recommended
  235. Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King
  236. Dolores Clairborne – Stephen King
  237. Human, All Too Human – Friedrich Nietzsche
  238. The Twillight of the Idols – Friedrich Nietzsche
  239. Discourse on Method and Meditations – Rene Descartes 
  240. Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  241. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  242. The Last of the Mohonicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  243. A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer
  244. The Lost Boy – Dave Pelzer
  245. Mystic River – Dennis Lehane Recommended
  246. Five Against the Sea – Ron Arias
  247. Survive the Savage Sea – Dougal Robertson
  248. Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  249. Lord of the Flies – Mary Hartley
  250. The Town and The City – Jack Kerouac Recommended
  251. The Red Balloon – Albert Lamorisse Recommended
  252. Clifford the Big Red Dog – Norman Bridwell
  253. The Incredible Journey – Shelia Every Burnford
  254. The 101 Dalmatians – Dodie Smith
  255. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  256. Pippi in the South Seas – Astrid Lindgren
  257. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Ian Fleming
  258. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Ian Fleming
  259. Dance with Wolves – Michael Blake
  260. The Known World – Edward P. Jones
  261. Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
  262. The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub
  263. The Black House – Stephen King and Peter Straub
  264. Eye of the Dragon – Stephen King
  265. The Plains of Passage – Jean M. Arel
  266. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  267. Stones from the River – Ursula Hegi
  268. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  269. A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  270. The Good Earth – Pearl S Buck
  271. Make Way for Ducklings – Robert McCloskey
  272. Homer Price – Robert McCloskey
  273. Blueberry for Sal – Robert McCloskey

To be continued…..

Updated as of 2/21/07

february readings

February 4, 2007

The Patron Saint of Red Chevys by Kay Sloan

I started this book the end of January but should be done by the end of this week.  This is definately a light, easy read to accompany your lunch if you have nothing better to do but read.

It is a surprisingly nice read, I enjoy how smoothly and well written the author penned this novel.  I am not a big fan of heavily worded novels except for Stephen King and we all know how long it takes to read King’s work.  So anytime I get a chance to read something fast and easy, I usually read it for lunch. 

 It takes place in the old south Mississippi of the early 60’s, so far I am about 2/3 of a way through it and I am not quite sure how it will end.  The first 1/3 of it is a nice entertaining read about this girl and her familia.  The second 1/3 of it is about the same girl but all grown up in her college years in Berkely which is very amusing to read. The final 1/3 of this book is a nice complimentary ending to tie in the first 2/3 of this book.

The author’s style reminds me of Jack Kerouac.

My final recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

My all-time favorite author, who has penned many a book that has put me to sleep countless nights over the years, including spell-binding nights where I fall asleep in the wee dawn.  He churned out another gigantic volumne that no doubt will take me a few months to finish reading it as I only have time to read it for an half hour at night in bed.

So far it’s up to his standard of style.  It is not quite riveting yet as I am only in the first 1/4 of the book.  However it is amusing because he chose an author’s wife to be the main character of his story.  I wonder how much his wife enjoyed this book?

This review will be finished when I finish the book…

Finished reading the book last week.  It is definately one of his more cleaner works as it was not too far-fetched or too grossed out for sensitive readers.  I definately would read this book again.

My final recommendation : 4 out of 5 stars