Read in January

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1. Shortcomings, by Adrian Tomine
2. Girl Culture, by Lauren Greenfield
3. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
4. Life Sucks, by Jessica Abel, Warren Pleece, and Gabe Soria
5. The Beforelife, by Franz Wright
6. That Was Then..., by Melody Carlson
7. A Not-So-Simple Life, by Melody Carlson
8. Boy Proof, by Cecil Castellucci
9. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, by Peter Cameron
10. Sock Monkey: The Glass Doorknob, by Tony Millionaire
11. Vegan Virgin Valentine, by Carolyn Mackler
12. Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


Bambola 2/01/2009 8:08 PM  

Far out!! *hehe sock monkey*

Did you enjoy reading them all??

Bambola x

amanda 2/01/2009 9:26 PM  

i read boy proof a few years ago.. i'm pretty sure i liked it (ie i don't remember hating it, haha). what did you think of it?

which was your favourite?

cuileann 2/01/2009 9:44 PM  

Bambola, the Sock Monkey book was actually a serious crock (imo). Either a work of truly subtle genius, or a book about nothing, as far as I can tell. I enjoyed all of them but that one and numbers 1, 6, and 11, which weren't bad, just kind of meh.

Amanda - I did like it; I didn't immediately but once I gave the protagonist a chance and got to know her better I did. Quite, in fact. It made me want to be as movie savvy as her. Favorites: Girl Culture (AMAZING photo book) and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. But hard call.

amanda 2/01/2009 9:58 PM  

the girl culture one sounds awesome. the other one sounds interesting too, but they compared it to catcher in the rye & i really didn't think much of that at all :S have you read it?

cuileann 2/01/2009 10:12 PM  

Yes, I have read Catcher. The basic subject matter is very similar--disillusioned, depressed teenaged boy--but 1) I think James has a fairly different personality and provides livelier, more interesting narration than Holden, and 2) there are some great secondary characters who lift us out of his head from time to time so we don't get sick of him, and who keep the story from getting hopeless. I would definitely give it its own chance.

amanda 2/01/2009 11:24 PM  

cool, i may have to check it out :)

you are so much more intellectual & concise in saying why a book is good/different. i am just like OMG SO GOOD YOU HAVE TO READ *shoves book* haha.

cuileann 2/02/2009 12:34 AM  

Ha! Yeah, that's my preferred tactic in real life. Online, though, where it seems like there's someone recommending a book every time you turn around, I don't think it works as well, sadly...

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