Monday, June 14, 2010

52 books in 52 weeks: a mandatory mid-way update

I'm happy to report that this challenge is still in full swing. With a bit of a push and a couple of shorter books thrown in, it might just be achievable. By the end of 2010, that is. Here we are mid-June already. Already, mid-June you say? I hear you.

At this point, half way into the year, I should be in or around book 26, right? Wrong. Ok, the number 26 is fine, but where I am on the list isn't so close to 26. Try 18. I know! I'm only at 18. What gives? Well, a couple of 500+ pagers to start. Those set me back a couple weeks for sure. It's seems that since the cruise in March I got behind and haven't really caught up. Have no fear, I tell myself, the summer is here so I'll be able to find some more time to sneak away with books. That's the plan, anyway.

When I last posted about this bloody book challenge I was in the process of choosing book #15. Here is an update of what I have been reading since that post.
15 - The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe
16 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
17 - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The funny thing is that all three of these books have been made into movies and I haven't seen one of them. After reading each I would love to now go and track them down. Maybe I'll save that for January - when it's cold and dark and the challenge is through. It's fair to say I enjoyed each one thoroughly. I would recommend them to anybody. Hey, anyone read The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? OMG. Go buy it and read it. To read a book dictated letter by letter through the flick of an eyelash is a thing of beauty alone. That's all I will say.

As always, I'm looking for recommendations, so feel free to leave them in the comments. Happy Summer Reading, kids!


1 comment:

serenity said...

saw the movie of the diving bell and the butterfly (very cool) but have read none of the above. go team reading monster =P


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