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Challenge; Read 50 books in 2010

5 / 50 books. 10% done!
Currently Reading:The Woman Who Rides Like a Man: Tamora Pierce

★★★★★ - Fantastic novel. Very highly recommended.
★★★★☆ - Very good novel. Held my interest.
★★★☆☆ - A bad story that held my interest or a good story that didn't hold my interest.
★★☆☆☆ - Didn't hold my interest or was poorly written.
★☆☆☆☆ - Why did I even waste my time? Biggest waste of publishing money ever!

1. Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent
Began: 12.29.2009
Finished: 01.10.2010
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Thoughts: Overall a good read, and a good glimpse at what it's like inside some of the psychiatric hospitals in the US. However, the author tended to sound very high and mighty about her own illness. She suffers from depression but is quick to point out that she's not as *annoyingly* depressed as everyone else. Her stance on psychiatric drugs is sort of shoved down your throat over and over again. We're always reminded how awful these meds are, while also blaming the turnaround rate on the lack of availability of these drugs to the mentally ill that are homeless. The sampling of hospitals is small, but she does go to hospitals on both end of the spectrum. In the end you're left wondering whether universal healthcare would help at all, since the hospitals taking care of those on medicare and medicaid seem to be such awful places.

2. Survivors by Terry Nation
Began: 01.06.2010
Finished: 01.11.2010
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Thoughts: I'm a bit bias since I watched the show before reading the book. The characters were very stereotypical, and not very diverse. The main character starts out as a pampered upper-middle class housewife, who quickly becomes a leader of her own commune. Though she believes her son is still alive, she doesn't spend a lot of time looking for, or even thinking about him. It was a quick read, but it had a hard time keeping my interest. The show fleshes out the characters and gives a bit more background on the plague that wipes out most of the planet.

3. Am I Bovvered? The Catherine Tate Show Scripts by Catherine Tate
Began: 01.09.2010
Finished: 01.10.2010
Rating: ★★★★☆
Thoughts: Just a collection of scripts from the Catherine Tate show. None of the Children in Need sketches are included, but I believe all the others are there. If you're a big fan of the show it's a neat thing to own, and you can find it pretty cheap on amazon marketplace (I got it for $4 including shipping).

4. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Began: 01.25.2010
Finished: 01.25.2010
Rating: ★★★★★
Thoughts: ADORED this book! toasterssaymoo recommended it ages ago but I never got around to reading it. It's a quick young-adult read with the typical plucky female heroine. But I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I ended up reading it straight through, and immediately picked up the second book after. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I can't believe I haven't heard of Tamora Pierce before!

5. Alanna: In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Began: 01.25.2010
Finished: 01.27.2010
Rating: ★★★★★
Thoughts: Loved this one too :-) It didn't take long to get hooked on the main character, and once again it's a quick read. If I could change one thing about this book, it would be a little longer.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Recommendation for you: Soulless by Gail Carriger.
Feb. 5th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I just looked that up and LOL it sounds like fun XD thanks!
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
It is awesome!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
wow that's a real challenge. 50 books a year!
Feb. 5th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I *think* I can do it. I certainly own enough books to do it :-P If not, at least I'll have read some good books, and it gives me something to do with my time.
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
my Dad reads about 4 books a week, it'd be an easy task for him if he knew about this challenge^^
Yup, hope you can do it! The more interesting the book is the quicker we read it ;)
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
My mom does that. I think it helps that the school she works at has 20 minutes a day of silent reading.

Exactly ^_^
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