SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50_in_09,

Books 53 & 54

This is the most books I've read in a year since I started posting to the 50_in_xx communities, and I think I'll finish at least two more before the month is out.

Book #53 was "Every Which Way but Dead" by Kim Harrison. It's the third in her "Hollows" series. They're brain candy, but as books on CD are great for long road trips. The author has some phrases she repeats WAY too often, and it's a little distracting, but overall, these are fun.

Book #54 was "Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass." These are short novellas, so I'm combining them into one item. It's funny how you may THINK you know the Alice books from movie adaptations, but there's a lot in the original novellas- especially "Looking Glass" that almost never make it into adaptations. I'd read both of these as a preteen, but it was fun to listen to them (as books on CD) again as an adult. These did, however, show up the pros and cons of getting free books on CD from The reader who did almost all of "Wonderland" was terrific- a British guy named Peter Yearsley who has a melodious voice and even sings the songs in the book. "Looking Glass" had a different reader for every chapter, and some were much better than others. Thick accents are tough to get past for books on CD, and some people read in a monotone that about puts you to sleep. Still, overall, I had fun with these.

1. King Solomon's Mines [fiction]- H. Rider Haggard (unabridged book on CD)
2. The Private Life of Plants [non-fiction]- David Attenborough
3. Anna Karenina [fiction]- Leo Tolstoy
4. The Forever War [fiction]- Joe Haldeman
5. Negotiating with the Dead: A writer on writing [non-fiction]- Margaret Atwood
6. Best of Technology Writing 2007 [non-fiction]- ed. Steven Levy
7. July's People [fiction]- Nadine Gordimer
8. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005 [non-fiction]- various authors, ed. Jonathan Weiner
9. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes [fiction/short stories]- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang [fiction]- Joyce Carol Oates
11. Dead Witch Walking [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged book on CD)
12. The Mineral Palace [fiction]- Heidi Julavits
13. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries [non-fiction]- Neil deGrasse Tyson
14. Titan [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD).
15. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight [non-fiction]- Linda Bacon Ph.D
16. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay [fiction]- Michael Chabon
17. The Return of Sherlock Holmes [fiction]- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
18. Stardance [fiction]- Spider and Jeanne Robinson
19. Indian Killer [fiction]- Sherman Alexie
20. Between, Georgia [fiction]- Joshilyn Jackson
21. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother [non-fiction]- James McBride
22. The Art of Happiness: A handbook for living [non-fiction]- Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
23. Wizard [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD)
24. Middlesex [fiction]- Jeffrey Eugenides (unabridged book on CD)
25. The Twentieth Century: A People's History [non-fiction]- Howard Zinn
26. Little Brother [fiction]- Cory Doctorow
27. Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand [fiction]- Samuel R. Delany
28. The Bingo Palace [fiction]- Louise Erdrich
29. Broken Angels [fiction]- Richard K. Morgan (unabridged book on CD)
30. Futureland [fiction/short stories]- Walter Mosley
31. The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano [non-fiction/memoir] - Olaudah Equiano
32. Daughter of Fortune [fiction]- Isabel Allende
33. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power [non-fiction]- Jeff Sharlet
34. Rabit, Run [fiction]- John Updike
35. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness [non-fiction]- Karen Armstrong
36. Demon [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD)
37. A Fire Upon the Deep [fiction]- Vernor Vinge

38. Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies [non-fiction]- Charlene Li and Josh BernoffBook 39. Kingdom of Cages [fiction]- Sarah Zettel
40. The Reader [fiction]- Bernhard Schlink (unabridged book on CD)
41. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl [non-fiction]- Timothy Egan (unabridged book on CD)
42. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain [non-fiction]- Maryanne Wolf
43. The Franchise Affair [fiction]- Josephine Tey
44. Me and the Fat Man [fiction]- Julie Myerson
45. The Gate to Women's Country [fiction]- Sheri Tepper
46. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged book on CD)

47. The Other [fiction]- Thomas Tryon
48. Towelhead [fiction]- Alicia Erian
49. Dry [non-fiction/memoir]- Augusten Burroughs
50. A Confederacy of Dunces [fiction]- John Kennedy Toole (unabridged book on CD)
51. A Stabbing For Sadie [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
52. Half of a Yellow Sun [fiction]- Chimamanda Adichie. 
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