• Books

    The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

    Every so often, if you are lucky, you will be introduced to a book that will resonate with you like the timeless works of J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee and S.E. Hinton. The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel is a novel that should be assigned and studied in literature classes. Professors would praise it for its depth and sensitive subjects. Students would read it cover to cover and be forever changed by the story of Fielding Bliss and his friend Sal.

    Synopsis: During the summer of 1984 in Breathed, Ohio, a boy named Sal appears out of nowhere, claiming to be the devil. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, befriends him and brings him home where he is taken in as a new member of the family. After all, Fielding’s father is the reason why the so-called fallen angel came to the town in the first place. Sal was thought of as an odd boy for identifying himself as the Prince of Darkness. Everyone thought that he was just a runaway from a nearby farm town. When strange accidents start to occur with the unbearable heat of the summer and an old man’s obsession with prosecuting the boy, the people in this small town begin to believe that Sal is indeed the devil. Tension rises as Breathed is overtaken by irrationality, leading to irreparable consequences.

    McDaniel’s debut novel left me with all kinds of emotions, from happiness to heartbreak, from beginning to end. It explored themes such as innocence, love, loss, homosexuality, prejudice, racism, the stupidity of the mass, propaganda…Each character brought something to the story and made it complete, even the antagonist. Why would (or could) anyone empathize with the villain? And yet, each character’s past defined who they became and the reason behind their actions.

    There are many passages in the book that simply cannot be forgotten or ignored. They make you think but most of all, feel.

    “People always ask, Why does God allow suffering? Why does He allow a child to be beaten? A woman to cry? A holocaust to happen? A good dog to die painfully? Simple truth is, He wants to see for Himself what we’ll do. He’s stood up the candle, put the devil at the wick, and now He wants to see if we blow it out or let it burn down. God is suffering’s biggest spectator.” (Chapter 9)

    “One day I said Mary and then I said something else, I know I did, but ended it all with a me. She thought I’d said marry me. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that wasn’t what was said at all. She was just so excited. I thought, hell, this girl really wants to marry me. Why not give it a try? Maybe her love would be enough to paradise the hell. But then I realized, I couldn’t use her like that. Like a shield in the fray. She deserved to marry a man who loved her for all the things she was and not for all the armour she could be.” (Chapter 13)

    “You know why I love the sky, Fielding? Because it makes everyone short. There isn’t a man tall enough to ever look down on the sky. The sky makes everyone look up, and in that, it makes everyone me.” (Chapter 20)

    The author had asked me to review her novel last summer and provided me with an electronic copy. Though it took me several months to read it, I would have done so in a single sitting if it wasn’t for work, school, more work and other distractions. I simply adore this book and cannot help but talk about it to everyone that ask me for a recommendation. Not only did I vote for McDaniel’s novel for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards, I also cast my vote for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. When I finished reading it on my Kindle, I bought myself a hardcopy so that I could hug it better (and I’m not even kidding! I physically hug my books.)

    Quite frankly even though my TBR list is getting longer and longer, I want to read The Summer that Melted Everything again just to relive the beautiful writing of McDaniel and the story of Fielding and Sal.

    “The Summer that Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel
    Publication date: July 26, 2016
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
    Pages: 320
    Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Books

    The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

    Who hasn’t fallen in complete adoration of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield when he began sharing images and videos on social media from…space? He gained popularity in 2013 by taking pictures of Earth as seen from his space station and chronicling his journey during Expedition 35. Not only is he a respectable space hero, but he’s also a talented musician and author of three books. One of them is The Darkest Dark.

    Synopsis: This children’s book tells the story of a little boy named Chris who lives on Stag Island, Ontario, with his parents and the most adorable pug (as seen from the illustrations). He goes on imaginary missions into space with his furry best friend and dreams of becoming an astronaut one day. As brave and adventurous that he is, when night comes, he’s afraid of the aliens that emerge from the shadows in his bedroom. Did Chris conquer his fears?

    One thing that I love about children’s books is that they tell meaningful stories in only a few pages. And of course, having beautiful illustrations to complement the story is a bonus. “The Darkest Dark” is about achieving our dreams and to find courage to surpass any obstacles that come in our way. It’s inspiring to young children as well as the grownups that read the story to them. I absolutely recommend having this book in any children’s personal library, both boys and girls! Who knows, maybe they will become the next great space explorer.

    The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield
    Publication date: September 10, 2016
    Publisher: Tundra
    Pages: 48
    Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Books,  Movies

    The Books of Oscars 2017

    It’s Oscars Weekend! Whether you tune into this awards night religiously every year or simply see the highlights on the internet the next morning, it’s THE biggest event of the year in the movie industry. Other than seeing the A-listers, what they are wearing and of course, the opening monologue, what I’m usually most excited about is to see which movie adaptations of books made the cut.

    For the 89th Academy Awards, 5 movies out of the 9 nominatees for Best Picture are adapted screenplays. You know what they say…never judge a book by its movie but sometimes, they actually get it right.

    “Stories of Your Life” by Ted Chiang (Arrival)

    When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team, lead by expert linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind is on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers. To find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

    “Fences” by August Wilson (Fences)

    Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

    “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures)

    A group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” helped launch rockets, and astronauts, into space in the 1960s. This book tells the true stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. These four African-American women lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and still, their work changed the face of NASA.

    “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley (Lion)

    Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

    “Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)

    An unpublished semi-autobiographical play, Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, better known as Moonlight, “presents three stages in the life of the main character, Chiron. It explores the difficulties he faces with his own sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he receives as a result of it.

    Many other movies based on books were also nominated but under different categories:

    Actor in a supporting role
    Tony and Susan by Austin Wright (Nocturnal Animals)

    Actress in a leading role
    Oh…by Philippe Djian (Elle)

    Animated featured film
    Autobiographie d’une Courgette by Gilles Paris (My Life as a Courgette)

    Cinematography
    Silence by Shūsaku Endō (Silence)

    Costume design and Production design
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (J.K. Rowling)

    Foreign language film
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    Short film (animated)
    Blind Vaysha by Georgi Gospodinov

    Sound editing and Visual effects
    Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul (Deepwater Horizon)

    Sound editing
    Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow (Sully)

    Sound mixing
    13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff (13 hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi)

    Visual effects
    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book)

     

    What do you think about this year’s nominated books-to-movies?

  • Books

    Gilmore Girls: The Reading List

    gilmore_girls_netflix_posterIt’s unimaginable to think that it has been 16 years since we first fell in love with this TV mother/daughter coffee addict duo. 16 years! Needless to say when Netflix announced the revival of Gilmore Girls, the fans rejoiced. What will these two ladies be up to in this new mini-series?

    I’m personally excited to see which books we will see Rory read. Throughout the 7 seasons of the original show, she read…a lot. I was able to find her complete reading list. Brace yourselves! It’s a long one. I can already cross off a few but I still have a long way to go to complete this reading challenge.

    How about you? How many of the following books have you read?

    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix on Friday, November 25, 2016…wait…IT’S TODAY!

    *xXx*

    1. 1984 by George Orwell
    2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
    5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
    6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
    7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
    10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
    11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
    12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
    14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
    15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
    17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
    18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
    19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
    23. The Bhagava Gita
    24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
    25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
    26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
    27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
    29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
    30. Candide by Voltaire
    31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
    32. Carrie by Stephen King
    33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
    37. Christine by Stephen King
    38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
    41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
    42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
    43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
    44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
    45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
    46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
    49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
    51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    52. Cujo by Stephen King
    53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
    55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
    56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
    58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
    59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    61. Deenie by Judy Blume
    62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
    63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
    64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
    65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
    66. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
    68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
    69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
    70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
    71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
    73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
    74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
    75. Emma by Jane Austen
    76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
    77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
    78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    79. Ethics by Spinoza
    80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
    81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
    82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
    83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
    84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
    86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
    87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
    88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
    89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
    90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
    91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
    92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
    93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
    94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
    96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
    99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
    100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
    101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
    102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
    103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
    104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
    105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
    106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
    107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
    109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
    111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
    112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
    113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
    117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
    119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
    121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
    123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
    124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
    125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
    126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
    127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
    128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
    129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
    130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
    131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
    133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
    134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
    135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
    136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
    137. The Iliad by Homer
    138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
    139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    140. Inferno by Dante
    141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
    142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
    143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
    144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
    148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
    149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
    150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
    151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
    152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
    154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
    155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
    157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
    158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
    159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
    160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
    162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
    163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
    164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
    166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
    168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
    170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
    173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
    174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
    175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
    176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
    177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
    179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
    180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
    181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
    182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
    184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
    186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
    187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
    188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
    189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
    190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
    191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
    193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
    194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
    195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
    196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
    197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
    199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
    202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
    203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
    204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
    205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
    206. Night by Elie Wiesel
    207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
    209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
    210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
    211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
    213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
    217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
    218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    219. Othello by Shakespeare
    220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
    221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
    222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
    223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
    224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
    226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
    228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
    230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
    231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
    232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
    233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
    234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
    235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
    236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    237. Property by Valerie Martin
    238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
    239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
    240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
    241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
    242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
    243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
    244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
    245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
    246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
    248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
    249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
    250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
    251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
    252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
    253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
    254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
    255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
    257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
    258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
    259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
    260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
    261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
    262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
    263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
    264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
    265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
    267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
    268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
    270. Selected Hotels of Europe
    271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
    272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
    275. Sexus by Henry Miller
    276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
    278. The Shining by Stephen King
    279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
    281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
    283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
    284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
    285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
    286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
    287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
    288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
    289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
    290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
    291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
    293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
    295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
    296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
    297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
    298. Stuart Little by E. B. White
    299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
    301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
    302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
    303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
    306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
    307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
    309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
    311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
    314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
    315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    316. Ulysses by James Joyce
    317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
    318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    319. Unless by Carol Shields
    320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
    321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
    322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
    323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
    324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
    325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
    328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
    330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
    331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
    332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
    333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
    334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
    335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
    336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
    337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
    339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

    Source: http://goingdownswinging.org.au/category/the-rory-gilmore-reading-challenge/

  • Books

    Kindle Oasis: A Review

    Kindle Oasis“Welcome to the 21st century!” That’s how everyone responded when I told them I finally decided to get myself a Kindle Oasis. I think I resisted the idea of an e-reader for as long as I could because I just love the feeling of holding a book in my hands, the texture of its cover underneath my finger tips and the smell of the pages that swallow you whole in an unexpected and unforgettable journey. I felt like I would be betraying my love for hard copies if I went electronic.

    So why the sudden change of heart? Why opt for an impersonal piece of technology instead? Aside from the lack of shelf space as I acquire more books day by day, I scream in terror (internally) when the corner of a book gets folded accidentally in my handbag or gets wet by sudden rain. An e-reader would solve most of my problems.

    The Good

    – It can contain thousands of books without taking more than 5.6″ x 4.8″ x 0.13-0.33″ of space.
    – It easily fits in a purse.
    – It weighs practically nothing at 131 g. Sure I can read on the Kindle app on my iPhone but it’s too small.
    – Its light weight makes it comfortable to hold with one hand and to read for a longer period of time without a tired wrist.
    – Definitions can be easily looked up when connected to Wi-Fi.
    – E-books can be purchased instantly at a lower price compared to hard copies.
    – It syncs with all devices with the Kindle app.
    – Long battery life.
    – Turning pages is made easy at a click of a button or gentle touch on the screen.
    – NO MORE DAMAGED BOOKS! (Though scratches on the device can equally make me cringe.)

    The Bad

    – Monochrome. The artwork of the book covers can only be enjoyed in black and white on Kindle devices unlike its app for smartphones, tablets and PC/Mac.
    – The highlighting feature is not as precise as on a smartphone or tablet.
    – There is a small delay when the screen “wakes up.”

    New Love?

    After a month of reading on my Kindle Oasis everyday, I can positively say that I do not regret this investment. I still struggle when trying to highlight certain passages; either I’m unable to select all the text I want or too much is selected. However, it doesn’t ruin my whole experience. It’s so much more practical to carry it around. It’s light and doesn’t take too much space in my handbag. Sometimes, I even forget that I have it with me. On top of everything great about this gadget, the Kindle Oasis in particular comes with a charging cover which makes the battery life last even longer.

    So far, I reserve e-book reading time when I’m not home and the good ol’ hard copy for before bedtime. I will still buy hard copies but only when they are worth it. That way, I won’t look too much like a book hoarder with piles of books everywhere. :P

    Do you prefer reading a physical book or did e-readers steal your heart?