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To-Read Book List

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Same idea as my To-Watch Movie List, here's my To-Read Book List:

Dream of the Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin — I've actually read this one (an English translation), but it was a long time ago. I wanted to read it again. My parents have the 3-volume original, unabridged Chinese version.

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett — on its way from bellajellybean, THANKYOU!!! =)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling — review. I still have the Chinese versions of Book 1 and 2 if I'm super bored.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien — I think I've officially given up on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cultural Osmosis will just have to do.

The Discourses and Sayings of Confucius
      Published by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission
      No. 5, Hsu-Chow Road,
      Taipei, Taiwan,
      Republic of China
      ISBN 801100074-8
      SKU 9 788011 000745

[Dad rec.]

[X]  His Dark Materials Trilogy, Phillip Pullman [kiad rec.] — review

[X]  The Tiger in the Well - Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 3, Phillip Pullman

[ ]  The Ruby in the Smoke - Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1, Phillip Pullman

[ ]  The Shadow in the North - Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 2, Phillip Pullman

[ ]  The Tin Princess - Sally Lockhart Trilogy (spin off), Phillip Pullman

[ ]  The Time Quartet, Madaleine L'Engle [aliasa & buttaflii rec.] — Oh! This is the one about the tesseract, isn't it? I actually remember being assigned to read this book in 5th grade and couldn't get into it. I'll have to try it again.

[ ]  A Wizard of Earthsea Sextology, Ursula K. Le Guin [pne rec.]

[ ]  Infinity and the Mind, Rudy Rucker <— talk to xinit about getting that title recommendation in the Afterword of White Light...

[ ]  Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Philip K. Dick [xinit rec.]

[ ]  The Pillars of the World, Anne Bishop

[ ]  Pride and Prejudice (Chinese ed.), Jane Austen — I can't quite decide if I want to read the English first or dive right into the Chinese.

[ ]  Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert — ya just gotta have respect for a guy with a name like "Flow Bear". =) I'm not sure how different this is from Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence. I got half way through LCL and wasn't that impressed. I was even imagining it with Dougray Scott. No dice. =P

[ ]  The Science of Vampires, Katherine M. Ramsland [nicosian rec.]

[ ]  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sijie Dai

[X]  Bel Canto: A Novel, Ann Patchett

[ ]  Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell [radiata_prime rec.]

Other recommendations welcome =)



( 39 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 21st, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
One of these little treasures is on it's way to your house lady!
May. 21st, 2003 10:41 am (UTC)
Oh, you're kidding me!!! =D Thankyouthankyouthankyou! =)

I told you, you didn't have to! =D
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May. 21st, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
You said leave a note... I found you in newlyweds community. I think the design of your journal is commendable and I'm sure I could learn a lot from you. You and your husband look beautiful in your LJ photo.
May. 21st, 2003 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
May. 21st, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
I read an interesting bit in Neil Gaiman's journal the other day about translations of his books. Basically, there were a number of complaints about it...

I'd like to think that it would be best to read a book or see a movie in the original language if you possibly can. I can't understand Russian and have little patience to learn it solely to understand Crime and Punishment in its original, though I would suspect it a better read than any of the English translations. By the same token, I'd wonder about reading an English novel in Chinese...

I'd say go with the original and then immediately go to the translation... that way you can pick out any bad translations yourself. I know you'd get a kick out of that... :)

As for the book, I'll check on it when I get home.

May. 21st, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think that it would be best to read a book or see a movie in the original language if you possibly can.

I tend to agree. My Dad is reading "Harry Potter" in Chinese. He says it's awful. He tried reading the English and he says it's much better in English. =)
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May. 21st, 2003 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, why have you given up on LotR? I tried...and I just can't read the damn thing.
May. 21st, 2003 02:42 pm (UTC)
I figure it's been so long and the movies are the biggest motivation to read it, so if I haven't read them by now, I'm probably never going to. =P
May. 21st, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
I kinda gave up on LotR too. I think I own The Hobbit and the first book in the trilogy, but I didn't find it that fascinating..

I actually haven't read 'Pride and Prejudice' yet, I'm kind of surprised. I went through a phase where my parents insisted I read all the classics, and I was reading everything I could get my hands on, so anything I hadn't read several times already seemed like a good idea, hehe.

I hope you enjoy the 'Time' quartet. 'A Wrinkle in Time' is really the only good one, although I enjoyed the rest as well.


Haven't really talked to you in awhile. :P
May. 21st, 2003 02:54 pm (UTC)
I kinda gave up on LotR too. I think I own The Hobbit and the first book in the trilogy, but I didn't find it that fascinating..

I figure, between the movies and all the geeks around me telling me what the screenplays cut out, I'll be totally up to speed by Christmas next year =D

Haven't really talked to you in awhile. :P

You've been busy tearin' through Europe =D The trip sounds great though... (well, minus the drama bits) =)
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May. 22nd, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
woah didn't know there were more parts to A Wrinkle In Time!
wonder how that book ever found itself to my home actually...hmm.
May. 22nd, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
Heeheehee, check your library fines? =D =D

Michael Crichton's A Case of Need once glommed onto me and followed me home =D
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Dec. 10th, 2003 07:59 pm (UTC)
*lil grin* You can tell how far in I've browsed. I'm making inroads!

The Lord of the Rings is a lovely bit of fantasy, imo. Of course, I'm a major LotR-phile. I just need to get my hands on the Silmarillion... *plots*

Madame Bovary... I don't know that I'd recommend it. It was a good piece of literature, but I had to restrain myself from jumping in, pulling out the heroine and kicking her off a very high ledge. I was that frustrated with her. *grin* It was like the early French literary equivalent of melodrama. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
Dec. 10th, 2003 08:03 pm (UTC)
Hahaha =) It's okay, this is a great trip down memory lane for me =)

Re: Madame Bovary — thanks for the warning =)
Aug. 5th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
There's so many!
"Midnight Nation" -- a graphic novel by J Michael Straczynski. One of my favorite books ever.
"Wraith Squadron" -- part of the Star Wars: X-Wing Series, this one is the first of a trilogy by Aaron Allston.
"A Game of Thrones" -- part of "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series by George R. R. Martin.

Hm. Do I have to tell you -why- you have to read 'em? =)
Aug. 5th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: There's so many!
J Michael Straczynski

Ooo... I _will_ have to look into that. I never did catch Babylon 5, but I heard a lot of good things.
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
I loved Rich Dad, Poor Dad, am in fact going to send off a copy to one of my friends tomorrow.

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

This book takes place in South Africa during segregation. Poignant and lyrically written.

Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse (I think I spelt the name correctly)

It's the Japanese take on the bombing of Hiroshima. It drags in the middle, but you really get the sense of lethargy and apathy that the main character is feeling.

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

Interesting take on time. Just short vignettes.

I've been reading a lot of personal finance books lately. Probably because I will soon be getting an income, and I want to do something with it rather than let it stew in the bank. Any good ones to recommend?
Aug. 5th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks =)

Re: Personal Finance

I really like the things that Suze Orman (pronounced "Suz-ee") has to say about money matters - personal credit, savings, managing debt, home ownership, retirement, combining finances with a significant other, etc. from a very down-to-earth, independent female perspective. She has her own phone-in TV show and she's also written books on numerous topics.

She's American, I can't do some of the specific things she mentions, but I _still_ feel like I've learned a lot from her.
Aug. 5th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
If you gave up on Lord of the Rings, try Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings. I found it a much more simpler and enjoyable read.

A booklist is a novel idea. I'll have to read some of those sometime. =)
Aug. 5th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
Did you see the link to http://www.bibliophil.org in the other thread? =)
Aug. 6th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
Hmmm... I'm no longer sure of how I got here, but since books are the best thing since... well, just about ever, I thought I'd share some of my favorites (mostly of the children's/fantasy genre):

The Pyrdain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

The Dark is Rising Sequence , by Susan Cooper

The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley Also, her Darkover series is quite good as well.

Just my $.02, but I hope that you enjoy at least some of them. =^)
Aug. 6th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
Aug. 7th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
book recommendations you might not get anywhere else
(I just think I'm so special, huh?)

So if you're being more random about what you read, here's some:
  • The World of Normal Boys by K.M. Soehnlein

    I actually hate authors who are literary simply for the sake of being litetary (which is most Canadian authors, because the Canadian book world is quite... insane). This guy's novel (not Canadian) is the first time I've read something that I think I would define as "literary" but where it doesn't detract from the story. Somehow it all... works. And it works extremely well.

  • How Long Has This Been Going On? by Ethan Mordden

    This one is epic, sprawling... and brilliant. He's one of my favourite authors.

  • A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

    I waited five years before reading this because I assumed that his being published was about the fact that he was young, cute, and Anne Rice's son. Boy was I wrong. If you like dark atmospheric thrillers, this is for you. If you don't, it's still for you.
Aug. 7th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: book recommendations you might not get anywhere else
Oh yes... I have all of these and can lend.
Feb. 24th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
There is a series of books by Jasper Fforde that you would probably enjoy considering you are a book lover.

The Eyre Affair
Lost in a Good Book
The Well of Lost Plots
Something Rotten
Feb. 24th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)
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