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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Books I've Read This Year

April 16th, 2009 (12:07 am)

current mood: sleepy

I haven't done a Thursday Thirteen in a while. Remember those? Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. Any kind of things.
So here it goes. What follows is a list of 13 of the many books I have read so far this year. They're in no particular order. Feel free to comment on any of these.

1. Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
3. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink
4. A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America, by James Horn
5. Before I Die, by Jenny Downham
6. Journey to Nowhere, by Mary Jane Auch
7. The Great Fetish, by L. Sprague de Camp
8. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
9. Stephen Fair, by Tim Wynne-Jones
10. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
11. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083, by Andrea White
12. The Girl Who Owned a City, by O.T. Nelson
13. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Thursday 13

I heard so many good reviews about The Blind Assasin, but never find time to sit down and read it.
My Thursday 13 (http://smart-mommy.blogspot.com/2009/04/thursday-thirteen.html)

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Thursday 13

Yes, it's a great book! A complex structure, with many layers, but Atwood keeps it from getting confusing.

I liked your list, too! Makes me want to go eat Risotto. With many varieties of mushroom.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)

I have your book....#10 here to read also. I've read Kite Runner and really enjoyed it. But, as yet, I haven't picked it up....so many on my 'to read' list.

My 13 is posted....all flowers in our yard, done in a collage for you. Drop by if you can find time. Happy Thursday.

Hootin' Anni

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)

Yes, I recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns. It's as good as the Kite Runner, maybe better.

Posted by: Daisy (daizyhugz)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)

To be honest I haven't heard of any of these books. I tend to stick to sci fi/fantasy. I hope you really like them. Happy Thursday!

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Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)

Funny you should say that. I read a lot of sf/f too. In fact, 6 of these 13 books ARE sf/fantasy, so I'm surprised you haven't heard of them. And another one (The Blind Assassin) has a story-within-a-story that's science fiction.

Some of these are terrific books. If you like smart fantasy I highly recommend Inkheart. The Yiddish Policeman's Union is alternate history sf, written in the style of a 1940s hard-boiled detective novel. Not quite my thing, but it was interesting and often funny. Surviving Antarctica is a sf/adventure story set in the year 2083, where teenagers are chosen to take part in a dangerous reality TV show that re-creates an early (fatal) South Pole exploration trip.

Posted by: Daisy (daizyhugz)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)

Eric Flint and his 1632 is excellent alternate history, although after a while the series gets complicated. I'll have to check out Inkheart. I tend to stick to Baen sci fi/ fantasy - David Weber, Eric Flint, etc. I'll keep this comment in my email so I won't forget! Thanks!

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: April 17th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)

I'll check out the Eric Flint series. If you like alternate history, my favorite ever is Harry Turtledove, especially his Civil War book Guns of the South.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
The Blind Assassin

I really liked this book. You make me want to read it again. Happy TT!

Posted by: Sarah {aka SarahCB1208} (sarahcb1208)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)

Wow! A lot of people are doing books this week, and once again, I recognize not a one :(

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)

I very much enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
A Thousand Splendid Suns

I LOVED A Thousand Splendid Suns. What a great novel. I'm currently reading A Thousand White Women, The Journals of May Dodd, which is also quite good.

I bet I've read all those SVH books your wrote too. I read so many of those. That Jessica Wakefield was a wiley one...



Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: April 16th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: A Thousand Splendid Suns

I loved a Thousand White Women, too!

Yeah, I kind of miss Jessica, since I stopped writing her.

(I really enjoyed your "poetry talk")

Posted by: xakara (xakara)
Posted at: April 17th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)

I love book lists! My TBR pile is growing large enough to take over a small nation, but that's kinda my thing. I like knowing there's always more to take in.

Happy TT


Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: April 17th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)

Thanks for stopping by! I like your livejournal page.

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