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Aug. 13th, 2005 @ 10:45 pm For anyone who might still follow this...
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Hello, to those loyal readers who might still follow this journal...
I know it's been a long time since I updated (a very, very long time). But only recently have I been able to read for leisure that which wasn't Harry Potter. :)

So, I've decided to start writing in this journal again, to keep up with what I've been reading, so anyone who stumbles across it might take an interest in what I've been reading, and might get some sort of recommendation out of it.

Anyways, I've just finished reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawhtorne. I decided it was time that I read some of the classic works that have left an indelible mark on the world of literature (along with any reading of modern literature I might do).

I found this book to be, in one word, magnificent. You can really feel the emotions, and the struggles of the characters between passion and guilt. This book was both beautiful and sad, and the last few chapters were among the most moving passages I have ever read.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.

I'll close this entry with what is perhaps my favorite passage from the book:
"It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heard-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object. Philospically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essenially the same, exept that one happens to be seen in a celestial radiance, and the other in a dusky and lurid glow."
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Jan. 27th, 2005 @ 09:27 am (no subject)
Current Mood: tiredtired
I haven't updated in a while. But I thought I should mention that over my holiday break (which ended a long time ago...SORRY!) I read Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri. EXCELLENT book.
With it's many subplots, it's difficult to describe the plot. I can only say that I recommend it highly.

I also read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I hadn't read it in forever, and so I decided to read it before the movie comes out so that I would be aquainted with the story. It was such a cute read, but I can easily see where Tim Burton could pull out some dark undertones.

Now that classes are in session, I've got a pretty tough workload, so I'm not sure how much reading I'll be able to do, but I'll keep you posted!
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Dec. 22nd, 2004 @ 11:36 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: calmcalm
I just finished reading Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig. It's a memoir by a woman who suffered from OCD and scrupulosity (which is basically extreme religious devotion). It was brilliantly written, as well as funny and sad at the same time. I highly recommend it, it's an excellent read. It's helpful to know that someone else:
1)Feels like they're not in control
2)Feels like a total social outcast
3)Feels like they're family just DOESN'T understand

Excellent, quick read, that really packs a punch. :)
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Mermaid // With Goldfish
Dec. 17th, 2004 @ 10:47 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Alrighty, break is upon me, and you know what that means...lots of BOOKS! Yay!

My list of books for break includes these:
1) The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
2) Devil in the Details-Jennifer Traig
3)The Secret Garden-F.H. Burnett

And, if I have time, I'm going to reread some of my favorites.

I thought, since I don't have a real update for you, I'd make an updated list of the books I've read. (The list I've started since this journal, including my first posted list.)

Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
Life of Pi-Yann Martel
The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
Go Ask Alice-Anonymous
Chronicle of a Death Foretold-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Bonesetters Daughter-Amy Tan
Eragon-Christopher Paolini
Fight Club-Chuck Palahniuk
Patty Jane's House of Curl- Lorna Landvik
Beijing Doll by Chun Sue
The Sari Shop-Rupa Bajwa
Dracula-Bram Stoker

My list doesn't seem to have gotten much longer...hm. Hopefully break will fix that.

If I don't update before then...Merry Christmas! Enjoy your books!
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Dec. 7th, 2004 @ 10:37 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
I finally finished Dracula by Bram Stoker. Quite a good read, if I do say so myself! I very much enjoyed it. An excellent little peek into the world of Victorian England and it's mindframe at the time.

A very confused place.

I must give Bram Stoker Credit, because even though the book is 107 years old, it still holds up as an excellent thriller. (Way to go Bram!)

I've been doing a lot of reading online about the Vlad the Impaler/Dracula connection. Turns out there probably isn't much of one. Hm.

Anyways. I probably won't be updating for a bit, finals week is upon me, and I won't have much time to read... :(

I'm not even sure what I'll be reading next...but I'm sure to do a lot of reading over  my three week break!
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Nov. 13th, 2004 @ 10:35 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Since I have the apartment to myself this weekend, I've started reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. Ever since I saw the IU production of the play "Dracula" I've been wanting to read it. My roommate was generous enough to lend me her copy.

I've already read the first chapter, but I'm too tired to continue, so I'll probably read more tomorrow. I hate it when I'm reading and then I don't remember anything I just read...and I especially don't want that to happen when I'm reading for leisure. :)

I'll keep you guys updated on my progress in Dracula! Hopefully I'll have it finished before Thanksgving break, but that's highly doubtful.

::sigh:: I can't wait for break! I'll be able to read so much more...even though I'll have to study for a Bio exam. ::shrugs::

Oh well.
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Mermaid // With Goldfish
Nov. 11th, 2004 @ 03:50 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: indescribableamazed
I finished The Sari Shop which was an AMAZING book.
I'm going to go buy it very soon. I just couldn't put it down...which is bad while I'm in school and have to do homework. ;)

It's difficult for me to describe the premise or the intricacies of the book. I could try, but then I'd end up writing an essay paper about it.

In as short of a summary as possible:
The book is about a man named Ramchand, who works in a Sari shop with a few other guys. He spends his days stuck in a depressed rut that he doesn't know how to break out of. Room. Sleep. Sari Shop. That is his life. One day, the prestigous Rina Kapoor announces her wedding, and Ramchand must personally take saris to the Kapoor house while Rina and her mother do her wedding shopping. The book tells the story of Ramchand, mainly, and then tells other stories about various female characters from different walks of life (the educated, the wealthy, and the poor). As Ramchand works very hard to educate himself and improve his life, he learns more about the lives that these women lead, and just how separate the lives of the rich and the poor really are. Even those who he thinks may be of help to him and those of his station look down on him and the rest of the poor masses. He quickly learns how much strengh can be weakness, as well as how much weakness can be strength.

I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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Mermaid // With Goldfish
Nov. 3rd, 2004 @ 12:42 pm (no subject)
Hey everyone! I know I haven't been keeping up with this too much, school has been cutting into my reading time. :\ This will probably be a short entry though.

I'm reading a new book called The Sari Shop. I'm really getting into it. Now that I've had a little more free time, I'm reading it a lot. I really like the main character. I can relate to him in a lot of ways. He lets his thoughts rule him too much, and he doesn't know what to do with them. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Today I got quite a bit of reading done in Starbuck's with my Raspberry Mocha. It was wonderful.

I didn't get too far into Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister before putting it down for good. It just didn't grab me very well. Maybe I'll give it another try at some other point in time.

Anyways, maybe I'll be able to add some more later. :)

Happy reading!
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Sep. 5th, 2004 @ 08:21 pm (no subject)
Wow. Long time no update.

I finished "Beijing Doll", which was very good. It was choppy though, because it had been translated out of Chinese, but I must say I could relate to it very well.

Right now I've moved on to Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. He wrote the book Wicked, which was enormously popular, though I haven't read it. Wicked was from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West. Confessions is from the point of view of one of the stepsisters from Cinderella. I haven't read enough to get a real opinion, but it seems like it will be a lot of fun to read. I heard that his first book was fantastic, so if I like this one, I may read that one too.

That's all I have for now. If my entries become few and far between in this community, it's because school has started back up, and I don't have as much time for recreational reading anymore. :(
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Aug. 13th, 2004 @ 12:06 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Drowning Ruth sort of got pushed to the wayside when I went out of town for a week. I just read Harry Potter 5 for the second time instead. It was wonderful as always.

I feel like there's a lot I can relate to in that book, emotionally anyway.

I went to Barnes and Noble with my mom yesterday and I bought The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri and Beijing Doll by Chun Sue. The second one piqued my interest because it was banned in China, and I want to see why. That's why I've never been opposed to banning books. I mean, yeah, it's stupid that people think that some books shouldn't ever be read by anyone because there's something in them that somebody doesn't like...however, I think that if a book gets banned, more people (especially kids) will read more of the classics like Catcher in the Rye. And as this community demonstrates, I am definately pro-reading. I think everyone should read.

I'm not preaching that everyone should read as much as me, by no means, but it's sad when people deny themselves such a great thing.


I think today I'm going to try to get started on Beijing Doll. Although I may not be able to because I have a lot to get done and may not be able to get started for a while.

As always, I'll keep you posted.

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