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deepbluesea in Sunnyvale is doing 19 things including…

read 25 books in 2005

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deepbluesea has written 9 entries about this goal

Finished just in time

Today I read the second Lemony Snicket book, “The Reptile Room” I love reading but this goal was harder to accomplish than I thought it would be. Hopefully I’ll have more time to read in ‘06!

20-24, One more to go!

20. The Horse and His Boy
21. Prince Caspian
22. Voyage of the Dawn Treader
23. The Silver Chair
24. The Last Battle

All these books are from the Chronicles of Narnia. I’d only read “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” before (when I was a kid). I’m not sure which book was my favorite, maybe “Lion, Witch, Wardrobe” or “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” My least favorite was the Last Battle.

18-19. Narnia

I read the first two books, “The Magician’s Nephew” and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” this week. I wanted to get at least that far before I go see the movie tomorrow!!

17. The Summons

by John Grisham

This book was ok, typical John Grisham stuff. I hadn’t read anything by him in a long time (several years). It was a pretty fast read.

I originally had the “Read 50 books in 2005” goal but seeing as there are only 2 months left of ‘05, that wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t realize that it was possible to change goals without having to delete entries. Yay!

16. A Walk in the Woods

by Bill Bryson

This is the second book by Bill Bryson that I have read (the first was “In a Sunburned Country”), and have enjoyed both of them. Shortly after moving to New Hampshire from England, the author discovered that he lived very close to a section of the Appalacian trail. So he decides to go ahead and hike the entire 2,000 mile trail the following year. “A Walk in the Woods” is about his hike. Bryson’s writing style is fun to read and the story has many hilarious moments.


13. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
14. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
15. Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” was fun, I especially like the part about the horse. This was the 3rd or 4th time that I’ve read “Pride and Prejudice” and I still love it. “Mirror, Mirror” was ok. It is a different version of Snow White that takes place around 1500 and has some characters based on real people I guess (but not names that I recognize).

More Hitchiker's Guide

I finished the series by Douglas Adams

9. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
10. Life, the Universe, and Everything
11. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
12. Mostly Harmless

All fun to read but the very first book is definitely my favorite!

More books

6. The Character of Cats: the Origins, Intelligence, Behavior and Stratagems of Felis silvestris catus by Stephen Budinasky
7. Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History of a Horse and Man Who Changed the World by Mim Eichler Rivas
8. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (for probably about the 20th time)

I had a string of animal related books. “Character of Cats” is a pretty short nonfiction book, parts of it were quite humerous. Not as boring as the title might make it sound. “Beautiful Jim Key” is an interesting true story about the world’s smartest horse back in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. “Black Beauty” was one of my favorite’s when I was a kid that I felt like digging out one afternoon this past weekend.

Just added this goal

...and I can only remember a few books I’ve read this year so far. A lot of the other reading I’ve done has been textbooks and articles for school.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
2. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
3. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
4. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Book 1)
5. The Taking by Dean Koontz

I’m also in the middle of 2 other books right now.

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