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smoke_bubbles is doing 20 things including…

Read more books

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smoke_bubbles has written 12 entries about this goal

Finished Atlas Shrugged

and LOVED it. It had been sitting on my shelf for about a year, waiting for me…and it was totally worth the time & the wait! Amazing book, great story, loved the characters and the ideas they posed. It was surprisingly an exciting read! Anyone who has read Ayn Rand and liked it, you will LOVE this. I thought The Fountainhead was good, I loved We the Living, but neither compare to this novel!! Glad to have accomplished that :)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

There hasn’t been a book that I’ve had to stop reading in a long time but Murakami’s “A Wild Sheep Chase” was horrible. I was really disappointed too because I LOVE his other books. I guess he just hadn’t developed a writing style, as it was one of his first novels. SO, I have finally mustered up the courage to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and I’m 300 pages into it and loving it! It is already proving to be that which the Fountainhead tried to be. SO I’m planning on conquering that (~1200 pgs) and then here are the next few on my list:
1) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2) Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
3) The writing on my forehead by Nafisa Haji
4) Half the sky: Turning oppression into oppurtunity

All of these have gotten really good reviews and sound really interesting so I’m very excited for my next few reads! woo :)

2 more down

SO I just finished reading Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451! They were both great reads, and I’m really glad to finally be getting these classics read. Next I am reading Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog to get a taste for his writing before trying to attempt The Master and Margarita (which totally intimidates me).

I’m on a roll with good books though so let’s hope this one’s good too :)


I am currently reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by betty smith. Great story of a 3rd generation irish child in Brooklyn and her struggles growing up as a girl in a poor family.

My last book was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells which was a more modern version of the same type of story. Because it is a memoir, it was shocking to read some of the things that happened in her life! I would definitely give it a read…it was quick and unreal!

When I am done with ATGIB, I will try and read King Leopold’s Ghost, about European colonialism in Africa, supposedly a shocking account of this particularly unknown history and the details that go with it…


done w/new moon! moving onto eclipse. so easy but so addicting.

2 down

Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World by Murakami: good read, I liked the dreaminess of it all, but would have liked a more conclusive end. The idea of it is very cool though, and I think I would get a lot more out of it the 2nd time…

Twilight- easiest read in a Long time. I was expecting more vampire action, but I’m such a romantic that I finished it in a few days anyways. Continuing the series… can’t stop now, can i?!

read read read

So I’m 300/400 pages done with ‘Hard Boiled Wonderland and the end of the World’. It’s so different from anything I’ve read and I think that’s part of why I’m reading it so fast. But next is the twilight series, and I’m kind of expecting to fly through those pretty quickly. I’ve come across some good books to add to my list lately. Exciting!

done w/another one

I finally finished Brave New World…There’s so much hype, but I was sort of disappointed at the shallowness of characters and plot development. But I guess it is a 10th grade read soo oh well.

My next read is Hard Boiled Wonderland and the end of the world by Murakami! I’m looking forward to it :)I’m having a hard time adjusting to having less time to read with a full time job so I need to make more time!


So I finally finished the Fountainhead! I was so hooked…but it was definitely worth the time spent reading :) Ayn Rand is SO good at developing her characters to suck you in…I loved We the Living also.

Now I’m on to Brave New World, one I never got around to and think it’s about time!!

read read read!

So now that I am a month into the year and can see how much I want to read, I’ve decided to read at least 2 books a month. I’m on book #2 for January (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers) and hope to start reading the next one next week (The Time Traveler’s Wife). I’m so glad I found this group to get ideas for books to read!! The comments have been amazing :)

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