2011 Reading Challenge

Rosa has read 0 books toward a goal of 100 books.

Monday, April 28

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

So much better than I remember at 15. I had completely forgotten about Caesar's ghost and really anything except for Caesar's death. I found the battle scenes exciting and the citizens of Rome, idiots.  When I read this the first time, I remember being impressed with Antony and feeling bad for Caesar. This time, I can enjoy the more subtle complexities of each character and can understand why serious actors are drawn to them. My pity now lies with Brutus. Poor dumb Brutus. If Caesars fault was hubris, then Brutus' fault was honor. My 10th grade teacher would be impressed.

Friday, April 11

Gilded by Christina Farley

I really wanted to like this book. It was pretty fast paced, which was good, but I just didn't find myself liking any of the characters except the bad guy. I'm not the target audience, but I enjoy a lot of YA. Even though it was an interesting concept and the fact that it was re-telling a Korean myth was awesome, as a whole, the characters were one-dimensional and Jae in particular, too Mary Sue for my taste. There was a little too much imagery to the point that it was distracting. 

I would recommend it to a middle school audience. Good moral and female protagonist are a win. Just not for me. Will not be reading others in series, but wish the author luck. 15 Chapters were enough for me.

Friday, March 21

The Time Machine by HG Wells

I sometimes had to stop to remind myself what year this book was written. HG Wells was so advanced for his time, arguably the founding father of some of my most favorite genres. I read this in a youngsters comic version when I was twelve, so this was my first time actually reading the book and it was amazingly good. I sometimes forget how well some classics are written and how we'll they still fit in. I must admit I had to limit my reading to daytime, as the first time I was reading it past midnight, my tiredness, the darkness, and the description of the morlocks, made it somewhat difficult to sleep. I guess it's a testament to how good the book was right? I especially was surprised when I started sympathizing with the morlocks and later the crab creatures and un distinguishable black blobs of the future. Who really knows what we may evolve to so we can sustain life, and what biological changes we will make to adapt to a changing planet? It's funny, I was just reading a scientific journal recently that stated that if and when we do trek into space or different worlds, we have no idea how much our bodies will change do to atmospheric things like microgravity and sunlight or lack thereof. NASA now records astronauts lose bone mass, and their heads swell from the fluids spacing out differently from lack of gravity, and in turn the pressure eyeballs face, re shapes them and flattens them at the back, inside the head. Of course these are all tiny changes, and we are just barely scratching the surface of space travel, but HG Wells wasn't too far off a few hundred years ago. Who knows what we have in-store as a species.

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Monday, December 2

Things that are better done alone

Things that are better done alone:

1) reading. One can catch up on a lot of books when not being pestered by others

2) movies. No arguing over what film to watch and no one to hog the popcorn or drink all the soda.

3) hobbies. I have done one painting and two drawing in less than five hours. Talk about productive

4) Netflix. Binging care free and no one scoffing because you want to watch Pride&Prejudice or Love Actually......again.

5) shopping. No one to hold the purse, BUT instead you go to whatever store you want and you don't feel guilty about how much you paid for your shoes, what size your clothes is (did they see me head for the sales rack and grab the XL?), or how long you take at Sephora finding just the right shade.

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Looking at the world from the bottom of a well

The worst lies are those we tell ourselves. Like GiGi, I recite the mantra in my head lest I forget; I am the rule, not the exception. I am the rule. Not the exception.

I had just forgotten what it was like to be alone. For a brief time at least, I was the girl being envied. I was incandescently, indescribably happy. Not one week ago I had told myself how great this year was because I finally got everything I ever wanted. Such a delusional sucker.

"How do you know, when to let go? Where does the good go?"

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Sunday, June 9


This was only my second ever Kurt Vonnegut read and the first one was about 20 years ago and it was a short story that stuck with me to this day. In a world of perfection with no sickness, balanced life, no old age or death, a world of population control....what is a man to do when his wife gives birth to triplets? For every person brn, there must be a person who volunteers to die. To die, people call the 2B02B pronounced "to be, naught to be" line and get scheduled for a humane gas chamber death. It helps control population and resources and is one of the key elements that keep Utopia running. But at what price. The new dad only has one volunteer ready to die. He now has to choose which baby will live.

I was not expecting the ending, and had to re-read it twice to make sure I didn't miss something. Super quick, short read, I recommend to any dystopian society book lover

Ender's Game

I really enjoyed this book. It took me longer than expected to finish, not because it was boring or hard, but because I kept feeling bad for everything ender had to go through. He was just a baby when he was plucked from his home and the experiences they threw at him to help mold him into who he needed to be were harsh. Maybe that's just me who is an adult woman feeling not only empathy but maternal feelings for this poor boy. 

I wish I HAD read this book as a child, it's so empowering for children. As adults, I think we forget what it was like to be a kid what we could handle and how we viewed and understood the world. Everything is different, morals, ethics, relationships, love, education...there is so much we gain by becoming adults, we can't help but want to grow up as soon as possible, but there is also so much we lose that we can't get back because we forget.

I think I might have over thought the story? Lol! Whatever, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see the movie.