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Book 1: Sophie’s Choice – Part 3

I was so excited to write I couldn’t even rad the end of chapter 5. I finally found some time and finished chapter 4 and read most of 5. You know how they some books are hard to get through because the beginning is slow…well this must have been one of these books because I am finding it hard to put it down now. There is a new theme! deception…ooh! I know it is all very exciting and the story is building with such intensity. I am truly not sure what might happen next. So my first suggestion is going to be, if you read this book, read at least through chapter 4. If you don’t make it to chapter 4, shame on you. It gets exciting and thought provoking, so don’t give up.

I would also like to point out that the vocabulary eases up a bit as well. I was really having trouble with those first few chapters, but now there is more speaking from character and less description and background, where valid and useful in telling the story, can sometimes get a bit bulky and weigh the story and effortlessness of reading down.

Back to the new theme of deception! One of the characters is less than truthful with one if not more of the characters and this will cause a big upheaval in the near future I am sure. Finally the excitement and mystery I have been longing for since I started. Finally.

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Books and Writing


Book 1: Sophie’s Choice – Part Whenever I actually get around to reading

I feel like I may be letting some of you down, but I have literally had no time at all to read enough to report back on today. What little I have read has been immensely clarifying. Sophie has finally “come out to play” so to speak and is now more of the focus, which is what I was thinking from the beginning. I may write much later or put up another post if I get the chance to at least read a full chapter…this is very sad.


Book 1: Sophie’s Choice – Part 2

On the negative side I have not had much time to read today, but on the plus side I was able to read a lot last night. I enjoy reading slowly in order to really fill my mind with the pictures the author is trying to paint. I just finished Chapter 3 where there was a new development or turn in the story that makes me want to read on to chapter 4, which I will continue to do later on tonight. Two new characters came into play. Both of them opposite of the other as well as exactly the same at the exact same time. Weird I know, but if you read the book you will understand. My goal is to not retell the story in my own words, but to give my thoughts and feelings and emotions towards what I read. I was confused by these chapters in that the two new characters seem to be completely bipolar! Which they might just be. These characters make me mad and sad and confused and frustrated, yet extremely intrigued. The vocabulary is still vast and hard to understand at times, but again, not being the smartest kid on the block, my spelling and grammar is good, but vocab has always been a struggle. I would just like to thank my friends Emily and Laima for helping me through school as far as vocab! Without you I would never have passed!


Book 1: Sophie’s Choice – Part 1

The first book I am reading is from a strong recommendation from my mother for many years now. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron is at first quite difficult to read. Just saying, I am not the most intelligent person in the world and although my spelling and grammar are quite good, my vocabulary sorely lacks. Needless to say learning to read this authors style of writing may take me some time. My goal was to read the first chapter without stopping. I accomplished this and surprisingly retained more than I initially thought I would. I really started getting into the book towards the end of the chapter and am looking forward to reading more hopefully today.

The books beginning is definitely different from what I thought. It’s entirely about the author, which I completely did not expect considering the books title. And from what I have been told that is not what the story is entirely about, but just a preface if you must of the basis of the book and its findings and where it came about. Styron could have written a book entirely about himself and I am sure I would have enjoyed it. His writing style is very wordy but very illustrative and sometimes metaphoric.

I think I will enjoy reading this 600 page book even though it will be a feat for myself considering it is very “adult” in its context and very lengthy. I laugh now thinking I may actually attempt “War and Peace”. ¬†Glad I am starting with a book I have very high interest in reading, considering some of these books I am dreading although may come to love once read.

Until tomorrow…

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Books and Writing



For the next four years (three years and three months really) I will be reading the recommended books everyone should read before the age of 30. I have modified it a bit and gone between a couple of different acknowledged lists. I took a popular list and edited out the books I don’t care to read or know I wont be able to make it though. The only book that may be a challenge will be War and Peace merely because of its length. I choose 30 books of different genre’s and lengths from 29 different authors. Only one author is repeated because I wanted to read two of his books from two different lists.

My hope is that I will learn a lot in this process, but I don’t know what to expect or if I will even finish. This only allows for 40 days spent on each book. I know a book or two that may take much longer than that. Right now I have a bit of time on my hands, but in a few weeks I will have little to no time each day. Maybe half an hour or so. Okay, so good luck to me and each day I will blog about what I read or why I didn’t read. The following is the list I plan to read:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  6. The Rights of Man by Tom Paine
  7. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  10. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  11. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  12. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  15. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyersky
  16. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  17. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  18. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  19. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  20. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  21. Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner
  22. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  23. All Quiet on the Western Front by Enich Maria Remarque
  24. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  25. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  26. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  27. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  28. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  29. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  30. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Books and Writing