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VIETNAM | Wednesday, 19 August 2009 | Views [567] | Comments [1]

Our goal is to read 1 book a week and, every so often, write a short review of each book and post it to our blog.  So, here is our current list of have-reads.  We’ll update every so often.   Oh, and instead of writing reviews, we’ll just rate them from 1-10, 10 being must read and 1 meaning, turn on the tube.


In no particular order


The Beach - alex garland – 8.0
The Game - neil strauss - 4.0
Vanishing Act - jodi picault – 2.0
New moon - stephanie meyer – 1.0
twilight - stephanie meyer – 1.0
Eat, Pray Love – -2

The Good Rat – Jimmy Breslin – 9.2
Losing Gemma –Katy Gardener - 3
Memoirs of a Geisha – 7.0

Dancing girls: a collection of short stories – Margaret Atwood – 6.8 (depressing but good writing)

Girl With a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier 5.1 (kinda boring)

Mr. Nice – howard marks - 7.3

Still life with woodpecker – tom robbins – 8.5

First they killed my father – 8


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Life of Pi - Yann Martel – 8.4
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell -  7.6
When Elephants Weep – 8.5
The Beach - Alex Garland – 5.1 – but fun
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie – 4.2 (but very well written and literary)
The Testament – Grisham - 2
A Time To kill – Grisham - 3
The Game - Neil Strauss – 4 unless u want to learn to pick up women (then read the first half only)
The Jungle Books - Rudyard Kipling 8.2
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett  - 6.5 (children’s book but nice read)

Special Topics in Calamnity Physics – I think I’ll review this.  Well written and clever but way too pompous – ill give it a 6, out of spite, to start
Sailing Around the Room - Billy Collins 9.0 - poetry

Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne 6.5 (fun, read it in 5 hours)

Portrait of an Artist as a Young man  - Joyce 8.3 (interesting insight into catholic schooling)

Mr Nice – howard marks – 5 for writing 8.5 for story (true story about weed trafficker)

Brother Number 1: Political Biography of Pol Pot – David Chambers – 6.2 (but informative)

A wild sheep chase – murakami – 8.2

still life with woodpecker – tom robbins – 8.5

Burmese days – Orwell – 8.6 (great book. his first novel)

the phantom tollbooth – norton juster - 3.5 (A kids book i read once. for the age was great)

A wrinkle in time – Madeleine L’Engle – 7.6


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wow wow wow. that's a LOT of books. SO IMPRESSIVE guys! i'm going to use your rating system for my own book list. i'm currently reading "JFK and the Unspeakable: How he died and why it matters" it's pretty history intense, but also has an interesting philisophical side. just throwing it out there if you run out of recommendations.


  jackie Aug 24, 2009 9:53 AM

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