Who remembers the Babysitters Club books? These people do: bsc-snark. After all this time, I finally know what ‘shortsheeted a bed’ means. I was disappointed it was nothing filthy.
Finally been reading this. So many people talk about it, I figured it was time…
I read an interview with Lionel Shiver (the letter she wrote to Kevin, printed in the Radio Times) and assumed that that had given away the story’s ending. It hadn’t, there was still one horrible surprise at the end. Probably the nastiest thing that happened in the whole novel.
And I hated Eva. I can’t even quite put my finger on why. I hated her use of the word ‘retard’, her pretending to be all liberal when actually she’s kinda ableist and homophobic (well, by my standards, I guess, which I know aren’t everyone’s.) I hated her hypocrisy…I hated almost everything about her. It’s rare for me to hate a fictional character, especially one we’re meant to probably feel sympathy for, but…I didn’t like her. Then again I didn’t like Kevin either. Or any of the adult characters at all. It’s a really bleak and depressing story…
Has anyone here read Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera? I’m always grabbing YA books from the library and I grabbed that one, and it’s really good, but made me really angry.
Get ahold of it! It’s brilliant.
I haven’t done a meme in a while. Now I shall. :p
Stolen from everybody: These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights -I like it!…..I just never finished it.
The Silmarillion -Sorry, Tolkien.
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Pride and prejudice
A tale of two cities
The brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and peace
The time traveler’s wife
Emma– it was for school, admittedly, but still.
The Blind Assassin
The kite runner
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Count of Monte Cristo
A clockwork orange
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984– and I liked it
Angels & demons
The satanic verses
Sense and sensibility
The picture of Dorian Gray
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist -I got this for my birthday when I was seven. (Or close enough. Can’t remember how old I really was, but not old enough to be interested in it…)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The sound and the fury
Angela’s ashes : a memoir
The god of small things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The scarlet letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
The catcher in the rye
On the road
The hunchback of Notre Dame -Nearly done.
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values
Watership Down– This is one of my favourite books EVER. I have my mum’s copy. It’s falling to pieces…
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
The three musketeers
…I should read more.