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I feel so accomplished. I finished my 50th book the other day. Now, I'm going to compile a list of all 50 books.

#50 Magic Street by Orson Scott Card

I didn't really like this one, but that's okay.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#49 Taft by Ann Patchett

Another great book with great characters by a great author, courtesy of my boss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#48 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Schreve

I'm almost done with the 50bookchallenge and am so excited about it! Plus I put up my Christmas decorations yesterday - another thing to be totally excited about.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#47 What is the What by Dave Eggers

Really powerful book about the Sudanese lost boys. This was an "autobiography". I HIGHLY recommend this one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#46 The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts

This was good, not spectacular. I read it in one day and enjoyed kind of disappearing into the lives of the characters for a short time.

Only 4 books to go and I'm half way through one of them already!
 
 
 
 
 
 
#45 Waiting:The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg

Memoir by a woman who has been a waitress at all different places for twenty years. Pretty good.

I'm finally almost done with the 50bookchallenge. I'm pretty excited to know that I might achieve. If I finish the challenge, I think it will be the only one of my 20 new year's resolutions from last year that I actually completed. Oh well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#43 The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

This was a non-fiction piece about two families involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It covers a lot of time, about 1935-1968 (those are approximate dates). I liked this book and learned a lot reading it, but it was dense and slowed down my progress on the 50bookchallenge.

#44 Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller

The drama of a modern family in the Napa Valley. Two people get divorced, woman gets remarried, her husband dies in an accident, she goes back to ex-husband for comfort who is still in love with her, 15 year old daughter has affair with 45 year old family friend, etc, etc. I probably wouldn't recommend it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#41 The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken

#42 Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
This was awesome. Read it.

I'm almost to 50!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
#40 John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins

This was one of the most disturbing books I have ever, ever read and I would never recommend it. It was set in India in the early 1900s and is about some British people. They go on a boat trip, then some pygmies kill a bunch of them, then a tsunami happens, then the young girls who survive witness and do some unbelievably disgusting things that I don't even want to talk about.
Again, do not read this.

Time to pick a new book - this is one of my all time favorite activities!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The internet has been down all weekend. It was a little stressful but the AT&T man came today and replaced my modem. Now for the books I read this weekend.

#38 The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
I really liked this and would recommend it. It's basically a woman's coming of age story. The main character kind of a has a mid life crisis and reevaluates.

#39 Sunstroke and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley
This was a book of short stories I had to read for book group. It was okay but I felt pretty unsatisfied by the short stories, which is what they usually do to me. I read this in a day and barely remember it even though it was only yesterday. I suppose that says how important this book it - not very.