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13-04-2012
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Haha, mine too . Everybody needs something light to read. But then, some of fan fiction stories are asctually better written than regular books... and some (or rather maaany) are just porns without plot like Fifty Shades.
All in all, thanks to fan fiction I started reading in English, so I cannot diss it too much .

Here you have a pretty funny summary of what you can find in Fifty Shades - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...shades-of-grey.

And speaking about goodreads, my profile - http://www.goodreads.com/hazeldaresyou
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Yeah, some fan fictions are truly great! the Fifty Shades of Grey summaries are the funniest thing I've read in a while. Some girl wrote that we actually deserve the apocalypse because of it
I'd probably download it for free, I wouldn't buy it knowing it has so many sexual content. What if my mum or brother read them

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01 > Das böse Mädchen (The Bad Girl) < Mario Vargas Llosa
02 > The Crossing < Cormac McCarthy

03 > Schachnovelle (Chess Story) < Stefan Zweig

04 > Op. non cit. < Alan Isler

05 > Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close < Jonathan Safran Foer (reread)

06 > Der Schwarm (The Swarm) < Frank Schätzing
07 > Player One < Douglas Coupland

08 > Generation X < Douglas Coupland (reread)

09 > The Gum Thief < Douglas Coupland (reread)

10 > Girlfriend in a Coma < Douglas Coupland

11 > The Calling of the Grave < Simon Beckett



Girlfriend in a Coma: It's really hard to describe the book without giving too much away, so excuse me if this is a little confusing.
As I've said earlier, the book is kinda depressing. But also because it hits somewhat close to
home- it basically criticizes the way the world and the people changed towards a perspectiveless and gloomy future (the future in this case is 1997). Everythings faster paced and more money-driven, nobody just lives carelessly from day to day anymore.
This change is observed by a girl who lies in coma for more than 17 years- she is able to objectively see the difference between now and then.
The story is mainly focused on her group of friends trying to cope with her being in a coma and then with her waking up again. It gets a little weird towards the end but he does make some valid points and everything that's happening is supposed to be a metaphor more or less anyway. [3/5]

The Calling of the Grave: The fourth David Hunter novel. Beckett's story telling gets really repetitive if you know the first three and his style doesn't help either. He uses the same words & phrases over and over again. Plus it's really predictable the way the story always turns around- he tries too hard to be surprising and unexpected. [2/5]

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01. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon - [**]
02. Wild Swans by Jung Chang - [*****]
03. The Black Book of Psychoanalysis by Catherine Meyer - [***]
04. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - [****]
05. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore - [****]
06. I Killed Scheherazade by Joumana Haddad - [***]
07. Ímpio by Fábio Marton - [***]
08. Tete-a-tete by Hazel Rowley - [****]
09. Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton - [**]
10. Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin - [****]
11. The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal - [***]
12. The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick [****]
13. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins [***]
14. Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton

I'm not ready to read something like Consolations of Philosophy yet, but what the heck,
there's nothing else for me to read now... I really want to read something fun. Don't know what exactly.
Mockingjay was so disappointing. It was anticlimatic most of the time.
Katniss was barely there when an important event happened. There was no action in this book but too much drama. Hunger Games was the best out of
this irregular series. Even the romance wasn't convincing. Most of the time I thought Katniss was asexual or maybe a sadic, because the only time she ever felt attracted to Peeta or Gale was when they were vulnerable and in pain.
I wish the author developed better her personality, she became such a weak heroine in the end.
Fortunately, the ending paid off. Even though I didn't love this book, it was a gripping read anyway.


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^I was actually happy that the most of time she wasn't center of action. Come on, it always weird that some teen seems to be power of revolution in movies and books. They needed her as symbol more than warrior.

But yeah.. I have same feelings after.. I needed some funnier so I read Potters again.

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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
2. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
3. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
4. Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann
5. The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
7. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
8. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak


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9. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy


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One more done!

1: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
2: Bossypants by Tina Fey
3: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
4: Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marias
5: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
6: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This one is a reread for me... it's the first of a trilogy and I'd been waiting for the second book to come out since I read this the first time around, and by the time it did I had basically forgotten the story...
and then because it (and the second book in the trilogy) are so thick i avoided reading them last year as I was trying to tear through 50 books

I'm already tearing through this though... almost 200 pages in, and am enjoying the rediscovery and am likely picking up on more of it than i did last time. so it's all good

just wish i wasn't so behind on the challenge in general but i have a feeling my competitive side will kick in and i'll catch up. :p

*also, i really enjoyed cat's eye and will try to post a review sometime soon!

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1. Secret Vampire #1 in The Night World series by L.J. Smith.
2. Timbuktu by Paul Auster
3. The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho
4. Rødby - Puttgarden by Helle Helle
5. Trust Me by Malorie Blackman
6. Ned til hundene by Helle Helle
7. Kald mig prinsesse by Sara Blædel

If you are Danish I highly recommend you to read "Kald mig prinsesse". A very good crime novel.

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1)The Vampire Diaries: The Return, Shadow Souls by L. J. Smith
2)La tete du chat by Βασίλης Αλεξάκης
3)The shadow of August by Sue Welford
4)The Runaways by Kristin Butcher
5)Gossip Girl: You know You Love me by Cecily von Ziegesar
6)The Vampire Diaries: The Return, Midnight by L. J. Smith
7)Gossip Girl: All I want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar
8)Desert Flower by Waris Dirie Cathleen Miller
9)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
11)Mockinjay by Suzanne Collins
12)The Clique by Lisi Harrison
13)Extras by Scott Westerfeld
14)Η ελπίδα πεθαίνει πάντα τελευταία by Ελπίδα Ισμαήλ
15)Fallen: Passion by Lauren Kate
16)Η γυναίκα στους μακρινούς πολιτισμούς by Θεόδωρος Καρζής
17)Vamire Academy: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
18)The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, Origins based on the novels by L.J. Smith
19)The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, Bloodlust based on the novels by L.J. Smith

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1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
3. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
4. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

I read HP in the beginning of the year and the Hunger Games Trilogy over Easter break, no book inbetween since I've been so busy with uni this year I usually do something else than reading in the evenings, but I enjoyed THG so much over Easter that I have new motivation to make room for reading more regularly! :p

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01 > Das böse Mädchen (The Bad Girl) < Mario Vargas Llosa
02 > The Crossing < Cormac McCarthy
03 > Schachnovelle (Chess Story) < Stefan Zweig
04 > Op. non cit. < Alan Isler
05 > Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close < Jonathan Safran Foer (reread)
06 > Der Schwarm (The Swarm) < Frank Schätzing
07 > Player One < Douglas Coupland
08 > Generation X < Douglas Coupland (reread)
09 > The Gum Thief < Douglas Coupland (reread)
10 > Girlfriend in a Coma < Douglas Coupland
11 > The Calling of the Grave < Simon Beckett
12 > The Hunger Games < Suzanne Collins

Hopping on the Hunger Games bandwagon, very curious to see how it is. Normally I'm not one for overly hyped teenage dramas but it does sound very captivating...

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01.Never Let Me Go-Kazuo Ishiguro
02. The Virgin Suicides-Jeffrey Eugenides
03. The Great Gastby-F. Scott Fitzgerald
04. Bed of Roses- Nora Roberts
05. Affaire Royale- Nora Roberts
06. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy- John Le Carré
07. The Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follet
08. One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel García Márquez
09. A Farewell to Arms- Ernest Hemingway
10. Silver Girl-Elin Hilderbrand
11. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button(short story)- F. Scott Fitzgerald
12. Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
13. The Fallen- Thomas E. Sniegoski
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01. Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
02. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
03. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier
04. Bossypants by Tina Fey
05. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
06. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
07. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
08. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
09. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
10. Wives & Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
11. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
12. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
13. Marathon Man by William Goldman
14. The Inferno by Dante Aligheri
15. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
16. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
17. The Colour of Memory by Geoff Dyer
18. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Still reading Henry and Cato by Iris Murdoch and just started High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and a Morrissey bio/interview book that I can't recall the name of.

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01. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon - [**]
02. Wild Swans by Jung Chang - [*****]

03. The Black Book of Psychoanalysis by Catherine Meyer - [***]
04. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - [****]
05. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore - [****]
06. I Killed Scheherazade by Joumana Haddad - [***]
07. Ímpio by Fábio Marton - [***]
08. Tete-a-tete by Hazel Rowley - [****]
09. Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton - [**]
10. Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin - [****]
11. The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal - [***]
12. The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick [****]
13. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins [***]
14. Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton [****]

15. Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi

Tired of reading non-fiction and biographies...

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01 > Das böse Mädchen (The Bad Girl) < Mario Vargas Llosa
02 > The Crossing < Cormac McCarthy
03 > Schachnovelle (Chess Story) < Stefan Zweig
04 > Op. non cit. < Alan Isler
05 > Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close < Jonathan Safran Foer (reread)
06 > Der Schwarm (The Swarm) < Frank Schätzing
07 > Player One < Douglas Coupland
08 > Generation X < Douglas Coupland (reread)
09 > The Gum Thief < Douglas Coupland (reread)
10 > Girlfriend in a Coma < Douglas Coupland
11 > The Calling of the Grave < Simon Beckett
12 > The Hunger Games < Suzanne Collins
13 > Catching Fire < Suzanne Collins
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01. Jon Krakauer - Under the banner of heaven
02. Sharon M. Draper - Tears of a tiger
03. David Benioff - City of thieves
04. Isaac Marion - Warm bodies
05. George R. R. Martin - A feast for crows (ASOIAF #4)
06. Robert Schneider - Schlafes Bruder (English title: Brother of Sleep)
07. Neil Gaiman - American Gods
08. Max Brooks - The zombie survival guide
09. Orson Scott Card - Ender's game
10. Ann Rule - The stranger beside me
11. Patrick Ness - The knife of never letting go
12. Richelle Mead - Last sacrifice
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Stephanie Perkins - Anna and the French kiss

14. Patrick Ness - A monster calls
15. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games (re-read)
16. Victor Hugo - Les Misérables (English version)
17. Bill Bryson - Bill Bryson's African diary
18. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A study in scarlet


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