Books Fiftyseven and Fiftyeight: Oryx and Crake and A Christmas Carol

Whoa, what happened to me? Well, you can go here to read the long story, or I can just tell you that I got knocked up (and I got married... see how smart that was?) and suddenly lost all ability to read. Seriously, I don't know what happened, other than all I could do for the last three months was lie around on the couch watching television and bemoaning my queasiness. However, looking back at my long lost book blog, I did realized that I managed to finish almost two more books by the end of the year (and, in my queasiness, just neglected to write about them), bringing my yearly total up to a record-breaking 58. Secretly I had been planning on trying to read at least 62 books to make up for the 10 Sookie Stackhouse books that I disgustingly sucked up this year, but I'll be fine settling for 58. So, here's some mini reviews of what I managed to actually finish.

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

I enjoyed the majority of this novel in spite of itself, though I hated the ending. There, I said it. And then I hated it more when I read that Margaret Atwood hadn't even planned on writing a sequel. But until I got to the last few pages, I actually enjoyed the journey uncovering the mystery of what happened. And even the strange and enigmatic characters (what few there were) were enjoyable to be with. But wow, what a shitty ending.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

On the other hand, I love everything about Dickens. Now that's and ending! Sure, it's a little trite and we all know the story, but if it's written well, who cares, right? And I was happy to read a Christmas book to get me in the holiday spirit.

See, I meant it when I said "mini-reviews," because that's all you're going to get. Now, looking ahead to 2011, which I resolve to pronounce "twenty eleven" even if it kills me. Since the baby is due at the end of June, that means I'm probably going to have to buckle down and do some serious reading before then. And, even with my poor math skills, I think that means I'll have to read two books a week, right?



Blogger Bonnie said...

I came across your blog courtesy of Sew Katie Did and enjoy reading your book reviews. It might encourage you to know that I did a ton of reading after each of my kids was born, as they would fall asleep while nursing and there I would be...stuck in a chair. Just keep a book handy! (Although right after my first was born I recall reading Middlesex and A Fine Balance and while both are excellent, I can't recommend either for postpartum emotions reading.)

Anyway, congrats on your baby and your wedding.

January 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger arajane said...

Thanks so much, Bonnie! It's encouraging to hear that some new moms out there are able to do quality reading even after the baby is born. I'm seriously hoping the same will be true for me!

January 13, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

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