25 BOOK GOAL COMPLETED 8/23/2011!
23. Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis. This was the sequel to the first quarterlife crisis book I read about a month or two ago. This update/sequel was kinda cool, because it used a lot of the same people/stories, just what happened to them 3 or 4 years later. It’s still not totally relevant since it’s from 2004, but it is still worth reading. It was great for me since there were a few stories in there about physical therapy and medical students who changed their minds about their careers.
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: FINALLY I’M DONE WITH THE SERIES! The last book was definitely the most mysterious/exciting, which was nice. The epilogue was ridiculous, but I know why she did it. I just need to see the last two movies, and then I never need to do anything HP related again lol.
25. On My Own Two Feet: This was similar to my favorite personal finance book Get a Financial Life, which we had to read in our high school econ class, which I never really did, but I ended up reading around the time I graduated from college. This particular book is targeted specifically at women, which is an interesting perspective, but there are some tips for everyone. Some of it I glossed over (so maybe it doesn’t count as reading the whole book? lol), as it had no relevance to me…aka how to get out of credit card debt, since I’ve never been in credit card debt in my life (knock on wood).
25 book goal done…30 book goal will be done soon-ish I hope. I would love to read 50 but I don’t think that’s realistic…maybe I’ll shoot for 40.
Oh, Harry Potter. This makes me only 3 books away from my original 25 book goal, and only 8 away from the modification to make it 30 books. Dare I try to increase it to 40? or even 50?
20. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Much longer than it needed to be, but at least it was interesting.
21. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The worst one. It was a struggle to get through.
22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Much better than book 5. And definitely a good place to leave the reader in suspense as the penultimate book.
I have also watched the movies for all of these (except HP6, which I still need to get from the library). Still disappointed in the movies…I’m just not a fan. I’m about to go get book 7 from the library, and I’ll be happy when I’m done with the series. At this point I just want it to be over. haha.
Remember how I said I knew I was forgetting at least one book? Well I remembered it. There might be more, but this is the only one I know I forgot.
16. Around the World in 80 Days - I work for a theater that was going to perform this show, and I figured it’d be good for me to read it since I never had. However, the full version bored me (I’ve never been a fan of the classics), so I read the youth edition that was half the length and had pictures. I also saw the play several times at work.
17. The Twenty-Something Manifesto - Another one of the quarter-life crisis books I picked up. I definitely thought this one was better than the other one, mainly because it was more recent (late 2000s instead of being written in 2001), and it was written by one person and supplemented with little stories by others, instead of a compilation of interviews. Pretty similar in concept though to the one I read last week, and I think pretty much all books in this genre are. While predictable/common sense, some of it is helpful.
18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - I decided to continue on in my Harry Potter voyage…this was a decent book. I just didn’t like how predictable the ending was. I think the ending battle scenes are always so cheesy.
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - It took some effort to get through this one…if I actually had a job/something to do, I doubt I would have gotten through it. I read it in just about 2 days though, as a result of powering through. It finally got interesting around page 300, and the ending was much better than the first two. I did predict most of it though :P If nothing else, my dog was named Sirius when I was younger (well before the time of Harry Potter), so I saw that coming.
I will give book 4 a shot, but it’s 734 pages…I don’t think I have the patience for it.
Crap! It’s been so long since I’ve updated this I don’t remember what I’ve read! Here’s what I remember for sure:
12. The Bell Jar - brilliant book, changed my life. Definitely on my list of favorites now.
13. Quarterlife Crisis - this is the first of several books I’ve picked up from the library on this topic, as it fits my current situation quite well. I was also thinking of writing a book on the topic and wanted to see what else was out there. This one was from 2001, so it’s not as relevant as some of the others.
14. Sweet Valley Confidential - a quick read, nothing too spectacular, but I grew up reading all the Sweet Valley books and watching the show, so I had to finish it out. It kinda sounds like it’s a chick lit book that’s written by a woman in her 50’s or 60’s, which it is.
15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - I had never read or seen anything Harry Potter, so now that the final movie came out I figured I’d see what all the hoopla is about. I had been deadset against them because I figured they would be stupid, and it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would. I’m willing to give the next one a go. It’s a good story, I will admit.
I feel like there are more, but I can’t remember! This is going to drive me crazy. I wish the library kept online records of past books I’ve checked out so I could go through and see. I was taking the train to school and back for an hour each way, and I did a lot of reading…I just can’t remember what else I read!
Anyway, more than halfway through the 25 book goal, and halfway through the revised 30 book goal. I can totally do this.