Monday, February 05, 2007

January Book Notes

As part of my new and improved Life List I've been trying to lessen the grips that the cable tv execs have on my brain and get through some of the books gathering dust on my bedside table.

In January I read the following:

This book scared the hell of me and I couldn't look away. It was one of those stories that had me up until 2am and got me through a 72 hour cold at the beginning of the year.
Comparitively the movie sucked. Sure Clive Owen could be covered in feces and still hot as stank, but I spent half the movie looking away from the screen and sick to my stomach because of the violence. Maybe I'm too sensitive.

Took me awhile to get in to this one but in the end I really did enjoy it. Usually when I read a book I can instantly picture the characters in my mind. I can understand what motivates them or at least empathize with their lot in life. Not in this case. I still can picture the main character and I was pretty much annoyed by her reactions to the things that happened to her. That being said, Douglas Coupland could rewrite the phone book and I would read it.

After my roommate got a Jane Austen compendium for her bday (and I finished seething with envy) I found this book at the hospital book sale. Given that it was only $2 I thought I'd give it a whirl and that afternoon while I was waiting for updates to load on my computer I started reading it. Forty pages later I got back to work. Not exactly a spectacular work of fiction but I really enjoyed all of the stories. It follows the lives of five women and one men and explains their relationship to Austen and how each story has impacted upon their lives. Would make a good movie.

When I think of economics I remember being an undergrad and hearing all the eco students whine and complain that they were failing their exams which made me even happier about being a music student. So despite my initial thought that this was going to be a dumb math book (sorry BF) I shot through this book like wildfire. Sure, some of the chapters could pass for Psychology Today features but I found them riveting nonetheless. Topics such as how your given name affects your future socioeconomic outlook and why crack dealers still live with their moms. Good times.

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