Saturday, July 12, 2008

Around the World in 80 Dinners: The Ultimate Culinary Adventure by Bill Jamison and Cheryl Alters Jamison

I saw this book as I was browsing through Borders one night and decided to borrow it from the library because they included a stop in Thailand. Well, I had trouble getting into the book and although it was a struggle, I did finish the book. I think what would have made the book better was if it was illustrated. They talked about different foods and scenery from all the country that they visited. I believe that it would have been more interesting to me if I could see pictures of the food and even some of the settings. The book does refer to their website for more photos of their trip, but I did not find that many more photos there.

To the authors: For your next trip, good luck and plan a book with more photos!

Friday, July 11, 2008

How Unread I Am

One of the blogs that I read, published the following list of books. I thought it would be interesting to see how I would fair since I like to read, although not always stuff that is good for me. I didn't do too well and I do not know that I will ever read all of these books.

From CV Rick, the 106 (why 106? nobody knows) books most often tagged "unread" at LibraryThing. The idea is to mark the ones you've read in bold, the ones you've started but not finished in italics, and the ones you read for school in bold and underlined. À la CV Rick, I put asterisks next to the ones I plan to read.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
*One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
*Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
*Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities (I was also suppose to read for school; the main reason why I did not get into Honor English again my sophomore year.)
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner (I loved this book and enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns more!)
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
*Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha (This book I read for book club and really liked it!)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian: a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
*Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Frankenstein (This was a book that I read for a college English class and found that I really enjoyed it.)
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
Angels & Demons (Thought I might like this after reading The DaVinci Code, but didn't get into it.)
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist (High school reading that I never finished)
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
*Angela’s Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces (Book club reading)
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: a novel
Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Unfortunately, some of these books I have not even heard of!