RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

And then I was like, what if I wasted a bunch of time?

After annotating the original list several years ago, I added as many of them as I could remember to my Goodreads shelves, and you'd think that would satiate me, but IT HAS NOT. So, as a result of spending half of last night getting SUPER NOSTALGIC about books when I should have been getting ahead on work so I can go to estate sales on Saturday, I'm going to make all 1 to 3 of you reading this come along for the ride as I reflect on my reading list choices from 2008.

I'm justifying it as "it's slightly different than before!" because in 2008, I was actually still going by school years, so I had to piece this together from two different lists and renumber it. (Turns out, to my great annoyance, I did not technically read 100 books that year like I claim to have done every year since 9th grade, even though I hit my goal from the period of September to September before writing off my last semester in order to start fresh in 2009.)

p.s. it is 100% awful to me that 2008 was an entire decade ago, because "a decade ago" in 2008 would have been pre-high school. Also I just go slapped upside the head from 2028 Me, who is like "LOOK AT YOUR UNDER-THE-HILLNESS AND BE CONTENT."

2008 in Books: A Ten-Year Retrospective

I accidentally stripped out the publication years from the original list when I was trying to easily strip the original numbering, which I always like to have for context, but I guess you'll survive. If you really need to know, Goodreads is an address bar away! The list link is also in my sidebar.

1. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things - Carolyn Mackler.
Still a legend as one of the worst things I have ever read.

2. The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart.
I don't remember the details, but I do recall this being very much like reading Roald Dahl*, and it delighting the pants off me at the time, especially since I had just randomly pulled it out of the college library, like all my books in those days, with no outside influence.

*Just not enough to make me have any interest in reading the sequels that later appeared. In fairness, I have never reread a Roald Dahl book either, and they were my JAM in elementary school. I'm kind of afraid of tarnishing my childhood memory. I am usually good at NOT doing that; unlike most spoilsports pretty much all of the things I loved in childhood retain their magic for me when viewed after a long absence, but these realy feel like they were written specifically for the sense of humor a kid has.

3. Dead Connection - Charlie Price.
I remember so little about this that I can't even remember if the narrator sounded like he was 10, 16, or 25. My instinct says the first one, but my review makes it sound like the latter (it's supposed to be the middle one).

4. Grass Angel - Julie Schumacher.
I don't remember this at all. I couldn't even remember it when I annotated the list in 2010. Goodreads is pretty decent in the reviews/summaries department, but it hasn't triggered a single memory. Maybe it was overshadowed by my rage regarding the next book?

5. Story of a Girl - Sara Zarr.
ALSO still one of the worst things I have ever read, legendary fires of hate in my heart!!!

Wow, I must have been too busy earning my 4.0 this semester to make good reading choices, because it took me until the end of February to get here, with a 40% straight failure rate and an average rating of 2.2 stars.

6. The Rules of Survival - Nancy Werlin.
Finally, a book I remember in a positive way. I don't recall too many details, but in general I think this is one I'd pull if I were looking for a solid "teenager takes care of his little sisters" scenario. (*COUGH* Future Me. You know it's gonna come up again, someday. You never think you're interested in TV teens, and it always surprises you when they inevitably arrive.) (SCRATCH THAT YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S ALREADY HERE. SAM FREAKIN' EVANS, GLEE SEASON 2. Look in the back of your mental storage closet more often. I'm glad I decided to make this post!)

7. Doctor Who: The Stone Rose - Jacqueline Baker.
The damn BIBLE to Ten/Rose shippers. The Rosetta stone. The founding book father (mother? Tumblr, do books have a gender?). Whatever it is, it is still dear to my heart, and as I may have mentioned a time or ten, I own the audiobook. On CD. Shipped to me from England, in packaging I have kept as a bonus souvenir.

8. Doctor Who: The Price of Paradise - Colin Brake.
The only problem with the above is that it has overwritten all memories of the other Rose books. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

9. Movies in Fifteen Minutes - Cleolinda Jones.
LEGEND IN MY HEART -- for good reasons this time. Laughing fits for daaaays. I am so glad that this is one of the things I deemed important enough to buy in the days when I was mostly afraid to spend money on anything that wasn't a mandatory bill / living expense. Also yikes, I loaned this to my boyfriend years ago and haven't seen it since. In fairness I also haven't looked for or asked for it because I still want him to read it, but now I'm all... oh god what if something happened to it? It was damn near perfect when I bought it. I took the dust jacket off before I gave it to him because I didn't trust him (I don't even trust me with dust jackets), so at least that part will still be okay, but...sorry, this is a tangent. tl;dr one of the greatest things ever produced in book form and I am so mad it was before the wave of giving bloggers book deals, and never got published in the U.S. even though the author is from here.

10. Keeping Corner - Kashmira Sheth.
The details are generally gone, but I remember this being a good Indian book. If you're looking to step up your diversity game, I recommend it!

11. Sorceress - Celia Rees.
I own and really should reread this. This and Witch Child both. At the time I didn't like it as much as the original, but over the years I'm more "ehhh, Puritan times..." about that one and more "NEAT, modern day Native-American girl uncovering history!" about this one.

12. The Poison Apples - Lily Archer.
I remember it being a cute YA book. Glad I read it and wish I remembered more, but my general sense-memory of it is that if published today, it would be readily making the book blog rounds. A light and candy-like read, but not so light as to be dismissed like a Gossip Girl book.

13. Just Listen - Sarah Dessen.
This was a "legendary hate" book for a long time, but recently I've been thinking I should give it another chance. If I know what I hate about it and pledge not to let it bother me -- focus on the sweet love interest. Make yourself not care about her wimpiness. Just do it -- I think maybe I could redeem it, or at least see why everyone else loves it so much. I might also be angling to cast it as a Blaine/Marley story. Or definitely doing that.

14. Captives - Tom Pow.
I keep wanting to reread this, because the summary sounds cool, so bless Past Me for slapping a tailored warning label on it: "You were captured by guerillas in the jungle, Narrator Dude! Why so dull?" Do I want to invest time reading it if that's what I'm gonna end up saying? I do not.

15. Jailbait - Leslea Newman.
It cracks me up every time I see this title, which is exactly what it sounds like and absolutely neither romantic nor intended to be, but I defend this as an interesting reading choice and I would read it again. "I would normally run from a title like this, but because it was set in the 1970s, that made it less...abjectly horrible to me, somehow. Instead of being all "GROSS, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU FOR THINKING THIS IS OKAY," I am all, "Awww, those poor children in the 70s just didn't know any better.""

16. Like Mother, Like Daughter - Marion Dane Bauer.
Aw, I would like to find this again. I wrote her name wrong on the original list and I'm not sure if I was tracking Marion Dane Bauer as the author of so many books I loved in elementary school. I see its Goodreads rating has not improved over the years, a pity.

17. Born Again - Kelly Kerney.
One of the better YA novels on this year's list, solid quality and highly recommended.

18. A Higher Geometry - Sharelle Byars Moranville.
My memory of this is not as great as my glowing review suggests it should be, but I do remember it being a solid 1950s-set read.

19. CSI: Miami: Harm for the Holidays: Heart Attack - Donn Cortez.
This is an example of a book that was really dependent on reading it at the right time. Back then, I LOVED seeing my fave characters in a surprisingly personal novel. Now I can't find any part of me that is interested in looking at it again. The CSI: Miami time of my life is safely over, and I don't plan to have a reunion with it for at least ten years.

20. Steeldust: The Story of a Horse - Hoffman Birney.
Like I said recently, I'd really like to find this again. It's weird for me to forget a horse book. It really bugs me that I think I might have seen this at the antiquarian bookstore that closed last summer, but if I did, it was low priority because I didn't recognize it as one I'd read.

21. Gemini Summer - Iain Lawrence.
That title triggers a serious "crying tears of bored" feeling in me, even though dude also wrote The Wreckers, which I read later and rather enjoyed.

22. Secret Heart - David Almond.
BORED TO SLEEP. I never read another one of this books as a result.

23. Revolution is not a Dinner Party - Ying Chang Compestine.
The first book of summer, after I caught up on all my TV reviews. Unforgettable title, slightly more forgettable content, but also kinda the Gold Standard as far as YA/middle grade coverage of this era in Chinese history.

24. Touching Snow - M. Sindy Felin.
Little memory of it, no interest in rereading. Past Me had a lot more interest in stories about immigrant families back then. These days, I'd probably toss it right back with a #CantRelateWontDebate comment.

25. You Know Where to Find Me - Rachel Cohn.
I don't know if I would love it as much now -- I've found myself not really wanting to read Rachel Cohn books anymore. But it meant a lot to me that summer, the story of a lonely, overweight girl missing her best friend, and its eerily beautiful cover.

26. Hero of Lesser Causes - Julie Johnston.
Solid historical kidlit. Kids should read it.

27. Dancing on the Edge - Han Nolan.
I think I liked it? Or did I think I'd like it based on the cover and end up disappointed? I have a read a lot of Han Nolan, mostly just because she's so prolific, but she's seriously hit or miss, and I cannot remember anything at all about what happpened!

28. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart - Deb Caletti.
This might have been my first-ever Deb Caletti! I bought a copy a few years back and keep it on my shelf, because I still remember it being one of the best. I need to reread it someday. Maybe this summer.

29. Unwind - Neil Shustermann.
I one hundred percent would not read this again, ethical dilemma novels are THE WORST!, but I think I'm glad I did?

30. A Fabulous Creature - Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
ZKS is fantastic, one of the greats. She occupies the place in Classic Juvenile Lit for me that Madeline L'Engle does for fantasy readers. Just reading the title made me smile at the memory.

31. Forged in the Fire - Ann Turnbull.
First one on this list I have actually reread since then! I have talked it to death already.

32. Sara's Face - Melvin Burgess.
I don't know if I would reread, but I am glad of the chills it sent up my spine when I did. Like a great horror movie that you can only see once, because once the suspense is gone so is much of the thrill.

33. Candyfloss - Jacqueline Wilson.
Awww, this book. This book is responsible for me having eternal cravings for french fry sandwiches on white bread, and that should be a bad thing, but it was just written so sweetly that I'm glad it's part of my literary history.

34. A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb.
As I mentioned recently: loved it when I read it, can't remember why, happy to move on.

35. It Could Happen to Anyone - Margaret Maze Craig.

(*I apparently only ever read one of them, but I can never see this without remembering the other two I bought with it, which together worked like an accidental trilogy on a theme: It could happen to anyone... even A Girl Like Me ... (Margaret?).

36. Helter-Skelter - Patricia Moyes.
And I want to find this again just to give it a proper Goodreads review. This book existed before the Manson murders and I want it to have Book Justice. I mean, it has sufficient Goodreads reviews to make me happy, I just want to add mine. This was such a great summer read pulled from the college library shelves.

37. Gloomy Gus - Walt Morey.
I don't remember what makes this similar-but-different from Gentle Ben, in part because I don't remember Gentle Ben, but I did at the time, and considered them book twins nevertheless.

38. One Summer in Between - Melissa Mather.
I would reread this. I have it in my head that this is one of the better books around that features racial issues without necessarily being about racial issues, perhaps because of its publication date in th 60s.

39. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher.
I WISH I could remember what I thought about this before it became a controversial TV show. I rated it 4 stars...I think because I liked the format? But tbh, it's very possible I was in fact one of those teenagers (at age 22) who romanticized the thought of making everyone sorry once I was gone. (Not that I was bullied. More like, I was super quiet and maybe people would regret not knowing me better after they learned how much I had adored getting to be around them, even though I was mostly afraid to risk rejection by initiating conversation with them.)

40. There Will Be Wolves - Karleen Bradford.
The Crusades book! I don't think I have ever read (or even seen?) another one in YA. (...UPDATE Y'ALL, IT'S THE START OF A TRILOGY??? Oh...more like a loosely connected "three books set in this era" thing. But still.)

41. Anahita's Woven Riddle - Meghan Nuttall.
Still the best book I've ever read set in Iran. And the only historical one set there, to my knowledge.

42. Before Green Gables - Budge Wilson.
LEGEND. Even though I know some people who are fans of Anne of Green Gables didn't love it so much, I read this more recently than I've read any of those. (which, tbh, makes me kind of afraid to reread them now, because what if doing so spoils my memory of one or the other?)

43. The After Life - Daniel Ehrenhaft.
I actively regret any time ever spent reading any Ehrenhaft book (except Last Dog on Earth).

44. Beauty Shop for Rent...fully equipped, inquire within - Laura Bowers.
I still think fondly on this story of a girl with plans to earn a million dollars by the time she's 35 and has the drive to do it -- or to put it in Macklemore vernacular: a hustler, chasin' dreams since she was 14.

45. The Edge of Nowhere - Lucy Johnston Sypher.
I still wish I had enjoyed this more than I did, especially after someone commented on my GR review that she thought it might have more impact if you're from/familiar with the area, and I learned that it was a) a semi-autobiographical story, and b) the first of an eventual quartet.

46. Undercover - Beth Kephart.
My first Beth Kephart! I don't remember the writing style at all, which is odd because she has a very distinctive one, and "cute" (per my review) is not an adjective I've ever applied to her work. Maybe she hadn't fully developed her obfscuating ways yet?

47. How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller - Julia DeVillers.
I can't remember the last time I had so much fun poking fun at a book I would sell to the Ridiculous Museum. One of my favorite reviews/recaps on Goodreads. See for yourself! #ShamelessSelfPromotion

48. Hitty: Her First Hundred Years - Rachel Field.
I stand by this as a solid classic of children's literature and I own it -- it's on my bookshelf, even, instead of a box! actually wait that should not be the case; it's a tough library copy and easily replaceable to boot; it needs no special care -- even if I rarely feel any impetus to look at it again.

49. The Cottage at Bantry Bay - Hilda Von Stockum.
One of many cloth covers I pulled at whim off the college shelf in my final summer there. I don't remember much, but I know they usually yielded good results. The GR summary gives me an idea of why: Here is a picture of an Ireland that once was; a story which is yet wonderfully timeless in its celebration of family love and hope

50. Staring Down the Dragon - Dorothea Buckingham.
I got a comment from the author on my Xanga once, when I mentioned it in the list of library culls I'd bought off the sale cart, who was both glad I'd read it and sad it had been weeded. That's been sufficient to make me feel guilty about getting rid of it ever since, even though I don't remember any strong feelings about it.

51. Cat, Herself - Mollie Hunter.
Are Scottish tinkers less abusively patriarchal than American Travelers? The summary suggests no, but I would vaguely like to reread this book and find out.

52. Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdoch.
Once upon a time I was really impressed by this now-popular book. I loved that it was set in Wisconsin and full of cows, because it was such a unique setting. Then in the next book, I feel like her best friend's sexuality became a bigger focus, and I found it (or maybe other parts of her personality? I just can't remember anything else about her) so irritating it retroactively killed my happy memory of this one and I can't decide if I want to try it again.

53. Better than Running at Night - Hilary Frank. 
HISSSSSSSSSS. Is my general memory of this cool-ass setting at an art college being ruined by the girl being both promiscuous and a moron. I feel like sex was supposed to be the thing implied by the title, but that could be my prejudice about this book's wrong focus talking.

54. Shrimp - Rachel Cohn.
Genuinely cannot remember this (or the book it is a sequel to, the semi-famous Gingerbread). But what an unappealing name for a love interest, even if it's a holdover. (says the girl currently having a shipper renaissance over a guy named "Barbie." But I mean, you can get away with a lot when you have a face like that. Book doesn't even have a photographic cover.)

55. Finding Hattie - Sally Warner.
Well written. Kind of sleepy just thinking about rereading it, but still glad I did, and glad the author used her grandmother's diaries to tell her story.

56. The Missing Girl - Norma Fox Mazer.
CHILLS. I remember reading this all afternoon after I got done with work -- or maybe it was Saturday after a week of full time work -- but either way, I was excited to find a brand-new book from a familiar author on the library shelf, especially one so much more a thriller than her usual fare. Still one of the better books I've read from her. Great for me then, too, as someone in the thick of her crime-show haze.

57. As Simple as Snow - Gregory Galloway.
I remember my review better than the book. ("Purports to be a mystery, but really isn't." But what did I MEAN by that?? That the most obvious explanation was in fact what happened? Or that it wasn't a mystery, as in the kind where you get an answer at the end?)

58.  Donorboy - Brendan Halpin.
I wasn't overly enthused at the time, but I really dig it in retrospect. For some reason I didn't like mixed-format books then? (IMs, emails, etc) Excuse you, those are GREAT. Also, I have read a couple of Halpin books since then and quite enjoyed them. Finally, I just realized why the main character no longer automatically annoys me: this is LITERALLY the setup for Under the Dome's Norrie, and OH HELP I need to reread it with that lens immediately.

59. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye - Deb Caletti.
Still one of my favorite Caletti books. I own it  and I keep meaning to reread it, just because I love books where teenagers suddenly get a huge amount of money. Until then, I'll just keep smiling at the title. And remembering when Caletti books were guaranteed to be great, instead of a 50/50 shot at satisfying.

60. The Crossroads - Chris Grabenstein.
Genuinely cannot remember this. Per 2008 notes: "Weird and twisted supernatural...thing. I gotta stop reading boy books."

61.  Dave's Song - Robert McKay.
Cannot remember this either, at least in a detailed way, but based on my positive review and vague recollection that it was very enjoyable, I'M MAD ABOUT THIS FACT. Would love to reread this solid-quality 60s teen book.

62.  Frannie in Pieces - Delia Ephron. 
I don't care how many times I read my own damn words saying "This sounds totally nuts, but I promise, it works," I cannot understand why Past Me actually enjoyed this, let alone rated anything with magical realism four stars. (I am really bitter about my slightly more recent experience with Ephron's The Girl with the Mermaid Hair)

63.  It Happened to Nancy - anonymous, "ed." by Beatric Sparks
I am kinda sorry I spent time on this, but I truly didn't hate this faker yet. Also may not have known her books were fiction yet.

64.  Part of Me: Stories of a Louisiana Family - Kimberly Willis Holt.
I was really taken with this at the time, yet I have no interest in reading it again. I think the multi-generational aspect appealed to me because I was so big on working on the multi-generational story of My Great Big Complex Fictional Universe at the time, and the book felt like someone had figured out how to arrange a concept like that.

65.  Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines - Nic Sheff.

66.  A Song for Summer - Eva Ibbotson.
I read this because dollsome read it (and loved it? I think? She was definitely stanning for Ibbotson, which I hope is still couth to say), and because the girl in profile on the cover reminded me right away of Chuck from Pushing Daisies (I think you know what OTP I painted onto the characters). I have fond memories and want to read it again, now that I know to brace for heartbreak.

p.s. did I buy this at a garage sale?? I have this vague memory of getting a paperback a few years post-reading, I can't remember if I put it in a box, or if I was ultimately too disappointed by the boring, different picture on the paperback version's cover and got rid of it.

67.  The Fox and the Hound - Daniel Mannix.
I NEED TO READ THIS AGAIN. I genuinely don't remember how it differed from the movie, and I can't believe I still don't own it. One of the best books read in 2008.

68.  Skinny - Ibi Kaslik.
I always remember that this book lied to me by making me think I was getting a book about anorexia, and barely focusing on the eating disorder at all. It is currently for sale in the used book section of the library, and I glare at it every time I visit.

69.  Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie - David Lubar.
Impossible to forget that title. One of those relatively likeable books that is not worth reading twice, but which is a fun way to pass the time. I can't promise this, but I feel like the MC hasn't quite grown into the general crassness of most YA boys.

70.  Not Like You - Deborah Davis.
I own this book (somewhere). I should read it again. BECAUSE DOGS. And maybe an age-mismatched romance? Am I remembering that right? GOODREADS SAYS THERE IS DEFINITELY A 24-YEAR-OLD DUDE INVOLVED, and that is a tad squicky for me with a 15-year-old even if she's a sophomore, but I can also push those ages closer together my head until they are Eric/Lux shaped.

71.  Locked Inside - Nancy Werlin.
Absolutely unforgettable. Basically THE definitive novel about teenage MMORPG players. Combined with a kidnap/ransom plot! One of Werlin's many hits.

72.  Blue Glass - Sandra Tyler.
I rated it 4 stars yet I literally cannot remember a SINGLE thing about this book, and there are like, no detailed reviews about it on Goodreads, and no summary at all. My short review lists some things that happen, at least, but I still don't have a firsthand recollection.

73.  Smoke: Dog on the Run - William Corbin.
I cannot remember a thing about this either, and I own it. It might even be on my bookshelf? But if it is, it's in the back of a row of small paperbacks that is now two deep, and invisible to me.

74.  Wendy - Karen Wallace.
I remember this being an excellent Victorian story, but the negative reviews talk about a lot of icky things I don't remember. I'm thinking I do not want to reread it.

75.  Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer.
GOLD STANDARD DYSTOPIAN SURVIVALIST NOVEL. Also one of the best books read this year. Legend in my heart for all the best ways. Just...pretend its terrible sequels with Alex (THE WORST) do not exist.

76.  Ophelia - Lisa Klein.
My last book of the summer, such a good Hamlet retelling. Also the reason I cannot get rid of Lady Macbeth's Daughter, even though I don't think I'll ever reread that one. I hope I never find this one cheaply for sale, because I'll buy it too and then spend my life going "but WHY can't you let go of this? Come on! I'll buy you a horse book!"

77.  Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen.
The first Austen novel I got to properly study in class. I was so excited, because I would never have read this on my own. Good times were had.

78.  Doctor Who: Feast of the Drowned - Stephen Cole.
Stone Rose is still overwriting everything here. I know there were creepy drowned ghosts though, and my review claims there was some shippy stuff. Which is why my memory of this is that it is my second fave of all the five DW novels I managed to read in my lifetime.

79.  Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen.
I had watched the movie but not read the book prior to this. It was by far the one of hers I was most excited to get to study in class, and still the one I think I like best.

80.  Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned [NF] - Mark Rashid.
I think this was good? I requested it from Interlibrary Loan, I remember that much, though not sure why I thought it was important enough to do so. It was also the last book I had time to read purely for fun this year (and this was in mid-September) -- though I did not realize it at the time. This was The Semester of All The Assigned Reading, as you can see below, and after that it was time to catch up on All the TV Reviewing from shows I had not seen while doing all of the schoolwork.

81. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
My second time reading this book went much more smoothly than my attempt to read it over the summer in high school (as my independent study for AP Lit., a.k.a. no class discussion during or after, just write a practice essay on it) I finally understood the humor, and it remains my close second fave.

82.  Emma - Jane Austen.
More great times in the British Novels class, where the wonderful Mr. Knightley, Fave Austen Suitor of All Time, was introduced to my life.

83.  Blake’s Therapy - Ariel Dorfman.
One of the absolute worst things I've ever had to read, made worse because I also had to buy it. New.

84.  Three Tales - Gustave Flaubert.
I don't even know what the three tales are, that is how little I remember. In fairness, I also more or less read it in French.

85.  David Copperfield - Charles Dickens.
My FIRST-EVER DICKENS BOOK. I was so excited to finally have a manageable way to do this, thanks to the same prof who brought me through Austen. I don't remember all of it, but do recall enough for most summaries to jog recollections of more, and overall I am just so proud I made it through. And wrote a paper on it and everything.

86. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid.
This probably isn't as bad as I remember, as I don't recall anything specifically annoying so much as simply boring, but it sure did serve as a flammable strawman to burn in effigy as far as a symbol of everything that made me Intensely Not Want to Hear about Muslims, Middle Easterners, or basically anything related to global politics in any way.

87. For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered [NF] - E. Mavis Hetherington & John Kelly.
It just cracks me up that I read this. SOCIOLOGY CLASSES, YO!

88. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens.
See "David Copperfield," minus the writing-a-paper part.

89. The Black City - George Sand.
I suffered through this in such a mixture of "French well beyond my general French reading comprehension level" and "illicit English-via-Google-Books-Previews" that to this day I'm not sure I fully understood or even finished the story, but I counted this anyway.

90. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka.
I'm still really happy I got to read a silly kinda-chick-lit novel for sociology! Never would have even hard of this on my own, much less read it.

91. Shalimar the Clown - Salman Rushdie.
We bonded. Stockholm style. Am I ever reading another one of his books? Only under threat of torture. Death alone is not a sufficient threat.

92. The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families [NF] - Stephanie Coontz.
Luckily for me I do not remember anything outside of nuclear families. I do remember that this was one of the most engaging textbooks I've ever met, as evidenced by my reading it cover to cover. As assigned, sure, but I didn't skip any of it!

93. Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens.
See "Great Expectations."

94. The Hungry Tide - Amitav Gosh. 
See "Shalimar the Clown." Except we didn't bond quite as intensely, and I have even less memory of characters or details. I did, however, also retain less hatred and more "I think there were some good descriptions of nature?" thoughts in my heart. Also, I have a lot more interest in India now that I am far away from the Indian professor who assigned this, and her miserably boring ~globalization~ class, and associate it instead with a bunch of actors I like and Amita Ramanujan of Numb3rs.
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