Challenged: The Host

Well, finally, a book-related post!

Seriously, it had been so long since my last book-related blog post that I had sort of forgotten already how to do one. Yeah, it’d been a tough time for the reading–and writing–me. I have so many pending articles on the books I had read (Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, The Catcher in the Rye, and A Visit from the Goon Squad among others) that I think I should already be rereading them before I take time to sit and type out my thoughts.

With this said, I would be writing about the latest book I was able to finish: Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.

The Host (photo from goodreads.com)

I had reservations reading my borrowed copy of The Host (yes, despite the fact that I did borrow it). One, it’s sort of sci-fi and that’s something I’m quite unsure if I could like. Another thing, I doubted it because I liked The Twilight Saga so much that if The Host became not-even-close-to-exemplary, it would be quite difficult to forgive.

But still, curiosity and the bookish side of me got the better of these reservations. And well, I couldn’t tell myself I did the wrong thing after all. The Host is a unique story, with lots of crazy ideas and amazing takes on humanity. It was written in first-person view but was taken from a perspective that could be easily translated to third person. In other words, Meyer had so wonderfully crafted her novel that readers were all over the story without difficulty.

And because the story of The Host is a bit lengthy to narrate even in summary, forgive me for offering this synopsis from Goodreads instead:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

I Liked Best

The best, most amazing thing that could be said about this Meyer novel was that it had taken the issue of humanity to a level that people would be able to comprehend only with an open mind and whole heart. Since the lead character was a mix of two species–human and otherwise–the story took turns describing, hating, loving, and continuously wondering about humanity.

Life was taken as a complex existence, with warring ideas and conflicting emotions that were conspicuously difficult to handle. It was certainly hard to understand or even accept especially from the point of view of a soul like Wanderer, who knew and tolerated nothing but positive emotions like love, care and trust.

But when she came to live with the humans, understand their thoughts and courses of action, she began to realize that there are grey areas to a situation. That there could never be just simple choices like yes or no. That humanity was never pure evil, nor was it ever purely golden. That there were moments when violence, pain and hatred were actually the right things to feel even if they were repugnant emotions. This was very much helped by Melanie’s character, who had so much humanity within her that she was able to make Wanderer see reason however shrewd.

I also liked how such arguing thoughts were debated by other characters than Wanderer herself. There was the all-understanding nature of Ian who had so much care for the souls as opposed to Jared’s human-survival priority. Then there was Jeb with his deep curiosity, Doc’s acceptance and even the straight-backed resistance of Sharon.

All of these attitudes were necessary for us to understand the complexity of the issue. Meyer had seen to it that we had them, without the conveniently humans-thrown-together plot that seemed to be so obvious at first.

Finally, I appreciated Wanderer’s omnipresence and, er, eavesdropping abilities. Since the book was written in first person, it was necessary that we as readers were given a good account of what could be happening in places where Wanderer was not part of. It was then necessary that Wanderer, true to her name, was everywhere to hear conversations that were never meant for her.

I Liked Least

I might be a bit partial with this. But I never did appreciate much reading two different works of an author that had so much of each other’s characteristics that they could just as easily be branded as the writer’s signature. Didn’t know how to phrase this one better, I hope you did understand. I’d try to explain . . .

Hmm. You knew how Bella Swan of The Twilight Saga sort of had this different type of mind? The one with the “wall” inside it that it was impossible for Edward or anybody else to read her mind? It felt like that with all those mental argument scenes of Melanie and Wanderer.

Even some of Melanie-Wanderer’s traits were so like Bella: self-sacrificial, motherly and hopelessly in love.

I couldn’t really say it was a bad thing, having this sense of déjà vu in terms of character development. But I still think Meyer could have done a bit more tweaking with her female characters so they would not be so like each other. Apart from all other reasons, it would at least give a distinction in the personality aspect.

Chapter/Part I Liked Most

Definitely, this goes to the final pages–the ones that took place after Wanderer woke up in her new body. Not because it had this sappy happy-ever-after feel (because, well, it was a tarred form of sappy) but because it tied ends, however quite loosely.

Kyle was the best part, with his acceptance of Sunny even if she was a soul. There was reconciliation. There were changes that had me thinking all could be well even if they were far from it still.

My Personal Rating

*sigh* Always, always difficult to rate. But I’d say this one’s a 4 out of 5 pages. The story was uniquely great. Character development was defined. Even the conflicts were progressive in that it did not feel as though the characters were thrown into a quicksand of issues.

Regardless of what others thought of Stephenie Meyer, largely due to their impartial and sometimes prejudiced take on her more famous Saga, I still recommend The Host as a good read. It’s different and very interesting, if ever those words even suffice.

*** P.S. This one’s still counted under my unfinished 50 Books Challenge, okay?

Challenged: For One More Day

For One More Day, Mitch Albom

What if you got it back? That thing you have always wanted but let pass. That day you have done so many wrong on and you wish so much to repeat? That loved one who passed away and who you never got to say goodbye to?

What if you got them back? What if life gave you one more shot at it?

Chick Benetto was a disgraced, forgotten, short-time baseball player and an estranged father at the same time. He lost the possibility of earning a famous career in baseball to a knee injury. And the rest, he lost to that loss. He suffered, he retaliated with a brutality that drove his whole life away. Until suddenly, something snapped and he was hurling himself off a high ground–with the intention (or hope, perhaps) of letting force take his life.

And, I don’t know, maybe it’s somewhere between the living and the dead. But Chick got one of heaven’s sweetest gift, a rare chance not everyone is given. In that line, where the souls abound, Chick got one more day with his dead mother.

For One More Day is a novel of precious heart-content, soul-baring, and warm thoughts about life, chances, and newfound meaning.

What I Most Liked About It

The best point that can be said about the story is that, even in its bizarre, life-or-death, fictional sense, everything sounds and feels so true. It mirrors what most of us think about as much as it highlights the fact that at some point, we have considered jumping off a high ground too.

And it brings us home to the idea that life as we know–and hate–it has more to offer deep within. The novel speaks with utter clarity, not using a lot of metaphors to show us the true purpose of second chances coupled with a travel back down memory lane.

I think it has to do with the writer’s style. For we must admit Albom writes like that all of the time–realistically reminding us of our own subconscious whispers.

What I Least Liked About It

There is just one teensy disappointing part on the novel: I think it’s a little too short. Like I haven’t even gotten the hang of it and then it’s over. I guess it’s really how it’s supposed to be, given that Chick has been given just that small one more chance to be with his mother. But somehow, I would’ve liked it better had the story also showed how Chick got to rearrange his life after that weird experience.

Best Part/Chapter

Definitely the part where Chick got to meet his father’s other wife. It’s that point that has made him realize how much he’s taken for granted especially where his mother’s concerned. It is an awkward moment, I understand. But that moment has encapsulated in itself the entire message that the novel wishes to convey–that there are a lot of things in life we don’t understand and that someday, we’re gonna regret something at one point. We just have to learn from it and move on.

Personal Rating

Over all, I’d give the book 3.5 pages. I like the way it’s written, very clear and open. I also love how it has dealt so pleasantly with a grave subject like death. But like what I’ve said earlier I would’ve done better if I’ve seen how things have fared for the lead character after his bizarre journey. After all, we can only conclude how a moment shapes us if we’ve seen how it has affected and changed our lives.

As a whole, I’m definitely glad I’ve read this Albom work. It is something of a warm read to have when everything in life is as chaotic as it is at present. Somehow, I feel we all need stories of this type. We all need to understand, to see a silver lining, and to change our attitude towards life in general.

Challenged: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

I’ve never read a classic before. Though I’m familiar with most of their stories, I got by mostly through cartoons (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Little Women) or movies (Alice in Wonderland). And I’ve always wondered how it would feel to finally be able to read something that’s been in book shops for about 50 years now. I expected it to be confusing, practically because then’s ideologies are somewhat different from now’s, and laden with metaphorical references to the author’s immediate society.

And To Kill a Mockingbird does just that.

I wish I can be as elaborate when I write this post about To Kill a Mockingbird. Frankly, I have put aside writing about the novel again and again, for fear that I wouldn’t do justice as I only have my own understanding to use as support. And since I cannot even begin to collect my thoughts on the many subjects of the novel, I guess I would be deviating from the earlier format I set for posts related to the books I’ve listed for the 50 Book Challenge.

Instead of the usual “I like. . .” “I don’t. . .” stuffs, I would attempt to dig deeper on how I understood the story and the many meaningful, life-changing events in the life of Scout Finch.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Pulitzer awardee Harper Lee about 6-year-old Scout, sister to the intelligent, responsible boy Jem, daughter to lawyer, moral-filled Atticus, friend to adventurous boy Dill, and a sight to most of the residents of the hot, Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout’s story starts with the simplicity of her childhood in the absence of her mother and amidst the boyish household she grew up in, balanced by the only other female at home–their colored helper Calpurnia. Even in her young age, she begins to question intelligently the way their town has been operating. As she grows up and starts attending school, more and more of these questions pop up referring to a myriad of topics: colored folks, men and women, literacy, and poverty. These questions, however simple, are markings of a child growing up amidst the many flaws of social issues.

To Kill a Mockingbird therefore is not just any other novel. It is a work of art that mirrors the very society that is too laden with societal misconceptions that we might just as well be glad to be rid of at present.

Themes

Based on how I understood the novel, there are themes scattered about in Scout’s story. They are complex, especially since they’re delivered from the eyes of a 6-year-old. But if we look at them all, they are simple representations of what went on in the Americas before. And probably, how unacceptable they seem to be.

Scout’s many innocent questions symbolize these themes:

1. Societal laws, which may either be implied or blatantly imposed. Why is their neighbor Boo Radley locked up in his home? Why is she being forbidden to demonstrate her reading skills in class, where she’s supposed to be progressively learning if not at all starting? Why should girls wear corsets and dresses when overalls were more comfortable? What is rape, and why is Mayella Ewell suing Tom Robinson for that?

Societies are often marked and bound by such rules that impose on their people what to do and what to think of. It’s a little disgusting, if you ask me, to have more rules on behavior than on criminality. Much more, to have these behavioral rules override the fact that people aren’t supposed to be acting uniformly. They are entitled to their own personalities and should therefore be respected.

2. Discrimination and segregation–by gender, class, and race. Why are the people around her classified by nuances and impressions by the townsfolk? What is wrong with her father, a white man, legally defending a Negro? Why are women expected to be the only ones responsible in raising the kids and doing chores? How come most of the families who live by the dumpsite don’t come to school often?

Scout has seen most of these imbalances, from being raised by both a White, affluent man and a colored, working woman. I think it’s a good representation of views. The balance is seemingly normal at her home, but when she goes out to the town, she realizes that such is not the case. I appreciate that these points are well-taken and impressed upon by the author.

3. Human thinking. This is very much represented by the characters of Bob Ewell, the father of the supposed rape victim who out of shame during the court proceeding–where he was apparently wronged by Atticus–tried to kill the lawyer’s children. Bob Ewell is a good characterization of how humans generally act to protect what is little left in their persons, whether it’s pride or wealth. The same goes for the characters of Miss Maudie, who represents open-mindedness and a strength of will to believe in her own set of morals, and Mayella Ewell, a lady totally like her father.

Innocence and the Mockingbird

I must admit that, at the beginning, I was at a loss regarding the relation between the supposed general enveloping theme of the novel–innocence–and the metaphor of the mockingbird. But upon reading the novel’s interpretation that mockingbirds are evidently harmless creatures that only entertains its surroundings, I’ve begun to understand what the connection is.

Aside from the fact that innocence is as harmless as a mockingbird, I guess one symbolizes the other in such a way that when we speak of either one, we mean something that is always present and should be left at that: growing and prospering at its own pace and liking.

Generally, the novel is a straightforward way of stating what goes around the town of Maycomb. It openly directs readers to how a life bordered by societal misgivings must be changed, even just to ensure harmony amongst its members. I may not at all understand everything in between the lines of this book, but definitely, I accept what it’s trying to say. And I do hope that To Kill a Mockingbird be continuously read and recommended, especially to the younger generation.

If only to remind them that a mockingbird flies around, harmless and utterly true.

Challenged: The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

Change of plans. I don’t know yet which of my previously-listed 50 titles The Best Laid Plans is replacing, or if it would at all. But yeah, the book’s my 4th entry to the 50 Book Challenge I joined at the start of the year.

The Best Laid Plans is a 1997 novel by Sidney Sheldon about love, hatred, revenge, jealousy, drugs, and politics. It is a many-charactered story that follows the political rise of attorney-turned-US President Oliver Russell and the various people that surrounds his personal life. These includes PR man Peter Tager, Senator Todd Davis who also happens to be Russell’s father-in-law, and a myriad of women. The plot continuously rises and falls as Oliver’s ex-fiance Leslie Stewart who then married a powerful businessman dedicated her life into ruining the President’s reputation and chances for a second term at the White House.

Almost conveniently coincindental, a number of murders started occuring, with the women very much associated to Russell dying one by one due to an overdose of a lethal drug called “Liquid Ecstacy” (forgive me, the scientific name’s kinda difficult to spell). Aside from that, foreign correspondent Dana Evans gets jailed of espionage in a war zone. On top of everything else is Stewart’s undying vow of destroying Russell.

Sheldon spices up and connects each incident to one another, creating a web of deceptions and mysteries he’s much known for. In the end, the answer is a bomb that explodes in the middle of the chaos–tearing into pieces the whole glassy world of the rich and famous to make way for justice and a happy ever after.

Trivia: Sidney Sheldon included a sentence written in Filipino in one of the chapters. This is also one thing I’ve noticed in his novels, there’s always a reference to something Filipino. And I truly wonder why.

What I Liked Most

Hmmm. This is the fourth Sheldon novel I’ve read and well, I still get surprised. Maybe that’s what I liked best in this book–the element of surprise that never ceases even if you expect it the entire time. Actually, I got a little disapproving when there seemed to be an ineffective phasing of mysteries to their revelations. But apparently I was proved wrong because though I thought that there would be no explosion of sort–which I came to know Sheldon’s novels for–I still got myself shocked by the turn of events.

And I loved the man for it. For bringing down the whole story to a knockdown, artfully weaving a complexly-stitched mass of circumstances.

What I Liked Least

This would be the underdevelopment of the main female character, Leslie Stewart. I know for a fact that most of Sheldon’s main characters are strong-willed, talented, exceptional women (Tracy Whitney of If Tomorrow Comes, as an excellent example). Hence, I kind of think that the development of Leslie Stewart’s character seem to be way beyond majestic. She appeared to be a shallow, revenge-driven, cloudy woman whose innate talent went under her wealthy disposition.

To make matters worse, another exceptional female was introduced mid-novel in the face of war-torn reporter Dana Evans. And her character was by far better and easier to be appreciated. Although I still think that Evans’ views were too idealistic for a modern woman, but then, that’s not the point.

I guess I would have done better if more of Leslie’s destroy-Oliver plans were shown. This, for me, could have played the intelligent, cunning lady part for her.

Part I Liked Best

I liked best the part where Dana Evans and an interviewee was threatened with death by an assassin. I liked that part because of it’s hilarity, more than anything else. The “scene” was that an assassin barged into the living room of Evans’ interviewee, the sister of the sole witness and key to the whole mystery, and threatened both ladies with a loaded, lethal gun. And to avoid such an incident, Evans called on her station’s command post to put her on live TV. It was so hilarious then, imagining the whole thing–the assassin double-taking upon realizing that if he shot those women, the entire America would witness it.

It’s a bit uncharacteristic, especially following the entire novel’s seeming dark plot. Unnerving too, judging on how comic the whole thing appeared. Yet, it’s effective.

Overall (Personal) Rating

I’d say 3 pages. For three reasons: 1) the plot’s kinda different and exciting, although it’s a bit too fictitious; 2) there were references to ideologies that are, well, too idealistic; and 3) it’s still a spectacular mystery-thriller.

In closing, I just want to express how relieving it somehow feels for me to catch this copy of The Best Laid Plans. I must say, there’s something nostalgic that occurs when I read novels that my father and I share a liking for. I’ve been deviating from these types of novels–which I have dubbed before as something more fit for men–and to get back on such track feels cool.

Challenged: Super Freakonomics

Super Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

I wanted to read Super Freakonomics–or, originally, I wanted the first book Freakonomics–for a number of reasons. One, is because my friend had read it and she attested to its goodness. Two, the whole lot of topics within the book is something I don’t usually read. Three (and last), this isn’t my type of book.

Super Freakonomics is the follow-up to the the New York Times bestselling title Freakonomics. It is about, well, economics and how the field applies to seemingly everyday, ordinary occurrences. The book is written by John Bates Clark Medal recipient Steven D. Levitt and acclaimed writer Stephen J. Dubner.

S and S, the authors I mean, write four years after their first book unexpectedly hit success road. And this time, they talk about prostitution, suicide bombing, altruism, cheap fixes, and Al Gore. They point out the wrongs of the very society they live with. They string together facts, from thorough research, to drive their ideas to its destination.

Trivia: (You will find this in the introductory chapter, but whatever.) The authors admit in this book that they lied in their first work–twice.

What I Liked Best

I’m going to repeat that Reason #3 from the introductory paragraph, this isn’t my type of book.

If you cannot bear numbers written in black-and-white, if you would rather have a fact explained through exemplification than by statistical tables, we’re on the same club. I would never appreciate Math even if it explains to me why my blood pressure shoots up for no reason.

This is exactly what I liked best about Super Freakonomics–the writing style, meaning the tone, the word usage, the construction of thoughts. It is about economics and is probably intended to readers who appreciate the economy and the Math it entails. But the way it is written betrays that thought. Even those who wouldn’t possibly understand which between 99% and 1% is bigger would understand that walking drunk is statistically more likely to kill a person than driving drunk.

I love the fact that S and S managed to stuck with their topic and made appreciating it so much easier. I like how everything is written straightforwardly, with words that are alternately scholarly and layman. And I love how readers can probably sit together with friends over a friendly, hassle-free dinner and talk about the facts in the book.

What I Liked Least

Mmm. This is difficult. Seriously, because of course I would have to assess without letting that I-hate-Math thing get in the way (a lot).

Okay. So I liked least the fact there is just too much information. And I mean that content-wise. Yes, it is understandable because definitely a book about economics should have lots of information. But there are parts when some information are like floating around without really anchoring itself onto the topic being discussed. There are anecdotes that, while thought of as amusing, are simply minutely and remotely related to what the readers are expected to understand.

Although I guess the conversational way and household words used kind of negates that too-much-info factor, I also think readers are better off spared from the drowning pool of facts.

Chapter/Part I Liked Best

This would have to be the first chapter: How is a Street Prostitute like a Department-store Santa? That’s not so perverse, if you ask me. I like it best because it explains a lot with so much rationality. It, prostitution, is a difficult topic to write because of the social implications and the many legal touches it requires.

Which means, what the authors have done to put in what they’ve put into that chapter is no joke. And I appreciate it.

(Personal) Rating

For ratings, I would give 3.5 Pages for Super Freakonomics. I would do so for two reasons: 1) personally, because I really am not into such topics as economics but for a first attempt at out-of-the-box reading, I do feel like I made the best decision; and 2) as a reader, generally the book can be used as both reference and a nighttime read, although for the latter you’d rather not unless you want nightmarish numbers in your sleep.

In the end, maybe this isn’t really about me or my interest or what the book has given me. It may be but it may not totally be. I never asked those questions that the book has answered. But if we think about it, between many and few is a huge difference in the number of people who wouldn’t ask as well.

To Serve as Introduction

January 16, 2011: I took on the challenge of reading 50 books within the year 2011.

50 Books Challenge (prettybooks.tumblr.com)

And now, almost a month after, I am nearing the end of my first book. I know it isn’t much when it comes to pacing, but I certainly am glad I’m moving forward. Hopefully, by the following week I would be able to come up with a nicely-written post about that first book.

Having said that, I am trying to think of a way to at least distinguish these soon-to-be-written articles on the books I would finish from the other book-related posts I’ve done before.

And I do admit to realizing I have not the best and most creative ideas. The posts, as I envision them right this moment, would follow the format:

Introduction

What is it about? Who wrote it? Who are they? Any facts/trivias about the book and/or the authors? Any awards received? A few basic facts . . .

What I Most Liked About It

In the past, I have somehow done enumerations on the stuffs that I liked about the book–from the writing style to the word-usage to the tone. Now though, in an attempt to dig further, I would be contemplating on which of the book’s many plus points is the best.

What I Least Liked About It

The same goes for the negative side. I would be picking which not-so-good attribute of the book is most disturbing (in whatever sense) or most unpopular for me.

Best Part/Chapter

Not necessarily the climax, if I may be clear about this. Just the part of the story that I enjoyed most.

Personal Rating

This, I’ve never done before purely because I feel like I have no right to. But since I’m reading for a specific purpose among many others now, I guess I do get a few merits for coming up with my own rating of the books. I would be using Pages, not the usual stars or checks ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the highest. Of course, I would be trying my best to explain the reason behind each rating.

 

In the end though, I still would want to retain one thing: that what I would write, except for the intro part, would be at best subjective. I’m not the best reader there is and opinions ought to be subjective after all.

The 50 Books Challenge

(Updated: January 24, 2010)

I solemnly swear to try my best to keep up with the 50 Books Challenge.

This is a sort of bookworm challenge that has gone around Tumblr at the start of the year. It’s rule is fairly straightforward: in the duration of year 2011, you’ve got to read at least 50 books–of any author, within any genre. I can’t remember if the challenger is supposed to blog about each book after having read it, but I guess if you read and blog then chances are you’re gonna blog after reading.

So yesterday, I had the urge to actually list the books I’ve had in mind to read within the year. It’s not a tough list, meaning not everything was New York Times Bestseller’s material or deep-thought-inducing types. It simply has books that I’ve heard from friends or read from the Internet or others by authors I’ve already read. I didn’t even make it in reading order, because of course I couldn’t be sure when within the year I’d get my hands on them.

The list goes like this:

Books in/per Series:

The Millenium Trilogy

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2. The Girl who Played with Fire

3. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Uglies Series

4. Uglies*

5. Pretties*

6. Specials*

7. Extras*

The Chronicles of Narnia (I didn’t include all seven books, because honestly not everything in this series appeals to me.)

8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

9. The Magician’s Nephew

10. The Last Battle

Books by Author:

John Grisham

11. The Appeal*

12. The Rainmaker*

13. The Summons*

14. The Pelican Brief*

15. The Runaway Jury*

16. The Street Lawyer*

Jodi Picoult

17. House Rules*

18. Keeping Faith*

Nicholas Sparks

19. The Wedding

20. Dear John*

Mitch Albom

21. Have a Little Faith*

22. For One More Day*

Paulo Coelho

23. By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept*

24. Veronika Decides to Die

Classics:

25. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

26. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

27. Emma, Jane Austen

28. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

29. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee*

30. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll*

31. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

32. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery*

33. The Secret Garden, Frances Burnett

34. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

35. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy*

Chick Lit:

36. Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell*

37. LA Candy, Lauren Conrad*

38. P.S. I Love You, Cecilia Ahern*

Horror/Suspense-Thrillers:

39. The Shining, Stephen King*

40. Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist

41. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice*

And finally: Books That I Don’t Know How to Categorize But I’d Love to Read Nonetheless:

42. [The Death and Life of] Charlie St. Cloud, Ben Sherwood*

43. Atlantis Found, Clive Cussler*

44. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro*

45. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold*

46. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards*

47. What the Dog Saw, Malcom Gladwell

48. Stealing Heaven, Elizabeth Scott*

49. Digital Fortress, Dan Brown

50. SUPERFreakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner*

Some of these books, as in those with asterisks (*), I already have either in true (paperback) form or as E-book material. Which means I can start anytime I want.

And, okay let’s be honest with this, the list is subject to change should I find difficulty in securing copies. So . . . ’til the next update/post/review on this challenge!

Wish me luck!