Hey everybody. Sadly, I am not posting a review today because I have either been too lazy or too busy to read. Never a right balance. I’m trying not to dwell on it since it’s the holidays and there are only TEN MORE DAYS to Christmas and you know… busy busy busy.
I am however having nice shiny daydreams about how I kick 2012′s ass with my awesome amounts of reading and completion of challenges. You’ll notice that the poll for January only have 4 options instead of the usual 5 – that’s because I picked one book for each of my 2012 Reading Challenges. I’m trying to start the new year off strong, goshdarnit!
So, here are your choices. Descriptions are from Goodreads, poll is on the right side there. So you know, revel in the amazingness of my choices and then vote! And then drag your friends and family here to cast their vote too, cause you know – I likes to see the voting. It’s fun!
Stardust by Neil Gaiman: One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years. But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love. His adventures in the magical land will keep you turning pages as fast as you can–he and the star escape evil old witches, deadly clutching trees, goblin press-gangs, and the scheming sons of the dead Lord of Stormhold. The story is by turns thrillingly scary and very funny. You’ll love goofy, earnest Tristran and the talking animals, gnomes, magic trees, and other irresistible denizens of Faerie that he encounters in his travels.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention – a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo’s death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole . . .as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villains ever created, takes his revenge on all society.
More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this classic novel, written in 1870, foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and advanced technology of the twentieth century and has become a literary stepping-stone for generations of science fiction writers.
Genome by Matt Ridley: This national bestseller is one of the most accessible and lively books available on the topic of the human genome. Taking each of the 23 chromosomes in turn, Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, tells stories of the genes and their meaning for us — blending history, science, medicine, philosophy, and ethics.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: “There, in the middle of the broad, bright high-road—there, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven—stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments.”
Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall readers ever since. From the hero’s foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins’s narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
So that’s it, folks! Voting ends the night of December 31st, of course. And the poll is on the right hand side.