January 22 08

It took me about 6 weeks to read The Other Boleyn Girl. I really, really loved it. i swear. i did. if you know me, you know that i, like my good friend Kath, love me some British royalty, especially Henry VIII…but he has to look like this Henry

and not like this Henry

because good god, why did ALL those women swoon? why?

but alas, she was a long read…600 pages, i think…and when you read for a living, reading for, well, my own enjoyment is tough to do. but, on sunday, while i had a sick lethargic toddler glued to me, who wanted to watch nothing but the Piglet Movie…over and over and over, i had nothing else to do so i read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. in one sitting. i was fascinated. couldn’t put it down.

it’s the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who gave $24,000 to charity, left his home, his car, his cash, his possessions and hitchhiked himself up to Alaska, where he decided to walk right into the wilderness, completely ill-prepared. He started his adventure in April of 1992, and was found dead in an abandoned bus that August.

Was he brave? or just stupid? are we supposed to be touched by his journey and the people he affects along the way or should we write him off as being a spoiled, rich kid who sealed his own fate by making foolish decisions. It’s tough to decide, really.

(ps. Sean Penn made the movie version of Into the Wild with Emile Hirsch. yum. It’s gotten fantastic reviews. i can’t wait to see it…but, it’ll have to wait until i’m done watching the last Die Hard…sadly..)

anyway…i’m now in a good reading groove. and i’m now looking for something new to read. Suggestions? What was the last great book you read?

  1. Into the Wild is next on my list;) I recommend the Outlander series, if you haven’t read it, by Diana Gabaldon. The first book starts out slow but once it gets going, they are all (6 so far) FANTASTIC and I’m still mourning the fact that I have to wait until 2009 to read the next one in the series…

    Comment by Joscelyn on January 22, 2008
  2. I just started reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. I’m only a few chapters in but I can already tell I’m going to love it.

    Some of my favorite books of the last few years include:
    The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    But I could go on forever with favourites on my bookshelves. If you’ve never read The Princess Bride, YOU SHOULD. It’s super funny.

    Shannon’s last blog post..hint, hint

    Comment by Shannon on January 22, 2008
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan – it’s one of the best books I’ve read in that last 5 years. It’s our book club book this month, AND it’s at the cinema. I saw it last night and it was very true to the story.

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    Comment by Cristan on January 22, 2008
  4. I just finished Atonement too – it was excellent.

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    Comment by Jen on January 22, 2008
  5. I may have to add Into The Wild to my future reading list.

    I’m reading Oil! right now and I like it so far.

    Kristie’s last blog post..No seriously, thanks for the information.

    Comment by Kristie on January 22, 2008
  6. I read Into The Wild at the same time as my dad, and we both agreed at the end – he was a jackass, who cares?
    My heart is like a piece of black, black coal, obviously.

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    Comment by Rebecca on January 22, 2008
  7. Oooooh, I love talking books! I even wrote a post today covering the last few books I’ve read.

    Anyway, as per your request, none of these are British royalty novels, but my absolute favorite novel of all time is “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy. Other good ones I’ve read recently are “The Time Travelers Wife” by Audrey Niffenberger (by the way, I am NOT looking up the authors’ names here, so misspellings may occur) and “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. Right now I’m reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” by Mark Haddon, and I’m loving it so far.

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    Comment by JMC on January 22, 2008
  8. Mrs. Rosenwald would be proud.

    Comment by Noah on January 22, 2008
  9. Try Tedd Dekker. I have just found his books in the last few months and I can’t put them down.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    Comment by Cyndi on January 22, 2008
  10. Your blog is looking awfully sassy! I just read the Blood of Flowers and really enjoyed it…

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    Comment by AbsolutelyBananas on January 22, 2008
  11. I just picked up The Other Bolyn Girl. Excited to read it — if I ever get time!

    I’m reading Eat Pray Love right now and loving it.

    Love in the Time of Cholera is one of my favourite reads. The movie’s coming out soon, too — so, now’s a good time to pick it up. The writing is so beautiful and poetic. It’s the ultimate romance….and it’s funny.

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    Comment by Haley-O on January 22, 2008
  12. Books? What are those again?


    You better bet I’ll be coming here for suggestions before we head to Mexico!

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    Comment by Angella on January 22, 2008
  13. Just looking at him gives me goosebumps! Something about the dark hair and mysterious eyes. Wentworth Miller is another favorite of mine, however I’ve heard that he prefers a man companion. He he.

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    Comment by Unnaturally Blonde on January 22, 2008
  14. Jodi Piccoult has been my good find this year. My Sister’s Keeper is the best one. Right now I’m reading 19 minutes by here, which is also really good.

    Other great books: anything Maeve Binchy, Time Travellers Wife is amazing..



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    Comment by Jenn on January 22, 2008
  15. I’ve been raving about The Ties That Bind by Chris Bohjalian. It’s a MUST READ!

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    Comment by TrenchesofMommyhood on January 22, 2008
  16. I’m also throwing Jodi Picoult’s hate into the ring. My personal fav of hers is Plain Truth. My Sister’s Keeper is good read as well– if you want to cry for the next 6 weeks.

    manda’s last blog post..Drama in the House

    Comment by manda on January 22, 2008
  17. I just finished Under the Tuscan Sun, and before that The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – really great book. I just started something new by Joyce Carole Oates… Man Crazy maybe? Its started well but sometimes her stuff just gets irritating. I HATED We Were The Mulvanneys. Holy crap that book sucked.

    ps – I decided today you are on my must read 1st or 2nd thing in the morning list. Thanks for writing Ali, I really enjoy your blog.

    Comment by monstergirlee on January 22, 2008
  18. Oh- I too read Into The Wild in a record short time – awesome book. The movie is playing near my house, I hope to get a chance to see it before it goes bye-bye.
    And I have Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I think), got it for a Christmas present, haven’t started it yet tho.

    Comment by monstergirlee on January 22, 2008
  19. Anything (and I really mean ANYTHING) by Jodi Picoult. I recommend starting with either Keeping Faith or My Sisters Keeper. You will get addicted to her writing though. I promise.

    Reading comments, it seems like I’m not alone here! 😉

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    Comment by Miss on January 22, 2008
  20. I’m about to start “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I’ve heard from several people is wonderful.

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    Comment by Sadie on January 22, 2008
  21. I think I’m at least 5 years behind on my reading…. some of my favs are White Oleander, The Color Purple, and Memoirs of a Geisha. I keep promising myself I’ll get a library card and then I don’t!

    anne’s last blog post..I’m Rich!

    Comment by anne on January 22, 2008
  22. I love British royalty! Who am I kidding I just swoon over any man with an english/irish accent! The Queen’s Fool and The Boleyn Inheritance are also by Philippa Gregory and are great reads.All of Robin Maxwell’s books are fab and not too long. Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott and A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith are must reads also. Can you tell I love historical fiction?

    Comment by Tara on January 22, 2008
  23. “The Girls” is an amazing book. I read it and LOVED it.
    I didn’t really like “Into the Wild”. I read it at university and got into a huge debate with one of my teachers about it.
    Eat.Pray.Love was fantastic and I also loved several Jodi Piccoult books.
    I read a LOT, but partly because I take the train every day. And, then I get into the books and find it hard to put them down when I get off the train.
    I’ve started putting the books I read on my blog because I forget what I’ve read and then the covers change – and I keep buying repeat books, getting partway in, and then realizing I’ve already read it.

    LD’s last blog post..Sad

    Comment by LD on January 22, 2008
  24. I’m about to read The Other Boleyn Girl! Philippa Gregory is awesome!
    Some suggestions for you (that I have read & loved):
    Surviving with Wolves by Misha Defonseca. Watermelon by Marian Keyes. Atonement by Ian McEwan. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
    And ones I haven’t read yet, but look amazing:
    The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory.
    The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.
    You will have to google them all to read about them lol.
    Or visit my “library” on my website 🙂

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    Comment by Bronnie on January 22, 2008
  25. I guess I wouldn’t know what to think about him. My first thought is stupidity but I’m touched he gave money to charity. Sooo….I’m lost for words!

    I just read Mary Higgins Clark “I heard that song before”. It’s okay, not one of my favs but I like to read humerous books like Janet Evanovich or romance like Lori Foster. So, I may differ on opinions.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog…hope to see you back soon!

    Comment by krissy on January 22, 2008
  26. I’m a regular lurker but I have come out to tell you about my favorite books.. both a must read both by the same author. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’m sure you’ve heard of The Kite Runner since it just came out in theatres and there was a bit of noise around it about one of the scenes and the Afagan boys that were in it. I don’t want to spoil it but you should really read the books and then go see the movie.

    Comment by Cleo on January 22, 2008
  27. I just finished reading the His Dark Materials series (you know, The Golden Compass, etc?) and couldn’t put it down for a second. The books are just wonderfully written and highly entertaining.

    Comment by Irina on January 22, 2008
  28. ‘Kay…fellow royalty lover here 🙂 Right now I’m reading Ken Follett’s World Without End which is kinda but not really a sequel to the equally excellent The Pillars of the Earth. both AWESOME books of historical fiction! Have The Kite Runner on my bedside table ready to go next. Oh! And I suggest anything by Edward Rutherford, if you like epic historical fiction. My faves are London and The Forest.

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    Comment by Kat on January 22, 2008
  29. I’m currently reading Pillars of the Earth, so far it’s good.

    I am now going to have to read Into the Wild and the Other Boleyn Girl.

    I also just finished Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I really liked it, although many I’ve discussed it with, didn’t like it. (Wow, that was a glowing recommendation, wasn’t it?!)

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    Comment by Jennifer on January 22, 2008
  30. I recently read The Other Boleyn Girl and really liked it too. The last book that I really enjoyed was The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

    Here’s some info on that one from our book club: http://boxofwinebookclub.com/2007/11/01/book-18-november-2007.aspx

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    Comment by jennie on January 22, 2008
  31. I just finished reading Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland and loved it. I’m recommending it to everyone! I’m a couple of chapters into the Glass Castle and am enjoying it so far. I think Into The Wild is going on my list though. Sounds great.

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    Comment by Shan on January 22, 2008
  32. When reading The Other Boleyn Girl, wasn’t it horrible to witness (so to speak) how that family whored out there daughters?

    You’re sooooooo dead on with JRM. Yummmmmmmm

    Comment by Kristi on January 22, 2008
  33. Just finishing us The Book Thief. A good WW2 read(is that an oxymoron?). I highly recommend it!

    Comment by Arica on January 22, 2008
  34. I just finished The Other Boleyn Girl last week. Good book. But all that stuff about Henry’s leg wound and how bad it stank??? Ew!

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    Comment by Fluent Brittish on January 22, 2008
  35. I just finished “What Girls Learn” by Karin Cook. Twas good. A bit sad, but good. And apparently I am from England.

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    Comment by Chris on January 22, 2008
  36. Oh, I loves me some British Royals, too. Jonathan Rhys Meyers could behead me anytime!
    If you liked the Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory’s other Tudor-related works are very enjoyable. The Boleyn Inheritance is a really good read.

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    Comment by mrs. mustard on January 22, 2008
  37. i taught “into the wild” with my high schoolers last year. we talked a lot about whether mccandless was a “modern day thoreau” or not. and i saw the movie when it came out, and was pretty pleased with it. 🙂

    last great book i read? i don’t know, it’s been a long time. two books i found while reorganizing my bookshelf, though, that come to mind are “prey” by michael crichton and “the lovely bones” by alice sebold. 🙂

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    Comment by Lara on January 22, 2008
  38. The last book I read was Angela’s Ashes. I know I am a wee bit behind the times, but I randomly saw the movie and then wanted to read the book. Very funny, sad and poignant.

    Comment by Filtering Life on January 23, 2008
  39. I too enjoyed the Other Bolyn Girl, but more the content than the actual writing. I found that it was a story that could have used a lot fewer words.

    My mom gushes over A Thousand Splendid Suns and my all time favourite is The Time Travellers Wife. I have a whole pile of books that I’m going to love to read, but classics for my French litt class and even more enthralling morphology articles for my linguistics class. Bleh.

    Comment by Heather on January 23, 2008
  40. still trying to finish love in the time of cholera and looking forward to movie which will be playing soon at the discount theatre….i am very partial to latino/latina authors like laura esquival water for chocolate etc…julia alvarez in the name of the butterflies..isabel allende aphrodites feast etc…just to name a few….

    Comment by LAVENDULA on January 23, 2008
  41. sorry forgot to thank you for the gorgeous pic of jonathan rhys meyers

    Comment by LAVENDULA on January 23, 2008
  42. Sadly the best books I’ve read lately…the Chronicles of Narnia… which you probably read 20 years ago, when I should have…I really enjoyed reading them and discussing them with my nine year old. (oh my god I’m old enough to have a nine year old!! and we read the same books!!) :o)

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    Comment by Bon777 on January 23, 2008
  43. I LOVED that book, I flew through it. I even read a few more of Phillapa Gregorie’s books after that one. AMEN on the why Henry the 8th? He was one ugle mofo and a bastardo at that.

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    Comment by Lindz on January 23, 2008
  44. The Welsh writer Jasper Fforde has written some fantastic novels about Thursday Next (pun intended) and her life in Literary SpecOps. Absolutely brilliant I feel. Try the first one: The Eyre Affair, where Jane Eyre is kidnapped from her book!

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    Comment by Jasmine Rose on January 23, 2008
  45. The Welsh writer Jasper Fforde has written some fantastic novels about Thursday Next (pun intended) and her life in Literary SpecOps. Absolutely brilliant I feel. Try the first one: The Eyre Affair, where Jane Eyre is kidnapped from her book!

    Comment by Jasmine Rose on January 23, 2008
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  47. I just finished The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry. It’s a collection of case studies that explain how children’s minds are affected by stress and trauma, and how he “fixed” some kids’ brains. And hearts.
    I loved it!

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    Comment by Dory on January 23, 2008
  48. I just read both of the books you just read, and loved them, so I feel like we’d like similar things…I just started Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen, and it’s great so far!

    Also? LOVE the new blog look!

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    Comment by metalia on January 23, 2008
  49. To keep around for light and quick reading, I would suggest Alan Alda’s Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.

    I just finished a 900+ page tome…The Pillars of the Earth. I must blog about it soon!

    I loved Into the Wild. I gave it to my friend’s son upon his graduation from high school. He is into the outdoors and adventures. I inscribed in it, “Please do not consider this to be a ‘what to do after graduation’ suggestion.”

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    Comment by Di on January 24, 2008
  50. I couldn’t put “The Other Boleyn Girl” down and read it all in less than a week. That’s scary ’cause hubby was in Ireland and I was “supposed” to be looking after a two year old and a 4 month old by myself. Oooops!

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    Comment by Mom On The Run on January 24, 2008
  51. The book “Into the Wild” made me cry. I am wondering how the movie will affect me.

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    Comment by Thomas on January 25, 2008
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