Books Read in 2006

  1. Books titles that appear underlined when you scroll over them will take you to a book review.

  2. The Book of Small - Emily Carr
  3. Canadian-Content. I love Emily Carr. Her simplistic writing style is reflected in her painting and her childhood stories are amusing.
  4. Rating: 4/5

  5. Elizabeth - David Starkey
  6. Starkey really knows his stuff. I loved all of the little details he included here. A great resource for those who like the Tudors.
  7. Rating: 3.5/5

  8. Camber the Heretic - Katherine Kurtz
  9. This woman writes amazing books! The small group of Deryni are trying to save their lives while King Cinhil lies dying. Amazing plot!
  10. Rating: 4/5

  11. Deryni Archives - Katherine Kurtz
  12. A few short stories about the Deryni. An entertaining afternoon.
  13. Rating: 3.5/5

  14. Growing Pains - Emily Carr
  15. Canadian-Content. A continuation of Carr's life. I love her writing style. In this book she travels to England and gets made fun of. They call her a 'Colonial'. Ridiculous really but then she travels to France and has a better time. Do read her work; it's whimsical and amusing.
  16. Rating: 4/5

  17. Klee Wyck - Emily Carr
  18. The title comes from Carr's native name given to her by the indigenous peoples that lived around Victoria. It means, " laughing one". In this book Emily travels up the West Coast and visits various First Nations villages, sketching and painting as she goes.
  19. Rating: 4/5

  20. The Flanders Panel - Arturo Perez-Reverte
  21. This man is a genius! He makes chess interesting and links it to a murder! And so I am a convert to his writing. This was a mystery with good characters and a great story. I can't wait to read more of his books.
  22. Rating: 4/5

  23. A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
  24. The second book in one of my favourite series. Not as good as book one I thought but a good addition and we see the development of quite a few characters.
  25. Rating: 4/5

  26. Lorna Doone - Richard D. Blackmore
  27. DO NOT READ!Such a bad book. It started off well enough with a family of highwaymen but soon descended into boringness where the battle scenes are glossed over
  28. Rating: 0/5

  29. Bill Peyto's "Mountain Journal" - E J Hart
  30. This is about life in the Rockies by Banff. A good read with some quirky stories.
  31. Rating: 3/5

  32. The Last Spike - Pierre Berton
  33. Canadian-Content. A refreshing story of how the railroad was built across Canada. Instead of being a stuffy history book, it's actually quite amusing and full of crazy facts. Here Pierre Berton achieves that elusive balance between fact and entertainment.
  34. Rating: 4.5/5

  35. A Hunter of Peace - Mary Schaffer
  36. Great little book with some funny stories. Apparently she once found a bullfrog lying on her pillow.
  37. Rating: 3/5

  38. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  39. A good story though the part about the warts and graveyard has always creeped me out. My favourite quote is, "And while the late steamer Big Missouri worked and sweated in the sun, the retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by, dangled his legs, munched his apple, and planned the slaughter of more innocents."
  40. Rating: 3.5/5

  41. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  42. The book is even crazier than the movie. I love its zaniness though. It makes sense somehow.
  43. Rating: 5/5

  44. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
  45. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to walk through a mirror. Is it morbid that I really love the Walrus and Carpenter bit? I also love the idea of being able to remember future events.
  46. Rating: 5/5

  47. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  48. I loved this story and the protagonist, Chris. He had a unique way of looking at the world that kept things fresh for me.
  49. Rating: 5/5

  50. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  51. Never go anywhere without your trusty towel. Adams' wild and wonderful imgination was at work here. I always felt kind of sad for Marvin though I mostly think he brought it on himself.
  52. Rating: 5/5

  53. The Odyssey - Homer
  54. Never was a woman so patient and understanding as Penelope. While her husband spends ten years fighting the Trojans and then another ten sleeping with other women, she's busy fighting off suitors who think he's dead. Poor poor Penelope.
  55. Rating: 5/5

  56. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
  57. This book was huge but I loved it! Clarke's imagination seems to know no bounds. The characters and magic all felt right for the time period. I did want more about the Raven King though. The story seemed to be building up to a confrontation with him that never occured.
  58. Rating: 4/5

Part of the ultimate reading compilation? Or just something that's been sitting around the house?

It's the last book in a series that I started reading a while ago and it's not on my list. The problem was getting the last two books. They just didn't seem to be available in the large book chains and weren't even carried in smaller ones.

I could have taken the trouble of ordering the books from a major book chain but I haven't had good experiences with that in the past.

So, last year I ended up finding book four in a garage sale and last month, I found book five at my old job, a used book store. So of course, I bought it and read it and then lent book five to my dad.

It was an okay series but I don't think it's one that I'll read again and again. For example, I'd rather read Melanie Rawn's "Exiles" series if I had a choice.

I'm not big on reading series type books, so I've never heard of the one you mentioned.
I did real Goosebumps, Fear Street, Nancy Drew and Bobsey Twins back when I was younger, so I guess I got my fill of series(es?) back then.

I would love to work in a used book store. Or better yet, own one. I think that's the perfect thing to do with a BSc, don't you?

A used bookstore with a BSc? I don't know. But yeah, I did used to read Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins but I never really got into Goosebumps like a lot of my friends did.

I was kidding... I've only got half a year left in my degree, so I'm at the all-important "What now?" stage of my life. I figure a used book store would be an easy way out...

Yeah, that's something I've got to start thinking about soon. I'm starting to wonder what a person can do with a BFA.

lol... own an art shop?

That's exactly why I'm getting a BSc instead, because I had no idea what a degree in fine arts would get me, other than $45 grand in debt.