Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yeas and Nays January through June 2010

Fifteen-year-old Emily has decided to describe 46-year-old Emily's "yea" and "nay" books of January through June 2010. This is because 46-year-old Emily is too tired, and also because 46-year-old Emily plans to write real posts on some of these titles (if she hasn't already). As always with the "yea and nay" lists (when I don't decide there aren't) there are six "yeas" and six "nays." And then, there is this odd title at the end of the list. The titles are arranged alphabetically by author (because 15-year-old Emily is as anal-retentive as 46-year-old Emily is).


Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
When I grow up, I'm going to date Philip Marlowe and help him solve crimes. (Full post here.)

King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
One day, I am going to ditch my family and go live in Elfland. (Full post here.)

Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
I want to go back to England. Even if my home is bombed. Even if I have to live with a bunch of losers. Even if I am going to be stupid enough to get my heart broken by some dumb American. England is just so much cooler than North Carolina. They go to pubs and drink pink gin fizzes.

This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson
I want to be a cool librarian and surprise everyone with how cool librarians actually are. (Soon to be posted at this site -- I've decided I'm not risking much by linking from this site to that one, as people in these parts are not all that technologically savvy, so I am throwing caution to the wind here and doing so. Now watch: someone from the library will find this blog, my irreverence will shock her, and I'll lose that gig. Oh well...).

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
If I weren't too old for children's books, this would be the coolest book ever. (Full post here.)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I hate really popular books with really dumb titles. Just pretend no one's ever heard of it and that it has a much better title, and read it, because it's so much better than you think, especially if you LOVE, love, love Daddy Long Legs -- it's kinda like that. All letters anyway, and the author even talks about loving that book. (Full post here.)


Away by Amy Bloom
I thought it was going to be like Bread Givers, but it wasn't. I hated it, especially since I went through all that for such a bogus ending. ("Full-er" post here.)

A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
A "royal pain" is right. I didn't bother to finish it.

French Milk by Lucy Knisley
That girl was pretty stupid for someone in her twenties. I hope I'm smarter than that when I'm that old (46-year-old Emily assures you she wasn't. However, she didn't need to be reminded of how awful it is to be 22, and she hopes she wasn't quite so self-centered at that age).

The Giant, O'Brien by Hilary Mantel
I hate books that make me feel like throwing up, especially when they make me feel like that more than once. (Soon to be posted for the TBR challenge.)

The Shack by William P. Young
Why I hate popular books. I couldn't finish it. Almost as bad as The Prophet.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
(I've read a lot of popular books this year, haven't I?) This has the worst scene I've ever read in a book. It gave me horrible, horrible nightmares. But, the girl is so tough and so cool. I want to be like her (even though I am terrified of needles and could never get a tattoo).


Stefanie said...

Yay fior the yeas! I've already added most of them to my TBR list after you read them.

As for your ability to get a tattoo, I have the same needle phobia as you do but have managed three tattoos. You can do! It doesn't feel like a needle and you don't even see the needle. Come visit me and I will take you to my artist. She is an experience all on her own!

Emily Barton said...

Stef, oooo, I'd love to meet your cool tattoo artist. Still, I don't think actually getting a tattoo is for me...