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What is Boston Reading?

3/08/2010 12:02:00 AM
Read any good books lately?  I recently read Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and liked it so much I just started reading The Handmaiden's Tale.  It's a little ironic because I hated The Blind Assassin. 

I'm also reading two books on waste water treatment plants - don't ask, it's for work - anyone out there want to school me on the finer points of MBR systems?  But I digress.  I recently got an email about what we as a city are reading.  Here's the list


1. True Compass: A Memoir, Edward M. Kennedy
2. Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
3. Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin
4. Have a Little Faith: A True Story, Mitch Albom
5. When the Game Was Ours, Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson Jr., and Jackie MacMullan
6. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
7. The Yankee Years, Joe Torre
8. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve Harvey
9. Guinness World Records 2010, Guinness World Records
10. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, Malcolm Gladwell


1. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
2. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
3. I, Alex Cross, James Patterson
4. Under the Dome, Stephen King
5. The Associate, John Grisham
6. Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult
7. The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks
8. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson
9. That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
10. The Host, Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is that Twilight lady, right?  That's one book I won't be reading.  There was one night that I was suffering from a bit of insomnia so I turned on the TV and ended up watching Twilight at like 4am on HBO.  Let me get one thing straight, instead of catching on fire in sunlight, her vampires sparkle?  No thanks. 

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2 Response to "What is Boston Reading?"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Have to tell you, I DESPISE the Twilight books with a passion (yes, I read the first couple), but I love The Host. It is a fantastic story. If you like Margaret Atwood, I think you would really like The Host. Don't discredit it.
    Also make sure if you read Oryx and Crake that you read the follow up to it, The Year of the Flood. It is a better book than Oryx and Crake, I thought.
    The Stieg Larsson books are terrific. I also recommend in the sci-fi type genre that people check out the book Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Great book and I just heard they are making it into a movie.
    Sorry I just turned this into my own personal book review. I am an avid reader and I would hate to see people discredit a good book because of a crap book that came before it.

    Posted on 3/8/10, 9:57 AM

  2. Beantown Bloggery Said,

    Hi Gigi,

    Thanks for letting me know. Actually it's funny I just got around to reading Oryx and Crake because I read The Blind Assassin first and hated it, so I was off Atwood for a while.

    Good to know that The Host is a different book from those Twilight ones, I never would have bothered to look it up. I'll look into it once I finish the books I currently have.



    Posted on 3/8/10, 11:16 PM


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