Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cori's Introduction and List

I'm very excited to be joining this blog. I am currently in grad school for Library Science, and I think I will really enjoy discussing books with others. I don't really know anyone who reads as much or the same content as I do, so this will be a nice resource for me.

I started my own Booker challenge about a year ago, and I stumbled across this blog last winter. I don't read many blogs (although I'm starting to more), and I don't blog myself, but I am so excited that other people are doing this too that I had to start.

Rather than do reviews of previously read books, I'll just include my brief opionions.
Bookers I have read:

2008 - The White Tiger - (I enjoyed this, although I was slightly disappointed. I felt like more should have happened. It seemed to build up to an insufficient climax).
2003 - Vernon God Little - (I don't know what to say. This book is hard to pin down. I enjoyed it, but I was not sad when it was over).
2002 - Life of Pi - (I loved it, which surprised me. I generally shy away from and often dislike "popular" books, but this was my first Booker and it hooked me).
2001 - True History of the Kelly Gang - (This was very challenging for me. Carey uses such distinct dialect and geographic descriptions, all of which was foreign to me.)
1998 - Amsterdam - (Not a challenging book, but I really questioned whether it was the best selection from that year's picks. I will have to read the shortlist to find out).

Shortlist selections I have read:
2008 - Child 44 (longlist) - (I read this very quickly, and enjoyed it, but I am glad it didn't win or even make the shortlist. It was good, but not great).
2006 - Theft: A Love Story - (This was another challenging Carey read for me, but much more accessible than True History of the Kelley Gang).

After rereading my descriptions, I seem to dislike Booker books. This isn't neccesarily true, but I did sometimes find myself enjoying the satisfaction of finishing one more than the process of reading it.

I am currently reading The Blind Assassin. I started it almost a month ago, and it was very slow-going for me for a long time. Last weekend I woke up at 2:00am and read until almost 4:00am, so I got a large section behind me, and I am starting to enjoy it much more. I should be done by this weekend, and I will post a review soon thereafter.


  1. Welcome Cori! Thanks for joining! I'm looking forward to following your progress.

  2. Hi Cori!

    You seem to have very similar taste in Booker winners to me. I often feel as though I don't like many of the Booker winners - the short listed ones seem to be much more enjoyable.

    I look forward to comparing notes with you in the future.