What can I say, I love to read. Whenever there's a legitimate reason to ask for presents, you'll always find a book title or two on my wishlist. I don't always find time to read all of them but I keep asking for more anyway. I know in my heart that one day, I will go through all of them. I really should stop collecting, at least for now simply because I move a lot and they're not the most convenient things to be hauling around. I probably should start getting into digital books. But for some reason, they just don't feel the same. Curling up with my laptop in bed to read an online book just doesn't sound or feel right. So until the day I can come to terms with that, I will need hard copies.

Below, I keep track of all the books I've read. From time to time, when I feel like it, I'll actually write my thoughts about the book.

Rendezvous with Rama (by Arthur C. Clarke)
For someone who fancies themselves as a sci-fi fan, it's almost embarassing to admit that I had just read an ACC book for the first time ever. Talk about no closure though. This book was really interesting and I couldn't wait to find out the mystery behind the Ramans, and then I don't. But I guess that's the beauty of some of the good books out there. They just leave you hanging.
The Speed of Dark (by Elizabeth Moon)
Most of the book is written from the point of view of Lou, an autist. I find it refreshing. Just like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Reading novels like this definitely opens my eyes to the world of autism and broadens my way of thinking.
Quantum Rose (by Catherine Asaro)
I'm not sure who creates the cover art for Asaro's books, but I almost didn't want to read this book cause I felt like I picked up one of those Harlequin romance novels whose plots are all too predictable and oozing with romantic crap. This novel definitely has a little bit of that. And it was quite funny in parts. But the way it plays on science facts and advancement in technology will definitely tell you it ain't one of those cheap romantic novels. It's a very easy read, and very entertaining. This is the first book of Asaro's that I have read. And the author's background, if you read the "About the Author" part, is really impressive.
Spin (by Robert Charles Wilson)
It wasn't hard getting sucked in to this book. The premise was different (or maybe I just don't read enough), and the intrigue made me really go and read this at a fast pace. Although the book flipped between the past and the present, it was presented in a way that wasn't too confusing. The closer you get to the end of the book, the more it comes together. Nicely done. I think I'll be reading more of this author.
The Sea, The Sea (by Iris Murdoch)
I believe the goal was to make you feel disgusted by the arrogance and self-absorption of the main character, then that is very much achieved in this book. It was an interesting journey but I have to admit that towards the end, the whole self-introspection got boring.
Suite Francaise (by Irene Nemirovsky)
This was a very nice first hand account (though fiction technically) of how people from all walks of life handled a Nazi-occupied France. Interestingly enough, Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds came out right after I finished the movie. I enjoyed the book, and the movie =)
The Player of Games (by Iain M. Banks)
A friend couldn't get in to this book and decided to give it to me. I read most of it on the trip to Spain and back. It's kinda interesting though I'm not sure if I should have read something that introduces the Culture better, before reading this one. Maybe I would have "gotten it" more.
Anansi Boys (by Neil Gaiman)
After reading American Gods, I thought this would make a good "sequel". Definitely pretty entertaining in parts, but I can't say it's as impressive as American Gods.
Life, The Universe, and Evertyhing (by Douglas Adams)
As I said, this is the last one of the 5-part series I planned on reading and I've done it. It was a short one, but I really struggled to finish it. Just couldn't find it funny or enjoyable at all. It's probably just me....
American Gods (by Neil Gaiman)
First book of NG's that I've read. And I loved it! Not sure if it was because it was that good, or because I just haven't read any of this particular genre (Fantasy/Americana) before and found it quite refreshing and different from all other books I've read in the recent past. Anyway, I got pretty pumped about this author so I'm definitely reading more of his work hopefully very soon. Although, if I wanna finish all the other books I'm reading right now first, I'm not sure how "soon" that will be.
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