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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Summary From Goodreads : The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity's dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization. Ah, Cloud Atlas. It's been quite awhile since I have been properly infatuated with a book. This particular read has gotten a playlist out of me, and made me feel this compelling desire to shove it down people's throats. With my sister's throat being the closest, I pummeled it down hers, but with unfavorable results. She said it was weird, and that I was weird. But ultimately agreed to set it aside for future reading. But perhaps only to appease an alre

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Summary from Goodreads : Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan... But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Summary from Goodreads : After five years, Isadora Wing has come to a crossroads in her marriage: Should she and her husband stay together or get divorced? Accompanying her husband to an analysts’ conference in Vienna, she ditches him and strikes out on her own, crisscrossing Europe in search of a man who can inspire uninhibited passion. But, as she comes to learn, liberation and happiness are not necessarily the same thing. A literary sensation when first published in 1973, Fear of Flying established Erica Jong as one of her generation’s foremost voices on sex and feminism. Nearly four decades later, the novel has lost none of its insight, verve, or jaw-dropping wit When I saw the cover (2003 NAL trade edition)  of our book club's book of the month (not the one pictured here, as I don't think I am self-assured enough to not blush or giggle at it) I had completely different expectations from what I had just read. Well, it does contain some crass and raunchy stuff. The

Required Reading: August 2014

AUGUST REQUIRED READING REPORT 1 . Fear of Flying by Erica Jong - (4/5 Stars) Expected to giggle my way through this, as I did with the cover of  the 2003 NAL trade edition, but it turned out to be something different. "Good" different. 2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - (5/5 Stars) I haven't made my descent yet, you know, from that place that you go to, whenever you have just read something that threw you for a loop? A "good" loop, that is. SEPTEMBER REQUIRED READING (For more info on this meme visit: I Like It Dog-Eared ) 1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin  - This is TFGs book of the month, the discussion of which is in collaboration with another book club Flips Flipping pages. I am currently reading this and chomping through it my way faster than expected. I think it is an excellent "book club" book. 2. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi  -  Special thanks to Angus of Book Rhapsody , for being a big believer of the reward sys