January 4th, 2007


#1 - White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

My first book of 2007! I had thought it would be the final book of 2006, but I didn't quite get through it in time.

I enjoyed reading this book, which is set (mostly) in Britain in the late 20th century. It follows two fairly dysfunctional families - the Joneses, and the Iqbals - while exploring issues of race and religion and what I guess we'd call the "generation gap." Smith's prose is wonderful - interesting and fresh, not too heavy on slang, but with enough contemporary and cultural "jargon" to bring a healthy dose of atmosphere. I thought the language fit well with her subject matter: the blending (or, more often than not, clash) of cultures.

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Thirteen Things about Wendy

This week . . . Thirteen things I'm looking foward to this year:

1. Moving to Puerto Rico
2. Seeing new birds in Puerto Rico
3. Learning to speak Spanish
4. The Rosicrucian Tools for Self Mastery course I started yesterday
5. Getting some experience as a yoga teacher
6. Moving into a new house, and all the possibilities for reorganizing and decorating that go along with it
7. Doing fun stuff with my son!
8. Horseback riding in the rainforest
9. Visiting friends and family in socal before we move
10. Boating and trips to the beach
11. Getting completely out of debt!
12. Reading some of the great books I've got waiting on my bookshelves
13. All the things I'll learn about myself and others in the coming year

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Reading to Dragon

Books: 2007

Time to start a new index of book reviews, for the new year. Here are the books I've read so far, including links to my reviews at All Consuming or here in my journal:

1. "White Teeth," by Zadie Smith
2. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," by Dr. Seuss
3. "Rikki Tikki Tavi," by Rudyard Kipling; Chuck Jones adaptation
4. "El libro de los modales: ¿Qué es lo correcto, Teo?" by June Behrens
5. "La Gata Perdida," by Berlitz
6. "Me llamo Celia: la vida de Celia Cruz," by Monica Brown
#7 - Con Mi Hermano, by Eileen Roe
#8 - Un Cuento De Peces, Más O Menos/a More or Less Fish Story, by David Wylie
#9 - Eleven on Top, by Janet Evanovich
#10 - Berlitz Español Nivelos 1-2, by Berlitz
#11 - Destruction Earth: Destruccion en la Tierra, by Katherine Kenah
#12 - Wild Weather: Tiempo salvaje, by Katherine Kenah
#13 - Tiny Terrors: Terrores diminutos, by Katherine Kenah
#14 - Animals Day and Night/Animales de Dia y de Noche, by Katherine Kenah
#15 - Red As Blood, Or, Tales from the Sisters Grimmer, by Tanith Lee
#16 - Gift From the Sea
#17 - Little Owl, by Piers Harper
#18 - A Wedding in December, by Anita Shreve
#19 - Stuart at the Library, by Susan Hill
#20 - Mantra & the Modern Man, by Prabha Duneja (I know this author! She's my meditation teacher)
#21 - Undead and Unappreciated, by MaryJanice Davison
#22 - 8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child, by James Windell
#23 - "Monster Bugs", by Lucille Penner
#24 - "The Ugly Duckling/El Patito Feo" by Merce Escardo i Bas
#25 - "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston LeRoux
#26 - "Undead and Unreturnable" by MaryJanice Davidson
#27 - "Mirage" by Soheir Khashoggi
#28 - "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke

To see my reviews from previous years:

2006 Reviews
2005 Reviews
2004 Reviews
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