Friday, June 19, 2009

100 Books You Can Read Online for Free

...and apparently you should!

Click below for the list of 100, and links to read them FREE online:

From The Canterbury Tales to The Kama Sutra, this is an extensive list that will cover many of the "should-reads" in life... for those of us who are interested in that sort of thing!

I'm jealous of this list. It's much more organized than mine.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

55. Matilda

My first book from the list of 100 that I have finished is Roald Dahl's classic, Matilda. After reading it, I think I may have read it before. Either way, I knew how it was going to end. I may have seen the movie at some point as well.

I love Dahl's satiric remarks, especially near the beginning of the book. Examples:

"It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful."

"If I were a teacher I would cook up some real scorchers for the children of doting parents. 'Your son Maximilian,' I would write, 'is a total wash-out. I hope you have a family business you can push him into when he leaves school because he sure as heck won't get a job anywhere else.'"

Dahl is awesome.

I also love Quentin Blake's illustrations. They are as classic as Dahl's writing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Undomestic Goddess

Leave it to me to start off by reading a book that I didn't even put on my list. My need to rebel against structure--even structure I myself set up--is obviously taking over here. I have started about four of the books on THE LIST, but last weekend we were at a garage sale, and I found Chick Lit books for 50 cents! Of course, I had to have them. I hadn't read these particular ones before, and come on! 50 cents.

So we start off the blog with the great Sophie Kinsella. I have read the entire Shopaholic series, and loved it. I have also read a few of Madeline Wickham's books. (This is Kinsella's pseudonym. Or, Kinsella is Wickham's pseudonym. Anyway, they're the same person!) I enjoy her books a lot because of the always too-quirky-to-be-believed main character (female), and the always too-understanding-and-handsome-to-be-believed main character (male) who inevitably interact. I have realized that her books are VERY formulaic. Okay, ALL Chick Lit is the same. Heck, a lot of fiction is practically carbon copies of itself, just change a few names.

Still, I like it. I don't need the plot to be a complete mystery. I enjoy the fact that the minute details are different, and revealed slowly over the course of 350 pages. And it feels good to be able to read that 350 pages in less than two days. The first book has been read.

Now, to start on my actual list of 100. Next time!

Have you read The Undomestic Goddess? What did you think of it? Spoilers are allowed in comments section, so feel free to discuss.