book challenge 2005

Even though I failed miserably at the Book Challenge last year, I may as well post an update…

28. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, 521 p
I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would… pretty much only because I didn’t like Maggie (one of the 2 main characters). At all. (Haven’t seen the movie but this is Cameron Diaz’s character). I really liked Rose, though (played by Toni Collette), so her journey was what carried me through the book. Good story about sisters finally coming to an understanding about one another.

29. Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner, 375 p
Yes, another Jennifer Weiner book. I like her writing style! Lots of character description and background information. Anyway, this wasn’t your typical chick-lit book. It’s a “happy” story but there are a lot of bumps in the road, and one that I definitely didn’t expect. Recommended.

… And that’s it for 2005. Sad, huh? Only 29 books!

I think I’d still like to keep track of the books I read this year but maybe not push myself to read 50. I at least want to read more than 29 books! Hee. With that said, here’s what I’ve read in 2006 so far…

01. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, 371 p
I read the entire book in about 2 hours. I really liked Samantha (thank goodness, Becky from Kinsella’s Shopaholic series has started to get on my nerves) and her situation felt real. But for some reason, I felt really indifferent about Nathaniel (Samantha’s love interest). Normally, I love all the romance! But yeah, he just didn’t do anything for me. Fun read anyway.

02. Up Country by Nelson DeMille, 576 p
AMAZING book. A co-worker let me borrow this book and I really had no idea what to expect. It kinda reminds me of a detective version of John Grisham’s legal novels. Anyway, this particular book is about a retired Army Criminal Investigations officer who is asked to return to Vietnam (he’s a veteran) in order to investigate one more (but highly important) case. Really suspenseful and intriguing book. There was maybe a little too much description of Vietnam (the terrain, geography, weather, etc.) but it made sense since we were seeing it all again through Paul’s eyes. Highly recommended.

Next up… another Nelson DeMille book. My co-worker’s going to surprise me.
Yay books. 😀