lil me

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did anyone else love this book? it took me a while to realize it... but i really loved this story. I love the way she writes and I love the way her characters think, and thus the way the author herself thinks...

I think being a 2nd generation minority from immigrant parents also helped me relate to this story a great deal. She touched on some things that i felt growing up that i didn't even fully realize until i read this book... i remember feeling sorry for the other korean kids who didn't have christian names like me and feeling lucky that my korean name (Taekyu.. pronouced TEH-Gyoo) was not my first name but my middle name... i used to pretend like i didn't have a middle name... i sometimes used to leave the "middle initial" field on forms blank when i was younger... i never really thought about why i did that... to this day it feels like extra effort to put the "T" on those forms... its hard to explain.

i was a little surprised that Gogol was such a player... i mean i guess he wasn't really that big of a player, but he had a 100% success rate when he went after the ladies... it was like panties flying through the air!

anyways did anyone else read this book?
lil me

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FYI... they made this book into a movie... its directed by Mira Nair, the same director of Monsoon Wedding!

the mom is kinda hot!

Here is the official website... i don't suggest watching the trailer cuz they give a crapload of the story away... i had to stop it like 2/3ds of the way in to it because i'm only on page 100 and i was learning far too much.
lil me


ok folks...

yes... you guessed it... it's time to start up the old bookclub again!!!

i've already changed the oil and rotated the tires... there was a little problem with the catalytic converter, but i replaced that bad boy along with the muffler... it purrs like a kitten now... i gassed it up, dropped some freon in there for the hot summer months, gave it a wash and a wax and this mamma-jamma is officially ready to HIT THE ROAD!!! YEEEEEAAAAHHH!!! WHO IS WITH ME?!?!?!?!?

has anyone read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri? it was recommended to me by like 3 people... that is my suggestion...

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I finally finished reading Middlesex. I read it really slowly but not because there was anything wrong with the book. It's actually really really good and you should all read it! Now! It's really cool because it's narrated by a hermaphrodite (this is by no means a spoiler :)) but it's not like "about" a hermaphrodite exactly. It's just about the person and his family history and there's just a whole lot that goes on so I won't go into a lot of detail but the writing style is very engaging and accessible and you should read it. The end.

I think I'm going to read Can You Keep a Secret next, which Laura just sent to me, then The Historian, since Steve and I bought it a while back and I haven't read it yet but my friend Brian said it was the best book he'd read in quite some time and he averages a book a week.

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After p_l_a_n_e_t's post about The Undomestic Goddess I decided I'd read my copy of Can You Keep a Secret?. I read it in less than 24 hours. And I laughed outloud many times. The kind of laughter where I had to put the book down for a minute to regain my composure. Maybe men could relate to these. Dunno. But damn, they're funny. The situations the characters get into always remind me of myself.

I also just re-read a book I first read in highschool. It's by Victoria Holt called On The Night of the Seventh Moon. I got really into Victoria Holt for awhile. She writes these kind of gothic romance/mystery stories, rather like My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. At any rate, I gobbled Victoria Holt's books up when I was younger, and when I found out she had other pen names, I gobbled those up, too. It didn't matter that once you've read one, you have pretty much read them all, and the premise is always pretty ridiculous.

Now I'm back onto a Victoria Holt kick. I just started re-reading The Captive. Woo ooo.