90. Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert
The author chronicles some of his more memorable experiences in the 20 years he has spent working in a public library near Los Angeles. Very amusing. It also made me kind of glad that I don’t work in a public library, and that I don’t have to deal with all this craziness on a regular basis. I give it a 7 out of 10.
89. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
Written by the same guy who wrote about reading the Encyclopedia Britannica in one year. In this book he spends one year trying to follow the rules of the Bible. He realizes pretty early on it is impossible to follow them all at once, particularly because there are just too many to keep up with. It’s an interesting as well as amusing book. I give it an 8 out of 10.
88. Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
This book is in someways the sequel to Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy, which I just read a couple of weeks ago. Autobiography of a Face is written by Lucy Grealy mostly about her childhood battle with cancer of the jaw, which had many consequences for her carrying on into adulthood. She only briefly touches on her adult life at the end of the book. Truth and Beauty picks up a little before Autobiography of a Face ends when Ann Patchett begins chronicling her friendship with Lucy Grealy when they began living together in graduate school. It adds a whole new level of meaning to Autobiography of a Face as it gives a whole new perspective to Lucy’s life. The story is told by Ann, but she intersperses with letters that Lucy had written to her throughout the years of their friendship. It’s a heartbreaking, but poignant story. I highly recommend reading both this and Autobiography of a Face. I give it a 9 out of 10.
87. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
I started reading this book a long time ago when I used to work at Barnes and Noble, but I never finished it for some reason. With the movie coming out, I finally decided to read it in its entirity. I’m not much of a fantasy person, so I’m definitely the target audience of this book. I enjoyed all the Harry Potter’s, but as a rule I don’t tend to read fantasy books. This book was not as good as the Harry Potter’s in my opinion. It wasn’t as creative and it was a bit more dull. Although it wasn’t horrible I don’t think I’m planning on reading the final two books in the trilogy even though it ends on a cliffhanger. I really just don’t care what the Dust is or where it’s coming from. Oh well. I give it a 6 out of 10.