project read review

I had a blast with this project.  As a kid I read a lot, often staying up through the wee hours of the morning to finish a book.  Since I started college, I didn’t read for pleasure and it took me a long time to get back to my childhood love.  That’s why I decided to focus on reading this year.  It certainly has re-ignited my love for it and I already have a list of books that I would like to read next year (it’ll be nice to not have to write a review after I finish each one).  I thought I would share a few stats from this year’s project.  Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions and made this so enjoyable.  Your input enriched my year and I appreciate you all!

books read: 104 (average of 2/week)

pages read: 38,783

longest read: The Count of Monte Cristo (at 1,276 pages)

5 stars: 65

4.5 stars: 18

4 stars: 14

3.75 stars: 1

3.5 stars: 1

3 stars: 2

2 stars: 2

1 star: 1

favorite book: World War Z by Max Brooks

What a great year!



title: Neverwhere

author: Neil Gaiman

genre: Fiction, London, Doors, rat-speakers, Floating Market

suggested by: Phil S.

dates read: December 26th – December 28th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Richard Mayhew lives in London, has an okay job, a beautiful fiancée, and is generally happy with life.  Until he saves a wounded girl who seems to appear on the sidewalk through a brick wall.  Her name is Door and she is an “opener,” she can open doors that are locked and create doors where there aren’t any.  Her family has been brutally murdered and she’s on a quest to find out who’s behind it.  But she’s also being chased by Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, who enjoy torturing and killing their prey.  And Richard is unintentionally pulled into the adventure.

personal thoughts: Another unique story by Mr. Gaiman.  I was quickly sucked in and cared very much for Richard and Door.  I was a little unsure of Hunter and the marquis de Carabas but did enjoy the flavor they brought to the story.  The different people they encountered and the nonchalance with which Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar disposed of others furthered the compelling nature of the story.  Another win by Gaiman.

favorite quotes:
“He continued, slowly, by a process of osmosis and white knowledge (which is like white noise, only more useful), to comprehend the city.” p. 9

“Richard had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.” p. 12

“He had gone beyond the world of metaphor and simile into the place of things that are, and it was changing him.” p. 277