Joined Thursday, January 20, 2005
My Wish List
"If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger.
If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early.
If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless.
If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next. Staring at the title of the book, he turned hot and cold, cold and hot. Here was just what he had dreamed of, what he had longed for ever since the passion for books had taken hold of him: A story that never ended! The book of books!" - Michael Ende
I had no idea how best to rate my books, and stumbled across this excellent rating system on someone's shelf, who found it on someone's shelf, who found it on Scism's bookshelf (well you get the picture). Thanks to Scism for this:
10: Excellent, at the top of its category. This book has impacted me deeply, challenged me profoundly, or has simply been a pure delight to read
9: Great book - just a nitpick stands between it and a 10
8: Good, solid book that I would recommend to others
7: Good book, but it didn't grab me in a big way
6: Decent, but not my type of book
5: Maybe somebody else would like this. I didn't
4: Only OK. Barely worth reading. The line between taking it and leaving it is very thin
2-3: Has major problems. I don't recommend it
1: It's hard to imagine anyone liking this book
My Wild Catches = 131
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