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July 29, 2005

26 Down, 26 To Go (Halftime Report)

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is a big book, both in theme and style. Six narrators tell their loosely connected tales of power, and Mitchell raptly held my interest throughout the book. Inventive and fascinating, this is one of my favorite novels I have read this year.

To start the second half of the project, I will Sonic Youth member Thurston Moore's Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture.

This year's 2005 52 Books 52 Weeks project is a bit behind schedule. My outside reading has more than doubled this year, as I have read every author's work published in my Book Notes series, plus every author committed to the project and many more prospective submissions. If my future reading matches the past few weeks, I will top 150 books this year, but happily be newly acquainted with many talented authors and wonderful works. I'll be catching up this weekend and this week, so look for quick reviews and updates while I catch up. As always, thanks to Atomic Books for sponsoring my 52 Books 52 Weeks project this year (and for being extremely cool and always helpful). Thanks also to everyone who has sent me a recommendation.

If you have a chance, browse the online shelves at Atomic Books and send me a recommendation for my August reading. I allowed the bookstore staff to choose my January reading, it is only fair to allow my readers the opportunity to suggest my August reading. I'll be choosing five books that have been recommended by LHB readers. If I take your suggestion, I'll send out an LHB prize pack (in case of a tie, the first comment/e-mail gets the token gift). Thanks in advance for your help.

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