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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Classics Club #1

UPDATE:  I started this with a list of 50 books.  When I came up with that list, I inadvertently forgot several books and did not include any books that I'd like to read again.  So, I revised my list.  I fully intend on reading 50 books from this list by March 7, 2017....  but will give myself checkpoints after that point (1 additional year per 10 books on the list).  I have also rewritten the list so that it is in alphabetical order by author's last name. And I just keep adding books....  the list is never-ending, but I must hit my goal dates!

Start Date:  March 7, 2012
End Date:    March 7, 2017 (for 50 out of total books)
2nd End Date:  March 7, 2018 (for 60 out of total books)
3rd End Date:   March 7, 2019 (for 70 out of total books)
4th End Date:   March 7, 2020 (for 80 out of total books)
5th End Date:   March 7, 2021 (for 90 out of total books)
6th End Date:  March 7, 2022 (for 100 out of total books)

Total Read to Date:  42 of first 50 

The List:

  1.  Adams, Douglas - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy   review
  2.  Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women
  3.  Aristophanes - Lysistrata
  4.  Austen, Jane - Emma  review
  5.  Austen, Jane - Persuasion
  6.  Austen, Jane - Sense & Sensibility   review
  7.  Baum, L. Frank - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  review 
  8.  Behn, Aphra - Oroonoko
  9.  Bronte, Anne - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
10.  Burroughs, William - Junky
11.  Capote, Truman - In Cold Blood
12. Cather, Willa - O Pioneers!   review

13. Cather, Willa - One of Ours
14. Chang, Jung - Wild Swans
15. Choderlos de Laclos, Pierre - Dangerous Liaisons
16. Collins, Wilkie - The Woman in White
17. DeFoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
18. Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
19. Dickens, Charles - Bleak House
20. Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations
21. Dickens, Charles - Oliver Twist    review
22. Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Idiot
23. Dumas, Alexandre - The Count of Monte Cristo
24. Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
25. du Maurier, Daphne - Rebecca
26. Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
27. Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
28. Ellroy, James - The Black Dahlia
29. Eugenides, Jeffrey - Middlesex
30. Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying   review
31. Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
32. Forster, E.M. - A Room With A View  review
33. Gaskell, Elizabeth - North and South
34. Gibbons, Stella - Cold Comfort Farm
35. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
36. Hammett, Dashiell - The Maltese Falcon  review
37. Hemingway, Ernest - In Our Time
38. Hemingway, Ernest - The Sun Also Rises  review
39. Hemingway, Ernest - To Have and Have Not
40. Hamsun, Knut - Hunger
41. Henry, O - Collected Stories  review
42. Hesse, Hermann - Steppenwolf
43. Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God  review
44. Ishiguro, Kazuo - The Remains of the Day
45. James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
46. Joyce, James - The Dubliners
47. Juster, Norton - The Phantom Tollbooth   review
48. Keller, Helen - The Story of My Life
49. Kerouac, Jack - Visions of Cody
50. Keyes, Daniel - Flowers For Algernon   review
51. Lawrence, D.H. - Women in Love
52. Lee, Harper - To Kill A Mockingbird     review
53. Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
54. Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With The Wind   review
55. Orczy, Baroness - The Scarlet Pimpernel
56. Orwell, George - Animal Farm    review
57. Orwell, George - Nineteen Eighty-Four
58. Pamuk, Orhan - Snow
59. Poe, Edgar Allen - The Fall of the House of Usher review
60. Poe, Edgar Allen - The Pit and The Pendulum  review
61. Pushkin, Alexander - Eugene Onegin
62. Puzo, Mario - The Godfather
63. Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
64. Radcliffe, Ann - The Mysteries of Udolfo
65. Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
66. Rhys, Jean - Wide Sargasso Sea  review
67. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques - Confessions
68. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de - The Little Prince  review

69. Sinclair, Upton - The Jungle
70. Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  review
71. Stein, Gertrude - The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
72. Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island   review
73. Stoker, Bram - Dracula
74. Swift, Jonathan - A Modest Proposal   review
75. Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
76. Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit    review
77. Trumbo, Dalton - Johnny Got His Gun
78. Twain, Mark - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court  
79. Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  review
80. Twain, Mark - Pudd'nhead Wilson  review
81. Verne, Jules - Around The World in Eighty Days   review
82. Voltaire - Candide    review
83. Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five   review
84. Wells, H.G. - The Time Machine
85. Wells, H.G. - War of the Worlds    review
86. Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth review (DNF)
87. Wilde, Oscar - An Ideal Husband
88. Wilder, Thornton - The Bridge of San Luis Rey  review
89. Woolf, Virginia - Mrs. Dalloway   review
90. Washington, Booker T. - Up From Slavery  review

Let's make it an even 100, shall we?

91.  The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
92.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - review
93.  I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith   review
94.  The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio  review
95.  Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
96.  Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery  review
97.  The Giver by Lois Lowry  review
98.  The Art of War by Sun Tzu   review
99.  Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
100.  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad   review

Monday, January 2, 2017

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 2016

               Books Read:  29
               Books Purchased:  18

This is an effort to read the books I already own, as of December 1, 2015.  I've worked in a *tiny* loophole which will allow me to buy new books...  but just not as many.  Hopefully this will bring my TBR book piles down to a more acceptable number.  I'll list the books I read here (and keep myself honest with the count above):

50 States and more 2016

 'Just for fun' - Keep track of the states in which the books I'm reading are set:  (26/50)
I've done this for a couple of years now...  and this year, I'll try to track countries as well.
  1. Alabama  Up From Slavery                                                          
  2. Alaska -
  3. Arizona    -  P.S. I Like You
  4. Arkansas
  5. California  -   I'll Give You the SunWhen We Collided100 Sideways MilesThanks for the TroubleLady MidnightLick
  6. Colorado  -   Breaking the Rules
  7. Connecticut  The Unexpected Everything
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida  - The Devil You Know
  10. Georgia  - Gone with the Wind
  11. Hawaii   
  12. Idaho Dirty
  13. Illinois Maternity Leave
  14. Indiana   -
  15. Iowa  - Ashfall
  16. Kansas   Seven Ways We Lie
  17. Kentucky -  Walk the Edge
  18. Louisiana 
  19. Maine  - Orbiting Jupiter
  20. Maryland  
  21. Massachusetts The Storied Life of A.J. FikryThe Boston Girl, Boy Snow Bird, The Handmaid's Tale
  22. Michigan 
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi - 
  25. Missouri  - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  26. Montana  The Flood Girls
  27. Nebraska 
  28. Nevada  
  29. New Hampshire  
  30. New Jersey Forever . . . , 
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York  -  The Scar BoysSomeone, More Happy than Not,  The GrownupAlexander HamiltonFather's Day,Hamilton: The RevolutionA Walk in the SunAnother BrooklynMr. Splitfoot, It's All Your FaultThe Sun is also a Star,Snow White
  33. North Carolina Serafina and the Black Cloak
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio  Paper Girls vol. 1The 5th WaveFat Angie
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon  - Play, Lead, Housebroken
  38. Pennsylvania  -  738 Days
  39. Rhode Island  - 
  40. South Carolina - 
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee Defending Taylor
  43. Texas   - All Played Out
  44. Utah 
  45. Vermont  
  46. Virginia 
  47. Washington - The Art of Racing in the Rain
  48. West Virginia  
  49. Wisconsin  - Two if by Sea
  50. Wyoming


Women's Classic Literature Event 2016

I'm participating in this event with The Classics Club.  I hope to focus some of my reading on classic literature written by women.  I'll list what I read here:

POPSUGAR's Reading Challenge 2016

POPSUGAR's 2016 Reading Challenge  (37/40)

  1. A book based on a fairy tale  Snow White
  2. A National Book Award winner  The Underground Railroad
  3. A YA bestseller  I'll Give You the Sun
  4. A book you haven't read since high school  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  5. A book set in your home state  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
  6. A book translated to English  Out Stealing Horses
  7. A romance set in the future Gemina
  8. A book set in Europe  - Library of Souls
  9. A book that's under 150 pages - The Grownup
  10. A New York Times bestseller The Martian
  11. A book that's becoming a movie this year  The 5th Wave
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met  Ashfall
  13. A self-improvement book  - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  14. A book you can finish in a day - I Work at a Public Library
  15. A book written by a celebrity  Why Not Me?
  16. A political memoir
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you  A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  18. A book that's more than 600 pages  Alexander Hamilton
  19. A book from Oprah's Book Club
  20. A science-fiction novel  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  21. A book recommended by a family member
  22. A graphic novel  Princeless Book 1:  Save Yourself
  23. A book that is published in 2016  The Office Adventure
  24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
  25. A book that takes place during summer  More Happy than Not
  26. A book and its prequel  Lick, Play
  27. A murder mystery  Murder on the Orient Express
  28. A book written by a comedian  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)
  29. A dystopian novel  The Handmaid's Tale
  30. A book with a blue cover  The Art of Racing in the Rain
  31. A book of poetry  milk and honey
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore  Thanks for the Trouble
  33. A classic from the 20th century  Anne of Green Gables
  34. A book from the library  The Scar Boys
  35. An autobiography Up From Slavery
  36. A book about a road trip  Breaking the Rules
  37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with  The Vegetarian
  38. A satirical book  Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
  39. A book that takes place on an island Euphoria
  40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy  Selected Stories of O. Henry

Back to the Classics 2016

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016  (7/12)
I started this challenge a few years ago, and this will be the second year that Books and Chocolate have taken it over.  I am so thrilled that this challenge lives on, and I love the changes Karen has made.  This year there are 12 categories, and you try to finish as many as you can to win entries into a drawing.  All books must have been originally published before 1966.

The Categories:

1.  A 19th Century Classic .
2.  A 20th Century Classic A Wrinkle in Time
3.  A classic by a woman authorGone with the Wind
4.  A classic in translation.  
5.  A classic by a non-white authorUp From Slavery
6.  An adventure classic 
7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. 
8.  A classic detective novel.  Murder on the Orient Express

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title.   Anne of Green Gables 

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college).  

12. A volume of classic short stories.   Selected Stories of O. Henry

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#20BooksofSummer 2016

#20BooksofSummer Challenge with 746 Books.  Challenge to read 20 books between June 1 and September 5, 2016.  

  1.  The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  2.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  3.  A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  4.  Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
  5.  Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  6.  A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
  7.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  8.  Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
  9.  Trashed by Derf Backderf
  10.  Ms. Marvel Vol. 5:  Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson
  11.  I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  12.  This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  13.  The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield
  14.  Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
  15.  Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  16.  Lumberjanes #5: Out of Time
  17.  P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  18.  Saga Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  19.  Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  20.   The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black