Monthly Archives: January 2014

‘Read More Books’ challenge: Week 12: 572-623 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

Are you ready for week twelve of our Read More Books challenge?

Read HERE to learn about it. Although this is the last post of my reading challenge, it’s never too late to check what volumes you may have read on the popular books list. Be sure to visit the site where this list originated, noted at the end.

Look at the ones you may have missed or want to review:

WEEK 1  WEEK 2   WEEK 3  WEEK 4   WEEK 5    WEEK 6  WEEK 7   WEEK 8  WEEK 9   WEEK 10  WEEK 11

How did you do with your reading? Even if you didn’t finish the book you selected, it counts if you select one for this week to add to your TBR pile.

Here is week twelve’s list of books – 51 this time and the final list in this compilation: (Please take note of the credits at the end.)

572. Money — by Martin Amis
573. The Universal Baseball Association, inc. — by Robert Coover
574. Creamy and Delicious — by Steve Katz
575. Tobacco Road — by Erskine Caldwell
576. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge — by Rainer Maria Rilke
577. The Selfish Gene — by Richard Dawkins
578. The Blue Sword — by Robin McKinley
579. An Artist of the Floating World — by Kazuo Ishiguro
580. This Side of Paradise — by F. Scott Fitzgerald
581. Rubyfruit Jungle — by Rita Mae Brown
582. Jurassic Park — by Michael Crichton
583. La Modification — by Michel Butor
584. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money — by John Maynard Keynes
585. The Clan of the Cave Bear — by Jean M. Auel
586. The Colour of Magic — by Terry Pratchett
587. More Than Human — by Theodore Sturgeon
588. The Origins of Totalitarianism — by Hannah Arendt
589. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting — by Milan Kundera
590. The Prince of Tides — by Pat Conroy
591. The Alchemist — by Paulo Coelho
592. Goodbye to All That — by Robert Graves
593. Cry, the Beloved Country — by Alan Paton
594. Mulligan Stew — by Gilbert Sorrentino
595. L. A. Confidential — by James Ellroy
596. The Affluent Society — by John Kenneth Galbraith
597. The Rosy Crucifixion — by Henry Miller
598. Katherine — by Anya Seton
599. A Little Princess — by Frances Hodgson Burnett
600. The Beautiful and Damned — by F. Scott Fitzgerald
601. Wise Children — by Angela Carter
602. The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights — by Richard Burton
603. A People’s History of the United States — by Howard Zinn
604. The Van — by Roddy Doyle
605. The Good Soldier Svejk — by Jaroslav Hasek
606. The Autobiography of Malcolm X — by Malcolm X
607. Easy Travel to Other Planets — by Ted Mooney
608. The Postman Always Rings Twice — by James M. Cain
609. Where Angels Fear to Tread — by E. M. Forster
610. Sometimes a Great Notion — by Ken Kesey
611. Gaston, tome 1 — by André Franquin
612. Tours of the Black Clock — by Steve Erickson
613. Girls in Love — by Jacqueline Wilson
614. Earthly Powers — by Anthony Burgess
615. Eminent Victorians — by Lytton Strachey
616. The Ginger Man — by J. P. Donleavy
617. Hawaii — by James A. Michener
618. In Memoriam to Identity — by Kathy Acker
619. The Princess Diaries — by Meg Cabot
620. The Second World War — by Winston S. Churchill
621. The Education of Little Tree — by Forrest Carter
622. The Horse Whisperer — by Nicholas Evans
623. Hogg — by Samuel R. Delany
 

Note: I got permission to share this list on my blog. Please go HERE for the complete list of “623 of the best books ever written”; see them all at once for yourself with full colour book covers. (Thank you, Stuart, for allowing me to share your list over twelve blog posts.) Stuart has also provided links to Amazon for purchasing your own copies of the books you want to read, so please visit his site and bookmark it. This will make it easier for you to revisit the complete list and shop easier, plus read reviews on Amazon by other readers.

I hope you enjoyed this walk through a library of some of the best books ever written. It seemed a fun way to bring to your attention many more books than you may have considered reading. This exercise has shown me I am not the reader I thought I was, and stirred my interest in many of the books on this list.

I love to hear from you!  From the above list:
  • Which books have you read?
  • Which books do you want to read?
  • Which books are you going to obtain this week?(Even if you did not officially take the Read More Books challenge I would love to hear about your reading.)

Thank you for going on this adventure with books with me. Now, to sum it all up, if you would like to go back over all twelve posts that make up this list, once you add up the ones you’ve read I’d like to know how many you can claim to have read. Please leave a comment.     

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

‘Read More Books’ challenge: Week 11: 520-571 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

Are you ready for week eleven of our Read More Books challenge?

Read HERE to learn about it. It’s not too late to join in for the fun of it.

Check the ones you may have missed or want to review:

WEEK ONE   WEEK TWO   WEEK THREE   WEEK FOUR   WEEK FIVE    WEEK SIX  WEEK SEVEN   WEEK EIGHT   WEEK NINE   WEEK TEN

How did you do with your reading? Even if you didn’t finish the book you selected, it counts if you select one for this week to add to your TBR pile.

Here is week eleven’s list of 52 books:

520. Double Act — by Jacqueline Wilson
521. James and the Giant Peach — by Roald Dahl
522. The Bottle Factory Outing — by Beryl Bainbridge
523. Cloud Atlas — by David Mitchell
524. The Tunnel — by William H. Gass
525. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood — by Howard Pyle
526. The Twits — by Roald Dahl
527. The General of the Dead Army — by Ismail Kadare
528. Omensetter’s Luck — by William H. Gass
529. The Razor’s Edge — by W. Somerset Maugham
530. I Capture the Castle — by Dodie Smith
531. Oblomov — by Ivan Goncharov
532. O Pioneers! — by Willa Cather
533. Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course — by Delia Smith
534. Romancero Gitano — by Federico García Lorca
535. Holes — by Louis Sachar
536. Under the Net — by Iris Murdoch
537. Darconville’s Cat — by Alexander Theroux
538.Waverley — by Walter Scott
539. Maigret and the Enigmatic Letter — by Georges Simenon
540. The Death of the Heart — by Elizabeth Bowen
541. An Evil Cradling — by Brian Keenan
542. Our Lady of the Flowers — by Jean Genet
543. Up — by Ronald Sukenick
544. A Fine Balance — by Rohinton Mistry
545. The Interpretation of Dreams — by Sigmund Freud
546. Down and out in Paris and London — by George Orwell
547. Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down — by Ishmael Reed
548. Lanark — by Alasdair Gray
549. Vicky Angel — by Jacqueline Wilson
550. Nine Stories — by J. D. Salinger
551. Fureur Et Mystere — by René Char
552. The Bostonians — by Henry James
553. The Old Wives’ Tale — by Arnold Bennett
554. Drown — by Junot Diaz
555. The Education of Henry Adams — by Henry Adams
556. The Betrothed — by Alessandro Manzoni
557. The Last of the Mohicans — by James Fenimore Cooper
558. The Five People You Meet in Heaven — by Mitch Albom
559. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung — by Mao Tse-Tung
560. Eugene Onegin — by Alexander Pushkin
561. You Bright & Risen Angels — by William Vollmann
562. The Alienist — by Caleb Carr
563. Uncle Tom’s Cabin — by Harriet Beecher Stowe
564. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
565. The Periodic Table — by Primo Levi
566. Magician — by Raymond E. Feist
567. Talk Before Sleep — by Elizabeth Berg
568. Loving — by Henry Green
569. No Orchids for Miss Blandish — by James Hadley Chase
570. The Varieties of Religious Experience — by William James
571. The Secret of the Swordfish — by Edgar P. Jacobs
 

Next week is the final installment of this list.

I love to hear from you!  From the above list:
  • Which books have you read?
  • Which books do you want to read?
  • Which books are you going to obtain this week?(Even if you are not officially taking the Read More Books challenge I would love to hear about your reading.)

Note: I got permission to share this list on my blog. (Thank you, Stuart!) You could go HERE for the list of “623 of the best books ever written” and see them all at once for yourself, and/or you can follow the list here a few at a time.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 has arrived!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

A new year has arrived, our calendars are fresh and ready, the resolutions are in place and waiting to be broken. 😉

Is that unfair and negative?

Are you a person who works very hard to keep their new year’s resolutions, or do you give up in despair a few weeks in?

Or,

Are you like me and don’t really make new year resolutions?

Do tell! Share with me what your resolutions are for 2014, or if you didn’t bother to make them at all – why not?

This is my week at Dad’s, so some of the family came here for the evening to make it easier on him. There were nine of us plus a guest who stayed a little while. We played table games, had yummy snacks and drinks, and then at midnight our son-in-law and daughter set off a fun display of fireworks they had brought for the occasion. That was quite enjoyable, and I’m sure the neighbours got to watch a lot of it, too.

How did you see the new year in? Did you do anything grand or special?

I wish you blessings for a truly HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂