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‘Read More Books’ challenge: Week 7: 312-363 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

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

Read HERE to learn about it. It’s never too late to join in.

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

WEEK ONE   WEEK TWO   WEEK THREE   WEEK FOUR   WEEK FIVE    WEEK SIX

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.

312. Confessions — by Saint Augustine
313. The Golden Bowl — by Henry James
314. Belle Du Seigneur — by Albert Cohen
315. A Town Like Alice — by Nevil Shute
316. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch — by Neil Gaiman
317. Three Men in a Boat — by Jerome K. Jerome
318. Leviathan — by Thomas Hobbes
319. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists — by Robert Tressell
320. Bastard Out of Carolina — by Dorothy Allison
321. Hamlet — by William Shakespeare
322. Sister Carrie — by Theodore Dreiser
323. Death Comes for the Archbishop — by Willa Cather
324. The Sea, the Sea — by Iris Murdoch
325. The French Lieutenant’s Woman — by John Fowles
326. The Pillars of The Earth — by Ken Follett
327. Dhalgren — by Samuel R. Delany
328. Swallows and Amazons — by Arthur Ransome
329. History of the Peloponnesian War — by Thucydides
330. The Picture of Dorian Gray — by Oscar Wilde
331. A handful of dust — by Evelyn Waugh
332. The Diary of a Nobody — by George Grossmith
333. The Stain — by Rikki Ducornet
334. Snow Country — by Yasunari Kawabata
335. The Bone People — by Keri Hulme
336. The God of Small Things — by Arundhati Roy
337. Zazie dans le Métro — by Raymond Queneau
338. Lord Jim — by Joseph Conrad
339. Neuromancer — by William Gibson
340. Treasure Island — by Robert Louis Stevenson
341. Ragtime — by E. L. Doctorow
342. The Kite Runner — by Khaled Hosseini
343. Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councillor R. von D. — by Stefan Zweig
344. A Wizard of Earthsea — by Ursula K. Le Guin
345. The Warden — by Anthony Trollope
346. The Riddle of the Sands — by Erskine Childers
347. Gormenghast — by Mervyn Peake
348. The Secret History — by Donna Tartt
349. Lookout Cartridge — by Joseph McElroy
350. The Shell Seekers — by Rosamunde Pilcher
351. The BFG — by Roald Dahl
352. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich — by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
353. The Heart of the Matter — by Graham Greene
354. Call it Sleep — by Henry Roth
355. Bonjour Tristesse — by Françoise Sagan
356. Sophie’s World — by Jostein Gaarder
357. The Da Vinci Code — by Dan Brown
358. The Sot-Weed Factor — by John Barth
359. Le Silence de La Mer — by Vercors
360. Bridget Jones’s Diary — by Helen Fielding
361. Deliverance — by James Dickey
362. Genoa — by Paul Metcalf
363. Snow Falling on Cedars — by David Guterson
 
 
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.

There will not be a book list next week because on November 28 we get to read the next installment of Sue Harrison’s writers workshop. This gives us an extra week for reading until week 8’s book reading challenge on December 5.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

 

‘Read More Books’ challenge: Week 6: 260-311 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

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

Read HERE to learn about it. It’s never too late to join in.

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

WEEK ONE   WEEK TWO   WEEK THREE  WEEK FOUR  WEEK FIVE   

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.

260. Les Misérables — by Victor Hugo
261. Tristes Tropiques — by Claude Lévi-Strauss
262. Dream of the Red Chamber — by Tsao Hsueh-Chin
263. Slouching Towards Bethlehem — by Joan Didion
264. Old Goriot — by Honoré de Balzac
265. Oscar and Lucinda — by Peter Carey
266. The Interrogation — by J. M. G. Le Clezio
267.  Appointment in Samarra — by John O’Hara
268. A House for Mr. Biswas — by V. S. Naipaul
269. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer — by Patrick Suskind
270. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — by J. K. Rowling
271. The Secret Garden — by Frances Hodgson Burnett
272. Asterix the Gaul — by René Goscinny
273. The Wasp Factory — by Iain Banks
274. The Fountainhead — by Ayn Rand
275. Four Plays — by Eugene Ionesco
276. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — by J. K. Rowling
277. Germinal — by Émile Zola
278. The Moonstone — by Wilkie Collins
279. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha — by Roddy Doyle
280. Sixty Stories — by Donald Barthelme
281. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality — by Sigmund Freud
282. Waiting for the Barbarians — by J. M. Coetzee
283. Angela’s Ashes — by Frank McCourt
284. The Abyss — by Marguerite Yourcenar
285. The Way We Live Now — by Anthony Trollope
286. The Rifles — by William Vollmann
287. Democracy in America; and Two essays on America — by Alexis de Tocqueville
288. Cranford — by Elizabeth Gaskell
289. A Christmas Carol — by Charles Dickens
290. Fahrenheit 451 — by Ray Bradbury
291. The Rocognitions — by William Gaddis
292. On the Origins of Species — by Charles Darwin
293. Sula — by Toni Morrison
294. Daniel Deronda — by George Eliot
295. The Tartar Steppe — by Dino Buzzati
296. Young Lonigan — by James T. Farrell
297. On the Social Contract — by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
298. Sea of Poppies — by Amitav Ghosh
299. Portnoy’s Complaint — by Philip Roth
300. Shadow of the Torturer — by Gene Wolfe
301. Das Kapital — by Karl Marx
302. Cider with Rosie — by Laurie Lee
303. The Prince — by Niccolò Machiavelli
304. The Horseman on the Roof — by Jean Giono
305. The Executioner’s Song — by Norman Mailer
306. Atlas Shrugged — by Ayn Rand
307. Suite Française — by Irene Nemirovsky
308. Mountains Beyond Mountains — by Tracy Kidder
309. Cold Comfort Farm — by Stella Gibbons
310. The Story of Tracy Beaker — by Jacqueline Wilson
311. Angle of Repose — by Wallace Stegner
 
 
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!  🙂

‘Read More Books’ challenge: week 5: 208-259 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

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

Read HERE to learn about it. It’s never too late to join in.

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

WEEK ONE   WEEK TWO   WEEK THREE   WEEK FOUR   

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.

208. Dead Souls — by Nikolai Gogol
209. Rabbit, Run — by John Updike
210. The Complete Stories — by Flannery O’Connor
211. The Making of Americans — by Gertrude Stein
212. Crash — by J. G. Ballard
213. The Glass Bead Game — by Hermann Hesse
214. Darkness at Noon — by Arthur Koestler
215. The Plague — by Albert Camus
216. The Soft Machine — by William S. Burroughs
217. Les Liaisons Dangereuses — by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
218. The Wanderer — by Alain-Fournier
219. Winesburg, Ohio — by Sherwood Anderson
220. Froth on the Daydream — by Boris Vian
221. Trainspotting — by Irvine Welsh
222. The Moviegoer — by Walker Percy
223. The Canterbury Tales — by Geoffrey Chaucer
224. Main Street — by Sinclair Lewis
225. Take It or Leave It — by Raymond Federman
226. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China — by Jung Chang
227. Nightmare Abbey — by Thomas Love Peacock
228. My Name is Red — by Orhan Pamuk
229. The Second Sex — by Simone de Beauvoir
230. The Awakening — by Kate Chopin
231. From Here to Eternity — by James Jones
232. The Black Sheep — by Honoré de Balzac
233. The Man Without Qualities — by Robert Musil
234. The Way of All Flesh — by Samuel Butler
235. The Wapshot Chronicle — by John Cheever
236. Going Native — by Stephen Wright
237. The Charterhouse of Parma — by Stendhal
238. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum — by Heinrich Böll
239. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare — by William Shakespeare
240. The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street — by Naguib Mahfouz
241. Stranger in a Strange Land — by Robert A. Heinlein
242. In Cold Blood — by Truman Capote
243. The Code of the Woosters — by P. G. Wodehouse
244. The Red and the Black — by Stendhal
245. Sybil, of Two Nations — by Benjamin Disraeli
246. In the Heart of the Heart of the Country & Other Stories — by William H. Gass
247. Paroles — by Jacques Prévert
248. The Maltese Falcon — by Dashiell Hammett
249. Alcools — by Guillaume Apollinaire
250. Wise Blood — by Flannery O’Connor
251. The Magus — by John Fowles
252. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils — by Selma Lagerlöf
253. The Blue Lotus – by Hergé
254. The Naked and the Dead — by Norman Mailer
255. Orlando: A Biography — by Virginia Woolf
256. Hunger — by Knut Hamsun
257. The Time Traveler’s Wife — by Audrey Niffenegger
258. A Tale of Two Cities — by Charles Dickens
259. A Wrinkle in Time — by Madeleine L’Engle
 
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! :)

Are you up for a reading challenge?

Are you up for a challenge?

As you may know …

I   love   books.   I love to read books.   I love to collect books to read.

MY DISCOVERY

This week, when I did a search for the best books ever, I found a website with lists of books. Only lists of books!

Books you can’t live without.

Books that are best sellers.

Books that are the greatest of all time.

The list consists of a compilation of 13 lists of top 100 books, a list totalling 623 books! (It’s the odd number 623 because some titles were on more than one list so only mentioned once when the lists were condensed into one. Make sense?)

NOTE: Unfortunately, most of the 623 books are more for adults and only a few are for young readers.

I was disappointed and a little surprised to discover I have read only 21 books on that combined list! But, there are a few books I had started and didn’t finish (I have to dig those ones out and start over) and there are many more I want to read. 

I would be interested in knowing how you size up when it comes to what on the list you have read and if you plan to read others on there. Sooooo …. I decided to offer you a challenge!  Yes, a reading challenge!  Are you up for it?

Starting October 3, once a week a new part of the list will be here for you to see and let me know how you are doing. Until then I will be getting those posts of lists ready and scheduled. I also have set up the Milestone widget so you can see the notice and reminders of upcoming installments, and I will include links each week to past posts of the list in case you miss any.

I know this time of year is very busy for most of us, and I think we have to learn to de-stress. When you need a break for a little time to yourself what is better than curling up with a good book … even for fifteen minutes or half an hour?

Now that I think about it, I should take on this challenge myself! I have so many books on hand to read and some of them are on the list I will be sharing with you. Shall we do it?

Who is willing to join me in this reading challenge?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂