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More from the reading challenges. Have you read any of these books?

Hi there!

With all the things that draw my attention, and as a family caregiver, I fell behind again! I am still reading, but more slowly, so I haven’t as many books to list here as I had hoped to have read by now. I also found that I am changing some around on my reading challenge lists, but since they are of my own choosing I can do that. Because it makes my lists not quite accurate for posting here, from now on I will combine them into one list for you to read. The books below are quite a variety.

  1. The Stationery Shop – by Marjan Kamali
  2. 6 Week Money Challenge – by Steve Repak
  3. Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting – by Darlene Foster
  4. Life of Pi – by Yann Martel
  5. Eat Pray Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Fault in Our Stars – by John Green
  7. Grandma Says – by Cindy Day
  8. Country of the Heart – by Barbara Wersba
  9. The Black Kids – by Christina Hammonds Reed
  10. The Happiest Man on Earth – by Eddie Jaku
  11. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden – by Jessica Walliser
  12. A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens
  13. Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster – by Jon Krakauer
  14. Cyrano – by Edmond Rostad; Geraldine McCaughrean

I currently have eight other books in various stages of being read.

Two questions for you this time: Have you read any of the above? Do you usually have more than one book on the go at once?

Thanks for reading … And Sharing! Do Come back for more!



‘Read More Books’ challenge: Week 3: 104-155 of the list of 623 best books ever!

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

Read HERE to learn about it. It’s not too late to join in.

Check WEEK ONE and WEEK TWO of the list.

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.

NOTE: Next Thursday, Part 10 of Sue Harrison’s writers workshop will be the highlight. Come back October 31 for part four of the reading challenge. This gives you more time to read until the next list of books. 🙂

Here is week three’s list:

104. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter — by Carson McCullers
105. Vanity Fair — by William Makepeace Thackeray
106. Commedia — by Dante Alighieri
107. The Count of Monte Cristo — by Alexandre Dumas
108. An American Tragedy — by Theodore Dreiser
109. White Noise — by Don DeLillo
110. The World According to Garp — by John Irving
111. Atonement — by Ian McEwan
112. Nostromo — by Joseph Conrad
113. The House of Mirth — by Edith Wharton
114. The Brothers Karamazov — by Fyodor Dostoevsky
115. The Good Soldier — by Ford Madox Ford
116. The Name of the Rose — by Umberto Eco
117. The Shipping News — by Annie Proulx
118. The Woman in White — by Wilkie Collins
119. Herzog — by Saul Bellow
120. The Counterfeiters — by Andre Gide
121. My Antonia — by Willa Cather
122. Scoop — by Evelyn Waugh
123. A Room with a View — by E. M. Forster
124. Bible: King James Version
125. Wide Sargasso Sea — by Jean Rhys
126. Love in The Time of Cholera — by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
127. The Remains of the day — by Kazuo Ishiguro
128. The Big Sleep — by Raymond Chandler
129. I, Claudius — by Robert Graves
130. Tropic of Cancer — by Henry Miller
131. Tender is the Night — by F. Scott Fitzgerald
132. Journey to the End of the Night — by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
133. The War of the Worlds — by H. G. Wells
134. A Suitable Boy — by Vikram Seth
135. Possession — by A. S. Byatt
136. A Confederacy of Dunces — by John Kennedy Toole
137. The Bell Jar — by Sylvia Plath
138. Waiting for Godot — by Samuel Beckett
139. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — by Junot Diaz
140. Being and Nothingness — by Jean-Paul Sartre
141. A Thousand Acres — by Jane Smiley
142. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay — by Michael Chabon
143. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation — by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
144. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — by Roald Dahl
145. Lady Chatterley’s Lover — by D. H. Lawrence
146. JR — by William Gaddis
147. The Histories — by Herodotus
148. Doctor Zhivago — by Boris Pasternak
149. Lucky Jim — by Kingsley Amis
150. Underworld — by Don DeLillo
151. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler — by Italo Calvino
152. Life — by Georges Perec
153. The Master and Margarita — by Mikhail Bulgakov
154. The Good Earth — by Pearl S. Buck
155. Henderson the Rain King — by Saul Bellow
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 2: 53-103 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

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

Read HERE to learn about it. It’s not too late to join in.

Check WEEK ONE of the list if you missed it.

There were a few responses to week one’s challenge. 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 two’s list of 52 books:

53. A Prayer for Owen Meany — by John Irving
54. Emma — by Jane Austen
55. David Copperfield — by Charles Dickens
56. The Portrait of a Lady — by Henry James
57. The Trial — by Franz Kafka
58. Crime and Punishment — by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
59. A Clockwork Orange — by Anthony Burgess
60. The Age of Innocence — by Edith Wharton
61. Don Quixote — by Miguel de Cervantes
62. As I Lay Dying — by William Faulkner
63. His Dark Materials — by Philip Pullman
64. Brideshead Revisited — by Evelyn Waugh
65. The Golden Notebook — by Doris Lessing
66. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — by Mark Twain
67. Things Fall Apart — by Chinua Achebe
68. Tom Jones — by Henry Fielding
69. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — by J. K. Rowling
70. Song of Solomon — by Toni Morrison
71. Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable — by Samuel Beckett
72. Finnegans Wake — by James Joyce
73. Absalom, Absalom! — by William Faulkner
74. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman — by Laurence Sterne
75. Charlotte’s Web — by E. B. White
76. The Ambassadors — by Henry James
77. Sons and Lovers — by D. H. Lawrence
78. A Farewell to Arms — by Ernest Hemingway
79. Women in Love — by D. H. Lawrence
80. Birdsong — by Sebastian Faulks
81. Gulliver’s Travels — by Jonathan Swift
82. Watership Down — by Richard Adams
83. Gravity’s Rainbow — by Thomas Pynchon
84. Frankenstein — by Mary Shelley
85. Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady — by Samuel Richardson
86. The Old Man and the Sea — by Ernest Hemingway
87. Dune — by Frank Herbert
88. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe — by Daniel Defoe
89. Go Tell It on the Mountain — by James Baldwin
90. All the King’s Men — by Robert Penn Warren
91. The Magic Mountain — by Thomas Mann
92. The Call of the Wild — by Jack London
93. The Tin Drum — by Gunter Grass
94. The 42nd Parallel — by John Dos Passos
95. Under the Volcano — by Malcolm Lowry
96. Disgrace — by J. M. Coetzee
97. The Diary of a Young Girl — by Anne Frank
98. Bleak House — by Charles Dickens
99. Light in August — by William Faulkner
100. Scarlet Letter — by Nathaniel Hawthorne
101. Pale Fire — by Vladimir Nabokov
102. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin — by Louis de Bernieres
103. Howards End — by E. M. Forster
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! 🙂

What are your reading and book buying habits?

How’s your reading coming along?

I have been slowly making my way through the large and varied collection of books I have accumulated over the years. I got into the habit of obtaining a book and not taking the time to read it yet, so now I have a great amount of catching up to do. To make matters ‘worse’ – or rather, more complicated – I keep gaining books. I am either buying them or winning them, but either way my bookcase is getting stuffed with new books. And I love it! (You can see most of my books listed on Library Thing – link in right sidebar, if you want to take a peek.)

Want to know what my newest classic addition is?

War and Peace.

Yes, you read that right. I bought a copy of the newly revised War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. You may ask, why did you do that, Lynn? Wellll .. I’m not really sure except that it is on the BBC’s 2009 list of 100 books that people should read – and I hadn’t read it yet. War and Peace is number 24 on that list, as you will see in my January 13’10 post: https://lynnadavidson.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/have-you-read-these-100-books/ Also, I had heard people talk about this book that is long to read, but not much about it otherwise. Curiosity got the best of me, I want to be able to say I read it, so now I have eliminated one excuse. 🙂

Have you read War and Peace? 

If you check the above link you will find that number 18 is Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger. Such a little book which I bought last year and have yet to read. I’ve heard mixed reviews of that one so I’m interested in finding out if it makes any sense to me.

So much to devour, so little time free to do it! But I am trying to read, read, read, while not totally forgetting the writing. Not that I’ve been doing any writing, what with all the changes happening in our lives right now, but I haven’t forgotten about it. 😉

So, what are your reading habits? And what are your book buying habits? 

Do you buy and read one book at a time? Or do you buy the book when it comes out and then file it away to read at a later date? Or do you have another method? I’m very interested in hearing from you on this.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

This post has been scheduled, so I look forward to early next week, if not before, when I can enjoy your comments and reply to them.

A riddle for you & do you Twitter?

Today I have a riddle for you.
Q: What day of the year is a command?

Think a little about that question.

Today is March fourth.
🙂   See it?

A: March Forth!

So, do you want to know how I am “marching forth” today?  Well, I signed up on Twitter this morning.  Yep!  I now have a Twitter account.

A few months ago a good friend suggested I try it, so I looked into it but just wasn’t ready to take that on.  Since then, several writers in the chat rooms have talked about the benefits of Twitter and convinced me to do it.  Okay, I finally see the possibilities and now I’m a Tweeter, um  ..  a Twit?  Oh, no! don’t like that one!  ; )  hmmm .. now I am a twitter-er?  I think that is what we are called.  Well, anyway, now I am a Twitter user!  I have made my initial post to get things started, and I also became a follower of a few members with whom I was already familiar.

It is a little daunting, but nonetheless, if I want to break into the world of writing for children I have to take the steps to get there.  A little at a time.

I also learned yesterday that all publishers now expect their authors to do a lot of the work themselves of promoting sales of their books.  In an earlier post I may have come across as sounding quite lazy, but not understanding how things have changed I thought traditional publishers still did most of that.  Of course, I am not opposed to doing what needs to be done.  I just didn’t like the idea of being an ‘unknown’ and having to cart books all over the place to sell them.  Do I have a lot to learn, or what?   🙂   Yes, I admit I do.  And I want to learn.

In the meantime I continue to read, and I have added more to ‘My have read” list’.

So, do you use Twitter?  And .. what are you doing to ‘march forth’?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

101 great books to read

A friend who loves books directed me to this list tonight.  It is called “101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers”.   Some titles are also on the ‘100 books’ list I posted here in January.

Have you read any of these?  I did even worse with this list than the other one, having read only four of these and parts of four others.  (If I get bogged down I usually put the book away to pick up later – much later.)

TITLE                       AUTHOR
1. Beowulf   –  —
2. Things Fall Apart  – Chinua Achebe
3. A Death in the Family  – James Agee
4. Pride and Prejudice   – Jane Austen
5. Go Tell It on the Mountain  –  James Baldwin
6. Waiting for Godot  – Samuel Beckett
7. The Adventures of Augie March  – Saul Bellow
8. Jane Eyre  – Charlotte Brontë
9. Wuthering Heights  –  Emily Brontë
10. The Stranger – Albert Camus
11. Death Comes for the Archbishop  – Willa Cather
12. The Canterbury Tales  – Geoffrey Chaucer
13. The Cherry Orchard  – Anton Chekhov
14. The Awakening  – Kate Chopin
15. Heart of Darkness  – Joseph Conrad
16. The Last of the Mohicans  –  James Fenimore Cooper
17. The Red Badge of Courage  – Stephen Crane
18. Inferno  – Dante
19. Don Quixote  – Miguel de Cervantes
20. Robinson Crusoe  – Daniel Defoe
21. A Tale of Two Cities  – Charles Dickens
22. Crime and Punishment  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
23. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  – Frederick Douglass
24. An American Tragedy  – Theodore Dreiser
25. The Three Musketeers  – Alexandre Dumas
26. The Mill on the Floss  –  George Eliot
27. Invisible Man  – Ralph Ellison
28. Selected Essays  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
29. As I Lay Dying  –  William Faulkner
30. The Sound and the Fury  – William Faulkner
31. Tom Jones  – Henry Fielding
32. The Great Gatsby  – F. Scott Fitzgerald
33. Gustave  –  Madame Bovary Flaubert
34. The Good Soldier  – Ford Madox Ford
35. Faust  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
36. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
37. Tess of the d’Urbervilles  – Thomas Hardy
38. The Scarlet Letter  – Nathaniel Hawthorne
39. Catch 22  – Joseph Heller
40. A Farewell to Arms  – Ernest  Hemingway
41. The Iliad  – Homer
42. The Odyssey  – Homer
43. The Hunchback of Notre Dame  – Victor Hugo
44. Their Eyes Were Watching God  – Zora Neale Hurston
45. Brave New World  – Aldous Huxley
46. A Doll’s House  – Henrik Ibsen
47. The Portrait of a Lady  – Henry James
48. The Turn of the Screw  – Henry James
49. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  – James Joyce
50. The Metamorphosis  – Franz Kafka
51. The Woman Warrior  –  Maxine Hong Kingston
52. To Kill a Mockingbird  – Harper Lee
53. Babbitt  – Sinclair Lewis
54. The Call of the Wild  – Jack London
55. The Magic Mountain  – Thomas Mann
56. One Hundred Years of Solitude  – Gabriel García Marquez
57. Bartleby the Scrivener  – Herman Melville
58. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
59. The Crucible  –  Arthur Miller
60. Beloved  – Toni  Morrison
61. A Good Man is Hard to Find  – Flannery  O’Connor
62. Long Day’s Journey into Night  –  Eugene O’Neill
63. Animal Farm  – George Orwell
64. Doctor Zhivago  – Boris Pasternak
65. The Bell Jar  – Sylvia Plath
66. Selected Tales  – Edgar Allan Poe
67. Swann’s Way  – Marcel Proust
68. The Crying of Lot 49  – Thomas Pynchon
69. All Quiet on the Western Front  – Erich Maria Remarque
70. Cyrano de Bergerac  – Edmond Rostand
71. Call It Sleep  – Henry Roth
72. The Catcher in the Rye  – J.D. Salinger
73. Hamlet  – William  Shakespeare
74. Macbeth  – William Shakespeare
75. A Midsummer Night’s Dream  – William Shakespeare
76. Romeo and Juliet  – William Shakespeare
77. Pygmalion  – George Bernard Shaw
78. Frankenstein  –  Mary Shelley
79. Ceremony  – Leslie Marmon Silko
80. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
81. Antigone  – Sophocles
82. Oedipus Rex  – Sophocles
83. The Grapes of Wrath  – John Steinbeck
84. Treasure Island  –  Robert Louis Stevenson
85. Uncle Tom’s Cabin  – Harriet Beecher Stowe
86. Gulliver’s Travels  –  Jonathan Swift
87. Vanity Fair  – William Thackeray
88. Walden  – Henry David Thoreau
89. War and Peace  – Leo Tolstoy
90. Fathers and Sons  – Ivan Turgenev
91. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  – Mark Twain
92. Candide  – Voltaire
93. Slaughterhouse-Five  – Kurt Jr.Vonnegut
94. The Color Purple  – Alice Walker
95. The House of Mirth  – Edith Wharton
96. Collected Stories  – Eudora Welty
97. Leaves of Grass  – Walt Whitman
98. The Picture of Dorian Gray  – Oscar Wilde
99. The Glass Menagerie  – Tennessee Williams
100. To the Lighthouse  – Virginia Woolf
101. Native Son  – Richard Wright

So how did you do? Are you looking forward to reading any of them?  Or have you already enjoyed any which are now among your favourites?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂