Care’s Gift Idea Guide

EXCITING GIFTS to get me YOUR LOVED ONES this Holiday or anytime, really.

  1.  thecommonArrange for a Postcard from a Favorite Author!   The Common Foundation is raising money for a good cause (encouraging emerging novelists, etc.) by arranging personal postcards from a variety of impressive writers. CHECK IT OUT!  (and quickly, this only has a week to go.)


2.  Photo Stamps! oande I have created custom stamps for years and they make great gifts. There are many companies that are licensed to do this but I’ve used and like their simplicity of creating and ordering.

3. Books. Books are always a good idea. Gift cards to bookstores? books


4. Pie supplies. What are “PIE SUPPLIES”, you ask? Well, my favorite are cute mini-pie cropped-img_6296.jpg dishes of ceramic. And I love my flour flourwand shaker wand (I own two so I don’t need another). You could get someone a pastry scissors or cutter tool for making fancy lattice strips. ayofpbyae Or pie books, of course. And gift cards to places like King Arthur Flour…  I have also given “Pie Coupons” away but sadly, rarely ever get them redeemed. I think they forget. Which is why just baking a pie and thrusting it upon others is the best way. That’s how “those people who live near me” get treated in my neighborhood. I also support and recommend Beth Howard’s Pie-Evangelism and she has two books available. Click on her logo to find out more –> twnmp



5. DONATIONS in someone’s name. I have done this, especially when I don’t know if they need anything. I would be honored if someone made a donation to a charity that is close to my heart OR their heart. Just as long as a good deed is made, that’s cool.  I have given to food banks in the towns where my loved ones live so that their town is blessed. And I have purchased water buffaloes and chickens through Heifer waterbuff International. I have given to my parents’ church so they get their name in the bulletin – usually to donate flowers for the alter at their anniversary. I am considering donating to the library that they frequent.



6. Pizza. Pizza is pie, right? Easy-peasy to give online gift certificates from a pizza place in their town so no mailing involved whatsoever. I always think this is a great idea – who doesn’t love a pizza party? Especially good for a family gift all at once.


What kind of gifts do you like to give when thinking of that right something is difficult?






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Mini Mini Reviews and Not Much More

My friends, my friends.

I have read much, listened to much while not blogging of late. I have much to recap. I have read and enjoyed much. Much is the word.

I purchased this wisbyriWomen in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky for the children of a friend who required birthday presents. (the presents were for the kids’ – 4 of them – birthdays not the friend’s) Don’t worry! I also sent candy and confetti and garland and more books. But this was the one I purchased in hopes to influence young minds. Personally, I thought the tone a bit ‘piled-on’. OK, already; women are great. “Thou dost protest too much.” Sigh… Yea, I own my bad feminism. I also took off a point for the dark font on dark background. Guess I’m old. Which is why I’m hoping these youngin’s will read, appreciate and larn sumthin’. That women can and have done way far more than they get credit for and will continue to do so and people should pay attention and give credit and respect. Three slices of pie.

Citizen citbycr by Cynthia Rankin. I want to read more poetry. I know I need to read more poetry. I feel like I should read more poetry. I realize this book is not quite poetry as I expect – is that the best kind? This book is powerful and heavy. Felt it in my bones and heart but still realize that there is much I cannot ‘get’ and that’s ok. I’m willing to keep attempting to reach and learn and respect and lean in and lean out and lean humble, probably lean strong. I purchased this book at my local Indie bookstore.

Then I jumped into an audiobook with comedienne extraordinaire, Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair. yctmhbypr I am not sure I have laughed this hard in a long time (I read it before the election and already feels like eons ago). Ms Robinson explained a few things (ok, lots of things) to me. I probably could/should re-listen. Very enjoyable and extremely informative to my demographic, (ahem.) She mentions the movie Michael with Travolta which has one of the best pie songs ever recorded in film. (I wrote Ms Robinson a fan letter. I wrote Lindy West of Shrill, too. I like to write letters…)

Remember to laugh. 

I listened to an audiobook by John Scalzi that was being offered free by tdbyjs It was wonderful!  It was 2+ hours. Enjoyed it very much. I follow Mr. Scalzi on Twitter and should read something longer by him. Someday.  (I already had him on the authors-I-must-get-to list, I think, but a sample is nice.)

I quickly moved on to another audiobook that was utterly delightful. Realizing it is Nonfiction November and I had failed to plan for this AND having just read TriniCapini’s lovely Litsy post of how good it is, I used an Audible credit to get As You Wishaywbyce written and narrated by Cary Elwes. SO GOOD. I also watched the movie again. SO GOOD!

Overlapping with As You Wish, I read Barbara Claypole White’s debut novel tugbybcw The Unfinished Garden. I really REALLY enjoyed it. I think it is one of my favorites of hers. Maybe Perfect Son is my favorite, and this was lovely, too. I am now in a state of fandom where I have to wait for an author to publish again – I’ve read everything else by her. This is a rare thing. I usually don’t ‘follow’ an author. One more fun fact: I read all of her books in this calendar year. Another no-small-feat accomplishment for me. It would be remiss of me to fail to mention some of the BEST pie references are in this book!!!! I hope to capture in another post.


I just yesterday finished Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. I will write another post just for this book soon…

Also, FYI – I just today started The World According to Garp. O.M.G. Oh, Mr Irving, you are a rascal. Yowza. I’m already to Garp’s birth scene. The whole Garp conception scene was … memorable. Let’s go with ‘memorable’, shall we?

Keep reading, friends. Keep on, keepin’ on. Be vigilant.




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Reading Sporadically


What ya doin’?

Me? Oh, reading here and there. Thinking about vacuuming. Washing dishes frequently, it seems.

and applying for jobs!

And looking at my phone MUCH TOO MUCH.

My latest obsession is Litsy. litsy_logo_horiz

I’m BKCLUBCARE there, as well as most all other bookish social media thingamajigs.

I’m almost to the end of Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White eofbybcw which is an ARC and not  yet even available. I’m not sure I’ve EVER read a book before official publication! And there are plenty of pie references, don’t you be worried. Treacle tart, steak and kidney pie, orange-and-rhubarb pie… Yep, you guessed it! It IS set in England.

Click on the book cover *NOW* to go enter the goodreads giveaway – she’s got 50 copies available!

I’m still listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Chabon. About 4+ hours to go. I should be listening and cleaning, is what I SHOULD be doing…

I wonder if I’m dragging my feet because I don’t know what I will be reading/listening to next! Oh goodie, there is a diversion I can fall into to avoid the dusting chore. I also need to call my parents…


OK then, leave me your vote of what I should read next from these three choices:edmckaybooks

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None – for my Classics 50 Challenge

O.Henry’s stories – for the Classics challenge (and O.Henry is from Greensboro NC)

March by Geraldine Brooks – to satisfy the What’s in a Name Challenge for MONTH category



Toodles, my lil lemon drops! Stay sweet as pie, now, y’hear?




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Story From a Photo Prompt

Story Prompt


(Photo taken on Block Island, Rhode Island)

The old dog was waiting for his Master. The lady who also lived in the house with Master and with the dog, in the big house by the sea, had taken the dog to the beach. Without Master. The lady set up her blanket, her beach chair, the cooler with chilled fizzy waters — and was very nice to bring his water bowl and regular non-fizzy water to fill it. She had made a place on the blanket for the dog but he wouldn’t lay on it. He stretched to the length of his leash in the direction of the house where he lived with his master. And with the lady. She was a nice lady. Master seemed to like her, too. The old dog waited patiently, scanning the view in the opposite direction from the view of the sea, looking for his master. The nice lady read a book and would occasionally beckon the dog to join her on the blanket, try to coax him to have a drink of water, to rest on the blanket rather than the sand. She was careful to place the bowl of water in the shade of her beach chair. She would stare fondly, then disappointedly, sadly forlorn at the dog who seemed to ignore her. She would sigh and return to her book, facing in the direction of the water, the opposite direction from the old house. The old dog would stare sadly forlorn in the direction of where he hoped Master would soon appear.

Wait! A tall man was approaching, coming to join them on the beach. Yes, it was him! His Master was coming. The dog glanced at the lady to see if she too noticed Master arriving but she could not see – she was facing the wrong way. And had her nose in a book. The tall man walked to the old dog, bent down and gave him many pats and an ear scratch. “Hello Old Boy! Are you enjoying the beach? Did momma bring you to the beach, Old Man?” Master gave the lady a kiss who by this time had realized his master’s presence and the tall man settled onto the blanket to look out to the sea. The old dog took a drink of water from the bowl in the shade of the lady’s beach chair and then snuggled between them content, happy again. His master was here.





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Is It Me? Or the Books?


I don’t know if this is a reading slump or I am just reading three unappealing-to-me books all at the same time?

I suppose I would/should like a couple of these if I was in a better frame of mind or perhaps three books all at the same time of this competition is only making them all unpalatable?

Should I power through or give up and start something else?

Let’s chat, shall we?  and please advise.

The current three:  ptlbytc  qbysc hiapwdbysjg


Prologue To Love is a paperback printed before I was born. The font is tiny, it has the slightly yellowed brittle paper feel and lovely old book scent. I had to tape the cover back on. There are over 750 pages. I’m told that this is loosely based on the true life story of Hetty Green, once the world’s richest woman – I’ve read a book on her and found it fascinating. One of those tales that reinforces the idea that lots of money can’t buy happiness. HUZZAH!

I’m just too turned off by the father of the main character; he is miserly, judgmental, obsessed with the creation of wealth but abhors the idea of spending ANY of it. (He lets his daughter live in a run down house with no heat nor extra blankets and lousy inadequate quantity of food?) I don’t have enough sympathy for him – I don’t get his quick critical thoughts about why he doesn’t like his nephew nor why he doesn’t like his own daughter and I don’t really care to find out. I’m sorry Bybee!

Prologue To Love! –> I declare you DNF’d.

Quiet just isn’t capturing my attention. I decide to go read, sit in a comfy chair or go out to the lounge area of my lovely backyard, and end up playing with Litsy, IG and Facebook on my phone. I’ll probably carry it around the house and misplace it a few more times before I give up on it. However, I’m thinking the reviews I have read have probably given me enough information on the subject.

Quiet! (With a Chainsaw?) –> Vote is still out…

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress is supposed to be a funny feminist book guaranteed to entertain. I’m not entertained. I’m bored. Maybe the narrator’s voice just isn’t quite right? No, she’s doing a fabulous job, but like coconut — you like it or you don’t. It’s possible that I’m still too early into it?  So far, it is still her childhood (the current essay is about her obsession with the Rolling Stones when she was 15.) I don’t know; it’s just not working.

Hypocrite! –> Playing in the background but I’m not listening.

The problem with audiobooked essay collections is that you can’t flip and skip around. Can I suggest that audiobook chapters start showing titles? Which bits of this book are the ones I shouldn’t miss? Should I save it for print? Yea, maybe I should get the book from the library and return this to Audible…


While these three books are jockeying for some love, I am stalled… Release the guilt, release the books back into the wild or back to the shelf, move on.

Ok, NOW what should I read?!





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The Merry Month of March


First things first, today – MARCH 2nd – is Banana Cream Pie Day. Do what ya gotta do. I am not going to make one this year but go find a bakery to sell me a slice.


MarchMagics It’s March Magics Month! This means we celebrate Diana Wynne Jones and also get to know Terry P (because I have never read anything by him.)

Also, it is the   monthlong readathon   Interesting, yes?  Y’all have read Geek Love, right? Most assuredly, my favorite weird book. I still need to explore and ponder this… See my tweets with hashtag #Weirdathon

Letter Month happened. 2016-LetterMO It was a Leap Year Leap Month. I sent letters. I didn’t keep track. If you didn’t get one and you want one, pls let me know the essential information and I will make it happen.

large-rooster-feature1  The Tournament of Books starts March 7. I’m killin’ it with my reading of books for this! Really, I am so impressed with myself, I could just spit. Also, TEE SHIRTS. Want.

What else? I might have a job starting Monday. Teaching math…



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Fun Stuff (Think FOOD)

Husband and I were watching the Food Network as we often do and some show with some person I didn’t recognize made this INCREDIBLY easy soup!  We had it for lunch – it was WONDERFUL!

Incredibly Easy Three Ingredient PEA Soup

Really! I encourage you to try it. And of course, the ‘three ingredient’ bit is click-bait but who counts water and salt as ingredients?!  Water – Peas – Olive Oil – Seasonings = done and delicious.

Other news:  TODAY, January 17th is LETTER WRITING DAY. I will be writing to Jill, Emily, Cherlyn and probably my Auntie Lil. (I’ve been sending Auntie postcards of the Christmas Card pretties that I cut off from the cards… the ones that are not exactly Christmas-y but more snowy and good-feelings. Like PEACE.)

Pssst – it is snowing as I type this!


January 23rd is PIE DAY! or was, rather, it used to be? The American Pie Council LAST YEAR declared this day as such but this year they have decided to throw their support to March 14 as the official Pie Day. Ok, whatever, I don’t know how/why Jan 23 was selected anyway and true, the momentum for celebrating PIE with PI has certainly been building and growing. But I’m sad, too. So I will be making a pie on Jan 23. I’m thinking a Chocolate Cream. Mmmmmmmmmm

Have a wonderful week, my friends!


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Dear Author

Dear Author:

Thank you for considering me to be a possible book reviewer and CONGRATULATIONS for publishing a book. It does sound like a fun one but I must regrettably say no. I still have the last author’s book waiting for me to read and I sort of? maybe? said yes when he asked because I had actually met him – twice actually and enjoyed his debut novel – but here it is a few years (YEARS!) later and I still have yet to grab it and read it. I do know where on the shelf it sits. Sits glaring at me trying to get me to put it in front of the three book club books I must get through next, and the Twitter readalong book that I am hosting in October* – which I still don’t even have physically in the house (I seem to prefer physical books though my Kindle is loaded) but that’s OK since October is still a few weeks away. I really should request it at the library, now that I come to think of it.
I hope that this last sentence has convinced you that I am not worthy nor able in my scatter-brained way to commit to such a thing as review a non-requested pitched book which if you check again on my blog surely says that I rarely-to-never agree to do such things anyway. And please do not take offense that I say I prefer authors be dead already before I review their books because I hate to upset anyone if I didn’t like it. No, I think I took that off my About page, so never mind. And I really do hope my favorite authors stay alive because that would be just awful. Truly, tis the guilt that makes me say no, I would just feel miserable and I just know I would see a shiny new book pop up due to whatever it is that makes books popular. (I’ve avoided The Girl on the Train so far, I am actually proud to say.) But guilt! I read for fun, you know? I can’t handle the read-cuz-you-PROMISED-kind-of-reading, sadly. And then there was this really sweet author who I chatted with on Twitter and she commented on my blog a few times – we really interacted, ya know? and I still haven’t gotten to HER book and I really do want to. So many books!
Finally, and in more words than I expect you braved through, I must decline and again say I do appreciate you thinking of me and will go ahead an assume it is because I do do (yes, I said it that way and it just sounds right but likely is not ‘proper’) such an awesome job reviewing books. Did you notice that I DNF’d The Secret History?!** And she’s one talented author! oops, oh well. It happens. Hopefully, and I bet likely, she isn’t interested in me to review her books. I don’t wish her dead, of course.
BEST to you in your future endeavors, I’m sure the marketing piece of writing a book is hell, just sure of it. I hope your book is on goodreads – I just might tbr it which might garner you some attention. Really, no one reads my poor little blog anyway. Ok, then, noodles (I mean TOODLES!). Best of luck.
* I wrote this in mid-September 2015 in quick response to a rather charming book pitch email.
**  I ended up getting back to The Secret History and skimmed the middle 3/5ths and 4/5ths sections, listened to the last fifth and happily declared it be “Enough-Done-Read-To-Count”. It really was a mood thing; I would very much have enjoyed it if I had had no other pressing demands on my time at that moment. I would never wish an author dead. Never. But it’s true that dead-author books are much easier to review in terms of risking hurt feelings.
NOTE: I received a rather charming response to this email, too. I just might read the book. Alas, someday.


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How About a PIE Post? #iLovePie #SalemAlong


Random Thoughts and Upcoming Events. And PIE.

I made a Figgy Pudding Pie yesterday.

IMG_3164 IMG_3166 It’s a custard over fresh figs that I broiled with evoo, honey and sea salt. The crust turned out great and this is good for me to know because I didn’t follow my typical process of chopping up the butter and freezing it, while also chilling the bowl, the cutter, the flour, etc. I just mixed it, kept it QUICK, and wa la!

It tastes AWESOME. I intend to make this pie every season when I see figs in the grocery store. And then! I am going to see how it turns out with dried figs since those are usually available most anytime. YUM.

I am reading Fog Island Mountains by Michelle Bailat-Jones and it is VERY good. Very unique for me. Lots of mood and atmosphere. Lots of linky connections are sparking lately, too, that I hope I can remember when I get around to posting reviews. These are when you encounter something that reminds you of the last one or two books you’ve read or are reading. Like seeing KANSAS mentioned in Inside the O’Briens after just finishing Wicked where WICHITA popped up. I’m still trying to get to The Life-Changing Magic book but it just doesn’t want to be opened for some reason. I keep moving it from room to room and yet every time I reach for my fiction read instead.

Back to the idea of book-connections; early in FIM, the narrator rescues a hawk!

Speaking of hawks and rescues, I am listening to H is for Hawk and it is a TREMENDOUS experience! Add this to your tbl (to be listened), especially if you enjoy author narrations. Macdonald is excellent. H is for Hawk reminds me that I want to read HHhH. A very different book, I imagine. All about the Hs. Today’s H words are HARMONY, HOPE, HEART, HEALTH, HAPPY, and HA HA! I’m affirming my affirmations each day but going through the alphabet for other positive words to share. Trying to keep that positive self-talk front and center.

October is just around the corner so hurry up and get your edition of Salem’s Lot by Stephen King! We’ll be all a-twittering with #SalemAlong!  Check out Avid Reader’s post on Oct 1 for all the authentic important information. I have requested the print book from the library. Am debating the audiobook – I might use my October Audible credit. I’ve spied it in paperback size at the bookstore for ~$8. Decisions!

Also upcoming in October is #Diversiverse! divers15

I am going to read Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. I also have Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattilo Beals ready. This book is memoir about the integration of Little Rock High School in 1957.

Somebody mentioned that it seems like I’m reading a lot lately but really, I’m only finally getting around to posting reviews of August reads. I think. I don’t think I’m reading more than usual. Of course, I am procrastinating a project or two and for some reason, this always spurs the blogging motivations!

I’ve already read my four books for RIP X and still have the readalong to look forward to!

Finally, I have a blogger meetup tonight and I am very excited. Yes, I’m going to share pie.

Happy FALL.


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Book List Revisits

Back in 2009, I posted this list (and then forgot about it?):

My updates (and corrections) are in PURPLE.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien X

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (only one and I think it was the 2nd one…) FINISHED! Started at the beginning in June 2012 and finished in October 2013 ; still need to see all the movies.)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X

6 The Bible – X

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X?

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (only the Golden Compass)

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens X

Total: 8  ADD 1 = 9


11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X

12 Tess of the D’UrbervillesThomas Hardy  APRIL 2011 for book club

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller X

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier X

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger X

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

Total: 6 ADD 1 = 7, cumulative 16


21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X (reread January 2013 in order to see the movie starring Leo)

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens YES! Loved it AND the BBC miniseries Dec 2012

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – CHECK: August 2014

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh –  January 2014

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X (actually not sure I really read this, but … maybe)

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Total: 3 ADD 4 = 7, cumulative 23


31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (only about 1/3 of it!) – took listening to the audio. November 2012

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens X

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis XXXX (loved these)

34 Emma-Jane Austen X

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen X

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein X

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden X

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X

Total: 9 ADD 1 = 10, cumulative 33


41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X (just last month!)

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins  X DECEMBER 2012

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – March of THIS YEAR!  SQUEEEE

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood X

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan X

Total: 7 ADD 2 = 9, cumulative 42


51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel X

52 Dune – Frank Herbert (attempted it a looooong time ago and never finished it)

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen X

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafo X

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon X

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 5


61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov X – October 2009 (never reviewed; just couldn’t)

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt – I do have the audiobook in queue…

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold X

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (own it, on the tbr pile) – YES YES YES Oct 2014 Audiobook – SO FUN.

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding X

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (abt 1/3 of this one, too)

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville – Another via audiobook which I highly recommend March 2013

Total: 3 ADD 3 = 6, cumulative 53


71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – Got this done in April 2011

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce – attempted only; still wonder if someday… May 2011

76 The Inferno – Dante – considering this on audio, thoughts?

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Total: 0 ADD 1 = 1, cumulative 54


80 Possession – AS Byatt – YES. Fabulous (and loved the movie, too.) May 2013

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – CHECK! March 2013 thanks to a readalong

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker X

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro X

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I read one of these… The Sign of the Four in March 2014

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

Total: 4 ADD 3 = 7, cumulative 61


91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – DONE June 2014

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams – SWEET; so glad I’ve read this. June 2010

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas –

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X (wait a gosh darn minute – Bills entire works is in the first ten listed?!)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X

Total: 3 ADD 2 = 5, cumulative 66


Grand Total: 48 add 18! ~66. YAY ME.  Not bad… (I have no idea where this list originated.)





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