Must Read in a Lifetime

My friend Sheila over at Book Journey has invited me (and you) to answer this question:

What Do YOU Say Is A Must Read In A Lifetime?

And I couldn’t figure out a quick answer…  If you click on the button above, you can go read her post on her idea to create a list of these books as generated from her book friends. She is allowing us 3 or 4 suggested titles.

What are my TOP TEN? My most favorite books or those books that still delight me when I see on other crazy book lists of must reads?        I can’t decide! Having given myself a few days to think upon this, I’ve still been unable to create a short list of my own. So, I’m just going to start typing titles that pop into my head:

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Beloved by Toni Morrison
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (or would it be Cat’s Cradle? I need to reread and find out.)

I would love to say It by Stephen King but I just can’t. I would say the film Shawshank Redemption would be a great one for a movie list like this, though. I haven’t read the short story the movie is based on… But I do think something by Stephen King should be on such a list.

pieratingsmlI have 974 READ books on goodreads. How many of those did I give 5 stars? 205.

From that list, I skim off some more I think could fit this category of MUST READ in a LIFETIME…

Perhaps I should pose the question differently; reframe it as “Which books, had I not read, would have made my life less? less bright, not as enriched?”

pieratingsmlH is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Far From the Madding Crowd by Tom Hardy
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! – Kate DiCamillo
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
The Year of Pies by Ashley English
The Secret Life of Lobsters!!! yes, gotta have this one. Trevor Corson
The Sparrow by Mary Russell Doria
Waiting for Columbus – Tom Trofimuk
Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
Love Begins in Winter – Simon Booy
James McBride’s The Color of Water
A Tale of Two Cities – Chuck Dickens
Woman by Natalie Angier
Atonement by Ian McEwan

Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout? Or did I love Lucy Barton more?

I’m not even listing those classics EVERYONE assumes are MUSTs…. Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter… yikes.

Which 4 did I end up choosing for BookJourney’s list? Only she and I will know…

(y’all realize right? that whatever 4 I decide on will change tomorrow?!)

What can I say? I have eclectic tastes. AND, I need to read a lot more books.





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Monday Randomusings 10-22-12

Greetings and Salutations!

I have not completed any books recently so no books to review. Nor do I have any photos of pie to share; so sad. But I do have stuff I can chat about so allow me to ramble and chit-chat about nonsense and gallimaufries… (At least, I hope I am allowed to pluralize ‘gallimaufry’.)

 I own this paperback version with the ODD knees(?!) on the cover, translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky .

I am one-third of the way through Anna Karenina. I purchased this heavy tome back in 2007 and have attempted it at least three times. Attempted meaning ‘and thus abandoned’. I was even a bit discombobulated when I went to search for me copy and couldn’t find it!

 I am listening to the Kate Lock narration, published by Naxos and translated by ??? (not sure)

You see, I used my Audible credit for October on Anna K hoping that listening to it would be the ticket to success. I think I might finally be getting into it! I have been going back and forth between text and audio and even comparing the translations – both seem fine to me. Kate Lock is an admirable narrator, too. I am giving myself permission to skip over boring chapters and/or skimming the text if I don’t want to listen to Levin mow his yard.

And crazy Russian language; the many names for one person could drive me batty but I’m choosing to be apathetic. And just how would I have ever known that “LEVIN” has three syllables??? cuh-razy. She says lee-AY-vin.

And another thing to rant about… I just entered ‘anna k’ into the goodreads search and you would THINK that Anna Karenina would be the FIRST thing on the list?!  no, nope. Little Women is. And then Hamlet. And then To the Lighthouse (which I LOOOOVED, by the way.) But, um, WHY wouldn’t ANNA KARENINA be FIRST!?  I do not understand the goodreads search. It can be such a hunt to find obvious titles, sometimes.

I thought I was going to do a readalong with someone this month for AK but can’t remember who it is. I’m SORRY! Feel free to join in if you want… I intend to use my November credit on Bleak House – there’s a readalong for that, too.

(the button above when clicked on for a link will actually take you to Jenny’s blog and her announcement post; I think it is Trish of LoveLaughterInsanity who is calling it the #Bleakalong.)

What else? Oh, I’m reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and I am just not in the mood. This is a book that you must have the right mindset to ‘get’, I think. Maybe I am wrong but it is just too long for all this style and ‘thinking’. It’s truly a mind-dump of “thoughts in the moment” and though he is most eloquent and would be a hoot to chat with over a beer, methinks, I would prefer to just not read anymore of it. It’s for bookclub. Thursday. I hope to read the last chapter and say FINI.

It’s that time of year when I begin to wonder how I am doing with challenges. I didn’t sign up for many official ones —  I completed the What’s in a Name early, thank goodness. And RIP VII is done and Readalongs have been fantastic. The #ITalong has to be a highlight for my 2012 reading. But as to my own Tracy Kidder goal to read everything – I have only read one when I have two more on my shelves to read. I also have not read anything this year (nor last year) for my John Cusack challenge. WAIT! I take that back. I’ve read some 20 pages or so of Tropic of Cancer (eBook). I have no comment.

As to all the books LOANED to me that I have on my shelves? Yep, need to get a move on that. I think I have taken in more books than I read/returned.

Attempts to read from the 1001 Books To Read Before Dying without really trying (meaning I do not seek out books on this list but love to find out that I read something and it happens to be on the list), I am doing quite well!  Cloud Atlas, Cranford, American Psycho and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day!  Am I right to assume AK is on the list, too? YAY ME.

What are YOU up to this week, readingwise?


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Strength in What Remains

Thoughts  Strength in What Remains: a journey of remembrance and forgiveness by Tracy Kidder, Random House 2009 Hardback, 272 pages

For my personal challenge to read every book written by Kidder.

What’s it ABOUT:  This is the story of a young man who escaped harrowing violence in his country of Burundi in the early nineties.

What’s GOOD:  If you have read or are aware of Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains (and if you are not aware of this book, get thee to a bookstore/library pronto), then you are familiar with Partners in Health, a wonderful organization bringing basic healthcare to the most impoverished points on the globe. Strength in What Remains brings a look to one individual who works with PIH.

Burundi is a country I have heard of but I was unaware how close geographically and politically it is to Rwanda. Both of these countries have experienced civil war and genocide that is just hard to fathom or understand. Deogratias was a medical student in Burundi who managed to get himself to New York and somehow managed to meet more than a few angels. Now he is working on being an angel for Burundi.

It is a wonderful awful and awe-ful tale.

RATING:  Four slices of pie. Cassava pie!


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Authors 2012

Another personal challenge I am giving myself in 2012 is to try new-to-me authors so I can stop commenting “This is an author I have yet to experience but I can’t wait!” when I see reviews from the following:

Jon Krakauer – I’m thinking that I should try Into the Wild first.

Mary Roach – any!  Depends on when and what strikes my fancy.

Tom PerottaElection

Susan Jane GilmanHypocrite in a White Pouffy Dress

China Miéville Kraken or The City and the City

Zetta ElliotA Wish After Midnight

P.G. Wodehouse – I have Right Ho, Jeeves in iBooks

Connie Willis – Either Doomsday Book or To Say Nothing of the Dog

And these authors are favorites that I missed in 2011:

Diana Wynne Jones – most curious about Howl’s Moving Castle

Tracy Kidder – I own Old Friends, My Detachment and Strength in What Remains – which will likely be my first choice.

A.S.Byatt – I own Possession in paperback and The Children’s Book in hardback; I expect a vocabulary workout.

Ian McEwan – Eager to try Saturday.

Margaret AtwoodAlias Grace is up next.

So, counting the 11 books from the Loaned to Me Personal Challenge #1, plus a few readalongs, my monthly IRL book club, I’m up to 48 ‘scheduled’ books I *WANT* to read.

2012 PERSONAL CHALLENGE #2 – bring it on!


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What’s in a Name 5 (2012)

I have signed up for the What’s in a Name 5 Challenge!  Clicking on the above button will take you to the official site so you can learn all about it.  But the important stuff is the categories:

  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  2. A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  4. A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Ape House
  5. A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah’s Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
  6. A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking

So, my options CURRENTLY in my HOUSE for each of these quick cat descriptions are:

TOPOGRAPHY:   Oliver Sacks’ The Island of the Colorblind, I’ve rejected Two Rivers because it technically is not a ‘land formation’ and I have doubts about roads, too, so I’m not choosing Revolutionary Road.  Darn.  A River Runs Through It, however….  The land part is what the river runs through so the topography here is IMPLIED?!  yes?

SKY:  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – Reading in March with Erin of Erin Reads.  I’m committed here.  Yay!

CREEPY-CRAWLY:   HELP!!!   I hate spiders but I was thinking that Patterson’s Along Came a Spider would work and then I could see the flick. Unfortunately, this is not on the shelf at my local library but I could ILL it.  I’ve already read Little Bee and that other Bee book Secret Life of.

HOUSE:  Lots more here than I thought there would be.  Anyone read any of these?   I might even re-read HOUSE by Tracy Kidder which I will mention is “AAAaaaaawwwwwweeeeesssssssooome”.  I’ve got The Woman on the Roof * by a Nebraskan writer, Mignon Eberhart and there’s also Elizabeth Berg’s Open House.  AND, Daphne DuMaurier’s Jamaica Inn.  I’ve been wanting to read this forever.  I own Ape House, too, but forgot to pull it for the photo.

POCKETABLE:  Nothing on my shelf fits this…   Help requested here, too, please.

CALENDAR:  I’ve got Anita Diamant’s Day After Night so I’m going with that at this time.  But Fire Season might work.  And there’s Rites of Spring which works for my John Cusack Challenge.

OK, your turn!  What are you selecting or what can you recommend?  Throw ’em at me.  

* ROOF is only a ‘piece’ of a house so maybe that won’t qualify…


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I’m Joining the BAND

The Blogger’s Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees

or BAND for short…

What is one of your favorite types of nonfiction to read? OR What is one of your favorite nonfiction topics to read about?

I haven’t really thought about what types of nonfiction I like to read…    I like memoirs sometimes, biography often but not often enough, easy-to-understand science-y stuff, narrative nonfiction and …   um, I guess I need to check the definitive list.   [One second, please while I look again at my Sophisticated Dorky friend Kim’s post that explains the BAND.]

travelogues – though I show little evidence, and even some self-help.   Even that self-help category is broad!   I own books to inspire creativity, how to write a letter, keep a journal, reference texts and quote books, etc.   And cookbooks!    Cookbooks are self-help, right?

I have a few essay books on my tbr. I love most anything penned by Tracy Kidder. I like books on feminism and want to explore further the topic of women and technology.


Among Schoolchildren

Short Thoughts   Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder,  A Richard Todd Book HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CO 1989, 340 pages, purchased at a library used book sale, Twenty in Ten Challenge, Personal Deliberate Challenge 2010


Another amazing project by Kidder.   If you aren’t familiar with his work, he inserts himself into a situation or a person’s life and yet somehow stays invisible.   This time, the reader spends a year in a 5th grade classroom.   We get to know the feelings, aspirations and challenges faced by the teacher.   We explore the demographics of the community and the town’s history.

Kidder gives a light touch to what is taught in 5th grade and explores concepts of the educational process through the ages.    Being aware that this was written in the late 80s in Massachusetts and my limited experience of currently working in a Massachusetts’ school, I was intrigued by the handling of discipline and evaluating student’s special needs.

But my favorite part of the narrative is how we are introduced to many of the players in this drama including a few of the students. One of the reasons that Kidder remains one of my favorite authors is his skill to get thoroughly involved.   He was able to gain intimate access to families and the children.   He was given such proximity to the teacher and her thoughts.    She is presented as very dedicated and caring.

I wonder about her now.    I wonder about how her life now and how her career might have changed since the publication of this book.   I googled her but didn’t find much and didn’t try too hard.    I would assume she probably prefers me not to wonder!  so I respect that.    But I hope she is doing well.

I had hoped to write a quick short blurb on this as a kind of mini-review but then I read Eva’s…   So, for more in less words, please click over to the review by our Impressively Well-Read EVA of A Striped Armchair.


Copley noticed a connection between this read and the one prior;    THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE.     The prior book was The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman which describes the Hmong challenges of coming to America and this book goes in depth to discuss the immigration experience of Puerto Ricans who have settled in Mt Holyoke MA.


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End of Year Thoughts on 2010 Reading

*****************Updated on 1/6/11 to note that I failed to complete The Sea by end of year, so I only read 70 books in 2010.   Oh well.     ***********








Grab a piece of pie and fill your tea or coffee cup; this is going to be a long rambling post. *smiles*

How many books read in 2010?

I only read 71 (and as I write this, I still need to finish that 71st!   The Sea by John Banville.)   Last year, I read 86 books so my goal to ever read 100 feels like it will never happen.    Maybe I’ll set a goal of 50 books so I can soar right past it.

How many fiction and non fiction?

I read 22 nonfiction books or 31%.     I read 22 NF last year, too – but the percentage is bigger this year!     I had a good mix of topics, too.    Unfortunately, 2 of the 5 DNFs were nonfiction this year – both of the memoir variety.

Male/Female author ratio?

A fifty-fifty split!    But to get extemely technical, I read more female authors, just one!  than male authors.

Favorite book of 2010?

After bugging everyone I met at the Book Blogger Conference with the question, “What’s your favorite read of the year so far?”, I don’t have an answer myself!     Last year I gave 12 books the coveted FIVE PIE SLICE rating and this year, I give out 12 again.  And yet looking over the list, I’m almost *meh* about it all.     I didn’t gushingly overwhelmingly adore ANY except The Book Thief and it was a re-read so I don’t really count it.   Many of the FIVE-SLICERS were rated high because of its literature importance to me, like The Bell Jar, To the Lighthouse, and The Yellow Wallpaper. Mrs. Dalloway was a re-read, too – but this one might count because I fell in love with it MORE upon this second reading.    I had 2  nonfiction books in the top 12:   Woman by Natalie Angier and Overboard by Michael J. Tougias due to how that one got my heart-beating with its charged adventure telling.     And yet, I can’t seem to declare it a love-swoon favorite.    SO.    I guess I will categorize:     For my fun read that is likely not ‘high’ literature (and thus – dare I say it? – I recommendable to ALL) is Waiting for Columbus.    And for my Oh-WOW-OH-WOW book(s), I’m going to cast a tie with To the Lighthouse/V.Woolf and Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy.

The STARTLING realization that comes to mind when I look over my top twelve (which you can see, I hope, by clicking on this goodreads link) is that I really like quiet, in-the-head, crazy-beautiful prose books.      So let’s lump The Sea into my top 12 13 books, shall we?

One easy way to help me decide a favorite is whether or not I really want to read MORE by that particular author and I think Simon Van Booy is tops there.

As to the MANY books I rated FOUR Slices of Pie (27 or 38%), do any shine?    Yes – Oryx & Crake* by M.Atwood, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – all authors I look forward to reading more.    My “Books I’ve Read” Page has the links to my reviews or you can just enter in the search box upper right.

Least favourite?

My least favorite of the books I couldn’t even stand to complete:    North Dallas Forty.     It was all get-drunk-screw-complain, repeat.    But of the books that I read in entirety:  Without a Trace by Colleen Coble.

Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why?

Oh yes!   I DNF’d a few and don’t feel guilty.   Ok, yes I do.  A bit.     I include the ‘DNF’ on titles on my Books Read page by month if you care to go see.

Oldest book read?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, also a DNF but I got 2/3 through it.    I actually think I might attempt this one again and it’s rating might go up because of its importance and amusement-factor.   I was listening to this one and the flowery speech and incredulousness got to me and I had to go to something else.    Shameful, really – it is a short book in pages.


The newest book I read was published in October 2010:   A Secret Gift by Ted Gup, for a TLC Book Tour.    I read TEN books that were published this year!   THAT is amazing and quite unlike me.

Longest and shortest book titles?

Longest NF title was Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down:  A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. (I have yet to review this one.)

I think it is a tie for novel:


The shortest title is my current read (which I really really REALLY need to go devote some time to!) is The Sea.   It’s short but it’s slow – very provocative and sharp smart use of language – I’m savoring it.

Longest and shortest books?

I read more chunksters this year!   Yay me.      Looking at my stats chart, it amazes me that the most-pages book I read was Gaiman’s American Gods. That it is a chunkster does not come to mind when I think of this book.

Shortest book is debatable but then so is this question since it so depends on format.    I read quite a few books under 100 pages.  I’m going to say Ethan Frome was my favorite of the SHORTs.

How many books from the library?

Eek –  I didn’t do a good job of tracking this and now I can’t remember:  and some were audio’s to accompany a book I own…    I think it is around 6?    I’ve also done a poor job of keeping track of all the ways I got books AND where I sent them.

Any translated books?

Another “uh oh”. I think only ONE book this year was translated into English:   Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazeretti/Swedish.  OK, not impressed with myself on this.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?

My most read author in PAGE COUNT is Neil Gaiman!   Woo hoo!   I read two:   Neverwhere and American Gods. I read two books by the following authors:    Virginia Woolf (meant to read 4 plus a bio!), Dashiell Hammett, John Green, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.    I increased the number of books read over my lifetime written by Tracy Kidder to FIVE.   I’ve read FOUR total books each by Jennie Nash and Neil Gaiman.   Fifty-tw0 authors were new to me, most of the others were a second time.

Any re-reads?

Here is a category that shows improvement; spurred on by my accepting to do the Flashback Challenge.   I re-read 4 books!

Favourite character of the year?

Hmmmm.    Nothing.  I got nothing…

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?

I only visited 14 countries this year which is down from last and a personal disappointment.   I was heavy/heavy in my own country;  I *saw* 14 specifically identified US State places in my reading this year.    My Reading Globally Challenge was not successful.      I only read one book set in Africa, one in Japan, one in fantasyland South America (Herland) and one Afghanistan.   The rest were England, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Germany and Sweden.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?

I love this question!   I can blame a bunch of books on other bloggers and a few real-life friends.   It’s too numerous to count but the most different and unlike-me book would probably be Overboard!, a scary true account of disaster AND survival at sea.    It traveled around our dock at the marina.    I blame Marsha.

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of?

I’ve already addressed this but to pick ONE?    ok, a few?    Anna Quindlan, Elizabeth Taylor and Simon Van Booy.  Oh!  and Diana Wynne Jones!

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?

Where do I start?    A whole category of other-country round-the-world books comes first to mind.   More translated works – which likely overlaps that other-country thing.     I’ll address this more when I do my 2010 Challenge Wrap Up post.

I didn’t get to ANY Ian McEwan!  What’s UP with THAT!?   I’ll  fix that in 2011.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?

I will state that my DELIBERATE Plan was a success:   I had addressed the question of “Which 3 books do I really hope to read in 2010?” by choosing Watership Down by Richard Adams – I’m so glad I read this one!    and anything/something more by Neil Gaiman (accomplished) and at least one of the four I own but have yet to read by Tracy Kidder.     I will review Among Schoolchildren in January.
Any HIGHLIGHTS from 2010?
The Book Blogger Convention in NYC in May was SUPER FABULOUS!    I got an iPad, which is really cool for ereading.   and just getting to know many of you better and still having the motivation to read and chat about books online through this blog have been WONDERFUL.  Thank you!

STATS:    71 Books / RATINGS:  12 FIVE 17%, 27 FOUR 38%, 20 THREE 28%, 9 TWO 13%, 3 ONE 4%

PAGE COUNTS:   19,732 which averages to 278 per book.   [HA!   Last year’s page total for 87 books was 24,186 which also averaged to 278 per book.]

1001 Books To Read Before You Die:   9

Chunksters (over 450 pages): 9

Male Female Ratio   35 : 36

Short Story Collections:   2

Unintentional Themes:   Pets – 4 Dogs, 1 Cat

By Decade:   in 2010 – 10, 2000 – 31, 1990 – 6, 1980 – 3, 1970 – 7, 1960 – 3, 1950 – 2, 1940 – 0, 1930 – 1, 1920 – 3, 1910 – 1, 1900 – 1, 1890 – 1, 1860 – 1, 1810 – 1

New to Me Authors:   52

Nonfiction:   22

Fantasy:  7

Debuts:   at least 2 that I know off the top of my head…

postscript: This is my 2009 WrapUp.

* Just realized that my goodreads has 4 stars for Oryx & Crake but my Books-Read list shows 5…   and I am in such a hurry to post this I will just not worry about it right now…


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What’s in a Name 2011

My choices from the books “currently in house and yet-to-read” are:

  1. A book with a number in the title: Think of a Number by John Verdon
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Cat in a Diamond Dazzle by Carole Nelson Douglas
  3. A book with a size in the title: __  (I got nothin’)
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Go Ask Alice, Dead Man Walking*, Up in the Air, AA Gill is Away, My Detachment by Tracy Kidder
  5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Girls Don’t Die, Killer Angels**
  6. A book with a life stage in the title:   Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Does my choice for the first category qualify?    Is it OK to have the word NUMBER be the number????   I did have Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith come to mind for that first category but I don’t have it in-house.

I am also not sure if all the titles I listed for category #4 qualify but  I’m leaning towards Dead Man Walking* anyway.  I was surprised how many I could find to offer on that one, though.

And sad that I had no size books.  DARN!  My goodreads tbr has a few SIZE offerings:  The History of Astronomy:  A Very Short Introduction by Michael Hoskin,

OH!   Just remembered that I loaned An Abundance of Katherines by John Green to my neighbor! Excuse to get it back!!!

Thank you Fyrefly for agreeing with me that this will qualify…   I think I’m ready for another JG book.

AND, I really am intimidated by  Midnight’s Children….  I’ve attempted it once.    I could blame the physical paperback I have, tho – VERY TINY PRINT and yellowed.    Perhaps I should get an ebook version.

PLEASE help me choose which book for the EVIL category!     and weigh in on my choice for the number one.  Thanks!

PS I still have two books to read for THIS year!    Where the Red Fern Grows and The Sea…    I think I can do it.

** I’ve been wanting and needing a reason to dive into this Civil War classic.


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Stacks of Books

I used to not keep books.    But then, I started a book blogging habit and a massive book amassing began:

OK, not like MOST of you all, but still!   This is a LOT of books for me!

These books were stacked in the guest room and breeding.  We recently got rid of a futon and (I would love to buy a book shelf or three but husband would rather we “limit accumulations”*) so I gathered them up and moved them to this new empty space in my craft room.

How to arrange?   By color, alphabet, size or priority?    Well, for me… I stack by size.    But also by a few challenge groupings.

So fun!   I got excited all over again for the books I want to read.    I rediscovered a few I forgot that I even owned.   I also got a bit stressed because I want to read them NOW.    Very few of these are books I have already read, for your information.   I still don’t keep many done-read books   – –   90% of these are for my future first-time reading experience pleasure.

The leftmost stack is all tbr hardbacks.   The tallest stack is tradebacks; the shortest stack is odd shaped odd books and the remaining tower is almost half book-to-movie and half paperback.    I’ve actually thought about collecting all of Tracy Kidder’s books and guess what:   I have FOUR and have yet to read any!   Of the four books** I have read by this author, I apparently do not own a copy.   Huh.

I just realized I forgot to count them!     ~ 105  (not counting the five or six on the craft table out of sight that I am reading, just read and need to review and a few others that are scattered somewhere else…)

Excuse me;  I need to get back to READING.

* Fun talk around this house is to SELL IT!  and buy a condo and a bigger boat.    I would not have space for 100+ tbr pile on a boat…    Must limit and reduce.    Hey – it’s like dieting!

** I have read but do not own Tracy Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine, House, Mountains Beyond Mountains and Home Town. I own but have yet to read Detachment, Among Schoolchildren, Strength in What Remains and Old Friends. This rather amuses and amazes me.   Time to go check bookmooch again.


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