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That being said, it is a very thought provoking book, and is still very poignant today given the political climate. I would highly recommend it to anyone that hasn't read it. Next on my list is Brave New World I have been told that this is the mirror image of 1984 regarding method of control of the populous.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
#43 The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
#93 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
#117 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
#196 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (currently reading)
#238 The Cider House Rules – John Irving
#301 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
#303 The World According to Garp – John Irving
#400 The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
#436 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
#444 Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
#456 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
#547 Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
#564 Animal Farm – George Orwell
#574 The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (in English AND French)
#603 Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
#610 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
#689 The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
#695 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
#767 The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
#780 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
#809 The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
#837 The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
#840 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
#863 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
#897 The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
#904 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
TWENTY-SIX (and that includes two that I am currently reading). Sad, sad, sad.
There are a couple that I think I might have read, but since I wasn't sure, I didn't include them. For example, I am almost positive that I have read The Color Purple, but not entirely, so I am being conservative and not including it.
So, this is a classic turning point moment... Glass half full or half empty? Do I concentrate on the fact that it is pitiful that I have only read 26 of these books, or do I enthuse because of the opportunity to read so many more? I think I am going for the adventure....
Thank you to my mostly public school education (there were two years of private school in there), Oprah's book club (although I am behind and would have a few more under my belt if I had read all of her picks), and my Russian literature class in college. Master and Margarita is a very entertaining read.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (completed)
2. Bad Debts by Peter Temple (completed)
This book is set in Melbourne, and I have always wanted to visit Australia!
3. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
My favorite Irish author lives in Conneticut currently, so I searched out one still living in Ireland. (Figured that was easier than finding an author from Virginia who was living abroad!)
4. 1984 by George Orwell (reading currently)
5. Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (reading currently)
This is one of my dad’s favorites, and has been on my to-read list for a while
6. For Nothing by Nicholas Denmon (completed)
7. Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (completed)
8. A friend of the Earth by TC Boyle
9. Rain Fall by Barry Eisler
10. the insider by Reece Hirsch (also a first time novelist, whose book I won on Goodreads!) (Completed)
So, I am more than half way there, which is great since I started about a month late!
Reading is great summer entertainment! No batteries required. No annoying cinemagoer talking on his/her cellphone. It's just you, your books, and your imagination. This summer reading challenge should be lots of fun. I thank you for joining me as we read just for the love of good writing. So here's to summer reading!
GOAL: 8 titles that you have never read before! (10 for a bonus. Hey, why not )
June 1 - August 31
CRITERIA: Choose any title in the following categories:
1. A book that was turned into a major motion picture.
2. A book set in a place that you would like to visit.
3. A book written by an author from your home country, region, or with your ancestoral
background who lives in a foreign country.
4. A classic novel.
5. A book from the BBC list (List in previous post)
6. A novel by a first time author.
7. A biography/autobiography/memoir about someone you admire.
8. A book about the environment, or any cause that concerns you. :)
9. Free choice!
10. Free choice!
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