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1001 Books to Read Before You Die
November 15, 2009, 11:09 pm
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This is one of the themes from the yahoo book group I belong to A Good Book. I was getting into a rut and needed a challenge to get me out reading new things and authors.  Its been working, I’ve discovered some new great authors, well new to me! I have a goal of completing this list in 4 years, which breaks down to 5 books a month. I started the list in August 2009, I’ve read 14 so far, I’m a bit behind, but I caught up a lot this month.

The books I’ve read so far:

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

The English Patient Micheal Ondaatje

Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

The Temple of My Familiar Alice Walker

A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

The Cider House Rules John Irving

The Color Purple Alice Walker

The House of Spirits Isabel Allende

Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice

The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell To Arms Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

The Jungle Upton Sinclair

The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells

I found that Ernest Hemingway for the most part is drivel, The Sun also Rises was honestly about nothing. I was reading it at the same time as The War of the Worlds and H.G. Wells has an amazing vocabulary. I look forward to reading more of his books, there are 4 or so more on the list.

I’ve developed a bit of a system I like to read all the books by a particular author at the same time. I only have two more Hemingways For Whom the Bell Tolls and To Have and Have Not. I have one more Alice Walker Possessing the Secret of Joy and one more John Irving The World According to Garp.

I’m currently reading Tess of the D’Ubervilles Thomas Hardy. I read this in high school but decided to read it again. I’m also reading The Shining Stephen King. I’m not a big King fan so we’ll see how this goes. I’m a complete coward and this was from his prime. Its my daytime book, not my bedside book. I have to read:

Saturday Ian McEwan

Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

The Great GAtsby F Scott Fritzgerald

Jude The Obscure Thomas Hardy

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

I’ve been picking them up at second hand stores and the library so I always have at least two books to read at a time.  It will be slow going on these two books Tess is just not a fast read and The Shining I’m a bit apprehensive about. I started it yesterday adn have made it through three chapters with not much action so I’m going to read a bit more tonight. Happy Reading everyone!



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