2017 Reading Challenge: The 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge (Reading for Growth)


  • A Newberry Award winner or an Honor book.
  • A book in translation.
  • A book that is mote than 600 pages.  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection.
  • A book of any genre that addresses current events.
  • An immigrant story.
  • A book published before you were born.
  • Three books by the same author.
  • A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author.
  • A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending.
  • A book nominated for an award in 2017.
  • A Pulitzer Prize of National Book Award winner.

Victorian October Reading Challenge (#Victober)

77f5c-6a0167630b2a88970b01a3fd16572d970b-piFive BookTubers who I admire have joined together to formulate the Victorian Reading Challenge in which they have issued 5 challenges that must be fulfilled with a work  of Victorian literature.

I will be joining in this reading challenge and am greatly looking forward to choosing the books which I shall be reading.

The Victorian era in literature coincides with the reign of Queen Victoria, 18301-900, and includes such writers as Charles Dickens, the Bronte Sisters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Elizabeth Gaskell.

The reading challenges are as follows:

  1. Read a Victorian novel within a week.
  2. Read a Victorian Gothic novel.
  3. Read a Victorian novel by a female author.
  4. Read a Victorian piece of literature that is not a novel (poetry, plays)
  5. Read a Victorian novel that has a plot or scheme afoot.

The books I shall be reading are:

  1. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  5. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The hosts of Victorian October are Beyond the Pages, TheSkepticalReader, Books and Things,  exlibris, and Kate Howe.

2016 Man Booker Longlist Announced

MB2016-Logo-Purple-FINALThe longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize has just been announced. I would like to attempt to read the entirety of the longlist this year! There are 13 novels this year and are comprised of six novels by women and seven by men, with five American writers, six British, one Canadian, and one South African.


  1. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  2. The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee
  3. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  4. Serious Sweet by A.L. Kennedy
  5. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  6. Hystopia by David Means
  7. The Many by Wyl Menmuir
  8. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  9. Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
  10. The North Water by Ian McGuire
  11. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  12. All That Man Is by David Szalay
  13. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The Lost Era Bibliography


  1. The Sundered by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
  2. Serpents Among the Ruins by David R. George III
  3. The Art of the Impossible by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  4. Well of Souls by Ilsa J. Bick
  5. Deny Thy Father by Jeff Mariotte
  6. Catalyst of Sorrows by Margaret Wander Bonanno
  7. The Buried Age by Christopher L. Bennett
  8. One Constant Star by David R. George III

Star Trek: The Lost Era is a series of novels that take place during the time period between the 23rd century events of Star Trek Generations and the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, set in 2364.

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek: Vanguard Bibliography


Star Trek: Vanguard is a spinoff of the original series, set aboard a starbase. The main characters include an intelligence officer, a reporter, and a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer.

  1. Harbinger by David Mack
  2. Summon the Thunder by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
  3. Reap the Whirlwind by David Mack
  4. Open Secrets by Dayton Ward
  5. Precipice by David Mack
  6. Declassified by David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore
  7. What Judgements Come by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
  8. Storming Heaven by David Mack
  9. In Tempest’s Wake by Dayton Ward (eBook only)

*Green text denotes that I have read the book.

Star Trek: Titan Bibliography


Titan is a spin-off of The Next Generation, following the adventures of Captain Riker of the Luna-class USS Titan

  1. Taking Wing by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
  2. The Red King by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
  3. Orion’s Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett
  4. Sword of Damocles by Geoffrey Thome
  5. Destiny, Book One: Gods of Night by David Mack
  6. Destiny, Book Two: Mere Mortals by David Mack
  7. Destiny, Book Three:  Lost Souls by David Mack
  8. Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L. Bennett
  9. Synthesis by James Swallow
  10. Typhon Pact, Book Two: Seize the Fire by Michael A. Martin
  11. Fallen Gods by Michael A. Martin
  12. The Fall, Book Four: The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow
  13. Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller
  14. Sight Unseen by James Swallow

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek: Seekers Bibliography


Star Trek: Seekers is a novel series from Pocket Books, created by David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore. It will be a sequel to the events of Star Trek: Vanguard and feature many of Vanguard’s characters, ships, and settings, returning two of that series’s recurring starships to the Taurus Reach for an ongoing mission of exploration. Seekers will be a return to Star Trek’s original ideology of “seeking out new worlds and new civilizations” and will center on the U.S.S. Endeavour and the U.S.S. Sagittarius as they explore the Taurus Reach. Unlike Vanguard, the series will not follow a serialized storyline, but will be more stand-alone in its approach.

  1. Second Nature by David Mack
  2. Point of Divergence by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
  3. Long Shot by David Mack
  4. All That’s Left by Dayton Ward

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek: New Frontier Bibliography


  1. House of Cards by Peter David
  2. Into the Void by Peter David
  3. The Two-Front War by Peter David
  4. End Game by Peter David
  5. Martyr by Peter David
  6. Fire on High by Peter David
  7. Captain’s Table: Once Burned by Peter David
  8. Double Helix: Double or Nothing by Peter David
  9. The Quiet Place by Peter David
  10. Dark Allies by Peter David
  11. Ecxalibur #1: Requiem by Peter David
  12. Excalibur #2: Renaissance by Peter David
  13. Excalibur #3: Restoration by Peter David
  14. Gateways: Cold Wars by Peter David
  15. Being Human by Peter David
  16. Gods Above by Peter David
  17. Stone and Anvil by Peter David
  18. No Limits by Peter David
  19. After the Fall by Peter David
  20. Missing in Action by Peter David
  21. Treason by Peter David
  22. Blind Man’s Bluff by Peter David
  23. The Returned, Part One by Peter David
  24. The Returned, Part Two by Peter David
  25. The Returned, Part Three by Peter David

Primarily written by Peter David, the New Frontier series marked the first time that an original Star Trek series had been created for the literary branch of the franchise.

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek: Enterprise Bibliography


  1. Broken Bow by Diane Carey
  2. By the Book by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  3. Shockwave by Paul Ruditis
  4. What Price Honor? by Dave Stern
  5. Surak’s Soul by J.M. Dillard
  6. The Expanse by J.M. Dillard
  7. Daedalus by Dave Stern
  8. Daedalus’ Children by Dave Stern
  9. Rosetta by Dave Stern
  10. Last Full Measure by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin
  11. The Good That Men Do by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin
  12. Kobayashi Maru by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin
  13. The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing by Michael A. Martin
  14. The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm by Michael A. Martin
  15. Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett
  16. Rise of the Federation:  Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett
  17. Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. Bennett
  18. Rise of the Federation:  Live by the Code by Christopher L. Bennett

Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the first Starfleet starship Enterprise, registration NX-01, as they explore the galaxy.


*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek: Stargazer Bibliography


Star Trek: Stargazer is a series of Star Trek novels written by Michael Jan Friedman. The novels are about the adventures of the USS Stargazer (NCC-2893), which was Jean-Luc Picard’s first command.

While not official canon, these stories can be viewed as a prequel to the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  1. Gauntlet by Michael Jan Friedman
  2. Progenitor by Michael Jan Friedman
  3. Three by Michael Jan Friedman
  4. Oblivion by Michael Jan Friedman
  5. Enigma by Michael Jan Friedman
  6. Maker by Michael Jan Friedman

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Bibliography

Deep Space NineStar Trek: Deep Space Nine (sometimes abbreviated to DS9) is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of the other Star Trek TV shows, it takes place on a space station instead of a starship, so as not to have two series with starships at the same time (the starship USS Defiant was introduced in season 3, but the station remained the primary setting for the show).

The show is noted for its well-developed characters, its original, complex plots, religious themes and for starring the only black captain in any of the televised incarnations of Star Trek. The series often showcased darker themes, less physical exploration of space, and (in later seasons) an emphasis on many aspects of war.

  1. Emissary by J.M. Dillard (1987)
  2. The Siege by Peter David (1993)
  3. Bloodletter by K.W. Jeter (1993)
  4. The Big Game by Sandy Schofield (1993)
  5. Fallen Heroes by Dafydd ab Hugh (1994)
  6. Betrayal by Lois Tilton (1994)
  7. War Child by Esther Frisker (1994)
  8. The Search by Diane Carey (1994)
  9. Antimatter by John Vornholt (1994)
  10. Proud Helios by Melissa Scott (1995)
  11. Warped by K.W. Jeter (1995)
  12. Valhalla by Nathan Archer (1995)
  13. Devil in the Sky by Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt (1995)
  14. The Laertian Gamble by Robert Sheckley (1995)
  15. The Way of the Warrior by Diane Carey (1995)
  16. Station Rage by Diane Carey (1995)
  17. The Long Night by Dean Wesley Smith (1996)
  18. Objective: Bajor by John Peel (1996)
  19. Invasion #3: Time’s Enemy by L.A. Graf (1996)
  20. The Heart of the Warrior by John Gregory Betancourt
  21. Saratoga by Michael Jan Friedman (1996)
  22. Trials and Tribulations by Diane Carey (1996)
  23. The Tempest by Susan Wright (1997)
  24. Wrath of the Prophets by Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Robert Greenberger (1997)
  25. Trial By Error by Mark Garland (1997)
  26. Vengeance by Dafydd ab Hugh (1998)
  27. Far Beyond the Stars by Steven Barnes (1998)
  28. The Dominion War, Book Two: A Call to Arms by Diane Carey (1998)
  29. The Dominion War, Book Four: Sacrifice of Angels by Diane Carey (1998)
  30. The 34th Rule by Armin Shimerman (1999)
  31. Rebels, Book One: The Conquered by Dafydd ab Hugh (1999)
  32. Rebels, Book Two: The Courageous by Dafydd ab Hugh (1999)
  33. Rebels, Book Three: The Liberated by Dafydd ab Hugh (1999)
  34. What You Leave Behind by Diane Carey (1999)
  35. The Lives of Dax by Marco Palmieri, editor
  36. Millennium, Book One: The Fall of Tarok Nor by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (2000)
  37. Millennium Book Two: The War of the Prophets by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (2000)
  38. Millennium, Book Three: Inferno by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (2000)
  39. A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson (2000)
  40. Avatar, Book One by S.D. Perry (2001)
  41. Avatar, Book Two by S.D. Perry (2001)
  42. Section 31: Abyss by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang (2001)
  43. Gateways: Demons of Air and Darkness by Keith R.A. DeCandido (2001)
  44. Mission Gamma, Book One: Twilight by David R. George III (2002)
  45. Mission Gamma, Book Two: This Gray Spirit by Heather Jarman (2002)
  46. Mission Gamma, Book Three: Cathedral by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels (2002)
  47. Mission Gamma, Book Four: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson (2002)
  48. Rising Son by S.D. Perry (2003)
  49. The Left Hand of Destiny, Book One by J.G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang (2003)
  50. The Left Hand of Destiny, Book Two by J.G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang (2003)
  51. Prophecy and Change by Marco Palmieri, editor (2003)
  52. Unity by S.D. Perry (2004)
  53. Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Volume 1: Cardassia and Andor by Una McCormack (2004)
  54. Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Volume 2: Trill and Bajor by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin (2005)
  55. Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Volume 3: Ferenginar and The Dominion by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  56. Hollow Men by Una McCormack (2005)
  57. Warpath by David Mack (2006)
  58. Tarok Nor: Day of the Vipers by James Swallow (2008)
  59. Tarok Nor: Night of the Wolves by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison (2008)
  60. Tarok Nor: Dawn of the Eagles by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison (2008)
  61. Fearful Symmetry by Olivia Woods (2008)
  62. The Soul Key by Olivia Woods (2009)
  63. The Never Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack (2009)
  64. Seven Deadly Sins by Margaret Clark, editor (2010)
  65. Typhon Pact – Zero Sum Game by David Mack (2010)
  66. Typhon Pact – Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III
  67. Typhon Pact – Plagues of Night by David R. George III (2012)
  68. Typhon Pact – Raise the Dawn by David R. George III (2012)
  69. The Fall – Revelation and Dust by David R. George III (2013)
  70. The Fall – A Ceremony of Losses by David R. George III (2013)
  71. Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found) by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann (2014)
  72. Section 31 – Disavowed by David Mack (2014)
  73. The Missing by Una McCormack (2014)
  74. Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III (2015)
  75. Ascendance by David R. George III (2015)
  76. Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang
  77. Rules of Accusation by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann (eNovella)
  78. The Long Mirage by David R. George III (February 2017)
  79. Section 31 – Control by David Mack (April 2017)

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.

Star Trek Voyager Bibliography


I have been frustrated in my attempts to locate bibliographies on the books contained within the Star Trek Universe, so I will therefore be creating my own comprehensive listing, starting with Voyager, my favorite Star Trek series.

The series takes place during the 2370s, and begins on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy, 70,000 light-years from Earth. It follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant while searching for a renegade Maquis ship. Voyager has to make the estimated 75-year journey home.

  1. Caretaker by L.A. Graf (1994)
  2. The Escape by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1995)
  3. Ragnarok by Nathan Archer (1995)
  4. Violations by Susan Wright (1995)
  5. Incident at Arbus by John Gregory Betancourt (1995)
  6. The Murdered Sun by Christie Golden (1996)
  7. Ghost of a Chance by Mark Garland and Charles G. McGraw (1996)
  8. Cybersong by S.N. Lewis (1996)
  9. Invasion #4: The Final Fury by Dafydd ab Hugh (1996)
  10. Mosaic by Jeri Taylor (1996)
  11. Flashback by Diane Carey (1996)
  12. Bless the Beasts by Karen Haber (1996)
  13. The Garden by Melissa Scott (1997)
  14. Chrysalis by David Niall Wilson (1997)
  15. The Black Shore by Greg Cox (1997)
  16. Day of Honor: Her Klingon Soul by Michel Jan Friedman (2002)
  17. Marooned by Christie Golden (1997)
  18. Echoes by Dean Wesley Smith (2000)
  19. The Captain’s Table: Fire Ship by Diane Carey (1998)
  20. Pathways by Jeri Taylor (1999)
  21. Seven of Nine by Christie Golden (1999)
  22. Death of a Neutron Star by Eric Katoni (1999)
  23. Battle Lines by Dave Galanter (1999)
  24. Equinox by Diane Carey (1999)
  25. Captain Proton: Defender of the Earth by Dean Wesley Smith (1999)
  26. Dark Matters, Book One: Cloak and Dagger by Christie Golden (2000)
  27. Dark Matters, Book Two: Ghost Dance by Christie Golden (2000)
  28. Dark Matters, Book Three: Shadow of Heaven by Christie Golden (2000)
  29. Section 31: Shadow by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch (2001)
  30. Endgame by Diane Carey (2001)
  31. Gateways: No Man’s Land by Christie Golden (2001)
  32. The Nanotech War by Steven Piziks (2002)
  33. Homecoming by Christie Golden (2003)
  34. The Farther Shore by Christie Golden (2003)
  35. Spirit Walk: Old Wounds by Christie Golden (2004)
  36. Spirit Walk: Enemy of My Enemy by Christie Golden (2004)
  37. Distant Shores by Marco Palmieri (2005)
  38. String Theory: Cohesion by Jeffrey Lang (2005)
  39. String Theory: Fusion by Kirsten Beyer (2005)
  40. String Theory: Evolution by Heather Jarman (2006)
  41. Full Circle by Kirsten Beyer (2009)
  42. Unworthy by Kirsten Beyer (2009)
  43. Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer (2011)
  44. The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer (2012)
  45. Protectors by Kirsten Beyer (2014)
  46. Acts of Contrition by Kirsten Beyer (2014)
  47. Atonement by Kirsten Beyer (2015)
  48. A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer (2016)
  49. Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer (2017)

*Green text denotes that I have read the novel.


Navigators of Dune

Yesterday, I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Navigators of Dune from Kevin J. Anderson.  I am a life-long fan of the original sextet by Frank Herbert, as well as the prequels and sequels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

If you would like to immerse yourself in the Duneverse, I highly recommend reading them in a chronological manner.  To that end, I am providing you with a chronological reading list.  And always remember…the spice must flow.

  1. “Hunting Harkonnens” (short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.  This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  2. The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  3. “Whipping Mek” (short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  4. The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  5. “The Faces of a Martyr” (short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  6. The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  7. The Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  8. Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  9. Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  10. House Atreides by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  11. House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  12. House Corrino by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  13. Paul of Dune, Part II by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  14. Paul of Dune, Part IV by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  15. Paul of Dune, Part VI by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  16. The Winds of Dune, Part II by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  17. “A Whisper of Caladan Seas” (short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  18. Dune by Frank Herbert
  19. Paul of Dune, Part I by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
  20. Paul of Dune, Part III by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
  21. Paul of Dune, Part V by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
  22. Paul of Dune, Part VII by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
  23. The Winds of Dune, Part IV by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  24. “The Road to Dune”(short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  25. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  26. The Winds of Dune, Part I by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  27. The Winds of Dune, Part III by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  28. The Winds of Dune, Part V by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  29. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  30. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
  31. Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
  32. “Sea Child”(short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  33. Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert
  34. Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
  35. “Treasure in the Sand”(short story) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This short story appears in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
  36. Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

June and July 2016 TBR List


My Summer 2016 TBR includes the following books:

Let me know in the comments what you will be reading this summer!

BBC -The Big Read

The-Big-ReadThe entire premise of WithinTheGoodBooks BookTube channel is that he is reading the entire catalogue of the BBC’s The Big Read.  This list is populated with many great reads and I will be joining WithinTheGoodBooks in this reading challenge.

The 200 books on The Big Read list include the following:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. LawrenceLife of Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Screen-Shot-2014-01-11-at-6.55.40-PMAs a fan of Gilmore Girls, I am undertaking the challenge of reading the 340 books read by Rory. Beginning the challenge, I have only read 3.8 percent of the list, so I have a big challenge before me. I would like to invite anyone to join me.



1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23. The Bhagava Gita
24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30. Candide by Voltaire
31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32. Carrie by Stephen King
33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37. Christine by Stephen King
38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
52. Cujo by Stephen King
53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
61. Deenie by Judy Blume
62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
66. Don Quixote by Cervantes
67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
75. Emma by Jane Austen
76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
79. Ethics by Spinoza
80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
137. The Iliad by Homer
138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
140. Inferno by Dante
141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
206. Night by Elie Wiesel
207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
219. Othello by Shakespeare
220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
237. Property by Valerie Martin
238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
270. Selected Hotels of Europe
271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275. Sexus by Henry Miller
276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
278. The Shining by Stephen King
279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298. Stuart Little by E. B. White
299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316. Ulysses by James Joyce
317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319. Unless by Carol Shields

320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
340. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A Word About Words Challenge from Retired Book Nerd

My friend, Jo Lisa Way of Retired Book Nerd, has just posted a wonderful discussion/challenge video in which she reads two bookish quotes that have impacted her life and she has challenged other readers to do the same.  Her Dickensian quote of Jacob Marley is so visceral that if the quote fails to move you to tears, then you may possibly be dead.

My first quote comes from Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis.  In his spiritual autobiography, Lewis discusses his early years and how his home was filled with the magic of books.  As a lifelong lover of books and reading, I adore this quote because it describes the idyllic existence of all people of the book.

“I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.”

My second quote comes from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which I have read twenty-five times and each and every reading of it stills fills me with wonder and joy.

Miss Caroline began the day by reading us a story about cats.  The cats had long conversations with one another, they wore cunning little clothes and lived in a warm house beneath a kitchen stove.  By the time Mrs. Cat called the drugstore for an order of chocolate malted mice the class was wriggling like a bucketful of catawba worms.  Miss Caroline seemed unaware that the ragged, denim-shirted and flour sack-skirted first grade, most of whom had chopped cotton and fed hogs from the time they were able to walk, were immune to imaginative literature.  Miss Caroline came to the end of the story and said, “Oh, my, wasn’t that nice?”

Then she went to the blackboard and printed the alphabet in enormous square capitals, turned to the class and asked, “Does anybody know what these are?”

Everybody did; most of the first grade  had failed it last year.

I suppose she chose me because she knew my name; as I read the alphabet a faint line appeared between her eyebrows, and after making me read most of My First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste.  Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading.

“Teach me?” I said in surprise. “He hasn’t taught me anything, Miss Caroline.  Atticus ain’t got time to teach me anything,” I added, when Miss Caroline smiled and shook her head.  “Why, he’s so tired at night he just sits in the living room and reads.”

“If he didn’t teach you, who did?” Miss Caroline asked good-naturedly.  “Somebody did.  You weren’t born reading The Mobile Register.”

“Jim says I was.  He read in a book where I was a Bullfinch instead of a Finch.  Jim says my name’s really Jean Louise Bullfinch, that I got swapped when I was born and I’m really a -”

Miss Caroline apparently thought I was lying.  “Let’s not let our imaginations run away with us, dear,” she said. “Now you tell your father not to teach you anymore. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind.  You tell him I’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage -”


“Your father does not know how to teach.  You can have a seat now.”

I mumbled that I was sorry and retired meditating upon my crime.  I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.  In the long hours of church – was it then I learned? I could not remember not being able to read hymns.  Now that I was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces.  I could not remember when the lines above Atticus’s moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory, listening to the news of the day, Bills to Be Enacted into Laws, the diaries of Lorenzo Dow – anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night.  Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.

This long passage mirrors my own early childhood and how the skill of reading was an almost organic experience which grew out of my daily reading interactions with my mother and my grandmother.


Books on the Nightstand Podcast Comes to an End

nightstand-illuminatingFor several years, I have been a weekly listener to the Books on the Nightstand Podcast hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman.  This was the first podcast I discovered dedicated to the world of books, reading, and readers.  I am saddened because on today’s podcast Michael and Ann announced that BOTN was coming to an end.  I would like to thank Michael and Ann for the many hours of listening pleasure that they have given to me and I will certainly miss our weekly time together.

They have four or five podcasts remaining and on one of those podcasts they will highlight some other great book podcasts that we can use to fill the void created by the loss of BOTN.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin: a review

BrooklynTitle: Brooklyn

Author:  Colm Toibin

Published:  2009

Publisher:  Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Date Read:  1 May 2016

Format:  Softcover

Source:  borrowed from Pulaski County Public Library

Genre:  Literary Fiction

My Rating: 4 (worthy of a reread)

GoodReads Rating:  3.62

Awards:  Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2009); International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2011); Costa Book Award for Novel (2009); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (200()

Other Books by Author:  The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, Mothers and Sons, The Empty Family: Stories, The Testament of Mary, Nora Webster

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First Sentence:  Eilis Lacey, sitting at the window of the upstairs living room in the house on Friary Street, noticed her sister walking briskly from work.

Review:  The prose that fills this 262-page novel is nothing but sheer beauty and proves that Toibin is a master of the written word.  This is my first experience with a Toibin novel but it serves as a a catalyst for me to explore more of his literary fiction.

Brooklyn tells us the story of Eilis Lacey, resident of a small Irish town, in the years following World War II.  Ellis lives with her widowed mother and sister and her three brothers have moved to England for employment so they can send money back to help support their mother.  Following a supper with a visiting Irish-born, American priest, the family is convinced to send Eilis to the priest’s parish in Brooklyn for the opportunities that living in America can offer.  When she arrives in Brooklyn, Father Flood helps Eilis to secure lodging, employment, and admission to a 2-year night course leading to certification in bookkeeping.  Following two-years in America, Eilis is compelled to return to Ireland because of a familial necessity and she is confronted with the decision to remain in Ireland or return to the life that she has established in America.

This book was a most enjoyable read and I will return to it again in the future.


New York Times’ By the Book Tag created by Marie Berg

51Pd1TfIeIL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The New York Times runs a weekly feature called By the Book which documents authors and other notables discussing their lives as readers.  In November 2015, these weekly features were compiled into book form.

BookTuber, Marie Berg, recently created a tag based upon the the New York Times feature. I saw Kamil respond to the tag this morning and decided it would be a fun tag for me to participate in.

  •  What book is on your nightstand now? Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. This book has been on my TBR for quite some time and I am unsure why I have not picked it up by now. I think Jane Eyre, along with To Kill a Mockingbird, are two of the most loved books in the world. I was supposed to have read it last month in a buddy read with Jo Lisa Way but I sadly did not get to it.  This month, it will be savored!
  • What was the last truly great book that you read?  In 2015, I read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout which was published by Random House in 2008 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2009.  This was truly a cover buy for me as I discovered it one day while perusing the shelves in Barnes and Noble.  Having the book named after the protagonist, along with blurbs on the back extolling her virtues as, “…..a compelling life force, a red-blooded original….when she’s not onstage, we look forward to her return…the book is a page-turner because of her,” I went into the collection of short stories anticipating a loveable character. This is furthest from the truth, for in the first story of the collection I deeply despised Olive Kitteridge. I found her to be loud, unloving, unloveable, crass, foul-mouthed, insensitive, mean, rude, and someone devoid of the ability to sensor one’s own thoughts, words, and actions. Olive’s only endearing quality came from a scene where she was cooking a stew of apples on the stove in order to make make homemade applesauce.By the time I reached the second story, however, I realized that I was totally in love with her character. Yes, she was as I previously described her, but she was also extremely endearing. Whether she was the major protagonist in the story or just a passing secondary character, Olive commanded my attention and drew me into her world of Crosby, Maine. Olive Kitteridge is composed of thirteen short stories which examine life in which we learn that life is composed of many different moments. Often, these moments are unclean and violent, but they are moments to be experienced as part of our whole existence. These interconnected stories of the people who populate Crosby, Maine, deal with depression, dissatisfaction, marital woes, suicide, drug abuse, mental health issues, loneliness, insanity, loss, unrealized potential, parenting, aging, and death. Whereas, these descriptors may sound as if the book is a depressing read, Olive Kitteridge is filled with lovable people with whom we can easily identify.
  • If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know? Because of my great love and admiration for the Dune sextet, I would have to meet Frank Herbert, who created the series.  In meeting him, I would love to talk about some of the stories he planned on adding to the Dune Universe but was unable to because of his premature death.
  • What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?  I am not a fan of “chicklit,” but you might be surprised to find The Blossom Street books by Debbie Macomber on my bookshelves.  This series of four books deal with a community knitting shop and the customers which frequent it.  Every few years, I get a strong urging to knit and it is during these time I turn to “KnitLit.”
  • How do you organize your personal library?  My bookshelves reside in my home office; there the books are arranged alphabetically by author’s surname.
  • What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?  Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?  My reading history is very light in the area of classics.  Some of the classics which I mean to read in the very near future include the following:
    • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • The Tenant of Wildfowl Hall by Ann Bronte
    • The Moonstone and The Lady in White by Wilkie Collins
    • The entire bibliography of Charles Dickens
    • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
    • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?    This would most definitely be The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai.  This book was recommended to me because it was about books and reading.  Even though I finished the book, it was devoid of plot and character development and is the most disappointing book that I have ever read.  Avoid it at all costs!
  • What kinds of stories are you drawn to?  Any you stay clear of?  There are two kind of stories which I am drawn to – strong character development and an interesting plot which pulls you into the story being told.
  • If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?  As a strong Constitutionalist, I would require the president to read The Making of America:  The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen.
  • What do you plan to read next?  Waiting in the wings as my next read is The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter.