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$4 For a Bag of Books? Count Me In!

June 17, 2011 2 comments

Two weeks after my last post stating that I was not going to purchase any more books until I had read the ones that I own I went and bought a bunch more…  Well at the time I kind of forgot about the Public Library’s annual fundraiser: The Friends of the Library Annual book sale!  Today was the last day and also the $4 bag of books sale.  Well I HAD to take advantage of that!  I already broke the rules last week.  I did buy a Stephen King novel at the airport.  And I started a book I borrowed from the library.  Let’s just say my previous post was more of  “guidelines” for my summer reading….

Anyway I would like to share the list of books that I purchased!  (Alphabetical by Title)

A Drink Before the War – Dennis Lehane

An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears

Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Deception Point – Dan Brown

Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King

Marriages and Infidelities – Joyce Carol Oates

Mating – Norman Rush

Paradise – Toni Morrison

Rose Madder – Stephen King

Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison

The Balance Within – Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow

The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Supremacy – Robert Ludlum

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Stephen King

The Passion of Artemisia – Susan Vreeland

Underworld – Don DeLillo

Up in the Air – Walter Kirn

White Oleander – Janet Fitch

What an awesome deal.  Except if I move again I will be kicking myself.  And when in three years I have still only read 4 of these I will be kicking myself again.  Oh well, at least its not becoming some sort of problem…or addiction or anything….

Well at least it is a cheap problem!  I am not addicted to buying new books.  Though if perhaps I had a large disposable income I would be.  I will be aware for whenever I have a larger income not to go crazy in B & N!

Oh wait, I forgot one because it is still out in my car.  I also got Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.  I am already reading the first book on the list because I love Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro books 🙂

Maybe I should just make myself frequent this website so I don’t act on my” urges” :


Summer Reading June 1, 2011 – August 31, 2011

June 1, 2011 1 comment

Summer is the best time to crack through the books!  I already have a goal on Goodreads that I will read 50 books in 2011 and I think I have read 17 so far.  Not too bad.  I think I will aim for one book a week through the summer and vary it with longer and shorter novels, bestsellers with classics.  I am also going to try and limit myself to books that I already own but have yet to read.  Who does that?  Buys books for the joy of owning books but doesn’t read them for 3 years?  None of you bibliophiles out there I am sure 😉 Ok and I also plan on reading Harry Potter 4-7 before the film comes out on July 15th but am not going to list them here.

1. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899)

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)

3.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007)

4. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898)

5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (2003)

6. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory ( 2006)

7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

8.  Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864)

9. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (2002)

10. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)

11. A Kestral for a Knave by Barry Hines (1968)

12. Moonlight and Sword by Isolde Martin (2002)

13. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)

14. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)


Categories: Lists, Literature

Great Authors to Read Before They Die

May 9, 2011 5 comments

Here are some of the great living American authors I would like to read more of before they die.

Don DeLillo (b. 1936)- Haven’t read yet but would like to read: White Noise (1985)

Cormac McCarthy (b. 1933)- Have read The Road (2006); would like to read No Country for Old Men (2005) and Blood Meridian (1985)

Toni Morrison (b. 1931)- Have read Jazz (1992); would like to read Beloved (1987) and Song of Solomon (1977)

Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937)- Have read The Crying of Lot 49 (1966); Would like to read Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)

Philip Roth (b. 1933)- Have read The Ghost Writer (1979); would like to read American Pastoral (1997)

Books Read 2007-2010

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

I didn’t actively keep track of what I read for most of 2007-2008 but towards the end of 2008 I tried to remember what I had read and then I started my list.  I thought I would share it on here so others can comment if they would like on my reading selection.  Many of these books were required reading for my English Lit classes in college.  The first half of the 2010 list definitely is.  Once you get past Bounty, by George Saunders it has all been reading at my own leisure, which is nice, but I do miss the critical class discussions.


Wuthering Heights– Emily Bronte

The Age of Innocence– Edith Wharton

1984– George Orwell

The Red Tent– Anita Diamant

Good Harbor– Anita Diamant

The Picture of Dorian Gray– Oscar Wilde

Atonement– Ian McEwan

A Wrinkle in Time– Madeline L’Engle

The Other Boleyn Girl– Philippa Gregory

Flowers in the Attic– V.C. Andrews

Angels and Demons– Dan Brown

Lucky– Alice Sebold

Burning Bright– Tracy Chevalier

The Lovely Bones– Alice Sebold

Twilight– Stephenie Meyer

The Da Vinci Code– Dan Brown



My Antonia-Willa Cather

The Scarlet Letter– Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Bell Jar– Sylvia Plath

Brave New World– Aldous Huxley

Animal Farm– George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451– Ray Bradbury

Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen

O Pioneers!– Willa Cather

Ashes to Ashes– Tami Hoag

The House of the Seven Gables– Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Queen’s Fool– Philippa Gregory

The Time Traveler’s Wife– Audrey Niffenegger

The Blithedale Romance– Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moby Dick– Herman Melville

Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate– Walt Whitman

Clotel, or The President’s Daughter– William Wells Brown

Ruth Hall– Fanny Fern

The Lost Symbol– Dan Brown

The City of Ember– Jeanne DuPrau

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite– David A. Kessler

Open– Andre Agassi



Dubliners– James Joyce

Angela’s Ashes– Frank McCourt

Invisible Man– Ralph Ellison

Rabbit, Run– John Updike

The Ghost Writer-Philip Roth

Jazz– Toni Morrison

Angels in America– Tony Kushner

Oronooko– Aphra Behn

Billy Budd, Sailor– Herman Melville

The Metamorphosis– Franz Kafka

The Aspern Papers– Henry James

Ethan Frome– Edith Wharton

The Crying of Lot 49– Thomas Pynchon

Bounty– George Saunders

The Road– Cormac McCarthy

Animal, Vegetable Miracle– Barbara Kingsolver

The Handmaid’s Tale– Margaret Atwood

New Moon– Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse-Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn-Stephenie Meyer

Gone, Baby, Gone– Denis Lehane

And the Band Played On– Randy Shilts (half)

Shutter Island– Denis Lehane

The Song of the Lark-Willa Cather

The Deep End of the Ocean-Jacqueline Mitchard

The French Lieutenant’s Woman-John Fowles

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-Steig Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire-Steig Larsson

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone-J.K.Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-J.K.Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-J.K. Rowling

One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larsson

Speak-Laurie Halse Anderson

The Hunger Games– Suzanne Collins

Gabriel’s Angel-Nora Roberts


It is so fantastic that I can read the titles of these books and remember where I was, where I lived, who I lived with, who I was friends with and what time of year it was when I read it.  I really value how keeping this list of books read will help me stay in touch with my past.  I don’t want my life to move along without me remembering how I got to where I am today.