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How many of these books have you read?

I started compiling lists of Top 100 (and more) Books recently. From Modern Library, BBC Big Read, Time Magazine, etc. These are the 30 that show up on the lists the most often (it was tough to cut down). I decided to make a point to read these 30 (plus many others from the various lists), and I was wondering how many of these books you have read.

Poll #1350617 How many of these have you read?

How many of these books have you read? Part 1

1984 – George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

How many of these books have you read? Part 2

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Ulysses – James Joyce
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Thanks for participating!


January books.

Hi Everybody. I hope everybody is having a wonderful 2009. I can't say that I am. LoL.

Anyways, it's the first day of Feburary and I'd like to share what books I've read in January. So here's my list. :)

*The Watcher by Jeanne C. Stein (Must Have, Fantasy)
*Legacy by Jeanne C. Stein (Must Have, Fantasy)
*Angel's Pain by Maggie Shayne (Worth the Read, Romance)
*Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber (Must Have, Young Adult)
*Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber (Worth the Read, Young Adult)
*Vampireville by Ellen Schreiber (Must Have, Young Adult)
*Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber (Must Have, Young Adult)
*The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber (Must Have, Young Adult)

That's a pretty big list for me. Normally I don't read all those books but I flew through the Vampire Kisses series. They're short books and oh so good. :) *happy sigh*

All reviews are in my journal. Add me if you want, but I don't add back unless your journal is strictly a book journal. :)

Oh and by the way, the book I'm reading now is, Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward. It's okay so far.


Books read in 2008

Okay so here is my books that I read this year.

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Books that I never finished in 2008 was Dreamland by Sarah Dressen and Turbulent Seas by Christine Feehan. I added those pages that I did read to my pages read YTD and a total of pages read this year is 15,448. Not too bad if I say so myself.

Hey everybody. First lets start out with my question. I started reading Dreamland by Sarah Dressen. I'm not liking it very much but I hear that she's a great author. Did a pick a book of hers that wasn't a really good first book or what? What do you all think of this book? And what is your favorite book by Dressen???

Okay...now onto my November reads...

Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward (paranormal romance, 2/5)
Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward (paranormal romance, 3/5)
The Con and the Crusader by Maggie Shayne (romance, 5/5) (anthology)
Blood Drive by Jeanne C. Stein (fantasy, 5/5)
One Word Answer by Charlaine Harris (fantasy, 1/5) (anthology)

I feel a little accomplished this time. I have quite a few books that I've read this month. One more month to go before starting all over again. :)

Anybody feel free to add me as a friend. All reviews are in my journal.


October Reads

Hi everybody! First I'd like to say...HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL! I hope everybody had a fantastic and safe Halloween night. Also, just to all those parents out there, (in case that you guys don't know), the chocolate golden coins that looks like pirate gold has a recall on it so don't let your children eat them. Just wanted to put that out there first.

Anyways, it's the end of another month and I'm sorry to say that I'm sad to see October go. I love the month cause it's always the prettiest. Anyways, I wasn't very productive this month with reading books. Makes me sad but I've had a lot going on that I didn't get the chance to read. I read Untamed by P.C. Cast and rated it a 4 out of 5. Review is in my journal. And that's all I finished for October. I'm currently in the process of reading Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward and I've been reading it since October 7th. I'm kinda bored with it so that could be another reason why I haven't been reading much as well. Oh well. There's 2 more months to go until the end of the year. I gave up on my goals for the year though so I guess I'm out of luck for 2008.

I hope all of you out there are reading some great books.



It is a truth, universally aknowledged...

I set up my own book club community, and the first book I'm writting about is Pride & Prejudice. Maybe some of you want to take a look, it's over at perfectantidote . =) 


September reads...

Hey everybody. It's the time again huh? Another month has pasted us by so that means, an update on all the books that we've read throughout the month of September. I post all the books that I read in my journal. Feel free to read and comment and add me if you like. :) Here's my reads for September...

Night World: Volume 1 by L.J. Smith (4/5)
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (First book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, 5/5)
Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward (Second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, 5/5)
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward (Third book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, 5/5)

Right now I'm reading Untamed by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast.

Hope everybody has a good and productive October.


Sep. 4th, 2008

I've read 75 books this year:

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Inspired by caersidi and readingfanatic, as I’ve not updated in ages. I haven’t even added any new reviews to w_t_r as I’ve been hard at work with that other huge project and wildlife work. Yeah, I suck. ;-)

Currently reading:
* Casting the First Stone: The Hypocrisy of Religious Fundamentalism and its Threat to Society by R.A. Gilbert. Non-fiction. Interesting POV thus far from someone more on my side of the theological table.
* Pagan Theology by Michael York, non-fiction. Good thus far, probably the only scholarly book on Paganism that I’ve encountered. Reading it as research for the book I am working on.
* Paganism by Joyce & River Higginbotham, non-fiction (allegedly; some of their ideas of paganism seem to be based on myth and popular playgan urban legends.)
More research for my book.
* The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee by Geoffrey James. Non-fiction, occult. A good overview on history & techniques. Reading it to bolster my current work in Enochian magick (And I have a few more in the stack underneath it ranging from “good” recommendations (Hyatt & Duquette’s Enochian Sex Magick, which will actually be a re-read) to “bad” recommendations (various tomes from Tyson & the Schuelers). Have some in-between stuff as well, such as the Zalewski-GD take on Enochian magick.

* Australian Magpie: Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird by Gisela Kaplan. Non-fiction about Australian Magpie behaviour, biology and so forth. Re-reading as I feel I needed a brush up due to the still half-way in the egg magpie chick that came into care. I think we are going to have an intense bird rehab season this year.
* The Practical Pagan by Dana C. Eilers. Non-fiction, general playgan crap for the most part. Re-reading for review purposes and to pull out some of Eilers’ more noxious/silly quotes for my book on paganism.
* The Tortuous Serpent by Donald Tyson. Fiction. My nighty-night read this week as I can’t get enough Enochiana during waking hours. LOL!

Just finished:
* Gravity by Tess Gerritsen. Fiction. Her best book so far.
* Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, non-fiction about some of the criminal elements in Fundamentalist Mormonism. Really fascinating book that may have spawned another writing project for me.
* People in Glass Houses: An insider’s story about life in & out of Hillsong by Tanya Levin. Non-fiction. Book about those kooky AoG folks here in Oz. Gee, and I thought the yank Christian fundies were whack!
* The Life and Times of Elizabeth I by Neville Williams. Non-fiction. For some background flavour on the era of John Dee & one of his contemporaries. It was edited by Antonia Fraser whose book on Marie Antoinette was one of my more interesting reads in the last two years. Good overview; learned a lot that I didn’t know about this interesting monarch.
* One Child at a Time: The Global Fight to Rescue Children from Online Predators by Julian Sher. Non-fiction, true crime. A good book about the disgusting subject of child-exploitation and the internet. The cops who work in this field are some really amazing people- they have such a horrid job. A tough-to-stomach read, but interesting and surprisingly hopeful.
* Number of the Beast by Robert Heinlein. Science fiction. My annual re-read of this book, it’s a classic.
* I Will Fear No Evil by Robert Heinlein. Science fiction. Haven’t owned a copy of this in a few years, now have it and will be adding it back into my annual re-read stable.
* Lonely Planet Sacred India by William Dalrymple. Non-fiction. A fairly useful basic overview of the many facets of India & Indian spiritual paths.
* The Divine Deception: the Church, the shroud and the creation of a holy fraud by Keith Laidler. Non-fiction. Another book in the cottage-industry of Templars, Gnostic mysteries, the Church and so forth. So-so. This one tries to tie in the Shroud of Turin & the Templars’ head of Baphomet to the whole body of lore.

Cross-posted to sunvenus and addmy_readinglj.

August reads...

Hi all. Can you guys believe its the end of August already??? Geez, times flies. So here's what I read for the month of August and their ratings/genres...

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (5, fantasy - mystery)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (5, young adult - fantasty)
The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein (5, fantasty)
From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris (5, fantasy - mystery)

All great books. All vampire books though. Reviews are in my LJ. :)


Pages read YTD: 10,905

What I'm reading now: Night World Volume 1 by L.J. Smith