Changes are happening

So at the beginning of the year, I said that one of the things I was going to work on was getting organized. Having this new laptop is definitely helping a lot in this because I can now write where the mood strikes me while staying active.

We are only 10 days into 2019 and you will may have noticed, or maybe not, that there are changes happening at Book Admirer. For one things, I have finally started getting the site in order. This is noticeable right on the main page, if someone is really looking, as the menus look a little different. Previously, the main menu bar included About, Contact, Reviews, Features and Musings. I moved Reading Lists – which was under Features – now to the main menu.

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In addition, I began to organize each individual menu so people can find what they are looking for starting with the Review section.

Oy, what a mess! How did I allow this?

When I was trying to create my yearly roundups and going back to see what I had posted, I couldn’t find anything. My reviews were scattered and I was forced to scroll through every post to find the review I wanted. Ugh. If it was that painful for me, I can imagine what my viewers thought. SO SORRY!!

My first order of business was a Review Index. I don’t know why I hesitated doing this from the beginning, but OMG what a difference this has made. If I categorize a review wrong, I can just go to my index and click on the appropriate link to read it. Now, the trick is to keep the index updated.

Second, I made sub menus for each category I usually focus on, including Classics, Book Club Picks and Audiobooks. I may add a fiction and nonfiction menu because I found a few books that didn’t fit in the other categories but until then, they can catch it in the main review section or in the index. 😉

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Moving along the main menu, you next come to Reading Lists, which was supposed to show the lists I am trying to cross off. I will be adding pages of various lists. So far I posted the Goodreads 100 Books to read in a lifetime. I also have the Modern Library Classics lists, Oprah Book Club picks and the Amazon 100 Books to Read as well as my Personal TBR list. Any posts that have to do with updates will go under the general Reading List Category in general or in the wrap-up section

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Then we have musings, which is my general book discussions or other general ramblings.

Finally we have the Features which include all my ongoing weekly, monthly posts such as Top Tuesday (I participate in Top 10 Tuesday by That Artsy Reader and Top 5 Tuesday by Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm), Fun Fact Friday, TBR’s and Wrap-ups and Classic Club.

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I have also gone through all my posts and have tried to categorize them accordingly so there is some semblance of organization. However, I know I still need to make a few tweaks.

In addition to the website, I have officially made a Twitter account for the blog. Yay!!! You can thank my job for that one, since I am required to be on Twitter daily and finally learned how functional it actually can be aside from Facebook. I now follow all my literary and bookish websites and blogs. I am following some of you already, but I haven’t had time to go through all my blog followers to find out who has Twitter. If you do, feel free to find me at @BookAdmirerBlog.

These are just some of the changes that are in the works. Stay tuned for more.

Book Admirer

 

 

 

December wrap-up

Can it really be the end of the year? It feels like yesterday when I was posting my New Year’s resolutions. But enough about the year. Let’s focus on the month.

December has all about getting myself on track and I think I have been successful. I read four out of the six books that I planned on reading. Considering the Christmas holiday and all the chaos that comes with it, I think that is pretty good.

So without further ado (Titles are linked to Goodreads):

Book Club Reads

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

I never read The Chronicles of Narnia growing up, so when my book club chose this for December, I was excited. I picked up the book over the summer with the hope of reading it one day. While my book club went into the discussion nit-picking the deeper layers of the book, I simply had read it as a child would read it and loved all of it. You can read more about what I thought here.

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This is the third book by Gaiman that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. My book club spent a whole five minutes discussing the book before going on tangent discussions. The majority didn’t feel like I did. In fact, I was the only one that liked it. However, Neverwhere is still my favorite. Read my review here.

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

I just finished this the other day for my Modern Library Classics Book Club. We meet on Wednesday to discuss it and I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say. I am still trying to get my thoughts together about it. I am not sure how I feel about it. While it was a quick read and did like most of the stories, I feel disconnected from it and I don’t know why. I don’t know if I am going to review this one.

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I started this book but haven’t finished it yet. This will be my transition book in January as it is my Capital Book Club Read later in the month. I am only a few pages in but I’m liking the writing and I have a feeling I am going to like the story. I can’t wait to really get into this.

Personal reads

Every Breath

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

As soon as I found out that Nicholas Sparks had a new book out, I ran to the store to get it. While Sparks books have been just OK the last few years, I am a devoted fan and must get all of them. And like in his books, Sparks knows how to keep his fans coming. This book reminded me of Sparks’ earlier works. Maybe because it was based on a true story or maybe it was because Sparks connected with his characters, this book had everything and stayed with me for a long time. You can read my review here.

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Christy by Catherine Marshall

I was hoping to finish this book by now but with Christmas, I lost a whole week. However, what I read so far, I am liking this book. I can’t wait to find out what this book has to offer.

And there you have it. Another month in the bag. Now on to the next. I am excited for what the New Year will bring.

Until next time,

Book Admirer


What did you read during December? Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think? Let’s discuss! Post in the comments below 🙂

A look back at the year

This year has been filled with many surprises from getting engaged to finding a new job that I enjoy more than I thought I would. It has also been a big year on this blog, which as of January 8 will reach its third year as well as a big year in books. And I have learned so much.

Blogging

When 2018 started, one of the biggest things that I promised was to post more. When I started this blog, I was only posting reviews and only once a month,  but at the end of the year I had only posted 9 times. So I had set a goal of posting every week, but before long I got hooked and began posting almost every day. There were two or three months when I fell off the wagon but I learned that it’s OK. It happens and I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. My followers were still there.

Speaking of, I want to give a huge thank you for the 153 of you who follow me and all the others that take the time to read, like or comment on my posts. At the beginning of the year, I had only 12 followers. I never would have thought that I would increase my blog by that much. So thank you all for the support. I have enjoyed talking with you and it has made this blog fun even on the days when I hit a rough patch and didn’t blog for a while.

I also have accomplished by other goals of creating a new template and providing more visual aids. The template was an easy one that I created that very day. The visual aids weren’t too difficult. I learned about Canva, a free site where you can make your own logos and banners, which I consistently use for my weekly memes and reviews. And I have been posting more photos, which ended up being fun. I was constantly trying to think of different photos I could take just to post.

The other goal I had was to go beyond the reviews and post other things. With the help of all of you, I have done just that. My favorite is the Top 10 Tuesday lists that we do. I also created my own weekly meme of Fun Fact Friday, where I post a fun fact about myself with the hope my readers would share a fun fact about themselves using the prompt.

This blog has grown so much in one year and I can’t wait for the new year.  I have a lot of plans for this blog in 2019 and I can’t wait to reveal it all to you. For now, I have to finish planning it all out.

Reading

I had set a Goodreads Challenge at the beginning of the year to read 50 books. I figured I would be reading 3 books a month for book clubs which is 36. Last year, I had beat that goal so I upped it to give myself a little challenge. I didn’t realize that I would not only reach it but pass it. So far I have read 61 books but I am going to try to read at least one more book by the time we ring in 2019.

Part of the reason why I surpassed my reading challenge was because I ventured into audiobooks. I was hesitant at first about this. I had always read a physical book. There is something about browsing shelves at the library/store, turning the pages and smelling the book (yes, I am one of the book smell lovers). However, I had nearly an hour commute to work, which was wasted on half listening to the radio.

So I took the leap and surprisingly LOVED it. I ended up learning that I loved listening to nonfiction narrated by the author. It felt like I was having a conversation with the author so I ended up reading more nonfiction this year than I anticipated.

The other thing I learned this year, after reading “The Gingerman” is that it’s OK not to finish a book. I used to believe that once I started a book, I obligated to finish it through. However, after reading “The Gingerman”,  I felt like I had wasted time reading a book I didn’t like right from the start and it didn’t get better. I ended up not finishing a few books this year after this. It’s OK.

Overall 2018 was a very good year for me and I couldn’t be happier. The next year will be full of unknowns but I am looking forward to it.


How did your 2018 turn out? Did you meet your reading/blogging goals? Let’s discuss!

A very Merry Christmas was had by this book admirer

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!

This has been probably one of the best Christmas seasons I have had and honestly, I think it is because I gave back this year.

The county hosts an Adopt-a-Family program where people can donate or adopt a family in need for Christmas. The legislature gets involved with this and our office adopted 21 families. My coworker and I adopted one and it felt so good buying something for someone who needed it. When we dropped the gifts off at the house last week, it was great seeing how happy the mother was, knowing that her daughter (who was at school at the time) would come home to find gifts under the tree. We made sure to get most, if not all, of the items on their wish lists. I just wish we were there when they actually opened the gifts.

As a result of this, I really didn’t want anything for Christmas, to the frustration of my fiancé who was at a loss of what to get me. However, it forced him to get creative and he ended up making me a gift, which is worth so much more than if he went out to get me something. He made a Date Jar. He filled a jar with popsicle sticks and on each one are different things we can do together. I actually knew that I was getting this because he had asked someone if they thought it was a good idea and they actually told him no. However, I am a romantic so when he told me of his “failed” plan I totally “oohhed” and “ahhed” and told him he could still do it since I didn’t know what dates he had planned. The result was better than I could have imagined.

Can I just say how much I loved that he included that one date of coffee and reading together? There is hope yet!

The only bookish thing(s) I received this year was from my book club. We had our annual Meet and Greet, which is always a good time. We play games such as book bingo or Who Am I?, which entails putting a character on the back of each person and they have to guess who they are by asking questions. Then we get down to the main event. The Book Swap. And if you haven’t done a book swap with a bunch of book lovers, then you better beware. Sleeves get rolled up, elbows get sharpened and everyone gets ready to fight. The first year, I was new to the game and ended up with a book I didn’t want. By now, my third year in, I’m a pro and even said to be a bit ruthless when it comes to acquiring a good pick. In our book swap, you can either open a wrapped book or steal from someone but a book can only be stolen 3 times before it dies and is off the table. I had my eyes on two books that got stolen twice already. Right before I went, the individual announced she was pregnant. Then they said I can’t steal from a pregnant lady. Sorry those weren’t part of the rules. I totally stole. Sorry, not sorry. I scored these beauties.

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I have been dying to read Educated forever and all the reviews have been nothing but good. Fear was part of the set, but I found out by someone that it is the first edition. I also found out that this person used to work with Woodward. Small world!!

As favors, we also got bookish pins, which were so cute. As co-organizer of the party, I swiped two of them because I loved them so much (We had plenty left over).

With Christmas now over, I am looking forward to the New Year. There are so many things I want to do in 2019 but that is for another post.

Yours truly,

Book Admirer


How was your Christmas season? What bookish things did you receive/give? Let’s discuss!

A blogger has gotta plan

When it comes to being organized, I go old school and have a paper planner. There is just something about writing stuff down that helps me remember better. It’s like a mental unloading. Without my planner, this blog would be more unorganized than it is.

Anyway, this past year I kept one planner for blogging, life and work. However, with my new job, I quickly realized that wasn’t going to work, what with all the legislative meetings I have to attend, press conferences I have to organize and all the other work that may fall on my lap at any given moment. When I started the job in October, I began using my ARC planner again and it quickly filled up.

So about two weeks ago, while Christmas shopping, I was passing through Barnes and Noble and decided to stop at the 2019 planners display set up near the entrance to the mall. I was trying to get ideas for a planner that would be ideal for organizing my blogging schedule in the new year. Lo and behold I found this beauty.

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Yep, that’s right. It’s a 12-month planner for book lovers. I think I may have oohed when I saw this. I was so happy. I quickly flipped through it and knew that I had to have it. Of course, I browsed the shelves in search for another bookish planner that I may choose from but alas this was the only one. It was fate.

So what else does this planner include?

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Well on the cover, it had a pile of books, many of which fall into my favorite category, but it doesn’t end there. On each of the monthly pages is another pile of books. It’s almost like a TBR list throughout the planner. I want to go through each of the piles and see which ones I read. Also adjacent to the month, is a “Books to Read” and “Books Read” section, which is great to help me plan my Monthly Reading List and Monthly Wrap-up posts at the beginning and end of the month.

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It also has a bunch of bookish facts and graphics about authors and/or books. For example, April 4 is Maya Angelou’s birthday. The graphics are sometimes quotes from books or even foods that are talked about. Every page has something different.

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As you can see, I couldn’t wait until the new year to begin using it. There was a December monthly calendar to start things off  so I quickly filled it in. Though there aren’t weekly pages for December, I had no problems getting organized for the month.

I can’t wait for the new year so I can really start planning. I have so many new things I want to do on this blog and for my reading next year but those will be coming in other posts.

Stay tuned.

 

Tackling my personal TBR shelves in 2019

So earlier this year I posted a list of books that were on my personal shelves that I have yet to touch. At that time, I had about 50 books on the list, which I thought wasn’t too bad. Until I hit the spring library book sales at my local libraries and added to my shelves significantly. I think at the end, I added 40 new books.

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Since the spring, I have made a dent in reading the books that I added as well as some that have been waiting awhile. However, I never updated the list.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, I am revisiting that list I originally posted and seeing what I read and what I added but have yet to read still.

Strikethrough – I read

Blue – I added

Italics – I started but didn’t finish

Red – I took off my shelf/donated

The Classics

I love reading classics, but alas, I have so many on my shelf I never read. Many of them are from college or I picked up during a library book sale.

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquezimg_0220
  2. Brave New World, Alduous Huxley
  3. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
  4. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  5. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
  6. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  7. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  8. Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  9. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  10. White Fang, Jack Limg_0219ondon
  11. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  12. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  13. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  14. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, James Weldon
  15. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  16. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  17. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  18. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  19. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  20. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  21. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  22. The Modern Mephistopheles, Louisa May Alcott
  23. Under the Lilacs, Louisa May Alcott
  24. Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 & 2, Arthur Conan Doyle
  25. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  26. A Light in August, William Faulkner
  27. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  28. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  29. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  30. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  31. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  32. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  33. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  34. Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  35. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  36. The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss

Charles Dickens

I thought this one should have its own subject because .. well … it’s Dickens.

  1. Nicholas Nickleby
  2. David Copperfield
  3. A Tale of Two Cities
  4. Great Expectations

Nonfiction

Half of these have to do with journalism and I picked up in college to learn about some of the older writers. Many of the books I had started but never finished. Now that I understand the industry more, I might have a better appreciation for these.

  1. The Choice, Bob Woodwardimg_0221
  2. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
  3. Teacher Man, Frank McCourt
  4. My Paper Chase, Harold Evans
  5. The Gang that Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolf , Thompson, Didion, Capote and the New Journalism Revolution, Marc Weingarten
  6. The New, New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on their Craft, Robert S. Boynton
  7. It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News,  Drew Curtis
  8. Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War, Anthony Shadid
  9. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson
  10. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavars, Mary Roach
  11. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
  12. The Night Trilogy, Elie Wiesel (I only read the first one)
  13. Reading in Tehran, Azar Nefisi
  14. The Choice, Bob Woodward

Poetry

I don’t read a lot of poetry but I found one on my shelf.

  1. T.S. Eliot Selected Poems

Fiction

I am surprised that my fiction list isn’t longer but I think because I have stopped buying books and mainly go to the library. Also there were one or two of these that may belong on the classics list but wasn’t sure.

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
  2. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
  3. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolverimg_0224
  4. The Lost Sisterhood, Anne Fortier
  5. Holes, Louis Sachar
  6. Shindler’s List, Thomas Keneally
  7. What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty
  8. After You, JoJo Moyes
  9. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  10. House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
  11. Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
  12. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
  13. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
  14. Chronicles of the Insurrection, Julie Dickerson
  15. Release, Patrick Ness
  16. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
  17. Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Gailbraith
  18. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  19. East of the Mountains, David Gusterson
  20. A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
  21. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
  22. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
  23. Son of a Witch, Gregory Maguire
  24. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire

Looking at the original list I read 4 and donated 1. However, I added 29 new books still to be read. Thus, my new total of books I have to read on my personal TBR is 75, up by 25. I seriously have some work to do. As in, reading what I have and not buying any more until I do (Yeah right!)

Why the bookstore is a dangerous place…

Let’s face it, when it comes to books, us bookworms have the ultimate soft spot. We WANT THEM ALL!!!

So when it comes time to go to the bookstore, it may take some us all of our willpower not to bust the bank.  We have all done it. We have gone to the bookstore with one or two books on our list. Then by the time we get to the cash register, we have an arm load.

Luckily, I am proud to say that I can actually walk through a book store now and not buy anything. WHAT?! I know, I know, seems impossible. But after realizing how much money I can save by going to the  library, which has endless resources to get you the books you want, the bookstore isn’t such a dangerous place for me anymore. But that wasn’t always the story.

While I was writing up my Top 10 Tuesday this week about books with memories, I wrote about one that I had bought at Barnes and Noble simply because I had started reading it in the store. It made me start to think of all the other unexpected buys that I had made and an idea for a future post.

See five years ago, my willpower to pass through a bookstore without buying anything was pretty much non-existent. At that time, I was also living at home and didn’t care much about saving money or sticking to a budget, like I am now. So it was so easy. Combine that with the fact I was in the bookstore at least once a week, I was a goner.

At that time I was a reporter and there was at least a two-hour period during the day that I had time to kill between when I had to be in the office and when I had a meeting. Since I lived 45 minutes from my job, I couldn’t just go home, so I did the next best thing. I went to Barnes and Noble and hung out.  Usually I tried to bring a book with me so I could sit in the corner and read until it was time to go, but more often than not, I would go without one. Thus, I would begin to browse the tables. A book would catch my eye, I would open the cover, begin to read and … I was sucked in. By the time it was time to go, I had usually read so much of it, I was committed. I might as well buy it. Hence, how I had some of the more unexpected titles on my shelf. I thought it was time to share.

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This is by far not all of the books I have acquired through this method but these are the only ones I can distinctly remember. And I will try to explain why I ended up with these.

(All titles are linked to Goodreads)

Louisa May Alcott by Susan Cheever – I am a huge Alcott fan as most of you already know since I mention Little Women every chance I get. So when I saw this out on the table, I thought maybe I should learn about the author I loved so much. It was an interesting read but unfortunately, I didn’t not finish this one.

The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys by Marina Chapman –  With a title like that, how can you not be intrigued? I immediately started reading and it didn’t take me long to finish. I definitely think I have to reread this one. I just remember being awed by this story. Crazy.

Toms River by Dan Fagin – So my parents current live in Toms River, New Jersey and everyone who is from around there knows about the cancer cluster that popped up in that town years ago due to a local factory spilling waste into the river, i.e. Toms River. (Similar to the Erin Brokavich case). When this book came out, I had to read it. I wanted to know the story behind all the rumors.

Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal I love Billy Crystal and when I was reading this in the bookstore I couldn’t stop laughing. So of course, I bought it. I didn’t finish it at that time but I am currently listening to the audiobook and loving it all the better. He reads the book in front of a live audience as if he is doing a standup comedy routine. HILARIOUS!

Steps in Time by Fred Astaire – I grew up watching old Turner Classic Movies with my mother and the old musicals with Fred Astaire were among them. I wanted to dance like him. So of course, I wanted to read his autobiography. I ended up not finishing it because my mom wanted to read it. By then, I had moved on.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– At first I wasn’t going to read this but then the movie came out and once again found myself without a book in a bookstore. So I started reading and the rest is history. I ended up reading the whole series (except for the one that just came out by a different author.)

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – I completely forgot that I had this book. Again, wasn’t going to read it but was bored at the store. I know that I finished it but can’t honestly say I remember anything about it, except that he had some mental issues.

The Help by Kathryn Sockett – I picked this book up because the movie had just come out and was getting all the rave. I decided to read the first few pages just to get an idea of whether it was worth it. Ummm yeah. I finished this in like a day.

Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon by Al Worden – So I totally got sucked in by the summary of this book. Why would an astronaut get fired? I was actually surprised by how interesting this book was and finished it within a day or two.

The Jersey Sting: Chris Christie and The Most Brazen Case of Jersey-style Corruption – Ever by Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin – OK I am from Jersey, Chris Christie was our governor and the authors were fellow journalists. Um need I say more. Needless to say, this was a very interesting story about how Christie got his start. (This is linked to Amazon because Goodreads didn’t have a summary).

I am pretty sure I also got into Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey due to my boredom in the bookstore but since I can’t remember, I didn’t include it. I think because I have read them so many times, I have so many other memories associated with them.

I am so glad that I have overcome my weakness, though it is still tempts me from time to time. But the only time I really buy books anymore is if I can’t get it at the library. And then I usually go to the local mom and pop bookstore since Barnes and Noble gets plenty of business. But this post has gone on long enough.

Thanks for reading. Until next time,

Book Admirer


How many books have you bought without planning on it? What were they? Have you read them? Let’s discuss!

 

 

Another challenge: 50 classics to read by 2023

So today, while searching for more book bloggers to follow, primarily ones who focus on classics, I stumbled upon the Classics Club. After reading what they were about, I was intrigued and decided to give it a go. (Like I need yet another challenge).

So what is it about? In short:

The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years.  To learn more, visit them here.

Since I am already part of the Modern Library Top 100 Book Club, a local book club in Albany NY reading the books off the Modern Library’s Top 100 list, I figured that this “challenge” would keep me motivated to read those books while looking at others. So this list is a combination of future book club reads and books that I have piled on a whole bookshelf in my house. Most of them, I have never read, but there may be one or two I read so long ago or never finished that I decided to give it another go.

So here is the list I plan to read by July 2023:

  1. The Golden Bowl, Henry James
  2. The Old Wives Tale, Arnold Bennett
  3. The Rainbow, D.H. Lawrence
  4. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
  5. Madam Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  6. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
  7. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Light in August, William Faulkner
  9. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
  10. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  11. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  12. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  13. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  14. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  15. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  16. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  17. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  18. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  19. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  20. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  21. Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
  22. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  23. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  24. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  25. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  26. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  28. White Fang, Jack London
  29. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  30. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  31. Parade’s End, Ford Madox Ford
  32. Appointment in Samarra, John O’Hara
  33. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
  34. Finnegan’s Wake, James Joyce
  35. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
  36. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
  37. From Here to Eternity, James Jones
  38. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
  39. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  40. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  41. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  42. The 42nd Parallel, (USA trilogy #1) , John Dos Passos
  43. Young Lonigan (The Studs Lonigan Trilogy #1), James T. Farrell
  44. A Question of Upbringing (A Dance to the Music  of Time #1), Anthony Powell
  45. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
  46. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  47. Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
  48. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  49. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  50. Crime and Punishment, Fyoder Dostoevsky

FFF: What books did you hate reading in high school?

So of course I was a book lover growing up and would read whatever book was assigned and then some. In fact, at the beginning of senior AP English, the teacher gave us a list of books we were going to read that year. She knew we were all readers (hence why we were in that class) so she said that if the majority of the class had read a certain book we wouldn’t read it. My vote didn’t count in the end because I had read the majority of the list just for fun. That includes Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Yeah, I didn’t have a life in high school except reading.

With that being said, there were three books that I remember hating in high school.

beowulf

Maybe it was the fact that our English teacher went on maternity and we had a substitute that barely knew how to teach AP students, but I remember hating this book. I can’t even remember what this book was about, I have blocked it out of my mind. I just remember it being such a guy’s book.

Catcher in the rye

I don’t necessarily HATE this book per se but I certainly didn’t like it. I actually read this junior year of high school, but I remember not relating to this book at all and wondering why we were reading it. Maybe, I wasn’t mature enough to read this at that age? I don’t know. I have sworn to try reading it again at some point but have yet to do it.

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OK so my senior AP class completely boycotted this book. Our teacher had assigned us the first chapter and by the next class, we had completely revolted. I remember trying to get past the first page and was like ‘What the hell am I reading?” I think part of the problem is the book is written in a stream of consciousness. It’s hard enough getting most teens to read, now you want them to read something they can’t even understand? Might as well be Latin! Um no.

What books did you hate reading in high school? Let’s discuss! Post in the comments 🙂


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100 followers! Say what?!

Hey all,

So I just want to thank everyone who has been following me. It means so much! Yesterday I hit that milestone of 100 followers and while that may not seem much compared to others, I am more than appreciative to have gotten this far.

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I started this blog in 2017 to put my thoughts down about the many books that I read and discuss those books with other readers. However, at that time, it was just something to do whenever I had the time, more of a passing hobby. I barely had a dozen posts and maybe like 5 followers.

Then at the beginning of this year, I decided to take a more serious approach to the blog, creating a posting schedule as well as unique posts other than reviews. I also branched out and began to network with other bloggers.

It’s only been 6 months and already this blog has grown more than I ever expected it to. And it’s all because those of you who have taken the time to read my posts or follow me consistently. I have learned so much from this community and I enjoy logging in everyday to see what my fellow bloggers are up to. I have so much more to learn, but it can only be for the good. Here’s to more things to come!

Yours truly,

Book Admirer