Saturday, June 27, 2015

Goodread's 100 Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Amazon's and Goodread's 100 books you should read in your lifetime. I would love to read all these books in the next few years. 
Finished: 20  --- DNF: 4
Two of my all-time favorite books made the list.
Here's the full, ranked list:
  1. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee DNF
  2. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
  3. "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank
  4. "1984" by George Orwell
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
  6. "The Lord of the Rings" (1-3) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White
  9. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott 
  11. "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
  12. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
  13. "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
  14. "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell  One of my all-time favorite books
  15. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
  16. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak Love this YA book!
  17. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
  18. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
  19. "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett Just finished this book. Awesome
  20. "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wadrobe" by C.S. Lewis 
  21. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
  22. "The Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
  23. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
  24. "Night" by Elie Wiesel 
  25. "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
  26. "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle DNF
  27. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
  28. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
  29. "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare 
  30. "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
  31. "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  32. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
  33. "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  34. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley 
  35. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling 
  36. "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
  37. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
  38. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein
  39. "Wuthering Heights" Emily Bronte
  40. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
  41. "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery
  42. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain 
  43. "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare 
  44. "The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson  
  45. "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
  46. "The Holy Bible: King James Version"
  47. "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker
  48. "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas
  49. "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith
  50. "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck My all-time favorite book
  51. "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
  52. "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote
  53. "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
  54. "The Stand" by Stephen King 
  55. "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon AMAZING!
  56. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling
  57. "Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card
  58. "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
  59. "Watership Down" by Richard Adams 
  60. "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden 
  61. "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier
  62. "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin 
  63. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
  64. "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway 
  65. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (#3) by Arthur Conan Doyle Amazons
  66. "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo 
  67. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling
  68. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel 
  69. "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  70. "Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge" by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  71. "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis 
  72. "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
  73. "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins DNF
  74. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
  75. "Dracula" by Bram Stoker
  76. "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman 
  77. "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen DNF
  78. "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe 
  79. "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd DNF
  80. "The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel" by Barbara Kingsolver
  81. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez 
  82. "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
  83. "The Odyssey" by Homer
  84. "The Good Earth (House of Earth #1)" by Pearl S. Buck 
  85. "Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3)" by Suzanne Collins
  86. "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie
  87. "The Thorn Birds" by Colleen McCullough 
  88. "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving
  89. "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls 
  90. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
  91. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  92. "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
  93. "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
  94. "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse 
  95. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
  96. "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut
  97. "Cutting For Stone" by Abraham Verghese
  98. "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster
  99. "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  100. "The Story of My Life" by Helen Keller 


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/100-books-everyone-should-read-amazon-goodreads-2015-3#ixzz3c3t4LVGV


How many have you read?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

50 Classics I Want to Read

I own a lot of classics and have read very little of them. *hanging my head* Oh the shame of it. Below are all the classics I own.
  1. The Gambler - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  3. Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
  4. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  5. Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck
  6. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  7. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  8. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
  9. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  11. Lady Chatterley's Lover - DH Lawrence
  12. Ovid - Metamorphoses
  13. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  14. Birds and Other Plays - Aristophanes
  15. The Iliad - Homer
  16. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenisyn
  17. August 1914 - Alexander Solzhenisyn
  18. Ten Great Mysteries - Poe
  19. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne
  20. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
  21. A Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne
  22. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  23. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  25. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
  26. Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser
  27. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
  28. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  29. A Room with a View - Forster
  30. A Pair of Silk Stockings and Other Stockings - Kate Chopin
  31. The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
  32. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  33. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  34. The Canterbury Tales - Chaucer
  35. Uncles Tom's Cabin - Stowe
  36. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  37. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  38. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
To bring to 50 classics, I don't own these but want to read:
  1. The Master and Margarita
  2. My Antonia
  3. Middlemarch
  4. Medea
  5. North and South
  6. Complete Poems: Thomas Hardy
  7. Catch-22
  8. Frankenstein
  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  10. Rebecca
  11. The Bostonian
  12. ???

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Page-Turner: One Breath Away - Heather Gudenkauf


Have you read one of Heather Gudenkauf's books? Of course, you have. She's a fantastic writer. Her previous novel, These Things Hidden, was my favorite book of 2011. I really want to reread it now. Urgh, that is the problem when books suck you in so completely. One Breath Away is the same way.

One of the things I love about Gudenkauf's writing is that she makes excellent use of the short chapter. I mean some of them are only a page long. Each chapter is from a different character's viewpoint of the same time period. I like reading from different viewpoints. However, some authors do not give you enough distinction, making you spend more time trying to figure out who is "thinking." That's annoying. Gudenkauf does not do this, thank god.

I seriously speed read through her books. I tell myself to stop. Then I turn the page and it's an hour later.


In One Breath Away, the horribleness of school invasion is explored. In addition to that tragedy, there is a mom suffering through a nasty burn accident. There is conflict in a father-daughter relationship. Love interests gone south. And much, much more. Don't even get me started on the ending! I'll stop right there.

This book is vying for top stop for 2015.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Links We Read and other daily stuff


Hi, my name is Bree and I'm a list addict. Welcome to my weekly list love.
  • Are you taking advantage of Audiobooks' free month of audios for June?
  • Foodie stuff
    • nothing worth saving this week
    • New-to-me blogs/podcasts I've subscribed to this week:



    I followed Elembee's suggestions for her Blog Out Knock Out challenge and wrote and formatted 12 posts. Holy crap! That's 4 weeks of travel posts. Done! It's a good system.

    My sleep got all out of whack for 2 days causing me to be up for over 24 hours. Urgh. I hate when that happens. Taking twice as long to get back to regular sleep.




    Expect to see lovely Alaskan photos here every week till November.

    Alaskan sunsets are the best. All pictures were taken after midnight this week on different nights. All were taken with my cell phone camera. Unfiltered. I hope the brilliant colors show on your computer as well as they show on my phone.

    12:30 a.m. last night - Vivid Pinks
    3:00 a.m. last night - Amazing still
    12:02 a.m. June 10th




    Last Week:
    1. Write 2 weeks of travel posts (Done!)
    2. Complete one page of my newly updated WP notes
    3. Try out Mechanical Turk
    4. Finish 'installing' affiliate links
    5. finish 1/2 of my TEFL (Done! much farther along than I planned. I only have the 5 final assessments to finish and I will be certified. It has been awhile since I did the initial part of the course so I think I'm going to go back and reread several sections.)
      This Week:
      1. Figure out how to back up blog
      2. Update author page on travel blog
      3. What the heck are shortcodes?
      4. Pretty up newsletter format
      5. Complete 3 of the remaining 5 TEFL assessments

      Currently reading:



      Currently Listening To:


      How was your week?

      Saturday, June 13, 2015

      Different Views of The Help


      What are the different views?  Audio, print and movie.

      Last week I finished listening to The Help based on the suggestions of Trish and Trisha. Thank you so much, ladies, for suggesting the audio version. Why? Because I had a really hard time reading the print version. I'm not a fan of dialect reading. The print version is full of it. Does anyone else have this problem?

      I really wanted to read the book after loving the movie so much. The movie was awesome. If you haven't watched it, go do so. Now that I've listened to the book, the chosen actors fit their characters perfectly. Whoever choose the actors knew what they were doing. In a small way, I didn't want to read the book. It took me a long time after watching the movie to pick up the novel because I didn't want to 'ruin' the movie. Sometimes it happens. You know it does.

      Luckily, trying to read the book with the annoying dialects did not spoil my opinion. I am really glad both Trishas suggested the audio version. The narrator on the audio is excellent. Typically, I'm not an audio-type person solely because of the narrator. If I can't stand their voice or their attempt at different types of voices, I immediately turn it off. Not the case with The Help. While I'll admit I did have to renew the book twice, it was well worth the listening time.

      There were many differences between the book and movie. Those differences didn't change my opinion of either form of media. I'm walking away from the experiences still delighted with both.

      If you haven't listened to The Help, try it!


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