Getting Ready for Fall Semester

I will be taking 15 units in the Fall. Three of the 5 instructors have posted the reading lists for the semester already. It starts on August 23, so this is plenty of time to get the books and get started.

One of the books is on Kindle Unlimited, so that was easy and free. Two of the other books are on Kindle for less than $1 each. Also good. I had to rent one textbook and purchase two paper books. All are within reason on the prices. Great! One class has no books that are required. This either means we will get handouts or the online textbook will be included in the price of the class.

I am still waiting to hear what I’ll be reading for the other two classes. There is plenty of time to gather the information and order the books, but I would rather be prepared.

I have gotten halfway through one of the books, so I at least know the plot. Some of the others that I had to purchase are short stories, so I have to wait for the syllabus to come out to know if we will read all of the stories, or just some.

Fall semester will be one that is heavy reading, so I would love to get ahead. One we get underway, a lot of the anxiety will pass, but from now until classes start, I’ll be on the edge of my seat.

Red Hot Romance for July

Red Hot Romance for July

The books discussed in the above linked article look like they will be great fun to read. I have a few of them and I follow several of the authors that are listed. I may have to schedule some fun reading in this summer, just to include some of these. It’s a short list, so it should be doable.

 It Happened One Summer
by Tessa Bailey

 While We Were Dating
by Jasmine Guillory

 Isn’t It Bromantic?
by Lyssa Kay Adams

 Heartbreak for Hire
by Sonia Hartl

 Incense and Sensibility
by Sonali Dev

 Too Good to Be Real
by Melonie Johnson

Devil in Disguise
by Lisa Kleypas

Last Guard
by Nalini Singh

AAPI LGBT books

AAPI books

I have several of the books on the list in the above linked article. It is a wonderful, inclusive list, put out by Kundiman publishing. I recommend taking a look at it. Below is a list of the books mentioned in the article.

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patrick Yumi Cottrell

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen

Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Imagine Us, The Swarm by Muriel Leung

Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed

More Than Organs by Kay Ulanday Barrett

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Ace by Angela Chen

Bite Hard by Justin Chin

IC by Serena Chopra

We Play a Game by Duy Doan

Late Morning When the World Burns by Shamala Gallagher

Love Is an Ex-Country – Randa Jarrar

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

EXTRATRANSMISSION by Andrea Abi-Karam

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Paring by Travis Chi Wing Lau

Sāmoan Queer Lives by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Quarantine by Rahul Mehta

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok-Vaid Menon

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Migritude by Shailja Patel

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Pop Song by Larissa Pham

Zigzags by Kamala Puligandla

Corona by Bushra Rehman

Love, Robot by Margaret Rhee

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Inside Me an Island by Lehua M. Taitano

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

Dear Twin by Addie Tsai

Lucy 72 by Ronaldo Wilson

Prometeo by C. Dale Young

How many have you read?

Here’s a little different list from last time. I’m at 19. How many of these have you read?


The BBC believes most people will have read only 21 of the 100 books here.

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1 Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulkes
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – GeorgeEliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tart
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Gaudy Night – Dorothy Sayers
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How many have you read?

I’ve read 18. I am not sure if I am supposed to report back to the BBC, but it is a nice list of classic books. I might have to put the other 82 books on my TBR list, but I think many of them already are there.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here.
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1 Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible –
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulkes
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tart
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante (Have it downloaded)
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell-
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Gaudy Night – Dorothy Sayers

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Books to Read Instead of Spring Cleaning

Books to read instead of spring cleaning

The books listed below are discussed in the above linked article. I have read several of these books, and I have a few more that are on the shelf or have been started. Spring cleaning? Well, I worked on that a bit here and there.

She Come by It Natural Sarah Smarsh

Confident Women Tori Telfer

Love at First Kate Clayborn

Quiet in Her Bones Nalini Singh

The Dictionary of Lost Words Pip Williams

Greenlights Matthew McConaughey

The Midnight Library Matt Haig

When No One Is Watching Alyssa Cole

The Paris Library Janet Skeslien Charles

In a Book Club Far Away Tif Marcelo

The Chicken Sisters KJ Dell’Antonia

Anxious People Fredrik Backman

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It Elle Cosimano

The Awakening Nora Roberts

White Ivy Susie Yang

A Pho Love Story Loan Le

A Trial of Sorcerers Elise Kova

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev Dawnie Walton

Second First Impressions Sally Thorne