If You’ve Read 10% of These Books You’re Very Well Read
In a previous post, I mentioned that the way to feel well-read was to read across multiple genres. This quiz has a varied list and contains many books that I own and many books that I’ve started and haven’t finished. I didn’t count any of those in my total. I only counted the books that I actually finished.
Below is the full list of 500 books. Many are on my TBR list.
1. 1984 (George Orwell) 2. 2666 (Roberto Bolano) 3. 84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff) 4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie) 5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) 6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 7. The Aeneid 8. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton) 9. All the Light We Cannot See 10. All Quiet on the Western Front 11. Along Came a Spider 12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 13. American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang) 14. American Gods (Neil Gaiman) 15. American Pastoral (Philip Roth) 16. Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) 17. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) 18. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (P. D. James) 19. Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie) 20. And Then There Were None (By Agatha Christie) 21. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) 22. Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver) 23. Animal Farm (George Orwell) 24. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) 25. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) 26. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. (New Jersey) 27. Ariel (Sylvia Plath) 28. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz) 29. The Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach) 30. The Assistant 31. Atlas Shrugged 32. Atonement (Ian Mcewan) 33. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein 34. The Autobiography of Malcolm X 35. Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay) 36. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Vaunda Micheaux Nelson) 37. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie) 38. Becoming (Michelle Obama) 39. Bel Canto (Ann Patchett) 40. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath) 41. Beloved (Toni Morrison) 42. Beowulf 43. Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates) 44. The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler) 45. Binti (Nnedi Okorafor) 46. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Marlon James) 47. Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolpho Anaya) 48. Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy) 49. The Bluest Eye 50. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe 51. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) 52. Borderlands (Gloria E. Anzaldúa) 53. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi 54. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) 55. Breakfast of Champions 56. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh) 57. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding) 58. A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James) 59. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 60. Brokeback Mountain (Annie Proulx) 61. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) 62. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 63. The Call of the Wild (Jack London) 64. Candide 65. The Canterbury Tales 66. The Canterville Ghost 67. Carry on (Rainbow Rowell) 68. Casino Royale 69. The Casual Vacancy 70. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) 71. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) 72. Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) 73. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) 74. Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White) 75. Children of Blood and Bone (Tomi Adyemi) 76. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) 77. Cinder (Marissa Meyer) 78. Clarissa (Samuel Richardson) 79. Clear Light of Day 80. Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell) 81. The Code of the Woosters (Wodehouse) 82. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons) 83. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes 84. The Color of Magic (Terry Pratchett) 85. The Color Purple (Alice Walker) 86. The Complete Stories (Flanner O’Connor) 87. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe 88. Confessions of a Shopaholic 89. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen) 90. Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan) 91. Crime and Punishment 92. Crocodile on the Sandbank (Elizabeth Peters) 93. The Crucible 94. The Crying of Lot 49 95. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 96. Daisy Jones & the Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid) 97. Darkly Dreaming Dexter 98. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) 99. Death Comes for the Archbishop 100. Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller) 101. The Decameron (Giovanni Boccaccio) 102. The Devil in the White City 103. The Diary of Anne Frank 104. A Dirty Job (Christopher Moore) 105. Divergent (Veronica Roth) 106. The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri) 107. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 108. Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes) 109. Dracula (Bram Stoker) 110. The Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xueqin) 111. Dreaming in Cuban (Cristina Garcia) 112. Dune (Frank Herbert) 113. The Da Vinci Code 114. Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) 115. Eleanor & Park 116. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman) 117. Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine) 118. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) 119. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) 120. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Unknown) 121. Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng) 122. Everything Is Illuminated 123. Excellent Women (Barbara Pym) 124. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 125. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) 126. Far From the Madding Crowd 127. The Fault in Our Stars 128. Faust (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe) 129. The Fifth Season (N. K. Jemisin) 130. Fifty Shades of Grey 131. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk) 132. Fingersmith 133. The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin) 134. Foundation (Isaac Asimov) 135. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) 136. Freak the Mighty (Rodman Philbrick) 137. Fun Home (Alison Bechdel) 138. A Game of Thrones 139. A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles) 140. The Gilda Stories (Jewelle Gomez) 141. Gilead (Marilynne Robinson) 142. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins) 143. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo 144. Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin) 145. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) 146. The Golden Bowl 147. The Golden Notebook 148. The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt) 149. The Golem and the Djinni (Helene Wecker) 150. Gone Girl 151. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Connor) 152. Good Omens (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman) 153. Good Talk (Mira Jacob) 154. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) 155. Gravity’s Rainbow 156. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) 157. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) 158. Grendel 159. The Gulag Archipelago 160. Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift) 161. The Gunslinger (Stephen King) 162. Half of a Yellow Sun 163. Hamlet 164. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) 165. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami 166. Haroun & the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie/Paul Birkbeck(Illus)) 167. Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling) 168. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson) 169. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers) 170. Heart of Darkness 171. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) 172. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman 173. The Historian 174. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) 175. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) 176. Holes (Louis Sachar) 177. Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi) 178. Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar) 179. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 180. The Hound of the Baskervilles 181. The Hour of the Star (Clarice Lispector) 182. The Hours (Michael Cunningham) 183. House Made of Dawn 184. House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski) 185. The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende) 186. The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros) 187. Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson) 188. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents 189. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Charles Yu) 190. Howards End (E.M. Forster) 191. Howl (Allen Ginsberg) 192. Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones) 193. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 194. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 195. I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai) 196. I Know This Much Is True (Wally Lamb) 197. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) 198. If on a Winters Night a Traveller 199. The Iliad (Homer) 200. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) 201. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote) 202. In the Time of the Butterflies 203. In the Woods (Tara French) 204. Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace) 205. The Inheritance of Loss 206. The Interestings (Meg Wolitzer) 207. Internment (Samira Ahmed) 208. Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri) 209. Interview With the Vampire (Anne Rice) 210. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison) 211. It (Stephen King) 212. Ivanhoe (Walter Scott) 213. Jamaica Inn (Daphne Du Maurier) 214. James and the Giant Peach 215. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) 216. The Japanese Lover (Isabel Allende) 217. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke) 218. The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan) 219. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy) 220. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair) 221. Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami) 222. Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann) 223. Kindred (Octavia E. Butler) 224. King Lear 225. A Kiss Before Dying (Ira Levin) 226. The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang) 227. Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain 228. Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) 229. The Lais of Marie De France (Marie De France) 230. Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman) 231. The Left Hand of Darkness 232. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving) 233. Les Miserables 234. Less (Andrew Sean Greer) 235. Letter From Birmingham City Jail (Martin Luther King Jr) 236. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne) 237. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) 238. Like Water for Chocolate 239. Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders) 240. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lewis, C.S.) 241. Little Bee (Chris Cleave) 242. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) 243. The Little Prince 244. The Little Stranger 245. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven 246. A Long Way Down 247. Look at Me 248. Lord of the Flies (William Golding) 249. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) 250. Love in the Time of Cholera 251. Love Medicine (Louise Erdrich) 252. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) 253. The Lover (Marguerite Duras) 254. Lucky Jim (Jim Dixon) 255. The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton) 256. MacBeth 257. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert) 258. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (Helen Simonson) 259. The Maltese Falcon 260. Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli) 261. March : Book One (John Lewis) 262. The Martian (Andy Weir) 263. Matilda (Roald Dahl) 264. Maurice (E.M. Forster) 265. Maus: The Complete Maus 266. Me Before You (Jojo Moyes) 267. Medea (Euripides) 268. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (Mary McCarthy) 269. Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Franz Kafka) 270. Middlemarch (George Eliot) 271. Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides) 272. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 273. Midnight’S Children (Salman Rushdie) 274. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 275. Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur) 276. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate Dicamillo) 277. The Miseducation of Cameron Post 278. Moby Dick (Herman Melville) 279. The Monkey’s Paw (W. W. Jacobs) 280. The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins) 281. Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) 282. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien) 283. Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare) 284. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) 285. My Bondage and My Freedom (Frederick Douglass) 286. My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante) 287. My Sister, the Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite) 288. My Sister’s Keeper 289. Mystic River (Dennis Lehane) 290. The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco) 291. The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri) 292. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Sojourner Truth) 293. Neuromancer (William Gibson) 294. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro) 295. Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) 296. Night (Elie Wiesel) 297. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) 298. No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre) 299. No Future Without Forgiveness (Desmond Tutu) 300. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith 301. North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell) 302. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami) 303. NW 304. The Ocean at the End of the Lane 305. The Odyssey (Homer) 306. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) 307. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway) 308. Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout) 309. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong) 310. On the Road 311. The Once and Future King (T.H. White) 312. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 313. One for the Money 314. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) 315. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson) 316. Orlando (Virginia Woolf) 317. Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood) 318. Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey) 319. Othello (William Shakespeare) 320. The Other Boleyn Girl (Philippa Gregory) 321. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) 322. Palace Walk (Naguib Mahfouz) 323. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov) 324. A Passage to India (E.M. Forster) 325. The Pearl (John Steinbeck) 326. The Pentateuch 327. The People in the Trees (Hanya Yanagihara) 328. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks) 329. Percy Jackson Series (Rick Riordan) 330. Perfume (Patrick Suskind) 331. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) 332. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 333. A Personal Matter 334. Persuasion (Jane Austen) 335. Pet Sematary (Stephen King) 336. The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster) 337. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard) 338. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) 339. The Poems of Emily Dickinson 340. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) 341. Possession (Byatt) 342. Post Office (Charles Bukowski) 343. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) 344. The Price of Salt, or Carol (Patricia Highsmith) 345. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) 346. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 347. Princess Academy (Shannon Hale) 348. The Princess Bride (William Goldman) 349. The Princess Saves Herself in This One (Amanda Lovelace) 350. The Priory of the Orange Tree (Samantha Shannon) 351. Purple Hisbiscus 352. Queen of the Night (Alexander Chee) 353. Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams) 354. Quiet (Susan Cain) 355. The Quiet American (Graham Greene) 356. Rabbit, Run (John Updike) 357. A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry) 358. The Ramayana (Valmiki) 359. Ramona the Pest (Beverly Cleary) 360. Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier) 361. The Red and the Black 362. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) 363. Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey Mcquiston) 364. Redefining Realness (Janet Mock) 365. The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro) 366. Revolutionary Road 367. The Road (Cormac McCarthy) 368. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry 369. Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong) 370. Romeo and Juliet 371. Room (Emma Donoghue) 372. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) 373. The Round House (Louise Erdrich) 374. Rubyfruit Jungle 375. Runaway (Alice Munro) 376. Sacre Bleu 377. The Savage Detectives 378. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) 379. The Scarlett Pimpernel 380. Schindler’s Ark (Thomas Keneally) 381. The Sea, the Sea (Irish Murdoch) 382. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) 383. The Secret History (Donna Tartt) 384. The Secret Life of Bees 385. The Selection (Kiera Cass) 386. The Sellout (Paul Beatty) 387. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen) 388. The Sense of an Ending 389. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) 390. She’s Come Undone 391. The Shining (Stephen King) 392. The Shipping News 393. Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse) 394. Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward) 395. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Simon Armitage (Translator)) 396. Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde) 397. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) 398. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut) 399. Slouching Towards Bethlehem 400. Small Island (Andrea Levy) 401. Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) 402. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See) 403. So Long a Letter (Mariama Bâ, Trans. Modupé Bodé-Thomas) 404. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 405. Songs of the Humpback Whale 406. Sophie’s Choice 407. The Sound and the Fury 408. The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell) 409. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 410. The Stand (Stephen King) 411. Stone Butch Blues (Leslie Feinberg) 412. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson) 413. The Stranger (Albert Camus) 414. A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) 415. A Study in Scarlet (Arthur Conan Doyle) 416. A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth) 417. The Summer Book 418. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway) 419. Swann’s Way (Marcel Proust) 420. The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen) 421. A Tale for the Time Being 422. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) 423. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith) 424. Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin) 425. The Tempest (William Shakespeare) 426. The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Alix E. Harrow) 427. The Theban Plays 428. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston) 429. There There (Tommy Orange) 430. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) 431. The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien) 432. The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield) 433. This Is How You Lose the Time War (Amal El-Mohtar) 434. Throne of the Crescent Moon 435. Through the Looking Glass 436. A Time to Kill 437. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) 438. Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters) 439. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) 440. To the Lighthouse 441. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) 442. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 443. The Trial and Death of Socrates 444. The Turn of the Screw (Henry James) 445. Twelve Years a Slave (Solomon Northup) 446. Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) 447. Ulysses (James Joyce) 448. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera) 449. Under the Udala Trees (Chinelo Okparanta) 450. The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead) 451. Underworld (Don Delillo) 452. The Universe in a Single Atom (Dalai Lama) 453. Uprooted (Naomi Novik) 454. The Vegetarian (Han Kang) 455. The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams) 456. Villette 457. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD 458. Waiting for the Barbarians 459. Waiting for Godot 460. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy) 461. The Waste Land and Other Poems (T. S. Eliot) 462. Watchers 463. Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons) 464. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) 465. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 466. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson) 467. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver) 468. The Wedding (Dorothy West) 469. The Wedding Date (Jasmine Guillory) 470. The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin) 471. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Raymond Carver) 472. Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple) 473. White Teeth (Zadie Smith) 474. The White Tiger 475. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (Barbara Comyns) 476. Whose Body? (Dorothy L. Sayers) 477. Wicked 478. Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys) 479. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China 480. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) 481. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle 482. Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson) 483. The Witches 484. Wittgenstein’s Mistress 485. A Wizard of Earthsea 486. Wolf Hall 487. The Woman in the Dunes (Kobo Abe) 488. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) 489. The Woman Warrior 490. The Women of Brewster Place (Novel) 491. World War Z (Max Brooks) 492. The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Ahdieh) 493. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’engle) 494. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) 495. The Year of Magical Thinking 496. The Yellow Wallpaper 497. You Shall Know Our Velocity 498. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Audre Lorde) 499. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig) 500. Zorro
The books listed below are discussed in the above linked article. These are new releases that can be read in one sitting. I’ve heard of a few of them and I’m actually reading one for one of my bookclubs. Some of them look pretty good. They might be worth looking into, since many of us can’t go out to ring in the new year.
The above linked article tells about the leading ladies and men in literature who would make the best Valentines, and why. Some of these are funny, and some are serious, but it’s a great reminder of those characters we have loved.
Every year, I set goals. Health goals, general life goals, reading goals, etc. This year, I’m starting to think about them a little earlier than New Year’s Eve.
I have set a goal of 1000 miles between 1/1 and 12/31 this year. It breaks down to just over 2.5 miles a day. Doable. The challenge here is to remember to log the miles.
I am setting my book goal at 100 books for 2020. I easily hit my goal of 75 books this year. I can do this.
I am going to seriously work on shrinking my book stack. My plan of attack is to have a book stack book, a kindle book, a library book, and an audiobook going constantly. This sounds impossible, but I pretty much do this anyway. I also have to add in the bookclub books, which have deadlines. I am going to try harder to get my “What Are You Reading Wednesday” blog posts posted weekly, and on time. We’ll see.
I have a general organization goal. I still have to define exactly what I’m trying to get accomplished, so I am still thinking on this one.
I am going to attempt exercise 5 days a week, which involves getting my daughters and the dogs involved. I also have to get myself up and out of the house early to get to the gym and showered before work. This is a two part project. Organization the night before, and getting to sleep on time. I know I feel better when I’ve been to the gym. I have managed to get the majority of my foot pain under control, so that helps a lot.
I have signed up for a 5k in January. At this point, I’m walking it. I have also signed up for a half marathon in November, which means I need to get myself moving, soon, to train.
I have a lot of big plans for the year. Let’s hope I can take chunks out of the goals and make it happen.
The above linked article talks about an author in the Netherlands who writes a book for a book festival every year. This year, anyone carrying the book gets free train rides when they show the book. I thought it was kind of a fun idea.
Well-traveled bibliophiles know that books can sometimes be found in unusual places, like barges, abandoned sheds, and decommissioned postal trains. In northeastern Connecticut, you can find free books in a place where you’d normally just expect to find a hot meal. The Traveler restaurant lets customers take home up to three free books to read after finishing their meal, the Hartford Courantreports.
Traveler Food and Books, an unassuming diner off I-84 in Union, Connecticut, gives away roughly 100,000 free books to diners each year. The restaurant’s original owner, Marty Doyle, started adding books to the “menu” in the mid-1980s, when his personal library became too big to fit in his home. He kept his collection under control by bringing excess books to the Traveler and offering them to any guests looking for new reading material.
The restaurant has been owned by Karen and Art Murdock since 1993, and today books are donated by libraries and community groups in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Visitors get to pick out up to three free books from the restaurant’s collection, either while waiting for their meal or on their way out the door. And if that isn’t enough for them, there’s a used bookstore downstairs called The Book Cellar, where they can browse and purchase additional titles.