Abridged Classics

I haven’t read all of these. I read The Sun Also Rises in high school, but I don’t remember much about it. This brief synopsis is all I remember of it.

The others, I might get to one of these days. I have Dante’s inferno, Wuthering Heights, Don Quixote, Grapes of Wrath, and The Odyssey. I’ll probably start with those when I start. But, with these descriptions, do I have to?

Draft posts

While I was on my trip, I started many draft posts. Ideas for future posts, the beginnings of posts that I had in mind and outlined, and posts that I wrote, tagged and just needed to publish. When I got home, I could see that I had over 100 posts that were partially written.

Part of them were from the 20 books and the 40 books topics, so I’m not too worried about catching up there. There are 50ish of them right there. They won’t be ready to go until I actually read the book, so they’ll be sitting there a while.

I am working my way through the posts today, so you’ll be seeing quite a few in the next day or two.

Prepping for vacation

I have an upcoming vacation. I am doing the last minute things, even though it’s not really last minute yet.

I went to purchase what I need for the trip. I haven’t quite finished, but I got the majority done.

I tried to get a mani pedi done, but I ended up getting called in to go to work, so only the pedi got done.

I got to work and finished up on record time. Then I went to buy sunglasses for the trip. I am almost ready! I am planning on getting the manicure soon.

I also found a lot of memes and book related photos to write about when I’m away. I am sure I’ll have time to write, so I’ll publish when I’m back. At least I don’t have to think about what I’m going to write about. I’ll figure out other topics, too, while I’m away. Always thinking…

40 best books to read before you die

40 best books to read before you die  This is an article about which are the “best books” to read.  I love these lists, although I feel that they don’t really mean anything.  They are someone’s opinions about what is best.  I enjoy them because they give me ideas about what to read next, and also about what to write about.

40 books spreadsheet  is where I will track my progress, but I will also write about each book as I read it.  Some of them I have read or have started to read already, as usual

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
1984, George Orwell
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Code of the Woosters, PG Wodehouse
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Dune, Frank Herbert
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Trial, Franz Kafka
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa