Summer preview books – on many lists

summer preview

The following books show up on many summer reading recommendation lists, as noted in the above linked article.  I have several of these books already, but haven’t read any yet.  I am sure I’ll get to some of them.

21 lists:

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (July 16)

18 lists:

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls (June 4)

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17 lists:

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (June 4)

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14 lists:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman Is in Trouble (June 18)

Lisa Taddeo, Three Women (July 9)

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13 lists:

Téa Obreht, Inland (August 13)

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12 lists:

Jean Kwok, Searching for Sylvie Lee (June 4)

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11 lists:

Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy (June 4)

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10 lists:

Jennifer Weiner, Mrs. Everything (June 11)

 

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9 lists:

Kristen Arnett, Mostly Dead Things (June 4)

Blake Crouch, Recursion (June 11)

 

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8 lists:

Mona Awad, Bunny (June 11)

Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Party (July 16)

Lauren Mechling, How Could She (June 25)

Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror (August 6)

De’Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills (June 4)

 

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7 lists:

Catherine Chung, The Tenth Muse (June 18)

Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside (August 27)

Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake (July 23)

 

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6 lists:

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House (August 13)

Kalisha Buckhanon, Speaking of Summer (July 30)

Helen Phillips, The Need (July 9)

Ruth Ware, The Turn of the Key (August 6)

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5 lists:

Chanelle Benz, The Gone Dead (June 25)

Sarah Gailey, Magic for Liars (June 4)

Emily Nussbaum, I Like to Watch (June 25)

Yoko Ogawa, tr. Stephen Snyder, The Memory Police (August 13)

Regina Porter, The Travelers (June 18)

Rion Amilcar Scott, The World Doesn’t Require You (August 20)

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4 lists:

Lauren Acampora, The Paper Wasp (June 11)

Margaret Atwood, The Testaments (September 10)

Rachel Cusk, Coventry: Essays (August 20)

Tan France, Naturally Tan (June 4)

Grant Ginder, Honestly, We Meant Well (June 11)

Mark Haddon, The Porpoise (June 18)

Helen Hoang, The Bride Test (May 7)

Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had (June 25)

Courtney Maum, Costalegre (July 16)

Beatriz Williams, The Golden Hour (July 9)

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3 lists:

Kate Atkinson, Big Sky (June 25)
Chandler Baker, Whisper Network (June 25)
Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City? (August 6)
Katherine Center, Things You Save in a Fire (August 13)
Marcy Dermansky, Very Nice (July 2)
Erica Ferencik, Into the Jungle (May 28)
Tope Folarin, A Particular Kind of Black Man (August 6)
Tanisha C. Ford, Dressed in Dreams (June 25)
Natalia Ginzburg, tr. Frances Frenaye, The Dry Heart (June 25)
Thomas Harris, Cari Mora (May 21)
Rajia Hassib, A Pure Heart (August 6)
Malin Persson Giolito, Beyond All Reasonable Doubt (June 4)
Joshilyn Jackson, Never Have I Ever (July 30)
Uzma Jalaluddin, Ayesha at Last (June 4)
Marjan Kamali, The Stationery Shop (June 18)
Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered (May 28)
Amanda Lee Koe, Delayed Rays of a Star (July 9)
R. F. Kuang, The Dragon Republic (July 22)
Roselle Lim, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune (June 11)
Gretchen McCulloch, Because Internet (July 23)
Denise Mina, Conviction (June 18)
Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites (August 20)
Ariana Reines, A Sand Book (June 18)
Sally Rooney, Normal People (April 16)
Karen Russell, Orange World (May 14)
Richard Russo, Chances Are . . . (July 30)
Riley Sager, Lock Every Door (July 2)
Julie Satow, The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel (June 4)
Neal Stephenson, Fall; or, Dodge In Hell (June 4)
J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota (July 23)
Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough (June 11)
Elvia Wilk, Oval (June 4)
Nell Zink, Doxology (August 19)

Adjusting my reading goal

Because I read several children’s books, my completed book count is higher than I expected it to be.  I think I may have to adjust my reading goal to 100 to compensate for the 10 or so children’s books I have read in the past week.  I am more than halfway to the 100 already, and the year isn’t even halfway over.  I think I can do it.  I may wait until I am further ahead to adjust it, so it’s not overwhelming to me.

BBC book challenge quiz

how many have you read?

Take the quiz above and see how many of these 100 BBC books you’ve read.

I have read fifteen.

Below is the list.  It’s long.  The quiz is easier to read through.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
3
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (All)
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (All)
5
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
6
The Bible
The Bible
7
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
8
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
9
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
12
Tess of the D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
14
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Complete Works of Shakespeare
15
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
19
The Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Middlemarch – George Eliot
21
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
23
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
26
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
29
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
31
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
32
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34
Emma – Jane Austen
Emma – Jane Austen
35
Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Persuasion (Jane Austen)
36
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
37
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
38
Captain Corelli's Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
  41
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell
42
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
46
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
49
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
50
Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
51
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
53
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
55
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
58
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
59
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
60
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
61
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
63
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
67
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding)
69
Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Dracula – Bram Stoker
73
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson
74
Notes From a Small Island - Bill Bryson
Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
75
Ulysses - James Joyce
Ulysses – James Joyce
76
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
77
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78
Germinal – Emile Zola
Germinal – Emile Zola
79
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80
Possession (Byatt)
Possession (Byatt)

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Butt Atlas (David Mitchell)
83
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
84
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
85
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
86
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87
Charlotte's Web - EB White (E.B. White)
Charlotte’s Web – EB White (E.B. White)
88
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
89
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90
The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92
The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Exupery
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery
93
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94
Watership Down - Richard Adams
Watership Down – Richard Adams
95
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
99
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
100
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Growing Horns

growing horns

The above linked article talks about the hazards of screen time.  Specifically handheld devices, such as cell phones.

Similar to a heel spur, the ligaments in the neck are pulling on the bone in the skull, so that a similar “horn” is growing at the base of the skull.  Supposedly, those who get the bone growth can probably feel it if they touch the base of their skulls.

It surprises me that reading isn’t a culprit.  I guess that people read in more varied positions than cellphone users.  Or, maybe there aren’t as many avid readers to test?

Could you read 500 500 page books in a year?

If you were paid 500 million dollars to read 500 – 500 page books in 1 year , do you think you could do it?

500 books in a year is 1.36 books a day.  500 pages would take about 5 hours, maybe ten, depending on the distraction level and difficulty.  So, assuming 10 hours a book, that would be 14 hours a day reading.

Add 8 hours a day for sleep, you get 22 hours.  2 hours to do EVERYTHING else.

If I got a portion of the money ahead of time and was able to stop working and hire someone to take care of cooking, cleaning, driving, errands, etc, sure, I could do it, assuming I chose the books.  There are too many life admin things to take care of otherwise.

10 Tips to Reading More Books — Read ’em and Weep

I loved this article!  I get asked all the time about how I find time to read.  I see that another blogger uses a lot of the same techniques that I do.  I have followed this blogger to keep hearing other tips and tricks.

 

Happy Saturday, everyone! Boy, am I glad it’s the weekend… I love my job, but I’ve been absolutely swamped and extremely stressed out. I’m going to enjoy this weekend and miss it when it’s gone. Also, I’m a day late, but happy March! It’s hard to believe we’re already on the third month of 2019. […]

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