Monday, June 30, 2014

June 2014 Books

Drum roll.... Announcing the June books!


  • Five Minutes on Mondays by Alan Lurie (which I read on Wednesdays this month)
  •  Almost finished the The Lost City of Z by David Grann  (still inspired by the unfinished  Amazon Lily handcream on my nightstand)
  • Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (let the summer fun reading commence!)
  • Fluent in Faith:  A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language (part-way through this interesting read) 
  • Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts (boring - predictable)
  • River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz 
  • Mad About A Boy by Helen Fielding (which confirms I don't like the Bridget Jones "story")


Earlier this month, I also discovered an interesting list from Amazon on 100 books everyone should read at some point in their life, which I will now be cross-referencing. So far, in my lifetime, I've read these books from the list:
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  4. 1984
  5. Charlotte's Web
  6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (FYI amazing non-fiction)
  7. Harry Potter (the whole series)
  8. The Great Gatsby (a favorite)
  9. Little Women (grand favorite)
  10. Jane Eyre (wrote a published college paper on that one)
  11. Gone with the Wind (first movie I saw in a theater, age 3; first real novel I read, age 10)
  12. The Catcher in the Rye (I thought him whiny)
  13. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  14. The Help
  15. The Grapes of Wrath (didn't like)
  16. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (adored - have whole series, twice)
  17. Lord of the Flies (didn't like)
  18. Hamlet 
  19. A Tale of Two Cities (Hate Dickens, it shows that he was paid by the word)
  20. A Wrinkle in Time (loved - have the whole set)
  21. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  22. A Christmas Carol (See above comment on sickens)
  23. Of Mice and Men (ditto Grapes of Wrath)
  24. The Secret Garden (childhood favorite)
  25. Romeo and Juliet
  26. The Handmaiden's Tale
  27. The Little Prince
  28. Wuthering Heights
  29. Anne of Green Gables (whole set - loved as a child)
  30. Macbeth
  31. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  32. Frankenstein
  33. The Holy Bible
  34. The Count of Monte Cristo
  35. The Color Purple
  36. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  37. Catch-22
  38. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  39. Anna Karenina (way too drawn out)
  40. Ender's Game
  41. Great Expectations (enough of the Dickens', please!)
  42. Rebecca
  43. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  44. The Princess Bride
  45. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  46. Life of Pi
  47. Les Miserables (like the book - but NOT the play, ever)
  48. The Scarlet Letter
  49. Dracula
  50. The Raven
  51. One Hundred Years of Solitude (adored)
  52. The Odyssey
  53. The Glass Castle
  54. Beloved
  55. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life
  56. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (a family favorite)
(If it's not listed - I didn't read it - aka LOTR! And I "cheated" a bit by listing series just once rather than by individual books as typing a list can be boring.)

Take-away - What are you reading? Should I be reading it?


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