Books, books, books! Mostly a collection of reviews and lists for reading challenges.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Fill in the Gaps--100 Books Project (12/31/15)
OK, so in a nutshell this challenge invites you to make a list of up to 100 books that you really want to get around to reading, and then read at least 75% of them in the next five years. I plan on starting on January 1, 2010, and thereby finishing by December 31, 2015. More details can be found here. My list is tentative; I might change it before the challenge starts, and I don't have 100 books yet, but here is the start:
1. Everything is Illuminated 2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 3. Fever Pitch 4. Life of Pi 5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time 6. High Fidelity 7. Slaughterhouse 5 8. Fight Club 9. Rose Madder 10. Umney's Last Case 11. Storm of the Century 12. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 13. The Colorado King 14. Just After Sunset 15. A Confederacy of Dunces 16. The Witches of Eastwick 17. A Handful of Dust 18. The Woman in White 19. Get Shorty 20. The Bourne Identity 21. V 22. Song of Solomon 23. Jazz 24. The Bell Jar 25. Possession 26. One Hundred Years of Solitude 27. Love in the Time of Cholera 28. The Kite Runner 29. For Whom the Bell Tolls 30. Their Eyes Were Watching God 31. The Unbearable Lightness of Being 32. Lady Chatterly's Lover 33. Women in Love 34. Atonement 35. Tropic of Cancer 36. Gone With the Wind 37. Gilead 38. Crash 39. Fahrenheit 451 40. Childhood's End 41. Dune 42. The Haunting of Hill House 43. His Dark Materials 44. The Satanic Verses 45. The Hobbit 46. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 47. Things Fall Apart 48. Uncle Tom's Cabin 49. Bleak House 50. Middlemarch 51. A Passage to India 52. Trainspotting 53. Journey to the Center of the Earth 54. L'Morte D'Arthur 55. A Short History of Nearly Everything 56. Her Fearful Symmetry
For as long as she can remember, Lisa Litberg has loved to write. Over the years she has amassed quite a collection of short stories and poetry, but Free is her first novel. A high school teacher for 15 years, she tries to empower her urban students with the written word. When she isn’t writing or teaching, Lisa might be dancing, singing with a cover band or performing her own songs with a guitar, but it’s more likely she’s hanging out in her Chicago apartment with her son Trevor watching The Walking Dead.
"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." (Atticus, To Kill a Mockingbird;Harper Lee) "But maybe the last part of the symphony was the music she loved the best--glad and like the greatest people in the world running and springing up in a hard, free way. Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be. The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen." (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers)
"Dark of the invisible moon. The nights now only slightly less black. By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp." (The Road; Cormac McCarthy)
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Douglas Adams)
"I ought not to have listened to her," he confided to me one day. "One never ought to listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance. Mine perfumed all my planet. But I did not know how to take pleasure in all her grace. This tale of claws, which disturbed me so much, should only have filled my heart with tenderness and pity."
And he continued his confidences: "The fact is that I did not know how to understand anything! I ought to have judged by deeds and not by words. She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little strategems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her..." (The Little Prince; Anton de Saint-Exupery)
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. (Betting on the Muse; Charles Bukowski)
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. (Tom Robbins)
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. (The Prophet; Kahlil Gibran)
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. (C.S. Lewis)
"For in a swift radiance of illumination he saw a glimpse of human struggle and of valor. Of the endless fluid passage of humanity through endless time. And of those who labor and of those who--one word--love." (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers)