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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – My Books. My Reading List. My Summer Project.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – My Books My Reading List My Summer Project

On June 21, I reached 50. My goal is 60 by August 31.

I want to see how many of the 100 Great Reads I can read.


This is quite doable. When the list was released in May I could check off 45 as having read. Thank you, but do not be impressed. Remember I have lots of sheepskins on the wall and all of them are liberal arts related. That is what liberal arts majors do – we read.

With my number of books rating (five books = excellent and 1 = Just OK) here are the five I read in June.

Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya – 4 Books. Good story and good insight into Chicano culture.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – 5 Books – Loved it. An imagination stretched, but really funny.

The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton – 4 books. Should be read by every teenager and every adult who was once a teenager.

Thing Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe – 1 Book. Even though I did not care for this book, it does give insight into precolonial Africa.

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls – 5 books. A boy, two dogs, coon hunting and the South – what more can you ask for? I cried reading the book; cannot imagine the movie. If you ever loved your dog, you will cry too.

So what’s on the list for July?

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Even if you are not as ambitious as I, find a book on the list and go escape from the world for a while. You can escape to any time period, any culture or even any galaxy with tales of love, passion and justice. Have I read a favorite of yours, yet?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Calling All Bibliophiles and Especially Librarians, Literature and History Teachers.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Calling All Bibliophiles and Especially Librarians, Literature and History Teachers.

Get those readers on and the bifocals focusing. Activate those library cards! It is time for the Great American Read!


The Late Buddy T. Cat.

On May 22, PBS showed the first of an eight-part series exploring and celebrating the power of reading. The Great American Read is 100 best-loved novels chosen in a national survey. It explores what these 100 books say about our great diversity and the human experience we share.

The genres displayed are as varied as readers are. The books are children’s and young adult books, science fiction novels, dystopian worlds, banned books, Pulitzer Prize winners, books by women who had to use their initials to get published, the classics you read in high school and college and just about every book you meant to read at some point.

These are the books that made a significant difference in your life. One is urged to reread some of the books based when you read it high school or college and compare to what you know and have experienced now.

And we get to vote on our favorites. While one only gets to vote once per day, you can vote for as many books as you desire until the end of summer. The finale will air with the number one selected book.

You can also download the list and check those you have read and determine those you will read next.

I thought I was pretty well read, but I have only read 45 of the books listed. I bought five on the list today. My goal is have read 50% of the list by the end of summer. Hint: Start with the juvenile fiction; they are short.

I have already selected the book that I think will be the most powerful book on the list. I am not giving the title, because I have more to read, but unless my bookmarks get blown away, I have chosen my book.

And before I close this chapter, let me rant momentarily.

Whoever thought Fifty Shade of Grey should be on this list should have to read War and Peace twice for punishment. Tell me how this POS and waste of trees made the list and The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck did not!

Happy Reading.