Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Digital Library Consortium, Anyone?

Hi All!

I've 'read' several books lately, mostly because I found my state library's "consortium" which is a different bird than our state library system. It's the "go to" place for all things electronic: audio, video and ebook. They have items in their system that I'm unable to obtain at my local library - and all it takes to borrow is my current library card!

Thus, I've been able to obtain several classics on audio (and many new books, too!) which I've been able to enjoy during my 2+ hour daily commute.

I'm in Maryland, but perhaps other states have them as well? Just thought I'd pass on the tip.

Is everyone gearing up their summer reading? I'm finding that I'm re-ordering my "next to read" list based on the season and where I might be when I'm reading. Does anyone else do that?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


MY THOUGHTS: What do you do with all your broken things? Throw them away? Do you ever wonder what happens to them? Beware, they may go somewhere else and become a city. This what Un Lun Dun is all about. Imagination, at it's best. Umbrella's are Unbrella's. Milk cartons are pets. Old cars, windows and just about anything you can think of can become something. Where does this happen? In UnLondon of course. And UnLondon is being talked by Smog Monster. There is only one person or maybe two who can save UnLondon. Zanna and Deeba find out what's going on in UnLondon but there are people there who doesn't want Zanna and Deeba there. They send Zanna and Deeba back to London. Zanna's memory of UnLondon is wiped clean but Deeba still remembers and she finds her way back to UnLondon to help. They have to find the UnGun to help the city. They have to get it away from WebMinister Abby and the WebWindows. They then have to figure out how it works. Does Debba save the city? Who'll have to read the book to find out. Really great book. Full of all kinds of adventure and imagination. You can see my full review at my place, Just Books.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I'm back!

I've put this gap-filling project on hold while I drag myself through the final stages of my degree, but as of next Friday I am all done (I HOPE), so it's time for me to get back into this!

Trouble is, I don't know where to start. My mental state is in no condition to tackle anything too difficult right now (Iliad!), so I wanted to ask you guys - what book should I read next?

Here's where I'm at right now:

  1. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  2. The Iliyad - Homer
  3. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  4. The Power of One - Bryce Courtney
  5. Ulysses - James Joyce
  6. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  7. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  8. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  9. Lady Chatterley's Lover - DH Lawrence
  10. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  11. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  12. The Boat - Nam Le
  13. My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin
  14. Carpentaria - Alexis Wright
  15. Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey
  16. Dirt Music - Tim Winton
  17. Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
  18. 1984 - George Orwell
  19. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  20. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  21. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  22. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  23. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  24. The White Earth - Andrew McGhan
  25. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  26. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  27. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  28. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  29. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  30. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  31. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  32. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
  33. Everything I Knew - Peter Goldsworthy
  34. Wanting - Richard Flannagan
  35. A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz
  36. Schindlers Ark - Thomas Kennally
  37. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  38. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
  39. The Eye in the Door - Pat Barker
  40. The Ghost Road - Pat Barker
  41. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
  42. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  43. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  44. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchel
  45. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  46. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  47. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  48. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  49. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  51. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
  52. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  53. 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  54. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  55. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  56. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  57. The Monkeys Mask - Dorothy Porter
  58. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  59. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  60. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  61. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  62. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  63. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  64. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  65. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  66. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
  67. Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  68. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
  69. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  70. The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
  71. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
  72. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  73. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
  74. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
  75. The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
  76. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  77. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  78. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
  79. Tbe Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
  80. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  81. The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
  82. March - Geraldine Brooks
  83. The Thornbirds - Colleen McCullough
  84. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
  85. Middlesex -Jeffrey Eugenides
  86. Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
  87. The House of Spirits - Isabel Allende
  88. Sophie’s Choice - William Styron
  89. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
  90. The Gathering - Anne Enright
  91. Life & Times of Michael K - J M Coetzee
  92. The Sea – John Banville
  93. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  94. The Divine Comedy - Dante
  95. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  96. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  97. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  98. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  99. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  100. Breakfast at Tiffanys - Truman Capote