Saturday, May 19, 2012

Michelle (3M) at 1morechapter's Progress

Michelle (3M) from 1morechapter here. Wowsers. I just realized that I have less than two years to  finish at least 75% of this list. Reading 46 titles in two years is very doable. I just regret that I haven't gotten further along by now. One of the reasons is personal issues in 2010 that made me forego reading more than I should have. Hope to get back on track now, though. I didn't review all that I read, either, but there are some that are linked below.
Happy reading, everyone!
Bold titles have been read.
  1. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1001)
  2. War and Peace by Tolstoy (1001)
  3. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (1001)
  4. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1001)
  5. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (1001)
  6. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann (1001)
  7. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (1001)
  8. Unless by Carol Shields (1001)
  9. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1001)
  10. Memoirs of a Geisha by Golden (1001)
  11. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt (1001)
  12. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera (1001)
  13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (1001)
  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (1001)
  15. Kafka on the Shore by Murakami (1001)
  16. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Murakami (1001)
  17. Cry, the Beloved Country by Paton (1001)
  18. Labrynthes by Borges (1001)
  19. Ficciones by Borges (1001)
  20. The Hobbit by Tolkien (1001)
  21. Out of Africa by Denison (1001)
  22. Brave New World by Huxley (1001)
  23. Summer by Edith Wharton (1001)
  24. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1001)
  25. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1001)
  26. Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler (Pulitzer)
  27. A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley (Pulitzer)
  28. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Pulitzer)
  29. Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Pulitzer)
  30. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Pulitzer)
  31. American Pastoral by Philip Roth (Pulitzer)
  32. A Confederacy of Dunces by Toole (Pulitzer)
  33. The Good Earth by Buck (Pulitzer)
  34. So Big by Ferber (Pulitzer)
  35. Gone with the Wind by Mitchell (Pulitzer)
  36. Lonesome Dove by McMurtry (Pulitzer)
  37. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (Pulitzer)
  38. Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (Pulitzer)
  39. one title from 2010-2013 Pulitzers (Tinkers)
  40. second title from 2010-2013 Pulitzers
  41. one title from 2009-2013 Bookers (The Sense of an Ending)
  42. second title from 2009-2013 Bookers
  43. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (Booker)
  44. Remains of the Day by Ishiguro (Booker)
  45. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (Booker)
  46. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally (Booker)
  47. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (Booker)
  48. Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (Booker)
  49. Possession by A.S. Byatt (Booker)
  50. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Orange)
  51. Small Island by Andrea Levy (Orange)
  52. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Orange)
  53. The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville (Orange)
  54. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (Orange)
  55. The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Orange)
  56. Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset (Nobel laureate)
  57. Doctor Zhivago by Pasternak (Nobel laureate)
  58. Blindness by Saramago (Nobel laureate)
  59. The Piano Teacher by Jelinek (Nobel laureate)
  60. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof (Nobel laureate)
  61. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (Nobel laureate)
  62. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (Nobel laureate)
  63. Home by Marilynne Robinson (NYT/Orange)
  64. The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (NYT)
  65. Intuition by Allegra Goodman (NYT)
  66. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (NYT)
  67. Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis (NYT)
  68. The Inhabited World by David Long (NYT)
  69. The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin (NYT)
  70. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Chabon (NYT)
  71. Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Vol. 2 (classic)
  72. Anne of Windy Poplars by Montgomery (classic)
  73. Anne’s House of Dreams by Montgomery (classic)
  74. Anne of Ingleside by Montgomery (classic)
  75. Rainbow Valley by Montgomery (classic)
  76. Rilla of Ingleside by Montgomery (classic)
  77. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (sci-fi classic)
  78. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (sci-fi classic)
  79. Our Horses in Egypt by Belben (James Tait Black Prize)
  80. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (PEN/Hemingway)
  81. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (Hugo)
  82. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (Nebula)
  83. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize)
  84. Outlander by Gil Adamson (Books in Canada First Novel Award)
  85. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (Books in Canada First Novel Award)
  86. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian in translation)
  87. Periodic Table by Primo Levi (Italian in translation)
  88. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French in translation)
  89. The Character of Rain by Nothomb (French in translation)
  90. Sulphuric Acid by Nothomb (French in translation)
  91. The Oxford Murders by Martinez (Spanish in translation)
  92. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
  93. The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy
  94. History of Love by Krauss
  95. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer & Barrows
  96. In the Woods by Tana French
  97. Petropolis by Anya Ulinich
  98. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  99. The Thing Around Your Neck by Adichie
  100. The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

Summary: Rachel is a missionary kid living in British East Africa. The year is 1919 and The Great War is far from her, but a different kind of war dramatically changes her life and all that she has known for the past 13 years. Influenza has advanced and in its wake, it takes both her parents, who are mission doctors. Rachel has to trust her British neighbors, who she believes is dishonest. They take her in and send her to England. Her body maybe in England, but her heart is not. Her one desire is to return to the land that she calls home, Africa. 

My Thoughts: I've never been to Africa, so I can't tell you if the descriptions were accurate, but I can tell you that they were detailed. You could see and hear it, which I loved about this book. The other part that I liked is that Rachel is a third culture kid. I live overseas and have three TCKs of my own, so I could relate to some of the feelings she had when leaving Africa and adjusting to life in England. 

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