Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Big Read - 200 of the most popular books

This morning I was going through the blogs I read as usual and I found this over at Reading Life and was instantly intrigued and wanted to know how many of these books I had read.  And possibly add the rest to my TBR list (not like it's not long enough).

The Big Read is a survey on books carried out by the BBC in the United Kingdom in 2003.  Over three-quarters of a million votes were received.  This list of the 200 most popular books from the survey comes from Wikipedia.

47/200 not that great, I feel like there is a few more that I think I have read but I don't quite remember so I did not cross them off.  I wish I had Goodreads long ago.  Time to start reading I guess.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Middlemarch by George Eliot
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Dune by Frank Herbert
Emma by Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Stand by Stephen King
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Magus by John Fowles
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Perfume by Patrick Süskind
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Ulysses by James Joyce
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
The Twits by Roald Dahl
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Holes by Louis Sachar
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Magician by Raymond E. Feist
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Katherine by Anya Seton
Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
The Beach by Alex Garland
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Shōgun by James Clavell
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
It by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Papillon by Henri Charrière
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
River God by Wilbur Smith
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Silas Marner by George Eliot
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
The Truth by Terry Pratchett
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

Friday, June 24, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things: June 24 2016

Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating two of my close friends getting married on Sunday.  Yay!

Also celebrating the school year coming to a close.

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday: June 23, 2016

This Sunday, June 26 two of my close friends will tie the knot and I inadvertently introduced them by convincing them both to come out with me one Halloween.  Anyway, I will be maid of honor in this wedding so today in honor of throwback Thursday I thought I would look back over my friendship with the bride.

I have many more pictures of us but some of them are truly not flattering. :)  Congratulations Jackie and Jason on your upcoming wedding, I wish you all of the best.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Witch's #JourneyTour


Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?


I really enjoyed this book, Pepper is a very interesting character and I enjoyed watching her journey though the book.  The love story was not too over powering and the wildlife center was a good background for things.  I feel that it put a good idea in there for people to care about saving animals, nice touch.

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle.  Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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There is a giveaway for this tour. Digital Copy of “Charm Me” by Tena Stetler (1); Digital Copy of “A Demon’s Witch” by Tena Stetler; $10 Amazon G.C. (1); $5 Amazon G.C. (2). Ends 7/1. Open Internationally. Void where Prohibited.

Monday, June 20, 2016

When Lucifer Met Calamity Review

Take a chance on Love, Laughter…and Lucifer.

Lucifer: “Tell me, how does such a little woman manage to keep up so much trouble in such a short space of time?”

All Hell Breaks ‘Luce’ – When fate brings them together in a joint take-down of a common enemy, they get a chance at romance. But oh what a tangled tale that is conceived, when the lady plots to mislead. Calamity’s got her own set of rules…and while she’s willing to give the sexy lawyer a shot, a girl’s got to have a back-up plan in case things go sideways. Right?

This book dealt with the very serious issue of sexual harassment at work in a very fun and light hearted way. Why take a chance with karma? Why not get even with your boss right?  I found it to be a n interesting read.  Lots of action and great characters.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things: June 17, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

I have been MIA for a while, since before the A to Z Challenge, I have not been feeling the blogging bug so I have just been doing my book posts and ignoring the blog.  We spent the weekend away and after the short R & R I have gotten my grove back so to speak.  Yay!

Also on my list of celebrations this week is Cat's performance in the choir for Blanche Niege at school yesterday.  She has been practicing for months and it really paid off.

Before Rehersal
What are you celebrating this week?