Howl's Moving Castle
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
The Magician's Nephew
The Lord of the Rings
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set
The Once and Future King
Flame Of Recca, Volume 1 (Flame of Recca
The Return of the King
The Two Towers
Signet Classics The Inferno
Picture of Dorian Gray
The Book Thief
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Hangman's Daughter
Alice I Have Been

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Break from Reviews: Thoughts on Monday Morning

For those of you who don't know me, I feel I should begin by saying that I am a teacher, and that I live in a state that just got a ton of snow. A TON. We missed 4 days of school last week, which means this is the first time I have had to work in a week, the first time I've had to be up at a particular time in a week, and the first time I've really had to think about something other than reading books and blogging in a week. WOW.

I had a wonderful lot of fun with all of my free time, including really getting my blog started, redesigning it, joining a bunch of book challenges, and reading book reviews on other blogs. If you haven't looked closely, I'm in 9 book challenges. Last night, in an effort to forget that I had to work today, I planned out what I'm going to read for each of them. That was an interesting endeavor, but it's something I'm glad I did. I figured out where my overlaps were, what I would need to purchase or borrow, and just what sounded interesting. I think I'll edit this post when I get home and show you my choices.

One surprising thing I enjoyed while doing this was looking up the nationalities of authors. For example, Oscar Wilde is a personal favorite of mine, and I had no idea he was Irish! I also realized that I couldn't have named an Australian author or book to save my soul. When I get it posted, check out my list and see what you think!

Book Challenge Planning to Read
Nordic: (written by a Nordic author or taking place in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and/or Sweden)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

British: Books by British authors The White Queen, The Red Queen, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Wuthering Heights

Global: (Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, +1 from a "continent" of your choice) Haunting Jasmine (Asia), Like Water for Chocolate (South/Central America), Oscar and Lucinda (Australia), Snow Crash (Seventh Continent), The Yacoubian Building (Africa)

Eastern Europe
: (Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Belarus, Estonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, Moldova, and Kosovo.)
War and Peace, Three Sisters, Crime and Punishment, Dracula,
Historical Fiction: Any historical fiction The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Name of the Rose
Ireland: (written by Irish author or taking place in Ireland) The Irish Princess, Dracula

South Asian
: (written by South Asian author or taking place in South Asia [Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives])
Haunting Jasmine

Memorable Memoirs
: Any memoir

Thin, Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood, Intern

any novel with Gothic characteristics

Wuthering Heights, Northanger Abbey, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Holmes), Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jane Eyre, The Name of the Rose, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


  1. Hi. Stopped over here on your blog from my blog. Your blog looks great, and I read your reviews...nice. I wish you a great week as you acclimate back into the daily grind of work, and I wish you fabulous fun as you complete your challenges. I have heard about The Irish Princess; looks interesting,and I may read it. I have had The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on my to read list for a long time now....must read it. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  2. Michelle what a fun and diverse list! I love Oscar Wilde..."True friends stab you in the front."

  3. Hi there. I just stumbled upon your blog and am really enjoying it. I'll have to stop by again.

    You got some great books on your list here. I'm planning on reading several of them myself this year. Also, I really hope you enjoy "Oscar and Lucinda." It's a new favorite of mine!