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I am well read? Oh really? There are some books on thi slist by the BBC that I may, maybe, possibly, I think I may have read in high school. However, the BBC only thinks that most people have read maybe 6 on this list..
The BBC has an esteemed list of books they think every person should read before they die. A bucket list of literature, if you will. So get checking … how many of this list have you already tackled? Are any on your own personal “to-read list?” And are there any on the list you think shouldn’t even be on it? Keep in mind this list may be a little bit biased, being from the BBC and all.
1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma -Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Inferno – Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Well, okay, if the American Film Institute says so, but how many of these have you personally seen? A few years back, Hubby and I started collecting these movies. We located and purchased 10, but never did watch them. I think for 2017, we are going to add these to our Netflix list, and get to watching. I will keep you posted.
And before you write me a nasty note, no, I have not seen The Godfather or Star Wars. I will get there though…promise (wink).
AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME
AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition is an updated edition to AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, a list of the top 100 greatest American films of all time.
Honoring the 10th anniversary of this award-winning series, a jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians determined that CITIZEN KANE remained the greatest movie of all time. The television special AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition originally aired on CBS on June 20, 2007.
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I LOVE THIS SERIES!
I set out to write something different and was amazed at the direction this series ended up taking me. It has been well over two years, but the vision is finally coming to life. Before I get into the the details, I want to tell you about the vision and the journey to the finished products.
Initially when I discussed the idea with my inner circle, it was met with a few reservations. If the people who knew me and writing style best were confused, then I needed to head back to the drawing board. My current hypotheses for a calculated success was not going to work out. it would be too big of a transition for my readers to randomly head out to Wyoming for no reason. Okay, well, let me figure this out. Instead of introducing the characters in the Serenity right away, I started with a darker story about redemption and starting over.
Enter Darlene and Daniel.
Darlene loses everything and desperately needs to start over. Her crazy, loving, and bordering on insane friend sets out to get her remarried by setting her up online to meet four men.
The fourth one is the winner.
What I love about Daniel is that he was okay to just be her friend if she didn’t choose him. In the end, everything she lost was returned threefold in the way of Jamar, Jack and a Cassandra.
These characters are bold, rich, well rounded and hilarious. You meet Jamar, whom Darlene learns is building a town in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Jamar is a lovable dude who doesn’t quite get along with Cassandra. Their interactions are priceless.
Along with Jamar, you have his right hand and partner in building Serenity, Jack Kinson who has his own secrets and reasons for coming to help Jamar build his town. I really like Jack. He says what he means and means what he says, he just says it all wrong.
I needed to tie the two books together and give the readers a feel for what Jamar was trying to accomplish as well as explain how he and Jack met. This provides a better overview of Jamar’s overall vision for the town as well as my vision for the series.
From here I was ready to build Serenity. Jamar’s list of people he needed to build the town are: A construction worker, an electrician, a farmer, a doctor, a general store owner, to name a few. Let’s add an electrician.
I already had one in my database. (Yes I keep a data base of my characters and their jobs). I took this one from my Venture, Georgia Series.
You initially meet Holden in Turning the Page, he is Janie Cimoc’s brother, who has an immediate attraction to Ethan, his brother in law’s sister. You know how my mind works. I am nuts. Tallullah Strom is an accomplished woman, a pediatrician and a catch. Holden is a freelance contractor, was raised by hippies who live in a double-wide painted with peace signs with a yard filled with garden gnomes. The gnomes are also holding peace signs.
Holden is currently available for your reading pleasure, Farmer will be available in November.
Here are the links to Holden. Happy Reading.
Come fall in love as we head back to Venture, Georgia to revisit some old friends.
Jamar Smalls built a town.
Jamar Smalls has just won the lottery. Since he was a child, somewhere in the back of his mind sat a budding vision of a very pleasant new life.
He now has 197 million ways to make his dream come true. He starts by building a town.
Welcome to Serenity, Wyoming. Population -1.
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What would you do if you won the lottery? No, not just pay off bills, buy cars and houses and shit, think bigger. How would you make the world just a tad bit nicer?