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Margaret | 173 comments First, wow! I'm the first to post new reading goals for the New Year? Cool,maybe I'm off to a good start. Since I achieved my Pike's Peak Challenge and I still had about a dozen books left over that you guys recommended to me I've decided to kick off the year starting with those:

1) Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag (recommended by Miranda and also my current read)
2) Deeper Than Dead by Tami Hoag (recommended by Miranda)
3) The Great Santini by Pat Conroy (recommended by Miranda)

4) Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (recommended by Hannah)
5) Hound of Baskersville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (recommended by Hannah)
6) Dracula by Bram Stoker (recommended by Hannah)
7) Frenchman's Creek by Daphne DuMaurier (recommended by Hannah)

8) Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (recommended by MichelleCH)
9) Suffer the Children by John Saul (recommended by MichelleCH)

10) A Drink Before the War by Dennis LeHane (recommended by Sam)
11) Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (recommended by Sam)
12) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (recommended by Sam) *I would just like to say this is one book I have NEVER looked forward to reading just because my whole life I despised the movie which in my opinion had The Lamest Ending Of All Time. "I know! I'll think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day!" ...Really??! A three hour movie can't have a better resolution than that? Seriously??...Oy...

Okay, what the heck? This guy isn't even on GR but as soon as he found out I own the following books he insisted that I read them both:

13) Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck(recommended by a family friend)
14) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller(recommended by same friend)

Eleven more to go. I want recommendations from you guys just like last year except this time I want recommendations based off authors that I own (Own-And-Someday-Read) 10 or more books and yet have never read a single one. Under "My Books" I have every single book tagged by author so it's easy to just look to the left hand side, see an author's name and the number of books I have in parenthesis. Unfortunately, there are quite a few authors I collect and yet I have never gotten around to reading a single one of their books: Lillian Jackson Braun, Rosamund Pilcher, Maeve Binchy, both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman...just to name a few. Anyone/everyone, "order me" into reading any author whose books I have in the double-digits and yet haven't gotten around to reading a single book by them. You don't even have to tell me which book, just the author and if it's a series, I will read the earliest in the series, etc. Remember, "To-Read" is my wish list - I own none of those books. "Own and someday read", however is it's namesake, I own it but never got around to reading it.

message 2: by Willow (last edited Dec 31, 2012 03:48PM) (new)

Willow I pick Relic.

And if you want I'll even do a buddy read with you. I've been wanting to read a Pendergast book for a while. :)
Relic (Pendergast, #1) by Douglas Preston

message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 31, 2012 03:57PM) (new)

Margaret wrote: "... I want recommendations from you guys..."

Hi! I did a little comparison of our lists and have come up with a couple of recommendations from your "Own-And-Someday-Read" list:

Beat the Reaper (by Josh Bazell) - This book literally had me screaming, "OMG! OMG! OMG! NO! He did NOT just do THAT!" Irreverent and fun!

The Power and the GLory (by Graham Greene - Reminds me very much of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls. Take your time with it, soak it up :-)

Casino Royale (by Ian Fleming) - The first and arguably the best of the Bond novels. Unlike Hollywood's Bonds, Ian Fleming's Bond is not immune to the vicissitudes of the spy trade and you never know how far Fleming will take his iconic character or those around him. Word of warning: The book was written in 1953 and contains a passage that could be construed as misogynistic. Though I prefer to put it in the context of the times and roll with it, others' Politically Incorrect buttons may be pushed.

Columbine (by Dave Cullen) - A lot of what the public "knows" about that fateful day is fodder that the media mis-reported in their eagerness to get news out. This non-fic is the result of ten years of research and couldn't be more timely in light of recent events in Newtown.

Madame Bovary (by Gustave Flaubert) - One of my favorite Classics. It still kills me that my DH doesn't "get it!" I look plaintively at him, "If you don't get Madame Bovary, that means you don't get meee!"

The Bad Beginning (by Lemony Snicket) - LOL, On the cover and before you even get into the story, Dan Handler warns you that this is not a HEA story and yet, I was still surprised that it didn't end HEA! I guess hope springs eternal as I'm on the fourth novel in the series myself! :-)

1984 (by George Orwell) - Amazingly prescient novel. Orwell was really only off by twenty years... I know you don't own it yet, but The Handmaid's Tale (by Margaret Atwood) is also another book of uncanny foresight. Both are very much Speculative Fiction (something that could definitely happen/has happened) as opposed to the robots and flying saucers variety of Science Fiction.

Twilight (by Stephanie Meyer) - I absolutely loved this first title in the quartet of books, but perhaps only because I was a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and was in a desperate need of a vampire fix after the show went off the air. It's worth noting that I liked New Moon less and Eclipse much, much less and that I can't even bring myself to open up Breaking Dawn.

See you in 2013!

message 4: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 173 comments Oh then I'll bump up "Relic". I make buddy reads a priority. As soon as I finish Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag I'll let you know, even give you a day or so notice before hand. Just keep in mind my work hours are a little crazy at the moment so that's slowed down my reading Big Time! I should (I really, really, hope!) be done with my current read no later than this weekend. :)

message 5: by Willow (new)

Willow Margaret wrote: "Oh then I'll bump up "Relic". I make buddy reads a priority. As soon as I finish Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag I'll let you know, even give you a day or so notice before hand. Just keep in mind my wo..."

Yay! That's great! Thank you! Let's make it for Feburary. I have two buddy reads coming up. One starting tomorrow and then another right after. :)

message 6: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 173 comments Okay then. That will work too. :)

message 7: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 173 comments Tanya/dog eared copy wrote: "Margaret wrote: "... I want recommendations from you guys..."

Hi! I did a little comparison of our lists and have come up with a couple of recommendations from your "Own-And-Someday-Read" list:


Oh wow! I love your recommendations! Also love how you had something to say on each one.:) Actually, I do now own 1984, I just haven't gotten around to updating that one. (I got it before 2013 so it sooo counts for this challenge!) Don't you just love that "compare books" feature. It's my favorite on GR! :) I have so much more to say to you but unfortunately...I've run out of time and have to eat, get ready for work, etc. *Night shift! But will respond more in the morning or afternoon. Promise!

message 8: by Willow (new)

Willow Oh wow, was Relic already on you list? LOLOL
I'm such a goof. I was just going through your "Own and someday read" list and saw it. :D

message 9: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 173 comments That's okay, now I have someone to read it with. ;-)

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Bev started a new group for the 2013 challenge!

message 11: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 173 comments Oops! Jumped the gun, didn't I? LOL! Hey, does this mean I can use this as my first opportunity to "play petty" this year? (ahem-ahem)

Goodbye cruel group! I've had enough! I'm going to drop you and join Mount TBR 2013 instead. That'll show ya!

Hehehehe! :)

message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

You're being silly... :P Time to get out of this group!

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