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message 1: by Kristel (last edited Oct 27, 2019 12:35PM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
1. Sometimes a Great Notion - Kesey
2. The Three Musketeers - Dumas
3. Moby-Dick or, The Whale - Melville
4. Billy Budd, Sailor - Melville
5. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
6. Nana - Émile Zola
7. A Severed Head - Murdoch
8. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - McCoy
9. Inland - Murnane
10. Pale Fire - Nabokov
11. Oliver Twist - Dickens
12. Money: A Suicide Note - Amis
13. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
14. The Girls of Slender Means
15. A Tale of a Tub
16. Gulliver's Travels
17. American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
18. Dead Souls - Golgol
19. Summer by Edith Wharton
20. The Glimpses of the Moon - Wharton
21. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ - Wallace
22. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Bronte
23. Brave New World - Huxley
24. The Cider House Rules

books cut June 2019
The Child in Time - McEwan
Agnes Grey
Typical
Heather Blazing


message 2: by Hilde (new)

Hilde (hilded) | 342 comments An ambitious list it seems like, good luck:)


message 3: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Hilde wrote: "An ambitious list it seems like, good luck:)"

I am running out of the shorter books so it was hard picking out books this time. My longer books are audios and I can do those faster then actual books because I can get other things done while listening.


message 4: by Hilde (new)

Hilde (hilded) | 342 comments I agree, audio is great for those chunksters!


message 5: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
#7 January is The Severed Head.


message 6: by Liz M (new)

Liz M | 194 comments Kristel wrote: "#7 January is The Severed Head."

This was one of my favorite books from last year. But I am partial to Iris Murdoch.


message 7: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Liz M wrote: "Kristel wrote: "#7 January is The Severed Head."

This was one of my favorite books from last year. But I am partial to Iris Murdoch."

I like Murdoch too but she is an author to savor.


message 8: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Finished A Severed Head by Murdoch and posted my review in 1001 Reviews. Not my favorite Murdoch.


message 9: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Finished A Tale of a Tub, what a chore unless falling asleep is what you want.


message 10: by Kristel (last edited Mar 03, 2019 05:18AM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Finished Billy Budd, Sailor. Quick and I enjoyed it. Will read it again. Review posted in 1001 Reviews folder.


message 11: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
May #1, Sometimes a Great Notion.


message 12: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Finished Sometimes a Great Notion for May TBR and enjoyed it a lot, here is my review; My second novel by Ken Kesey and the author's second novel published in 1964. It tells the story of a logging family in Oregon. They are a small logging operation that works independent of larger operations selling to a local mill. This is set in the fifties/sixties and there is movement to unionize and the Stamper family is blocking progress in the opinion of the people in the community.

Kesey took the title from the song "Goodnight, Irene", popularized by Lead Belly.

Sometimes I lives in the country
Sometimes I lives in the town
Sometimes I haves a great notion
To jump into the river an' drown

I enjoyed this study of family, of Oregon, and of logging. The book features the father Henry who started the operation and his two sons, half brothers Hank and Leland. There is a long standing animosity between the two brothers. Leland, who has lived out east, has returned to exact revenge on his brother Hank.

The story is a bit hard to follow perhaps as there are many shifting POV. I listened to the audio, read by one person, and that made it a little harder at times to know who was speaking (or thinking) but over all I was able to engage with this story. I think I like it even better than his well known novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

There are many great lines in this book. I didn't get a chance to write them down but I did bookmark the section where the different kinds of water fowl are contemplated and it was so very good. Widgeons, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Cinnamon Teal, Brandts, and Canada Honkers.


message 13: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
finished Moby Dick, review in 1001 reviews. Glad i finally read this one.


message 14: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
finished The Cider House Rules, review posted in 1001 reviews folder.


message 15: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Finished Vile Bodies, review posted in 1001 reviews.


message 16: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Completed October TBR Summer


message 17: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
I did finish my November book, They Shoot Horses, Don't They. My December book is The Girls of Slender Means.


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