Category Archives: 40 Series

40 Great Poems

Because this month is National Poetry Month I decided that my “40” post should be full of poems I love (see my other posts in the series.) Today is the last day of the month, so if you have squeezed any poetry in this month here’s your opportunity. Poems are listed in the order I thought of them, and links go to Poetry Foundation or Poets.org if available.

Do you have a poem you love that’s not on the list? Please drop me a comment 💬 to let me know about it. I love discovering new poetry.

40 Great Poems

  1. Sonnets from the Portuguese 1
  2. Sonnets from the Portuguese 14
  3. The Tyger
  4. Ozymandias
  5. The Magic Mountain
  6. Grief
  7. Dreams
  8. Dream Dust
  9. Dust and Rainbows
  10. Blunt (included in Say Uncle)
  11. Deferred Silence (included in Say Uncle)
  12. Blast 
  13. Robot Haikus (Not one poem but a very fun book of poems.)
  14. Darkness
  15. Jabberwocky
  16. Kubla Khan
  17. Her Strong Enchantments Failing by A E Housman
  18. The Bells
  19. A Dream Within a Dream
  20. The Conqueror Worm
  21. Love Not Me by Annomyous
  22. Hamlet’s Soliloquy
  23. Beat! Beat! Drums!
  24. Death, Be Not Proud
  25. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
  26. She Walks in Beauty
  27. Because I Could Not Stop for Death
  28. The Intro to the Pendragon Cycle (the same poem is in the opening of each book.)
  29. There is no Frigate like a Book
  30. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers by Adrienne Rich
  31. The Red Wheelbarrow
  32. This is Just to Say
  33. The Falling Flower  by Arakida Moritake
  34. Rain by Emanuel di Pasquale
  35. Life by Grace Treasone
  36. Cat
  37. Haiku in general (this is a great collection)
  38. My Little Dreams
  39. The Bookshelf of the God of Infinite Space
  40. The Road Goes Ever On

40 Sub-Genres and Types of Dystopian Society

A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening (Wikipedia.) An imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives (Merriam-Webster.) A dystopia is a fictional world where people live under a highly controlled totalitarian system. (Vocabulary.com)

There is a lot of discussion on what is or is not a dystopian society, and what fits into the genre. Today I’m throwing the net nice and wide. Seems like a good time to take a look at what’s out there in dystopian stories with all the COVID-19 craze (our state closed schools for the rest of the month.)

All of these stories (note: I’m including movies in this list) have societies that have frightening aspects, and they all have B-I-G dysfunctions. In my mind, that’s what defines a dystopia, it may look like a normal society or utopia, most of the people living there may be unaware of the dysfunctions, but when you get to the heart of it “things are rotten in the state of…”

Note: I’m only including titles I’ve read or watched. If your favorite dystopian story didn’t make the list leave me a comment!

  1. Blade Runner – Cyberpunk dystopian
  2. By the Feet of Men – Climate dystopia (see my review)
  3. Holes – Juvenile Detention dystopia
  4. Deus Irae – Post-apocalyptic dystopia
  5. Starship Troopers – Military dystopia
  6. Uglies – Beauty dystopia
  7. Numbers Game – Everybody has a score dystopia
  8. Logan’s Run – Society of Youth dystopia
  9. Firefly – Space Totalitarian dystopia
  10. The Matrix – Reality dystopia
  11. Partials – Near-extinction dystopia
  12. Hunger Games – Competition dystopia
  13. Divergent – Faction dystopia
  14. The Maze Runner – Puzzling dystopia
  15. Fury Road – Dystopia dystopia
  16. Unwind – teenagers aren’t real people dystopia
  17. Ender’s Game – Kids at war dystopia
  18. Fahrenheit 451 – Reading dystopia
  19. The Dark Tower – Wandering Gunslinger in a dystopia
  20. 1984 – Party line dystopia
  21. Powerless – Power = Privileged dystopia
  22. The Lunar Chronicles – Moon Mistress dystopia
  23. Mary Poppins – Gaslighting Nanny dystopia
  24. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – You’re forgotten dystopia
  25. Venom and Vanilla – Mythical Monster Segregation dystopia
  26. City of Ember – Escaping dystopia
  27. The Running Man – Cash Grab dystopia
  28. A Series of Unfortunate Events – No one cares properly for children dystopia
  29. The Door in the Wall – Plague caused dystopia
  30. Seventh Tower – Sun-Starved dystopia
  31. Ready Player One – Real world dystopia/ Virtual world paradise
  32. The Lathe of Heaven – Dream to dystopia
  33. Titan A.E. – Post Earth dystopia
  34. Lord of the Flies – Children run this dystopia
  35. Fight Club – Making a dystopia
  36. Equilibrium – Feelings dystopia
  37. Gattaca – Genetic dystopia
  38. Snowpiercer – Dystopia on rails
  39. NeverSea – Flooded dystopia
  40. The Scourge – What you can’t see dystopia

Whew! What a list to put together. I know I’ve left of quiet a few. What’s your favorite dystopian story? How would you define a dystopia?

Are you stuck at home because of COVID-19, if so what are you reading? Leave me a note in the comments section to let me know. ☺

40 Children’s Picture Books I Love

Once when our goddaughter was 4, I told her that I had to go to work, to which she asked “Why?” I answered her “Cause I’m a grown-up and I have to.” With a full-bellied laugh she said, “You’re not a grown-up!”

Well, when it comes to books I certainly enjoy reading more than just adult books. Children’s book still have a special magic for me. Even as the now 9-year-old goddaughter is transitioning to mostly reading chapter books I continue to enjoy reading picture books and still request them from the LibraryThing early reviewers group. In fact, that’s where a lot of these books came from. I have quite a lot of good discoveries that way.

Again I’m going to try not to repeat too many entries from my other “40 Lists.” But you can check them out here. And I am leaving out Children’s series, those might get put on another list.

40 Children’s Picture Books I Love

  1. Miss Brooks Love Books (and I don’t)
  2. I Will Not Read This Book
  3. How to Code A Sandcastle
  4. Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War
  5. Grandpa’s Top Threes
  6. Invisible Lizard
  7. Sixteen Cows
  8. John Deere, That’s Who!
  9. Christmas Farm
  10. Phone Call with a Fish
  11. What Was I Scared Of?
  12. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  13. The Gruffalo
  14. The Pink Umbrella
  15. Mud Soup
  16. Barn Storm
  17. The Potty Book for Girls
  18. Elmer
  19. The Blue Jackal
  20. A Morning With Grandpa
  21. The Shy Little Kitten
  22. The Poky Little Puppy
  23. Wake Up, Sun!
  24. Corduroy
  25. Make Way for Ducklings
  26. Llama Llama Red Pajama
  27. Olivia
  28. If You Give A Pig A Pancake
  29. The Little Engine That Could
  30. Katy The Snowplow
  31. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  32. Put Me in the Zoo
  33. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  34. The Tale of Three Trees
  35. Stone Soup
  36. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
  37. The Giving Tree
  38. The Butter Battle Book
  39. Brave As a Bunny Can Be
  40. The Mitten String

That’s my list, but really it could have been twice as long. Picking ONLY forty was pretty difficult. The field of pictures books is rich. I’d love to know if you have a favorite that I missed.

Kindle Clean Up: 40 Books I Need to Read

Continuing in my 40 Series of blog posts for my BIG 4-0 here is my list for Jan.(See the other posts here.) I’m planning on doing a Kindle Clean up in 2020. I have added a lot of great books to my Kindle in the years I’ve had it and haven’t gotten around to reading many of them.

I don’t know if I will be able to read them all this year, but I’m going to try. 😊

40 Kindle Books I Need to Read

Listed in the order they appear on my Kindle. (Also note I have 171 items 🤪 on my Kindle, these are only the top 40 I want to read.)

  1. NeverSea aka Reckless (Currently Reading)
  2. The Book on Rental Property Investing
  3. Dagger and Scythe
  4. Before the Broken Star
  5. Aerusia: Land Beyond the Sunset
  6. The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story
  7. The Light Princess
  8. Fangs and Fennel
  9. Cress
  10. The Watchmaker’s Daughter
  11. Mirror X
  12. Never: Prequel to The Amber Isle
  13. A Darker Shade of Magic
  14. Underground
  15. Dividing Eden
  16. The Neverland Wars
  17. Lady of Sherwood
  18. Steamborn
  19. Warning Call
  20. The Narrowing Path
  21. Ruby’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
  22. Goddess of War
  23. Colorless
  24. City of Shadows
  25. The Sea Queen
  26. Chan’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
  27. Children of Avalon
  28. Muse: Tales of Silver Downs
  29. Coilhunter
  30. City of Skies
  31. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
  32. Salted
  33. Surviving the Fall
  34. Helen of Sparta
  35. A Bad Spell in Yurt
  36. Atomic Underworld
  37. Dance – Cinderella Retold
  38. The Call of Agon
  39. Everything, Everything
  40. A Princess of Mars

That it for today’s list. Have you read any of the books on my list? Which book do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Every blog comment between now and Valentines Day (Feb 14th) will get you one entry into a giveaway of a kindle copy of A Bad Breed by Kat Ross. A darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. Giveaway is International, so long as you can receive a link to redeem a Kindle book from Amazon.