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Do I Have That Book?

I saw this on Falling Letters and immediately knew I had to do this tag. Originally created by booktuber Keeping Tabs. (Note: I’m not into booktube  and I have not watched the video.) I’m trying to do this all with physical books in my collection, no e-books.

Do you have a book with deckled edges? The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

Do you have a book with three or more people on the cover? The Indentured Heart by Gilbert Morris

Do you have a book based on another fictional story? Dark Hour by Ginger Garret (Biblical Story Retelling)

Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long? Animal Farm by George Orwell

Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter? The Minority Report by P.K. Dick

Do you have a mass market paperback book? Do I? 😆 I love mass market paperbacks, so I have 100’s! Here’s part of one shelf full of them.

Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title? Angst by David J. Pedersen

Do you have a book with two maps in it? I am sure I do, but without going to books full of maps I couldn’t find one.

Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show? The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Yes I realize that it was a super CHEEZY show that didn’t really follow the book.)

Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? Warped Factors by Walter Koenig (Star Trek’s Chekov)

Do you have a poetry book? Quite a few. One of my favorites is Sonnets from the Portuguese by my favorite poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Do you have a book with an award stamp on it? Well since I am trying to collect the Newbery titles, yes I have a bunch. So why don’t we go with The Tale of Despereaux

Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you? I had to go to my LibraryThing collection to find this one: The Baby Sitters Club #01: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Matthews Martin.

Do you have a book of short stories? Second Variety by P.K. Dick

Do you have a book that is between 500 and 510 pages long? I had to go to LibraryThing for this one too. I have four books between 500 and 510 pages.  Black Trillium by Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably my favorite of the four.

Do you have a book that was turned into a movie? Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Do you have a graphic novel? Most recently I got Firefly: The Unification War for Christmas.

Do you have a book written by two or more authors? The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?  The Secret of The Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Do you have a book written by someone using a pen name? Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (currently reading this to the 9 year old. 😊)

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.

40 Best Books

Continuing in my 40 series with top 40 lists once a month for the whole year I am the big 4-0 I figured the next logical post was my 40 favorite books, also know as the best books I’ve read. This list is a little different than my 40 Books to Read Before You’re 40 list because in this list I can go full out genre-crazy. (Don’t forget to also check out my 40ish Book recommendations post.)

I held off on going too genre-crazy or niche because I wanted to list books with a broad appeal. On this list I can dive as deep as I want to into the world of genre fiction, namely Science Fiction and Fantasy, but also children’s, middle grade and young adult. I’m also going to skip any books I mentioned on the previous list. So you won’t find the Bible or Fahrenheit 451 on this list. (But I hope you will find a lot of interesting reads.)

40 of the Best Books I’ve Ever Read

Note: Listed in the order I thought of them.

  1. Dream Thief – Easily the book I’ve read the most times (not counting bed-time stories to children… then Farmer Mickey or Glow in the Dark: Stars, Moon and Clouds would be at the top. I have read those book so many times I can basically read them with my eyes shut now. 😉) I love the Dream Thief, from the settings to the action to the weird Mars mythology, but a Christian-Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Adventure story is not really for every one.
  2. Wuthering Heights – I love this haunting story, but I understand that it’s not the type of work everyone will love. I still get shivers when talking about this book.
  3. Rags and Ruins – Rags and Ruin took all of the fantasy troupe and turned them on their head in a very interesting way that was not satire, but rather in a fun adventurous way.  Read my full review.
  4. The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) – Not your typical fantasy story, but a masterpiece nonetheless. I feel like this needs a pause… just a moment to take it in… how wonderful this story is… and how more fantasy should be this daring.
  5. Books of the Infinite – A Christian historical fantasy series. I know it’s a bit of a head scratcher when you just see the genre, but it works. Trust me. A very well done story about Ela Roeh of Parne who becomes a Prophet of the Infinite (the name of God in the fantasy world, which closely resembles Old Testament times.)
  6. Inkheart – I love books about reading and storytelling.
  7. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread – IT IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!! The movie did not do it justice. Go read this book. 💖
  8. The Hunger Games – I know some people will feel this is a cheesy choice and that many people think the Hunger Games is over-rated. HOWEVER, I love dystopian YA, strong female leads and books with archers. It’s like The Hunger games was made for me.
  9. Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur (or nearly anything by Stephen R. Lawhead) – Yes he gets two spots on my list. This trilogy may be part of the wider Pendragon Cycle, but I prefer to think of these first 3 books as one story and the others as add-ons. These books were formative to my love of fantasy.
  10. The Pyrdian Chronicles – A wonderful fantasy classic. I love all the adventure and the characters and the Welsh influence setting.
  11. Deus Irae – This must be the book I’ve checked out of the library the most times. I really should get myself a copy. It’s about a crippled artist wondering in a post-war landscape trying to find their new god so he can paint his picture. It’s different and weird and then ending is very philosophical.
  12. The Lathe of Heaven – Dreams in stories and stories about dreams are some of my favorite troupes. Here Ursela K. LeGuin shows off her writing muscle and perfectly encants us in a story about a dream and his psychologist who attempts to change the world though the dream.
  13. Prometheus Bound – My favorite Greek Play.  Again I’ve read and re-read it many times. I only wish we had the two other Prometheus plays in their full forms today. Alas they didn’t survive the ages.
  14. Inferno (or nearly anything by Kat Ross) – This is my favorite book from Kat Ross, however it’s my favorite because it does an excellent job of wrapping up the thread and story lines from the previous 8 books. An excellent fantasy tale.  Read my full review
  15. Clod Makes a Friend – I have sung the delight of Clod many times. This is a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy… and cake! Read My Full Review (And yes I broke my rule on this one because it is on the first list. I just feel the need to mention Clod whenever I can.)
  16. Roar – A beautiful book with great character depth and an interesting twist to elemental magic. Read My Full Review
  17. Battlefield Earth – This book had everything… action, romance, spaceships. I don’t understand why it gets such a bad rap.
  18. Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection – My favorite webcomic became a book and I cannot tell you how much I love that. 😍
  19. The Book of Atrus (Myst, Book 1) – The Myst games are far too mind boggling for me to play (or well I don’t like having to click around the screen just guessing at things.) But the mythology behind the games fascinated me which is why these books are so rich. Get a peak into the world and the culture of the D’ni.
  20. Nobody’s Princess  – A myth-lite book that does take a lot of liberties with Helen of Troy, but I found it an enjoyable read.
  21. Starship Troopers – An epic book! The movie seriously covers only about one chapter worth of the story told in this book. This is what sweeping science fiction should be.
  22. Sign of the Beaver – I enjoyed this book as a young adult and as an adult. It’s a story of courage and survival and is right up there with Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain.
  23. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – I want to be like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Except not a widow and not living in an upside down house. But I love these silly stories of solving misbehavior in children.
  24. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – A great historical fiction, coming of age, fish out of water tale. The title may make it sound like fantasy, but it’s not. It’s set in colonial America at a time where neighbors eyed strange behavior as witchcraft.
  25. Island of the Blue Dolphins – A great story of survival. (I know there are several on this list.) This one really spoke to me when I was younger because it was about a GIRL surviving on her own, being smart and practical and self-sufficient.
  26. Ralph Mouse Books – The mouse and the motorcycle is a classic and really all the tales of Ralph are endearing and fun.
  27. The Serendipity Books – I loved this artwork as a child and now that I’m grown I’m working to collect all these book. However… some of the books and stories are dated and the message does’t play well nowadays. Still the artwork is amazing!
  28. I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! – My favorite Dr. Seuss book. I’ve actually read it enough times that I can **almost** read it with my eyes shut. Have I mention how much I love book that are about reading?
  29. Tales of the Wild West Series – A great series of short books with themes like Pioneers, Mountain Men, and Gunfighters. Based on true tales, tall tales, diaries and recollections.
  30. Antigone – Except it’s only this one translation that I found in a used book store that is on my mind. It was translated to English to be performed in occupied France during WWII. The anti-nazi undertones are delightful.
  31. Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) – My FAVORITE kids book of all time! A book about finding the love of reading.
  32. I Will Not Read This Book – A gem I found by accident while shopping at a discount store. If you have reluctant reader I highly recommend this book.
  33. Brian’s Winter – Since I put Hatchet on my earlier list I’m putting Brian’s Winter here. Both books really need to be read together. When Miss S and I finished Hatchet she immediately said, “I almost wish he hadn’t have been saved. I want to read more.” And I was like BAM! 💥 “I have a book for that.” and pulled out Brian’s Winter.
  34. Chronicles of Narnia – I did put The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe on my first list, but really go ahead and read the series.
  35. 99 Days (Red Proxy #2) – It’s been hard for me to put into words, aka a review, what this book is to me. A very different fantasy story that left me thinking for long, long after I read it. If you want a book that really questions the value of a life through an epic fantasy quest then this is it.
  36. Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1) – My parents read these books to us when I was little and they are filled with warmth and fun and important lessons.
  37. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – I made the mistake of reading an excerpt of this book and ended up not being able to put it down. A suspense book that will leave you breathless.
  38. Original Nancy Drew – I’m not just talking about the Secret of the Old Clock, but Nancy Drew books in the editions before they were updated (and then updated again) if you haven’t read the originals you are missing out. Nancy is a kick in the teeth herione.
  39. Ticker – A fun steampunk adventure with a heroine name Penny Farthing, which alone should tell you something.
  40. Marvel 1602 – A great graphic novel, esp if you are like me and enjoy Marvel, Neil Gaiman and the Renaissance.

That’s my list… what’s the best book you’ve ever read. I’d really like to know so leave me a comment below. And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎉🎉🎉🍾

40 Books to Read Before You’re 40

My 40 birthday is coming up soon, so when LibraryThing tweeted out a list of 40 Books to Read Before You’re 40, I was very curious to see how I did. But I was sorely disappointed! I’d only read 1. I don’t know who the user who put this list together (aprille) is, but I have to really disagree with the choices. Most of the books on the list are one’s I’m not even interested in reading.

So I though I ought to make my own list. They are listed in the order I thought of them. I tried to be as neutral as possible towards genre, when I picked these. Frankly it would have been easy to fill the list with Science Fiction or Young Adult books, but I tired not to put too many from any one category on the list.

There are some books I absolutely love that didn’t make the list, because I just didn’t think they had broad enough appeal. Take Battlefield Earth for example, I loved it and thought it was a sweeping book with a little bit of everything in it. However, I’m pretty sure it’s appeal is mostly to science fiction readers and it’s not a book I would recommend to a wide audience. Fahrenheit 451, is also a science fiction book and I would say even if you’re normally a science fiction reader I’d still tell you to read it. Which is why one made the list and the other didn’t.

You also won’t find my very favorite book of all time on this list. Why? Because it’s too niche. But if you’re curious, Dream Thief is the book and I’ve read it more than 8 times. I love the sci-fi setting, the dream elements and the Indian folklore.

Quite frankly, I don’t love every book on this list. They are on the list because I think they are important or true classics or they are books that helped shape me in some way.

40 Books to Read Before You’re 40

  1. Holy Bible
  2. Fahrenheit 451
  3. Hatchet
  4. The Hobbit or There and Back Again
  5. The Lord of the Rings
  6. Holes
  7. The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States
  8. Night
  9. Ender’s Game
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  11. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  12. The Cross and the Switchblade
  13. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  14. Jurassic Park
  15. The Outsiders
  16. Pilgrim’s Progress
  17. Winnie-the-Pooh
  18. This Present Darkness
  19. Hamlet
  20. Tom Sawyer
  21. Heart of Darkness
  22. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  23. A Christmas Carol
  24. Of Mice And Men
  25. Frankenstein
  26. The Call of the Wild
  27. Rendezvous with Rama
  28. I Saw Three Ships
  29. A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
  30. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
  31. Uncle’s John’s Bathroom Reader
  32. God, Money and You
  33. Your Life, God’s Home
  34. Clod Makes A Friend
  35. The Odyssey &
  36. The Women of Troy
  37. On Writing Well
  38. How to Clean Practically Anything
  39. A Biography of someone you admire, my choice would be Our Daily Bread; The Essential Norman Borlaug
  40. A poetry book by your favorite poet mine is Elizabeth Barret Browning, but if you don’t have a favorite poet I would suggest reading 101 Famous Poems.

Whew! What a list to try to create! I went over and over my book reviews, my shelves and got lots of suggestions from friends and family. Next up the books the suggested books for reading before you’re 40… I’m not going to be able to read all of them before my birthday but it was really interesting to see what everyone suggested.

How many of these books have you read? Got in books you’d suggest? Let me know in the comments.