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I just cleaned out a drawer in my room and found a shit load of books in there. I’ve got all kinds of stuff. Plays, novels, non-fiction, cliff notes, the works. White Fang, The Return of the Native, All Quiet on the Western Front, Sybil, The Source, Hatchet, New Ideas From Dead Economists, Your Body’s Red Light Warning Signals: Medical Tips That May Save Your Life, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Pride and Prejudice, Crime and Punishment, Cliff Notes: Calculus, Cliff Notes: Physics, Catch-22 and four Sartre plays including No Exit. I’ve finished most of them, stopped half way through a few and never even opened the rest. There’s really no point to this, I was just shocked at how many books were crammed in that drawer. But I suppose we can expand on this a little just because. I like a lot of these books a great deal. All Quiet on the Western Front is probably the greatest war novel ever written and really shows the horrors of war. Sartre is a freaking amazing genius even though he’s a little batty with his “we must suffer to exist” nonsense. The Source is about everything, especially the plight of the Jews and has about fifteen different but all really good stories which are all connected despite spanning all of history. After half reading Catch-22 and Sybil, I’m not all that sure that Sybil, the girl with sixteen personalities, is crazier than Yossarian. I guess in summary I’m saying that there are a lot of really good books out there, so make some time and get to know these and many other masterpieces, you won’t regret it. Plus, they are all written much better than my blogs, I promise! So, does anyone else like any of these books?

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May 22 @ 9:55PM  
I've read several on the list...some years ago, but re-visiting because I read what my children read. Coincidentally, my 6th grade son has read and reread Hatchet...he loves it! He had a team project due last week, they chose Hatchet...made a bulletin board that described the book and author. They were the only team to get bonus points for the extra work that went into's the most excited he's been over homework all

May 22 @ 10:05PM  
I'm in the middle of another Ranting Again by Dennis Miller when I'm in the tub.. then at bedtime I am reading the collected plays of William Shakespear. I forgot how much I liked em. Yup reading is good!

May 22 @ 10:08PM  
I've read a few of these. I love to read, just about anything that I can get my hands on. Always have.

May 22 @ 10:24PM  
Now that I'm packing to move, I keep hoping to stumble across an envelop with a bunch of cash in it!

May 22 @ 10:29PM  
Sounds like a nice collection. I had that same collection of four plays by Sartre many years ago; it's probably floating around somewhere in the bowels of my house. I just started Catch-22 after reading House of God, which was supposedly the Catch-22 of medicine. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read the others--well, maybe White Fang at some point, but I can't remember--but after hearing a blogger recently make rather offensive use of the term "Uncle Tom," I've really had a desire to read that book. So many classics...

May 22 @ 10:34PM  
When I was packing to move, I found a ton of books I hadn't read in was Call of the Wild/White Fang...another was To Kill a Mockingbird. Also found Are You There God, It's Me Margaret and Wifey. hehe...I ended up donating about half the books I had...and Canu was still amazed at the amount of books I brought with me! Oh...I also found and re-read Sybil. Now I'm reading (again!) the Jean Aul series while waiting for the latest installment of another series called A Song of Fire and Ice.

May 23 @ 12:15PM  
White Fang was always good, as was Western Front, and I can only applaud loudly to sunny's suggestion of To Kill a Mockingbird.

I always felt that Joseph heller was a bit juvenile in his approach; a sort of Asmovian Nativity built into his works. Uncle Tom's Cabin is a great example of Pathos, and it's an important work, but I like some of the more modern works about Jim Crow and Sundown Towns for illustrating the same points.

I'd also like to add to the "oldies but goodies" list (if I might) Bluebeard by Vonnegut, Cannery Row by Steinbeck, Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, The Outsiders by Hinton, Murder on the Orient Express by Christie, Huckleberry Finn by Clemens, and Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome.

My current reading list:

Sex with the Queen by Eleanor Herman (because history and sex are fun!)
Scotland: A History by Jenny Wormald (of course)
The Town Below the Ground by Jan-Andrew Henderson (research for a new book)
The Hitchhiker's Series by Douglas Adams (re-reading it with the sprite)
Non Campus Mentis by Anders Henriksson (a really solid chuckle)

May 23 @ 12:34PM  
I'm not into fiction novels anymore. I'm reading a biography of Jack Dempsey and I just ordered an audiobook called "An exorcist tells his story" by Gabriele Armorth.
Most clothes and books that I don't use anymore are donated to the Goodwill.

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