September was a fast month and now it’s officially fall, my favorite season! My reading was a little slow this month because I had to re-read a book for work (The Escape Room by Megan Goldin), however, I finished the month with two Young Adult books and a short story. New Who’s That Indie Author profiles and Author Updates are underway and I’m working my way through all the author submissions. It’s great to get to know these authors and learn about their books!
August was a good summer month for me. A few socially distant day trips to the beach made these summer days seem like normal. We still have more days of summer ahead, but yesterday I spotted candy corn and mini pumpkins at the grocery store. Is anyone thinking about Halloween? I’m not!
I love looking at book lists – there are so many! Books to read before you die (never liked that phrase), books to read in a lifetime (that’s better), best books, essential books, books that changed the world, etc. And don’t forget the lists of award winners for the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, Man Booker Award, National Book Award, PEN/Faulkner Award – you get the idea.
Well today I found the list of all lists. The Greatest Books is made up of 128 book lists. Here’s how the website creator explains it:
This list is generated from 128 “best of” book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust “best of all time” lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that’s 100th.
If you create an account, you can track the books you’ve read and those you want to read. There’s also a link to the website’s blog. One of the neat things is you can narrow your list to certain years from year 0 to present. You can also look at both fiction and nonfiction lists separately.
For fun, I searched for the Greatest Books from 1600 – 1700 and here’s what I got for the top three:
Here’s what I got for the Greatest Books from 2019 – 2020:I’m pretty impressed by this website. There’s some serious math involved in aggregating all these lists, don’t you think?
Today I’m sharing a little bit of what I do at my library job. Libraries aren’t just about books. We have always had lots of programs for our library community. Now, because of the pandemic, we taken them online and they are open to all, without a library card.
I’m very excited about this program on entrepreneurship offering insights from small business owners. It’s an idea that has been in the works for a long time and now it’s finally happening. Maybe you’d be interested!
Thanks for considering! If you are interested, you can register here.
Last week I posted Book Club Mom’s recommended biographies and memoirs. I got some great suggestions in the comments, so I thought I’d share them here. Make sure to check out these bloggers’ websites too, a great group of friends offering a variety of posts about travel, adventure and ideas.
Do you ever open a new book and check out the last page before you start reading? Ack! I never do that! I have to start at the beginning and finish at the end. But last lines can say a lot about stories, so I thought I’d take a look at my favorites.
I worried a bit about spoilers in sharing these, but I don’t think any of the lines below ruin the stories. Instead, they might make you want to check them out. I know I’m thinking about re-reading them!
The calendar advances but for everyone much is the same with the many ups and downs of the pandemic. Our birdfeeder continues to be a major source of entertainment. The new development is that squirrels and chipmunks have discovered the food and are very good at jumping on the feeder and sticking their faces in the holes! This poor bird had to wait its turn.
I’m back on track with reading and read three very good books and listened to one audiobook. TheRiver was a great choice to listen to during my walks. Hidden Valley Road is a nonfiction account of one family’s battle with schizophrenia. Six out of twelve children suffered from this debilitating mental illness. Force of Nature is a great atmospheric mystery set in Australia and my fourth read was actually a re-read – Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, a fascinating story of the relationships between and among terrorists and hostages set in South America.
The nicest thing about blogging is engaging with reader comments. Today I want to thank my recent Top Commenters who always visit and stop to chat. They are terrific supporters of the blogging community and I consider them great blogging friends. I hope you will visit their blogs too!
Fiction Favorites with John Howell – Thriller author John Howell started his blog as a forum for the free exchange of information and ideas. John follows a daily schedule of entertaining themed posts. From views of his neighborhood, top things not to do, and posts about the family dogs to John’s own “Johnku,” personal thoughts and original fiction, there is always something interesting going on at Fiction Favorites.
Jill Weatherholt – Jill is the author of inspirational romance novels and has just finished her fourth, A Home for Her Daughter, in stores August 25. Jill is a great supporter of authors and bloggers and a great blogging and Twitter friend. One of my favorite things about Jill’s blog is her “Would You Rather” feature – great questions that make you think!
The Chatter Blog – Author Colleen Faherty Brown is also a talented artist and deep thinker. She posts original sketches with philosophical thoughts, sometimes light, sometimes heavy and always thought-provoking. I especially like when she adds her drawings to the photographs she takes.
Darlene Foster’s Blog – Darlene is the author of children’s stories, a retired employment counsellor, and ESL tutor, a wife, mother and grandmother. She created her blog for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers and friends, old and new. She believes everyone has a right to dream and everyone has the capability to make their dreams come true.
Retirement Reflections – Prior to retirement, Donna lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years. Leaving international life behind, she and her husband retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. She started her blog to document both this transition and their new adventures. Her hiking photos and descriptions make me want to get outside and experience the same!
Robbie’s Inspiration – Robbie Cheadle is the author of children’s picture, middle grade and young adult books. She also writes adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie is an expert baker and fondant creator and she shares her artistry on her blog. These creations also appear in her Sir Chocolate children’s books. Robbie is a wonderful supporter of bloggers near and far.
You never know when book trivia is going to come up in conversation. I was once asked at a job interview to recite the first line of Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I pulled that line out of nowhere (“Call me Ishmael.”) and, although I didn’t get the job, I had a moment of victory.
That’s the thing about trivia, isn’t it? It’s seemingly useless information that comes in handy at unexpected times.
I was thinking about that yesterday and decided I’d better brush up on my favorite books. Here are the first lines of my Top 15 Faves:
“For many years Henry Kitteridge was a pharmacist in the next town over, driving every morning on snowy roads, or rainy roads, or summertime roads, when the wild raspberries shot their new growth in brambles along the last section of town before he turned off to where the wider road led to the pharmacy.”