Sunday, February 23, 2014

Reading again in 2014

When I was in school, I managed to not read most of the books assigned to me.  Don't ask me how because I think I mentally checked out of English classes all together.

The ones I remember actually reading & enjoying are:
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I specifically remember not reading:
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain

If there were others, I've forgotten about them completely.

I spent my reading time buried deep in science fiction books by: Stephen King, John Saul, Dean Koontz, & Frank Herbert mostly.   Recently I learned to enjoy books by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher, Terry PratchettNeil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Robert RankinIlona Andrews and so many more.

I've decided I'm ready to go back and fill in some of the gaps and read more of the classics. Best part - so many of them are available for free.

I found a collection of books available in the Google Play store  (mostly free but if there was a charge it was small, 20 books/collection)   And I've compiled them all into a "List Challenge" here:  "Publish This" Classics  That's 100 books, most of which the names I know, some I hadn't heard of before, all of which I'd be happy to check off of my "to read" list.

Will you join me?  I think I'd like to complete at least one in each month.  I think I will use the compilations I downloaded, and the inspiration from the 2014 Jane Austen Challenge

Jan-Feb - Sense & Sensibility
March-April - Pride & Prejudice
May-June - Mansfield Park
July-Aug - Emma
Sept-Oct - Northanger Abbey
Nov-Dec - Persuasion

All of these books are in the compilations (part 1) so the acquisition piece is done.  But, since I just opted for this goal today, and January is complete, with February nearly there... I'll have to switch it up a little.  With some of the books that I expect to be released in the coming months, and how much I think I can get through reasonably... here's my goal: 2-3 books/month (some new, some classics, some I merely need to finish)

January - Completed:

February - Completed


  1. Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen
  2. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions -  Edwin A Abbott, Banesh Hoffman (finished)