Books to read before you die

What books would you put on your list of books you think everyone should read before they die?  Could you come up with 100 books?  What criteria would you use to create your list?

I love to look at the “read these books before you die” lists.  I am always so intrigued by how the lists came about, and how the creators decided what books should be on them.  The lists invariably contain many “classics,” which help us understand our country and culture, but I have to say, there are many newer books that should make it on the lists.  And newer books are starting to show up, but when will the balance shift from mostly “classics” to mostly modern?

Recently, the book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich was published, and I purchased it for the library.  I was very pleased to see a huge range of reading on the list, from fiction to non-fiction, kids’ books to teen books, classics to modern.  The book has inspired me to have our school staff create our own 100 books to read before you die list.  I will be compiling it next week, but already, I can see it will be a good list!  Many classics, of course…

Here is the PBS Great American Novel list.  These were voted on by people across America.  This is a pretty good list, with more than a few modern books.

And there are so many more of this type of list!  Find one that speaks to you and use it to create a reading challenge for yourself!

Happy Reading!

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Little Free Libraries!

The Little Free Library is such a fun idea!  A box in front of someone’s house with books anyone can take and trade out for another…what a great idea!  I want to put one in my front yard, but have not had the time to go through the process of getting it approved by our neighborhood association, or to get it registered in the national system.

I love books and reading, and having a Little Free Library would be such a fun way to share that!  They build literacy, they build community, and what a good way for my son to help out.  He loves to read too, and it would be fun for him to see some kids books and share some of his favorites.  Someday…

What inspired this post was an article about Pizza Huts having Little Free Libraries shaped like their iconic red roof – so cool!

Get out around town and look for a Little Free Library!  Or go to the Public Library!  Or come visit the TVHS library!  Lots of options for reading; choose one and find your reading love!

Happy Reading!

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There are scary books OTHER than Stephen King? Yep!

I love Stephen King.  I have read much of his work, and one of my favorites is The Shining.  I love that he was able to bring the hotel to life as a character just like the humans in the story.  But I will not go to the Stanley Hotel in Estes!  I just discovered that the original movie was not filmed there, but King stayed there, which inspired the story.  For me, King’s short works are the best.  His short stories are amazing in their development in such a short amount of pages.

BUT…there are amazing creepy stories OTHER than King!  I know, it doesn’t seem right.  So, as Halloween approaches, consider broadening your creepy reading horizons with some new authors.

Goodreads has a good list of creepy young adult reads.  Included on the list is Dracula by Bram Stoker – another of my favorite creepy reads!

And here is a list from Epic Reads; 13 of them, of course!

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to try something new!  Many of the books on both lists are available in the library, so come by to check one out!

Happy Reading!

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Fall is here

Every year, I say it: I love fall.  And it is finally here!

fallThis year, I set a challenge for myself.  Since I usually read fiction, I want to expand my reading and thinking by trying to read more non-fiction.  Each night when I read, I now read for about 20 minutes from a non-fiction book, and THEN I can read my fun fiction book.  There are non-fiction books I have read straight through without alternating with fiction, but sometimes it felt like I was just slogging through it.  The way I have my challenge set up, I get to enjoy both my books!

I started my challenge with a tough non-fiction: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.  I have wanted to read this book for a while, and it is hard for me, but I do like it.  It will take me a while to get through, since I can only read about 3 pages at a time!

I have some other good non-fiction on the list coming up, too: The Witches by Stacy Schiff; #Eat for the Planet: Saving the World, One Bite at at Time* by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone; Soul Story: Evolution and the Self-Realising Universe by Tim Freke; Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less* by Greg McKeown; and The Origin of Species* by Charles Darwin.  And now you see why I can’t just read a non-fiction without alternating or taking a break!  🙂

*We have these in the library, so come by to check them out!

Happy Reading!

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Happy Banned Books Week!

This is it!  The week we celebrate our freedom to read.  There is so much good reading out there, and not enough time to read it all.

Everyone’s different viewpoints make our reading interesting, but it can also cause the troubles we have when someone wants to ban a book so no one else can read it.  I don’t mind if you don’t want to read something; if it doesn’t fit your beliefs, that is fine.  However, just because you don’t believe in the values of the books, that does not mean you have the right to take that book away from everyone else.

I have always been able to read what I want to read, and I continue that tradition with my son.  I want him to read widely, to experience different views, and see the world from other perspectives.  If I always choose his books or make him read only about certain topics or values, how will he become an open-minded individual?  The topics in the books that are most challenged are topics that are real life, such as suicide, gender identity discussions, violence, political or religious viewpoints causing disagreements, and more.  I can’t shield my son forever from life, so if I can talk with him as he reads a book, he will be better prepared when he is on his own.

I have been watching the trends of book challenges, and of no surprise to me, the books about LGBTQ topics are gaining on the challenged lists each year.  Check out the 2017 top 10 most challenged books, put together by the American Library Association.

Come by the library to grab a book to read, and celebrate that you have the opportunity!

Happy reading!

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