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PBS will announce the winner on October 23.
They've also been running a series of shows to highlight the nominated books. The shows should be available on your local PBS station and I believe you can catch them at this link:
When the voting began in May, I had read 43 of the 100 nominated books. I decided to make 50 books my goal by the time the voting ended. I'm not going to make it, but I'm not upset about it. It was a self-imposed deadline; I still have time to read.
I've voted consistently for my all-time favorite novel
The 44th book I read was
The 45th book was
I'm reading two more books at the same time--but I'm also reading three or four other books, too. Can't limit myself when it comes to books.
The books from the list are
|I don't like it as much as The Cider House Rules and
Last Night In Twisted River, but it's still good.
|So far I don't like it as much as I thought I would.
I also want to read A Confederacy of Dunces, Heart of Darkness, and The Call of the Wild.
I know this is a long post so feel free to stop reading now. I'm going to add a list of the other books that I've read and what I think of them.
Infinities of love,
1984 -- read it years ago in school and found it creepily memorable.
A Separate Peace -- a very moving coming of age story.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn -- a book I have long adored. It's sad and funny and everything that a book should be.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- a good book but not a favorite of mine.
And Then There Were None -- memorable because it's frightening but I haven't read it in years.
Anne of Green Gables -- Oh, Anne! I love you so much. We must be kindred spirits.
Atlas Shrugged -- It's been so long since I read it that I barely remember it.
Beloved -- Sooo good.
The Book Thief -- Good but I didn't think it was great.
Catch-22 -- Hilarious and clever.
The Catcher In The Rye -- I don't remember liking this one very much. I preferred some of Salinger's short stories.
Charlotte's Web -- SOME PIG
The Chronicles of Narnia -- I love every single book in the series and I often give these books to young people.
The Color Purple -- So very good and moving.
The DaVinci Code -- Hated it.
Don Quixote -- Read it in high school and I think again in college and didn't like it either time, but I do like the word "quixotic."
Flowers in the Attic -- Weird.
Frankenstein -- Hated it. Absolutely hated it. Maybe I would have liked it better if I'd read it for a class that had a good professor.
The Giver -- Great.
The Godfather -- Smutty, but when I was a teenager I couldn't put it down.
Gone With the Wind -- I appreciate the sadness of this book more than I did when I first read it years ago.
The Grapes of Wrath -- So beautiful.
Great Expectations -- Has one of the best first chapters in a book ever, but overall, don't love it.
Gulliver's Travels -- Read it in high school. Booo-ring.
The Handmaid's Tale -- Margaret Atwood has a rare talent.
Harry Potter (series) -- Love every book and still want my letter admitting me to Hogwarts.
Hatchet (series) -- I'm counting this even though I haven't read every book in the series. The ones I read were good.
Invisible Man -- Very good.
Jane Eyre -- Oh, Jane, how you do suffer. I long to wander Yorkshire with your creator.
Little Women -- This is a rare case of me liking the movies better than the book. I think the book is long and boring.
Memoirs of a Geisha -- So good.
Moby Dick -- I have a strange fondness for Herman Melville.
One Hundred Years of Solitude -- Excellent.
The Picture of Dorian Gray -- Wonderfully creepy.
Pride and Prejudice -- Although The Great Gatsby is my all-time favorite novel, Jane Austen is my all-time favorite novelist.
Rebecca -- Mrs. Danvers frightens me every time I read this book or see the movie.
The Sun Also Rises -- I'm not fond of Hemingway.
Tales of the City -- I didn't like it, but I have a feeling I didn't really get it.
The Help -- It's an enjoyable book, but as usual, the white person who wants to write is the most important character who makes it possible for the help to have some success, which they have to keep secret. It's called the help, dammit. The help should be the most important characters.
The Joy Luck Club -- Love Amy Tan.
The Lord of the Rings (series) -- Not that crazy about it.
The Lovely Bones -- Beautifully tragic.
The Outsiders -- Barely remember it.
Their Eyes Were Watching God -- The heroine is named Janie and her nickname is Alphabet.
To Kill A Mockingbird -- Who doesn't love it?
Wuthering Heights -- I'm glad we have two Bronte sisters represented.
I'm disappointed that nothing by Laura Ingalls Wilder is on the list. I would add These Happy Golden Years and/or The Long Winter.
Well, either I counted wrong before or I'm counting wrong now, but including the books I've read most recently, I get 49.