Sunday, November 30

TSS - Attention Blog Readers Need YOUR Recommendations!

Hello to my blog readers, I need your help. Starting in January I'm participating in the 999 challenge, much like the 888 challenge. Link below.

One of my categories is recommended reading, which is getting a list of books recommended to be my friends, family, bloggers and Library Thing Recommended reading lists, then pick 9 books from a random draw. So the section will be selected by someone other then me.

Theres just a few things. I won't read graphic novels or children's books (Young Adult ie twilight aren't a big deal, but I'm not reading books for children under the age of 12, or graphic novels.)

Also, if it's in a series, then the thrid book in the series isn't the best choice, because I haven't read the others. But other than that, its a free for all.

Here's my other catagories, and books that are in them so far.

1001 Books Before You Die

1 Cancer Ward - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2 Amsterdam Ian McEwan
3 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
4 Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
5 Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
6 Middlemarch George Eliot

War Time Fiction

1 - All is Quite on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
2 - A Thread of Grace - Mary Doria Russell
3 – Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
4 - Guns of August - Barbera Tuchman

D (Books Authors Name Begins with)

1- Bleak House – Charles Dickens
2 – The Vicomte de Bralegonne – Alexander Dumas
3- Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4 - The God Delusion- Richard Dawkins
5 - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams

1st, 2nd or 3rd in a Series

1 Twilight

Woman Writers

1 - Angels - Marian Keyes
2 - Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
3 - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel - Lisa See
4 – Orlando - Virginia Woolf
5 – The Birth House - Ami McKay

Philosophy, Religion, Mythology,Pop-Culture

1 Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
2 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale - James B. South
3 Harry Potter and philosophy: if Aristotle ran Hogwarts- David Baggett
4 - The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All - Gregory Bassham
5 - Introduction to Aristotle - Aristotle
6 - The Norse Myths - Kevin Crossley-Holland
7 King Arthur: History and Legend- John Matthews
8 Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today - Margot Adler

Dystopian Lit

1 - A Brave New Word - Aldous Huxley
2 - Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
3 - A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
4 - The Children of Men – P.D. James
5 - The Road - Cormac McCarthy
6 - Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
7 - V for Vendetta - Alan Moore
8 – I am Legend – Richard Matheson

Last Years Leftovers
None yet (although, other categories will likely have a lot of "last years left overs :D)

So get recommending those books to me!

As for my reading for the day, currently reading Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth. And I have to say I'm not liking it very much. A good story is being ruined by grotesque scenes that aren't relevant to the book.


  1. This challenge is so tempting! I love your categories, especially dystopian lit.
    I'm horrible at recommendations, but I'll give you three that hopefully you haven't read yet:

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
    The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan

    P.S.: I could not finish Pillars of the Earth. I quit at around 300 pages. I just didn't want to waste my time.

  2. Have you read The Lilith's Brood trilogy by Octavia E. Butler? The first book is called "Dawn". It is about the human race being rescued from extinction by an alien race that wants to mate with them. Of course, some of the humans resist. I read the first two books of the trilogy but couldn't get my hands on the third. If you don't mind reading something dark, you might enjoy it.