Monday, October 26, 2015

The Listing Hop for October 26



To celebrate eight years of blogging, Bish Denham offered up The Listing Hop for today, October 26th. The rules are delightfully simple: Sign the Linky list, grab the banner and make a list!


For my crazy list, I'm offering a list of books that I need to keep, so I can re-read them over and over. It might shock you to know I'm a huge fan of the classics, so they occupy a big part of the list. That said, I could have EASILY put a hundred more on the list (even simple ones, like Holes, The Wind in the Willows or Charlotte's Web).
  1. The Bible
  2. 'Salem's Lot (Stephen King)
  3. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
  4. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitgerald)
  5. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
  6. 1984 (George Orwell)
  7. The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
  8. Through the Gates of Splendor (Elisabeth Elliot )
  9. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  10. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  11. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
  12. Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  13. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  14. The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
  15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
  16. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  17. Never Let Me Go ( Kazuo Ishiguro)
  18. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  19. I Sing the Body Electric (Ray Bradbury)
  20. Rosemary's Baby (Ira Levin)
  21. The Man Without a Country (Edward Everett Hale) - originally published as an article in Atlantic Monthly in the late 1800s.
  22. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  23. It (Stephen King)
  24. The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  25. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  26. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  27. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
  28. Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton)
  29. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
  30. The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
  31. Beloved (Toni Morrison)  
  32. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
If there is a pattern, I don't see it...maybe a little darker than I realized but perhaps the Bible will balance it out. Maybe I like a character in a tough spot, humor, fear or future fear!

There you have it - why 32? Well, I'm tired and you have other things to do, right??

Do those AFTER you jump on Bish's hop...it's only right.  :-)







56 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    I have read a surprising number of these and/or have seen the motion picture adaptations. Currently I am absolutely DEVOURING the entire Dr. Seuss series before I move on to more substantial literary fare such as Ted and Sally and Boots and Tuffy.

    I hope the patient is keeping patient and doing better day by day. I wish you and your family a safe and happy week ahead, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. It's a new record in delayed response! Thank you for your kind thoughts on the patient; he is slowly but surely progressing. Busy, busy week - and we survived it! Take care, dear friend, and have a great weekend.

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  2. That's a nice list. I would have many of the same on my list too!

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  3. The Last of the Mohicans was a great movie - I need to read the book.
    The Bible will be one I reread until the day I die.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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    1. The Last of the Mohicans is a tough read because of when it was written but it is based on an actual event and I find that facinating!

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  4. Thanks for listing with me, Cherdo! I'm pleased, there were only 8 books on your list that I haven't read. So now, of course, I have to add those unread books to my incredibly long list on books to read!

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    1. These are all my very favorites - so check them out! I could do another list of 100...I'm a bit of a nerd in that way.

      Thanks for hosting the hop!

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  5. Cherdo, that is a fabulous list, and I don't think I have read them all. I need to go check out some books in the library and immerse myself in the classics.

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    1. There's a reason they call 'em classics, eh?

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  6. Awesome list! There are many books you listed that are on my TBR list. I need to get reading!

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    1. Books are indespensible in my world.

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  7. Great list of books! 1984 is a tough book to read only because it is so depressing. I kind of giggled when i saw the Bible followed by Salem's Lot. I never thought I would see those 2 back to back

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    1. It's a crazy, but accurate, pairing! But Bible is always first. Even on weeks when I read practically zero, I open and read the Bible at one time or another - even if it's only in Sunday School!

      Yes, truth be told, that is the oldest paperback I have on the self. And it is totally dog-earred. Now Gonzo is reading it. 'Salem's Lot is the book that made me like Stephen King.

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  8. Eclectic list. I downloaded Les Miserables a while ago onto my kindle. I have yet to read it. Where does the time go?

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    1. Les Miserables is better than The Hunchback of Notre Dame, IMHO. Hugo won't mind me saying that.

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  9. Oh, wow, Cherdo... You and I don't ever need to exchange books—we have the same ones, haha. Well, no, not all of them (I could also add hundreds upon hundreds)... But you hit on several of my favorites. Isabel Allende. Melville. Orwell. Edith Wharton! Stephen King. Toni Morrison! Ray Bradbury! OMG, Margaret Atwood! Ok, I'll stop now :D

    I'm a rereader, too... and I'm always amazed at people who aren't. Sure, many books don't warrant it, even if they're good books—but these (and a few others, like Marguerite Duras's L'Amant or Gabriel García Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, or... ok, ok, I'll stop) — how can anyone not want to read them over and over again? I... don't get it :)

    Great list, Cherdo.
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. You're doing exactly what I did making the list. In fact, Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera was on...then off...then on... I still didn't stick to the 20-25 guideline! I could easily add fifty more. How about Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

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  10. I've read quite a few of those. You have great choices. I rearranged some stuff in my family room. Willy Dunne Wooters likes it so much he said it reminds him of a library or reading room. He loves to read, too. I have many books I've read repeatedly and want to read again in the future. WDW's favorite book is Les Miserables.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. A room that reminds me of a library is a perfect room.

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  11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one I keep meaning to read but have never gotten to it.

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    1. It is endlessly amusing to my twisted brand of humor.

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  12. DOC CHERDO ~
    Some great books there (and plenty I've never read).

    I did 98% of my fiction reading in my teens and early twenties. Since then, it's been almost exclusively non-fiction. And if I were to create a list of books I would ABSOLUTELY feel I'd need or want to keep, there would not be much fiction that would make that list.

    My list would, of course, begin as yours did: THE HOLY BIBLE. After that... hmmm... well, 'The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve'
    'Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story Of Senator Joe McCarthy...',
    'Works Of Henry David Thoreau',
    'The Making Of America',
    'Science Vs. Evolution',
    'Beautiful Outlaw',
    and so on and so forth...

    Off the toppa my head, the only two books of fiction I can think of that I really, really wouldn't want to be without are 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn', and perhaps '1984'.

    Interesting list, my good friend!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. You're current, I'm classic. I confess that I love a good documentary for current commentary (speaking of which - have you seen War Room? You have to check it out.

      Notice I am a week late with replies - but my BOTB is ready to roll!

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  13. Most of those have moved through our house though not all remain on the shelf. Good picks.

    Susan Says

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  14. Nice list, I have read quite a few of those myself.
    Juneta Writer's Gambit

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    1. Nice to see you on the Flipside, Juneta! I'll be around to the Gambit soon...

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  15. Excellent list you've got there. I've actually read most of em. I do disagree with one though. The Road - that book should have come with a psych warning. It still gives me nightmares. I can't imagine ever re-reading it. I'm shocked that I finished it, but I kept hoping for a good outcome.

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    1. As weird as it may seem, intense literature draws me in. I want to be absolutely lost in the character and their predicament. So, as dark as that is - it is a good read for me.

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  16. 1, 4, 22, part of 25 before it disappeared from homeroom, and I believe 30, but not sure.

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    1. This is in no particular order but if it was, The Joy Luck Club would be closer to the top. I absolutely love that book.

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  17. You've created an excellent list of remarkable books.

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    1. Thanks, Stephen...there are soooo many more...

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  18. The Age of Innocence is one of my all time favorites. Great list!

    Yvonne

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    1. 'CAUSE IT'S AWESOME! Thanks, Yvonne!

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  19. I have read most of these. Have you read Steinbeck's TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY? (Non fiction and one of his last books.) Salem's Lot and It were too scary, yet I loved King's DUMA KEY for the Shawshank-type friendship in the book. :-)

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    1. I haven't read either of the ones you mentions - and that excites me! I love a recommendation. It shifts the odds of whether or not it is a good pick! I WILL read those. Thanks, Roland!

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  20. Love your list. I've read some of them. I started Dracula once and couldn't finish, too scary. The Bible, A Handmaid's Tale and Great Expectations are my three favorites from your list.

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    1. Intense human drama! It's the best read.

      Thanks, Belle!

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  21. What an awesome eclectic list! I have a few on there I have yet to pick up--someday, hopefully! :)

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    1. Eclectic is my middle name...I can't pin down a genre for any subject, ha ha.

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  22. I have quite a few of these, but not all. Right now, I'm wanting to add The Handmaid's Tale to my shelf. I read it in e-book form and loved it.

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    1. That is a great one. Thanks, Shannon!

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  23. I know most of these and have read many. This brings back good memories of books from my youth.

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    1. I've always gone back to the classics or favorites and re-read them. Hope you are well, my friend!

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  24. I have a lot of those books in my personal library as well and they're not going anywhere (unless my wife sneaks them out of the house). I tend to keep every book I acquire. I've got books all over our house and in our garage.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm liking your house more and more...

      Thanks, Arlee!

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  25. Yes, yes, yes and yes to all 32 entries!

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    1. Ha ha ha...fellow book nerds, unite!

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  26. I never read books more than once, so I couldn't even come up with a few of these! There are just TOO many stories that I haven't read yet--some are even on this list!

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    1. I think re-reading is like visiting an old friend. :-)

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  27. Cherdo, good list! I participated in this meme, too. You're so right the Bible will definitely balance not only reading list out, but your life, too. :)

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  28. I've only read four of these books. The Bible, Fahrenheit 451, IT and Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo