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I have quite literally thousands of books, and this is no exaggeration.  I have been collecting books all my adult life.  I have bought books that I have never read, and may never get to read, but I am determined to try.

Inspired by another blogger Chronical Of Ellen, I have decided to list some books that I have to read in the next month, and no crafting (well, I may do a bit).

The photo you see showing my Churchill Diaries will not be a collection that I will be challenging myself to as yet, as they are quite intense reads.  I have set a date of the end of July, so that gives me about 5 weeks to complete the following in this order:


My List

  1. After Auschwitz; Eva Schloss
  2. Open the Cage, Murphy; Paul O’Grady
  3. The Dynamite Room; Jason Hewitt
  4. The Road Ahead; Christabel Bielenberg

So, here goes, let’s see how I do.  I have only managed to read 10 books this year, which is a far cry from my wanting to read 52 by the end of the year.

I will, of course, keep you all posted.


  1. I’ve never heard of any of those books, but it sounds like an interesting list. It’s been about a year since my last major reading binge (reading book after book), because my babysitting job for my neighbor ended. I’d have to go through my book collection to see if there are books I haven’t finished or read in a long time to read again. I’m not a huge fan of going to the library to check out reading list books because you have to read those on a deadline, and I’ve never been great with reading on a deadline. (Heck, that’s why I kept getting Cs in high school English.)

    Some of the books from my last major reading binge included:
    – The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling (I loved the political drama aspect of it, and how so many contemporary issues were approached in the context of a small town election; as though the town was a microcosm of Britain itself. A little hard to grasp the cultural aspects, as an American reader, but I would probably read it again eventually. And yes, I’ve read all seven Harry Potter novels.)
    – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I remember studying this in English class my sophomore year, but I don’t actually remember reading it. The read at face value was quite enjoyable.)
    – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Another novel we studied in high school English, I think my junior year, that I don’t actually remember reading. I also enjoyed reading this one at face value.)
    – The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (It had always been on my Book Bucket List. I found myself a bit disappointed at the face value read, but after watching a wonderful Crash Course Literature video on this novel, it may be worth a second read, this time more actively and with more analysis and interpretation and symbolism in mind. Strangely enough, we did not study this one in high school English.)
    – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (More geared towards young adults, I was a little older than this book’s target audience, but the fact that I read the whole book in the span of a WEEK says something. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find copies of Catching Fire and Mockingjay for purchase. And I refuse to watch the movie adaptations of those two until I’ve actually read the books.)
    – The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson (aka “The Girl with…” Series. I had never read a crime novel until I bought the first one, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on a whim with the last of my babysitting money. I was hooked by the end and eventually bought the other two by way of sneaking them into our grocery shopping trips over the span of a couple of weeks and using the grocery budget to get them; they were paperback and less than $10 a copy, so it wasn’t a huge dent and we were still able to eat those weeks, as I normally budget $30 of the total budget towards non-food items like toiletries and detergents and other assorted things, so I worked those into the $30. The first two were pretty good reads, although the first third or so of the third book was a bit slow for me to read. I managed to soldier through and was thoroughly rewarded by the climax and resolution. It’s sad that Stieg Larsson died so soon, before he got a chance to finish the series he had started. Other authors have tried writing sequels, but it’s not the same.)

    Have fun with your reading list!

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    • Mr Knitter says:

      I may have to try the JK R book. I read the first Harry Potter and did not enjoy it. I love reading classics, and being British, we have so many classics in out history so lots to choose from. I love reading the Bronte’s books and knowing the village they grew up in, and the greater area it adds so much to it.

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  2. sanseilife says:

    Good luck! And when you decide to move I am nor available to help. Wait, I can move your yarn stash boxes, no books!

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