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  • #200136
    Amethyst
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    No, that is not a mistake. I have two reading lists. One for fiction and one for non-fiction.

    For Non-Fiction

    This year I have finished reading Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing and am currently working my way through Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (I have a feeling I’m going to have to read this one two or three times before I catch everything in it).

    On the list are:

    Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay by Andrew Horton
    On Writing by Stephen King
    The Midnight Disease by Alice Flaherty

    For Fiction:

    This year I’ve already read (well, actually reread): Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m about to start Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    On the list is:

    Siddhartha by Hermann Hess
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    finishing the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
    finding something new

    This morning, I decided what I want what would be my characters favorite novels for the characters in my 2YNC thread. So while many of the books on my list (and I will add to them) are books that I have read or want to read, I’ll be reading with a different purpose. I’ll be reading with my characters in mind and what do they like. Which ones would like my book choices and which ones would like something different. I picture them arguing with me over my choices like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan argued over Pride and Prejudice in You’ve Got Mail.

    #217968
    Amethyst
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    Okay, I’ve finished Sense and Sensibility bringing my completed total to four, and I’ve started The Hunger Games. I think I should have that finished tonight or tomorrow sometime.

    Still plugging away slowing on Hero. That is a thick read and I really need to be in the right frame of mind to manage it. I could just skim through it, but what good would that do me. I’d rather read it thoroughly, and then when I reread it, it will be easier and more will stick. Just glad I don’t have a time limit on it.

    #217969
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    I’m not at a total of 5, having just finished The Hunger Games. I think I might as well read the other two books, especially since I have my daughter’s Kindle for another day or so.

    #217970
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    The farther I get in The Hunger Games trilogy, the more I think I need to put Animal Farm on my list to reread, and 1984 on my list to read. I love dystopian stories, and my next attempt at writing will be set in a dystopia, but 1984 has always been hard for me to get into, when it should be the one story that I want to read the most.

    Has anyone else had problems reading 1984? Any suggestions for reading tactics? I usually just sit and read the first time, unless I’m reading for a specific purpose. Maybe I should try reading it from the perspective of one of my characters for my 2YNC.

    #217971
    Amethyst
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    Time to organize a bit differently:

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games
    Catching Fire
    Mockingjay

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Forever Odd

    Total Read: 8
    In Progress: 1
    To Read: 11

    Though, I’m sure I’ll add more

    #217972
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    Need to add Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson to my list. My son has been begging me to read, and we made a deal that he’d read something I suggested, and I read this. Since he read his book, I know need to read this.

    #217973
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    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games
    Catching Fire
    Mockingjay
    Island of the Aunts
    Animal Farm

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    My Antonia

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Forever Odd

    Total Read: 10
    In Progress: 2
    To Read: 11

    Though, I’m sure I’ll add more

    #217974
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    Well, my list is about to get some major adjustments. I’ve decided to take on a non-fiction project, and have quite a bit of research to do for it. Luckily that research entails lots of reading, and reading of novels. Unfortunately, it means adding the Twilight Saga to my list.

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games (x2)
    Catching Fire (x2)
    Mockingjay (x2)
    Island of the Aunts
    Animal Farm
    Forever Odd

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    [strike]My Antonia[/strike]
    The Secret Life of Bees

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd
    The Twiligt Saga

    Total Read: 15
    In Progress: 2
    To Read: 16 or more

    I will be adding more

    #219551
    Amethyst
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    Well, I’ve not been online as much as usual. I’ve been doing lots of reading, but not as much writing.

    Here’s an update on my reading list:

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games (x2)
    Catching Fire (x2)
    Mockingjay (x2)
    Island of the Aunts
    Animal Farm
    Forever Odd
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Secret Life of Bees

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Twilight

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd
    The Twiligt Saga

    Total Read: 16
    In Progress: 4

    #220572
    Amethyst
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    And another update:

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games (x2)
    Catching Fire (x2)
    Mockingjay (x2)
    Island of the Aunts
    Animal Farm
    Forever Odd
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Secret Life of Bees
    Twilight
    New Moon

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Cultural Literacy

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease
    The Heroine’s Journey

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd
    The Twiligt Saga, next Eclipse

    Total Read: 18
    In Progress: 4

    To Read: 11

    Total: 33

    #220655
    Amethyst
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    And another update:

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games (x2)
    Catching Fire (x2)
    Mockingjay (x2)
    Island of the Aunts
    Animal Farm
    Forever Odd
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Secret Life of Bees
    Twilight
    New Moon
    Eclipse
    Breaking Dawn

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Cultural Literacy
    HP Sorcerers Stone

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease
    The Heroine’s Journey

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd (3)
    The Harry Potter series (reread) (6)

    Total Read: 20
    In Progress: 5

    To Read: 15

    Total: 40

    #220656
    Amethyst
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    Well, I’ve been reading quite a bit lately …

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    Odd Thomas
    Fahrenheit 451
    Speak
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Hunger Games (x2)
    Catching Fire (x2)
    Mockingjay (x2)
    Island of the Aunts
    Animal Farm
    Forever Odd
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Secret Life of Bees
    Twilight
    New Moon
    Eclipse
    Breaking Dawn
    HP & the Sorcerers Stone
    HP & the Chamber of Secrets
    HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban
    HP & the Goblet of Fire

    NonFiction:

    Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Cultural Literacy
    HP & the Order of the Phoenix

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease
    The Heroine’s Journey

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd
    HP series, books 6 and 7

    Total Read: 24
    In Progress: 5

    To Read: 13

    Total: 42

    #221265
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    Okay, I think I’ve done well with fiction, time to focus on my non-fiction, in progress reading. I’d really like to get those finished before the end of the year.

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    1 Odd Thomas
    2 Fahrenheit 451
    3 Speak
    4 Sense and Sensibility
    5 & 6 The Hunger Games (x2)
    7 & 8 Catching Fire (x2)
    9 & 10 Mockingjay (x2)
    11 Island of the Aunts
    12 Animal Farm
    13 Forever Odd
    14 To Kill A Mockingbird
    15 The Secret Life of Bees
    16 Twilight
    17 New Moon
    18 Eclipse
    19 Breaking Dawn
    20 HP & the Sorcerers Stone
    21 HP & the Chamber of Secrets
    22 HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban
    23 HP & the Goblet of Fire
    24 HP & the Order of the Phoenix
    25 HP & the Half-Blood Prince
    26 HP & the Deathly Hallows

    NonFiction:

    27 Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Cultural Literacy

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease
    The Heroine’s Journey

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd (then Odd Hours & Odd Apocalypse)

    Total Read: 27
    In Progress: 5

    To Read: 8

    Total: 40

    #221616
    Amethyst
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    Real life has hit hard, and it has affected my reading.

    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    1 Odd Thomas
    2 Fahrenheit 451
    3 Speak
    4 Sense and Sensibility
    5 & 6 & 7 The Hunger Games (x3)
    8 & 9 & 10 Catching Fire (x3)
    11 & 12 & 13 Mockingjay (x3)
    14 Island of the Aunts
    15 Animal Farm
    16 Forever Odd
    17 To Kill A Mockingbird
    18 The Secret Life of Bees
    19 Twilight
    20 New Moon
    21 Eclipse
    22 Breaking Dawn
    23 HP & the Sorcerers Stone
    24 HP & the Chamber of Secrets
    25 HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban
    26 HP & the Goblet of Fire
    27 HP & the Order of the Phoenix
    28 HP & the Half-Blood Prince
    29 HP & the Deathly Hallows
    30 Ender’s Game

    NonFiction:

    31 Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Cultural Literacy
    Jane Eyre

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease
    The Heroine’s Journey

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd (then Odd Hours & Odd Apocalypse)

    Total Read: 31
    In Progress: 5

    To Read: 8

    Total: 44

    Well it doesn’t look like I’m going to hit my total, but even if I finish half of my In Progress reads it is not too bad.

    #223668
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    Books I’ve read this year:

    Fiction:

    1 Odd Thomas
    2 Fahrenheit 451
    3 Speak
    4 Sense and Sensibility
    5 & 6 & 7 The Hunger Games (x3)
    8 & 9 & 10 Catching Fire (x3)
    11 & 12 & 13 Mockingjay (x3)
    14 Island of the Aunts
    15 Animal Farm
    16 Forever Odd
    17 To Kill A Mockingbird
    18 The Secret Life of Bees
    19 Twilight
    20 New Moon
    21 Eclipse
    22 Breaking Dawn
    23 HP & the Sorcerers Stone
    24 HP & the Chamber of Secrets
    25 HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban
    26 HP & the Goblet of Fire
    27 HP & the Order of the Phoenix
    28 HP & the Half-Blood Prince
    29 HP & the Deathly Hallows
    30 Ender’s Game
    31 Jane Eyre

    NonFiction:

    32 Zen in the Art of Writing

    Reading in Progress:

    Hero with a Thousand Faces (nonfiction)
    Queen Bees and Wannabes
    Writing the Character Driven Screenplay
    Cultural Literacy

    Still to Read:

    NonFiction:

    On Writing
    The Midnight Disease
    The Heroine’s Journey

    Fiction:

    1984
    Siddhartha
    Great Expectations
    the rest of the Odd Thomas series, next is Brother Odd (then Odd Hours & Odd Apocalypse)

    Total Read: 32
    In Progress: 4

    To Read: 8

    Total: 44

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