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Jan 9, 2013, 1:36 pm

1. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo
by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac
4. The Breast by Philip Roth

This was the second time I had read The Breast. I like the book ok but I feel it couldv'e been a lot better. For one thing the boot was too short & another thing it really doesn't tell you the whole process of how the guy changed into a large woman's breast. I think the book would've been much better if another Author had written it. Someone like Stephen King for example. He would've written between 800-1000 pages or even more plus you know it would've eventually been made into a Movie for TV or a Mini-Series and been a humongous Best-Seller for him too. He would've gone on for pages how the whole transformation took place and what was being done to reverse the process.

Or maybe even Anne Rice. She could've made it into some kind of humongous breast shaped Vampire who had been bitten by Lestat or Louie or one of the other Vampires that goes around Sucking the blood out of the victim. Maybe since the breast is at least five feet long maybe Anne Rice would've given it some kind of extremely large Vampire Bat Wings with long fangs the size of hypodermic needles.

Or if a Science FIction Author had written the book, the breast would've been Worshipped as some kind of a Goddess with human sacrifices being offered at the Altar. They would be the catpives of the enemies of the Tribe that Worships the giant Breast as a Goddess. Mothers would go there to Worship the Idol and leave what offerings she could afford at the time to make sure her baby or babies as the case may be thirived on her Breast milk since everyone knows that Breast milk is much better for babies.


Editado: Jan 10, 2013, 2:43 am

I haven't read The Breast before, but I do have to say, that's one trippy concept.

ETA: Welcome back to the group!

Editado: Jan 10, 2013, 1:28 pm

Thanks wookiebender. The Breast is the only Philip Roth book I've ever read and also the
only one of his I own too. I feel that it could've been a much better book. It was in a Hospital somewhere hooked up to wires that was keeping it alive and being massaged by Nurses every day with oils and the breast talked to the Doctors, Nurses, a girl friend when he had had before he transformed in the huge breast, and even his father came to visit and talk as well as a friend from the University where he used to Teach.

Philip Roth concentrated too much on the emotions he felt being this huge breast instead of trying to figure out what actually triggered it and what experiments they could try to do to reverse the process. That's why I say that this could've been a much better book if another Author had actually written it instead of Roth.


Jan 10, 2013, 6:07 pm

Sounds interestingly weird. Wishlisted!

Editado: Jan 15, 2013, 1:32 pm

5. Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard
6. Casual Hex by Vicki Lewis Thompson

judylou, I know but I probably wouldve enjoyed the book much more if it had been much longer
& better written too.Though as you see it didn't stop me from re-reading it again. I don't think it's the kind of book I'll plan on reading on a yearly basis like the Harry Potter Series, The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Whispering to Witches, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Mists of Avalon, Witches' Brew or any other book that I love going back to re-read again & again.


Jan 20, 2013, 12:01 am

I see you share books with me by Melissa Scott, Sharon Shinn, Diane Duane, Le Guin and Tepper. Do you read any Sheri Tepper, in your feminist science fiction category? I'm really enjoying Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series right now--I like it a lot better than her Wizard Heir trilogy.

Jan 22, 2013, 2:22 pm

Hi ronincats, yes I do enjoy reading feminist science fiction. The only Sherri Tepper books I own are The Awakeners Series:

North Shore
South Shore

and also The Gate to Women's Country. I only own volume two of The Wizard Heir trilogy. I'm getting ready to start reading Ethan of Athos.


Jan 28, 2013, 7:39 am

7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
8. The Creatures From Beyond Beyond by R.L. Stine
9.Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold


Fev 26, 2013, 1:45 pm

10. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
11. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
12. The Magic Treehouse#44 A Ghost Tale For Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne
13. 1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar
14. Star Trek Log One by Alan Dean Foster
15. Titan by John Varley


Mar 5, 2013, 7:20 am

18. Commitment Hour by James Alan Gardner


Mar 18, 2013, 8:44 am

19. SHE by H. Rider Haggard


Editado: Mar 22, 2013, 7:36 am

20. Sword and Sorceress by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This is the earliest date that I have ever read my 20th book by. In 2010 I didn't finish my 20th book until April 26 & in 2012 I didn't finish my 20th book until May 6. And there were some years where I didn't even 20 books for the entire year. And a lot of the other years where I read more than 20 books I didn't finish reading the 20th book until sometime later in the Summer or Fall. So you see I'm on a great reading pace this year. And I could easily read 100 or more books for this year.


Mar 26, 2013, 3:28 am

Good going!

Editado: Mar 28, 2013, 7:50 am

Thanks judylou. It feels great to be on such an unbelievable reading pace. I never would've believed it was possible for me to do before now.

21. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Last year when I read 62 books I didn't read my 21st & 22nd books until May 13 & May 20th respectively. And by finishing a 23rd book sometime later today I will be a full two months ahead of my reading pace last year. As of March 25th last year I had only read 16 books and didn't finish my 17th book until March 31st.


Editado: Abr 3, 2013, 2:09 pm

23. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
24. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

As of today I'm almost 1/4 of the way to reading my 100 Book Challenge.


Abr 4, 2013, 7:15 am

Congratulations on the almost-milestone!

Editado: Abr 9, 2013, 1:39 pm

Thanks wookiebender. Now it's official I am 1/4 of the way to reaching the 100 Book Challenge. My habit of reading more than one book at a time has been paying off for me the last several years. And I think that is one of the reasons I was able to read 52 books in 2010 & 62 books last. And probably over 100 books this year. Another reason is also that sometimes I'll read shorter books to help boost the number of books I read for the year.


Abr 12, 2013, 1:22 pm

25. The Barbarian Princess by Laura Buchanan
26. The Sherwood Game by Esther Friesner


Abr 12, 2013, 3:06 pm

I find that those tactics help me reach 100 books in a year too. I usually read more than one book at a time because I only want to read exactly what I am in the mood for at any given time, and that is almost never the same from one day to the next.

Abr 16, 2013, 1:59 pm

27. T*Witches The Power of Two by H.B. Gilmour


Abr 18, 2013, 8:07 am

28. Letters From Camp by Bill Adler


Abr 19, 2013, 7:04 am

29. The Robot and Rebecca and the Missing Owser by Jane Yolen


Abr 22, 2013, 7:16 am

30. Real Vampires by Daniel Cohen


Editado: Jun 3, 2013, 1:33 pm

31. Wanted... Mud Blossom by Betsy Byars
32. The Lord of The Rings The Fellowship of The Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien


Abr 30, 2013, 8:25 am

33. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart


Maio 1, 2013, 12:21 pm

34. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie


Maio 15, 2013, 12:12 pm

35. More Letters From Camp by Bill Adler
36. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


Jun 3, 2013, 1:33 pm

37. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
38. Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
39. Still More Letters From Camp by Bill Adler
40. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
41. Century of the Manikin by E.C. Tubb


Editado: Jun 17, 2013, 1:54 pm

42. The Greatest Monsters in the World by Daniel Cohen
43. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
44. Women Artists in History From Antiquity to the Present by Wendy Slatkin
45. J.K. Rowling The Wizard Behind Harry Potter by Marc Shapiro


I'm hoping to be able to reach 50 books by the end of the month. However, if I don't I'll be a little disappointed but still awful proud of all the books I would've read in the first 6 months of this year. As of right now I still fell that I'll read over 100 books for the year. Once I read my 50th book it will be the second year in a row I will have read 50 or more books & the third time in the last four years. My previous record of 62 books read last year in coming a little bit closer with every book I read. I might be able to surpass 62 books by sometime in August. Then I'll set my sights on reaching 75 books then 100 books and then who knows??

Jun 17, 2013, 4:14 pm

Congratulations! I think you'll be able to pass 62 books easy, barring any unforeseen events.

Jun 18, 2013, 2:38 am

Well done. You are only a few books away from 62, and from there anything is possible :O)

Jun 18, 2013, 7:27 am

Thanks a lot jfetting & judylou. I totally agree with both of your statements. I'm really looking forward to reading my 75th & eventually 100th books of the year. When I had started off this year by reading 9 books in January and another 8 books in February I knew this was gonna be my year since I read 9 books in January for the second year in a row and in February of '12 I had read 13 books compared to this year I had read 17 books by the end of February. In '12 I didn't finish reading my 45th book until October 10th. So you can see the kinda reading pace I'm on for this year. The thing is that I'm raising the bar so high I don't know if I'll ever be able to have another year reading books like this one. Is this just kind of a flukey year for me when I'm on such an amazing reading pace?? Unfortunately we won't know until the end of the year when I know exactly how many books I read in '13. The reason I keep a record of the date I finished reading my books is to be able to know where my reading pace is at the same time that yeat then I was the previous year at the same date. That's how I know I had read 13 books by the end of February '12 and that I didn't finish my 45th book in '12 until October 10th. At the end of every year one of my New Year's Resolutions is to try to read more books that year than I did the previous year.


Jun 18, 2013, 7:55 am

That's a great resolution! Good luck with your goal, looks like you're in track!

Jun 19, 2013, 3:08 am

Some years I read more than others and for no particular reason. Although I look forward to reading 100 books each year, my world doesn't collapse if it doesn't happen ;o). But still, I try.

Editado: Ago 16, 2013, 1:33 pm

46. Masculine\Feminine Readings in Sexual Mythology and the Liberation of Women by Betty Roszak


Editado: Jul 22, 2013, 1:45 pm

47. Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart
48. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
49. Witchcraft and Witches by Henry Curtis Ahl
50. Hecate's Cauldron by Susan M. Shwartz
51. Ghosts & Legends of Frederick County by Timothy L. Cannon & Nancy F. Whitmore


Jul 23, 2013, 1:07 pm

52. Spirits of Frederick by Alyce T. Weinberg


Editado: Jul 29, 2013, 1:49 pm

53. Witchcraft by Pennethorne Hughes
54. Harry, A History The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life insdie the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli


Editado: Ago 7, 2013, 1:39 pm

55. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

I remember I used to watch the British TV Series, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 in the 80s.


Ago 16, 2013, 1:29 pm

56. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling


Ago 21, 2013, 1:15 pm

57. Love You More by Lisa Gardner


Ago 30, 2013, 1:42 pm

58. The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
59. The Butterfly Revolution by William Butler


Set 10, 2013, 1:32 pm

60. The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
61. The Little Black Book of Magical Creatures by Elizabeth Pepper


Set 23, 2013, 1:57 pm

62. The Green Mile Two Dead Girls by Stephen King
63. The Green Mile The Mouse on the Mile by Stephen King

I now have a brand new Personal Record for most books read in a year. Next it's onto 75 books read & then hopefully 100 books read, maybe even more.


Set 24, 2013, 12:51 am

Great job! Hope you read lots of good ones.

Set 24, 2013, 10:07 pm

Keep it going, {The Green Mile was a great read !

Set 26, 2013, 10:59 am

Getting there ! Good luck with the goals.

Set 26, 2013, 1:11 pm

Thanks aLot bryanoz & Zefariath I appreciate it. I just started reading Coffey on the Mile.


Editado: Set 26, 2013, 1:15 pm

64. The Green Mile Coffey's Hands by Stephen King
65. The Green Mile The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix by Stephen King
66. The Green Mile Night Journey by Stephen King


Editado: Nov 1, 2013, 1:23 pm

67. The Green Mile Coffey on the Mile by Stephen King

67 books down and 23 more to go until I officially reach the 100 books read mark. I only need to average 8 books per month for the final three months of the year which would give me 101 books read for the entire year. So I still have a chance of doing it this year. What might eventually hurt my chance of reaching the 100 books read mark is that from August 31 to September 22 I was stuck at 61 books read until I decided to finally
start reading The Green Mile Series.That's the longest amount of time this year that I've gone without finishing at least one book.


Out 1, 2013, 7:11 am

68. She Who Remembers by Linda Lay Shuler


Nov 1, 2013, 1:21 pm

69. Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
70. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli


Dez 13, 2013, 2:01 pm

71. Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay
72. The Lord of the Rings The Two Tower by J.R.R. Tolkien
73. Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick by Richard Abanes


Dez 16, 2013, 1:11 pm

74. Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly
75. Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale