Engaging Books: A Book Club for the next 4 years

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Summer wildflowers by E.A. Schneider

Salutations, dear pond readers! Today, I am excited to launch a new project at Technicolorlilypond just in time for Summer. This project is a book club for the next four years that I’m calling “Engaging Books.” The election for the 45th president of the United States has made the world an extra tumultuous place and stirred up a lot of feelings in people. I think that if we could all be on the same page of the same book engaging in the imaginative exercise together, and then sharing thoughts on it in a polite way, that that would make the world a little bit better place right now with a little bit brighter future. What can I say? I’m the child of librarians; I can’t help but think that books are the best place to start when faced with crises.

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Ring-tailed Lemur hugging its tail by E.A. Schneider

Engaging Books is designed with three specific goals. Goal #1: pierce our self-made bubbles of knowledge and, by so doing, achieve Goal #2: foster consideration for each other as human beings whilst doing Goal #3: read some amazing books. In short, the ultimate goal is to become a more engaged, informed, and polite member of society. Our self-curated bubbles of information have highlighted our polarized political climate in the United States as well as contributed to a crumbling sense of community. There is data to support this belief and there is no shortage of evidence that we are more likely to believe that the “other” is a subhuman enemy when we don’t know anything about them personally. I’m hoping that reading these books and works will help us all see the world with more compassion.

Like a lot of others in the USA, I felt a little blindsided after the November elections and I want to read up on points of view that I’m now aware I knew nothing of as well as perspectives that I might have mistakenly taken for granted.  A lot of thought went into this list of books. The books are a mix of fiction and non-fiction and every book is less than 600 pages long.

Because this is the Internet, everybody reads at different paces, and there’s this pesky thing called Real Life that rudely interrupts one’s ability to read, I have some guidelines for how this is going to work. Naturally, these are subject to revision as things develop. The books are listed below in the rough order I will aim to read them in. There are 60 books on the list which works out to 15 books a year for the next four years. As I read, I will post thoughts on the books here on my blog as well as on Goodreads in the Engaging Books Group. If you are reading along, please post your thoughts. If you’ve already read something on the list, feel free to post your thoughts on the work even if it’s way down on the list. However, all people posting will need to put SPOILER warnings on their comment where applicable and always be politely respectful in their remarks.

The books on this list are purposefully challenging. I fully expect many of them to contain content that is disturbing, offensive, graphic, and emotionally affecting. That is the point. Again, we all curate bubbles for ourselves regardless of facts to protect our identities. It is our nature. However, we can and should challenge that nature to stretch because that is how we learn and grow.

This isn’t a class. There are no grades and no credit beyond the personal. All I can offer is my own written commentary, some cute animal pictures, and the truth that when you read a book, you’re going to learn something you didn’t know before. Personally, I think that reading these books is a worthwhile endeavor and I hope you do too. On to the list!

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Relaxed Seal by E.A. Schneider  Seals are one of the cutest animals around!

 

Engaging Books: The List  

# / Title / Author / [page count]

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood [311]
  2. Tracks by Louise Erdrich [226]
  3. News from Nowhere by William Morris [167]
  4. The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher [272]
  5. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed [274]
  6. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance [272]
  7. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis [400]
  8. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler [345]
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley [288]
  10. Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglas [160]
  11. Bus Girl: Poems by Gretchen Josephson [107]
  12. The Irony of American History by Reinhold Neibuhr [174]
  13. We by Yevgeny Zamayatin [225]

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    Diving sea turtle by E.A. Schneider

  14. 1984 by George Orwell [322]
  15. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond [418]
  16. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood [400]
  17. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank [200]
  18. Selected Poems by Langston Hughes [320]
  19. Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston [243]
  20. Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hothschild [288]
  21. Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt [527]
  22. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach [181]
  23. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg [308]
  24. Muslims and the Making of America by Amir Hussain [150]
  25. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine [160]
  26. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot [370]
  27. Waist-high in the World: A life Among the Non-Disabled by N. Mairs [224]
  28. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai [352]
  29. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver [436]
  30. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson [240]

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    Summer wildflowers at dusk by E.A. Schneider

  31. Prophesy Deliverance! by Cornel West [188]
  32. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks [243]
  33. The Dictator’s Handbook by Bueno de Mequita [352]
  34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury [249]
  35. Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik [218]
  36. Coyote by Allen Steele [436]
  37. The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force by Eliot A. Cohen [304]
  38. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [374]
  39. The American Jeremiad by Sacvan Bercovitch [256]
  40. High-Rise by J. G. Ballard [204]
  41. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine [291]
  42. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd [296]
  43. Caesar’s Column by Ignatius Donnelly [278]
  44. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks [174]
  45. The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer [240]
  46. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin [349]
  47. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman [208]
  48. The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (pseudonym of Stephen King) [384]
  49. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson [448]
  50. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt [528]
  51. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli [140]
  52. Animal Farm by George Orwell [112]
  53. The Wave by Morton Rhue and Todd Strasser [143]
  54. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez [120]

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    Coneflower by E.A. Schneider

  55. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson [433]
  56. Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900 by Ida B. Wells-Barnett Jacqueline Jones Royster (Editor) [288]
  57. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels [48]
  58. One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society by Herbert Marcuse [320]
  59. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama [585]
  60. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins [294]

Thank you for reading to the end! I am going to intersperse my reading of this list with other lighter works and hopefully I will blog about those, too. I’ve already read a couple of these and will be posting my reviews sometime soon. Hopefully, this will help you launch your Summer Reading with some fascinating books and dynamic thinking. Any thoughts? Concerns? What are you reading now? Please, share below, happy Summer reading, and thank you for stopping by the pond today, dear reader.

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Onward by E.A. Schneider

 

 

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Happy Headlines

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Wingspan by E.A. Schneider

Salutations, dear pond readers! I know it has been awhile. As part of my bid to stay awake tonight to watch the exceptional Perseid Meteor Shower, I thought that I would share some nifty headlines with all of you.

This headline about a brilliant inventor from South Africa who developed a famine-combating super absorbent polymer from orange and avocado peels filled me with delight today. There’s nothing like the can-do spirit of a science literate inventor who actually figured out how to make her part of the world a better place to start your day off right.

In the entertainment world, I’m excited about a live action version of an anime that I very much enjoyed called Tiger & Bunny getting one step closer to being a live-action film.  Tiger & Bunny combines a few characteristics that I enjoy: superpowers, ensemble teamwork, dynamic action, buddy-comedy, and a hint of workplace style story-telling. The characters, the story, and the animation are all fantastic. There is also a satisfying emotional arc for the characters and that is something that anime fans don’t always get to enjoy with a show based on an ongoing manga or light novel series. I look forward to seeing how the live-action movie is developed.

The other entertainment story I’m pumped about is the news that the new Star Trek show on CBS, Star Trek: Discovery, will not only have a diverse cast headed by a female lead but will also take place in the prime universe. As pond readers well know, though I am a lifelong Trekkie, I do not care for the new J.J. Abrams’ films. When early reports on the possibility of a new TV series surfaced, I feared they would be set in the alternate Abrams’ universe and new generations would see the prime universe as a quaint curiosity. I think that a new show set in the 10 years before The Original Series makes perfect sense. Big idea, high-concept, character-driven sci-fi that is told with good action and good writing really shines the most in a long format like TV. That’s why I think Star Trek’s natural habitat will always be the small screen, even if I do enjoy good Star Trek movies. Here’s hoping that Fuller and team do the brand credit and all fans, new and old, can enjoy a good Trek to the stars for years to come.

Any news stories that you’re particularly excited about, dear pond readers? Please, leave a comment below and thanks for stopping by the pond!

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Because dancing Picard makes everything an extra big party.

Good News

Here is the best piece of news I’ve heard all week, dear readers: Canadian scientists have published a paper in the Lancet detailing an extraordinary new treatment for severe progressive multiple sclerosis.  That link will take you to an excellent write-up of the discovery in Vox but this link will take you to the original Lancet article.

I’ve mentioned my personal struggle with multiple sclerosis before here in the pond, heck I even have a tab devoted to it here. This is a big deal to me but I also just think this story is inspiring. Want to know one of the many cool things about science that I think I’ve mentioned a few times? Everything is connected. That amazing miracle up in Canada was only possible because there was a bunch of basic scientific research available to draw upon from stem cells, leukemia research, lymphoma research, auto-immune research, and probably many other fields that I’m unaware of; the publication has 38 cited references and 25 co-authors. The implications of the work these 25 scientists did extend beyond multiple sclerosis to other auto-immune diseases and who knows what else in the future. Just thinking about all of the citations that had to happen to make all the 38 works possible that made this paper possible, fills me with awe at the breadth of research necessary to facilitate each discovery scientists make. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Each discovery, each eureka moment, fuels the next one, even one you might not expect. Every penny towards research, be it private or public, helps the researchers do their necessary work. I also personally believe that every prayer and positive thought contributes in some way to these sorts of discoveries, too. I hope contemplating this story, and all the hands that made it possible, fills you with hope & wonder, too, dear readers. Have you read or experienced something that gave you a feeling of hope? Please share it below in the comments and thanks for stopping by the pond today.

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Light and Leaves from Michigan by E.A. Schneider

 

Science is the coolest

Check out these nifty science stories I’ve been reading about lately, dear pond readers. As you read these, picture your best old-timey radio announcer voice because that makes it extra fun. Also, science fiction is rapidly becoming science fact. All we’re missing are jet packs and replicators.

Mammal who survived the comet that killed the dinosaurs still exists!

Microfish tiny robots that could help deliver medicine and remove toxins!

Acoustic tweezers that can manipulate cells!

Vitamins that can minimize disease damage in multiple sclerosis!

Resurrection of a nigh-extinct subspecies with biotechnology!

The future is now! What do you think, dear readers? Leave a comment below and thanks for stopping by the pond today.

 

 

 

 

Sundry cool things

A few weeks ago I read an inspiring article about progress being made in the fight against white nose syndrome afflicting bats. You can read the article here and I highly encourage you to do so because it is pretty darn cool. Nothing comes from nothing. If you want scientific research to figure things out, you need to encourage researchers who do research and then reward their creativity. To me, that article exemplifies the principle that the more science is done, the more questions are asked, the more answers are uncovered, the more opportunities there are for applications to be found for seemingly disparate things that can make all the difference in critical issues. You never know where the answer you’re looking for might come from. A rich culture of diverse research helps ensure that there will be answers when we need them. Clearly, that article isn’t saying that the fight against white nose syndrome is over, it continues, but it is sure going to be a lot better for a lot of bats now thanks to some good science.

Last week, somebody sent me this beautiful link to the Oatmeal and it brought me to tears, in a good way. I kind of want to send it on to everyone in the world, so I am starting with my pond and all you wonderful readers. Sometimes it is really hard to remember the helpers in the world. Weeks like last week filled with terrible things make it especially difficult, but those are the times when we most need  to not only look for the helpers but stand up and help too rather than give in to fear. We’re all just falling in the sky, we need to help hold each other up while we can. And watch Star Trek. That’s helpful, too.

This week, I read this inspiring article about MS research into Myelin repair. Reading it gave me goosebumps. Right now, my MS isn’t troubling me too too much. I get by pretty darn well most of the time. But, the day will likely come when that stops being true. That day is not this day, though, and, thanks to the National MS Society supporting researchers like Dr. Salzer, for all I know when my body stops keeping pace with repairing my MS, I’ll be able to get some kind of myelin repair therapy that will help keep me mobile. That is really flipping cool. Thanks, dear pond readers, for supporting me and my fundraising earlier this year for team Nerds for A Cure for Walk MS. I was one of the top 100 individual fundraisers in my state, number 68 specifically, thanks to the support of everyone, near and far. Next year, we’ll see if I can crack the top 50 and together we will feed the researchers doing the research that gets the world closer to a cure. Who knows? Maybe the cure or the dream treatment will come as a result of research into bats or frogs or some plant or fungus or parasite I have never heard of before it turns out to be a life-safer. That’s the thing about science and the thing about this beautiful world, it is all connected.

Finally, on this Friday night I leave you with this incredibly cute GIF because everyone needs more cute in their lives. Thanks for stopping by, dear pond readers.

Ducks on the water by E.A. Schneider

Ducks on the water by E.A. Schneider

And now for something new!

It’s been a long time coming but at last I am pleased to announce the debut of original fiction by me here at Technicolor Lily Pond. As a writer I often struggle with my imaginative voice that eggs me on to greater heights of world building than is strictly necessary as much as the famed inner critic.  I have stalled out more story drafts than I can say by going down the backstory rabbit hole and it is depressing to see the clutter of these unfinished files on my computer with so very few finished pieces shining in the mix. I’m enough of a student of animal behavior to know that it’s high time I change my writing habits with something new, something with more of a reward for the effort, something that is in short a biscuit for my brain.

Enter: flash fiction! Make an iron clad rule of 600 words or less and stick with it. There are literally no words to spend on flights of fancy into faerie. Every one has to cover the elements of narrative. Character, conflict, action, and resolution all have to make an appearance in a page worth of words which engages the reader. While brevity is difficult craft it is certainly freeing. It’s a 600 word or less story after all, if  you jot off enough of them you’re bound to improve as you go even if some of them aren’t necessarily going to win any gold stars. The ideas involved don’t have to sustain a novel. You can write one story and edit it in under an hour and still have time to start another. In animal training, specifically dog training, you come across the word “motivation.” Having to find what motivates the animal you’re training, what makes them want to work (i.e. food, squeaker, belly rub), and using that as a reward is a trainer’s main initial challenge. Analyzing myself I realized that my biggest source of writing depression is unfinished work. Getting that ending, reaching that final “Fin” at the end of a story is what makes me wag my tail. Since I resolved to start this feature on my blog and started writing the content I’ve been on a roll. My word count has blossomed and not just in flash fiction. After finishing a couple of these pieces I found myself making actual narrative progress on another, longer, story project. This makes sense. Reaching an ending rewarded my brain, providing incentive to repeat the behavior of writing a story. In essence, I am training myself through positive repetition to enjoy the work of writing again. I knew all that science education would come in handy!

Anyway, before getting to the actual story, I think it is important to enumerate the pillars I am following with my flash fiction here at the pond. The guidelines set out at 365 tomorrows really helped clarify flash fiction for me. Their stories are also quite awesome.

Pillar #1: All stories will be 600 words or less.

Pillar #2:  All stories will be narrative stories. Even if certain elements are only implied or alluded to they must exist.

Pillar #3: All stories will be inspired by my own photography or other crafted item I made (i.e. sculpture, collage, quilt, jewelry, etc.).

My Goal is to post a new piece of flash fiction here at least once a month. Depending on reader enthusiasm I might post more frequently.

Finally, you should know that fairy tales are a big deal with me. I read them a lot and not surprisingly I often write fairy tale inspired fantasy. Fairy tales lend themselves to the short form and it makes me happy to craft them. However, be aware that classical fairy tales, the ones I like to read, bear no relation to Disney. They feature villains, bloodshed, sacrifice, and death. They also feature heroines, magic, wonder, and laughter. You take the rose with the thorn.

Inspiration

Pine Wood in Black and White by E.A. Schneider

Wolfe Daughter by E.A. Schneider 553 words

Zoey huddled against the base of the pine tree, craning her neck back so she could see the gaps of sky between the boughs. It was almost dark. Zoey traced the ribbon wrappings of her left hand, following the satin from wrist to a complex weave of wire and ribbon forming the ring of eternity around her third finger. Jaason had woven it on her himself; it even bore the rusty spots of his blood seal. The ring was beautiful and it made Zoey sick. Still, Zoey couldn’t stop her fingers. It was a habit, like poking a sore tooth with your tongue. It was full dark now; the moon would rise soon and Zoey would find out the truth of the legend of the Wolfe girls. The legend was old but lively, like their clan. It was told to every girl by her mother and retold amongst the womenfolk. It was theirs alone. Since her contracting to Jaason only one part mattered: should a virgin daughter of the Wolfe clan offer the Moon goddess blood of life she would be reborn in ancestral fur. The kingdom knew tonight was the night of the moon goddess. Pilgrims gathered at her shrines. Zoey waited in the pine wood with the beaten silver knife. The wood stretched many miles; it held much prey and numerous wolves. It would be a good home should the moon goddess bless her and a good grave if not. Either way she would soon be free and the trees were good company in the dark. It is funny, Zoey thought; I’ve always been a noisy weeper until today. The tears were flowing like salt rain. Even though she was here, alone, in a vast wood ready to sacrifice her blood on the faith of a legend, Zoey didn’t want to die. The knife felt cold and heavy. Sensation seemed terribly important now. Zooey ran her fingers over the thick carpet of pine needles, reveling in their smoothness and prickles as much as the sheer joy of exercising her digits, especially her thumbs. If her prayers were answered she would grip nothing except with fangs.  Human things: dresses, hot water, cooking meat, sweet tarts, twirling a pen, and the elegance of ribbon would be lost to her. Ribbon. Jaason’s sneering face, coarse breath, and cold blue eyes flashed into Zoey’s mind. Zoey took a deep breath, the pine perfume filling her lungs, and raised her wet face to the moon. It was time. Standing Zoey began the moon chant, arms raised, head high. Zoey cut through the ribbon wrappings, blood spilled, and the hand went limp. Knife in her teeth, Zoey cut her right wrist. The blood ran. Like her ancestor, the heroine of ancient legend, Zoey spat the knife out and singing the moon song, she spun, arms out, drawing a welcome circle for her new self. Finally, Zoey fell down, sick and spent. The moonlight fell on her slowly blinking eyes. There couldn’t be a legend if it didn’t work. Someone had to tell the story.

Moonlight fell through pine boughs on a silver wolf. The wolf stood up, turning in the rusty circle. She bent to sniff, inhaling deeply. The smell was human.  Shaking her fur, she bounded into the shadows of the wood, new, alone, and free.

Season of Joy

There are many reasons to be happy this time of year. Celebrating religious traditions, time with family, time with friends, giving and receiving presents, eating yummy seasonal treats, shopping sales, perfecting your snowflake catching tongue acrobatics, or just counting the stars on a clear winter night. For me, I am happy to say that in addition to the aforementioned blessings I just completed my masters degree. I am happy. It is wonderful to be able to turn the page on the story of my life to start writing what happens next. Hopefully I’ll even manage to write here at the pond more often than I have been.

It is a curious thing, freedom. It makes me feel rather giddy the way I feel peering over a precipice or a balcony on the 92nd floor. In grad school you get in the habit of talking about life after grad school the way characters in movies talk about life after prison.

“When I get done I’m going to <<insert any one of a number of fantastically extraordinary ordinary things here>>.”

Now I am here, at this place in time I have been dreaming about for years, this moment I feared many times would never come, this precious opportunity to say in all honesty: “Yes, I am done with my graduate degree,” to anyone who asks.

The thing of it is that part of me, a small but nonetheless vocal part, is mourning. Every step of this degree was hard. I will never sugarcoat that. There were times I thought I was doomed to fail, really fail, and it terrified me. Yet, I had fun. No joke, I did. I had fun planning. I had fun sampling. I had fun analyzing once I figured out what the fudge I was doing. I had fun teaching my lab assistants and working with my colleagues. I had fun chasing down citations through the library like a detective. Many times my maniacal laugh (every scientist should have one) rang out when I was able to add another citation to my growing list of references.  I even had fun writing my thesis. Crafting each sentence, each argument, was curiously satisfying in a way I would never have guessed it could be. I joked with friends that it was graduate school Stockholm syndrome; “How I learned to stop worrying and love the grind of science.” Maybe there is more truth to that than one might like. Jokes are like that. It is nonetheless still true that I had fun, noticeable memorable fun moments, doing something that was really fudging hard; that I have happy memories, that in the end I did something that I can be proud of, and now…it’s  over. I don’t want to turn back time and I’m not sad, quite the opposite in fact, but I think it is human that a little vocal part of me is mourning the end of a chapter in my life.

Queen Anne’s Lace in Autumn by E.A. Schneider

Life goes on though and I am lining up new opportunities. I am doing some of those extraordinary ordinary things like writing fiction–real fiction, not just scribbled notes on hibernating project ideas; the just-add-water survival food of a creative writer’s imaginative soul. My maniacal laugh is ringing out over newly discovered job opportunities. I am crafting like a North-pole elf high on peppermint sticks and hot cocoa. Of course I won’t be posting pictures of the fruits of these labors until after Christmas, just in case any of the future recipients actually frequent the technicolor lily pond. Then of course there is reading. My superpower in life, for which I am humbly grateful, is the ability to read regardless of circumstances. I’ve read 1/6 of my fall/winter reading list in between the busy events of the last few months, and some extra pieces besides. Huzzah! I’ve re-posted the list below as a frame of reference.

Ellen’s Fall/Winter 2011 Reading List!!

  1. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  2. Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  3. Slippage by Harlan Ellison
  4. Alone Against Tommorow by Harlan Ellison <– Done!! 🙂
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  by Sherman Alexie

    Green Frog in a pond by E.A. Schneider

  6. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden <– Done!! 🙂
  7. Forever by Judy Blume
  8. Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret  by Judy Blume
  9. All Alone in the Universe by Lynn Rae Perkins <– Done!! 🙂
  10. Changes by Jim Butcher
  11. Ghost Story  by Jim Butcher
  12. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich <– Done!! 🙂
  13. Sunshine by Robin McKinley <– Done!! 🙂
  14. The Collusus of Marusi by Henry Miller
  15. Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote
  16. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift <– Done!! 🙂
  17. Othello by Shakespeare
  18. The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  19. A Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare
  20. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  21. Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. LeGuin <– Done!! 🙂
  22. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. 100 selected poems by e.e. cummings
  24. The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit <– Done!! 🙂
  25. Volume One of the Journey to the West
  26. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
  27. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  28. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
  29. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
  30. The Riddle Master Trilogy by Patricia McKillip
  31. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery <– Done!! 🙂
  32. Arabian Nights
  33. Maurice by E.M. Forster
  34. The Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris<– Done!! 🙂
  35. Of This and Other Worlds by C.S. Lewis
  36. Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White <– Done!! 🙂
In the coming days I will post capsule reviews of the six books I’ve finished so far. In the meantime, dear readers, I wish you joy this season in whatever you’re doing. Thanks for joining me here at the pond. Edit: I have read five more books since initially writing this post and the above list reflects that. Keep reading! I will post capsule reviews soon. 

The sky is the limit by E.A. Schneider