Second Love: Writing

As much as I love reading, I love to write just as much. I wrote my first “book” when I was six years old. It was a story about my baby brother and even had illustrations, from what I can recall. I can remember writing a couple of other little books, even using cut out pictures from my yearbook to illustrate one.
Throughout middle school and high school, I wrote novellas and shared them with my classmates. I dreamed of one day becoming a best-selling author. When it came to decide on a career path, I thought I wanted to pursue teaching high school English–a thought inspired by my own Junior and Senior English teachers. I still wanted to write and took a few creative writing classes as electives. Then a boy came along and I didn’t write for a long, long time. Eventually, there was a hiatus from school; but I eventually returned and graduated with a degree in English, minus the teaching certification. Returning to school helped me return to writing as I was encouraged to submit works to our school literary journal. My husband was as encouraging of my writing, as well as one of my professors. Last year, I made a second attempt at National Novel Writing Monthin which participants attempt to write an entire novel (175 pages/50,000 words)in thirty days. It was a struggle and mind wrecking, but I was able to complete the event for the first time. (I had attempted to do this a few years earlier and failed miserably) I have not decided if I am going to take part or not this year; but I do have a few stories milling about in my head. I also am thinking of what to put in my portfolio for graduate school admissions. So, for now, I have some things to ponder on.

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First Love: 50 Book Challenge

I am going to start off my new blog by writing a few of my first posts about something I love. These are things I have loved most of my life; they will hopefully give some insight into who I am and what I hope to write about in the future.

I will attest to this day that I taught myself to read at age five. Since then, I have loved to read and have always attacked books with a voracious appetite. I read faster than anyone in my family and constantly get engrossed in a book; I often would get teased for both. Books have always been a steady companion; I accumulated many literary friends over the years. So, to honor my love of books, I have decided to embark on the 50 Book Challenge.

It is plain and simple. List 50 books that you would like to read in a year. Check them off as you go.

I will offer a short legend so that the different text styles will make sense:

    • italics=Either I already own the book or I can find it at the library or as a free e-book.
  • plain text=I will have to buy the book.
  • bold=I have finished reading the book.

I will be updating my list as I read the books. Warning: I read fast!

The following books are in no particular order:

1. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

2. The Pact: A Love Story (P.S.)by Jodi Picoult

3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

4. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

6. Paradise Lost by John Milton

7. 1984 by George Orwell

8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

9. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

10. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey


12. The Iliad by Homer

13. The Odyssey by Homer

14. The Aeneid by Virgil

15. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

16. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

17. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

18. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence

19. The Shack by William P Young

20. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

21. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

22.House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

23. Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon

24. Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

25. Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

26. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

27. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

28. Christmas Jars by Jason Wright

29. The Overton Window by Glenn Beck

30. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

31. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent (As Told to)

32. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

33. Kiss by Ted Dekker, Erin Healy

34. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

35. Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles

36. Necessary Heartbreak by Michael J. Sullivan

37. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

38. When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

39. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

40. Still Life by Joy Fielding

41. Monster Island by David Wellington

42. Foreign Body by Robin Cook

45. The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry

46. Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa

47. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

48.Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

49. Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

50. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks

If anyone wishes for me to review one of the books I have read, please feel free to comment or drop me a line.

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