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Reading Challenge Books Updated

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I’ve decided to update the list, since I’ve added more books to it.  Below are all of the books I have on my list.  Remember, I will read at least 100 of them before next June 23.

Book Author Reading Status
Further Tales of the City Armistead Maupin Done
Ghost at Work Carolyn G. Hart Done
The Mother-Daughter Book Club Heather Vogel Frederick Done
Wise Guy Nicholas Pileggi Done
Shoeless Joe W.P. Kinsella Currently Reading
Babycakes Armistead Maupin Currently Reading
Marilyn: A Biography Norman Mailer Started, but stopped
The Monuments Men Robert M. Edsel Started, but stopped
On Writing Stephen King Started, but stopped
Outwitting History Aaron Lansky Started, but stopped
Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher Done
From Notting Hill with Love…Actually Ali McNamara Not Going to Finish
A Tale of Two Biddies Kylie Logan Currently Reading
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith Not Started
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Not Started
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein Not Started
Amazing Grace Mark Beckloff Not Started
An Uncommon Education Elizabeth Percer Not Started
Anachism and Other Essays Emma Goldman Not Started
April 1865 Jay Winik Not Started
Between Silk and Cyanide Leo Marks Not Started
Book Clubbed Lorna Barrett Not Started
Careless Love Peter Guralnick Not Started
Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Not Started
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Not Started
Chicago Lives Chicago Tribune Not Started
Cookies and Scream Virginia Lowell Not Started
Dear Pen Pal Heather Vogel Frederick Not Started
Double Life Alan Shayne Not Started
Dreamcatcher Stephen King Not Started
Edward Albee Mel Gussow Not Started
Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson Not Started
Every Last Cuckoo Kate Maloy Not Started
For the Thrill of It Simon Baatz Not Started
Franklin and Winston Jon Meacham Not Started
From Time to Time Jack Finney Not Started
Girl Reading Katie Ward Not Started
God in the White House Randall Balmer Not Started
God is an Englishman R.F. Delderfield Not Started
Honor Thy Father Gay Talese Not Started
Hunting the Jackal Billy Waugh Not Started
I Wish I Had a Red Dress Pearl Cleage Not Started
Ill-Gotten Panes Jennifer McAndrews Not Started
Kennedy & Nixon Christopher J. Matthews Not Started
Little Bird of Heaven Joyce Carol Oates Not Started
Living History Hilary Rodham Clinton Not Started
Lost and Found Jacqueline Sheehan Not Started
Mama Rose’s Turn Carolyn Quinn Not Started
Mark Twain Ron Powers Not Started
Mark Twain’s Tales of Mystery Mark Twain Not Started
Mary Poppins P.I. Travers Not Started
Mary Wickes Steve Taravella Not Started
Michael Tolliver Lives Armistead Maupin Not Started
Mindhunter John Douglas Not Started
Mornings on Horseback David McCullough Not Started
Mr. S George Jacobs Not Started
Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger Lee Smith Not Started
Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival Jennifer Chiaverini Not Started
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train William Kuhn Not Started
Much Ado About Anne Heather Vogel Frederick Not Started
Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie Not Started
Never Surrender Michael Dobbs Not Started
Nixon and Kissinger Robert Dallek Not Started
Nixonland Rick Perlstein Not Started
No Ordinary Time Doris Kearns Goodwin Not Started
Papillon Henri Charriere Not Started
Paris Without End Gioia Diliberto Not Started
Pies & Prejudice Heather Vogel Frederick Not Started
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Not Started
Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander Not Started
Queen Victoria Matthew Dennison Not Started
Rose of Fire Carlos Ruiz Zafon Not Started
Sacre Bleu Christopher X. Moore Not Started
Sala’s Gift Ann Kirschner Not Started
Set Your Compass True Signe Bergstrom Not Started
Shockaholic Carrie Fisher Not Started
Significant Others Armistead Maupin Not Started
Some Enchanted Éclair Bailey Cates Not Started
Somewhere in Time Richard Matheson Not Started
Sophie’s Choice William Styron Not Started
Spy Masters Tennent Bagley Not Started
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson Not Started
Sure of You Armistead Maupin Not Started
Talking to the Dead Bonnie Grove Not Started
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin Not Started
The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel Not Started
The Biograph Girl William J. Mann Not Started
The Bully Pulpit Doris Kearns Goodwin Not Started
The Code Breakers David Kahn Not Started
The Daughters of Winston Barnett Dara Girard Not Started
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Not Started
The Good Spy Kai Bird Not Started
The Grandmothers Doris Lessing Not Started
The Green Mile Stephen King Not Started
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw Christopher Healy Not Started
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle Christopher Healy Not Started
The House of Hades Rick Riodan Not Started
The Irregulars Jennet Conant Not Started
The Know It All A.J. Jacobs Not Started
The Last Lion William Manchester Not Started
The Last Train to Memphis Peter Guralnick Not Started
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett Not Started
The Men Who Stare at Goats Jon Ronson Not Started
The Most of Nora Ephron Nora Ephron Not Started
The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer Not Started
The President is a Sick Man Matthew Algeo Not Started
The Prisoner of Heaven Carlos Ruiz Zafon Not Started
The Reagan Diaries Ronald Reagan Not Started
The Rescue Artist Edward Dolnick Not Started
The Secret Man Bob Woodward Not Started
The Senator and the Socialite Lawrence Otis Graham Not Started
The Wilderness Warrior Douglas Brinkley Not Started
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum Not Started
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald Not Started
Time and Again Jack Finney Not Started
Wait Till Next Year Doris Kearns Goodwin Not Started
Wesley the Owl Stacey O’Brien Not Started
Wicked Gregory Maguire Not Started
Wish You Were Eyre Heather Vogel Frederick Not Started
Woman of Valor Stephen B. Oates Not Started
You Can’t Go Home Again Thomas Wolfe Not Started

From Notting Hill with Love Actually

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I’m reading From Notting Hill with Love…Actually and the beginning was very good. But, this is getting to be too much. Scarlett O’Brien is movie crazy.  She looks for movie moments every where.  Her problem is that everyone around her – from her father to her best friend to her boring fiance, David – thinks she needs to get her head into the game.  David is the worse of the lot.  He’s boring, all business and a cheapskate.  He’s totally unlikable.

Then, Scarlett gets an opportunity to stay in a flat in Notting Hill and the story begins.  She meets her neighbor, Sean, and they befriend each other.  After they attend a wedding, Sean and Scarlett go on a hunt to find Scarlett’s mother who was crazy about the movies and ran off when Scarlett was a baby.

The book is enjoyable until this point, but it’s wearing thin.  It’s a little too long for my tastes.  But, I’m not a rom com book reader.  However; if you are, I would totally recommend this book.

For those who are keeping track, this means I still have 95 books to go.  Tomorrow, I will post the updated list, as well as a status for each book.

Happy Reading!

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

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Ah, Debbie Reynolds. I just adore her. And, Carrie Fisher? Who doesn’t have a crush on Carrie Fisher?(I should note that I have a crush on the Carrie from When Harry Met Sally and her recent talk show appearances – not the Carrie from Star Wars. I should, also, note that I have a major crush on her mother, too.)

Wishful Drinking is a wonderful book. You feel the love Carrie has for her mom, as well as the agnst at growing up with Debbie Reynolds for a mom. You will laugh out loud (or I did) when she describes the incident with her brother and a gun. The book came out years ago and I happen to have an autographed copy on my bookshelf.

This book was a hard read. Not because of big words or anything, it was the parts when she discusses her mother. As you may know, I lost my mother last year. Lost. Isn’t that a strange word to use instead of death. It sounds like if I could just locate a good lost and found, I could have my mother back.

Being fans of Debbie Reynolds was something Mom and I have in common. After reading the aforementioned gun incident, I put the book down and reached for the phone. I had to tell Mom. It would crack her up. And, then I remember I can’t call. I no longer have her number.

A few years ago, Debbie Reynolds came to Milwaukee and we got tickets. We went to Pottawatomie Bingo and Casino and enjoyed an amazing show. For some reason, Dad and Cheryl sat next to each other, then Mom and I had the aisle. We went in the front row of the balcony. I just have such a fond memory of that and sadness that we won’t do that again.

Outside of Debbie Reynolds and the Dick Van Dyke Show, we didn’t have a lot in common. But, I miss her everyday and this book just brought back the good and the bad.

For Mother’s Day last year, I bought Mom Debbie’s latest book. It was sitting by her bedside. She hadn’t cracked the cover. It now sits by my bedside and I can’t bring myself to crack the cover.

But … this is a book review. Read Carrie Fisher’s book.

This makes five down – 95 more to go. I have to read one book every 3 days in order to make it to 100 in a year. I’m a little behind.

Wishful Drinking

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Ah, Debbie Reynolds. I just adore her. And, Carrie Fisher? Who doesn’t have a crush on Carrie Fisher?(I should note that I have a crush on the Carrie from When Harry Met Sally and her recent talk show appearances – not the Carrie from Star Wars. I should, also, note that I have a major crush on her mother, too.)

Wishful Drinking is a wonderful book. You feel the love Carrie has for her mom, as well as the agnst at growing up with Debbie Reynolds for a mom. You will laugh out loud (or I did) when she describes the incident with her brother and a gun. The book came out years ago and I happen to have an autographed copy on my bookshelf.

This book was a hard read. Not because of big words or anything, it was the parts when she discusses her mother. As you may know, I lost my mother last year. Lost. Isn’t that a strange word to use instead of death. It sounds like if I could just locate a good lost and found, I could have my mother back.

Being fans of Debbie Reynolds was something Mom and I have in common. After reading the aforementioned gun incident, I put the book down and reached for the phone. I had to tell Mom. It would crack her up. And, then I remember I can’t call. I no longer have her number.

A few years ago, Debbie Reynolds came to Milwaukee and we got tickets. We went to Pottawatomie Bingo and Casino and enjoyed an amazing show. For some reason, Dad and Cheryl sat next to each other, then Mom and I had the aisle. We went in the front row of the balcony. I just have such a fond memory of that and sadness that we won’t do that again.

Outside of Debbie Reynolds and the Dick Van Dyke Show, we didn’t have a lot in common. But, I miss her everyday and this book just brought back the good and the bad.

For Mother’s Day last year, I bought Mom Debbie’s latest book. It was sitting by her bedside. She hadn’t cracked the cover. It now sits by my bedside and I can’t bring myself to crack the cover.

But … this is a book review. Read Carrie Fisher’s book.

This makes five down – 95 more to go. I have to read one book every 3 days in order to make it to 100 in a year. I’m a little behind.

Jeanne Robertson Coming to Milwaukee

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Jeanne Robertson – one of the funniest speakers around – is coming to the Pabst Theatre on October 17. You do not want to miss your chance to see this very funny lady. Tickets go on sale next Friday, but if you follow her on Facebook, she’s going to post the code to getting them early.
Watch the below clip of her to see how funny she is and then grab your pashima and go to her show!
Jeanne Robertson “Don’t send a man to the grocery…: http://youtu.be/-YFRUSTiFUs

Wiseguy

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I just finished reading “Wiseguy“, Nicolas Pileggi’s true tale of the Mafia in the sixties and seventies. The book was the basis for the Martin Scorsese film Good Fellas. The book originally came out in 1985 and the movie followed in 1990.

Cosmopolitan Magazine called “Wiseguy” “the best book ever written on organized crime.” And they’re right. You can’t put this book down. The book reads more like a novel than a non-fiction book. Yet, you’re always aware that all of this is true.

It’s a must read.

One thought about Henry Hill. It is clear from this book that the guy is smart. It’s, also, clear that he was willing to work hard and always think ahead. Ironically, Hill didn’t consider the scams and deals work. But, he put in as much effort into them as someone with a legitimate career puts into their work. I just wonder how much good he might have done had he gone after a legitimate schnook life.

But, then we wouldn’t have this great book and movie.

Challenge note: 4 down 96 more to go!

Happy Reading!