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#20BooksOfSummer 2017-2018-2019

  • I just love this photo from last years’s post #20BooksOfSummer 2018.
  • I’m using it again because it always makes me smile and
  • …I have the urge to make a  Gin & Tonic !

 

Read:

  1. Glengarry Glen RossD. Mamet READ
  2. The Glass MenagerieTennessee WilliamsREAD
  3. Waiting for Godot S. Beckett – READ
  4. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights C. BigsbyREAD
  5. The Mueller Report READ
  6. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of FreedomD. BlightREAD
  7. Stamped From the BeginningI.X. KendiREAD
  8. The New Negro: The Life of Alain LockeJ.C. Stewart  READ
  9. The ArsonistC. HooperREAD
  10. Himself Jess KiddREAD
  11. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle (13 essays) – editor S. Shannon  – READ
  12. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  – E. AlbeeREAD  (play)
  13. Noises OffM. FraynREAD  (play)
  14. FencesA. Wilson READ  (play)
  15. Streetcar Named DesireT. WilliamsREAD
  16. BlakworkA. WhittakerREAD
  17. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice SheldonJ. PhillipsREAD 
  18. Ghosts of the Tsunami R. L. Parry – READ
  19. Indecent (play) – Paula Vogel READ
  20. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne – READ
  21. The Coddling of the American Mind – G. Lukianoff, J. Haidt – READ
  22. Astonished Dice – G. Cochrane (short stories) – READ
  23. Seeing Yellow – E. Bourke (poetry) – READ
  24. From a Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan- READ
  25. The Weir (1997) by Conor McPhersonREAD
  26. The First CasualtyPeter GresteREAD
  27. Max HavelaarMultatuliREAD
  28. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to WriteS. RuhlREAD
  29. These TruthsJill LeporeREAD
  30. Are Friends Electric ?H. Heath (Ockham NZ Award poetry 2019) – READ  (57 poems)
  31. My Name is RevengeA. K. BluntREAD
  32. Lemons in the Chicken WireA. Whittaker READ (50 poems)
  33. Fast Talking PISelina Tusitala MarshREAD (32 poems)

 

Plays:

  • I’ll be working on this list
  • ….see how many I can read!

#Challenge read 50 Best Plays in the Past 100 Years:     12/50

  1.  Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller (Pulitzer 1949) – READ  (review)
  2.  Streetcar Named Desire – T. Williams – READ (review)
  3.  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? E. Albee (Pulitzer 1963 overruled) READ (review)
  4.  Long Day’s Journey into Night (1956) by Eugene O’Neill (Pulitzer 1957) – READ
  5.  Fences – A. Wilson – READ (review)
  6.  Angels in America: T. Kushner
  7.  Waiting for Godot (1953) by Samuel Beckett – READ  (review)
  8.  Pygmalion (1913) by George Bernard Shaw
  9.  A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Lorraine HansberryREAD  (review)
  10.  Our Town (1938) by Thornton Wilder (Pulitzer 1938)
  11.  Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921) by Luigi Pirandello
  12. The Glass Menagerie (1944) by Tennessee Williams – READ (review)
  13.  Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) by David Mamet (Pulitzer 1984) – READ  (review)
  14.  August: Osage County (2007) by Tracy Letts (Pulitzer 2008)
  15.  True West (1980) by Sam Shepard – READ (review)
  16.  The Iceman Cometh (1946) by Eugene O’Neill
  17.  Look Back in Anger (1956) by John Osborne
  18.  A View from the Bridge (1955) by Arthur Miller – READ
  19.  The Little Foxes. (1939) by Lillian Hellman
  20.  The Real Thing (1982) by Tom Stoppard
  21.  Master Harold and the Boys (1982) by Athol Fugard
  22.  The Homecoming (1965) by Harold Pinter
  23.  Ruined (2008) by Lynn Nottage (2009)
  24.  Mother Courage and Her Children (1941) by Bertolt Brecht
  25.  Six Degrees of Separation (1990) by John Guare
  26.  Doubt (2004) by John Patrick Shanley (Pulitzer 2005)
  27.  Top Girls (1982) by Caryl Churchill
  28.  Present Laughter (1942) by Noel Coward
  29.  Noises Off – M. Frayn – READ (review)
  30.  Marat/Sade (1964) by Peter Weiss
  31.  The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) by Martin McDonagh
  32.  Machinal (1928) by Sophie Treadwell
  33.  The Norman Conquests(1973) trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn
  34.  The Bald Soprano (1950) by Eugene Ionesco
  35.  M. Butterfly (1988) by David Henry Hwang
  36.  The Dybbuk (1920) by S Ansky
  37.  Saved (1965) by Edward Bond
  38. Topdog/Underdog (2002) by Suzan-Lori Parks (Pulitzer 2002)
  39. The Front Page (1928) by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
  40. Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970) by Dario Fo.
  41. Picnic (1953) by William Inge (Pulitzer 1953)
  42. Journey’s End (1928) by R.C. Sherriff
  43. The Odd Couple (1965) by Neil Simon
  44. The Orphans Home cycle – 3 one act plays by Horton Foote (masterpieces!)
  45. The Women. (1936) by Clare Boothe Luce
  46. What The Butler Saw (1969) by Joe Orton
  47. Awake and Sing! (1935) by Clifford Odets
  48. The Piano Lesson (1987) by A. Wilson (Pulitzer 1990)
  49. Uncommon Women and Others (1977) by Wendy Wasserstein
  50. The Weir – Conor McPherson – READ

 

#20BooksOfSummer 2018

  • I must stop buying books…and start reading them!
  • What to do?  Make a list for…
  • #20BooksOfSummer hosted yearly by Cathy  746 Books
  • I selected books that
  • …I REALLY REALLY want to read.
  • List of Challenges 2018
  • Monthly reading plan
  • #20BooksOfSummer
  • FINI !!   26.07.2018

 

  1. Deep South – Paul Theroux – (NF) – READ
  2. A Very Expensive Poison – Luke Harding (NF) – READ
  3. Why Horror Seduces – M. Clasen (NF) – READ
  4. Islander: Journey Around Our Archipelago – P. Barkham (NF) – READ
  5. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories – M. McKenna (NF) – READ
  6. Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes (novel)  – READ
  7. The Redemption of Galen Pike – Carys Davies (short stories) – READ
  8. The Serious Game – Hjalmar Söderberg (novel) – READ
  9. The Judge and His Hangman – F. Dürrenmatt  (CF) – READ
  10. Rice – Michele Lee (play) – READ
  11. Hunting the Wild Pineapple – T. Astley (8 short stories) – READ
  12. Down These Green Streets – Declan Burke (NF) – READ
  13. The Sun Also Rises – E. Hemingway – READ
  14. View From the Cheap Seats – N. Gaiman – READ (essays)
  15. The Deerslayer – James Fenimore Cooper – RE–READ – classic
  16. Like a House on Fire – C. Kennedy – READ (15 short stories)
  17. The Dispossessed – U. Le Guin – READ
  18. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence – READ
  19. Berthe Morisot  –  D. Bona – READ (french edition)
  20. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – W. Shirer – READ
  21. Nation – T. Pratchett – READ

#20BooksOfSummer  2017

  • My original plan was to read 20 books on
  • Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels.
  • I managed to read 16…then I was sick of classics!
  • I find if you  DON’T  make a list
  • ….reading will be more fun.
  • Just choose the book according to your mood.
  • Pleased with my results:   44  books

 

My list:   16/20   from Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels :

 

  1. The Postman Always Rings Twice – J.M. Cain READ  4.0
  2. The Death of the Heart by E. Bowen – – READ – 2.0
  3. The Ginger Man – J.P.Donleavy – DNF …. abandon after 100 pgs. (bah)
  4. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser – READ 3.0
  5. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh  – READ – 4.0
  6. Ragtime  by E.L. Doctorow – READ 3.0
  7. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh – READ  5.0
  8. Go Tell It On The Mountain by J. Baldwin – READ  5.0
  9. As I Lay Dying  by William Faulkner – READ –  5.0
  10. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov – READ   5.0
  11. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner – READ  2.0
  12. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler – READ – 3.0
  13. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence – READ 5.0
  14. Loving by Henry Green – READ    4.0
  15. I, Claudius by Robert Graves – READ    4.0
  16. Under the Net – I. Murdoch – READ – 5.0

 

  1. NON-FICTION:
  2. The Bloody Mary Book – E. Brown – READ  3.0
  3. Walking the Nile – L. Wood – READ  4.0
  4. Running Hare – J. Lewis-Stempel – READ   5.0
  5. Dear Ijeawele – C.N. Adichie – READ  5.0
  6. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – J. Leovy – READ – 5.0
  7. Coming Up Trumps – J. Trumpington – READ    3.0
  8. Kennedy and King – S. Levingston – READ    5.0
  9. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon – 5.0

 

  1. FRENCH:
  2. Un Vie – S. Veil – READ – 4.0
  3. Rue des Boutiques Obscures – P. Modiano – READ  5.0
  4. Retour à Killybegs – S. Chalandon – READ – 4.0
  5. Une femme à Berlin – M. Hillers – READ – 4.0 – French
  6. Seul Dans Berlin – H. Fallada – READ 3.0

 

  1. CRIME FICTION:
  2. Open and Shut – D. Rosenfelt – READ 5.0
  3. First Degree – D. Rosenfelt – READ 5.0

 

  1. SF  – Fantasy:
  2. Doomsday Book – C. Willis – READ 3.0
  3. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien – READ   3.0
  4. Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien – READ – 3.0
  5. Vaster Than Empires and More Slow – U. Le Guin – READ 5.0
  6. Principles of Angels – J. Fenn – DNF – 1.0 – Bah!
  7. The Martian – A. Weir – READ – 5.0

 

  1. Fiction:
  2. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen – READ  4.0
  3. Short Stories –  Dear Life  by A. Munro (Nobel Prize 2013) – READ  3.0
  4. Short Stories – Shatterday & Other Stories – H. Ellison – READ  11/11
  5. Seven Plays – S. Shepard – READ – 5.0
  6. The Persians – Aeschylus – READ 3.0
  7. The African Queen – C.S. Forester – READ    5.0
  8. Lincoln in the Bardo  – G. Saunders – READ – 1.0