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What Happens When Poltergeist Meets Uncle Tom?

You get Toni Morrison’s classic novel, Beloved. Book #29.

So throughout this project, I’ve chosen to go into a lot of these novels “cold.”  In other words, outside of my quick and simple preview of the book, I don’t dig into a lot of detail and backstory before I start reading.

I’m already familiar with some of the books, but, in many cases, I don’t know much at all about the novel I’m about to read. To name a few that started with me being totally ignorant: Gone With The Wind, Catch 22, I, Claudius, The Blind Assassin.

Add Beloved to that list.

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Next Up: Beloved

Hello Toni Morrison.

Beloved is another powerful book on the list that deals with racism, discrimination, and slavery. Elements of some, or all three, have appeared in Gone With The Wind, To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Tell It On The Mountain, and The Sound and the Fury, just to name a few.

I haven’t read any of Toni Morrison’s books. And, to be honest, I’m pretty much going into this book “cold,” without much knowledge of what to expect. Thankfully, I haven’t seen the movie either, so I won’t have to picture Oprah as the main character.

Some quick facts about Beloved and Toni Morrison:

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Book #28: The Moviegoer

Coming off reading The Sound and the Fury, I really needed a novel like The Moviegoer.

Reading Walker Percy is a relaxing experience. This book made me feel like I should be sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of an old house in the Deep South. I’m not sure what it is, but The Moviegoer has a sepia-toned feel of nostalgia to it, unlike any other I’ve read.

But here’s the thing about The Moviegoer. There’s not much of a plot in the traditional sense.

It’s about a 29-year-old New Orleans stockbroker named “Binx” Bolling who spends his time going to movies and chasing the ladies. Though somewhat successful in his career, Binx is more passionate about “the search”—hunting down the ever-illusive meaning to life that we all search for.

He frames it this way:

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Got a Book Idea? Don’t Pitch It This Way.

I’m quite certain this is a hoax, but it’s funny anyway.

The Dragons Den is a Canadian reality show in which people go in front of a panel of judges, show their business idea/invention, and then ask for financial support.

What happens when a self-described “unknown, mid-list,” crazy, instable author, with a weird, creepy assistant, comes on and ask for $250,000 to write her third book? A lot of awkwardness, that’s what.

And you’ve got to love her answer to the question, “What are your margins?”

We writers tend to overvalue our work sometimes (here’s another example), and this is a hilarious illustration, even if it is a joke.

Note: Because of some language, you might not want to watch this with kids–but why are you reading my blog with kids anyway?

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Fess Up: The Book You’ve Never Read

You love books. That’s why you’re reading this post right now. I imagine that someone who reads one book a decade probably doesn’t read my blog. That’s just a guess.

So the fact that you love books tells me you’ve probably read a lot of them.

Me too. But, even so, I’m sure you’ve had this type of conversation:

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Lord Have Mercy, It’s Walker Percy!

You must be asking yourself, What’s up with that title?

Good question. One of the most difficult parts of writing a blog, for me, is coming up with a somewhat interesting post title every day. I thought I’d spice it up today with a little rhyming action–no real purpose. Watch out for alliteration in the future. Maybe some onomatopoeia. Now, on to the real content.

Before I started reading The Moviegoer, I knew very little about Walker Percy.

I knew he was a highly-acclaimed writer. I knew my friend Cameron was a fan of Percy. But that’s about it.

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101 Books FAQ

Before I start today’s post, I’ll let you know that Watchmen and Lolita won the “runoff” voting yesterday. So that means the next five, in no particular order, will be Never Let Me Go, Animal Farm, Beloved, Watchmen, and Lolita. Thanks for voting!

Now, on to today’s regularly scheduled post…

After the Freshly Pressed feature on Friday, I’ve had a lot of new visitors and subscribers over the weekend.

And since I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, I thought now would be a great time to write a 101 Books FAQ–many of which are questions I’ve been asked, some of which are questions I ask myself when I interview myself. You don’t do that?

I’ll make this a new “page” at the top of the blog menu, if you’re interested in taking a look at it in the future.

So here you go:

What’s the point of 101 Books?

Other than reading through 101 books, all on Time Magazine’s list of ALL-TIME novels published since 1923? I like to read. I like lists. I like big projects. I like blogging. Why not? When I started the blog, I thought I’d simply write a “review” of each book, with a related post here and there, maybe once a week. But the blog slowly morphed into a 5-day-a-week deal, and I’m loving it.

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