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101 Books Turns 4!

4 years. 918 posts. 20,000 comments. 32,000 subscribers. More than 1.2 million page views.

When I dreamed up this hair-brained idea back on a whim back in August 2010, I never dreamed 101 Books would become what it is today.

I figured it would take 4 to 5 years to finish all 101 novels—now it’s looking like it will take a little longer than that—but I really had no vision for this, and I surely didn’t expect all the numbers I listed above. Read more

101 Books Is Out Of Office

It’s summer vacation time, friends.

I’m out of here this week. 101 Books will return on July 7.

Happy Reading!

A Lord Of The Rings Read-Along: Who’s In?

It’s time.

I haven’t embarked on a reading adventure like this since my Infinite Jest adventure that took around 6 weeks. That seems like a trillion years ago, though it was only about three.

But now, it again is time. Read more

A Quick Update

No post today. 101 Books returns tomorrow with my answers to the 10 Questions post on Friday.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of a dog with a toupee. Enjoy. Read more

It was an April Fool’s Joke!

I learned a lesson recently.

I’m a web writer, so I’m very familiar with reading tendencies on the web. And one of them is simply this: Most people won’t read to the end of your article.

They just won’t. They’re busy. They’re moving. And you’re story is full of too many words with letters that go on and on and on in the form of sentences that take up the whole page. That kind of sucks, so people aren’t going to read all that nonsense.

I’ll put myself into that category. I don’t always finish reading articles on the web.

So when a bunch of people missed my April Fool’s Joke a couple of weeks ago, I shouldn’t be surprised. And I’m not.

But I do want to clarify that I WILL NOT BE READING FROM A LIST OF MEDIEVAL LITERATURE WHEN I’VE COMPLETED THE 101 BOOKS. Read more

Here’s What’s Next For 101 Books

This is it, friends.

I’ve been trying to figure out what I want do with this blog when the 101 Books project is over. That’s still probably two-ish years away, but it’s coming.

And, today, I’d like to announce where I’ve landed on that decision.

If you’ve followed the blog for a few years, the new direction might come as a surprise to you, but at least you have a while to let it marinate in your soul so you can, hopefully, continue on with me on this blog.

I’ve always had a passion for medieval literature. When all my friends had posters of Michael Jordan, I had one of Chaucer over my bed in high school. Medieval literature just gives me the happy itches, and I don’t even know what that means.

So here’s the list I’ll tackle after I’ve completed 101 Books.

Drumroll… Read more

The Next 5 Novels Will Be…

Well I’ve done it. I’ve gone and picked up my copies of the next five novels I’ll be reading from the Time list.

Dare I say we’re getting close to the homestretch here? I’m currently working through my 69th novel, Possession. The numbers tell me that my next five novels after Possession will be 70 through 74.

You’ll notice that The Lord of the Rings is included in this batch. Yes, The Lord of the Rings. All of it. I’m estimating I’ll start that one in early June. So with its hefty length, The Lord of the Rings is just asking for some kind of summer read-along. I’ll oblige. More to come on that in the next few weeks.

So here are the next five novels that will likely take me well into summer, listed in no particular order.

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