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Merry Christmas, Y’all

101 Books is out of pocket until the first week of January.

Until then…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I’m Changing My Posting Schedule

Hey guys, recently I asked for feedback about the blog, and I was encouraged by a lot of your comments.

For more than 5 years, I’ve been posting almost every weekday. That worked for a long time, but five days a week over five years eventually started to wear me down. So, in order to hopefully breathe new life into 1o1 Books, I’m going to trim back the schedule to 3 days a week.

Starting next week, you can expect posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That might occasionally change–I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t post on one of those days–but that should generally be my new format.

I’ll try to increase the amount of book-specific posts while also keeping things fun and light–which, I think, made 101 Books unique compared to so many other book blogs and sites.

So that’s it. I’m not going anywhere! But you will see a little less of me, and that’s probably a good thing for all of us.

See you on Monday.

I Want Your Feedback.

So I took last week off–medical stuff and all.

Everything’s good, but I just needed a little time to refresh and hopefully recharge my blogging batteries.

You might have noticed that my posting frequency as slowed down a bit. Lately, it’s been more in the neighborhood of 2-3 days a week instead of 5. After 5 years of posting almost every day, I think it’s taken a bit of a toll on me.

But I’m still here and kicking and determined to make it through this list. It’s taking forever to finish Midnight’s Children, yes, but I should have my review up within the next week.

So I’d like a little input from you guys today:  Read more

101 Books Turns Five!

5 years.

That’s a long time.

I guess, when you’re 39 like me, it’s not really that long of a time. But, still, it’s about 12% of my lifetime.

It’s also the amount of time this blog has existed. Sunday is the actual 5 year anniversary of 101 Books, but I don’t post on Sundays so…

The blog started on August 30, 2010 while I was sitting in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic on a Labor Day vacation. I popped open my laptop, went to, and cranked out my first post. This one.  Read more

Gone To The Beach

It’s that time of year.

I’ll be taking next week off for my mid-year blogging hiatus. I’d like to tell you I’ll be reclined in a beach chair, under an umbrella, sipping a mojito with a good novel in my hand. And, I will, for maybe a total of three hours next week.

The rest of the time I’ll be building sand castles and chasing my two boys all over the place while probably accumulating a light sunburn.

Hopefully, I’ll manage to finish White Teeth up next week.

In the meantime, feel free to browse through the Best of 101 Books.

You guys keep the place nice and tidy. I’ll be back on July 6.

You Pick My Next Five Novels!

So praise baby Jesus that I’m wrapping up Naked Lunch, and it’s time to pick the next five novels I’ll be reading from the Time list.

We’re starting down the homestretch here. The next novel will be my 80th, meaning I only have 21 novels to read before this whole project is finished.

Every now and then, I solicit your votes to help determine which five novels I should read next, and that’s what we’ll be doing today.

So here are the 22 novels I have left to read: Read more

My Most Popular Posts, Broken Down By Category

Having published more than 1,000 posts on 101 Books over the last four-and-a-half years, it’s easy for me to completely forget about some of my past posts.

Happens all the time. I’ll think I’ve got a great idea, then suddenly realize that Oh crap! I’ve already written about that exact topic three years ago! Maybe it’s age. Maybe it’s early onset dementia…I don’t know. But my memory sucks.

Your memory might not suck, but I’m sure it’s pretty difficult for you to find older posts on this blog–or just looking around to find which posts might be the most popular.

Today, I’m creating a “Best of 101 Books” page. I’m premiering it today as just a normal post. But, on Monday, I’ll transfer all the content to a brand new page–you’ll be able to find it in the top menu, between “Your Blogs” and “Archives.”

So without wasting anymore time, here are some of my favorite posts in 101 Books history, broken up by topics. I’ll keep updating this page, so check back often! And if I missed a post you are particularly fond of, feel free to suggest it.  Read more


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