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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

Ice, Ice Baby

101 Books coming to you live from Iced-In Nashville, Tennessee.

I’ve been without internet for most of the last two days. I’m back live this morning, but no post today.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of ice. That’s ALL ice. I measured a little over an inch plus of ice this morning when I defrosted my car.

See you guys tomorrow.


Let’s Try This Again…On Monday

Sorry for the sporadic posting this week, guys. I’ve actually had the flu, and I’ve been down for the count. Since we just came off Christmas break, I haven’t done a great job of working ahead on the blog.

I’m feeling much better now, but I’ve got to catch up on work and life. We’ll start back fresh on 101 Books on Monday.

I hope to be wrapping up A House for Mr. Biswas very soon.

See you all on Monday!

This Is My 1,000th Post.

So I just clicked on the “publish” button for the 1,000th time since I started 101 Books on August 30, 2010. (Here’s the first post.)

Other than waking up, breathing, and going to work, I don’t know if I’ve done anything else that many times over the last four-and-a-half years—much less something that requires my attention five days a week.

I’m not patting myself on the back here. Honestly, I’m just surprised. I genuinely can’t believe I’ve published 1,000 posts.  Read more

Looking Back On 2014

Here’s the official 101 Books annual report from WordPress.

If you’re a stats junkie like me, then you might find this interesting. I won’t go through all the numbers because you can find them for yourself, but I do want to point out one area.

The top 5 commenters in 2014 were Don Royster, artourway, Jilanne Hoffmann, Heather, and Geoff W. Thanks to you guys and to everyone else who visits 101 Books every day. You’re awesome.

Click here to see the complete report.


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