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Next Up: Play It As It Lays

Today we start my 85th novel from the Time list. 85!

Only 16 more of these books to go, and we’ll kick off the final 16 with Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion.

First observation: Wouldn’t the correct grammar here be “Play It As It Lies?” You lay something down, while that same something lies down. Well, maybe I’ll figure out why Didion name the novel as such as I read.

So here are a few quick facts about Play It As It Lays and the author, Joan Didion: Read more

Next Up: On The Road

This will be my second (maybe third?) go around with On The Road. About 15 years ago, I would’ve told you that On the Road was one of my favorite novels.

These days? I’m not so sure.

It’s the perfect novel for a 24 year old who’s still trying to figure stuff out—and one who can pick up and go on a road trip across the country on a few day’s notice. But that’s not me anymore…so I wonder how my age and life situation will influence my view of this novel.

I guess we’ll find out.

Here are a few fun facts about On the Road and Jack Kerouac: Read more

Next Up: Midnight’s Children

Hey! It’s another novel written by a living author!

Midnight’s Children, published in 1981, was written by Salman Rushdie. It’s one of the more famous novels of the 20th century and has received a slew of awards.

I started this novel a month or so ago but put it on pause to read Go Set A Watchman. Now, it’s time to get back to the list.

Let’s take a look at a few quick facts about Midnight’s Children and Salman Rushdie: Read more

Next Up: Go Set A Watchman

Wait a minute…what?

Yes, that’s Harper Lee’s newest novel released two days ago.

No, it’s obviously not on the list of All-Time novels released in 2005.

Yes, I’ll be temporarily pushing the pause button on reading the Time list to focus on Go Set a Watchman.

Why? Read more

Next Up: White Teeth

Published in 2000, White Teeth is one of the most recent novels on the Time list.

And I’ve got to tell you guys that, after reading the first two chapters, I’m kind of in love with this novel. It’s entertaining, engaging, and seriously funny.

I’ll get more into the story in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a few notes about White Teeth and its author, Zadie Smith: Read more

Next Up: Brideshead Revisited

Hello again, Evelyn Waugh.

I last read Mr. Waugh’s (yes, Evelyn is a guy) work when I tackled my 49th book from the list, A Handful of Dust, which is also currently ranked #19 in my rankings.

Now it’s time to dive into Brideshead Revisited, a novel which some critics say was his best effort.

A few facts about Brideshead Revisited and Evelyn Waugh: Read more

Next Up: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

So now that Naked Lunch is gone with all its Nakedness, I’m excited to move on to the next novel.

Enter The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

What do I know about this novel? Nothing.

What do I now about this novel’s author, Muriel Spark? Nothing.

Except I did research a few facts for all of us: Read more


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