101 Books At The Halfway Point
I’m halfway finished with 101 Books. This little hair-brained idea that started on August 30, 2010 is now going on two-and-a-half years strong.
I’ve somehow managed to keep my wife, my job, learn how to parent, run a marathon and several half marathons during the course of this blog. Those people that tell you they don’t have time for reading? They’re full of crap.
You might have noticed that my pace slowed down a little in 2012, compared to 2011. That was mainly because of A Dance To The Music Of Time, a dreadful 3,500+ page book that I’ve been reading from the list, in addition to the regulars.
Thankfully, I’m almost finished with “The Year of the Dance”–which I will gladly put behind me in 2013.
With that book out of the way, I hope to pick up the pace a little. That said, I expect the blog has about two more years or so.
As I’ve done after every ten books, I thought I’d recap some of my highlights and lowlights from the list to this point.
Let’s take a look!
Total pages read: 18,204
Least favorite book: Mrs. Dalloway takes this craptastic spot, but I’ve got a feeling that A Dance To The Music Of Time is going to give her a run for her money. My scathing review of this horrible book will come after the New Year.
Favorite character: Yossarian (Catch 22).
Most pleasant surprise: I, Claudius over An American Tragedy
Most inspirational book: Inspiration has been hard to find on this list. That said, I’ll give To Kill A Mockingbird a slight edge over The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
Funniest book: Catch 22. Nothing else is even close.
Longest read: A Dance To The Music of Time was nearly the death of me in 2012. 3,500+ pages.
Shortest read: The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Best opening line: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” (The Blind Assassin)
Most memorable line: Three favorites from the first 50:
- “Soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” –Brother Juniper (The Bridge of San Luis Rey)
- Soon you’ll regret all that sun-tanning. Your face will look like a testicle.” – Iris Chase
(Iris Chase, The Blind Assassin)
- “Hate is a lack of imagination.” (The Unnamed Priest, The Power And The Glory)
Stay tuned to the blog during the upcoming holidays, as I’ll repost the top 5 posts from 2012.
* Also, if you missed yesterday’s post, you have until midnight tonight (U.S. Central Time) to get your submission in for my book giveaway. Three blog readers will win a copy of any one of the first 50 books I’ve read from the Time list!