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Back to Blogging about Books - Part 2

Posted by Gina Schwartz on December 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (53)

New year- new things - new books!

I am so happy to be back to blogging.  Look out for great new things!

Back to blogging about books

Posted by Gina Schwartz on November 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Catching up

I know that its been more than a year but I can't tell you how happy I am to be back to my blog.  Its like coming home.  What can I tell you abut what has happenned in the time that we have been apart?  There is really too much to tell.  What I will say is that I haven't given up reading and I hope that I can share some of my recent reads with you.  I am committing myself to blogging at least once a week.  Most of these will be book type entries but I am reserving space to catch up on personal stuff and to do my favourite thing - random musings.  I hope you continue to enjoy the site.

Happy Reading


Year End Roundup 2011

Posted by Gina Schwartz on January 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

2011 In Review

I had set myself a reading goal to read 100 books in 2011.  I have never been able to achieve this goal.  For a while I thought that I would make it but then I got bogged down with work and all sorts of other things and I only managed to make it to 94.  Still a good showing though.

Part of my goal was to read more non - fiction and I was able to read 8 non fiction books in 2011.  I also met 67 new authors.

Longest Book - "Those in Peril" - Wilbur Smith - 838 pages

Shortest Book - " A Sweeter Kind of Rythmn" - Tom Peters - 9 pages

Best Book - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - Steig Larssen.  I saw the movie on Saturday and loved it.

Worst Book - Sophie's Choice - William Styron - Way too long.

Best New Author - Stieg Larssen.

Goals for 2012

To read 100 books

To read 10 or more non- fiction

To read at least half the books in new authors.

How Well Read Are You

Posted by Gina Schwartz on November 29, 2010 at 7:19 AM Comments comments (3)

I saw this over at Busy Moms who love to read and decided to participate. 

The challenge is to bold those novels that you have read in their entirety.  The BBC has predicted that most people would have read only 6 of these 100 books. 

Here goes!

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The King James Bible

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

Emma -Jane Austen

Persuasion – Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

Animal Farm – George Orwell

The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Dune – Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

Ulysses – James Joyce

The Inferno – Dante

Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

Germinal – Emile Zola

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession – AS Byatt

Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

29 Books Read.  I will have to work on this list.


reCOVERy Fridays

Posted by Gina Schwartz on October 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM Comments comments (3)

reCOVERy Fridays


I found this meme on a website which was posted on Blogging Books.  reCOVERy is a weekly event just like I have Waka Wednesdays and the idea is to write a blog post on the subject of the cover of a book that you like and share something about why this cover appeals to you.

I have chosen as my cover the cover of "Comfort Food" by Kate Jacobs.  I have long wanted to write a review of this book but I have been constrained by time.  My love of the cover of this book has to do with the fact that I loved this book so much that just looking at the cover makes me so happy that I just wnat to lie donw and read it over and over.  Maybe it is the colours or the combination of the colours but I just love it.  One day I will write a review of it and post it on this site.


For some reason this site is not allowing me to post a picture of the cover but you can see it on my home page.


Happy Bookscounting



Quote for this week - Thomas Jefferson " I cannot live without books"

Posted by Gina Schwartz on July 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (0)

Jefferson was right.  Where would we be without books.  Three cheers for all the authors and all the readers.