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Facebook 100 Books

I’m sure you’ve seen the Facebook viral status that asks users to list the top ten books that influenced them. Facebook analyzed the data to compile 100 books that have stayed with us. And there has been a lot of media coverage since then. I thought this one about whether people compiled their lists honestly was interesting. But I loved Jenni Elyse’s idea to post the list and note which ones she has read. So, I’m jumping on her meme bandwagon and doing the same. (Formatting from this Entertainment Weekly article.)

I have read the books and series in red. I have read part of the books or series in blue. Enjoy!

  1. The Harry Potter series—J.K. Rowling (21.08%)
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee (14.48%)
  3. The Lord of the Rings—JRR Tolkien (13.86%)
  4. The Hobbit—JRR Tolkien (7.48%)
  5. Pride and Prejudice—Jane Austen (7.28%)
  6. The Holy Bible (7.21%)
  7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—Douglas Adams (5.97%)
  8. The Hunger Games trilogy—Suzanne Collins (5.82%)
  9. The Catcher in the Rye—J.D. Salinger (5.70%)
  10. The Chronicles of Narnia—C.S. Lewis (5.63%)
  11. The Great Gatsby—F. Scott Fitzgerald (5.61%)
  12. 1984—George Orwell (5.37%)
  13. Little Women—Louisa May Alcott (5.26%)
  14. Jane Eyre—Charlotte Bronte (5.23%)
  15. The Stand—Stephen King (5.11%)
  16. Gone with the Wind—Margaret Mitchell (4.95%)
  17. A Wrinkle in Time—Madeleine L’Engle (4.38%)
  18. The Handmaid’s Tale—Margaret Atwood (4.27%)
  19. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe—C.S. Lewis (4.05%)
  20. The Alchemist—Paulo Coelho (4.01%)
  21. Anne of Green Gables—L.M. Montgomery (3.95%)
  22. The Giver—Lois Lowry (3.53%)
  23. The Kite Runner—Khaled Hosseini (3.67%)
  24. Ender’s Game—Orson Scott Card (3.53%)
  25. The Poisonwood Bible—Barbara Kingsolver (3.39%)
  26. Lord of the Flies—William Golding (3.38%)
  27. The Eye of the World—Robert Jordan (3.38%)
  28. The Book Thief—Markus Zusak (3.32%)
  29. Wuthering Heights—Emily Bronte (3.26%)
  30. Hamlet—William Shakespeare (3.22%)
  31. The Little Prince—Antoine de Saint-Exupery (3.21%)
  32. Sherlock Holmes—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (3.15%)
  33. Fahrenheit 451—Ray Bradbury (3.15%)
  34. Animal Farm—George Orwell (3.12%)
  35. The Book of Mormon (3.08%)
  36. The Diary of Anne Frank—Anne Frank (3.05%)
  37. Dune—Frank Herbert (3.02%)
  38. One Hundred Years of Solitude—Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2.98%)
  39. The Autobiography of Malcolm X (2.83%)
  40. Of Mice and Men—John Steinbeck (2.78%)
  41. The Giving Tree—Shel Silverstein (2.72%)
  42. The Fault in Our Stars—John Green (2.68%)
  43. On the Road—Jack Kerouac (2.68%)
  44. Lamb—Christopher Moore (2.58%)
  45. Slaughterhouse-Five—Kurt Vonnegut (2.54%)
  46. A Prayer for Owen Meany—John Irving (2.53%)
  47. Good Omens—Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (2.52%)
  48. The Help—Kathryn Stockett (2.45%)
  49. The Outsiders—S.E. Hinton (2.44%)
  50. American Gods—Neil Gaiman (2.42%)
  51. Where the Red Fern Grows—Wilson Rawls (2.41%)
  52. Stranger in a Strange Land—Robert Heinlein (2.39%)
  53. The Secret Garden—Frances Hodgson Burnett (2.38%)
  54. Little House on the Prairie—Laura Ingalls Wilder (2.35%)
  55. The Count of Monte Cristo—Alexandre Dumas (2.31%)
  56. The Pillars of the Earth—Ken Follett (2.31%)
  57. The Da Vinci Code—Dan Brown (2.29%)
  58. Brave New World—Aldous Huxley (2.24%)
  59. A Tale of Two Cities—Charles Dickens (2.21%)
  60. Les Miserables—Victor Hugo (2.21%)
  61. Great Expectations—Charles Dickens (2.16%)
  62. Night—Elie Wiesel (2.12%)
  63. The Dark Tower series—Stephen King (2.12%)
  64. Outlander—Diana Gabaldon (2.07%)
  65. The Color Purple—Alice Walker (1.92%)
  66. A Thousand Splendid Suns—Khaled Hosseini (1.89%)
  67. The Art of War—Sun Tzu (1.88%)
  68. Catch-22—Joseph Heller (1.85%)
  69. The Bell Jar—Sylvia Plath (1.85%)
  70. The Perks of Being a Wallflower—Stephen Chbosky (1.83%)
  71. The Old Man and the Sea—Ernest Hemingway (1.78%)
  72. Memoirs of a Geisha—Arthur Golden (1.76%)
  73. Tuesdays with Morrie—Mitch Albom (1.75%)
  74. The Road—Cormac McCarthy (1.73%)
  75. Watership Down—Richard Adams (1.72%)
  76. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—Betty Smith (1.72%)
  77. Where the Sidewalk Ends—Shel Silverstein (1.68%)
  78. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—Stieg Larsson (1.65%)
  79. A Song of Ice and Fire—George R. R. Martin (1.65%)
  80. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—Judy Blume (1.65%)
  81. Charlotte’s Web—E.B. White (1.64%)
  82. The Time Traveler’s Wife—Audrey Niffenegger (1.63%)
  83. Anna Karenina—Leo Tolstoy (1.62%)
  84. Crime and Punishment—Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1.62%)
  85. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—Mark Twain (1.61%)
  86. The Shack—William P. Young (1.58%)
  87. Watchmen—Alan Moore (1.56%)
  88. Interview with the Vampire—Anne Rice (1.55%)
  89. The Odyssey—Homer (1.54%)
  90. The House of the Spirits—Isabel Allende (1.54%)
  91. The Stranger—Albert Camus (1.63%)
  92. The Call of the Wild—Jack London (1.63%)
  93. The Five People You Meet in Heaven—Mitch Albom (1.63%)
  94. Siddhartha—Herman Hesse (1.63%)
  95. East of Eden—John Steinbeck (1.50%)
  96. Matilda—Roald Dahl (1.50%)
  97. The Picture of Dorian Gray—Oscar Wilde (1.49%)
  98. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—Robert Pirsig (1.47%)
  99. Love in the Time of Cholera—Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1.45%)
  100. Where the Wild Things Are—Maurice Sendak (1.45%)

Total (red) = 55

What do you think about this list?


2014 Booker Shortlist

Today, the Man Booker Prize announced the 2014 shortlist, culled from the original longlist of 13 novels.

The Shortlist
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Rest of the Longlist
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

Two of the three women on the longlist moved forward, and I’m a little surprised that The Bone Clocks did not. Whoever wins will be a new-to-me author.

As I mentioned in the longlist post, this is the first year that novelists from countries other than those in the British Commonwealth have been eligible for the Man Booker Prize. Now to qualify a work must simply be written in English. The winner will be chosen from among the shortlisted titles and announced on October 14.

Have you read any of these? What do you think about the shortlist?

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short

I received a free 11×14 print from Easy Canvas Prints. All content and opinions are my own.

I don’t often remember quotes from books I’ve read. But this quote, from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project has bounced around in my head ever since I finished the book. “The days are long, but the years are short.” There is such truth there.

I have kind of started a collection of items with this quote on it, like this printable from Pink Ronnie. And then I fell in love with this awesome print from HalfPintPrints. I purchased the digital download, and immediately uploaded it to Easy Canvas Prints to have it printed. The ordering process was extremely easy and straightforward. It took three weeks from the date I ordered to the date I had the canvas in hand, but they were upfront about the turnaround time on the website. When the canvas arrived, I could not have been more pleased. The canvas is thick and good quality and is reinforced by a wood frame inside. My favorite detail is the orange border I chose for the sides. I love the whole thing.

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This canvas will last through the long days and the short years, for sure.

Utah Book Month: #UtahBooks Dedications

Yesterday, I went down the Instagram rabbit hole and found the delightful hashtag #bookdedications. That lead me to the more tactile rabbit hole of going through the books on my shelves to explore some of the dedications. And that lead me specifically to the dedications in my collection of Utah books. Here are some of my favorites. See if you can match them up with the list of books below. Enjoy!

Dedication 1

Dedication 2

Dedication 3

Dedication 4

Dedication 5

Dedication 6

Dedication 7

Dedication 8

Dedication 9

A. Refuge, by Terry Tempest Williams
B. Austenland, by Shannon Hale
C. The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr
D. Carolina Autumn, by Carol Lynch Williams
E. Midnight in Austenland, by Shannon Hale
F. Charlotte’s Rose, by A.E. Cannon
G. Freshman for President, by Ally Condie
H. Bright Blue Miracle, by Becca Wilhite
I. Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson

Feel free to leave your guesses in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Utah Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish list meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


It’s Utah Book Month, if you didn’t know that already. And so, I’m appropriating this week’s Top Ten Tuesday feature to serve Utah Book Month. Here are ten books I’d recommend to someone who hasn’t read any books by Utah authors. These appear in no particular order.

  1. Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
  2. My favorite of Shannon Hale’s books, this is about Mira, a young girl who lives in a quarry in the mountains when, for the first time, a bride for the kingdom’s prince will be chosen from her village.

  3. Dangerous, by Shannon Hale
  4. Yes, Shannon Hale gets two spots on this list.  I had a hard time deciding between this and The Goose Girl, but this won out because it’s science fiction and pretty awesome in plot, character, and writing.

  5. It Sucked and Then I Cried, by Heather B. Armstrong
  6. Heather Armstrong is better known as the owner of  This book is a hilarious and truthful look at becoming a parent, and Armstrong’s battle with depression.

  7. The Hollow City, by Dan Wells
  8. This book is probably what you would call a psychological thriller.  I loved the unreliable narrator and being kept just a bit off-balance.

  9. Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson
  10. Subtitled “A Proper Romance,” Edenbrooke is just that, a proper Regency-era romance that has a bit of a modern feel to it with a healthy dose of sparring.

  11. When Women Were Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams
  12. When Williams’s mother died, she inherited her mother’s journals.  When she went to read them, though, she found they were all blank.  This book is kind of a response to that and a meditation on womanhood.

  13. Once Was Lost, by Sara Zarr
  14. My favorite of Sara Zarr’s works, Once Was Lost (also known as What We Lost) is about a girl who has lost her mother and a town that has lost a child.

  15. The Book of Mormon Girl, by Joanna Brooks
  16. This is an honest and sincere look at how the religion we are raised in (in this case, Mormonism) shapes us.

  17. The World’s Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne
  18. A memoir of a Salt Lake City librarian with Tourette’s.  I liked that this memoir did not just focus on one part of his life but talked about his religious views, his workout life, his work, and his disease.

  19. The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  20. I liked this book of royal intrigue largely because of the protagonist.  Also, the plot kept me guessing a bit.

What Utah books would you recommend?

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