Books I have not read…

…and don’t intend to read either!

A few of these lists were floating around the other day, lists of books people pretend they have read.

I found this one on Buzzfeed and thought it would be interesting to see if I have actually read any of them, and if not, would I pretend to have read them? (Spoiler: If I haven’t read it I’m not going to lie about it).

  1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Yes
  2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – No (I didn’t even watch the movie)
  3. The Bible – Parts
  4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – Yes
  5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – No
  6. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – No
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – No
  8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – No
  9. 1984 by George Orwell – Yes
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – No (Don’t look so aghast!)
  11. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Definitely not
  12. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – No
  13. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – No
  14. The Odyssey by Homer – Yes
  15. Ulysses by James Joyce – No
  16. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Yes (One of my favourites)
  17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – No
  18. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – No
  19. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – No
  20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – No
  21. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – No
  22. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – No

So, I’ve read 4 out of 22 (not including the partial bits of the Bible).  

Does the fact I have not ready these books make me uneducated? No. Does it make me less? No. Do I feel the need to lie about reading them? No.

Some of them I would rather stick needles in my eyes than read. Some of them I might possibly think of reading at some stage, maybe, probably, if I was really bored. None of them make me want to download them to my Kindle right now.

outside a dog

The fact is, I read a lot. It may not be intellectual classics but its reading. I read romance, fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, sagas. I read and that’s what counts.

Anyone want to chime in about the books on the list they have/haven’t/lied about reading?



2nd play date – Success

You may recall the somewhat awkward and heartbreaking 1st play date we had a week or so ago.

Well, Faith had another friend over today and it went so much better. I think I was more relaxed since I knew what to expect. Aaron also took on the roll of bossy mcboss mentor and got the girls playing with a ball and also teaching them some karate moves.

I even read them a story!  In Hebrew!

We have just bought a set of bookshelves from friends who are relocating to the States and I could finally unpack the last of our boxes. All the books! So while the kids were playing I was unpacking and I came across Not A Box by Antoinette Portis. Its a very simple story about using your imagination, and as I found out, quite easy to translate into Hebrew as I went. The kids loved it.

not a box

After the book, the kids took all the empty boxes and created a carnival game, Aaron wrote ‘points’ on each box and they placed them at different heights and then took turns throwing the ball into them to get the most points. Definitely not just a box.

I fed them supper before Faiths friend had to go home and both girls didn’t want the play date to end. I consider that a great success!


How do you read?

Julia over at Unwritten posted this meme and I thought I would give it a bash 🙂

How do you organise your books?

Oh hell, seriously? I try and keep fiction and non-fiction apart, I try keep books by the same author together and books in a series together, I also have an issue getting rid of books so at the moment my books are an utter mess because there just isnt enough space for all of them.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Both, I just love to read 🙂

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Whenever and wherever I can.  I love my new Kindle that I got for my birthday, its small enough to pop in my hand bag so I can read wherever I am.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?

I would love to be able to read more than one book at a time but I just cant, I tend to loose myself in a book and I just cant concentrate on more than one at a time.

What is the last book you bought?

Hmmmmmm, the last book I bought was a fairytale book as a birthday present for one of the kids friends.  For myself, I bought The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken, book 5 in a series of books about, you guessed it, dragons.

What are you currently reading?

Witches Under Way (Book 2 in the Witchlight series) by Debora Geary.  Its a spin off series from her A Modern Witch series which I have read.  These are also the first books that have been shared via Kindle with me.  You have a few days to accept the loaned book and once you accept it you have 2 weeks to read them in.  I heart Kindle!

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

If I am near my computer then yes, if not I try to remember to check when I have access to my computer.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

I pretty much snack all the time, so yes, I snack when I read.  Its usually whatever is handy.