You are the here and now, the oh so ever present,
Where life happens, plans are made
and executed, where love exists,
where the rubber meets the road.
In an ever escalating pelaton, like
Winter’s leaves blown high on the wind,
You strive, you climb, you do, you are,
More than anyone I know, you take hold,
you grab on, you set your sights and off you go!
Planning, executing, authoring exploits;
Recreating reckless abandon that is the eight year-old in you,
In me in all who dare to follow into the blue
Yonder of the wild, to great and daring escapades.
Every day you create your story,
Memorializing with images and words;
A beautiful life fully alive, filled with
A future only One knows.
Growing, yearning, straining, pushing; steady as she goes;
Up Alp, through mud, o’er slippery cobbles; Labor’d
breath and foamy mouth sing you the opera of the possible.


Below is a list of books that some say ought to be read. I have read some, started others, and do not care to even start some. I have added my own beginnings of ‘books read’ at the end, and will continue to add to the list this year. I would like to include a mix of fiction, non-fiction, classics and new best sellers. At the moment I am reading:
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon, and Foundations Training by Dr. Eric Goodman and Peter Park.


1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien:
a. Fellowship of the Ring
b. The Two Towers
c. Return of the King
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
b. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
c. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
d. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
e. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
f. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
g. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
h. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 
6 The Bible – God 
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Ubervilles- Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (how many should this count as?)
15 Rebecca – Daphne DuMaurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien 
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame 

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 
X (this counts as 7)

34 Emma – Jane Austen X

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golde
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X
42 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy X
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm
54 Sense and Sensibility X
55 A Suitable Boy
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold X
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X
93 The Father Brown Omnnibus
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams 
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X

Many of the books above are okay. . . . but I am going to nix those that I have either attempted to read and could go no further, have no interest in reading, or believe that there is greater value in reading others that I would like to add to the list. Such as:

Anne of Green Gables series
1. Anne of Green Gables (1908)
2. Anne of Avonlea (1909)
3. Anne of the Island (1915)
4. Anne of Windy Poplars (1936)
5. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917)
6. Anne of Ingleside (1939)
7. Rainbow Valley (1919)
8. Rilla of Ingleside (1921)
Emily trilogy[edit]
1. Emily of New Moon (1923)
2. Emily Climbs (1925)
3. Emily’s Quest (1927)
Pat of Silver Bush[edit]
1. Pat of Silver Bush (1933)
2. Mistress Pat (1935)
The Story Girl[edit]
1. The Story Girl (1911)
2. The Golden Road (1913)
• Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910)
• The Blue Castle (1926)
• Magic for Marigold (1929)
• A Tangled Web (1931)
• Jane of Lantern Hill (1937)
Short story collections[edit]
• Chronicles of Avonlea (1912)
• “The Hurrying of Ludovic”
• “Old Lady Lloyd”
• “Each In His Own Tongue”
• “Little Joscelyn”
• “The Winning of Lucinda”
• “Old Man Shaw’s Girl”
• “Aunt Olivia’s Beau”
• “Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s”
• “Pa Sloane’s Purchase”
• “The Courting of Prissy Strong”
• “The Miracle at Carmody”
• “The End of a Quarrel”
• Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920)
• “Aunt Cynthia’s Persian Cat”
• “The Materializing of Cecil”
• “Her Father’s Daughter”
• “Jane’s Baby”
• “The Dream-Child”
• “The Brother Who Failed”
• “The Return of Hester”
• “The Little Brown Book of Miss Emily”
• “Sara’s Way”
• “The Son of his Mother”
• “The Education of Betty”
• “In Her Selfless Mood”
• “The Conscience Case of David Bell”
• “Only a Common Fellow”
• “Tannis of the Flats”
• The Road to Yesterday (1974)
• “An Afternoon With Mr. Jenkins”
• “Retribution”
• “The Twins Pretend”
• “Fancy’s Fool”
• “A Dream Come True”
• “Penelope Struts Her Theories”
• “The Reconciliation”
• “The Cheated Child”
• “Fool’s Errand”
• “The Pot and the Kettle”
• “Here Comes the Bride”
• “Brother Beware”
• “The Road to Yesterday”
• “A Commonplace Woman”
• Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1988)
• Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1989)
• Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1990)
• After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1991)
• Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1993)
• At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1994)
• Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1995)
The Willows in Winter – William Horwood