- member since October 22, 2010
Welcome to the 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE group, the group that is about reading the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. It is a specific list of books that can be found at the top of the group description. Every two years the book is revised. This means that there are now 1305 books that we are working our way through. We encourage you to explore the group and check out the various opportunities. We have monthly reads and challenges. You can introduce yourself at the Welcome Mat (http://www.shelfari.com/groups/11271/discussions/470477/-b-WELCOME-MAT-B-to-1001) and the directory (http://www.shelfari.com/groups/11271/discussions/474585/-b-The-Directory-b-) will direct you to various links within the group. We recommend you start with the Group Guidelines and FAQs (http://www.shelfari.com/groups/11271/discussions/166191/-b-GROUP-GUIDELINES-B-and-b-FAQ-and-FYI-b-).
Our December 2013 BOTMs are To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald and At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. The seasonal read for October, November and December is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. The discussion threads are pinned to the top. Please join in reading and discussing one or all of these books.
Voting for the January 2014 BOTMs will start in mid-December.
Our Seasonal Books for 2014 have been chosen and are:
Winter (Jan, Feb, Mar) - The Good Soldier Švejk
Spring (Apr, May, Jun) - Martin Chuzzlewit
Summer (Jul, Aug, Sep) - Kristin Lavransdatter
Autumn (Oct, Nov, Dec) - The Forsyte Saga
In 2014 we are also starting an “Annual Read” project, starting with Proust’s In Search of Lost Time
Finally in January we will start our new and exciting 2014 Challenge. See the Directory for links to information on the 2013 Challenge as well as the 2014 Challenge when it becomes available.
Cool! A new friend!
After you've read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, you might enjoy the movie that was made from the book. Cinematically, it's very pretty and very "visually rich", but I'm glad I read the book first. Ditto with Memoirs of a Geisha.
YOU are walking on Miami Beach in Florida; the sky is dark and threatening to rain. You see a handsome Egyptian man walking down the beach carrying a leather pouch over his right shoulder, he looks back anxiously, as if someone might be following him but when he does so he stumbles and falls, spilling the seeds in his pouch. Asim hurriedly picks up the seeds, counting them as he drops each one back into his case.
It starts to rain and he quickly rushes off, not knowing that he has lost a single seed. It starts to rain harder as you see something protruding from the sand, and then a beautiful red rose grows almost instantly. You must be seeing things.
You approach the rose and when you bend down to examine it something amazing happens.
“Quick,” says the rose. “Hide me before he comes back. I grant wishes and all the wishes he wants are evil ones. Please take me home with you.”
You dig up the flower and head back to your hotel.
Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published every month it is a little discouraging. I didn’t think there were that many writers. But I continue to write and hope.
You have a nice shelf.
I hope you are reading lots of interesting books.
Knights of the Dragon:
Leander is under siege. It seems their wizard is dying. A dragon befriends a boy and hires knights to save his kingdom. Alexa is a match for any man, except perhaps for Stone; they’ve had eyes for one another for years, though neither will admit it. A dragon is born that turns out to be a wizard, a rare dragon indeed.
And there are whispers of a boy wizard.
It’s a tale of wizards, dragons, romance and knights.