#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Thief

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Day 21 – The Thief

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THE THIEF

If you’ve read this book, then I probably don’t have to tell you why it’s here.

If you haven’t read this, then you really ought to – oh goodness, this one is just delicious. Clever, witty, quietly brilliant.

I’m not even sure how to describe what makes it so incredible, but most people I know who’ve read it agree it’s amazing.

A truly great book (and series).

The Thief

Discover the world of the Queen’s Thief

New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.

Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything—or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king’s magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he’s in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans, and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief.

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – Gone With The Wind

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Day 20 – Gone With The Wind

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GONE WITH THE WIND

I first read GONE WITH THE WIND in 7th grade. I grew up in Texas, and in Texas, all 7th-graders take Texas history. I happened to read GWTW while we were studying The Civil War and after taking the book away twice, my history teacher finally told me that she thought it was great that I was reading GWTW, and that the theme was appropriate, but if she caught me reading it again, she’d take it away for the rest of the week.

Well, I finished the book in four days, and I was pretty careful those last couple days, because if I’d had it taken away, I probably would have gone crazy…

GONE WITH THE WIND is stacked with problems not quite 100 years after it was published. There’s racism everywhere, not to mention an oversimplified version of slave/owner relations and a ridiculous representation of the Black population as angry and dangerous, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan as honorable.

The book would never get published today. Beyond those problematic issues, it’s way too long.

But it’s a truly epic read, written from a specific perspective of a Southern woman still influenced by the Romanticism, tragedy and impact of the Civil War.

I first saw the movie GWTW when I was in third grade, and wrote a paper on Scarlett O’Hara in high school. I’ve seen the movie at least three times since then, and have fond memories of those experiences. I went to the big screen showing in college with a bunch of adult and student work colleagues for the 50th anniversary.

Twenty years later, I saw it on the big screen in a historic theater with my husband, who’d never seen it before. (What??! He is only redeemed because our first date was seeing Casablanca for its 50th anniversary.) ;o)

It’s a long read, and a problematic read, but it’s also an enthralling read, and worth reading at least once to understand the amazing characters Margaret Mitchell created, not to mention the very interesting perspective from which the book is written. It’s an amazing representation of the Southern attitude before, during and after the Civil War.

A fascinating read, and Scarlett O’Hara is arguably one of the most compelling and faceted American female characters ever written.

Have you read it? Are you a fan?

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Gone With The Wind

Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by many readers as The Great American Novel.

Often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.

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Buy Margaret Mitchell’s books – all of the cover links go to Mitchell’s search page; there are numerous options for Gone With The Wind and a couple other options, so I thought I’d let you find your own. Enjoy! xo

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Color Purple

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Day 19 – The Color Purple

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THE COLOR PURPLE

A beautiful book, a beautiful movie.

Sometimes hard to read but oh so worth it.

Some books stay with you forever, and this is one.

One of the most amazing things about The Color Purple is that, while it reflects some of the worst aspects of human nature, it somehow manages to be inspiring and lovely in the end.

Another choice that might be tough for readers who need the HEA. It does have one, in a fashion, but again, it’s complex and tough. So reader be warned.

On the other hand, it stands among the best American novels ever written, so I highly recommend it.

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The Color Purple

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

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Buy Alice Walker’s books – all of the cover links go to Walker’s search page; there are numerous options for The Color Purple and other novels, so I thought I’d let you find your own. Enjoy! xo

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Age Of Innocence

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Day 18 – The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

I read this book for the first time in college and have read it a few times since then.

As much as I love romance novels, I do also love great literary works that use lyrical language to explore the human experience —especially the female experience—in unexpected ways.

After college, I read a lot Wharton. I am a fan of everything I’ve read from her, but this one is special: It’s the first one I ever read, and the first book by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Definitely worth a read, though if you’re a “must-have-an-HEA” reader, you may not like this one. There’s a lot to love in this book, though, including the sense that, though she loses her great love, the main female character survives and thrives.

Have you read Edith Wharton? What do you think? I especially remember being blown away by her short stories, so if you’re not sure about devoting time to her full novels, maybe try one or two of those.

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The Age Of Innocence

One of Edith Wharton’s most famous novels—the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—exquisitely details a tragic struggle between love and responsibility in Gilded Age New York.

Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing her failed marriage to a Polish count, her worldly and independent nature intrigues and unsettles Archer. Trapped by his passionless relationship with May and the social conventions that forbid a relationship with the disgraced Ellen, Archer is torn between possibility and duty. Wharton’s profound understanding of her characters’ lives makes the triangle of Archer, May, and Ellen both urgent and poignant. An incisive look at the ways desire and emotion must negotiate the complex rules of society, The Age of Innocence is one of Wharton’s most moving works.

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Buy Edith Wharton’s books – all of the cover links go to Wharton’s search page; there are numerous options for her complete works for very low prices, and I wanted to let you know what’s available and make your own choices. Enjoy! xo

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Day 17 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

The Boy Who Lived and The Book That Changed The World.

When magic came alive again, and words & such as Dementors, Dumbledore, Voldemort, Hogwarts and Muggles became part of the lexicon forever.

Long live Harry Potter, and thank you J.K. Rowling for taking us places we’d never dreamed before.

The very cool 20th anniversary banner Scholastic flew at BEA last year.

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So many options to purchase these days! Have you seen the gorgeous illustrated editions they’ve recently released? Really cool.

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone  – 20th Anniversary edition

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary boxed set  (Books 1-7)

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone –  Illustrated edition  

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