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Read Ulysses With Us! (#ulyssesRAL2017)


Long ago in a land far away, I tried to read Ulysses and gave up quickly but the book had nothing to do with it. It was a timing thing. I had too much going on and just wasn’t in the right mood. I’ve been meaning to get back to it.

When I mentioned this on Twitter or perhaps it was in response to a blog comment, Serena suggested we read it together. We thought maybe there’d be a few of you who might want to join us.

Hosted By:

Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit and myself, Ti  at Book Chatter.

Twitter Hashtag:

We will use Twitter to discuss this book throughout the read along by using the hashtag #ulyssesRAL2017. If you ever want to see what any of us are saying, just search for that hashtag.

Reading Breakdown:

Part 1 Discussion on Feb. 10
Part 2 Discussion on March 10 (largest section)
Part 3 Discussion on March 17

If this sounds even remotely fun or doable and you’d like to join in, let us know by signing-up below and be sure to use #ulyssesRAL2017 if/when you post on Twitter.

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I’ve got my copy, which is the cover noted above and I am ready for February 1st!

Banned Books: Most Challenged Classics

Read a Banned Book

This week is Banned Books Week. There seems to be less publicity for it than in years past so I thought I’d share a list of the most challenged classics and highlight which ones I’ve read. This list if from the American Library Association.

Bold = I’ve read it.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
1984, by George Orwell
Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller (tried to read)
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
 A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son, by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (tried to read  2x)
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (favorite book ever)
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Not an eye-opening amount but I’ve read several. I lean towards content that challenges me in different ways so I suppose it’s not surprising that I’ve read a handful of these.

The one book on here that I’d really like to read is A Clockwork Orange. I have tried to read it two times but rather unsuccessfully. I think both times, I gave up on it less than fifty pages in. It’s just a challenge I’ve set for myself.

What’s the one book on here that you’d like to read?