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Fun Friday

The Big Read

(via belleofthebooks)

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.
The instructions:
Look at the list and:
Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read (for me, in the next year or so).
(* any that I own)
Underline the books you LOVE.
Reprint this list in your own blog.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien*
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling*
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
6. The Bible*
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte*
8. 1984 - George Orwell*
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens*
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy*
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller*
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier*
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien*
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarc…

The Sunday Salon - Lazy Day

I have had a very lazy day today. I slept until almost noon, mostly just because I felt like it. Do you ever do that? After I finally decided to get up I read in bed for a little while. I was reading The Lady and the Unicorn. I am reading it to participate in the Dark and Stormy Book Club. In this novel Tracy Chevalier weaves together fact and fiction to tell the fictional story behind some very real tapestries. The club will be "meeting" in just an hours time, so hopefully I can get this post done in time!

Little is known about the origins of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. They have become iconic in the world of tapestries but it is known that they were made for the Le Viste family which is evident by the coat of arms represented in the tapestry itself. Chevalier did a lot of research in order to weave together the possibilities of fact and fiction.

In the Acknowledgments and Notes of the book Chevalier shares some of her process in the creation of the novel. She …