Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

Fiction

The One and Only Ivan

Book Number: 
755
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
303
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year: 
2015

This unforgettable novel by Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. It is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tale lies in a true story. This bestseller received well-deserved awards.  Read more

Adaline Shooting Star

Book Number: 
754
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Mary Pope Osborne
Total Pages: 
169
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Year: 
2000

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of many distinguished books, in almost every genre, for children and young adults. She is a past president of the Author’s Guild. This book was loaned to me by the girl I mentioned in book 753. I loaned her 'The New World of Mr. Tompkins' (book 471).  Read more

A Wrinkle in Time

Book Number: 
753
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
Square Fish
Year: 
2007

This is the first book by Madeleine L’ Engle (1918 – 2007) of her ‘classic’ Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time was a best seller, won the 1963 Newbery Medal, and was made into a movie. It is a fantasy novel, but it has also been called a science fiction novel. An amazing third-grade girl who is very interested in math and science loaned me this book. In turn I loaned her Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe (book 745).  Read more

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Book Number: 
746
Date Fred Read: 
March 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
326
Publisher: 
Mariner
Year: 
2006

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards and were translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Read more

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared

Book Number: 
737
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Jonas Jonasson
Total Pages: 
384
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Year: 
2012

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for many years, became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting events production company for Swedish television. After selling his company, he moved abroad to work on his first novel. This book (737) was an international bestseller.  Read more

Island

Book Number: 
731
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
354
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Year: 
2009

This 1962 novel by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) proposes the remote utopian Pacific island of Pala, which is his idea of what is required to achieve such an ideal nation. It includes a conspiracy of new “modern” events that lead to the end of the Palan way. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Animal Farm and 1984

Book Number: 
725
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
George Orwell
Total Pages: 
385
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year: 
2003

The 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell (1903-1950) was the occasion for these two novels – AF (1945 & 84-pp) and 1984 (1949 & 301-pp) – being published together for the first time. George Orwell wrote literary and political commentary for British press/journals and American magazines. AF (“a fairy story”) became an animated movie; 1984 became a movie with humans.  Read more

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

Book Number: 
724
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
340
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2004

These books – BNR (1932) and BNWR (1958) – are published as a Harper Perennial Modern Classics. Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) was the author of many critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. This edition – BNW (231 pp) and BNWR (108 pp) – also has a 17-pp P.S. section of Insights, Interviews, & More. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle)

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Book Number: 
665
Date Fred Read: 
August 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Fannie Flagg
Total Pages: 
359
Publisher: 
Ballantine Books
Year: 
2007

Fannie Flagg, once a standup comedian, became a writer after her second book – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café – became a bestseller. As of 2016 she has written eleven books. My wife and I had read her first book. This book, her sixth, was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

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The Last Kind Words Saloon

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Book Number: 
641
Date Fred Read: 
February 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Larry McMurtry
Total Pages: 
196
Publisher: 
Liveright
Year: 
2014

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screen-writer, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Lonesome Dove (whose success inspired three related books: prequels and sequels). Book 641 was a New York Times Bestseller.  Read more

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