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TAG: Amazon’s 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime

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Many thanks to splashesintobooks and mistysbookspace for nominating be on this tag. It is so much fun! Sorry it took so long for me to complete it… but I read ~25% from the list.

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How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle  Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White  Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese  Yes
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz  Yes
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger  Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry  Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman  Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne  Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien  Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt  Yes
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee  Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein  Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak  Yes

I’ve 24 books… not bad almost 25%. I’ve read 10 other books by authors on this list, but not the one mentioned here. I’ve also seen 5 movies on the list but never read the book. So… I’m happy with the results. How about you?

I Tag:

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

365 Challenge: Day 321 – Discount

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Discount: when Jay’s book goes on sale for .99 cents as a Kindle download

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If you love contemporary fiction with a focus on family drama, secrets, humor, tears and suspense, then you will enjoy Watching Glass Shatter, my debut novel set in modern day Connecticut. On February 1st and 2nd, you can download the Kindle version of this October 2017 release for only .99 cents. You can read it anytime afterwards, but the discount offer is only good for the next 2 days. Purchase @ Amazon.

 

For more on this book, you can check out reviews, Q&A and the blog tour:

https://jamesjcudney.com/category/watching-glass-shatter/

https://jamesjcudney.com/watching-glass-shatter-book-reviews/

https://jamesjcudney.com/watching-glass-shatter-blog-tour-posts/

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Amazon Giveaway Entry – Watching Glass Shatter (By January 17th)

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I’ve created an Amazon Giveaway for my novel, Watching Glass Shatter. You can enter at the link below to win a Kindle edition before January 17th. All you need to do is tweet about the book. Details @:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/bda57ab492b95af9?ref_=pe_1771210_134854370#ts-dei

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Book Description

Watching Glass Shatter was published on October 8th, 2017 and is available for purchase in both electronic and physical print form. It has 300+ reviews, averaging 4.7 on Amazon & 4.3 on Goodreads in a 5 point scale.

The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia must figure out which boy Ben refers to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney searches for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. When Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life-altering, but she will not rest until her family is reunited after Ben’s untimely death.

We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re all a mix of quirky personalities. Will Olivia be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? What will she do when she discovers the son behind Ben’s secret? Check out this ensemble cast where each family member’s perspective is center stage, discovering along the way who might feel the biggest impact from all the secrets. Through various scenes and memories across a six-month period, you’ll get to know everyone, learning how and why they made certain decisions. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family where the flair for over-the-top drama pushes everyone to their limits.

You can see sample chapters and descriptions at: https://jamesjcudney.com/

Buy the Kindle version from Amazon

Buy the paperback version from Amazon

 

Blog Tour

  • The book went on a 17-day blog tour from 11/5 thru 11/21. You can read all posts via this one location by clicking here.

Radio Interview

  • Jay was a guest on the Artist First radio segment on Tuesday, November 14th from 6 to 7pm. To listen to the recorded 1-hour broadcast for news on the book and author, click here.

Book Reviews & Interviews

  • In addition to Goodreads and Amazon, you can find a central link to some very fun and in-depth book reviews and author interviews here

2018 Short Story Collection

  • Polls closed on 11/20 and you selected ETHAN as your favorite character. He will be the focus of the first published short story in the 2018 collection (March 2018)

 


Sequel

  • A 2018 sequel for Watching Glass Shatter was announced; it’s too hard to let go of the Glass family — they have many more stories to share. More information on launch timing to be available in early 2018.

 

365 Challenge: Day 296 – Marketing

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Marketing: the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising

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It’s the first official work day of the New Year for me, but it’s an unusual one given what I’ve been doing the last few months. My second novel, Father Figure, is with a team of beta readers, who will provide feedback by January 11th. I have no writing to do for about ten days, which is a good feeling; however, there is something I’ve been a bit lax on — MARKETING! I used the word ‘market‘ earlier in this 365 Daily Challenge, but in a different way, so I’m comfortable with the definition / change I’m blogging about today.  I need to plan my 2018 marketing plan for Watching Glass Shatter, my first novel, released on October 8th, 2017.

Marketing, sales and advertising have always been the weakest of skills during my days in the corporate business world. Given my personality, I’m not one to push opinions on others, nor try to persuade someone to buy goods and services. I prefer the approach of putting something out there, then letting others make the choice by reading or hearing about it. When I launched WGS, I posted a few times on my blog for anyone who was interested in helping me promote the book. I was lucky enough to find at least 25 people who took me up on the opportunity, which made the initial publication and launch successful. Throughout November and December, between the publisher’s work on Amazon and my posts on Goodreads, several hundred people have read and reviewed the book. Now that we’re hitting the 3-month mark next week, I need to settle on a game plan for 2018 in how I will market the book outside of those two key websites and my various social media platforms.

That’s my focus for the next 10 days. I’ve got some input from good friends and new friends, but I welcome any ideas and thoughts from the wonderful world of bloggers. You can reply here or send me an email at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com. And if you don’t have ideas or any time to think about it, that’s OK! I’m just sharing what’s on my mind and my upcoming focus. Many thanks in advance.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 6 – Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

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Check out today’s Watching Glass Shatter blog tour for Day 6 with ‘Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50’ where you will: (1) Read about our meet-up at a NYC coffee shop and (2) see the surprise news about the FREE Kindle version this weekend of the book via Amazon — 11/10 thru 11/14

via “Watching Glass Shatter” a Novel by James J. Cudney. An Author Interview by Me — Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50


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Six months ago, a blogger wandered onto my blog and left a comment. I commented back. He continued. Banter ensued. From those humble beginnings a friendship was born. I have had the pleasure of becoming blog buddies, and coffee friends with James J. Cudney, affectionately known as Jay. In our short, but meaningful time as […]

 

365 Challenge: Day 235 – Paperback

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Paperback: a soft-covered version of words in a book that people read

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About three (3) weeks ago, my debut novel was published in electronic form, available for sale via Amazon. Earlier this week, the paperback version was officially released and is also now available for sale via Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS

I am extremely excited to share this news. I waited a few days to announce it as I wanted to get the book in my hands and start reading it, but someone beat me to it. I won’t have my own copy until Saturday — isn’t that amusing! It worked out as this person was able to confirm the proper version, edit/format and look-n-feel, enabling me to let everyone know it’s officially in multiple versions. It’s a larger paperback, too, about the same size as a typical hardcover. As of today, between Amazon and Goodreads, I have over 40 book reviews, averaging a 4.8 out 5 on the star-ratings scale. I am grateful for everyone’s support, positive feedback and promotion for the upcoming blog tour which will kick off on Sunday 11/5. See the schedule below. Thank you!!!

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REMINDER: Tomorrow kicks off my new ‘Author Alert’ segment with our debut author spotlight. As a small teaser: He’s a fellow blogger… I just started reading his book this week… and you may already have chatted with him! The post will launch at 11am EST tomorrow. I’m excited to kick this one off with a special 365 Daily Challenge Word and a new logo to use on Fridays for the Author Alert segment.

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin