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"My Favorite 6,1+++++28 Books" by Joe Queenan

Churchill was famous for drinking heavily during his time as Prime Minister (as well as smoking cigars) but there are some who debate whether or not he was an alcoholic.

"You, Mr Churchill, are drunk." "And you, Lady Astor, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning."

While he did drink during the duration of his terms as Prime Minister it is a little unfair to say he was hammered.

1. "The Sisters" 2. "An Encounter" 3. "Araby" 4. "Eveline" 5. After the Race" 6. Two Gallants" 7. The Boarding House" 8. "A Little Cloud" 9. "Counterparts" 10. "Clay"' 11. " A Painful Case" 12. Ivy Day in the Committee Room" 13. "A Mother" 14. "Grace" 15. "The Dead"

Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American society and capitalist values, as well as for their strong characterizations of modern working women. (Socorro Ramirez)

Do you think being able to memorize spelling words at a younger age can affect the way you memorize certain things at an older age? For example sonnets or poems? (E'Ana Bordon)

So people read to get away from it all. All the drama, and all the stress. So it kinda like a life of no worries

I had no idea what this was when it was mentioned in the article but apparently it is....." a high-pressure and fast-paced situational strategy where a team will focus on clock management, maximizing the number of plays available for a scoring attempt before a half (or game) expires." This definition was taken from wikipedia. {Feli}

Farcical: Ridiculously clumsy

"Saddling another person with a book he did not ask for has always seemed to me like a huge psychological imposition, like forcing someone to eat a chicken biryani without so much as inquiring whether they like cilantro."

Giving a favorite book to someone and not knowing whether or not they would enjoy it is equivalent to forcing someone to eat a favorite food without knowing what they prefer to eat.

Comes to show how women read about different eras for the purpose of entertainment for the the era in which they reside in lacks excitement and uniqueness.

Books can be tools to help readers find answers to their problems in life. Universal themes in books are for that purpose because "King Leer" although written in the 1600's has themes that relate to elderly men of this era.

Books can evoke many feelings. Being as they are physical objects you come in contact with at a certain point in time. When you pick up a book it's like listening to a song. That feeling or emotion, smells, or environmental factors all come back to you. Books can have a lot of meaning and even if you hated the book those feelings will still be triggered in your brain.

The founder of the first book wagon was Mary Titcomb (1905) in Maryland.

Born in Brooklyn a young Frank McCourt is child in the depression whose parents decide to move to Limerick, Ireland where the conditions aren't much better. It's a biography so he goes through his childhood. The author died 4 years ago. Joe Queenan was trying to say that just because someone is of a certain ethnicity, that doesn't mean they'll like those books. Also, the phrase "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" comes from Irish people relating to the Blarney stone. It's good luck to kiss it and if you can't find the stone anywhere, what's the next best thing? KISS AN IRISH PERSON.

These are the definitions that I found for love. I don't think that love can really be defined and if it can then there is not one definition for it. Everyone has their own way of defining love just like everyone has a different way of expressing love. I do wonder what kind of love Joe Queenan was talking about. (Alex R.)

A collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce. Published in 1914

Ivanhoe: Is a historical novel written by Walter Scott. It was published in 1819 The Count of Monte Cristo: A novel who is written by a French author Alexandre Dumas pere.

"People in the 19th century fell in love with "Ivanhoe" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" because they loathed the age they were living through. Women in our own era read "Pride and Prejudice" and "Jane Eyre" and even "The Bridges of Madison County"—a dimwit, hayseed reworking of "Madame Bovary"—because they imagine how much happier they would be if their husbands did not spend quite so much time with their drunken, illiterate golf buddies down at Myrtle Beach."

Told the story of middle-class Irish people in a realistic and natural perspective.

I wish I still had the actual copies of the books that save my life - "Kidnapped," "The Three Musketeers," "The Iliad for Precocious Tykes" - but they vanished over the years. Because so many of these treasures from my childhood have disappeared, I have made a point of hanging on to every book I have bought and loved since the of 21. Books as a physical objects matter to me, because they eveoke the past.(Ming Chen, Dulce Vargas, Sam Garrison)

(Ming Chen and Dulce Vargas and Sam Garrison) Kidnapped is a historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. (first published in the magazine "Young Folks" from May to July 1886). As historical fiction, it is set around 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin Murderer", which occurred near Ballachulish in 1752 in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising. Many of the characters, and one of the principals, Alan Breck Stewart, were real people. The political situation of the time is portrayed from different viewpoints, and the Scottish Highlanders are treated sympathetically. (

Summary: The story is set in the mid-eighteenth century in Scotland. David Balfour is a boy who sets out in the world to seek his fortune and undergoes hardship and danger in his travels but returns as a man to claim his rightful inheritance. Planning to cheat him of his inheritance, David's uncle had him kidnapped. David strikes a friendship with Alan Breck, a fleeing Jacobite leader, who happens to be on the same ship as David. At sea, David and Alan become comrades and go through quite a few adventures. There are many suspenseful events like sea battles and perilous chases across the Scottish halls. As John Senior puts it, Kidnapped is a "bonny good adventure, it transports a colonial American boy back to his ancestral highlands and the Scottish honor, poverty, audacity, hilarity, and spunk that still flows in his blood." ( (Ming Chen, Dulce Vargas, Sam Garrison)

Books are perfect system for sending a message to the readers. Through the writings of the author.

People can use these books for as a guide and/or a bible to life.

Saharan - Third largest dessert; over 9,400,0000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq. mi) it covers most of North Africa.The overall area is as large as the continental United States. Its land forms undergo constant change. They are shaped per the direction of the wind and the occasional rainfall. (MIng Chen, Dulce Vargas, Sam Garrison)

(Ming Chen and Dulce Vargas and Sam Garrison) Tuareg - are a Berber people with a traditionally nomadic pastoralist lifestyle. They are the principal inhabitants of the Saharan interior of North Africa. Most Tuareg live in the Saharan parts of Niger and Mali but, being nomadic, the move constantly across national borders, and small groups of Tuareg are also found in southeastern Algeria, southwestern Libya and norther Burkina Faso, and a small community in northern Nigeria. (Lizbeth Estrada) The Tuareg are often granted distinct names that establish their political confederations and different decent groups.

Quotes explained.(Jasmine)

"If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find "reality" a bit of a disappointment".

This quote is a type of stereotype stating that most readers only read books to find an escape from their own lives.

Reading is only to seek relief from the world.

"A friend once told me that he read Saul Bellow because Bellow seemed like the kind of guy who had been around long enough that he might be able to teach you a thing or two about life. Also, Saul Bellow never wore belted shorts."

Some people read certain books because of the appearance of the author

The book was written during the peak of Irish Nationalism.

Irish Nationalism expanded to great heights upon the partition of Ireland in the 1920's. A key aspect of Irish Nationalism revolves around a united Irish culture and people as opposed to being governed by England

"None of this will work with a Kindle. People who need to possess the physical copy of a book, not merely an electronic version, believe that the objects themselves are sacred. Some people may find this attitude baffling, arguing that books are merely objects that take up space. This is true, but so are Prague and your kids and the Sistine Chapel. Think it through, bozos." -Joe Queenan

Queenan is stating that, if you use a source of computerized reading, then you are missing the smell of a real book, the sound of a page turning, even the noise it makes as you close it. Some people would argue that it holds no purpose to have a library chock-full of books, and that that extensive library could into a kindle and save space. Queenan then goes on to retort that every thing takes up space. You could take a picture of the Sistine Chapel then demolish it, because you have that picture which only takes up 360 KB, rather than a whooping 11344.842 cubic metres.

Places that you may not know

Sistine Chapel, The best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. It is also the site where a new Pope is selected. {Wikipedia[ ]}

Prague, The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and the Lennon Wall. {Wikipedia[ ]}

A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.

"Lettres de Madame de Sévigné",_marquise_de_S%C3%A9vign%C3%A9, If you would like to read the letters they are located right here:

Most children grow up learning the stories of The Little Mermaid and Pinocchio by watching the movies made by Disney, but when I was a child my mother had me read the stories (which were also made by Disney). Recent studies have shown that children who read at an early age are more academically efficient that children who do not, seems like a no-brainer, right? Well then why is it that most parents wait until a child is older to begin teaching them how to read? (Samantha G.)

Now as a child I was unaware that there were movies of the books I was reading (I didn't watch all the Disney classics until I was 12), so I had no choice but to learn to love reading. Eventually I read and re-read every Disney classic and developed a love for reading. What I didn't realize was that this love of reading had a direct impact on my school work. (Samantha G.)

In elementary school, like all other children, I had word lists that I had to memorize in order to pass the spelling test, but I never had to take any of the actual tests because I got 100% on the pretests. When it came to my reading an writing skills, I was told that I was able to read at a 5th grade level in the 2nd grade and therefore was placed in advanced courses in elementary school and it was all because I spent more time with my face in a book instead of on a TV screen. (Samantha G.)

Both plays have the same theme of a middle-aged man intending to marry a young girl

Books are the only fighting chance for the poor since they were short on resources [such as television, basic living necessities, media outlets, etc.]] To learn more about Queenan’s writing style I looked up other articles he had written and I found this one particularly humorous. This article by Joe Queeenan mocks app technology. It continues in his satirical style criticizing modern technology much like he does in his other article “My 6,128 Favorite Books”. Queenan’s tone in both articles is a bit sarcastic and seems to build in frustration. If you read the first few paragraphs of his articles they seem sincere enough but in this article his joke is clearly revealed to readers in the last three paragraphs. His style seems to be written for the common person, it does not assume any particular specialty in any area of knowledge. He does however, make many cultural references in his article “My 6,128 Favorite Books” that some readers may need to look up to fully understand.

Queenan's attack on e-readers made many people respond in the comments section either agreeing or disagreeing]

I read books—mostly fiction—for at least two hours a day, but I also spend two hours a day reading newspapers and magazines, gathering material for my work, which consists of ridiculing idiots or, when they are not available, morons. I read books in all the obvious places—in my house and office, on trains and buses and planes—but I've also read them at plays and concerts and prizefights, and not just during the intermissions. I've read books while waiting for friends to get sprung from the drunk tank, while waiting for people to emerge from comas, while waiting for the Iceman to comet

He's pretty much saying that it doesnt matter where you read, reading can be used anywhere at any moment of life. Reading is more than just a hobby its a part of his life.

"Books are siege weapons"

An interpretation that books for the author were not simple and idle entertainment nor were they "diversions".

How he feels about his favorite writers

"If you are an old man thinking of taking early retirement, read "King Lear" first. Take lots of notes, especially when the gratuitous blinding of senior citizens starts in."

"King Lear" is a tragedy by William Skakespeare about a king who wants to retire from power. He decides to divide is kingdom between his three daughters, giving the one who loves him most the bigger part. This causes divisions between the family and it ends in a tragedy...obviously. Queenan thinks that books can serve as lessons for readers to consider and learn from.

"If you're a middle-aged man thinking of marrying a younger woman, consult Molière beforehand."

L'École des Maris (The School for Husbands) by Molière

L'École des Femmes (The School of Wives) by Molière

"If you're a young man and you think that love will last forever, you might want to take a gander at "Wuthering Heights" before putting your John Hancock on that generous pre-nup."

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë

Books forced upon someone to "enjoy"

In this section, the author is referencing a lot of works that are philosophical or personal in nature.  His point is that even though these books may be life changing to some, they are so personal in nature that it's pointless to insist others read them against their will.

I dread that awkward moment when a friend hands you the book that changed his or her life, and it is a book that you have despised since you were 11 years old. Yes, "Atlas Shrugged." Or worse, "The Fountainhead." No, actually, let's stick with "Atlas Shrugged."

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand

People fixated on a particular book cannot get it through their heads that, no matter how much this book might mean to them, it is impossible to make someone else enjoy "A Fan's Notes" or "The Little Prince"

A Fan's Notes

The Little Prince

or "Dune," much less "One Thousand and One Places You Must Visit Before You Meet the Six People You Would Least Expect to Run Into in Heaven."


The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Not unless you get the Stasi involved.

The Stasi

Read How You Want To Read: - "I do not accept reading tips from strangers, especially from indecisive men whose shirt collars are a dramatically different color from the main portion of the garment. I am particularly averse to being lent or given books by people I may like personally but whose taste in literature I have reason to suspect, and perhaps even fear." - Joe Queenan

Death of a Salesman was writtin in 1948 by Aruthur Miller

Explaining A Quote (Owen)


Foisting-to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon)

Luminous-Bright or Shining.(Eli)

Dunning-To make repeated and insistent demands upon someone especially for debt. (Andrew)

Farcical-Broadly and extravagantly humorous.(Eli)

Winston Churchill-British statesman and leader during WWII. (Eli)

Preposterous-Contrary to reason or common sense, utterly ridiculous.(Eli)

Tuareg-A Berber or Hamitic-speaking member of the Muslim nomads of the Sahara. (Andrew)

The Two Minute Drill

Mein Kampf- "My Struggle," it was the ideological base for the Nazi Party's racist beliefs and murderous practices. Published in 1925, this work detailed Hitler's radical ideas of German nationalism, anti-Semitism, anti-Bolshevism, and Social Darwinism which advocated survival of the fittest.(vane)

Hitler wrote Mein Kampf during a stay in a German prison for protesting against the government. During Hitler's rise Germany was going through their form of the Great Depression (only much worse) and was looking for something/someone to blame their troubles on. The result was the views expressed in Mein Kampf, pointing out possible scape goats. Hitler and the Nazi (National Socialist Party) party would eventually win in Germany's 1933 election. Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 for his work in Germany, but of course that was before WWII began. (Ryan Nguyen)

siddhartha-accomplished goal(vane)

Balmy- mild and refreshing or soothing (Alex R.)

Hayseed- Grass seed, especially that shaken out of hay. (Alex R.)

Love- 1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. 2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. 3. sexual passion or desire. 4. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart. 5. used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like

siege-a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside. ( Danny George)

Women In Our Era Reading Certain Novels

Tab for questions about how to work on mindmeister.... {Feli}

Hey having trouble uploading image, can someone give advice?? {Feli}

I think you go to properties then click the little images sign. (Eli), I tried that and it even gave me the option of choosing a photo but it never uploaded it once I pressed "upload." {Feli}, I had that same problem, anyone figure it out? (And why can't I get that green arrow to stop following me?

Books That He Disliked

Books about Businessmen or Politicians

Disliked inspirational and self-actualization books.(Eli)

Disliked books that were morbid and/or depressing

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

"Luckily, that project ran out of gas quickly, if only because I already had a 14-year-old daughter when I took a crack at 'Lolita'." The book Lolita is about a man kidnapping an adolescent girl, and travels around the country with her, performing sexual acts with her. You can see why he would find this distateful.

He hated having books rammed down his throat, which explains why he never liked school.

"Death of a Salesman"

"Ethan Frome"

Books that he deemed had a too depressing message for anyone to force feed him or any other student for the matter. Or books that were tragic with no real salvation in sight.

"I cannot understand how one human being could ask another to read 'Death of a Salesman' or 'Ethan Frome' and then expect to remain on speaking terms.", Ethan Frome, Death of a Saleman

Death of a Salesman- written in 1948 by Arthur Miller -Danny George

Books that had the biggest impact on him


The Three Musketeers

The Iliad for Precocious Tykes

"Counter Culture"

Days of Rage

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

Anti War Protests

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Ancient Civilizations, Organizations, Historical Allusions (etc.)

Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greece was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history that lasted from the Archaic period of the 8th to 6th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (ca. 600 AD). Immediately following this period was the beginning of the Early Middle Ages and the Byzantine era Included in Ancient Greece is the period of Classical Greece, which flourished during the 5th to 4th centuries BC. Classical Greece began with the repelling of a Persian invasion by Athenian leadership. Because of conquests by Alexander the Great, Hellenistic civilization flourished from Central Asia to the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. Classical Greek culture, especially philosophy, had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire, which carried a version of it to many parts of the Mediterranean region and Europe, for which reason Classical Greece is generally considered to be the seminal culture which provided the foundation of modern Western culture. [FROM WIKIPEDIA: ]

Plato, Aristotle,

Ancient Romans

Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that began growing on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world. [FROM WIKIPEDIA:]

Knights Templar

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of the Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers) or simply as Templars, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders.The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages. Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favored charity throughout Christendom, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking,and building fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land. The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake.Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day. (FROM WIKIPEDIA:

The Vatican

Historical Figure References (GENERAL)

Anything, any info on any figures, fictional or factual, referenced.

Winston Churchill,

Attila the Hun,

Joseph Goebbels,

Albert Einstein,

Hours divided in a day for him

4 of 17 hours must be devoted to reading

7 hours sleeping

His life is scheduled around his reading

Process of Reading

Speed Reading

Basic Speed Reading, Reading as one normally does, only faster, To increase speed, good eyesight and better lighting., Younger readers typically better than older readers. (given they are old enough to understand the words on the page.)

Skimming, Looking through a page to find clues to meaning without reading each individual word., Seen more in older readers than in younger., WPM of around 700. (compared to about 200 for other forms of reading for comprehension), Used commonly by readers on the web.

Meta-Guiding, Drawing imaginary shapes on a page of text with the mind., People can take classes to learn how to do this., Rather than "reading" in a traditional sense, read by putting words into mind subconsciously to recall later.

Speed reader claimants with less than 50% comprehension are not considered in records., Most educators believe that 50% comprehension is not truly reading, and require much higher levels of comprehension., The world record holder reads around 4700 WPM with a comprehension of 67%

Critical Reading

Levels of Understanding, Single Words, Understanding how each word is used, and how to define each word in context., Computer software is able to comprehend at this level., Single Sentences, Able to understand the grouping of words in sequence., Able to understand grammar rules used., Text Composition, Able to understand flow of ideas or plot of a story., Understand how sentences interact to derive a greater meaning., Ideological Influences, Able to derive ideas and themes based on words of the author., Understand differences between Fiction and Nonfiction., Understand that words written by authors are used to illustrate a point or main idea., Everything is intentionally written as it is.

what is a Brand X neighborhood?

Brand X means "unidentified or overly generic". In this context, "Brand X neighborhood" is an unspectacular and run-of-the-mill living vicinity.

"This was my experience as a child. I grew up in a Brand X neighborhood with parents who had trouble managing money because they never had any, and lots of times my three sisters and I had no food, no heat, no television. But we always had books. And books put an end to our misfortune. Because to the poor, books are not diversions. Book are siege weapons." - Joe Queenan

What and Where reading is used.

The world is changing

existentialism (Bernardo G.)

Electronic books

Joe Queenan

Writing Style

On page 4 of the comments a commenter refers to Queenan’s style as “rambling” what is wrong with that? I find rambling the best way to capture the natural thought process. Mush like Montaigne tried to do in his books. [] It may appear disorganized to some but when is our thinking ever neatly organized like we wish it to be?

Queenan’s writing style takes a personal approach with this selection (lines 13-16). He provides background to open up his article with a personal story. He has a passion for reading that is central to his life. He talks of how his personal biases affect his preferred literature.

Background information

Born: November 3, 1950 (currently age 62) From: Philadelphia, currently residing in New York

”Joe Queenan is a cultural critic and movie reviewer, living in Tarrytown, NY. He contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times and the Guardian. He is the author of 10 books, including Queenan Country and Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-important History of the Baby Boomer Generation (2006). His memoir, Closing Time, has just been published, and his new book, One for the Books, comes out this autumn.”

Other articles by the author for the Wall Street Journal

[ other articles by Queenan


"books are sublimely visceral, emotionally evocative objects that constitute a perfect delivery system."

PaperBooks are a great system.

a collection of 15 stories first published in 1914. These 15 stories were written around the peak of Irish nationalism. Also, they are composed of multiple perspectives so that one may compare and contracts they characters in Dublin at this time.

Here is a website with even more in site of Dubliners

"Books are sublimely visceral, emotionally evocative objects that constitute a perfect delivery system"

Reading on the Internet versus Reading News in the Physical Medium

Many prefer reading online because they feel it is interactive being able to share and discuss their views with complete strangers who can add a fresh perspective. Debating and discussing in real time, in real physical life is so less frustrating for me. I feel my opinion can be expressed clearly. I don’t like the idea that the internet could distort my views, especially when it is a topic I personally care about.

"Dubliners" by James Joyce

Characteristics of these 6,128 books

Books and Their Influences on Children (Samantha G.)

Do you think being able to memorize spelling words at a younger age can affect the way you memorize certain things at an older age? For example sonnets or poems?

No matter what they may tell themselves, book lovers do not read primarily to obtain information or to while away the time. They read to escape to a more exciting, more rewarding world. A world where they do not hate their jobs, their spouses, their governments, their lives. A world where women do not constantly say things like "Have a good one!" and "Sounds like a plan!" A world where men do not wear belted shorts. Certainly not the Knights Templar.

Do you think being able to memorize spelling words at a younger age can affect the way you memorize certain things at an older age? For example sonnets or poems? (E'Ana B.)

This is basically Suspension of Disbelief. We read to escape our hectic lives, stress, jobs, etc. This can be related to the example we were given in class about how when you watch a movie an become immersed in it, and get upset when a door slams or your phone rings because you are pulled back into reality. Back into all the things you were trying to escape. If we were trying to read for information, we would read a textbook. Books were meant to entertain, to give you the sense of being on the edge of your seat, not being able to put it down. (Cameron Reese)

No matter what they may tell themselves, book lovers do not read primarily to obtain information or to while away the time. They read to escape to a more exciting, more rewarding world. A world where they do not hate their jobs, their spouses, their governments, their lives.- Joe Queen (Danny George), People read so they could enter their own world of a life they wish was possible, or that they want for them selves. Reading allows us to let our imagination be free in a pool of words, and create things our mind could do alone. (Danny George)

Joe Queenan talks about how people who buy paper back books still value the actuall book more than the e-book reader. Now there is a show though that e-books pose a threat to paper back books and authors everywhere. Books can be published by anyone on these devices and Many books are given out for free.

The Emerald Isle (Alex R.)

This is the nickname for Ireland. The reason for this name is because of all the greenery in the area. Here is a picture to show the beauty of this place and an explanation on why it is nicknamed The Emerald Isle.

A terrible war began with England and Ireland over "The Emerald Isle". England and Ireland weren’t the only two players in this conflict. Scotland was involved as well. The problem was their different cultures(which included having different religions and different views on how to govern). England wanted Ireland's land because it would be a great resource. Together, Scotland and England had their ideas on how to run things but Ireland didn’t agree with the way they were trying to take over without even considering how they felt. It was a concern to many people on who was going to govern Ireland. People wanted to know what religion was going to be the dominate one and who was going to take up the biggest part of the land. This whole conflict was named "Wars of Three Kingdoms". Instead of Ireland being praised for its beauty it was quickly turned into a battle ground. Then, to add into the mess, slavery was going on. The Irish were getting captured and sold off to the English that were settling and needed someone to do their dirty work. Families were torn apart and everything was lost. This is where the Irish began writing their stories. It was all they had left call their own.

Do you think being able to memorize spelling words at a younger age can affect the way you memorize certain things at an older age? For example sonnets or poems?

In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one of a host of females who decide which soldiers die in battle and which ones live. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty.

Granada (Alex R.)

This is a place that is in spain!

I could explain all the facts about Grananda but why do that when I can have a local describe it!? Here is a link that will take you to the basic facts about Grananda. The best part is that it is written by a man that has lived here for over 22 years!

For those rather not read, you can simply watch this short video on the different places in Grananda.

Religion: Religion Percentage [citation needed] Roman Catholic 53 Anglican 14 Other Protestant 33 Rastafari/Spiritist 1.3 Hindu 0.7 Muslim 0.3 Buddhist 0.2 Baha'i 0.2 If you were curious

Winston Churchill supposedly read a book every day of his life, even while he was saving Western Civilization from the Nazis. This is quite an accomplishment, because by some accounts Winston Churchill spent all of World War II completely hammered. (Ryan Nguyen)

Winston Churchill was in fact known for reading nearly every day, mostly in bed just before he went to sleep.

Not only was Churchill known for reading, he is also know as a writer writing several books on history., Churchill wrote 42 book length works divided into 72 volumes., Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953

Churchill was known to have read nearly every type of book, from Plato to Shakespeare.

"I heard once that Winston Churchill read a book every night, even during the blitz, said it made him think better." - Sawyer

Churchill was considered a poor student by his teachers but during his adult life he surpassed man of his teachers and began to study philosophical questions.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

Sir Winston Churchill was Great Britain's Prime Minister during WWII and is widely revered as one of the greatest leaders in British history.

Churchill was given several honors including Knighthood (1953), the Nobel Prize (1953), and the first person to be made an honorary American citizen (1963)

Churchill also was a decorate war veteran of the Second Boer War. He become famous during the war for being taken captive and making a 300 mile long escape.

Churchill is considered on of the most important leaders of WWII. One of the few British leaders willing to stand up to Hitler's Germany., In May 1940 King George IV asked Winston Churchill to replace Arthur Chamberlain as Prime Minister. Chamberlain resigned after British troopers were forced to retreat from Norway., "We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..." - Sir Winston Churchill

Bigamist: The criminal offense of getting married to another person while already legally being married

I wasn't aware how completely books dominate my physical existence. Only when I started cataloging my possessions did I realize that there are books in every room in my house, 1,340 in all. My obliviousness to this fact has an obvious explanation: I am of Irish descent, and to the Irish, books are as natural and inevitable a feature of the landscape as sand is to Tuaregs or sand traps are to the frat boys at Myrtle Beach. You know, the guys with the belted shorts.(Ming Chen and Dulce Vargas and Sam Garrison)

Relationship Between Joe Queenan & Frank McCourt

"a book like "Angela's Ashes," what you're really saying is "You're Irish; kiss me." I reject out of hand the obligation to read a book simply because I share some vague ethnic heritage with the author.

Closing Time recounts Queenan’s Irish Catholic upbringing in a family dominated by his erratic father, a violent yet oddly charming emotional terrorist whose alcoholism fuels a limitless torrent of self-pity, railing, destruction, and late-night chats with the Lord Himself., "A deeply funny and affecting memoir about a great escape from a childhood of poverty"

Francis "Frank" McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, best known as the author of Angela's Ashes, an award-winning, tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood., Angela's Ashes is a 1996 memoir by the Irish-American author Frank McCourt. The memoir consists of various anecdotes and stories of Frank McCourt's impoverished childhood and early adulthood in Brooklyn, New York and in Limerick, Ireland. It also includes McCourt's struggles with poverty, his father's drinking issues, and his mother's attempts to keep the family alive. Angela's Ashes was published in 1996 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. A sequel to the book, 'Tis, was published in 1999, and was followed by Teacher Man in 2005.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Electronic books are ideal for people who value the information contained in them, or who have vision problems, or who have clutter issues, or who don't want other people to see that they are reading books about parallel universes where nine-eyed sea serpents and blind marsupials join forces with deaf Valkyries to rescue high-strung albino virgins from the clutches of hermaphrodite centaurs, but they are useless for people engaged in an intense, lifelong love affair with books. Books that we can touch; books that we can smell; books that we can depend on. Books that make us believe, for however short a time, that we shall all live happily ever after."

Queenan values the realistic sense that some books carry with them; therefore, he finds that electronic books such as ebooks aren't good. He does say, though, that if you are reading something trivial like a book about nine-eyed sea serpents, then its most likely a book that cannot be connected to easily. Whether or not you read an electronic book shouldn't matter if the book is of the fantasy genre. (Ubi K.)

Bookmobile (Ming Chen, Dulce Vargas, and Sam Garrison)

A bookmobile is a large vehicle designed for use as a library. It is designed to hold books on shelves in such a way that when the vehicle is parked they can be accessed by readers. Mobile libraries are often used to provide library services to villages and city suburbs that have no library buildings. The may also carry other information or computer equipment. Some libraries also use their bookmobiles to deliver materials, such as audio books, large print novels, and eBooks, to homebound people without anyone to go to the library for them. (

Bookmobile services have declined over the past few decades. (Kentucky, Brooklyn, Queens, Los Angeles, Chicago...etc still offer bookmobile services.)

International Bookmobile

Camel Library service in Kenya. This service started with three camels in 1996, Donkey-drawn mobile library in Zimbabwe & 'Biblioburro' in Colombia, Elephant Library in Thailand

"I absoluely refuse to read books that critics describe as "luminous" or "incandescent". "

My resource was amazon, Susan Isaacs wrote Goldberg Variations, it's about a wealthy grandma who is old and wants to choose an heirfrom her 3 grandchildren. None of them wants it, the story tells of why they don't want her wealth. -From Michelle Crosby (Posted by Mackenzie)

The author was trying to get across that he really liked this book, and considered it to be "perfect," and how some things in life aren't meant to be changed. -From Michelle Crosby

Joseph Goebbels and Albert Einstein were both Germans; does that mean they should equally enjoy "Mein Kampf"? (Ryan Nguyen)

These two men are basically extreme opposites, Einstein being one of the most revered scientists in history and Goebbels being the Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany.

Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. He was visiting the US in 1933 when Hitler came to power and decided never to return. He worked to find a unifying scientific theory that would combine all existing theories., Albert Einstein had many great achievements in the field of science, most known by people is his equation E=Mc^2., Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics., Einstein alerted President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the possibility of nuclear weapons and recommended that the US begin developing them., Einstein worked on the theory of relativity, statistical mechanics, quantum theory, particle theory, and the motion of molecules.

Joseph Goebbels was born in 1897 and became the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany in 1933. He would come to be one of the most infamous members of Nazi Germany., Goebbels rose to power along side Hitler and he is most infamous for organizing burning of books in Berlin. He controlled all media, art, and information in Germany., Goebbels was instrumental to Hitler's campaign against the Jews. Goebbels was able to use propaganda to turn the German people against the Jewish population., Goebbels produced many propaganda movies during the war, most of the anti-Semitic in nature., Goebbels rose among his fellow Nazis till he became second in command to Hitler., Goebbels stayed with Hitler till Hitler took his own life in the bunker under Berlin., Goebbels succeeded Hitler as Chancellor of Germany when Hitler committed suicide but his rule was short lived. Once Berlin was lost Goebbels and his entire family (wife and six children) committed suicide.

Before I start to analyze the exact reference given by Joe Queenan, I first wanted to refer you to some helpful sites. Here is a link to the actual free 1897 book "Dracula" by Bram Stoker online : And here is the link to the actual 1992 film "Dracula" by Bram Stoker

Some say Dracula killed 10,000..others 20,000, others even 300,000... but how will we ever know? Here are some links to the legitimate "Dracula" (Vlad the Impaler) and some historical background information to further the general amount given bu Joe Queenan

Although when Joe Queenan refers to how dracula had to live hundreds and hundreds of years to read an elongated list of books...I begin to wonder just how the immortality of Dracula began! Because the original Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) only lived from 1431- 1476 Here is an amazing link that furthers the discussion of immortality between Dracul and Vlad (By Elizabeth Miller) GREAT REFERENCE!, One other thing I found Joe Queenan stating was that he does not know if what his friend said was true because he has not had time to read Dracula all the way through. Well to this I give you a link to the many different sites that talk about his "excuse" and talks about the infamous line "I didn't have time",or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=5c7b0368413d34df&bpcl=38625945&biw=1366&bih=596, Joe Queenan also refers to how we usually get about 7 hours of sleep each night in the paragraph that I am analyzing. Well my friends this is not true. The average person gets about 6 if lucky. Although we may lay in bed, eyes closed, and dosed off...we are still not asleep. Here is a link to a study that shows how we actually get less sleep then we think. ......and one that talks about how much sleep we actually need, And lastly to sum up my highly sought out depiction here is a simply fun link to great quotes from Bram Stokers Dracula (I hope you all enjoy these helpful tools as much as possible)



Just whatever thing around you that you can find to keep your place

Sometimes forgotten about inside of books only to be seen later. Sometimes much later., Can spark memories of when you were reading the book, This happened to Queenan on several occasions. Spanning from train tickets to telephone messages


Something you might see at a library

Pictures of cartoon characters or "I Love Reading"

While reseaching the line, "People who need to possess the physical copy of a book, not merely an electronic version, believe that the objects themselves are sacred", I found a various of sites, relating to religious beliefs. In Evaluation and the Sacred Bundle, the article stated how items are kept due to the history it holds. Like a book, it has a history behind it and this is why a physical copy of a book is more sacred than an electronic version.

Adapted from "One for the Books" by Joe Queenan, to be published Thursday. With permission from Viking, a member of the Penguin Group (USA).

I founded a lot of good information on Joe Queenan on this website ( It talks about his life and how and when he started reading books. Also how he read books that he didnt excpect to like but still read them.

Books that aren't worth reading to him...

"Close friends rarely lend me books, because they know I will not read them anytime soon. I have my own reading schedule—I hope to get through another 2,137 books before I die—and so far it has not included time for "The Audacity of Hope" or "The Whore of Akron," much less "Father John: Navajo Healer." -Joe Queenan

Let's start with "The Audacity of Hope"... A nonfiction story written by the president of the United States himself; Barack Obama. This was written in 2006 and was a bestseller, which boost up his political career with his ideas for America. He went from discussing his own childhood problems to critisizing President Bush on the Iraq War. Through this book, Obama became a rising hope for Americans, which later proved through the 2008 election., "The Whore of Akron" is a book that threw me off with the title. It's nonfiction and written by Scott Raab. The book is about the famous basketball player Lebron James and the author's ugly words towards him. Lebron's betrayal of his team in Cleveland to join Miami spurred Raab to write a book about his disloyalty and shocking action to join Miami., And finally, "Father John: Navajo Healer" is also a nonfiction story written by reverands who are in one with nature and God. This story, of course, is all about getting in the core of your majestic animal and getting in touch with it. It's also about showing respect to Native Americans and feeling one with their surroundings. Tranquility and purification dominates this book of self-healing., And so, to sum everything up here, Joe Queenan does not prefer these certain books because of the dullness he sees in nonfiction. I, too, am not a big fan of nonfiction, but Joe felt to emphasize with these books through politics, sports, and religion. It really helps to understand what kind of books he is talking about and the relationship he has with them. I never would have figured that these books were nonfiction by looking at the title. Thus, you have all learned something!

Personality Disorders

Anti-social Personality Disorder

A personality disorder is a type of mental illness in which you have trouble perceiving and relating to situations and to people.In general, having a personality disorder means you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking and behaving no matter what the situation. This leads to significant problems and limitations in relationships, social encounters, work and school.

Williams Sonoma is a high end kitchenware and tableware company. WSM is their stock, and the dunning notice is a demand to pay the stock off at -3.66%.

Staying the same as the world changes around you.

By:Mareya Biely "There is no e-reader or Kindle in my future." The URL is people's opinions on weather they think reading a reagular book is better than reading on a kindle.

I do not speed-read books; it seems to defeat the whole purpose of the exercise, much like speed-eating a Porterhouse steak or applying the two-minute drill to sex


How to speed read

speed-eating a Porterhouse steak

Here is what a Porterhouse steak looks like

"two minute drill to sex"

What the author is getting at is that two minutes isn't enough to get the full effect of the reading. Speed reading doesn't give you the enjoyment of actually reading.

I once read "Tortilla Flat" from cover to cover during a nine-hour Jerry Garcia guitar solo on "Truckin'" at Philadelphia's Spectrum; by the time he'd wrapped things up, I could have read "As I Lay Dying." I was, in fact, lying there dying.

Attila the Hun

Not his real story, but you get the point. Actually a really funny article, I reccommend reading it.

A more accurate representation

In context, Attila is an example of the type of person he would read a biography about. Someone interesting, not because of his contributions to the literate world.

Personality VS Taste


"I’m prejudice against people who don't love Fight Club."

My Explanation

It seems that people undoubtedly judge others no matter what the situation is.

Even if 'they' like this person's personality, this person's likes and dislikes make 'them' think badly of these people.

Researched Explanation

"People's tastes reflect their personality.", You say you like this person's personality, but in reality you don't. The things they like (their tastes, which you despise) are shown through what they do and how they act. Therefore you don't like them OR you don't trust them enough to have good taste.

"Some people may find this attitude baffling, arguing that books are merely objects that take up space." this is a great article that shows how much of a dunk winston churchill was. There was no way he could have read a book day. This is a summary to the Three Musketeers. This was a story the author treasured a young boy. However, he says its being forgot and i believe that its. I wouldnt mind reading this novel sometime this year.

"I avoid inspirational and self-actualization books; if I wanted to read a self-improvement manual, I would try the Bible."

I strongly agree with this statement. The Bible is full of Inspirational and self-actualization verses as seen in this link. If you are looking for that sort of thing just go read the bible. If you are going to read a book, it might as well be interesting.

An Explanation Of Why Women Read Prezi (Michelle Arriaga)

Having 6,128 books and no time to wash his windows has defined that reading has taken over his life.

"I am of Irish descent, and to the Irish, books are as natural and inevitable a feature of the landscape..." Basically what is being said in this section is that Irish people read a lot and that books are a part of nature to him. Therefor he doesn't realize how much he has read throughout his entire life and how many books he has lying around. For him it's a way of life. (Ming Chen, Dulce Vargas, Sam Garrison)

The Three Musketeers (Ming Chen, Dulce Vargas, and Sam Garrison)

Was written by French author Alexandre Dumas and was published in 1844. (French Title: Les Trois Mousquetaires) The novel is about a power struggle betweent the forces of King Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu and is coupled with a time of war between England and France. These factors combine to create the opportunity of many fantastic adventures.

After recovering from his injuries, D’Artagnan continues on his journey to Paris. He meets three musketeers – Porthos, Athos and Aramis. Without his letter of recommendation, the initial meeting goes poorly. D’Artagnan finds himself challenging the three to a duel. While negotiating the terms of the duel, D’Artagnan and the musketeers are challenged by six of Cardinal Richelieu’s guards. Immediately, the four adversaries become allies and battle the Cardinal’s guards. After the skirmish, the victorious musketeers and D’Artagnan become friends and join forces.

Summary: The story begins with a young man name, D’Artagnan who joins the musketeers. The musketeers are a military force responsible for protecting the French royal family. D’Artagnan travels from his home to Paris. D’Artagnan’s journey does not begin well. At a hotel, he is beaten and robbed of a valuable possession – a letter of recommendation to the captain of the musketeers. Without it he may not be invited to join the valiant musketeers.

A series of adventures follow: kidnapping, political assassinations, international espionage and murder all challenge the courage and ability of the four companions. An arrest warrant (on false charges) is placed on D’Artagnan by the Cardinal and attempts are made on his life by the unscrupulous Milady de Winter. Milady is an intriguing character who has a checkered past. As a young woman, she was a nun who seduced her priest and stole valuables from the church. She became a spy for the Cardinal and it is also revealed that Milady was the wife of Athos. Athos ultimately disowned her because of her evil character. (

The novel behind the name, Babbitt is Sinclair Lewis’s classic commentary on middle-class society. George Follanbee Babbitt has acquired everything required to fit neatly into the mold of social expectation—except total comfort with it. Distracted by the feeling that there must be more, Babbitt starts pushing limits, with many surprising results (Socorro Ramirez)

Over view of the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis

Having read over 6,000 books with no time to wash his windows has solidified that reading has taken over his life. - Cory G

Having more books then necessities is what started him off reading at a young age.

People in the 19th century fell in love with "Ivanhoe" and "The Count of Monte Cristo"

The Count of Monte Cristo: A novel who is written by a French author Alexandre Dumas pere.It was published in 1844.

Ivanhoe: Is a historical novel written by Sir Walter Scott. It was published in 1819.

"Madame Bovary" (1856) is Gustave Flaubert's first published novel and is considered by many critics to be a masterpiece. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the right word").

"A Métro ticket falls out of a book I bought 40 years ago, and I am transported back to the Rue Saint-Jacques on Sept. 12, 1972, where I am waiting for someone named Annie LeCombe."

The Rue Saint-Jacques is a street in the Latin Quarter of Paris which lies along the cardo of Roman Lutetia. The Boulevard Saint-Michel, driven through this old quarter of Paris by Baron Haussmann, relegated the roughly parallel rue Saint-Jacques to a backstreet, but it was a main axial road of medieval Paris, as the buildings that still front it attest. It was the starting point for pilgrims leaving Paris to make their way along the chemin de St-Jacques that led eventually to Santiago de Compostela. The Paris base of the Dominican Order was established in 1218 under the leadership of Pierre Seila in the Chapelle Saint-Jacques, close to the Porte Saint-Jacques, on this street; this is why the Dominicans were called Jacobins in Paris. Johann Heynlin and Guillaume Fichet established the first printing press in France, briefly at the Sorbonne and then on this street, in the 1470s. The second printers in Paris were Peter Kayser and Johann Stohl at the sign of the Soleil d'Or in the Rue Saint-Jacques, from 1473. The proximity of the Sorbonne led many later booksellers and printers to set up shop here also. (,_Paris)

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