one hundred years of solitude

Currently reading: Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

This is the first book I’ve read in at least a year that has nothing to do with my degree studies; it’s been on my to-read list for ages. What are you reading?

This is what March of the Penguins looks like in my dreams. 

(thanks to my sister @less-than-one for what may be the cutest/most amazing drawing of me that I’ve ever seen!)

How many have you read?

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – 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
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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“Wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end .”
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Jay Nunez Founder and Main Contributor.

Today, I started rereading one of my favorite books One Hundreds Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Every single time I read this novel it opens up my imagination and I find new hidden knowledge. It makes me extremely happy that Mr. Marquez choose not to allow this work of art be turn into a film. My children will be able to read it and use their minds eye to imagine this world on there own.

Hope to be able to find more people that also enjoy this novel to start an awesome discussion. Comment below this book is on your list. Don’t forget to follow us like and share.

On rainy afternoons, embroidering with a group of friends on the begonia porch, she would lose the thread of the conversation and a tear of nostalgia would salt her palate when she saw the strips of damp earth and the piles of mud that the earthworms had pushed up in the garden. Those secret tastes, defeated in the past by oranges and rhubarb, broke out into an irrepressible urge when she began to weep. She went back to eating earth. The first time she did it almost out of curiosity, sure that the bad taste would be the best cure for the temptation. And, in fact, she could not bear the earth in her mouth. But she persevered, overcome by the growing anxiety, and little by little she was getting back her ancestral appetite, the taste of primary minerals, the unbridled satisfaction of what was the original food. She would put handfuls of earth in her pockets, and ate them in small bits without being seen, with a confused feeling of pleasure and rage, as she instructed her girl friends in the most difficult needlepoint and spoke about other men, who did not deserve the sacrifice of having one eat the whitewash on the walls because of them. The handfuls of earth made the only man who deserved that show of degradation less remote and more certain, as if the ground that he walked on with his fine patent leather boots in another part of the world were transmitting to her the weight and the temperature of his blood in a mineral savor that left a harsh aftertaste in her mouth and a sediment of peace in her heart.

            BOOK STARTERS [20] ( ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE ) ( GABRIEL GARCÍ­A MÁRQUEZ )

  1. ❛ It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment. ❜
  2. ❛ There is always something left to love. ❜
  3. ❛ A person doesn’t die when he should but when he can. ❜
  4. ❛ Things have a life of their own. It’s simply a matter of waking up their souls. ❜
  5. ❛ Tell me something: why are you fighting? ❜
  6. ❛ I’ve come to realise only just now that I’m fighting because of pride. ❜
  7. ❛ One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship. ❜
  8. ❛ It’s better than not knowing why you’re fighting. Or fighting, like you, for something that doesn’t have any meaning for anyone. ❜
  9. ❛ Holy Mother of God! ❜
  10. ❛ A person does not belong to a place until there is someone dead under the ground. ❜
  11. ❛ I was born a son of a bitch and I’m going to die a son of a bitch. ❜
  12. ❛ Bad luck doesn’t have any chinks in it. ❜
  13. ❛ I plead youth as a mitigating circumstance. ❜
  14. ❛ Get those bad thoughts out of your head. You’re going to be happy. ❜
  15. ❛ Children inherit their parents’ madness. ❜
  16. ❛ I’ll turn to ashes in here but I won’t give this miserable town the pleasure of seeing me weep. ❜
  17. ❛ You would be good in a war. Where you put your eye, you put your bullet. ❜
  18. ❛ Men demand much more than you think. ❜
  19. ❛ Even the craziest and most persistent love is just a temporary truth. ❜
  20. ❛ If we’re alone you can whisper in my ear any crap you can think of. ❜
  21. ❛ You have taken this horrible game very seriously and you have done well because you are doing your duty. ❜
  22. ❛ We have the right to pull down your pants and give you a whipping at the first sign of disrespect. ❜
  23. ❛ What worries me is not your shooting me, because after all, for people like us it’s a natural death. ❜
  24. ❛ What worries me is that you’ve ended up as bad as they are. ❜
  25. ❛ It is characteristic of men to deny hunger once their appetites are satisfied. ❜
  26. ❛ Dying is much more difficult than one imagines. ❜
  27. ❛ If you have to go crazy, please go crazy all by yourself! ❜
  28. ❛ We have still not had a death. ❜
  29. ❛ How awful, the way time passes. ❜
  30. ❛ You may be in command of your war, but I’m in command of my house. ❜