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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also a film journalist/critic for Cocktails & Movies and CinemaBlend, as well as the author of several short stories such as "The Devil v. George W. Bush". Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: mikereyeswrites@gmail.com

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Intent and Approach for The Cannonball Read

I’ve always been a reader. As such, I keep buying books that I find to be interesting. I also receive a lot of books as gifts, borrow books, check books out from the library, read books upon recommendations, and I’ve always dreamed of publishing a book. So when I came across The Cannonball Read competition, I couldn’t help but join. You see, I’m approaching this as not only an effort of ending procrastination and increasing my bookworming muscles, I’m also looking at this as an experiment.

I have drafted a list of the 100 books that I am intending on reading. I say intending only because some might get bumped off the list by something else, some might not pan out, and some might just hurt. Either way, here are my intents of the Cannonball Read:

1. I’m trying to read books that I’ve bought but never read.
2. I’m trying to read books I’ve been putting off reading because something came up.
3. I’m trying to read some new types of literature, ones I wouldn’t normally read.
4. I support Alabama Pink and her fight against the scourge known as Leukemia.
5. This is an excuse to check out and buy books I’ve been looking for excuses to check out or buy for a while now.

So, with those intentions laid out, here is…The Cannonball Read List O’ Doom (In No Particular Order)

(Please Note: The first three books are already read, and the fourth is in process. After that, it's carte blanche. I culled this list from my own personal stock, recommendations, desires to read books before their film adaptations are seen, and looking at the Author's other mentioned works on Amazon.com. Series are grouped together, and multiple works by the same author will be grouped together as well. Also, suggestions of any sort are welcome. )

Promises to Keep by Joe Biden

A Promise to Ourselves by Alec Baldwin

The Way You Wear Your Hat by Bill Zehme

Why We Suck by Denis Leary

Blood Memory by Greg Iles

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, The Universe, and Everything
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish
Mostly Harmless

Spoiled Rotten America by Larry Miller

Next by Michael Crichton

Oscar Season by Mary McNamera

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon
Breaking Dawn

Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope
Change We Can Believe In

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas

Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile

Sex, Money, Kiss by Gene Simmons

When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero

Dewey by Vicky Myron

Revenge by Stephen Fry

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

Ordinary Men by Christpoher R. Browning

A Death in Venice by Daniel Silva

In Harm’s Way by Douglas Stanton

The Pythons by Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Diaries 1969 – 1979: The Python Years by Michael Palin

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland

Dead Star Twilight by Chez Pazienza

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
The Darkest Evening of the Year

Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert

Brave New World by Alodus Huxley
Brave New World Revisited

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

A Good Woman by Danielle Steel

Star by Pamela Anderson
Star Struck

How To Make Love Like A Porn Star by Jenna Jameson

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Snowball’s Chance by John Reed

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Live and Let Die
Diamonds Are Forever
From Russia With Love
Dr. No
The Spy Who Loved Me
On Her Magesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
The Man With The Golden Gun
Quantum of Solace (the short story collection)

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke

Bush At War by Bob Woodward
Plan of Attack
State of Denial
The War Within

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Self’s Punishment
Self’s Deception

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

The Nightmare of Black Island by Mike Tucker

The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole

The Story of Martha by Dan Abnett
Border Princes

(If) I Did It by O.J. Simpson

Dope by Sarah Gran

My Gun is Quick by Mickey Spillane

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (?)

Good luck to all of the contestants, best wishes to Alabama Pink for recovery, and now...time to go promote literacy! As always, I'll urge you all to get involved by going to http://www.pajiba.com/cannonball-read.htm. Also as usual, I'd like to give a special thanks to Brian Prisco for allowing me, and all the others, to participate in this clusterfuck of literary wonderment. Sign up starts here: http://gospelaccordingtoprisco.wordpress.com/choose-your-weapon-the-combatants/) look familiar?


Meghan said...

I suggest you add at least one book by John Sandford. He writes mysteries and is my current favorite author. I would reccomend "Rules of Prey" because it is the first in a series about a charming detective named Lucas Davenport. He is my favorite fictional character and, in my own little fictional world, we are having a steamy affair. Don't worry, Carl knows all about it... He He He.

I am also embarking on an attempt to read all of those books that I bought and haven't opened or been suggested. I was given a Sony Portable Reader to help me in this task. It has quickly become my new favorite thing. Plus I got a whole bunch of free books, and free is my favorite kind. I was a frequent visitor of the library, but the late fees are getting ridiculous. I'm not good at making deadlines.

Anyway, I think this is more than long enough, probably way too much info. Hope to talk to you soon.

Mr. Controversy said...

You know, I think I've seen his books around at B&N...I'll definitely give him a try. Let me know how that portable reader works out. I'm still iffy on it because I like physically reading books, but it still sounds pretty neat. Thanks for the suggestion, Meg. :)