Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership


See and share Beautiful Nature Photos and amazing photos of interesting places




Roy Jerden's Blog

About Roy Jerden
(Show Details...)
Bloggers Photo

I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.


Incredible List of 100 Books to Read in Your Lifetime


Blog Posted:2/15/2014 9:11:00 AM
Incredible because I can't believe this crap.

Supposedly based on books written in the past 200 years, which means 1814 and later.

Compiled by the Amazon.com editors, who I think have to be GenX'ers, based on the lopsided inclusion of more recent books. Also somewhat self-serving as, with the exception of "Great Expectations" and "Pride and Prejudice" (maybe others) they are all books still in copyright and hence books that Amazon can sell you (you can download many classics for free). But even considering these criteria, the list is notable for what ISN'T on it. Where is "Roots" for example? No Mark Twain? No "Moby Dick"?

The only book of poetry is "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein !!!

Here's what I think: &%#$#@%$!!!

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  9. All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  10. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  11. Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Born To Run – A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  15. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  19. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
  22. Dune by Frank Herbert
  23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
  25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  30. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  31. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  32. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  33. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  34. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  35. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  36. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  40. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  41. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  43. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  44. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  45. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  46. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  47. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  48. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  49. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  50. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  51. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  52. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  53. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  55. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  56. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  58. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  59. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  60. The Color of Water by James McBride
  61. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  63. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  64. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  65. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  66. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  68. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  69. The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  70. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  71. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  72. The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  73. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  76. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  78. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  79. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  80. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  81. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  82. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  83. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  85. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  86. The Shining by Stephen King
  87. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  89. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  91. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
  93. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  94. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  95. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  97. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  98. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  99. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  100. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Please Login
 
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 6:06:00 AM
    Hi Roy! Very interesting list-- I've only read a handful of these books, & a bunch of those would be when I was a kid and yes, so many other titles that one would expect to be here, but then again it would be so hard to choose just 100 books & it all still depends on the reader's preferences-- you are right though, how they could have a hidden agenda in posting this list. Have to say though, what struck me with this list was how it covered age-groups-- couldn't help but smile at that, I love Eric Carle!!-- maybe that's why they said "lifetime" --start 'em young with reading is what I say (last night, my 8-yr old nephew slept over & I normally read to them or tell an interactive story so it just warmed my heart to see him get 1 book of mine, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr and he said it was the 1st book he read with no pictures on it (ok, at first he thought it had no pictures, but it had a few-- still I looked so silly, just staring at him the entire time, pouring over those pages, just proud of him, happy that a book captured his attention, long enough for him to finish it)-- I wonder if anybody remembers Beverly Cleary's Ramona-- "D.E.A.R" -- Drop Everything And Read! Which I suppose, I should do, haven't read a good book in ages.

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 5:06:00 PM
    Good list. Some of these I saw as movies. well, actually quite a few of them. And The Shining. Well of course that was one I read since I rarely read these days unless it is the KING.I bet Book Thief is a wonderful one to read because the movie is stellar. One here I do not like: A wrinkle in Time. I saw the play at BYU and just hated it!!

    Login to Reply
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/15/2014 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I adore Ann Frank's Diary too!!!
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 5:03:00 PM
    Hey, some of my favourite authors are on this list. These lists can be too subjective, and affected by ulterior motives, as you've already mentioned. For me to add author's and titles that aren't as known in the general mainsteam, would be too pretentious. Any more pretentious, and I might as well introduce myself as a Komodo Dragon. But some mainstream writers I would add to this list, are: Umberto Eco, John Steinbeck, Robertson Davies, Mordecai Richler, Ken Kasey, Aldous Huxley, Thomas King, Gail Sukiyama, Camilla Gibb, Vikram Chandra, and Johnathan Foer .... just to name a few(lol). I am a voracious reader who is tired with academia, and loves fiction. Fiction, fiction, fiction, please give me more fiction.

    Login to Reply
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/15/2014 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Actually, these are likely all good books, although I haven't read some of them. Their inclusion is not a strike against them at all.
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 4:04:00 PM
    Catch 22? Belly laugh every time I read it! Catcher in the Rye? Yes indeed... Not to mention Slaughterhouse Five (I've read EVERYTHING by Mr. Vonnegut) Portnoy's Complaint? Yep...AND last but not least, Lord of the Rings!!.....Please allow me to include Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row and Of Mice and Men

    Login to Reply
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/15/2014 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    All good choices, but no Steinbeck on the list... They didn't repeat any authors either, although some say Capote was the real author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" instead of Harper Lee, so he might have sneaked in twice.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 2/15/2014 4:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh what the hell...EVERYTHING by Steinbeck...
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 12:10:00 PM
    Boy are you a risk taker, let's see what we have in common, I have read:100,98,96,91,88,69,68,59,52 50,49,37,27,26,23,22,18,16,6,& 1 about a half dozen of them I'm unsure if I read the book or saw the movie, some I started and couldn't finish [very unusual for me] like Lord of the Rings, I did wade through the genealogy of the Hobbit.-Never finished Alice-*I'd say you need to add Brave New World & The Greening of America

    Login to Reply
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/15/2014 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Apparently, they also decided to list only one book per author, I guess to spread out the styles more. Frankly, there seems to be a lot more fantasy and science fiction than the genre deserves on a list of 100 books, even though I'm a fan (at least of classic SF).
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 2/15/2014 12:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    a lot of very immature pulpish books up there
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 11:32:00 AM
    In fairness, the list was meant to cover a wide range of genres, including non-fiction, not just literature. Still...

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 11:18:00 AM
    I've been reading the wrong books!! : D Where are the Russians? Dostoevsky, Golol, Pasternak, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Gorky, Chekhov? And what about Faulkner? Kafka? Borges? Neruda? Whitman? I've read Garcia Marquez's "The love in the time of Cholera" and it's a great book but "A hundred years of solitude" is (in my opinion) 10 times superior (he won the Nobel prize "just" for this book). Great blog, Roy, I'll be back later ...

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 10:12:00 AM
    I am a bit disappointed to see that "The Talisman" by Peter Straub and Steven King, did not make this list, also the children's book, "Wind Through the Willows." I have only read 2 of the above listed books, and one of the is Charlotte's Web. LOL Yes, you are right...their list is obviously self serving...LOL hugs, catie :)

    Login to Reply

My Past Blog Posts

 
The Pedicure Virgin - Roy Jerden
Date Posted: 9/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
How to make an image out of a long poem
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 12:58:00 PM
How to do a scansion of your poem to verify the meter
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 6:03:00 PM
Too Subtle?
Date Posted: 8/15/2014 1:39:00 PM
New Feature -Poet's Notes About the Poem
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 12:31:00 PM
Free Verse: Start here or finish here
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 7:04:00 PM
Bogus Entries in Contests
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 6:46:00 AM
Punctuation and Capitalization in Poetry
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
About Poem/Poem Notes/Inspiration, etc.
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 8:17:00 AM
Bawdy Limericks II Judged
Date Posted: 7/6/2014 2:48:00 PM
To Footnote or Not to Footnote?
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 8:47:00 PM
User trying to set a password
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 10:01:00 PM
Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 9:51:00 PM
Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Bonnie Parker's Poetry
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 2:48:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 2:48:00 PM
Kudos on the Miltonic Sonnet Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Limerick Contest
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 7:56:00 PM
Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Contest Enhancements I'd Like to See
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 10:12:00 AM
Age Test
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 8:44:00 PM
A couple of not so burning questions
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 12:23:00 PM
Some Contest Ideas - Feedback Requested
Date Posted: 3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Images for my Spring sonnet
Date Posted: 3/10/2014 7:56:00 PM

My Poems

123
Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/15/2014The Empty QuarterAlliterationearth,nature,stars,
8/31/2014Bad GoldilocksAbecedarianhumorous,
8/25/2014Pussy RiotChastushkahumor,
8/23/2014Matryoshkan MultiverseHaibunhumor,
8/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - FootleFootlehumor,
8/10/2014The New OneBlank versedark,
8/5/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta WheyQuatrainchild,children,
7/22/2014A Brush of WingsVersebird,
7/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star TurtleHaibundeath,journey,stars,
7/13/2014Blood on the SaddleLimerickfunny,vacation,
7/8/2014Willow: A FableRhymechildren,death,dream,fant
6/30/2014Ragnarok: The StormEpyllionweather,
6/28/2014Dante's PathQuatrainspiritual,
6/11/2014Bill's DrillLimerickhumorous,
5/26/2014Albert EinsteinClerihewhumorous,science,
5/22/2014John Cougar MellencampClerihewbio,humorous,
5/19/2014SoupQuatrainpoetry,satire,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
5/12/2014RainierHaikunature,
5/9/2014JanuariesHaikunature,
5/7/2014Jonah Falcon He's NotLimerickfunny,
5/6/2014The Well Traveled LinguistLimerickhumorous,
5/5/2014Raise the MastLimerickhumorous,
5/4/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkleLimerickage,funny,
5/2/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His PurposeRhymehate,religion,slam,
123

My Photos


Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
Slow Movin TightsBalladme,red,women,
That Night We KissedRondeauromanceheart,night,heart,
A Voice In The WindRhymeimagination,nature,
StaySonnetlife,self,self,
Within a StormSonnetinspirational,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the PoetQuatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
GenerationsEpicbirth,death,hope,life,
MuseFree versewords,writing,
Falling upwardRhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
WordsRhymelove,words,song,song,
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am DeadLyricdeath,faith,religious,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read