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The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished The End of the Affair…up next: Invisible Man

The 50 in 52 Project continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 29th book, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene…only 21 more books to go! (For a cool quote from the book, go my blog.)

Next up is….Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952—NOT the science fiction novel)

For those keeping score: this is book #30, week #28

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_ProjectGoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

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A 50 in 52 Project quote from The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love,”

from: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (that’s him in the photo)

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

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#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished The Catcher in the Rye…next up: The End of the Affair

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 28th book, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger…only 22 more books to go!

Next up is….The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)

For those keeping score: this is book #29, week #27

 

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

#50-in-52
#RAINN

A 50 in 52 Project quote from The Catcher in the Rye

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful.”

from: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (that’s him in the photo)

 

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blob posts.

Thank you!

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished A Streetcar Named Desire…up next: The Catcher in the Rye

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 27th book, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams…only 23 more books to go! (For a cool quote from the book, go my blog.)

Next up is….The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951)

For those keeping score: this is book #28, week #27

 

A little info on J. D. Salinger and his work:
Jerome David Salinger was born in New York in 1919. He was considered a mediocre student until he reached Columbia University where a professor, Whit Burnett, the editor of Story magazine, became his mentor. Salinger’s short stories began to be published on a regular basis. His post-modernist approach mixed naturalism with fatalism. Later in life, he became a practitioner of Zen Buddhism and those tenets began to infiltrate his work. He also incorporated “the Jesus Prayer,” an Orthodox Catholic formulaic prayer, into his book Franny and Zooey. During WWII, Salinger was on Utah Beach on D-Day and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He also was involved in liberating one of the concentration camps. Salinger only wrote one novel, The Catcher in the Rye. His short work was collected in Nine Stories (1953), Franny and Zooey (1961), and Raise High the Roof, Carpenter (1963). Salinger came to live a reclusive life, publishing his last short story in 1965. His final interview was in 1980. Salinger passed away in 2010.

 

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

#50-in-52
#RAINN

A 50 in 52 Project quote from A Streetcar Named Desire

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“…funerals are pretty compared to deaths. Funerals are quiet, but deaths—not always.”

from: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (that’s him in the photo)

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

1971: US playwright Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished The Grapes of Wrath…up next: A Streetcar Named Desire

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 26th book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck…only 24 more books to go! (For a cool quote from the book, go my blog.)

Next up is….A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947)

For those keeping score: this is book #27, week #26

 

A little info on Tennessee Williams and his work:
Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III was born in Mississippi in 1911. At times considered a late modernist, Williams broke through with a classic of post-modernist drama, The Glass Menagerie (1944), which he called his “memory play” because of its autobiographical themes and situations. While he also wrote novels, short stories, and a memoir, Williams is best known for his plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and The Night of the Iguana (1961). Both A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Elia Kazan would go on to direct successful film adaptations of both. Williams passed away in 1983.

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

 

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

A 50 in 52 Project quote from The Grapes of Wrath

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”

from: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (that’s him in the photo)

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project: An Open Letter

AN OPEN LETTER:

I need your help.

I’ve known women who have been raped. I’ve known women and men who’ve been sexually abused or assaulted; I’ve known people who’ve survived incest. I bet many of you do as well. A majority of these people never receive the help they need. Many of them shove those experiences way, way down. RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) is dedicated to helping these survivors. After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate, calls to RAINN’s hotline number, which offers confidential support services, went up 338%, which is astounding. Besides the hotline (also available online), RAINN.org works to educate the public and acts as a nonpartisan advocacy group.

I started the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge fundraiser because I thought I needed to give back. So many people have helped me or supported me since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002. I felt I owed a debt. RAINN seemed to be the right organization for me to help. The idea was to challenge myself to read 50 books in 1 year (I made a list of classics), and I’d ask folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book read—any amount. No one would have to pay until my Reading Year was up, which is June 1, 2019. I had NO idea how stressful it would be to read 50 books in 1 year—it’s been fun but crazy! WELL, I JUST FINISHED BOOK #25—HALFWAY THERE!

Would you please sponsor me? You don’t have to pay until June (and you’ll get a receipt for your taxes). To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

 

Thank you so much for joining me, sponsoring me, and believing in me.

Michael-Patrick Harrington

 

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The 50 in 52 Project continues! I’ve finished They’re Eyes Were Watching God…up next: The Grapes of Wrath

I’M HALFWAY THERE! HELP ME CELEBRATE BY SPONSORING ME!

The 50 in 52 Project continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 25th book, There Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston…only 25 more books to go!

Next up is….The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

For those keeping score: this is book #26, week #25

 

A little info on John Steinbeck and his work:
John Steinbeck was born in California in 1902. After some time at Stanford University (without earning a degree), he worked as a laborer and a journalist. His first novel was Cup of Gold (1929), but he didn’t achieve popular success until Tortilla Flat (1935). He often championed the downtrodden, the indigent, and the everyman. Injustice was a major theme in his work. He also, at times, obsessed with fate. His best known books include: Of Mice and Men (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939), Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1937), East of Eden (1952), the travelogue Travels with Charley: In Search of America, and the posthumously released The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976). In 1962, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Steinbeck passed away in 1968.

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

 

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

#50-in-52
#RAINN