Tuesday, February 24, 2009

List of 100...how many have you read?

Cool - I love this kind of question (thanks Dana Burgess). I couple of them I couldn't remember for sure...

The BBC believes most people will have read only six of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? I have read _47_ of them; it would be fun to fill in all the blanks this year...but some of them I don't want to read!

1. Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen Yes
2. The Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R. Tolkien No
3. Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte Yes
4. Harry Potter series -- J.K. Rowling Yes
5. To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee Yes
6. The Holy Bible - Yes
7. Wuthering Heights -- Emily Bronte yes
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell Yes (in school)
9. His Dark Materials -- Philip Pullman No
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Yes
11. Little Women -- Louisa M. Alcott Yes
12. Tess of the d’Urbervilles -- Thomas Hardy No
13. Catch-22 -- Joseph Heller Yes
14. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (all the plays) No, but some.
15. Rebecca -- Daphne du Maurier. No
16. The Hobbit -- J.R.R. Tolkien No
17. Birdsong -- Sebastian Faulk No
18. Catcher in the Rye -- J.D. Salinger Yes (Over rated)
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger Yes
20. Middlemarch -- George Eliot Yes
21. Gone with the Wind -- Margaret Mitchell Yes
22. The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald No (Can you believe it? Everyone has read this.)
23. Bleak House -- Charles Dickens No - but it's queued up:-)
24. War and Peace -- Leo Tolstoy Yes
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams No
26. Brideshead Revisited -- Evelyn Waugh No
27. Crime and Punishment -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yes
28. The Grapes of Wrath -- John Steinbeck Yes
29. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -- Lewis Carroll No
30. The Wind in the Willows -- Kenneth Grahame No
31. Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy Yes
32. David Copperfield -- Charles Dickens Not sure - maybe?
33. The Chronicles of Narnia -- No
34. Emma -- Jane Austen Yes
35. Persuasion -- Jane Austen Yes
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- C.S. Lewis Yes
37. The Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini Yes
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin -- Louis de Bernieres No
39. Memoirs of a Geisha -- Arthur Golden No
40. Winnie the Pooh -- A.A. Milne Yes
41. Animal Farm -- George Orwell Yes
42. The Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown Yes
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez Yes
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney -- John Irving No
45. The Woman in White -- Wilkie Collins No
46. Anne of Green Gables -- L.M. Montgomery Yes
47. Far from the Madding Crowd -- Thomas Hardy I think so.
48. The Handmaid's Tale -- Margaret Atwood Yes (thumbs down)
49. Lord of the Flies -- William Golding Yes
50. Atonement -- Ian McEwan No
51. Life of Pi -- Yann Martel Yes
52. Dune -- Frank Herbert No
53. Cold Comfort Farm -- Stella Gibbons No
54. Sense and Sensibility -- Jane Austen Yes
55. A Suitable Boy -- Vikram Seth No
56. The Shadow of the Wind -- Carlos Ruiz Zafon No
57. A Tale of Two Cities -- Charles Dickens No
58. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley No
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time -- Mark Haddon Yes
60. Love in the Time of Cholera -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez No - but I have it to read sometime.
61. Of Mice and Men -- John Steinbeck Yes
62. Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov No
63. The Secret History -- Donna Tartt No
64. The Lovely Bones -- Alice Yes
65. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas Yes (a fave)
66. On the Road -- Jack Kerouac No
67. Jude the Obscure -- Thomas Hardy No
68. Bridget Jones' Diary -- Helen Fielding Yes
69. Midnight's Children -- Salman Rushdie No
70. Moby Dick -- Herman Melville Yes
71. Oliver Twist -- Charles Dickens Yes
72. Dracula -- Bram Stoker No
73. The Secret Garden -- Frances Hodgson Burnett Yes
74. Notes From A Small Island -- Bill Bryson No but this author is great (Thunderbolt Kid)
75. Ulysses -- James Joyce No
76. The Inferno -- Dante Alighieri No
77. Swallows and Amazons -- Arthur Ransome No
78. Germinal -- Emile Zola No
79. Vanity Fair -- William Makepeace Thackeray Yes (thumbs down)
80. Possession -- A.S. Byatt No
81. A Christmas Carol -- Charles Dickens Yes
82. Cloud Atlas -- David Mitchell No
83. The Color Purple -- Alice Walker No
84. The Remains of the Day -- Kazuo Ishiguro No
85. Madame Bovary -- Gustave Flaubert No
86. A Fine Balance -- Rohinton Mistry No - but I have this one too to read soon.
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven -- Mitch Albom Yes
89. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle No
90. The Faraway Tree Collection -- Enid Blyton No
91. Heart of Darkness -- Joseph Conrad No
92. The Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery Yes
93. The Wasp Factory -- Iain Banks No
94. Watership Down -- Richard Adams Yes, long, long ago
95. A Confederacy of Dunces -- John Kennedy Toole No
96. A Town Like Alice -- Nevil Shute No
97. The Three Musketeers -- Alexandre Dumas No
98. Hamlet -- William Shakespeare Yes
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- Roald Dahl Yes
100. Les Miserables -- Victor Hugo Yes

Sunday, February 22, 2009

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Thursday, February 12, 2009


I've been hanging out with  Roy this week - I love to spend time with my brother! We've been dining out all week though - I will need a mini diet just to handle this week...I could double up on my yoga classes if my body didn't already hurt in every conceivable place. I turned to Sarra for solace, but she likes that 'exercise muscle wincing pain' feeling. I'm opting for an hour of American Idol, emphasis on 'idle'. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Beautiful Audun

I love this china pattern, but I've been married already for 29 years...in fact I've married Mano three times, once by a Mullah...so how to get this china pattern? If I register for this pattern, will you buy me a piece? :-) Don't buy the tray, I already have it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is there a law about two posts in one day?

What kind of 'Creative' are you? Try this creativity quiz to see how creative you are...I don't know if it means anything at all, but it's fun. Mine came out accurately - a 'Realist'. It's clever and a wonderful time waster:-) You will feel creative just taking the quiz b/c of all the possibilities. Here is the website: youniverse.com/statement/ArtModule/Creative_youniverse

I love this author

This is the third book by this author, that I have read in the last year or two...Malcolm Gladwell is the author of 'Blink', 'Tipping Point', and his latest book 'Outliers'. These books will not change your life or anything like that, but they are so interesting on several levels. 1. You learn something about sociology and economics painlessly, these are an easy read. 2. He tells a lot of cool stories to illustrate his points - so the information does tend to stay with you. 3. The ideas he shares are actually rather useful in understanding our culture. 4. The information is just so interesting!

One example from the newest book about success; it takes 10,000 hours to become really proficient at something - it's not (only) talent, but hard work (10,000 hours!) and opportunities that make people radically successful. Think Bill Gates, athletes, The Beatles....missionaries (who according to Timmy get about 7000 hours of scriptural study), musicians, etc. There are many great stories to back up his ideas. Read the book -highly recommended:-)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Toopy & Binoo

This must be some Canadian genius... all my grandchildren love Toopy & Binoo. I have to say that even I am completely fascinated - the shows are creative, and fast paced, educational, sort of, but they are at the same time kind of trippy. We watch during 'quiet time' the half hour before bed. This is a favorite spot in the house for the kids - on grammie's big comfy bed with pillows and blankies...all snuggledy buggledy.

We celebrated Sarra's birthday; the children drew pictures and made up a song that basically goes to Frere Jacques...it starts off:
We love mommy
We love mommy
and she loves us,
she loves us,
Mommy makes our dinner,
Mommy likes to play with us,
Mommy sweeps the house (Charlie's)
Mommy looks after us
Mommy likes to read to us

It was very cute.