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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] apple_pathways

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1.) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2.) Italicize those you intend to read.
3.) Underline those you LOVE.
4.) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read.


01. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

04. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

05. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06. The Bible

07. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

09. 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 (I am 99% sure on this one)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*
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. The 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 Mitchell
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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Remember how I was going to read a book a week this year?

Well, that failed...

BUT!

Since Saturday, I've finished reading....

The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (highly recommended)
Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
Wayfarer by R. J. Anderson
Arrow by R.J. Anderson
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson


And I'm in the middle of the first Thursday novel by Jasper Fforde.

So all in all, a good week!  :-)

(Now to finish that interesting, well written, and very enjoyable, but LONG LONG LONG biography of William Pitt the younger....)
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(Ignores a lot of "fun" reading throughout my life, because this was the first step towards making a Q Exam list, but the gaps are  pretty clear)


LOTS OF BOOKS! )
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(Ignores a lot of "fun" reading throughout my life, because this was the first step towards making a Q Exam list, but the gaps are  pretty clear)


LOTS OF BOOKS! )
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I just read Marilynne Robinson's Gilead over the past few hours.  It may be one of the most beautiful things I've read.  It captures the beauty amid the heartbreak that is this world... and the joy of knowing there is something beyond it.  It pictures forgiveness -- how difficult forgiveness can be, but how beautiful it is.

I'm really not up to any more of a review than that.  But honestly, it's not a long book.  Put it near the top of your list.

Now I'm going to find the tissue box.
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I just read Marilynne Robinson's Gilead over the past few hours.  It may be one of the most beautiful things I've read.  It captures the beauty amid the heartbreak that is this world... and the joy of knowing there is something beyond it.  It pictures forgiveness -- how difficult forgiveness can be, but how beautiful it is.

I'm really not up to any more of a review than that.  But honestly, it's not a long book.  Put it near the top of your list.

Now I'm going to find the tissue box.
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I have writer's block... so I'm doing this massively long book meme.  Unlike [livejournal.com profile] litlover12 , I'm doing it in one swell foop.

In this post are included spoilers for 1984, Jude the Obscure, and His Dark Materials.  I have written everything like that in white, so you can choose to look at it or not.


Really long book meme. BUT I'VE BEEN INSPIRED TO READ! WOOT! )
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I have writer's block... so I'm doing this massively long book meme.  Unlike [livejournal.com profile] litlover12 , I'm doing it in one swell foop.

In this post are included spoilers for 1984, Jude the Obscure, and His Dark Materials.  I have written everything like that in white, so you can choose to look at it or not.


Really long book meme. BUT I'VE BEEN INSPIRED TO READ! WOOT! )

Wow

Jan. 18th, 2011 11:23 pm
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I officially own about 66 feet of books, plus about 3 feet of music books and sheet music.

I NEVER WANT TO MOVE AGAIN!

(and I know I will...)

Wow

Jan. 18th, 2011 11:23 pm
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I officially own about 66 feet of books, plus about 3 feet of music books and sheet music.

I NEVER WANT TO MOVE AGAIN!

(and I know I will...)
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I think this is about a third of my library.  AND IT IS SHELVED! 

shelf one
This shelf holds, from top to bottom, Religion, Classics, Poetry, Drama, and, on the bottom shelf, Shakespeare.


This shelf holds, from top to bottom, Brit lit, Am Lit, World Lit, and Kid Lit.


And finally, this shelf holds, from to to bottom, "pretty"/collectible books, my Harry Potter collection, my C.S. Lewis collection, my Tolkien collection, my Steinbeck collection, and my Dickens collection.  That creepy thing in the corner is my wookie. (new epithet thanks to [livejournal.com profile] capt_facepalm.  :-D)

I have more of every category mentioned, plus a Reference collection, a Music collection (literature and scores), a Philosophy collection, a non-fic-of-other-kinds collection (primarily literary criticism, but also history and politics), and a Language collection.  I have three bigger, but less pretty, shelves that are going in my bedroom and I think might possibly hold the rest of my books.  When they are filled, I will certainly be photographing them, because this is a BIG DEAL!  I've been living out of boxes, literarily speaking for several months now!
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I think this is about a third of my library.  AND IT IS SHELVED! 

shelf one
This shelf holds, from top to bottom, Religion, Classics, Poetry, Drama, and, on the bottom shelf, Shakespeare.


This shelf holds, from top to bottom, Brit lit, Am Lit, World Lit, and Kid Lit.


And finally, this shelf holds, from to to bottom, "pretty"/collectible books, my Harry Potter collection, my C.S. Lewis collection, my Tolkien collection, my Steinbeck collection, and my Dickens collection.  That creepy thing in the corner is my wookie. (new epithet thanks to [livejournal.com profile] capt_facepalm.  :-D)

I have more of every category mentioned, plus a Reference collection, a Music collection (literature and scores), a Philosophy collection, a non-fic-of-other-kinds collection (primarily literary criticism, but also history and politics), and a Language collection.  I have three bigger, but less pretty, shelves that are going in my bedroom and I think might possibly hold the rest of my books.  When they are filled, I will certainly be photographing them, because this is a BIG DEAL!  I've been living out of boxes, literarily speaking for several months now!
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The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Put a % after those you've read a portion of.
3) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
4) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
5) Tally your total read and put it in the title.

Here is my list: THE LIST OF BOOKS )

So, I've read 51, partly read 6 (which is embarrassing...I should really finish what I start...) and plan to read 10. What about you?

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The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Put a % after those you've read a portion of.
3) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
4) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
5) Tally your total read and put it in the title.

Here is my list: THE LIST OF BOOKS )

So, I've read 51, partly read 6 (which is embarrassing...I should really finish what I start...) and plan to read 10. What about you?

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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] kcscribbler 's page, and thought it looked like fun. 

The Rules )

I'm not really good at making wishlists...I can never think of things.  :-)  But here goes!

Wishlist )
 
BEST GINGERBREAD RECIPE EVER! )
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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] kcscribbler 's page, and thought it looked like fun. 

The Rules )

I'm not really good at making wishlists...I can never think of things.  :-)  But here goes!

Wishlist )
 
BEST GINGERBREAD RECIPE EVER! )
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I tried to write a poem to contribute to MrsPencil's Moor Verse on fanfiction.net.  This was the bizarre result:




Tic(k)s

Each month with one pipette I dose my pup,
My Arthur, with some liquid Frontline Plus ™
To kill the ticks that on his blood would sup,
And induce lyme, and produce scabs and pus.
Just so, I wish, had Doyle destroyed the “tic”
That crept into a country doctor’s prose
And made what had been perfect meter sick
And made the hopeful fangirl shout, “O NOES!”
Perhaps if I had understood sprung rhythm
I would’ve done a Hopkins with these words
But since I don’t, I can do nothing with ‘em
That’s not (me-TER-ic-AL-ly) for the birds
     If only in iambs did the words resound:
     “They were the footprints of a giant hound!”



(Just in case you haven't memorized lines from The Hound of the Baskervilles:  Dr. Mortimer says "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" which is most emphatically not iambic pentameter.  *sigh*)

(Also, the "y" in "only" in the penultimate line should be elided with "in".  I have to defend my meter.  :-D)
 


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I tried to write a poem to contribute to MrsPencil's Moor Verse on fanfiction.net.  This was the bizarre result:




Tic(k)s

Each month with one pipette I dose my pup,
My Arthur, with some liquid Frontline Plus ™
To kill the ticks that on his blood would sup,
And induce lyme, and produce scabs and pus.
Just so, I wish, had Doyle destroyed the “tic”
That crept into a country doctor’s prose
And made what had been perfect meter sick
And made the hopeful fangirl shout, “O NOES!”
Perhaps if I had understood sprung rhythm
I would’ve done a Hopkins with these words
But since I don’t, I can do nothing with ‘em
That’s not (me-TER-ic-AL-ly) for the birds
     If only in iambs did the words resound:
     “They were the footprints of a giant hound!”



(Just in case you haven't memorized lines from The Hound of the Baskervilles:  Dr. Mortimer says "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" which is most emphatically not iambic pentameter.  *sigh*)

(Also, the "y" in "only" in the penultimate line should be elided with "in".  I have to defend my meter.  :-D)
 


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I use my blog, "In Western Lands," for random musings and ramblings.  I think better if I ramble.  Anyway, I have begun writing ramble-y reviews on that blog, partly just to help me think about the stuff I read and watch, but partly in the hope that it might spark some conversation.  I don't think it has much of a readership, and in some ways my thoughts may be too personal and convoluted to attract one, but if you are interested in "Random and sporadic literature, opera, and philosophy musings," particularly when such musings are pseudo-reviews, please check it out. :-) 

So far I've only reviewed Shakespeare's Henry V, but I am about to review the BBC's Sherlock which was a very interesting adaptation.

www.periphronpenelopeia.blogspot.com
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I use my blog, "In Western Lands," for random musings and ramblings.  I think better if I ramble.  Anyway, I have begun writing ramble-y reviews on that blog, partly just to help me think about the stuff I read and watch, but partly in the hope that it might spark some conversation.  I don't think it has much of a readership, and in some ways my thoughts may be too personal and convoluted to attract one, but if you are interested in "Random and sporadic literature, opera, and philosophy musings," particularly when such musings are pseudo-reviews, please check it out. :-) 

So far I've only reviewed Shakespeare's Henry V, but I am about to review the BBC's Sherlock which was a very interesting adaptation.

www.periphronpenelopeia.blogspot.com

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