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And here is where I steal another meme…

I was twittering again and came across a blog of awesomeness.  While thumbing through some pages, I found this intellectual, I can make myself feel better about my intellectualness or maybe give myself another thing to feel guilty about cause I’ve read only a quarter of these books so I’m not really an intellectual, listing of books.  I’m just saying.  But why not give it a go!  So when you’re done reading mine, copy the Key & List from here and then paste into your own space… be it myspace or blog or what have you. Don’t forget to change your answers. Otherwise we’d be like twins or something, OMG!  


  • Bold the books you have already read
  • Italicize the books you intend to read
  • My commentary in parenthenses for your enjoyment.  Cause I got something to say about it, ‘K. 


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
  4. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (not gonna do it, I don’t have to do what EVERYONE else is doing)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (I loved this book in HS and still love it. Just don’t let me get on the soapbox about those spying google / government satellite photos. Heh)
  9. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ( I saw the movie, does this count?)
  16. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (I’m pretty sure I started to read this at one point in junior high but never finished it)
  17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell  (And I own the movie, so I should get additional points, right?!)
  22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Saw this movie, too. Robert Redford was delicious.)
  23. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Yep, watched & adored this movie. I’m beginning to see a pattern)
  26. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (RREEEEAAALLLY want to see this movie!)
  27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  34. Emma by Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (again, movie)
  40. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (No desire to read the book however did see the movie.)
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
  45. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (CRAZY movie)
  50. Atonement by Ian McEwan ( HELLLLO!?  Can you say James McAvoy?  Amazing in this movie)
  51. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (I know someone who read this and she kinda did a book report on it… does that count?  Maybe for partial credit?)
  52. Dune by Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
  65. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses by James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal by Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession by AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Have seen both versions of this movie and although NOTHING comes close to the original, I do have to say that the new one draws you in with it’s creepiness)
  100. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

My recently devoured list of books

I realize that the title of this post is a tiny bit misleading… I didn’t devour a list of books, or a list, or a bunch of books, technically I didn’t devour anything, but what I did was READ a number of books quite quickly -one right after the other you might say- in a manner that could be called ‘devouring’ if we were discussing food.

Anyway, I’ve been on a reading binge again, although I don’t think you can equate this type of binge with perhaps a drinking, overeating, smoking, drug binge. Obviously.  Nonetheles, it takes up enormous amounts of time that would otherwise be spent doing more productive things.  Or, say, paying attention to your children & husband. Heh.  But its good to read, right, isn’t that what we’re told?

So without further ado here is the list of recently devoured books (and to reiterate, no books were harmed in the devouring):

  1. Size 12 is not Fat – Meg Cabot
  2. No Choice but Seduction – Johanna Lindsey
  3. Perfect – Marne Davis Kellogg
  4. High Five – Janet Evanovich
  5. Hot Six – Janet Evanovich
  6. Seven up – Janet Evanovich
  7. Spirited Away – Cindy Miles
  8. Into Thin Air – Cindy Miles
  9. Deep Writing – Eric Maisel

The other day I started Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich, clearly the 8th book in her Stephanie Plum series.  And then!  Last Wednesday night!  We went to an author signing.  There were 450 authors at the event.  Many of whom I had never heard of before.  But here are a few of my favorites… 

Here’s me with Nora Roberts aka JD Robb

  Yes, I realize I look like a crazy fan (you should have seen the picture before I fixed the red eye.  Whoo did I look like a psycho).  And am I the only one who thinks she looks a bit like Pat Benatar?

Here’s me with Christina Dodd

  At least I don’t look nearly as crazy here.  Although I think I scared half the authors with my pronouncement that meeting them was like meeting a celebrity. 

Here is Stephanie Rowe

Here’s me with Suzanne Brockmann

Here is Julia Quinn

Here is Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick aka Jayne Castle

So part of the deal was that you could purchase their books -signed of course- and a portion of the sale would go toward Round up for Literacy.  Needless to say I bought many books this night.  Hey, it was for a great cause!  Forget that I luurrve these authors it was for the literacy program.  Heh.

Now in addition to the two books I just checked out from the library, the eight books I bought at the event, the two books I just bought from our local bookstore, and the book I already started (as indicated at the beginning of this post), I have a HELLA lot of reading to do!  Wish me luck… I think I’m gonna need it!  You know, to find the time to read that many books before the next year ends.

Enough for now,


Sometimes I wish…

That I only needed 5 4 3 hrs of sleep per night.  Oh, and I would be completely refreshed, ready to take on whatever the day had in store.  If this wish were to come true, I would have enough time to do everything that I wanted to do.  I was contemplating this, the other night, as I was falling asleep.  I had so wanted to spend more time writing but I knew that I needed to get to bed at a decent hour ~ decent hour being something like 11:00pm ~ and how this would be absolutely necessary for me to have enough energy for the next day (or everyday for that matter).  I am perpetually facing this limitation, not enough hours in the day….  Certainly I’m not the only one that feels this way.  But we’re not talking about them, we’re talking about me.  So, there. 

Now, if I only needed 5 4 3 hrs to rest each night, then I would be able to do the following (in no particular order):

  • read,
  • watch t.v.,
  • exercise,
  • listen to music,
  • check my emails,
  • travel,
  • read blogs,
  • scrapbook,
  • volunteer,
  • write blogs,
  • chat with friends,
  • mess with myspace,
  • talk to my husband ~in more words than “ah uh, yeah, ok, whatever, no, did you, sure”.  I would love to speak in whole sentences about important world topics or our life & future together or our children, 
  • write more of my book,
  • journal,
  • give blood,
  • play /read with my children,
  • and so on. 

Not having 21 hrs to do all of the above (and more) means that I have to be really selective.  No time wasting for me.  And even still I have to choose wisely between what has to be done & what I want to do.  It just doesn’t add up.  If only I could be selfish and do the things I want to do.  I would say “screw you” to all the work, chores, homework (now that we have started back to school) and other responsibilities that must come before the fun stuff.  I suppose if I had the extra time, then I wouldn’t have to say “screw you”, I could just do everything!

So, I’ll say it again, sometimes I wish that I only needed 3 hrs of sleep.  Imagine all the wonderful things that I would be able to do!  Aaahhhh, what a delightful thought.

Enough for now (cause I have to go to bed),


My 1000 List

I’ve been thinking lately about the books / T.V. shows I’ve been seeing (1000 places to see before you die, 1000 places to fish before you die) and Life Lists, and so on along those lines.  I figured I should make my own 1000 things to do before I die list.  Since I have never made a list of this sort before, I don’t have anywhere near 1000 things that I can put down on a list.  Therefore, this will have to be a work in progress.  Hey, look at that, I’ve just given myself license to procrastinate (and not finish more important things that actually need to get done) for a really, really long time.  Yea Me!

By the way, if anyone has any suggestions (that are not X-rated or too indecent to list, HAHAHA!), then I would love to have them! 

Remember to check back routinely as I will be updating this list regularly… so here is what I have at this point:

  1. Go to Scotland
  2. Learn to play golf – at least enough that I can hit the ball 70% of the time, who cares about getting it in the hole as long as I can say I play golf.
  3. Take a train ride  – preferably something that goes really slow through really beautiful scenery
  4. Drive through Vermont, or someplace like it, during the Fall
  5. Write, actually finish, and publish the book I’m working on – plus (all things going well) many more after
  6. Go to New Orleans to see the city rebuilt and meet extended family
  7. Have sex with Leonardo di Caprio – OK maybe this isn’t at all likely to happen but I could possibly meet him!
  8. Go snorkeling in the Bahamas
  9. Have a traditional High Tea in England at some fantastically elegant hotel
  10. See the Kentucky Derby from a special box seat and drink a mint julep.  And yes, I want to wear a chic hat to match my stunning outfit!
  11. Ride on a motor cycle with my husband – along the coast – most likely HWY 1 since it is easily accessible for us but anywhere would be fine
  12. Take my kids to see the Grand Canyon
  13. Visit the Library of Congress
  14. Go to Barcelona
  15. Play golf (after I learn how, of course) in Scotland
  16. See part of the Tour de France
  17. Go to the south of France during the Cannes film festival
  18. Act in a play – not on Broadway or off Broadway or even off off Broadway but something here, locally where just my friends, family, and neighbors can laugh at me.
  19. Take a cruise with hubby & kids to Alaska
  20. Tour through castles in England
  21. Take the kids to Greece
  22. And Egypt to see the Pyramids, the Nile River, and the Sphinx
  23. Drive down to San Simeon to tour Hearst Castle
  24. Re-learn to speak French
  25. And German since I have forgotten both due to neglect
  26. Go to New Zealand
  27. Learn conversational Italian
  28. Go back to Italy but this time go to Venice
  29. Visit Quebec & Montreal
  30. See the aurora borealis
  31. Go to a Bull Fight in Madrid
  32. Take the kids to Mount Rushmore
  33. See some portion of the Olympic games ~ live, in-person
  34. Go on a dig for dinosaur bones
  35. treasure hunt for Amethyst
  36. and Black Opal
  37. See the Great Wall of China
  38. Contribute to my community in a useful, meaningful way
  39. Take the kids to Times Square
  40. See a famous Opera ~ in Italy
  41. Ride on an old steam boat on the Mississippi river
  42. Go to Seattle to see the Space Needle
  43. Relax with the kids in Marseille, France
  44. Take a Disney Cruise ~ I know, scary right, but I have two small children!
  45. Go to Sodona, Arizona
  46. See the Liberty Bell
  47. the Declaration of Independence
  48. and tour the building where it was signed
  49. Have a drink or two or three in the Oak Bar in Boston
  50. Travel through Cancun
  51. and see ancient Mayan ruins
  52. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon over Napa
  53. Drive up to Muir Woods to see the Redwoods
  54. Go to the Galapagos to see the blue-footed booby & marine iguanas among other things
  55. Wales!  The country, not a misspelling for whales, I want to go there to attempt to find ancestors.  And of course, do the tourist thing.
  56. Whales!  Now I really mean it.  I would like to see whales, in the ocean, preferrably from a nice distance but not too far that we can’t actually see them
  57. Vacation at River Walk in San Antonio
  58. See the Alamo!
  59. Go to Ireland
  60. Dublin
  61. Galway
  62. Cork
  63. Waterford – and of course tour a factory to see how the famous crystal items are made
  64. Travel to Dubai and stay at the Burj al Arab
  65. Find out what life is like in that local
  66. Go to Atlantis in the Bahamas with my husband, kids, and in-laws (this trip is one that my father-in-law has wanted to go on for a long time)
  67. Take my husband to Greece, just the two of us!

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