Monday, June 30, 2008

My first meme

Because everyone likes to show off their smartness...consider yourself tagged. I can't not commentate, so you might want to find someone with less opinions than me if you plan to cut and paste this to your blog.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.” (top 100 series of books maybe, by my count there are a lot more than 100 books on this list)
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE. (bloglines doesn't have an underline, so I'm putting my favs in red...pretty don'tcha think?)
4) Reprint this list on your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (it sort of chaps me that this is number 4, kudos to JK and all, but Harry Potter does not belong anywhere close to Lord of the Rings or To Kill a Mockingbird)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (parts of it, the old testament mostly, and some of the gospels...and of course revelations, I'm a recovering goth girl after all.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (okay, my dad read it out loud to us when we were kids, but that still counts)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (well not the COMPLETE works, but I was neigh apon obsessed with Hamlet in high school, must have read is 6 or 7 times)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (never even heard of it..yikes)
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (nor this one neither...gonna have to turn in my library card)
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 Hitchhiker’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 (hey...isn't that part of the chronicles of Narnia? What gives?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
(does book on tape count?)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (book on tape again)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (book on tape, and I am OFFENDED that this is on this list, especially coming in ahead of One Hundred Years of Solitude, what a craptastic waste of everyone's time)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (book on tape...sigh)
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
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 (book on tape)
65 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 and again and again
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson (I liked "in a sunburned country" much more)
75 Ulysses - James Joyce (does the first page count?)
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 (I woulda thought this one was covered by the "complete" works, but I guess not...LOVE me some Hamlet)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (except I skipped about 50 pages in the middle...)

47, not even half...but then again much better than 6. And I've actually been meaning to dip into Austen and the Bronte's so ask me again next year.

Ragnar...if listening counts as reading, I'm pretty well read...or heard, or something.

Saturday, June 14, 2008 public

Yes that is a giant knitting needle.

That's also Rae of Rae's Yarn Boutique, and my baby.

I think Ragnarson might turn out to be a knitter.

We publicked and we knitted and my team won the contest for knitting on the giant needles...but I couldn't take pictures of that because I was furiously knitting.

I am now obsessed with the giant needles. I want to knit something cabled...and huge.