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book meme
june 28th, 2008 at 09:57pm
mood â‹… hungry
According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

I've read 6, with some on my 'to read' list :)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (I love this book!!)
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (I read one of those child abridged a long time ago)
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I want to read some of His... esp. "Hamlet" and "Much Ado About Nothing")
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
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 (currently reading)
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 (this is such a wonderfully written & beautiful book! :)
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. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' 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 - Ronald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
2008 reading list
may 18th, 2008 at 05:00pm
mood â‹… thoughtful
Here it is!- My 2007 Reading List was pitiful... at only 21 books :'(
That makes me sad. This year, I must do more reading! :D

7 / 50 books. 14% done!

Currently Reading: CoN: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - by C.S. Lewis | Eragon - by Christopher Paolini | Black - by Ted Dekker | Skin - by Ted Dekker | Brother's of The Outlaw Trail | Battlefield of The Mind - by Joyce Meyers


{1} Ghost in The House - by Daniel Cohen /*/ started & finished in mar. 2008
* Very interesting book... especially the first story about Sarah Winchester. I feel a fic coming on! :D

{2} Goosebumps #22: Ghost Beach - by R.L. Stine /*/ started & finished in mar. 2008
* Little scary for kids, but pretty good... the ending is a twist, but I kinda wondered, but still... it's typical RL ;)

{3} How to Eat Fried Worms - by Thomas Rockwell /*/ started: mar. 2008 /*/ finished: mar/apr. 2008
* Are you hungry yet? :p LOL. This book isn't bad so far, Billy makes a bet with Alan to eat a worm once a day for 15 days, for $50 dollars. He acts all like he doesn't mind the worms, but he really just thinks "worm" sometimes when he's eating them and doesn't like it. I hope Billy wins the bet - esp. after eating all the wigglies! :)

{4} Jack Sparrow #9: Dance of The Hours - by Robb Kidd
^ Quite a good one :) - with a twist at the end... I can't wait for the next one :)

{5} Orphan Train Children #3: A Place to Belong - by Joan Lowery Nixon

{6} Dangerous Ghosts - by Daniel Cohen

{7} G.I. Joe and Lillie - by Joseph Bonsall

2008 movie list
may 18th, 2008 at 04:58pm
mood â‹… hot
2008 Movie List

I think the point is to watch 100 movies between January 1st and December 31st.
Keep the list public and rate the movies. -- snagged from Jimmy @

updated 5/18/2008

* Crap
** Not so great
*** Decent, but rental only
**** Pretty good
***** I've already ordered the DVD

1. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties ***
2. I Am Legend *****
3. Atonement ****
4. High School Musical *****
5. High School Musical 2 *****
6. Juno **** (the message with this movie was very good :)
7. Hot Shots ***
8. The Shining ***** (Wow wee! Was this one GOOD! I don't know why it didn't well when it came out. The acting is superb and the film is freaky and very edgy. It rocks in my horror film book! :D)

9. Life is Ruff ***
10. Nanny Diaries ****
11. Belle and The Beast ****
12. Minute Men *****
13. Back to The Future III *****
14. Employee of The Month ****
15. The Ex ** 1/2
16. Jumper *****
17. Fool's Gold ***
18. Hello Down There! ****
19. The Amityville Horror (remake) **** - this film rocked! it was def. not boring, and the acting was terrific!
20. Dukes of Hazzard ****
21. Pretty in Pink ****
22. The Dead Girl ***
23. Bulletproof Monk *** (I fell asleep *blush*)
24. Unhitched *****
25. Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause ****
26. Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street ****
27. Live Free or Die Hard *****
28. Jungle Book ****
29. Vacancy ***** (this movie rocked! :D)
30. Sense and Sensibility **** (P&P is better, but I love Jane Austen :)
31. Waitress **1/2
32. The Matrix ***** (cool action & sci-fi film, with a good message :)
33. Around the World in 80 Days **** (very sweet! :D)
34. The Bunker ****
35. Seraphim Falls **** ( a good message, and quite different from other Westerns -- in a good way :)
36. The Fog *** 1/2
37. Invisible ****
38. The Seeker **** (Lemme just say, Beek Nose 'Christopher Eccleston', did a GREAT job in this! :D)
39. The Last Legion ***** (AWESOME!!!! :D)
40. Alice in Wonderland ** 1/2 to ***
41. Dolores Claiborne **** (Quite different for Stephen King ... a suspense film, with a bit of different twists. I rec'd :) )
42. That Was Then, This is Now *** (I like the Outsiders better :)
43. Superhero Movie ***
44. Cloverfield ****
45. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ***** (I HIGHLY rec'd this movie! It's awesome! Everything about is amazing!!! :D)

1 comment â‹… comment?
now not so 'ugh'
april 14th, 2008 at 05:50pm
mood â‹… cheerful
i sure hope today gets better ... 'cause so far I've spent most of it pissed off!!

Today has gotten better, yay!
I went to the dentist, and for once --- no cavities! :D

I've talked to my mom a bit more, and we're not upset at each other anymore. I find that as of more recent, I've been honest/open/blunt with her about things, and usually with a better result. Actually, it seems I'm being more open and honest with people as of more recent. Sometimes I have to be blunt with them, because it's the best way to get my point across.

I've started reading "Battlefield of The Mind" by Joyce Meyers -- and so far it's really good, and she's right. I've only read about 20-22 pages, but when she got to fictional character of John as an example, I read it, and I was like 'Oh my word! This is my dad's life story!'

John in the book, has a mother who put him down saying 'he would never make anything of himself' -- which is like my dad, only it was his dad who told him that. His dad never believed in him, and never encouraged him. John didn't like confrontation, and let the wife handle the children, the finances, and everything, and sinked into the TV and sports realm -- something my dad does a lot. He's involved with us, but my mom handles a lot of the finances and everything. John avoids confrontation, and when he has been involved with it, it seems no one listens to him anyway, so he's like 'why bother?'

I read that to my mom, and she agreed that it fit dad pretty much to a tee.

I'm reading through this book, to see if it might help my sister. I was shelf reading one day @ work, and it seemed to jump off at me, as something that might be good for her. So, I'm checking it out, and so far, so good :D

I didn't pass my driver's test today. At first I was really pissed about it, but now after some time has passed, I realize that she probably did the best thing by not passing me. I crossed to far into the other lane of traffic while making a turn in the parking lot, which disqualified me. I also must've gotten quite a bit wrong on the eye test --- so I'm gonna have an eye exam and then re-take the test -- also hopefully with a bit of more practice going around the curves more. I think I was a little nervous about that too ' cause I'm always afraid I might hit the curve... so I'll have to work on that more :D

hope everyone has a nice monday (and relaxing too :)
love & hugs,
~* Kelly ^_^
please pray for my dad...
april 5th, 2008 at 06:11pm
mood â‹… sad
Please pray for my Dad... he's drinking a lot, and he's saying God doesn't love him.... he's letting the past come back to haunt him. my sister just talked to him, and he's feeling awful about his friends during the Vietnam War who died and he can't remember them. He feels that God will hold it against him for what he did during the war... he was in the Air Force, a crew chief for C-130s, and he never killed anyone, but he feels because he contributed to others killing, and he feels that God won't forgive him for that. And he brought up David... David made a lot of mistakes, but he realized that, and God forgave him. David was a man after God's heart --- God used him for great things!!! Just because you were/are a soldier, I don't believe God holds that against you at all!! He knows the predicament soldiers are in, He also knows that a lot of times you don't want to be there, but you are, and I feel that God holds a special place in his heart for soldiers.

I know God loves him and forgives him, but he needs to know and accept. If you could pray for my dad, I'd really appreciate it. He needs more than what he's living for now.