Friday, July 11, 2008

How many books have YOU read!?

Snagged this lovely one off of my friend's blog Words... what do they all mean? and I must say, I am not the average adult. In fact, I've read so much that I think there must be some average adults who have never read ANY of these books.

Anyway, on we go...

Apparently The Big Read thinks that the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books on their 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.
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

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen Gah.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte My mom read this to me... I don't remember much of it. I should re-read it.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible Yeah yeah, I'll get to it...
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens I hate 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 (ALL OF IT?? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME HERE?? I think for the number of times I've read Hamlet, MacBeth and the number of scenes I've acted out of the complete works, I should get a little credit.)
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 (Gah, there he is again.... I've seen the mini-series, does that count?)
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh (Is there a Brideshead: the first meeting?)
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 I can't believe I haven't read this. Well, at least I finally read Watership Down last year.
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (you know, I really hate this man)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis I don't care about the latent christianity any more than I care about the latent homosexuality in LOTR, they are damn fun books for kids either way... Except for the Last Battle. That one still creeps me out. WHAT ABOUT SUSAN!?!
34 Emma - Jane Austen (seen the movie and I have had ENOUGH of Jane Austen)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Um, isn't that considered one of the Chronicles?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres OMG! I just read this and it's AMAZING! Screw the movie, READ THE BOOK!!!
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell Again, how did I miss reading this book?
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown Seriously? The NEA wants me to read this book??
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving Frustratingly I think this book is on my bookshelf in DANISH
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 Dude, I SOBBED at this movie...
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel If I had a nickel for every time someone has told me to read this book...
52 Dune - Frank Herbert Gets better if you can make it past page 30... Kinda like Fellowship of the Ring.
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 I want the two weeks of my life I spent forcing myself through this book in Mrs. Willerts class BACK!
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley Not as good as 1984.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon My sister has this book. It's not so much that I deeply desire reading it... but that it's a forgone conclusion that I will this Christmas when I get bored.
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov I've started this book so many times. I really ought to try to finish it.
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (I feel I know this book)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas Almost read this book this summer. Read Capt. Correlli instead.
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 This was my favorite book when I was young.
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 Started but didn't finish when the owner of the book up and moved and took it with her.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens For a person who hates Dickens, I sure have read a lot of his dribble.
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 I haven't read ALL of them, but A LOT of them.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad Apocalypse Now was better.
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery The Danish Boy gave this to me. Odd choice of book to give to your girlfriend, yes/no?
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams Glad to see this on there. Makes me feel better about missing Wind in the Willows.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute It started so PROMISINGLY - Bataan Death March! Suicidal generals (who die in freak shampooing accidents, doncha know, and if you don't... well, you had to have been there.)
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare FINALLY a Shakespeare I can bold.
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Dude, I've read 46 of these. Forty Six. I'm amazingly well read, it seems. And they didn't even mention many of my favorite authors. I can't believe American Gods by Neil Gaiman isn't on here. It is one of those books I'd bring to a deserted island! I'd also bring Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett too.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

How much do you like quizzes, archaeogoddess?

A) A lot.
B) No, really, I mean a lot.
C) It may possibly be a congenital defect, I like them so much.
D) Yes, I *would* totally marry them.

Here's a few that were rather fun!




What Kind of Wine Are You?

You Are Sauvignon Blanc



Engaging and energetic, you have a lot to offer the world - most of it they've never seen anywhere else!

You are the type of person who carves your own path in life... and you invite everyone else to come along.

The only thing predictable about you is that you could have anything up your sleeve.

You're all about sampling all of life's experiences. Both the savory and unsavory ones.



Deep down you are: Laid back and young at heart



Your partying style: Anything goes... seriously!



Your company is enjoyed best with: Smoked meats or spicy food



And while we're doing food quizzes...




What Condiment Are You?

You Are Salsa



You are an extremely outgoing and vivacious person.

You are quite tolerant and open minded. You rather accept people than judge them.

Adventurous and unpredictable, you have the reputation of a daredevil.



Your taste in food leans toward very spicy and exotic dishes.

Whether it's thai food or an extra spicy mexican meal, you're into the hot flavors.

You get along with hot sauce personalities. Everyone else, not so much.



I don't know that I'd agree that I don't get along with other people. I seem to get along with just about everyone. But then, I also think that salsa can go with just about anything.