Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hi! How are you? Where have you been? and meme...

Where could I possible begin to update? I bet that no one is even checking this blog, anymore!

The other day I was cleaning the bathroom when Big P walked in and asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was cleaning the bathroom. He then said, "Thank you, mommy, for cleaning the bathroom for us." And then he ran out of the bathroom. I think that is the first time anyone has ever thanked me for cleaning the bathroom:)

We are enjoying these warm days. Our garden is coming along and we have plans for next year (more raised beds, etc.). We ride our bikes (Big P is really coming along in the bike riding). DH has even been biking to work! We've been going swimming at the local outdoor pool in the evenings (Big P used to be REALLY afraid of water). I think by the time fall rolls around, he will be ready for swim lessons. Little P likes it, too.

We had our first big camping trip and discovered our new tent from REI leaked horribly. So we returned it and will purchase another smaller, good quality tent like we already own. Live and learn.

Below is a meme that I have seen going around. I love, love, love to read so it is a good meme for me. And I may use this list and read the 42 books that I have not read.

In the gluten free world... did you know that Rice Chex (the cereal) is gluten free?

Hope you are having a wonderful summer (we are!).

What books have you read? Bold the ones you have read, italicize the ones you are planning on reading and underline the ones you loved:
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 -
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- I read two of these books before deciding they were not worth my time.

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 – Have read some, but not all (wouldn’t that be a feat?).
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier –a favorite... I love the movie, too.
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- I am a fan of 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 Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini-
37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres –.
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden-.
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne-
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell- I read this in the 2nd grade. I pulled it off my parents bookshelf thinking it was a story about animals. Needless to say, I did not understand what the book was really about until a few years later (it is a pretty good animal story:).
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown-
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving- high school english class. I had an interesting english teacher.
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery –
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding-
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert- have read the whole series but the first book is good.
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen-
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens-.
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley-.
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez- my fav. by GGM
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck-
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac -
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie- I actually have this on my bookshelf from my sister!69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -.
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath-.
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt -
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens-
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker- .
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert-
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte’s Web - EB White - .
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute-.
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
99. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain-
100. A favorite book not on this list? Exodus by Leon Uris (actually, anything by Leon Uris)
I have read 58 out of 100.


Mimi said...

Ooooh, I love your list. And, I'm so jealous, you beat me by like twenty books!

And, I agree, Leon Uris is very good.

Michelle Melania said...

I'm still reading. You're in my feed-reader; so I'm always up to date :)

Glad that you are enjoying your summer.