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Book meme

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

From “A Girl

In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)–absolutely sucked
2. +Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. +To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. +The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. +The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. +The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. +A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)–I haven’t read any of them.
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)–more horrid than horrid
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)–hated this one too
15. +Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. +Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)–top ten. Maybe number one.
18. +The Stand (Stephen King)–his best book
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. +Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)–top ten. Read once a year.
21. +The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. +The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. +The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. +Life of Pi (Yann Martel)–thought it was pretty dumb, actually.
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. +Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)–ya gotta read it, but she’s nasty.
34. +1984 (Orwell)
35. +The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. +I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. +The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)–I enjoyed this one
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. +Bible–great to see it in the fiction category
46. +Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. +The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)–shout out to Melle
48. +Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. +The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. +She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. +A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. +Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. +The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. +The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)–wonderful story, even though it’s on the high school curriculum
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. +The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. +The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)–great read, if girlie.
61. +Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)–top ten.
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. +War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)–I missed the whole Anne Rice era
65. +Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)–also good, despite being a high school book
66. +One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)–top ten, for sure.
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. +Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. +Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. +Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. +The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. +A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)–finally got around to reading this one last year
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. +The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. +Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. +Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. +Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)–Double horrid! Awful!
87. +Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. +The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)–Top ten Canadian.
89. +Blindness (Jose Saramago)–Top ten.
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. +In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)–Top ten.
92. +Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)–not even fun crazy
100. +Ulysses (James Joyce)

Cuz Joss Whedon is my master no-ow…

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No really, I’M sorry

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

You know you’re at a business meeting in Canada when…

Three people talking and they’re about 5 minutes late into the next meeting.

Next appointment opens door: Sorry – are you almost done? I have the next 30 minutes booked with these two.

Me: Sorry. Yes, I can follow up with them tomorrow.

Him: Great. Sorry for interrupting.

Me, reaching in front of other person to get my book: Sorry. Have a good meeting.

All of us: Sorry. Yes, terribly sorry. SO sorry. …dissolve to giggles.

A splendid fellow

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Among the many reasons that Jean Luc is a rock star and a splendid fellow: sitting quietly between my legs while I prick his ear five times trying to get blood to check his blood sugar levels. Not even a meow of protest.

Tuna juice was the preferred celebratory refreshment when we were done.

The books

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I got tired of looking at my university puny bookshelves in my office, so I purchased two honkin’ cube shelving units to replacing three of the old pieces. Ah, the anal adrenaline (don’t think too hard on that image).

Clean shelves. Re-alphabetized books. A bit of memory lane while I went through some old binders that were hanging around. I had two full binders of UI-related articles going back about ten years. Some of them were so quaint! It’s amazing how far the field has come in that time. I’m, like, a UI geezer.

Aaanyway, I thought I should probably try to cull while I was cleaning up the books. But the books don’t want to leave. Out of hundreds, I found only twenty that I could persuade myself to give up. Criteria was pretty tough: hated it, would never read it again, AND bad cover. They haven’t actually left the building yet, so I should get them into a closed container before I start sneaking them back onto the shelves. Worst part is with more storage, I still only have half a shelf left on which to expand my collection.

I really need a library.

Make a debate to advance your evil agenda

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

As DeSmog Blog reports, Dick Cheney thinks we need a big ole debate about whether current global warming is caused by human or natural changes.

It’s a bit like Iran holding a conference on the Holocaust.

For the birds

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

When I arrived at work, it was just before 7am and we were in the middle of a little snowstorm – big, fat flakes. Best packing snow ever. And it was quiet and beautiful as I looked at out of my car window.

But when I got out of the car, all I could hear was birdsong. They were dozens of them hiding in some big pine trees in front of the office. Many songs, overlapping and surrounding the parking lot. I don’t know if they were singing a wintersong or lamenting this strange turn of events.

Pompous. It’s the word that leaps to mind when one sees certain birds, like the White Crested Black Polish hen, or the Silver Spangled Polish from BibliOdyssey. You can hear them bantering about court gossip and that hideous cockerel who visited at the palace last night.

Clubbing. The gettin’ dirty on the dancefloor kind. Yo, yo, yo mamma. Check this out. I’m up in your space lookin’ for a good time: National Geographic brings you… the Riflebird.

February is freaking me out

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

You know how sometimes you type a word several times or you say it out loud several times and it start to look… weird? freakish? February is doing that to me these days.

February February February February February February February February

That’s a weird freakin’ word!

I love sweaty basketball players

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007


What’s your retirement job?

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Since it’s RRSP season, there’s no end of commercials, news items and such about retirement, retirement planning…

One stat that they mentioned tonight was that, while we are living longer, we are also retiring earlier, meaning our “retirement years” are getting much longer. For some of us, this means that we’ll run out of money before we run out of time. And they acknowledge that many of us are actually working elsewise once we leave our full-time jobs.

What’s interesting is that as seniors, we seem to make more interesting choices in what we do: we become entrepreneurs, volunteers, contractors, web mavens, what have you.

I’ve always thought my retirement jobs would be as follows:

  • book store icon (basically, I get paid to hang out in the book store, give advice on selections and erupt in pithy spontaneous rants on books that I don’t like).
  • Habitat volunteer
  • writer.

What I should be asking myself is how can I do some of this now. So, what are you putting off? What’s your retirement job?