Talky Tuesday
Deadline Monday

Books & Yarn & TV. The Usual Melange

Bold the titles you’ve read. Italicize the titles you own but haven’t read. Strike out the ones you couldn't finish/stand.  Put an * next to the books you've read more than once.

  1. The God of Small Things
  2. A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present
  3. Cryptonomicon
  4. Neverwhere
  5. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  6. Anna Karenina
  7. Crime and Punishment
  8. Catch-22 (I think I might've read this. Honestly, I'm not sure.)
  9. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  10. Wuthering Heights*
  11. The Silmarillion
  12. Life of Pi
  13. The Name of the Rose
  14. Don Quixote
  15. Moby Dick (I read it all right, but I hated it. Hated, hated, hated. It's right up there with The Old Man and the Freaking Sea)
  16. Ulysses
  17. The Odyssey
  18. Pride and Prejudice* (read it originally in High School, hated it. Read it after the Colin Firth movie, loved it. Reread it after the Keira Knightly movie and by gum, they did follow it pretty closely.)
  19. Jane Eyre*
  20. A Tale of Two Cities
  21. The Brothers Karamazov
  22. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  23. War and Peace
  24. Vanity Fair
  25. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  26. The Iliad
  27. Emma
  28. The Blind Assassin
  29. The Kite Runner
  30. Mrs. Dalloway
  31. Great Expectations
  32. American Gods
  33. Atlas Shrugged
  34. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  35. Memoirs of a Geisha
  36. Middlesex
  37. Quicksilver
  38. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was better)
  39. The Canterbury Tales (I read it in the old English not realizing that it came in a translated version. Oh well.)
  40. The Historian
  41. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  42. Love in the Time of Cholera
  43. Brave New World
  44. The Fountainhead
  45. Foucault’s Pendulum
  46. Middlemarch
  47. Frankenstein
  48. The Count of Monte Cristo*
  49. Dracula
  50. A Clockwork Orange (I want to read this, I really do, but it's just so depressing. My paperback copy is even conveniently translated for me.)
  51. Anansi Boys
  52. The Once and Future King
  53. The Grapes of Wrath
  54. The Poisonwood Bible Didn't finish it, due back at library. Will one of these days. Not my favorite Barbara Kingsolver book though.
  55. 1984
  56. Angels & Demons
  57. The Inferno (I never have read the whole thing.)
  58. The Satanic Verses
  59. Sense and Sensibility
  60. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  61. Mansfield Park
  62. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  63. To the Lighthouse
  64. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Tess was a tedious heroine).
  65. Oliver Twist
  66. Gulliver’s Travels
  67. Les Misérables
  68. The Corrections
  69. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  70. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  71. Dune
  72. The Prince
  73. The Sound and the Fury
  74. Angela’s Ashes
  75. A Confederacy of Dunces (I've tried to read this book several times, it's been recommended to me by many people whose taste I trust, but I just can't get into it. Maybe I'm expecting too much?)
  76. A Short History of Nearly Everything (this isn't on my TBR shelves. Hmm. I wonder why not?)
  77. Dubliners
  78. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  79. Beloved
  80. Slaughterhouse-Five
  81. The Scarlet Letter
  82. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  83. The Mists of Avalon
  84. Oryx and Crake
  85. Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  86. Cloud Atlas
  87. The Confusion
  88. Lolita
  89. Persuasion
  90. Northanger Abbey (I enjoyed this Austen particularly after reading Mysteries of Udolpho, since it's a spoof on that book/genre)
  91. The Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield is a twerp. I might have been too old when I read it to appreciate him.)
  92. On the Road (Another twerp. Men.)
  93. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  94. Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything ( I STILL haven't read this!)
  95. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an Inquiry into Values
  96. The Aeneid
  97. Watership Down
  98. Gravity’s Rainbow (I've never even heard of this book)
  99. The Hobbit
  100. White Teeth
  101. Treasure Island
  102. David Copperfield
  103. The Three Musketeers*

Hmm. There were supposedly 106 on this list. I wonder which 3 were inadvertently dropped?

Knitting! Blog_pix_699_edited

This is my Hugs For Snickers scarf so far - I had to knit it in gray because of Sheba & Hezekiah but at least I didn't get the dark gray - the cable detailing wouldn't show up at all. Pretty, yes? The Cascade 220 is surprisingly soft too.

Look Marina! Blog_pix_695_edited

Jamiesons! What, you were thinking it might by Mary Tudor? ;) Maybe next week. The Yarn Boutique (one of my LYS) has started to stock it. These are earmarked for Latvian Mittens & scarves, mostly.

I've decided to knit willy-nilly on whatever I want when I want, which is not so surprisingly close to what I do anyway. Just stop me from joining any more KAL's in 2008 because that seems to be the kiss of death of a project- more so than the pattern sleeves taunting mocking, well, never mind. I'll sort out the blame later. (Yarn. Pattern. Designer. Cat. Possibly operator error.)

As for TV - watch Friday Night Light's tonight at 9pm on NBC if only to keep Chuck & Elspeth happy, although I'm going to be checking out The Women's Murder Club on ABC w/Angie Harmon. Stargate Atlantis is on at 10pm and they'll have to go a long way to lose me, but considering they've killed off Carson, brought back the Replicators and Sam is going to Atlantis and not Daniel, they might be working on it. As long as the O'ri don't show up, I can deal. I think.

So far my TV schedule includes: Brothers & Sisters on Sunday nights. Journeyman  on Mondays (I'm watching Heroes, but I'll be a lot happier when the set up is done and the action starts. Suspense has the opposite effect I think it's intended to have on me. It's supposed to pique interest but it makes me not care.) Tuesdays is Bones and NCIS and House and The Reaper (even if I have not technically watched a single episode of it. Yet.), Wednesday is The Bionic Woman (Katee Sackhoff really better be a regular) and CSI NY and Thursday is 30 Rock and Law & Order CI.

I wish Law & Order: The Original would come back on. It's not even scheduled to premiere until 2008.


Hezekiah says; "I wanted to be a housecat? I did not. Let me out! I'm a wild creature of the night! Well, okay. Treats and three fourths of the bed? Sold."



Have you watched "Life" on NBC Wednesdays yet? It's really good too. So is "Chuck" on Mondays on NBC.

The first step is admitting you have a problem Deb.......


What? I can't believe you haven't read Anna Karenina! I think it was required reading when I was in high school.

There's enough Jamieson's there for a sweater! What sort of mittens or scarf is that? If you need more colours, Puh-leeze ask me. I have so much leftovers I know I will never use!

Consider this your invitation ... after the front & neck bands, I have 8 sleeves to do!


You should read The Time Traveler's Wife. Have tissues handy.

Kim D.

Love the Shetland! I've been toying with buying one of every color. So, I can play with all the colors.

I love the Law and Order: The original. I may just have to stop at the video store and rent a couple seasons and get some knitting done.

Kim D.

BTW, thanks for the reminder on watching the Women's Murder Club.


Your Snicker's Scarf it turning out lovely!

I'm with you on Heroes. I'm totally in love with Journeyman.

Jury is still out on Reaper and Chuck, and I'm not sold on Bionic Woman. Starbuck needs to go back to Galactica where she belongs!


Pretty scarf pattern. I really wish my LYS would carry Jamieson's. I second the suggestion about Life. It's quirky.


Lookie! A new version of the list. With books I've never heard of on it.
I'm resisting the urge to take this one... for now.

(I loved Moby Dick in H.S. -- loved every wordy page).


There is no way I've read more of these books than you. I totally blame Ms. H. for slowing down your reading with her cuteness.


There is no way I've read more of these books than you. I totally blame Ms. H. for slowing down your reading with her cuteness.


Cool! I love book memes. :)


I am so with you on the Confedracy of Dunces. I keep thinking I'll figure it ou only if I make it to the end!


Glad to see Hez is boss!

I'm quite excited to see what you end up knitting :)


Yep, I have to join the general concensus on Confederacy of Dunces. My husband loves it, I loathed it and couldn't finish it. I'll bet one of the books that was dropped was Austin's Persuasion, since all the other Austins are present and accounted for. Persuasion is my personal favorite :)


What a fun list of books to look through! Reminds of the ones I've meant to read... I'm with you on Bones; that and House are two I make a point of watching.


Poor Heze.. the plight of housecats everywhere!


So, am I to assume you will be heading over to Marianne's for some more Jamiesons this week at her sale? Hmmmm?


A translated version of a Clockwork Orange? Doesn't that kind of take the point away? never made it through Ayn Rand? I admit her endings really display her Hollywood script writing skills:

No not the electric nipple shock! Oh Howard are you all right??***CV


Your scarf is turning out really nice! Also, add 1000 White Women to your list along with Fingerprints of the Gods and a good biography about Abigail Adams. There, you have 106!


Your scarf is turning out really nice! Also, add 1000 White Women to your list along with Fingerprints of the Gods and a good biography about Abigail Adams. There, you have 106!


It's nice to see that Hez has her priorities straight.


First of all, I love your scarf - it's looking so good.

I will have to watch the Woman's Murder Club this next Friday. Thanks for letting us know about it.


OK. Dude. You HAVE to read Memoirs of a Geisha. Forget the movie, doesn't do the book justice. It's a wonderful book.

I loved the Kite Runner as well...

How you been?


Carrie- A list like that would require organization far beyond what I am capable of.
Hez drives a hard bargain!


So, which was it with 'Atlas Shrugged'? Was it 'couldn't finish it' or 'couldn't stand it'?

I finished it, and can't figure out why I bothered.


Ow. My head hurts just LOOKING at the list of books you've read. Good on ya =) And your detailing on the scarf is beautiful.


I was reading that list of books, and I don't think I've read more than a few of them! The Iliad, Brave New World, and Memoirs of a Geisha. Oh, and Wuthering Heights, but I really don't remember it. Yep. That's it. I'm not very well read, I see!

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