26 August 2008

Reading

Reading is my passion.  It is one thing I can do by myself and it makes me happy, so here's the deal.  Apparently the BBC has sponsored a reading list of the 100 books you should read and they say the average adult (which I've never thought much of the average adult anyway, they seem relatively unimpressive) has only read 6 of the books on this list so:

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) Place an asterisk (*) by those you've seen a movie or stage performance of. (If there are multiple *, I've seen both a film and a stage adaptation.)
5) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.

1. The Lord of the Rings*, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice**, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire*, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird**, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh*, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe**, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women**, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind*, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone*, JK Rowling (This is known as "The Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.)
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets*, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban*, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland*, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory*, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen (I've read the first few chapters about 12 times, but I've never been able to get through it... Yet!)
41. Anne Of Green Gables*, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count of Monte Cristo*, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol**, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden**, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men*, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda*, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary*, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes**, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm*, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries*, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Well, I've read 17 of them which is not nearly as good as I would have thought for myself given how much I actually do read.  I guess I just have read things that aren't good enough to make it onto the BBC's 100 books to read list.  I have seen productions of a lot more though, so I guess that counts for something.  I still should probably get on that situation.  There are many still waiting for me to read them and I'm wasting time on my blog!  Heaven forbid!

22 August 2008

Home

Home is where the heart is. I've heard this saying my whole life, but now I think I look at it in a whole new way. For those of you who missed my last blog, I had some kind of bad experiences this weekend and I was quite angry when I took to writing down my feelings. I hurt some people and I'm sorry, but more than that, it made me realize what I'd done to them is the same thing that hurt me so much all through school when friends and roommates would trash on Utah. I would always say something like 'Well you chose to be here and so many people would give everything to trade you spots if they could so shut up and take it for a few years then leave. Be my guest!' I could pretend I had a tough skin and that it didn't bother me, but it really did. It always has because Utah - Salt Lake City to be specific - is my home. I love it here and I will defend it to the death. Everywhere you go there are some amazing things and some not so great things. Sure, we have our less than perfect things here too. I won't pretend we don't. Our streets are often torn up, the winters seem to last way too long, and yes, everyone seems to be Mormon, but it's kind of like if you're a Mormon, you can make Mormon jokes, if not you should probably not do so. If you're not from Utah, it's probably best not to make those from here feel badly because it's their home and despite its flaws, we love it. Home isn't necessarily where you live, but where you love. I think you can have more than one home because for me Salt Lake City is home and in a strange way, London is home. Home can be anywhere from a huge city to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't matter as long as you have people and things you cherish there. The most important things to you. Anyway, I am going to make a much more concentrated effort to be more aware of what I say from now on. I understand better how other people feel being here and I hope this helps you understand better how I feel about my home. Please be respectful of it and I promise I will be more conscientious when I am upset about something to treat the situation as I would want it to be treated for me were the roles reversed.

05 August 2008

My 5

Amy tagged me with this and it's been a while since I did one of these so I figured it seemed fun enough!

10 years ago...1998
Ten years ago I was going into 8th grade.  I was awkward as any other barely teenager... Well, maybe more so.  I was pretty awkward. 
5 years ago...2003
I had just graduated from Cottonwood High and was thinking I was pretty cool!  I was off to BYU in the fall and had no idea what the next few years of my life would lead to.  I was blissfully unaware!
5 months ago...March
I was in the final stretch of my senior project.  I was so ready for it to be done and to graduate and to get out of school!  Also, I was getting ready for my last University ballroom competition!  It was the best one ever, so it was totally worth it, but can we say stressful!
5 things on my to do list tomorrow...
1) Work at the county fair, 2) go to the gym, 3) make some phone calls, 4) clean my room, 5) sleep.
5 things I would do if I was suddenly a billionaire...
1) Buy a house, 2) pay off my student loans, 3) travel!!! 4) invest in something good, 5) put money away for the future
5 bad habits...
1) I rarely clean my room... very well that is.  2) I tend to over dramatize things.  3) I overbook myself regularly.  4) I spend too much time procrastinating.  5) I don't stay in touch with people like I should.
5 places I've lived
1) Some apartment in Salt Lake City when I was a baby, 2) Sugarhouse, 3) Holladay, 4) Provo, 5) London

I had fun with this and it didn't take too long, so I tag Lauren, Jessica, Rachel, Brittany, and anyone else who wants to do it!

03 August 2008

Day of the living dead

breaking dawn 

So I'm pretty sure I'm dead... Or dying... Or in a sleep deprived stupor running on nothing but a medium Dr. Pepper left over from my Wendy's run last night, a rebound, and a recently consumed granola bar.  Most likely the last option.  I kind of feel like I'm floating outside of the realm of my body and for all this, I have only myself to blame.  I was going to go to the midnight release party for Breaking Dawn on Friday night, but unfortunate circumstances made it necessary to instead get my highly anticipated book Saturday afternoon instead.  I was disappointed Friday night, and then extremely keyed up all morning Saturday (to say the least!) while I waited impatiently to get the opportunity of purchasing my most recently coveted item.  I sat patiently through a baby shower for my old roommate playing games of match-the-candy-to-the-pregnancy-term (Can we say awkward?  I'm not sure that I really ever wanted to compare licorice to an umbilical cord.), fill in the blank for the nursery rhyme, and watching the endless supply of onesies and receiving blankets in all shades of pink as she s-l-o-w-l-y opened everything and all the other women cooed over it.  At least that's how it seemed at the time when I really wanted my book.  Enough of the pre-book play-by-play though, as I drove home from Provo, I made arrangements to go to Costco immediately upon my return and purchase the book.  This was easily accomplished since it was a pretty good bet that once I got the book I would disappear and not bother anyone for the rest of the day.  As I predicted, this was indeed the case.  I changed into my sweat pants and my 'Team Edward' tee shirt and hunkered down to read for the day.  I read from straight until I had to take a break for a wedding reception.  This could have been torture, but it was uncharacteristically (and slightly unsettlingly) easy for me to put it down.  I was even able to go to a welcome home party for one of my friends!  No problems!  It was slightly surreal but I guess it was good to get away from it after 5+ hours straight of reading.  When I headed home, I decided to make a Wendy's run because 1) I was kind of craving fries, and 2) I figured if I was going to make it through the book before I went to sleep I was going to need a caffeine supply.  Upon my arrival back home, I changed back into my reading uniform and sat down with my fries and Dr. Pepper to finish the book.  Which I did, but only an hour before I was to get up for church.  Bah!  If I'm being generous I would say that I got maybe 40 minutes of sleep last night.  I'd say it was worth it though.  I will not reveal any of the plot line, but as of this moment, sadly, Breaking Dawn was not my favorite book of the series.  I'll grant that I read it in only 11 1/2 hours so I need to reread it before I can make a full analysis of it though.   All I will say is that that the rumors circulating about it (at least the ones I came across) are not true, so don't worry too much about what you might hear.  Anyway, this has turned into a ridiculously long blog that's more rambling than anything else, but I'm sure I'll laugh later when I go through and read it.

 
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