July 08, 2004

sleepy two beers

As luck would have it, not long after having declared my good health to a friend, I got sick. But by some twist of fate I only had to take one day off work. Fate? Yeah - it's a drag to have days off in the middle of the week (particularly to be sick), it throws me out, it's hard to get back into the swing. Of course it was unavoidable. I called my boss to explain and he said, "You just get better." Phew. So I spent my day at home sleeping and reading the Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. I really enjoyed it, it's far more complex than the movie but still so stark. And I got better, enough to go back to work today.

Work was a drag - yesterday I got hooked up on this wee thing and as these things can tend to do it got a bit addictive. It's calmed down now... yeah nah it has...

I've been experimenting with using post summaries after reading about them here. I wanted to be able to only use them occasionally, such as today when I'm anticipating whacking this huge list in a post (see below) but it seems the little and... which links you to the full post will appear at the bottom of every post. So just to assist with that when I use the summary mode I'll end the first part with an ellipsis, for non word geeks that's a "...". That way readers will know there's more. I have a tendency to use them all the time anyway but I'll try not to end a post with them without need.

I got this list of books from Supergood (he got it from Bizgirl); apparently the idea is to bold those you've read; italicise started-but-never-finished; underline those you own but haven't gotten to yet; and add three of your own...
I have memory issues but...

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR 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. 1984, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte* - update 13 November 2006
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 - update 1 April 2005
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell*
22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
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 Garcia Marquez
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*
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 - update 13 November 2006
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 - update June 2005
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* (that mini-series... I was little, it was so naughty)
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 Susskind
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* surely there's been a movie
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 Garcia Marquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

101. Life After God, Douglas Coupland
102. The Book of Revelation, Rupert Thomson
103. The Vintner's Luck, Elizabeth Knox

My possibly-missing-the-point addition is a secondary "I saw the movie" option, marked with an asterisk *. Some good titles up there, but a fairly random collection nonetheless. A 34% have-read rate. What's next? Jolene has given me Steinbeck's Cannery Row.

Friday night: the Kodak Music Clip Awards @ Bodega. The Hot Swiss Mistress recording mission begins on Saturday, so Nick and I are going to check out the video talent.

PS Hot Swiss Mistress are confirmed to appear on Good Morning on July 27!

7 Comments:

Blogger supergood said...

Thats some spiffy hiding and showing of text you got there. So you took the summary option? Im not sure why they don't just recommend that instead of the other one, which is a bit useless if you ask me. In fact, why dont they have 2 boxes for the blog text, one for summary and one for the whole thing. Im rambling half asleep, bedtime.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited that Goodnight Mister Tom is on that list - it is one of my all time favourite books! I couldn't bold many others though. I am not 'well read'.

Janus

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very interesting list, jess. i've read 42 and started 4. i guess that isn't too bad... i'd like to add the following books to the list:

104. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami
105. The 13 1/2 Lives of Captian Bluebear, Walter Moers
106. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
107. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

i know, i'm only supposed to add three... but i couldn't make up my mind!

cheers marilyn

2:48 AM  
Blogger The Saturnyne said...

Hi, interesting website, you have here... seems kinda familiar somehow... :]

Methinks you are a person of great taste. Thanks fer visiting the Lounge, and especially fer saying "Hi".

PS. Out of the books you haven't yet read, might i suggest two. One is 'Good Omens". The other, 'War and Peace'. I know the size of the latter is off putting, as perhaps are the Russian names. But i found that once i got past the first chapter, it all started to settle down and was incredibly hard to let go of. nor was it dry, like most of the other literature of it's time (Although that might be down to the translation)

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you like brett easton elis you should try glamorama (if you haven't already) as it's his best work imho.
:)

2:06 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I haven't read 'Glamorama' yet; but I intend to. As long as it's not like 'American Psycho' because I would like to steer clear of that one! Thanks for the recommendation.

Thanks to the Saturnyne too - I would like to read 'War and Peace', and you've strengthened my resolve.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Oh and I can guess what you mean about the Russian names - I read Crime & Punishment for a philosophy paper ('Why be Moral?') and the system took a while to get my head around!

7:59 PM  

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