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1001 Books Update November
November 26, 2009, 11:21 pm
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So November is nearly spent, I’ve managed to get 5 books read from the list.

The Sun Also Rises Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway

The Shining Stephan King

The War of the World H G Wells

A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

The Shining well frankly I booked through it because it freaked me out and because it held a morbid fascination. It was a good book just one I would have never chosen to read on my own.

I’m currently reading Tess of the D’Ubervilles Thomas Hardy and  Saturday Ian McEwan. Next I will read Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy. After that I don’t know as that will finish my library books and i don’t know if I’ll start something I  have or get more books. Hopefully I will remember my book list this time! I can remember some of the books but its hard to remember some of the authors. I’d like to finish off the few authors that I only have one or two books to read. John Irving, Alice Walker and Hemingway; I found that I truely enjoyed Irving and Walker’s work, Hemingway not so much.

I’m about a month behind, so about 5 books so hopefully I can stay on this pace or pick things up a bit and catch up a few books. Happy reading!



1001 Books to Read Before You Die
November 15, 2009, 11:09 pm
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This is one of the themes from the yahoo book group I belong to A Good Book. I was getting into a rut and needed a challenge to get me out reading new things and authors.  Its been working, I’ve discovered some new great authors, well new to me! I have a goal of completing this list in 4 years, which breaks down to 5 books a month. I started the list in August 2009, I’ve read 14 so far, I’m a bit behind, but I caught up a lot this month.

The books I’ve read so far:

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

The English Patient Micheal Ondaatje

Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

The Temple of My Familiar Alice Walker

A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

The Cider House Rules John Irving

The Color Purple Alice Walker

The House of Spirits Isabel Allende

Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice

The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell To Arms Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

The Jungle Upton Sinclair

The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells

I found that Ernest Hemingway for the most part is drivel, The Sun also Rises was honestly about nothing. I was reading it at the same time as The War of the Worlds and H.G. Wells has an amazing vocabulary. I look forward to reading more of his books, there are 4 or so more on the list.

I’ve developed a bit of a system I like to read all the books by a particular author at the same time. I only have two more Hemingways For Whom the Bell Tolls and To Have and Have Not. I have one more Alice Walker Possessing the Secret of Joy and one more John Irving The World According to Garp.

I’m currently reading Tess of the D’Ubervilles Thomas Hardy. I read this in high school but decided to read it again. I’m also reading The Shining Stephen King. I’m not a big King fan so we’ll see how this goes. I’m a complete coward and this was from his prime. Its my daytime book, not my bedside book. I have to read:

Saturday Ian McEwan

Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

The Great GAtsby F Scott Fritzgerald

Jude The Obscure Thomas Hardy

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

I’ve been picking them up at second hand stores and the library so I always have at least two books to read at a time.  It will be slow going on these two books Tess is just not a fast read and The Shining I’m a bit apprehensive about. I started it yesterday adn have made it through three chapters with not much action so I’m going to read a bit more tonight. Happy Reading everyone!


101 Things in 1001 Days
November 13, 2009, 3:39 am
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So I gotta do something with my time while I waste away in the city. I’ve become quite the yahoo group junkie. I’m a member of more than I care to admit. One of my favorite is the 101 things in 1001 days group. I’ll include the link at the bottom.

Its pretty explanatory its a 101 things you can accomplish in 1001 days. Its best to use specific tasks. For example instead of try some new recipes try 25 new recipes. It can give you a definite goal to work toward.  I’m list orientated so I love this. I have my list posted on the side of the fridge with a pen and highlighter. I started my list on January 5th of this year. I started strong and lately its been a bummer. Though in November I’ve accomplished 3 tasks so I’m feeling the improvement! I’m getting motivated again. Now I just have to finish painting the kitchen, its been an albatross around my neck for nearly two months. I really hate painting and I’m pretty burned out since I painted the office, finished the trim in the living room, and painted the bathroom. I also have the horrid textured walls, so its an even bigger ordeal than a normal paint job. That will be the end of my painting projects! We’ve only been in the house for nearly two years and I’m still painting.

One of the longest tasks I had was to read 50 books, I just finished it a week or so ago. From my book club, yes a yahoo group called A Good Book, one of the themes is 1001 books to read before you die. I’ve undertaken the project. I’ll discuss further in a separate post. I’ll talk about the books I’m reading keep a running list of what I’m reading what I’m going to read and what I have read.

So back to 101 things, I’m kinda stalled. I don’t know what I’m going to do next. I’ve made my own potpourri and room spray. I was all excited to finish those since I had the herbs drying from my garden for the potpourri. I’ll have to consult the list and see where to go next.

I have a recipe to make my own laundry soap and I’ve finally tracked down a local place that sells Fels Naptha soap. Its an old timey soap that is a staple for homemade cleaners. I’m hoping I can get a deal for buying a case. So that fits in with my be frugal goal. I’m starting to set up a pantry and I really don’t need to buy much for groceries on a weekly basis. Again tips from another yahoo group this one the Pantry Challenge. A terrific group! Well I’ll keep this line updated!

The Beggining of the End
November 12, 2009, 6:23 pm
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So I live in Toledo. Unfortunately. Toledo has made national headlines for some really dumb things; like ticketing people in their own driveways if they weren’t paved. Or that shooting outside the bar that was caught on a surveillance camera that they knew was there. Oh the joys of living in an ass backwards city. I’d rather be ass backwards in the country, where I won’t get a ticket for parking in my driveway. And the dumb people are hopefully far away.

I guess I should explain how I came to live in urban hell, a man of course. We have a compromise, I do my time now and he’ll do his time then. It works I guess for now. I’m a full time student and until recently I worked full time. Gotta love the economy. So when I graduate and we get on our feet out we do to rural paradise! Where I can bring my horses home and have my poultry and a self sufficient farm. My dream of dreams! I’m counting the days!