Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Reading is free, credit cards are not free, being fat is free

I have now officially become obsessed with other people's blogs. Following is a list of 100 books that someone else has on their blog. She noted whether she has read them or not, so I did the same.

I do not know what the criteria is for these books; some of them aren't even that good. (Bridget Jones' Diary? I mean, it was funny, but it's in the same list with War and Peace?!) Anyway, why not join me in reading them all?

I am currently in the middle of Sylvia Plath's journals and a book about a guy who read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. But you have to admit that a goal of reading all these is a good way to entertain myself for free (and I have a connection at the library. My stepsister "Una" can hook me up).

Below is the list, and then after I will get to the credit cards and fatness part of this blog.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) - Read
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)- Read
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)- Read 100 times
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)-Read
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)-Read
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)-Read
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)- Read
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)-Read
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)-Read
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)- Read
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)- Read
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) - Read
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)- Read
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)- Read?
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) - Read
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)- Read
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) - Read
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)- Read
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)- Started it
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)- Read
45. The Bible - Went to Lutheran school. Memorized it.
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)- Read
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) - Ate the sandwich
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)- Read
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)- Have started it 16 times
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)- Read
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)- Read
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)- Read
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)- Read
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)- Read
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)- Read
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)- Read?
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)- HATED it
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling 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)- Read
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)- Read
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)- Favorite book ever
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)- Read
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)- One of my all-time favorites
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)- Have read 6,789,045 times.
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)- Read it?
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)- Read
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)- First grownup book I read
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)- Read
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)- Read
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)- Read
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Okay, so moving on from the literary world, let's talk about my fatness. It is not pretty. So, as I am officially obsessed with the blogs of others, there is this woman whose blog I am fascinated with. Seriously, her life is perfect. Among the 75 other perfect things about her life, she runs 20 miles a week. So my new goal is to work up to doing the same. So I am starting out with a walk/run of 10 miles total each week. I want you all to NAG ME, and ask me how many miles I have done this week. So far I have done two, and tonight I plan to do two more. I am in softball training, after all, so I need to shape up.

And my final note is that I recently got a credit card. I didn't have any; Marvin Gardens has our one credit card. I realized that this was not so good for my credit, so I applied for one. Well. You can imagine the temptation to BUY something once that card arrived in the mail. I am pleased to report that I purchased my migraine medicine and my hair dye (Preference Dark Ash Blond this time -- less orange as a result) and that is IT! I did not cave! I did not cheat!

Okay, gotta run and read.


i'm not lisa said...

Thanks June Cutoff Cash! I am always looking for great books to read. I think I will join you in trying to read this list. I have read many of these books, as you have, but there are some that I've read and you haven't and vice versa. Two of my favorite books ever are on this list and you have not read them. Life of Pi and A Prayer for Owen Meany are two of my FAVORITE books and I think you will enjoy them.

Anonymous said...

How many miles have you run? I think of you often when I am running - you betta think of me ;-) Church of Galloway loves you!

June Cutoff Cash said...

Two more miles tonight, oh so anonymous!

Lisa said...

Actually, The Little Princess is the best book ever, The Secret Garden is the second best.

June Cutoff Cash said...

Okay, did anyone think I was as funny as I thought I was about "Count of Monte Cristo -- ate the sandwich"? Cause I just re-read it and I still slay me.

Rosie Papaya said...

Counting is free. And I just did the math!

As of today, you're saving $108.17 per day. That's $39,484.12 per year. DUDE. That's a lot of Kate Spade.

Uncle Omar said...

Two additions to the book list...Anabasis by Xenophon and Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. The latter is especially good because all of the juicy footnotes are either in Greek or Latin.

noneemac said...

Great??!! Hello? Earth to i'm not lisa: This is one of the deariest, most god-offal reading lists of all time. Cobbled together by a housewife sucking homemade vodka-koolaid popsicles in her double-wide in some dismal town just outside the Rez.

Give me the Oprah club any day.

That said, however, any accidental list-cobbler could throw 100 darts at books and by the laws of physics would hit some gems:

Specifically, # 3, 23, 46, 49, 52, 54, 55 (here in the middle of the list is where it gets cookin' -- good darts!), 59, 61, 63, 68, 72, 78!, 80, 88, 100.

What's with the Notebook, and all that Potter hogwash? Can we please all get over it?

And June, why no notation at
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)? COuldn't you say, "working on the unauthorized sequel" or something?

Lorra said...

Dear June, it is very good that you have an aim to go to! and writing it is very important, I am sure you will reach all your goals! All I want to wish you is the best of luck in reading, running and getting a credit card!