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I have gotten a new LJ for the new year!

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This is how it came to pass...

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com
did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a
comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"

And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between
to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums.

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the
goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.

But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete (look it
up, it means to hide) himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of
insider trading.

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly
take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican
Siderites, or NERDS for short.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the
real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who
bought up every drum company in the land.

And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."

And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be
known, he said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said

And that is how it all began.

And thank YOU, lady_j_usa for that! ;)

BBC.com Top 200 books...

I have marked through the books that I have already read and bolded the ones that I want to read.

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. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë--my favorite book EVER!!!
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
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
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</strike>
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
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker

105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell

120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett

127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt

130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King

145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian

150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan

155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundra

192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White

199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

I have marked through the books that I have already read and bolded the ones that I want to read.


This laptop is not behaving properly.

I have never had a Mac computer, but I was thinking of getting a Mac laptop....what do you all think?

Recent book purchases...

I just bought the following reads recently:

~Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
~Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
~Glamorama by Brett Easton Ellis
~Children of Men by P.D. James

**What do you all think of these reads? Any other book suggestions as well?** ;P


Amanda ended starvation in the third world by popularizing cannibalism.
... afterward, Amanda went to the movies alone.
'How will you be remembered in history books?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Ok, I give up!

Right now, I just cannot get into The Pursuit of Happyness, so I am going to read 'Tis by Frank McCourt, since I LOVED Angela's Ashes so much. Have you all read this continuation? Is it as good as his previous book?

First read of 2007!!!

Book #1
Book Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Mystery
# of pages: 288
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Meet Dexter Morgan. He's a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He's a handsome, though reluctant, ladies' man. He's polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He's also a sociopathic serial killer whose "Dark Passenger" drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment.

Mind you, Dexter's the good guy in this story.

Adopted at the age of four after an unnamed tragedy left him orphaned, Dexter's learned, with help from his pragmatic policeman father, to channel his "gift," killing only those who deal in death themselves. But when a new serial killer starts working in Miami, staging elaborately grisly scenes that are, to Dexter, an obvious attempt at communication from one monster to another, the eponymous protagonist finds himself at a loss. Should he help his policewoman sister Deborah earn a promotion to the Homicide desk by finding the fiend? Or should he locate this new killer himself, so he can express his admiration for the other's "art?" Or is it possible that psycho Dexter himself, admittedly not the most balanced of fellows, is finally going completely insane and committing these messy crimes himself?

Despite his penchant for vivisection, it's hard not to like Dexter as his coldly logical personality struggles to emulate emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring, unremarkable human being. Breakout author Jeff Lindsay's plot is tense and absorbing, but it's the voice of Dexter and his reactions to the other characters that will keep readers glued to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, as well as making it one of the most original and highly recommended serial killer stories in a long time.

My Thoughts: I loved the beginning of this book. I REALLY like Dexter. The story, as it got closer to the end, really disappointed me. The end was just not what I expected. However, that being said, I really do want to watch the show and think I will give it a chance!

Currently reading: I am about to start The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

X-posted to my book community, bookz_n_07 and a whole lot of other places! ;P

My resolutions...

In 2007, thepixieinside resolves to...
Buy new logan echolls.
Take evening classes in snape.
Find a new batman.
Apply for a new internet.
Connect with my inner xmen.
Spend more time with my desperate housewives.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Favorite read of 2006?

What was your favorite read of 2006?

Mine was The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Favorite read of 2006?

What was your favorite read of 2006?

Mine was The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

My New Band!!!!


By limitedbythesky

Killing Kittens Stats

Formed: 30th December 2006
Split: 18th December 2009
Best Album: ‘Pepos Opalesce Decoded Outbrag’ 7/10 in the NME
Best Single: ‘Buffed Goannas Emeroid Mallow Pinkeys Lobule’ 10/10 in the NME (Single of the Week 2nd February 2007.)
Records Sold: 391,561 in total (200,223 albums, 191,338 singles).
Reputation: Regional
Groupies: osnadurtha is sick and tired of jemfayeapril’s attempts at seduction. The Killing Kittens guitarist recently told Q magazine that they wouldn’t fuck jemfayeapril with a stolen dick.
Other Shortly after ‘Spices Epigonic Nitpicky Reexpel Coevally Sags’s release in December 2006, thepixieinside received a death threat from the Pope who warmed them that if they released such unadultured shite in the future they would disappear in the night.

Killing Kittens Member Profiles


Thanks to thecolornine less than heavenly vocals, listening to a Killing Kittens record will take 10 years off your life.


To g0ldenr0ad, chords are merely a fashion accessory. Literally. According to recent insider reports they own about 100 pairs of them.


It is fair to say that allykatt87 is a stroppy old bastard. They’ve threatened to pack Killing Kittens in after they received a death threat from the ghost of Mother Thersea who reportedly said in a whispered tone “I’m trying to rest in piece here yer prick! Cut with the bollocks before I smear yer pod in shite!”


thetinydemon cannot drum for shit and should quit before a wise man trolleys them in the head with a well-placed bullet.


Learning your trade from a withered old church organist is one thing osnadurtha, but fucking her on the altar is something else altogether!

Single Releases

# Title Date
19 Buffed Goannas Emeroid Mallow Pinkeys Lobule Feb 2007
14 Exegetes Chickees Germiest Flowers Cuttage Mar 2007
8 Dodgy Wain Fax Apr 2007
14 Boozy Isolator Insnarer Rob Gurry Rayas Aug 2008
17 Spices Epigonic Nitpicky Reexpel Coevally Sags Sep 2008
25 Priorly Tankers Excreta Vortical Skiddy Dendrons Oct 2008

Album Releases

# Title Date
26 Pepos Opalesce Decoded Outbrag Dec 2006
13 Nitpicky Fleas Curb Elapse Facetely Bedside Jun 2008

northern ireland’s worst

New Book Community for '07!!!

If you liked book_it_2006, then PLEASE join the new community bookz_n_07!!!!

More books!

Book #80
Book Title: Next
Author: Michael Crichton
Genre: Sci-fi
# of pages: 415
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Welcome to our genetic world.
Fast, furious, and out of control.
This is not the world of the future--it's the world right now.
Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction--is it worse than the disease?
We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars; test our spouses for genetic maladies and even frame someone for a genetic crime.
We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes. . . .
Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions, and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.
The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.

My Thoughts: The beginning of this read was interesting, but after about the first half, the story just didn't seem to come together. IMO, I thought that there were way too much sub-plots going on at the same time, and the read (at times) got to be a bit on the tedious side. I had to give it a B- though for its effort. Plus, I really do like Michael Crichton...

Book #81
Book Title: The Myth of You & Me
Author: Leah Stewart
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 276
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Stewart peers into the complicated heart of friendship in a moving second novel (after 2000's Body of a Girl). Ever since a cataclysmic falling out with her best friend, Sonia, after college, Cameron's closest companion has been Oliver, the 92-year-old historian she lives with and cares for in Oxford, Miss. Oliver's death leaves Cameron alone and adrift, until she discovers that he has given her one last task: she must track down her estranged best friend (whose letter announcing her engagement Cameron had so recently ignored) and deliver a mysterious present to her. Cameron's journey leads her back to the people, places and memories of their shared past, when they called themselves "Cameronia" and swore to be friends forever. It was a relationship more powerful than romantic love—yet romantic love (or sex, anyway) could still wreck it. Stewart lures the reader forward with two unanswered questions: What was the disaster that ended their friendship, and what will be revealed when Cameron and Sonia are together again and Oliver's package is finally opened? The book is heartfelt and its characters believable jigsaw puzzles of insecurities, talents and secrets, and if Cameron's carefully guarded anger makes her occasionally disagreeable, readers will nevertheless welcome her happy ending.

My Thoughts: Well, to be honest, it seems that there was not much of a story here. It really did have potential, but the story seemed to fizzle, especially when the reader finds out why Cameron is no longer Sonia's friend...it was disappointing! Anyways, the plus side was the style in which this novel was written. I would like to read her other work, if I knew it had a better plotline to it.

Currently reading: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

X-posted to my book community, book_it_2006 and a whole lot of other places! ;P

Books galore!!!

Book #78
Book Title: Shadowmancer
Author: G.P. Taylor
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 275
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): An apocalyptic battle between good and evil is vigorously, violentlyfought in British author G.P. Taylor's suspenseful, action-packedfantasy. The story, set in the 1700s on the Yorkshire coastline,revolves around Vicar Obadiah Demurral, a corrupt-but-inept,dead-conjuring "shadowmancer" who desires to control the universe byoverthrowing God, or Riathamus. When two hard-luck near-orphans,(13-year-old Thomas Barrick, a bitter enemy of Demurral, and histroubled friend Kate Coglund) band together with a young African stranger named Raphah, they spend the rest of the book trying to stopthe wicked Vicar as if their very souls are at stake...they are. Alongthe way, the three youths meet an enormous cast of friends and foes,some agents of Riathamus, others of Satan (Pyratheon), and some godless(but not for long) smugglers like Jacob Crane.

Readers who love fanciful storybook characters will find mermaidlikeSeloth, smelly hobs, leg-dragging servants, goodhearted whores, andbenevolent boggles. Age-old superstitions abound, though old magic andwitchcraft are clearly denounced here as the work of the devil. Indeed,the author, an English vicar himself, tells a very Christian story andhis often deliciously dramatic adventure lapses into stiffly presentedglowing-halo Touched by an Angel moments(readers will be lured into the Enchanted Forest, but tricked into Sunday school). Nonetheless, Shadowmancer,the first of a series, is a pageturner bursting with magic and myth,and will appeal to fantasy lovers who don't mind the Bible mixed inwith their boggles.

My Thoughts: This was a different kind of fantasy novel! It was Christian-based, which I was pleasantly surprised by! The only problem was that the characters did not seem to be developed very well. Overall though, it was a very enjoyable read.

Book #79
Book Title: The Notebook
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 256
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): "Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in themoonight, "there were people making love." Anyway, head elsewhere forGreat Literature, but if you're in the market to get your heartstringsplucked, look no further. The Notebook,a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around asingle time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelsonstay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), orwill she hook up with Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many yearsago? We're not telling, but you have two guesses and the first onedoesn't count. Decades later, after Allison develops Alzheimer's, herbeau uses "the notebook" to read her the story of the great love she'splumb forgot. The Notebook--film rights already sold, thank youvery much--is a little glazed doughnut of a book: sticky- sweet,satisfying, not much nourishment. But who cares? Take an extra vitaminand indulge.

My Thoughts: I usually REALLY like Sparks' novels, but this one was just too sappy even for me! The writing style was great, but it just didn't live up to what I expected it to be.

Currently reading: Ireland by Frank Delaney

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I LOVE the last one ;)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, thepixieinside sent to me...
Twelve dreams drumming
Eleven conservatives piping
Ten cats a-leaping
Nine bestsellers dancing
Eight republicans a-reading
Seven books a-writing
Six dogs a-traveling
Five ba-a-a-anned books
Four veronica mars
Three challenged books
Two modern novels
...and a wolverine in a lee ingleby.
Get your own Twelve Days:


thecolornine, I truly hope that you have had a GREAT birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

Books yay!

I am reading an awesome book that happens to be Christian fantasy. It is called Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor. I HIGHLY recommend it! I will warn you that once you start this book, it is VERY hard to put down!!!

What are you all currently reading?


I am so sorry that I have not been online lately. I have been so busy with work!

How are you all doing? What's new?


TO ME!!!! (and my mother of course!!!)

Virginia is for....something or other....

I will be in Virginia for the rest of the week! I will be back on Sunday! (My birthday!!!)


Yall have a GREAT rest of the week! :D

One week...

until I am 24!!!

My parents gave me my presents! An AWESOME sweater and a Bluetooth! *squees*

Good ol 24....

I cannot believe I'm going to be 24 in TWO WEEKS!!!

GREAT weekend!

Friday, I worked like crazy moving things out of our old office into the new office! Tomorrow will be unpacking day...HUZZUH! ;)

Last night, I went over to a friend's house and we had a bonfire, which was LOTS of fun!!! I stayed out til nearly 4 AM, so today, I'm a bit on the tired side, but it was so worth it!!! :D We're having another big one in a few weeks for my birthday...I feel special! *squees*

I cannot believe that I only work three days this week, and then it's Thanksgiving!!! It seems like this year has just FLOWN by!!! I moved here like 6 and a half months ago, and now I have a great job and I have made some AWESOME friends! It has been a pretty great year, I'd say!

One of my friends is totally into NASCAR, so I am trying to watch it. YAY for Jimmie Johnson! I just wish it had been Dale Jr. (Jr. <333!!!)


Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Sunday on a flight to Colorado Springs, I stole the emergency flight information card (-40 points). In September I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points). In April I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points). In January I gave agguss a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). Last week I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points).

Overall, I've been nice (197 points). For Christmas I deserve an Easy-Bake Oven!


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ur commercial is so teh ghey but ur product rox0rz!!!11!!!!


Book #77
Book Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 320
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): First novels this funny and self-assured come along rarely; dialoguethis astute and raunchy is equally unusual. The gutsy heroineintroduced here is Stephanie Plum of Trenton, N.J., a recently laid-offlingerie buyer who has no job, no car and no furniture. She does have ahamster, a deranged grandmother, two caring parents and several pairsof biking shorts and sports bras. Finding work with her cousin Vinnie,she becomes a bond hunter and scrounges money enough to buy a gun, aChevy Nova and some Mace. Her first assignment is to locate a copaccused of murder. Joe Morelli grew up in Stephanie's neighborhood.Possessed of legendary charm, he relieved Stephanie of her virginitywhen she was 16 (she later ran over him with a car). In her search,Stephanie catches her prey, loses him and grills a psychoticprizefighter, the employer of the man Morelli shot. She stealsMorelli's car and then installs an alarm so he can't steal it back.Resourceful and tough, Stephanie has less difficulty finding her manthan deciding what she wants to do with him once she's got him. Whilethe link between the fighter and the cop isn't clear until too late inthe plot, Evanovich's debut is a delightful romp and Stephanie flauntsa rough-edged appeal.

My Thoughts: Oh this was one REALLY great read! I have heard that the rest of the series gets better from here on out, and I cannot wait to read them all! I just ordered the next two used. If you like mysteries with a sense of humor, check this series out!

Currently reading: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Book meme

1. Grab the closest book to you.
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the sentence in your weblog along with these instructions.
5. Don't grab a cool book, just the one closest to you.

"The dial tone sang out loud and clear." From Janet Evanovich's One for the Money.


Ali G is so HILARIOUS!!!!!


Book #76
Book Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
Genre: Non-Fiction
# of pages: 272
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage inNew York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of "SantaLandDiaries," a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elfat Macy's. (It's in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice.)Sedaris's caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, whichmines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina,his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Thoughhis anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have atheme in these reminiscences: the inability of humans to communicate.The title is his rendition in transliterated English of how he and hisfellow students of French in Paris mangle the Gallic language. In theessay "Jesus Shaves," he and his classmates from many nations try toconvey the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim. "It is a party forthe little boy of God," says one. "Then he be die one day on two...morsels of... lumber," says another. Sedaris muses on the disputesbetween his Protestant mother and his father, a Greek Orthodox guywhose Easter fell on a different day. Other essays explicate his deepkinship with his eccentric mom and absurd alienation from his IBM-execdad: "To me, the greatest mystery of science continues to be that a mancould father six children who shared absolutely none of his interests."

Every glimpse we get of Sedaris's family and acquaintances deliverslaughs and insights. He thwarts his North Carolina speech therapist("for whom the word pen had two syllables") by cleverly avoiding all words with ssounds, which reveal the lisp she sought to correct. His midget guitarteacher, Mister Mancini, is unaware that Sedaris doesn't share his obsession with breasts, and sings "Light My Fire" all wrong--"as if hewere a Webelo scout demanding a match." As a remarkably unqualifiedteacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sedaris had his class watchsoap operas and assign "guessays" on what would happen in the nextday's episode.

My Thoughts: This wasn't nearly as good as Naked or Dress Your Family.... I think I prefer Sedaris's stories about his childhood and teenage years.

Currently reading: Janet Evanovich's One for the Money

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GO LJ!!!

One week of paid LJ time for free

This is due to the "outage" that occurred here on LJ last week. Hurry up before this expires!!!

This weekend...

I was so busy this weekend, that I didn't get to update!!!

Friday nite we all went to a nice seafood restaurant for my granny's birthday dinner. I thought it was ok, but a bit too pricey for the quality of the food. We were all hungry, so we ate a lot anyways. My granny really liked it, and that's what mattered the most!

Saturday, we all were supposed to go to my good friend Josh's wedding. Unfortunately, my dad's only surviving aunt on his father's side died and he and my granny went to her funeral, while my mom and I went to the wedding. The ironic thing is, we saw my dad's aunt last weekend. I think it was God's way of telling us we need to see her one last time.

My parents and I also went to the mall on Saturday. I got my mom the Lovely perfume for her birthday and I cannot wait to give it to her! I also got Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, and I'm already almost finished with it! I really like his writing style and want to get Holidays on Ice before Christmas starts.

It has been a week since Miss Kitty had to be put to sleep. This house is empty without her. I still am thinking she is just around the corner, and I find myself shutting doors, thinking that she is going to try to come in certain "forbidden" rooms. I cannot wait to get her urn and see what it looks like.

I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for our family. It has meant so much to me! My aunts and uncles have sent me cards and flowers as well. We all feel so loved because of you all! *very big huggles*

I am bored. What do you all have for me? ;)


I am going to see the musical CATS in January...I is so excited, yo!!!!!!!!


Book #75
Book Title: Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim
Author: David Sedaris
Genre: Non-Fiction
# of pages: 257
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other bestselling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here (many previously published in Esquire, G.Q. or the New Yorker, or broadcast on PRI's This American Life) include his best and funniest writing yet. Here is Sedaris's family in all its odd glory. Here is his father dragging his mortified son over to the home of one of the most popular boys in school, a boy possessed of "an uncanny ability to please people," demanding that the boy's parents pay for the root canal that Sedaris underwent after the boy hit him in the mouth with a rock. Here is his oldest sister, Lisa, imploring him to keep her beloved Amazon parrot out of a proposed movie based on his writing. ("'Will I have to be fat in the movie?' she asked.") Here is his mother, his muse, locking the kids out of the house after one snow day too many, playing the wry, brilliant commentator on his life until her untimely death from cancer. His mother emerges as one of the most poignant and original female characters in contemporary literature. She balances bitter and sweet, tart and rich—and so does Sedaris, because this is what life is like. "You should look at yourself," his mother says in one piece, as young Sedaris crams Halloween candy into his mouth rather than share it. He does what she says and then some, and what emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy.

My Thoughts: This was a cute and funny read. However, I did not find it NEAR as good as Naked. If you like humor and memoirs, then I would suggest reading Naked and then this book.
Haws anyone read any of his other works? Are they worth buying?

Currently reading: Nothing YET...

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A Tribute (in pictures)

I thought I'd post some pictures that I found of Miss Kitty tonight. I hope you all enjoy. She was a sweet girl and will be missed. wish you were hereCollapse )


An update

The vet called a little earlier, and told us that Miss Kitty is doing a bit better. She was able to walk on her front two paws, but is still very weak, so your prayers are very much appreciated! :) I just hope that she gets through this and is able to stay with us at least a little while longer.

On another subject, I am reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It is a good read! Has anyone else read it?

Is anything good coming on TV tonight? I am still pretty worried about the cat and need a good distraction for now. :/

Miss Kitty....

I would like you all to keep my cat Miss Kitty in your prayers. To put it simple, she is dying. She has kidney failure and it's getting worse. She's at the vet's this weekend and they're going to give her IV's, and I hope it will make her better (if not for long, at least we will have a little bit of time left with her).

Miss Kitty has been a big part of the family and whatever happens, it will be hard to get through this. At least she will not suffer. :/


You Are a Capitalist Republican

Money makes your world go round - and it's no surprise that you always vote your wallet.
You're financially successful (or plan to be), and your agenda is low tax and pro business.
You don't get fired up about abortion... but mention capital gains tax, and you go crazy.
You want government to be as small as possible - and to stay out of the way of business.


You are 18% Canadian

Congratulaions! You're probably American! Just because you know the words to South Park's Blame Canada doesn't make you an expert on Canada.

How Canadian are you?
Make a Quiz

Political quizzes!!!

You Are 8% Democrat

If you have anything in common with the Democrat party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch conservative, and nothing is going to change that!

You Are 72% Republican

You have a good deal of elephant running through your blood, and you're proud to be conservative.
You don't fit every Republican stereotype, but you definitely belong in the Republican party.


Book #74
Book Title: For One More Day
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 197
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): In this second novel from Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven author Albom, grief-stricken Charles "Chick" Benetto goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his always-attentive mother, Pauline, dies. Framed as an "as told to" story, Chick quickly narrates her funeral; his drink-fueled loss of savings, job ("sales") and family; and his descent into loneliness and isolation. After a suicide attempt, Chick encounters Pauline's ghost. Together, the two revisit Pauline's travails raising her children alone after his father abandons them: she braves the town's disapproval of her divorce and works at a beauty parlor, taking an extra job to put money aside for the children's education. Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career. Through their story, Albom foregrounds family sanctity, maternal self-sacrifice and the destructive power of personal ambition and male self-involvement. He wields pathos as if it were a Louisville Slugger—shoveling dirt into Pauline's grave, Chick hears her spirit cry out, " 'Oh, Charley. How could you?' "

My Thoughts: WOW! This was just a beautiful, touching story! This book really makes you think about the relationships in one's family. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!

Currently reading: Nothing YET...

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Book #73
Book Title: Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: fantasy;YA fiction
# of pages: 275
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): What happens when you die? Where do you go? What do you do? Zevin provides answers to these questions in this intriguing novel, centering on the death of Liz Hall, almost 16 years old and looking forward to all that lies ahead: learning to drive, helping her best friend prepare for the prom, going to college, falling in love. Killed in a hit-and-run accident, Liz struggles to understand what has happened to her, grief-stricken at all she has lost, and incapable of seeing the benefits of the Elsewhere in which she finds herself. Refusing to participate in this new life, Liz spends her time looking longingly down at the family and friends back on Earth who go on without her. But the new environment pulls her into its own rhythms. Liz meets the grandmother she never knew, makes friends, takes a job, and falls in love as she and the other inhabitants of Elsewhere age backward one year for each year that they are there. Zevin's third-person narrative calmly, but surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. A quiet book that provides much to think about and discuss.

My Thoughts: This was an interesting read! I think that the plot was great! The downside was that it was a young adult read, and it showed. Even though I tend to have a soft spot for young adult books, the writing seemed to be choppy and it seemed to be written in a bit of a rush, in my opinion. I would suggest this book to people who love to read YA fiction, but don't buy it, just get it at your local library.

Currently reading: I think I am going to read The Glamour by Christopher Priest

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AAAH! I do not!!!!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Northeast
The Inland North
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?

I do not sound like that at ALL! I have a Southern accent!


Book #72
Book Title: A Great & Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: fantasy;YA fiction
# of pages: 403
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left wi! th the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

My Thoughts: WOW. This is one PRETTY amazing read! So amazing that I just ordered the sequel Rebel Angels! I was not sure if I would like this book, but it was written so beautifully, in the style of a Victorian novel. I think that any woman that loves fantasy will most definitely appreciate this engrossing read.

Currently reading: I just got Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin from the library, so I think I will try reading it next.

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Top 100 Teen Reads

This is a list I found off of teenreads.com. I marked out the ones that I have read.

What others on this list should I read?

1776 by David McCullough (History)
1984 by George Orwell (Science Fiction)
THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho (Religion/Spirituality)
AM I BLUE? COMING OUT FROM THE SILENCE by Marion Dane Bauer, editor (Short Stories)
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon (Historical Fiction)
AMAZING GRACE by Megan Shull (Fiction)
ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman (Science Fiction)
ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Memoir)
ANNIE JOHN by Jamaica Kincaid (Fiction)
ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan (Romance)
THE BEAN TREES by Barbara Kingsolver (Fiction)
BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg (Religion/Spirituality)
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD by Kevin Brockmeier (Fiction)
THE BRONX MASQUERADE by Nikki Grimes (Fiction)
BROOKLYN ROSE by Ann Rinaldi (Historical Fiction)
BUD NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis (Historical Fiction)
CATALYST by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller (Fiction)
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger (Fiction)
A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb (Romance)
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (Humor)
A CHILD CALLED "IT" by Dave Pelzer (Memoir)
THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Robert Cormier (Fiction)
THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok (Fiction)
CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy) ---> I have read the first 3 in the series (so far!!!)
COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier (Historical Fiction)
COLD SASSY TREE by Olive Ann Burns (Romance)
THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker (Fiction)
A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole (Fiction)
COPPER SUN by Sharon Draper (Historical Fiction)
CORELLI'S MANDOLIN by Louis De Bernieres (Romance)
CROW LAKE by Mary Lawson (Fiction)
DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Fiction)
DANDELION WINE by Ray Bradbury (Fiction)
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson (History)
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank (Memoir)
THE DISTANCE FROM NORMANDY by Jonathan Hull (Fiction)
THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER by Ann Packer (Romance)
DUNE by Frank Herbert (Science Fiction)
EAST by Edith Pattou (Romance)
EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck (Fiction)
E EIGHT by Katherine Neville (Fantasy/Adventure)
ELDEST by Christopher Paolini (Fantasy)
ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine (Romance)
ELSEWHERE by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction)
EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Fiction)
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction)
ERAGON by Christopher Paolini (Fantasy)
ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Munoz Ryan (Historical Fiction)
FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury (Science Fiction)
FALLEN ANGELS by Walter Dean Myers (Historical Fiction)
FAST FOOD NATION: THe Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (Popular Culture)
FEED by M.T. Anderson (Fiction)
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes (Science Fiction)
FOR ONE MORE DAY by Mitch Albom (Fiction)
THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman (Fiction)
THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand (Fiction)
FROZEN RODEO by Catherine Clark (Fiction)
GATHERING BLUE by Lois Lowry (Futuristic Fiction)
THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD by Kirsten Smith (Fiction)
GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fantasy)
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (Fiction)
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier (Historical Fiction)
THE GIRLS by Lori Lansens (Fiction)
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry (Futuristic Fiction)
GODLESS by Peter Hautman (Fiction)
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY by Janet Tashjian (Fiction)
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Fiction)
THE GREAT SANTINI by Pat Conroy (Fiction)
A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray (Fiction/Literary Suspense)
GREEN ANGEL by Alice Hoffman (Fiction)
THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction)
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (Historical Fiction)
HEART'S DESIRE by Laura Pedersen (Fiction)
THE HIGHTEST TIDE by Jim Lynch (Fiction)
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkein (Fantasy)
HOOPS by Walter Dean Myers (Fiction)
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mystery)
THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer (Science Fiction)
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros (Fiction)
HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff (Fiction)
THE HUNGRY OCEAN by Linda Greenlaw (Memoir)
I AM THE CHEESE by Robert Cormier (Psychological Thriller)
I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak (Fiction)
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith (Romance)
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE by Wally Lamb (Fiction)
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou (Autobiography)
IF YOU COME SOFTLY by Jacqueline Woodson (Fiction)
IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote (True Crime)
IN COUNTRY by Bobbie Ann Mason (Historical Fiction)
INTERPRETER OF MALADIES by Jhumpa Lahiri (Fiction/Short Stories)
INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer (Nonfiction)
IRONMAN by Chris Crutcher (Fiction)
IT by Stephen King (Horror)
IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini (Fiction)
THE JOY LUCK CLUB by Amy Tan (Fiction)
JUMPING THE SCRATCH by Sarah Weeks (Fiction)
JUST IN CASE by Meg Rosoff (Fiction)
KEEPING THE MOON by Sarah Dessen (Fiction)
KING DORK by Frank Portman (Fiction)
THE KITCHEN BOY by Robert Alexander (Historical Fiction)
THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (Fiction)
KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond (Fiction)
LAST CALL by Laura Pedersen (Fiction)
LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo (Fiction)
LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainer Maria Rilke (Nonfiction)
LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel (Fiction/Adventure)
THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Fantasy)
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (Fiction)
LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding (Fiction)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkein (Fantasy)
THE LOTTERY AND OTHER STORIES by Shirley Jackson (Fiction/Short Stories)
THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold (Fiction)
MARLEY & ME by John Grogan (Memoir)
MAUS I: A SURVIVOR'S TALE: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel)
ME & EMMA by Elizabeth Flock (Fiction)
ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris (Memoir)
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Historical Fiction)
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks (Romance)
MESSENGER by Lois Lowry (Futuristic Fiction)
THE MINISTER'S DAUGHTER by Julie Hearn (Fiction)
MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers (Fiction)
MY JIM by Nancy Rawles (Historical Fiction)
MY LIFE AND HARD TIMES by James Thurber (Autobiography)
MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)
MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane (Thriller)
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (Fiction)
THE NECESSARY BEGGAR by Susan Palwick (Fiction)
NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro (Fiction)
NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer (Horror/Romance)
NICKEL AND DIMED: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (Current Affairs)
NIGHT by Elie Wiesel (Memoir)
NINE STORIES by J.D. Salinger (Fiction/Short Stories)
THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery)
A NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly (Historical Fiction)
THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks (Romance)
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Fiction)
THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton (Fiction)
A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham (Legal Thriller)
PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger (Fiction)
PERFECT by Natasha Friend (Fiction)
THE PERFECT STORM by Sebastian Junger (Nonfiction/Adventure)
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky (Fiction)
PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic Novel)
THE PIGMAN by Paul Zindel (Fiction)
PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett (Fiction)
THE PILOT'S WIFE by Anita Shreve (Fiction)
PLAINSONG by Kent Haruf (Fiction)
THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth (Fiction)
THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (Fiction)
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving (Fiction)
PRETTIES by Scott Westerfeld (Fantasy/Adventure)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen (Fiction)
THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman (Fiction)
THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot (Fiction)
PROM by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)
THE RAG AND BONE SHOP by Robert Cormier (Mystery)
A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry (Plays)
READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi (Memoir)
REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier (Horror)
REBEL ANGELS by Libba Bray (Fiction/Literary Suspense)
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)
ROCKET BOYS/OCTOBER SKY by Homer Hickam (Memoir)
ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor (Historical Fiction)
ROSEMARY'S BABY by Ira Levin (Horror)
THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE by Philip Pullman (Thriller)
THE RULE OF FOUR by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Suspense)
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs (Memoir)
SARAH by Marek Halter (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)
SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta (Fiction)
THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt (Thriller)
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd (Historical Fiction)
SENIORITIS by Tate Thompson (Fiction)
A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles (Fiction)
SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson (Nonfiction/Adventure)
THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Fiction)
SIGN OF THE RAVEN by Julie Hearn (Historical Fiction)
SKELLIG by David Almond (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)
THE SLEDDING HILL by Chris Crutcher (Fiction)
SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson (Thriller)
SNOW IN AUGUST by Pete Hamill (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)
SO B. IT by Sarah Weeks (Fiction)
SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Sarah Dessen (Fiction)
SOPHIE'S WORLD by Jostein Gaarder (Fiction)
THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar (Fiction)
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)
SPECIALS by Scott Westerfeld (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli (Romance)
SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER by Bette Greene (Historical Fiction)
SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA by Lynne Cox (Autobiography)
TANGERINE by Edward Bloor (Fiction)
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction)
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien (Fiction/Short Stories)
THIRSTY by M.T. Anderson (Horror)
A TIME FOR DANCING by Davida Wills Hurwin (Fiction)
A TIME TO KILL by John Grisham (Legal Thriller)
THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger (Fiction)
TITHE: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black (Fantasy)
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee (Historical Fiction)
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith (Historical Fiction)
TRUTH & BEAUTY by Ann Patchett (Memoir)
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Memoir)
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer (Horror/Romance)
UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
VOICES by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fantasy)
VOTE FOR LARRY by Janet Tashjian (Fiction)
WAIT FOR ME by An Na (Fiction)
A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks (Fiction)
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen (Fiction)
THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM by Christopher Paul Curtis (Historical Fiction)
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver (Fiction)
WEETZIE BAT by Francesca Lia Block (Fiction)
WHEN CRICKETS CRY by Charles Martin (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)
WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN by Kimberly Willis Holt (Fiction)
WHITE GHOST GIRLS by Alice Greenway (Fiction)
WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch (Fiction)
THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH by Robert Hicks (Historical Fiction)
THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS by Tamora Pierce (Fantasy)
A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fantasy)
A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madelene L'Engle (Fantasy)
A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER by Michael Dorris (Fiction)
YOU, MAYBE by Rachel Vail (Fiction)

**Have you all read these? Which do you recommend to me? I am almost done with A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libby Bray.


Book #71
Book Title: A Good Year
Author: Peter Mayle
Genre: fiction
# of pages: 287
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Mayle's breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel (Chasing Cezanne, etc.) and ninth book follows 30-something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the Provençal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France. Max spent holidays at his Uncle Henry's vineyard as a child, so when he inherits the place, the prospect of returning is tempting; a generous "bridging loan" from ex-brother-in-law Charlie seals the deal. The estate, Le Griffon, is in a dire state of disrepair and the wine cellar is filled with bottles of a dreadful-tasting swill, but it's nothing that vineyard caretaker Claude Roussel and prim housekeeper Madame Passepartout can't resolve. Max settles into his new life easily thanks to the attentions of local notary Nathalie Auzet and busty cafe owner Fanny. The arrival of young Californian "wine brat" Christie Roberts, Uncle Henry's long-lost daughter, complicates matters for Max, but her surprise offer and Charlie's arrival lessen the impact of a vicious vineyard scandal involving a delicious, high-priced, discreetly produced wine called Le Coin Perdu. Mayle's simple story provides lighthearted if unadventurous reading and a fond endorsement of the pleasures of viniculture.

My Thoughts: This was such a cute and lighthearted read! I enjoyed every page of it and hope that others will read it and enjoy it as well. I want to see the movie with Russell Crowe, even though it looks like a lot of the plot has been changed significantly.

Currently reading: I don't know what to read next!!!

X-posted to my book community, book_it_2006 and a whole lot of other places! ;P


House marathon is on all day today!!!

100 Scariest Moments

Someone just posted the Bravo's 100 Most Scariest Moments, so I thought I'd post them here, and BOLD the ones that I have seen.

100. 28 Days Later
99. Creepshow
98. Zombie
97. Cat People
96. The Birds (I've seen most of it)
95. Jurassic Park
94. Child's Play
93. Pacific Heights
92. Village of the Damned
91. Shallow Grave
90. Night of the Hunter
89. Alice Sweet Alice
88. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
87. Black Christmas
86. Wizard of Oz
85. Blood & Black Lace
84. Blue Velvet
83. The Others
82. Terminator
81. The Howling
80. Poltergeist
79. Dracula
78. The Brood
77. Signs
76. Evil Dead
75. Candyman
74. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
73. Blood Simple
72. Them!
71. The Sixth Sense
70. The Stepfather
69. Re-Animator
68. The Black Cat
67. Duel
66. The Tenant
65. Marathon Man
64. Near Dark
63. Deliverance
62. The Wolf Man
61. The Devil's Backbone
60. The Beyond
59. Fatal Attraction
58. Cujo
57. House of Wax
56. Single White Female
55. The Vanishing
54. The Changeling
53. Demons
52. The Phantom of the Opera
51. The Dead Zone
50. The Last House on the Left
49. Diabolique
48. The Thing
47. Nosferatu
46. The Sentinel
45. The Wicker Man
44. The Game
43. It's Alive!
42. An American Werewolf in London(some of it)
41. The Hills Have Eyes
40. Black Sunday
39. Dawn of the Dead
38. Peeping Tom
37. House on Haunted Hill
36. Cape Fear
35. Aliens
34. The Hitcher
33. The Fly
32. Pet Sematary
31. Friday the 13th
30. Blair Witch Project
29. Serpent and the Rainbow
28. When a Stranger Calls
27. Frankenstein
26. Seven
25. Phantasm
24. Suspiria
23. Rosemary's Baby
22. Don't Look Now
21. Jacob's Ladder
20. The Ring
19. Hellraiser
18. The Haunting
17. A Nightmare on Elm Street
16. The Omen
15. Freaks
14. Halloween
13. Scream
12. Misery
11. Audition
10. Wait Until Dark
9. Night of the Living Dead
8. Carrie
7. Silence of the Lambs
6. Shining
5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
4. Psycho
3. Exorcist
2. Alien
1. Jaws(some of it!)


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~The Southern Belladonna~

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