Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spring Break

I drove home today for Spring Break. I'm hoping to get some knitting and sewing done while I'm home, and maybe some pictures of recently finished objects - like my corset!!! In the mean time, my neighbor brought over three garbage bags full of yarn while cleaning out his shed. His wife who passed away last year had attempted to knit at one point and quickly gave up. A few years ago I went through some of the yarn and took what I wanted, but now that Joe has remarried he decided to get rid of the rest of it (there was also a complete possibly never used interchangable needle set - the old metal kind, that I like better than my Denise plastic ones) & possibly there may be a knitting machine headed my way.
In other news I saw this on And She Knits Too! and being the lover of books that I am couldn't resist.

The Big Read ( said that, on average, adults have only read six books on this list. So ... copy this list, remove my yeses and nos, and add your comments (favourable or otherwise) about the ones you have read. Don't forget to include a total.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Yes, I started it several times throughout middle and high school, but finally read the entire book freshman year in college during my Great Love Stories class.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien – Considered it, but haven't read it yet.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Yes, one of my favourite books ever!
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling – YES! Including rereading the entire series in two weeks before the last book was released.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - Yes, freshman year of high school.
6 The Bible – Parts of it.
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - Not yet, I own it though.
8 1984 - George Orwell - No, it was one of my ex's favourite books though.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - No
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Yes, in 8th grade English
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - I think I read a watered down version of it when I was little, but not the actual book.
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy –No
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – Not yet, I own it though.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – Not the complete works, but Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, and the Tempest.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - No
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - I started it once in elementary school, but have never gone back to it, if I decide to read The Lord of the Rings, I'll read The Hobbit first.
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - No
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes, required junior year, I really didn't like it, my current boyfriend says it's one of his favourite books.
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - No, but I'd like to.
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot- No
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - No
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - Yes, another one of my favourite books of all time.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens- No, but I own it.
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - No
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - No
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - No
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - No
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Yes, and Through the Looking Glass
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - No
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - Not yet, but I'd like to.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - No, well maybe a watered-down kid's version.
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - Maybe not all of them, but I know that I read at least half of them when I was little.
34 Emma - Jane Austen - Yes, listened to it on audio book during all my driving last summer.
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - Not yet, but I'm borrowing it from my roommate this summer.
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Yes
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - No
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres- No but the movie looked good.
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - Yes, junior year of high school.
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne – No
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -Yes, freshman year of high school.
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - Not yet, I hope to eventually
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Not yet, but I really enjoyed Marguez's Love in the Time of Cholera.
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - No
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - No
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - Yes, the entire series and I loved them!
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - No
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - Yes, I really liked it and look foreward to reading more Atwood.
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - No
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - Started it this summer but haven't finished yet.
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - No
52 Dune - Frank Herbert- No
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - No
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - Not yet.
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth - No
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - No
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - Not yet.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - No
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - Not yet.
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yes, as mentioned earlier I loved it and the movie was halfway decent.
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck – Yes, freshman year of high school.
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - I read the first half then it was due back to the library and I've never gone back to finish it.
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt - No
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold – Yes, such a good book but not for those with a weak stomach.
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - Not yet.
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - Not yet, but I have it now.
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - No
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - Yes, and the sequel.
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie - No
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - No
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - I'm almost positive I read the watered-down version of it.
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - No
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Yes
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - No
75 Ulysses - James Joyce - No
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - Yes, I adore Sylvia Plath but not in heavy doses.
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - No
78 Germinal - Emile Zola - No
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray - No, but it's on my to read list, I loved the movie.
80 Possession - AS Byatt- No
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -No
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - No
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -Yes, in Great Love Stories class
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - No
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - Not yet
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry - No
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White - I think so.
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - No
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - No
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton – No
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - No
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupe – Not yet
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - No
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams - Yes and the sequel, I loved them both and I can never look at a rabbit the same now.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - No
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute - No
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - Not yet, but Slumdog Millionaire makes me want to read it.
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – Yes, senior english class

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - I think so, but I don't remember for sure.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - Not yet, but I really want to read it in French (too bad I'm not that fluent)

I've read 22 for sure. I don't know who they are surveying as average adults, but I'm almost 21 and I've read way more than 6 of these.