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Sep. 4th, 2008

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

The List:

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare not the complete but a lot of them
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I'm so tired of it all...

... animal number four dead in two thousand eight... I really thought that this year couldn't be worse than the last... if you wanna hear god laugh tell 'em your plans... right? ... Neville is dead. I hate to prioritize or rank something like this... but... (there is always a but)... this one is the hardest... it carries the most impact... it's the one I am going to REALLY have to ADJUST to... no more twenty five pound monster in my lap during Project Runway... no more scratches when i sit down to pee... no more waking up stiff - sandwiched between him and the dog (who he hates)... no more JabbaTheCat in my fridge every time i unload groceries... there are four more besides him but none - not even Symmetry - that are... were... as pushy, needy, lovey, hungry, bastardly, comforting as him... he was my Fat Bastard... and I loved every fucking pound of him... when he came to me (through CC4C) he was a skinny angry tuxedo rescued out of a backyard in Oakland... he accidentally landed in my care... he was a bully... and quickly became a BIG bully... there was an order to my house... animal politics... since i took him out... since last night and the emergency vet... the cats are wandering around mewling... if it's not too much humanizing - they seem confused... whatever the case they know something isn't right... and they're right... everything is fucked ten ways till tuesday... i feel the same... watching my horse hit the ground on his way to dead should have ... should have... been worse? but then i only got to cuddle with shiloh at the weekend.... FUCK. Fuck. and fuck. why? .... NO SERIOUSLY... WHY!?!??!?

rip scoobies...

I suck



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taking it to the private sector...
leave a comment if you'd like an add...
but honestly i probably won't...

and this...

~Sarah Mason

Mister "media"

Mister "exploit my body"

Mister "low carb, low weight, low self-esteem" media

Mister "rape my belly"

Mister "thigh and hip genocider"

Mister "tits and ass, and 12 year old leg dispenser"

Mr. Media

Sir. ahem,

most prestigious profiter of my self worth

the one you sold to me,

in my pink crib at birth!


How is it you sleep at night?

while I eat the stars and

Fast on the moon?

Doing sit ups for you

on my

Cold Tile


or standing in the bathroom

with my shirt up

wanting my womb and child bearing hips

dead dead

and dead!

You sir,

live between the glossy pages of my

2 dollar and nineteen cent propaganda

a million magazines singing

anorexia's national anthem

rows and rows lining my supermarket

You live in a castle made of cable

computer wirings and satellite dishes

television sets and

you're a cross between Kate Moss and Keneth Lay.

Mr. "Sell! Sell! Sell!"

tragedy, vulnerability, sullen stares

teaching baby girls bruises and sickness is pretty

while you look anything but sullen

Fucking beaming as you make love to your dollar while I...

while I make love to that ad you sold me

while I make hate with myself

while I make myself sick over some toilet,

or empty because it feels good

while I make love to that addiction.

You see,

we're all getting off, I guess.

It's just that my climax could kill

I like this...


Could you tell me once again
what kind of girl I was?
could you tell me once again
how careless I once was?
Could you tell me once again
how happy I once was
Could you tell me once again
how I enjoyed life?
Could you whisper,our shout my name
so that I maybe can become

the same

it's simple and rings true...

Feelin this right now... how fucking angsty

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places
Worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going no where
Going no where
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression
No expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow
No tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen
Sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me
No one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me
Look right through me
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world

Summer is coming...



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