emmyette
27 June 2008 @ 01:13 am
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 ;-)



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 1984 - 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
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 Hitchhiker'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 - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
 
 
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emmyette
08 January 2008 @ 01:02 am
Chris Baty explains it best:

Dear Brave NaNoWriMo Participant,

Okay. The holidays are over, and it's time to get back to work.

Not actual work, mind you. Forget that. After NaNoWriMo, we all deserve at least another month before we head back to our cubicles and classrooms. Your bosses and teachers will understand.

No, I'm talking about exciting work. I'm talking about the fact that there's a beautiful new year on the horizon, and it's time for us to get up to a beautiful new kind of trouble together. Which is why I'm writing to invite you to take part in NaNoWriMo's second annual Big, Fun, Scary Adventure Challenge.

The Challenge works like this: All of us come up with a list of things that we've long dreamed about doing, making, or being. These can be hard-nosed acts of practical skill-acquisition, such as becoming a ninja and learning to kill people with our eyebrows. Or they can be fantastical notions such as going back to school and getting a degree in business administration.

The adventuresome path or paths you choose are completely up to you. Last year, some BFS participants used the challenge to complete a revision of their NaNoWriMo novels and write their first scripts through Script Frenzy. But many of ventured farther afield. We finally learned to speak some Spanish (that was me). We took classes in watercolor painting, started blogs, and learned to tango. We mended fences with estranged family members, explored the Amazon in dugout canoes, hiked the Great Wall of China, and made daunting leaps from soul-snuffing jobs to careers closer to our hearts.

To take part in the challenge, you just need to post at least one big, fun, or scary goal for yourself in this forum. Then, come January 1, we'll roll up our sleeves, pack a lunch and a change of underwear, and set out into the big, fun, scary unknown together.

We'll use this BFS forum to post reports on our progress and setbacks, locate fellow adventurers who can help us reach our goals, and generally whoop it up in true Office of Letters and Light fashion as we move a few items on our lifetime to-do lists from "someday" to "done that."

Also, our great moderators Sammy and Mortaine have set up helpful Resources threads for all sorts of goals. If you need any advice or just want to chat about your adventures in those specific domains, please post there! And if you're an expert in any of those areas, please drop by and offer your insight and encouragement!

Anyone who completes at least one of their adventures before December 31, 2008 will a glowing Big, Fun, Scary Adventure Challenge winner's certificate to remind them of their feat. To claim your certificate, just email tavia@nanowrimo.org with "BFS 2008 Winner" in the subject line. We'll have the certificates ready to email out at the end of 2008. If you were a 2007 winner and haven't gotten your certificate yet, just send Tavia an email with "BFS 2007 Winner" in the subject line.

What will you attempt in 2008? I can't wait to find out.

Chris
NaNoWriMo



As for myself, my goals for 2008 are:
  • complete a mail order Klingon course
  • completely rehaul and reorganize my room, getting rid of the many, many, many old things and making way for the many, many, many newer ones
  • volunteer for a non-profit project/organization
  • find 10 things my brother and I have in common
  • stop automatically turning people down when they call to invite me out
  • win NaNoWriMo this year
  • visit at least 90% of the museums in Houston and Humble
  • make a collage
  • make a skirt
  • vote
  • buy two pairs of brown shoes
  • do something semi-permanent and spontaneous to my hair
  • document everything I eat as part of my little social experiment
  • visit my friend in Austin before semester's end



Also, I'd like to take this time to pimp [livejournal.com profile] megan_eating, a new lj I started out as a bit of an experiment. After watching countless shows on the Discovery Health channel about fat people I realized that one of the main things I heard leaving their mouths was, "I just never realized how much I was eating" or something to that extent. Therefore, I have created a theory--that by paying attention to what we stick in our mouths and shove down our stomachs, we can see how poorly we treat our bodies and can therefore take the first step to becoming healthy. So....for the next year, I will be documenting my every culinary move in a weird kind of social experiment so that I can see if it indeed works. I hope that by recording everything I eat, I see exactly how it is I am eating unhealthily rather than just that I am. Hopefully, this will help enable me to be healthier and to take better care of my body. Please share this idea with your friends blah blah blah and try it yourself--you'd be surprised at what you eat (insert more inspirational and guilt-making words).

Oh....aaaand:

Slight Rant + OMG DRAMORZ!!!! )
 
 
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emmyette
07 September 2007 @ 10:47 pm
Several things....FIRST click here--------> clicky! ) for some BIG news.

That means I can drive you to school now Kayla.

NEXT: not so good news.

I have a job. At the college. In the Counselor's Office. In Marketing. That means that I basically sit around folding brochures whilst allowed to do NOTHING ELSE. So I sit. Folding Brochures. In the quiet. In a very comfortable chair. In which I start to doze. Until the girl above me walks in and is all like, "Are you okay? (freak)" And I have to be like "Yeah just restin' me eyes." Except today. NO...today had to be different Today I got to run around the skull putting fliers up in the restrooms. And on really high up bulletin boards. And tables. And little plastic sleeve-y things. All. Over. Campus. In heels. Because I had assumed that the stack of 1000+ fliers that I had not finished yesterday would be there today. But they weren't. Because the girls at the front desk got bored. And decided to fold them. And they apparently have the super power to fold thousands of fliers at break-neck speed. And I was tired. Because I was up at 5. To wait in line for 3 1/2 hours. At the f****** DPS office. Just so I could do my road test before English started. But I ended up missing English anyways. Because I HAD to do it today. And the only time available was at 10:30. 15 minutes before my class. So I was tired. And pissed off. In heels. Walking around campus. Touching things I do not normally touch. Only to return to the tiny little room that is the Marketing Department of the Counseling Office to wait. And wait. And wait some more. Because apparently Mishell had NO IDEA that I was actually going to require the fliers and posters if I was to put them up as per her orders. And the printer works slower than me trying to figure out a recipe. Oh yeah--I forgot the posters of DOOM. 'Nough said. I hate them. And I'm still not done with the fliers.



Liek....cool. I finally feel like an adult...kinda.

Schedule (School/Work):

Monday
10:45 - 11:50 English 1301
12:00 - 2:20 REALLY long lunch break
2:20 - 3:50 Development of the Motion Picture 2366 (Freaks paper due)
4:00 - 4:10 Stand outside of mother's classroom and make faces at her through the window in the door; get her in trouble with B.K.
4:15 - 4:45 Listen to mother's friend, lady I once baby-sat for, talk about the same thing several times over/her one son whilst forgetting she has another that she could mention
4:50 Finally depart North Harris College

Tuesday
8:05 - 10:30 Pre-calculus 2412 (supposed to end at 10:20, but Egley will invariably run over talking about something that has nothing to do with actual LEARNING)
10:31 - 10:32 Mad dash to next class which I am already late to as it started at 10:30
10:33 - 11:50 US History to 1877 (1301) (quiz)
12:00 - 12:55 Lunch break
1:00 - 5:30 Work

Wednesday
10:45 - 11:50 English 1301
12:00 - 2:20 REALLY long lunch break
2:20 - 3:50 Development of the Motion Picture 2366
4:00 - 4:10 Stand outside of mother's classroom and make faces at her through the window in the door; get her in trouble with B.K.
4:15 - 4:45 Listen to mother's friend, lady I once baby-sat for, talk about the same thing several times over/her one son whilst forgetting she has another that she could mention
4:50 Finally depart North Harris College

Thursday
8:05 - 10:30 Pre-calculus 2412 (supposed to end at 10:20, but Egley will invariably run over talking about something that has nothing to do with actual LEARNING)
10:31 - 10:32 Mad dash to next class which I am already late to as it started at 10:30
10:33 - 11:50 US History to 1877 (1301)

Friday
8:00 - 10:30 Work
10:45 - 11:50 English 1301
12:00 - 12:55 Lunch break
1:00 - 4:30 Work

ALSO ON LABOR DAY I HAD INTERACTIONS WITH GEESE. IT WAS KEWL, YO.

Am considering picking up a humanities course on lit/society/other humanitarian type things from the Renaissance period on. Because my schedule is too easy. In English we are learning how to write sentences. In Dev of the MP we watch movies. In Precalc he just cracks bad jokes the whole time. In history I am learning the same thing I've learned every year since first grade. I feel not busy enough.

Found a cool thingy online that was printable for my Bethy. Am angry because Sophie has one of my books that she never intends to read nor return. Am embarrassed because Ben went all vegan-animal smart on me and now feel like an idiot. Am TIRED because was up at FIVE O'CLOCK TODAY--AN UNGODLY HOUR.

Seriously, no higher being (who/whatever you do (not) worship) gets up before the sun does. That is why the sun is rising. Because (insert name of higher being here) is getting up for the day. Therefore: I should not have to get up before the sun or (higher being's name) does. Can I get a few "Yeas" here?

MECH. But I am tired so I am going to bed. GOOD NIGHT.

ALSO will write letters to Ben, Keri, Beth, Kim, et al. TOMORROW. OR NOT.

GOOD NIGHT.
 
 
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