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How dial-up leads to reading more

I thought those of you still on dial-up might relate to this. Since dial-up or expensive satellite are my only options for the internet, usually I have 5+ windows open at one time, trying to maximize the wait. I also play Hearts and Spider Solitaire quite frequently. (Side note: While I am a very consistent winner at 2 handed Spider Solitaire, my husband can actually win at 4 handed! What a smartie!)

Anyway, I have begun to read books now instead of the useless, but fun card games. I read for a chapter or section while waiting for my sloooooooow internet access. I have found it a much better use of my time. I have even listened to some audiobooks, but that gets a bit tricky if I’m trying to read other blogs or important stuff.

So. . . just an idea for those still in the stone age.

Book Meme

I got this meme from a post on framed’s blog. The instructions are this: Look at the list of books below. Highlight in red the ones you’ve read, highlight in green the ones you might read, leave the ones you won’t read in black, italicize the ones on your book shelf, and place parentheses around the ones you’ve never even heard of.

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audry Niffenegger
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaba by J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(Crytonomicon by Neal Stephenson)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

(Good Omens by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman )
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Dune by Frank Herbert
The History of Love by Nichole Krauss

Books to be Read in 2007 (So Far)

These won’t be read in this order; I just want to keep track of how many books are on my list. I would like to read 100+ books this year, but if I get to 52 I will be satisfied. Finished titles are crossed out. Titles moved to 2008 are asterixed.

Note: I had to move some titles to 2008 to accommodate different titles for various challenges. Those are asterixed with a new book replacing its “number”.

1. New Testament – God Rating: 5
2. Psalms & Proverbs – God
3. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger Rating: 4.5
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan Rating: 3.5
5. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner Rating: 4
*(moved to 2008) My Name is Asher Lev – Potok
6. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Rating: 4
7. Inkheart – Funke Rating: 4
*(moved to 2008) The Neverending Story - Ende
*(moved to 2008) Fall on Your Knees – MacDonald
8. The Handmaid’s Tale – Atwood Rating: 4.5
9. The Blind Assassin – Atwood Rating: 3.5
*(moved to 2008) Possession – Byatt
10. Phantastes – MacDonald Rating: 4
11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Rating: 5
12. The Echo Maker by Richard Powers Rating: 4
* (moved to 2008) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Haddon
13. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
14. The Kite Runner – Hosseini
*(moved to 2008) Beneath a Marble Sky – Shors
15. The Princess and the Goblin – MacDonald Rating: 4.5
16. The Secret Life of Bees – Kidd Rating: 4.5
17. The Known World – Jones
*(moved to 2008) The Poisonwood Bible – Kingsolver
18. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
19. The Sea – Banville Rating: 2
20. March – Brooks Rating: 3.5
*(moved to 2008) Life of Pi – Martel
21. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Smith
22. The Good Earth – Buck
*(moved to 2008) Interpreter of Maladies – Lahiri
23. Grendel – Gardner Rating: 2
24. Lisey’s Story – King
25. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken Rating: 4
*(moved to 2008) Miss Garnet’s Angel - Vickers
*(moved to 2008) The Last Town on Earth – Mullen
26. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Edwards Rating: 4.5
27. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
*(moved to 2008) The Meaning of Night – Cox
28. My Sister’s Keeper – Picoult Rating: 4
29. The Black Pearl - O’Dell Rating: 4.5
*(moved to 2008) Peter Pan in Scarlet – McCaughrean
30. Mr. Ives’ Christmas – Hijuelos
31. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – See – Rating: 5
32. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Smith Rating: 4.5
33. The Road by Cormac McCarthy Rating: 4.5
*(moved to 2008) River Rising – Dickson
34. Kristin Lavransdatter – Undset
35. Never Let Me Go - Ishiguro
*(moved to 2008) Jean de Florette – Pagnol
*(moved to 2008) Manon of the Spring – Pagnol
36. The Inheritance of Loss - Desai Rating: 3.5
37. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Rating:
*(moved to 2008) I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
*(moved to 2008) Alice Adams - Tarkington
*(moved to 2008) The Secret History – Tartt
38. The Color Purple - Walker Rating: 4
*(moved to 2008) The Brothers K – Duncan
*(moved to 2008) The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Albom
39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Rating: 4.5
*(moved to 2008) Things Fall Apart – Achebe
40. The Travels of Marco Polo
41. The History of Love – Krauss
42. Broken for You – Kallos Rating: 4
43. Arthur & George – Barnes
44. The Woman in White – Collins Rating: 4.5
45. Heart of Darkness – Conrad Rating: 5
46. The Birds – Aristophanes Rating: 2.5
47. Silas Marner – EliotRating: 4.5
48. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Stevenson Rating: 5
49. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Clarke Rating: 4.5
50. The Hours - Cunningham
*(moved to 2008) Oryx and Crake - Atwood
51. Queen of the Tambourine – Jane Gardam
52. Veronika Decides to Die – Coelho
53. The Yearling – Rawlings
54. Zorro – Allende
55. The Eyre Affair – Fforde Rating: 4
56. Gathering Blue – Lowry Rating: 4.5
57. Middlesex - Eugenides
58. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - DiCamillo Rating: 4.5
59. To Kill a Mockingbird – Lee Rating: 5
60. Amos Fortune, Free Man – Yates Rating: 4
61. Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather – Xingjian
62. Suite Française – Nemirovsky
63. Ishmael – Quinn
64. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Kundera
65. X Stands for Unknown – Asimov
66. A Death in the Family – Agee
*(moved to 2008) The Possessed – Dostoevsky
67. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
68. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Hardy
*(moved to 2008) Pippi Longstocking – Lindgren
69. The Bookseller of Kabul by Seierstad
70. Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton Rating: 4
71. The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart Rating: 3.5
72. Everyman by Philip Roth Rating: 1
73. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang Rating: 4.5
74. The Giver by Lois Lowry Rating: 4.5
75. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books - Zane Rating: 3.5
76. The Stone Diaries – Shields Rating: 4.5
77. The Bone People – Hulme Rating: 4
78. The Translator by Leila Aboulela Rating: 4
79. Messenger by Lois Lowry Rating: 4
80. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli Rating: 4
81. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron Rating: 4
82. The White Stag by Kate Seredy Rating: 4
83. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
84. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Rating: 4
85. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Rating: 4
86. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Rating: 4
87. Coraline by Neil Gaiman Rating: 4.5
88. Stardust by Neil Gaiman Rating: 4
89. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
90. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
91. Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker
92. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
93. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Rating: 4
94. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
95. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery
96. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
97. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
98. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

My Title and Author A to Z Challenge list is now here.