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The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, underline what you've read more than once, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

01) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
04) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - some books I have read more than once
05) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06) The Bible I am guilty of skipping the really boring stuff, like the Deuteronomy and all the letters that go in the end, among other things
07) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08) Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - that book destroyed my faith in humanity for good three weeks, and I have never brought myself to reread it
09) 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 - but I have read about half of them, probably
15) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - I think it's grossly overrated
19) The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20) Middlemarch - George Eliot
21) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23) The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
24) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - I tried, but I couldn't
26) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - God, I hated it, and wrote the most scathing essay of my academic career about this book
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) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
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 - A.A. Milne
41) Animal Farm - George Orwell - wrote a very fun essay about this book, too
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 - it took me a second reading to really understand it
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 - I loved this book when I was 10 or 12 and read it a coupel times, but when tried to reread it as an adult, I thought it was quite annoying
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 - I tried. I really tried. But it is so incredibly boring...
76) The Inferno - Dante
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 - E.B. 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 - I could never understand why people sing praises to this book
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) Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
98) Frankenstein - Mary Shelly
99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

That gives me 23 books/series I have read at least once. Not too shabby. But yes, it is noticeable that I have failed to read a single work by Dickens. I shall attempt again, one day, but I just don't find him interesting.

In other news, I went to see the Voyage of the Dawn Treader today after work. You know, I have really started to enjoy the whole weeknight movie thing. The theaters are blissfully empty, which means that they are both much quieter and much cleaner than usual.

Even I could notice some of the shortcomings of the movie, but it was still entertaining and I enjoyed it. Just keep in mind that it is not the movie version of the book, it is a movie based on some of the events and ideas in the book. They tried to keep the major moments from the book, but also make it more interesting and add a climax (something the book has in a much more subtle way, as it is a story of moral growth and therefore not readily transferable to an epic movie). I thought the result was not very successful and the plot changes may annoy hardcore Narnia fans while confusing the non-readers. The visuals were not as epic as, say, The Lord of the Rings or the Avatar, but still nice in most places. Except in a couple episodes the camerawork almost made me wonder where the focus was... I liked Eustace and Reepicheep, and Edmund and Lucy. Caspian didn't have much to do but stand around and look pretty. I don't quite appreciate the concept of making an older (and dark-haired) Caspian, but Ben Barnes is certainly easy on the eyes, so I am not complaining. So yes, I did like it.

Anyway, it's nice to have some free time and be out and about. Between being seek and then pretending to study or trying to get myself to study, I have been pretty much shut in the house the last two weeks, other than going to work, and was starting to go nuts. Of course, I didn't really study until the morning before the exam. But it was an open book exam, and I know FDA law fairly well anyway (the drug part I know well enough to teach the course, and the rest is not too hard to grasp), so I think I did OK anyway.

Now, the next movie I want to see is Tangled. I am considering going on Friday, again on the way home from work, or on Saturday, but I am just worried about crowds... might hold off until early next week. Or go Saturday morning and then stop by a couple shops I never got to because of everything that's been going on. The weather is going to be ugly on Sunday, according to the forecast, so I am planning on staying in and doing housework and such.

And then... just four days, and then the nice, long break until January 2nd. Of course, I have to work Christmas day itself, but that's OK. I am going to see the Magic Flute at the Opera on Christmas Eve. And the day after Christmas I am flying to Arizona, my parents are flying there too, to celebrate New Year's in a very different way. And yes, we are bringing some ornaments to decorate a cactus and drink champagne under it! Not on New Year's night, of course, I have reserved a spot for that.

Other plans include an ATV ride through the Sonoran desert, a hot air baloon ride over the same, a visit to the Pueblo Grande, the zoo and the botanical garden. And shopping for local turquoise and opal jewelry. Should be fun. Just need to get a hair cut so I would actually look good. That's the trouble with short hair - requires much more frequent maintenance.
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