Sunday, February 1, 2009

100th Post

For my 100th post, I have decided to do things a little differently. I didn't really want to do 100 random things about me, because this whole blog is about random things about me. And as Mrs. Deladubree says, "You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the books on their shelves." Of course, she's a librarian so she might be a bit biased, but I've decided to share with you 100 of the books you can find on my shelves. They might not be the best books or my favorite books (most of them are) but there's something about each of them that makes me keep them rather than taking them to a used book store. My intention is to comment on all of them, but it might take me a couple of days, so even though you don't see a new post, there will probably be new content.

Enjoy!

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy** – Douglas Adams - I think this was one of the first books I borrowed from Chandy (a friend from college). His mom sends him books all the time so his library has got to be huge! Of course in true fashion, I spilled kool-aid all over it so I was afraid to return it. Then one day after a couple of months of me holding it hostage, while he was in our apartment, he found it and took it back. Amazingly he still let me borrow tons of books afterwards. Anyways, good book, the trilogy is awesome. Don't see the movie though, you'll be sadly disappointed. That said Mos Def does an awesome job of Ford Prefect.
  2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe** – Douglas Adams - Second book in the trilogy. Very good. Adams does a great job in all his books.
  3. Life, The Universe and Everything** – Douglas Adams
  4. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish** – Douglas Adams
  5. Mostly Harmless** – Douglas Adams
  6. A Treasury of Hans Christian Anderson - My sister bought this book for me. I'm not sure why though. Although in high school I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid (the Disney movie, not the actual story), so that might be it. I've not read all the stories in this book, but I probably will once we have kids.
  7. Flowers in the Attic – VC Andrews - I had to read this book during high school. Every month each subject (department) had a book of the month. It was really weird when it was math's turn. Usually the professors just picked some random 100-page teeny-bopper book that wouldn't require a lot of concentration. They were the only department that did this. Anyways for some subject I can't remember we read this book. A bit of a weird selection considering my catholic high school. But my high school BFFs, Jan and Fonz, and I started reading everything VC Andrews afterwards. Now VC Andrews didn't actually write all the VC Andrews books. Her estate decided to cash in on her "ideas" by having a ghost writer write under the trademarked name of VC Andrews. When we found out, we were all crushed. Well I was. I had three different series (five books in each series) at that point (spent my precious allowance on those books!) and I gave them all away. But I kept the first book because it was something that we shared together.
  8. The Prodigal Daughter – Jeffrey Archer
  9. Shall We Tell the President? – Jeffrey Archer
  10. Twelve Red Herrings – Jeffrey Archer
  11. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  12. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
  13. The Alibi – Sandra Brown
  14. Envy – Sandra Brown
  15. Fat Tuesday – Sandra Brown
  16. Exclusive – Sandra Brown
  17. Standoff – Sandra Brown
  18. Unspeakable – Sandra Brown
  19. Lost Boys – Orson Scott Card
  20. I’ll be seeing you – Mary Higgins Clark
  21. Pretend You don’t see her – Mary Higgins Clark
  22. Where are the children – Mary Higgins Clark
  23. Remember me – Mary Higgins Clark
  24. While My Pretty One Sleeps – Mary Higgins Clark
  25. You Belong To Me – Mary Higgins Clark
  26. Harmful Intent – Robin Cook
  27. Mutation – Robin Cook
  28. The Timewaster Letters** – Robin Cooper
  29. Return of the Timewaster Letters** – Robin Cooper
  30. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
  31. The Inferno – Dante
  32. The General’s Daughter – Nelson Demille
  33. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
  34. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  35. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  36. The Lais of Marie de France
  37. Carter Beats the Devil** – Glen David Gold
  38. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  39. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  40. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory - I'd been hearing a lot about this book and author. Also I knew that a movie was coming out soon so one trip across the Atlantic I stopped by W.H. Smith and picked it up. I thought it was good. I saw the movie about a year after I read the book with a friend who's really into this time period. I liked the actors in the movie but I think they tried to smush too much into a 2-hour movie.
  41. The Boleyn Inheritance – Philippa Gregory - I bought this book because I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl so much. After reading this one though, I decided I wasn't a Philippa Gregory fan and so I stopped here.
  42. Mythology – Edith Hamilton
  43. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne - I didn't really like this book but we had to read it Junior year in my Honors English class. The best part of that class was that my high school BFFs, Jan, She and Fonz were in this class with me. It was the only class all four years that all four of us were in. Sadly it was also one of the last classes that Jan and I had a together. Senior year we had no shared classes, after three years of being in at least two or three classes with each other each semester.
  44. Good News Bible - Yes this book is always filed under H for Holy Spirit. Ten years of theology class and that's the one thing I hold on to. When I was in the 3rd grade we all had to buy a bible from the school (no other edition/copy/version was accepted). My parents decided that I should pay for it out of my own pocket so this might be the first book I ever bought. I've had lots of bibles since then (all lost over the years) but somehow this one has stuck around
  45. New American Bible
  46. The Iliad – Homer
  47. Italian Phrase Book**
  48. Into Thin Air** – Jon Krakauer
  49. The Key to Midnight – Dean Koontz
  50. Mr. Murder – Dean Koontz
  51. Twilight Eyes – Dean Koontz
  52. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
  53. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  54. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  55. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  56. Perfect – Judith McNaught
  57. Paradise – Judith McNaught
  58. Remember When – Judith McNaught
  59. The Mwindo Epic
  60. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
  61. Metamorphoses – Ovid
  62. The Song of Roland
  63. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  64. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  65. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  66. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  67. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  68. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
  69. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  70. Empress – Shan Sa
  71. The Blackstone Chronicles: An Eye for An Eye: The Doll – John Saul
  72. The Blackstone Chronicles: Twist of Fate: The Locket – John Saul
  73. The Blackstone Chronicles: Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame – John Saul
  74. The Blackstone Chronicles: In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief – John Saul
  75. Nightshade – John Saul
  76. Punish the Sinners – John Saul
  77. Shadows – John Saul
  78. A Midsummer-Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  79. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  80. Rage of Angels – Sidney Sheldon
  81. The Stars Shine Down – Sidney Sheldon
  82. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  83. Bergdorf Blondes – Plum Sykes
  84. The Debutante Divorcee – Plum Sykes
  85. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowhip of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien - I bought this book on a whim one day. I knew the movie was coming out soon and so I wanted to read it before the movie "ruined" it for me. I only got through 30 pages though before I put it down. I haven't felt the compunction to pick it back up again. I've seen all three movies though, I think they're awesome. One day I might read it, so for that reason I've not gotten rid of it.
  86. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
  87. The Aeneid – Virgil
  88. Candide – Voltaire
  89. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  90. Quidditch through the Ages – Kennilworthy Whisp
  91. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Wolfe
  92. Women in the Old Testament
  93. PHP and MYSQL
  94. Design and Layout
  95. HTML 4
  96. Norah’s Ark* – Judy Baer - I really wanted to like this book. It's about a Christian woman finding love while sticking to her beliefs and morals. But come on! Three of the (small) town's hunkiest men all fall in love with some chick who dresses like a scrub and has the frizziest hair ever? Maybe I'm just a cynic and not able to see beyond the package, but I wasn't impressed with this one. My friend B lived a better story about a Christian woman finding love while sticking to her beliefs and morals.
  97. Something Blue* – Emily Giffin
  98. Baby Proof* – Emily Giffin
  99. The Constant Princess* – Philippa Gregory - I guess I'm a sucker for pain because in a moment of weakness I got this book at my last trip to the library. It's now the only book (of my library books) I haven't read so I need to decide if I'm going to read it or if I'm just going to return it. I mean, I've read about the later wives I might as well read about the first, right?
  100. The Time-Traveler's Wife* – Audrey Niffenegger - This book saved my sanity this past Christmas. It was the book I brought over with me when I went to visit the ILs and escaping into this book helped me through this dark period. :) I want to re-read it so I keep renewing it at the library. I think I might just have to buy it. Also, I had just seen the Doctor Who episodes Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead so I was really interested in the whole concept.

*Technically these are library books, but they're sitting on my bookshelves right now so they count.
**These are actually Kevin's books, but I've read them and liked them (we have very different tastes on which books we'll read) so I put them on my list.

7 comments:

Amanda said...

Congrats on your 100th post. I feel like I need to read something now... oh wait I am reading something, but it feels like torture (I'm referring to the book I'm reading, not your blog)... why couldn't I be one of those kids that actually liked reading in school?

~Jess said...

Congrats on hitting 100! That's a rather impressive list of books: I don't know if I'd even want to compile a list of books I own, let alone ones I've read.

Thanks for all your comments on my blog. I think that clomid is the cheapest. I agree with you about the adoption process: Bethany is one of the few that will even deal with us (location). We've decided that if this cycle fails then we're going to start the adoption process...if we get put on hold for a pregnancy, that's ok.

Hillary said...

Congrats on the 100th post!!

Andrea said...

What a cool 100th post idea! It looks like we've read a lot of the same books :-) Have you seen my book blog?

Erin said...

What a great idea for a 100th post! You must love books as much as I do. Loved reading the list and saw a few that I need to pick up!

Karen said...

Simply assembling this post must have been daunting, but commenting on all of them? That is way ambitious! Congrats on reaching 100 posts :)

Beth said...

~Chandy also loaned Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Megan, presumably many years later. :) I wonder if it had kool-aid on it.

~I loved the Good News Bible too. I think my copy is still at my parent's house though... I only moved out 20 years ago.