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Via [ profile] aliettedb

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation’s cupboards.

I should probably mention I actually use the tea strainer as a miniature sieve for sprinkling icing sugar. but not once a year.

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funny pictures of cats with captions

Today I had an idea for a story. Longer than a short story, but maybe not a novel. And so not my genre.


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Stolen from [ profile] aliettedb 

The Rules of the Game Are:
Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

Hidden under the cut )

I'd also like to add, since there appear to be some names on there who are spec fic as opposed to strictly sci fi (Stephanie Meyer? WTF?):
Aliette de Bodard
Jacqueline Carey
Cornelia Funke
Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb
Sarah Monette
Marge Piercey

There are bound to be more, but I'm trying to remember my bookshelves off the top of my head....

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Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Michael Moorcock (b. 1939)

17 High-Brow, 1 Violent, -1 Experimental and 13 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Violent, Traditional and Cynical! These concepts are defined below.

Michael Moorcock is one of the most influential fantasy writers of all times, his impact rivalling that of Tolkien's. Perhaps China Miéville described it best when he said: "I think we are all post-Moorcock." Apart from being the editor of New Worlds twice in the 60s and 70s, thereby being instrumental in bringing on the so-called "new wave" of science fiction which changed all fantastic literature forever, Moorcock's own work has been an inspiration to more recent writers. He is also known for not hiding or blunting his views on fiction which he regards as inferior, a trait which has lead him to apply harsh criticism on authors such as J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis an H P Lovecraft.

His most popular work are the Elric books. Elric was originally conceived as a sort of critical comment to or even parody of R E Howard's Conan, but the character and his world soon grew to form a tragic and somewhat fatalistic drama. Elric's world is, in turn, only a small part of the huge Multiverse, a set of stories from all sorts of worlds (including our own) which is forever locked in a struggle between the two powers of Law and Chaos. Whenever one of these powers is threatening to become too powerful, an incarnation of the Eternal Champion, a group of warriors possessing the same spirit, is forced to fight to maintain the delicate balance between the two. Moorcock has worked several of his heroes into this cycle of books, including Hawkmoon, Corum and, of course, Elric.

Moorcock's stories are often stories about warriors, however reluctant they may be, and are usually explicitly violent, even if the purpose of all the hacking and slashing is to free humans and other beings from oppression and, ultimately, fear. There is little happiness, though, for those who are forced to do the fighting and all they can hope for is a short time of respite, sometimes in the town of Tanelorn, the only place in the multiverse that the eternal struggle between Law and Chaos can't reach.

It should also be mentioned that, even though Moorcock has done quite some experimenting in his days, it can't be ignored that a major part of his books are traditional adventure stories that become more than that by their inclusion into a grand vision. A little ironically , perhaps, for an author who has criticized the "world-building school" of fantasy, Moorcock achieves much of his popularity through building, if not a world, a world vision.

You are also a lot like China Miéville

If you want something more gentle, try Ursula K le Guin

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Katharine Kerr

Your score

This is how to interpret your score: Your attitudes have been measured on four different scales, called 1) High-Brow vs. Low-Brow, 2) Violent vs. Peaceful, 3) Experimental vs. Traditional and 4) Cynical vs. Romantic. Imagine that when you were born, you were in a state of innocence, a tabula rasa who would have scored zero on each scale. Since then, a number of circumstances (including genetic, cultural and environmental factors) have pushed you towards either end of these scales. If you're at 45 or -45 you would be almost entirely cynical, low-brow or whatever. The closer to zero you are, the less extreme your attitude. However, you should always be more of either (eg more romantic than cynical). Please note that even though High-Brow, Violent, Experimental and Cynical have positive numbers (1 through 45) and their opposites negative numbers (-1 through -45), this doesn't mean that either quality is better. All attitudes have their positive and negative sides, as explained below.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received 17 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received 1 points, making you more Violent than Peaceful. Please note that violent in this context does not mean that you, personally, are prone to violence. This scale is a measurement of a) if you are tolerant to violence in fiction and b) whether you see violence as a means that can be used to achieve a good end. If you are, and you do, then you are violent as defined here. At their best, violent people are the heroes who don't hesitate to stop the villain threatening innocents by means of a good kick. At their worst, they are the villains themselves.

Experimental vs. Traditional

You received -1 points, making you more Traditional than Experimental. Your position on this scale indicates if you're more likely to seek out the new and unexpected or if you are more comfortable with the familiar, especially in regards to culture. Note that traditional as defined here does not equal conservative, in the political sense. At their best, traditional people don't change winning concepts, favouring storytelling over empty poses. At their worst, they are somewhat narrow-minded.

Cynical vs. Romantic

You received 13 points, making you more Cynical than Romantic. Your position on this scale indicates if you are more likely to be wary, suspicious and skeptical to people around you and the world at large, or if you are more likely to believe in grand schemes, happy endings and the basic goodness of humankind. It is by far the most vaguely defined scale, which is why you'll find the sentence "you are also a lot like x" above. If you feel that your position on this scale is wrong, then you are probably more like author x. At their best, cynical people are able to see through lies and spot crucial flaws in plans and schemes. At their worst, they are overly negative, bringing everybody else down.

Author image by Catriona Sparks from Click for license info.

Take Which fantasy writer are you? at HelloQuizzy

And the irony is, I don't particularly enjoy Moorcock. Or Mieville. :D

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Ganked from everyone.

Your Word is "Think"

You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.

And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.

When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.

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I woke up this morning to find a sheet of ice on the inside of both bedroom windows. Now I'm at work, but it's difficult to get anything done when your toes are so cold it hurts and you don't want to move away from the heater.

Stole this from [ profile] sacredmime

"If you could urge, persuade, or ask me to write any particular thing, what would it be?"

He said he'd attempt any suggestions, as long as they're marketable. I'm not sure if I'm that brave!


Dec. 31st, 2008 01:41 pm
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Ganked from [ profile] tchernabyelo  

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Got published.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Mostly, and the one I didn't I made the choice to forgo as it wouldn't have been good for me. There will be more made later.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
All the people who gave birth this year were a safe distance away, thankfully.

4. Did anyone close to you die? 
My granny (close biologically, but not personally). 

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A laptop.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
10th April - kittens' birthday. 23rd December - my dad had a heart attack.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Winning Writers of the Future!

9. What was your biggest failure? 
Not gettting as much writing done as I said I would. 

10. Were you seriously ill during 2008?

11. What was the best thing you bought? 
I haven't bought much but books this year. We did put our Christmas money towards a PS3 though.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Behaviour? Anyone who hasn't committed some heinous crime against anyone else, I guess.

13. Where did most of your money go?
Food and bills.

14. What did you get excited about?
Selling stories, getting published, WotF.

15. What songs will always remind you of 2008?
That flippin' "Hallelujah" song.

16. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter?
About the same.
iii. richer or poorer?
Probably poorer, now that there are hungry kittens to feed! 

17. What do you wish you'd done more of?

18. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating. Being depressed.

19. How did you spend Christmas?
Puttering around and eating.

20. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Not in a romantic sense, but I love my new kitties.

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Dislike, yes. Hate, no.

22. What was your favourite TV programme?
We don't watch TV in our house. So if we're allowing programmes that have been on TV but that I watched on DVD, Supernatural.

23. What was your greatest musical discovery?
"Every Day is Exactly the Same" by Nine Inch Nails.

24. What was the best book you read?
"The Drawing of the Dark" by Tim Powers.

25. Are you happy with your lot?

26. What did you want and get?

27. What did you want and NOT get?
To be paid for my story in Subatomic Books' One Step Beyond.

28. What was your favourite film of this year?
Wanted, because it was daft.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More writing.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? 
I wear clothes I like. That's as close to a fashion concept as I get.

31. What kept you sane?
CMy bf, and writing.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Celebrities bore me.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Several interested me, but I can't say any stirred me particularly.

34. Who did you miss? 

35. Who were the best new people you met?
Do my cats count?

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Keep trying.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Every day is exaclty the same. ;)
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Today's happy thing - yes I know I'm going a day over - is that my story "The Marsh Lights" is up at Every Day Fiction.

Yesterday's happy thing was that we had a good day of kitten cuddles and playing games, and got a load of yummy food in. Plus we watched two of the most hysterically funny episodes of Star Trek: Voyager ever - Warlord, in which sweet-natured Kes is possessed by an evil warlord and gets to stride around being all scary and male (and looking at times like Eddie Izzard), and The Q and the Grey, in which Q (from TNG) tries to persuade Captain Janeway to have his babies.
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Merry Christmas everybody!

Today's happy thing: my dad has been released from hospital.
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Today's happy thing: my boss told me to go an hour early because I got the payroll closed off.

And that's it. The rest of today has been pretty crap. My first bus was late and my second didn't turn up at all, and work was lots of stress and bother due to lack of communication (and because it always is at the end of the month). Then when I got home I found that the saga of Realms of Fantasy has reached a whole new level of incompetency - they've taken payment for my subscription twice and I still haven't received a single thing, magazine or reply, from them. So I spent twenty minutes on the phone to my credit card company disputing the payment and trying to persuade them that no, I hadn't accidentally signed up to a monthly fee. They're sending me out a form, and hopefully the disputed payment will make RoF sit up and take notice for once.

And then I checked my emails to find that Subatomic Books has gone bust and so I won't, in all likelihood, be paid for my story "Mr Bad Man." Time to look for markets that take reprints.....
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Yesterday I was tagged with the happiness meme. I'm not going to tag anyone, because most people I know have probably been tagged already. So if you haven't and you want to take part, consider yourself tagged.

Yesterday's happy thing: I made my 60th submission.

Today's happy thing: The 21st is the day the bf and I celebrate the Solstice, even if it doesn't fall exactly on that day. We had a lie in and then opened our stockings, then I made pikelets for breakfast while the bf complained I was making him wait to open his presents. After breakfast we exchanged gifts (books, books and more books!) and ate chocolate while watching DVDs. The bf has nearly finished cooking a roast dinner, which we will follow with a chocolate Yule log. I don't even mind too much that I have to go to work tomorrow. I'm sure all that will change at 6am though.

And a happy Solstice to anyone else who celebrates it (which I forgot to put earlier, distracted as I was by the thought of dinner).
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You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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So my latest prod regarding my Realms of Fantasy subscription has garnered me an overseas phone number. I can't afford to spend large amounts of money making international calls, so they get one more email and then a letter. Anyone know how I go about getting my money back when they ignore me?

It occurs to me that I missed off the beginning of the writing meme, so here it is:

Current Status as of this morning:
Reunion - chapter 15 coming along nicely.
Stigma - on hold (although sometimes it pokes its head up to ask when it gets a turn).
All other novel projects - in idea form only.

"A Thousand Names for Babylon" - stuck in the idea stage.
Random time travel story - can't decide which period it wants to be set in.
"The Empty Dark" - in pieces, waiting for me to work out where all the bits go.
"Urban" fantasy (it's set in a small village) family story thing - trying to work out the mythology behind it. Seems to be trying to be a novella.
Other unnamed fantasy novella - is composting in my brain.

I'm sure there are some I've forgotten, but that's probably for the best until I get some of the others out the way!
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 C.L. Holland shot a gun into the air and killed god.
 ... afterward, C.L. Holland became an ideal and disappeared.
 'How will you be remembered in history books?' at


Cool meme shamelessly snagged from [ profile] truepenny.

Age when I decided I wanted to be a writer: 12
Age when I wrote my first story: 6 or 7
Age when I first submitted a short story to a magazine: 23
Age when I sold my first short story: 26
Number of years in-between in which I made no submissions: 2
Thickness of file of rejection slips prior to first story sale: 3
Approximate number of short stories/novelettes/novellas sold for cash money: 5 if you count paypal as cash, and sold but unpublished.

Age when I first sold a poem: 27
Poems sold: 1

Age when I wrote my first novel, counting by what I, at the time, defined as a "novel": 10
Age when I sold a first novel: Never
Novels written between age 10 and first novel sale: 3
Age when I wrote the first novel I sold: Not happened yet
Age when that novel was published: Ditto
Total number of novels written (discounting juvenilia, counting collaborations): 0. But I'm working on it.
Books sold: 0
Books published or delivered and in the pipeline: 0
Number of titles in print: 0
Number of titles fallen out of print: 0

Age when first nominated for an award: Never
Age when first won an award: Never
Nominations: 0
Awards won: 0

Age when I became a full-time novelist: Not happened, not likely to.
Age when I returned to the day-job because of economic implosion: This is the silver lining to the above cloud. :D
Age now: 2% :D 
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1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain (do volcanos count?)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (as long as I have my boyfriend and cats, and can write, I'm happy)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (it's bigger than you'd think)
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (liike everyone else, I'mgoing with the 'been published in a book' meaning :D )
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (but it was a children's Bible, when I was a child)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
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Your rainbow is shaded brown.


What is says about you: You are a deep thinking person. You appreciate the roughness of nature. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

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I Am A: Chaotic Neutral Human Ranger (4th Level)

Ability Scores:







Chaotic Neutral A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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Yanked from [ profile] truepenny 

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage/relationship (or if you think you might be someday), and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

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Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Non-conformist, Visionary, and Independent

6 Abstract, -3 Islamic, -6 Ukiyo-e, 0 Cubist, -10 Impressionist and -10 Renaissance!

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture.

People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionsaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendancy to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

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I'm having real trouble deciding on something to work on for WOTF. My brain has seized up. On the plus side I'm honing my procrastination skills to a fine art: in the last couple of weeks I've edited and submitted two flashes and a short story, all of which have come back to me once and gone out again.

Plus there are memes, of course. :D

Swiped from

[profile] gabriel_writes.

Apparently, these are the books most often listed as "unread" on librarything. The instructions included recommendations to italicize books started but not finished, bold books read, and bold and underline books read for school.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel (it took me a year but was well worth it)
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment (4 times)
Catch-22 (I read it and didn't finish it, then read it at uni and didn't finish it then either. Although I did find out it's actually easier to read backwards.)
One Hundred Years of Soltitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: A novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madam Bovary
The Odyssey (twice)
Pride and Prejudice (uni)
Jane Eyre
Tale of Two Cities (I did read an abridged versoin when I was a kid though)
The Brothers Karamzov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Illiad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations (ditto the abridged version)
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir In Books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterury Tales
The Historian: A Novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucalt's Pendulum
Frankenstein (uni, although I'm not sure if it counts as I got to pick my texts for the MA)
The Count of Monte Critsto
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
Angels and Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (uni)
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Oliver Twist (but again I read the whole abridged version as a child)
Gulliver's Travels
Les Miserables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
The Scarlett Letter
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves (bought but not even started yet)
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: A Novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey (uni again)
A Catcher In the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence
The Aenid (uni)
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit (I read this and Watership Down when I was 7, one after the other. The teacher thought I was lying)
In Cold Blood: A True Account Of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield (abridged version, kid)
The Three Musketeers


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