Thursday, March 01, 2007


I would be lying if I said I was disappointed by this season’s ANTM premiere. The girls, while totally fugly to the naked eye, took some exceptionally decent pictures. However, I think the judges made some very wrong decisions, primarily like letting Kathleen go and keeping Natasha. Don’t they know that mail order brides that couldn’t possibly be taller than 5ft7 make bad models? I certainly think this crop of girls is more promising, and entertaining, than the last few seasons. Those were just super boring. Then again, give this one a few weeks and I could be singing a different tune. Having Monica and Chanda around to watch was particularly great. I enjoy things more when there are friends to be seen. After the show we got our Dance Dance Revolution on for a while and that was a good time.

Tony and I were going to go and see This American Life today. It is the last taping in Chicago and we thought it would be super great. Sarah Vowell, Dan Savage, and David Rakoff are going to be on. Unfortunately, a lot of people had the same idea and there was only one seat left open in the theater. Stupid stupid stupid. We should have known better than to try and get tickets today. Davis Sedaris will be coming next month though, we should be much better about getting tickets for that one.

I took this meme from Used*to*be*me because it is all about books and, as you know, I love books. I wish that I had read every book on the list because that would have given me a superior feeling but I read close to half and decided that isn’t all that bad.

Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*leave plain the ones that you aren’t interested in.
*(I added something to it) If a book is one of your top twenty put a smiley face next to it. If it is something you hated put a frowny face.

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12.Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) :)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) :)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) :)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) :)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb) :(
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb):(
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) :)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand):)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy) (does the first hundred or so pages before it got too boring and full of aristocratic snots count? I think not) :(
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) :)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) :)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) :)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams) :)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) :)
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) :(
100.Ulysses (James Joyce) :( :( :( see posts labeled Ulysses for all the reasons

Cool Blue Reason, Cake- Cake really reminds me of college, Sr. year in particular. I never really liked this song. I listened to it a lot. Probably because no one wanted to get up and change the song and we couldn't find the remote. Speaking of not wanting to do things, I am bringing rock, paper, scissors back in a big way.

Doo wop, (That Thing), Lauryn Hill- Yeah I am not proud that I own this. I am less proud that I enjoy it. This is another reason why I am not the president of the Cool Club and only the treasurer.

Stone Junkie, Curtis Mayfield- Thank god that something of this nature came on to save me from all the bad music aforementioned. I will leave you with the thoughts that I am a smooth funky soul sister. Yeah, believe that.


Lizza said...

You haven't read the "Lord of the Rings" series? I hope you like them, I did.

Loved "Little Women," the Harry Potter series (next one's coming out soon!), "The Little Prince," "Dune," "Love in the Time of Cholera."

Cool list! But I can't identify with ANTM, I watch TV so little these days.

Mom said...

It's probably my fault about LOTR. I got so bored reading about the battles that I actually quit reading about halfway through the last book and never picked them up again. Liked the movies a lot, though.

Nice book list.

We are getting buried in snow. Again. They say we haven't had two snowstorms this big, this close together, since early in 1982.

Sorry you missed This American Life. David Sedaris sounds like good times!

Katrina said...

I've got this in my draft file. I took it from Saintseester and will more than likely put it up tomorrow.

I can't wait for the last Harry Potter book. I'll be starting to reread all the rest real soon in preperation.

I just don't read the way I used to. I miss it, think I'll go back to it again.

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Your list reminded me of Steve Martin's hilarious list of 100 favorite books; I suspect it's online somewhere.

Natalie said...

Lizza- If they had been in my house i would have read them. But, as mom said, they weren't.

Mom- So your fault. I blame you for every single book on that list I have not read.

Katrina- being on public transportation by myself at least 8 hours a week has its perks as far as reading goes.

pawlie- I tried to find it and failed. I think it would be more interesting than my list.

janeylynne said...


You've NEVER read nor have ANY desire to read "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Dumas???

For shame!! It is EXCELLENT and definitely in my top 10 of all time fav. books.

I really need to read some Gabriel Garcia Marquez, though...I've wanted to for so long.