Short And Sweet: Compliment From Professor

Have been getting more positive comments from professors, and I thought I’d share this one:

“Outstanding! Your memo was complete yet not wordy! And you based your reasoning on three strong Illinois cases…well done! I would just trim away all the secondary sources (the textbooks, law firm websites, etc.). What is typical is to include the cites where you have listed the case names (i.e., in the body of the memo) rather than at the end. Listing them at the end is more like APA style, which the legal field does not follow, except when writing articles for legal magazines. And, you don’t need to include sources you’ve used for background material at all unless you are quoting from or paraphrasing information from them. But, as I say, the body of the memo is crisp and powerful. Fantastic!”

I feel like I’m bumbling around in the dark most of the time, and am never certain I’ve done well, so this feels good to read.

I got docked some points for completing an assignment and then (stupidly, as it turns out) pasting it into a Memo format, which was a rookie error, but that’s the only assignment I haven’t gotten full marks on so far. I misread the assignment guidelines, so it was my fault entirely. I did wonder why we were doing a matrioshka doll kind of layered assignment, so even my gut was warning me it wasn’t what was wanted.

Song Sampler

Fun stuff.
Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” as remixed by Hot Chip. W00t!
Why? She was a hot mess, with her stash in her hive and her drugstore slippers, but she could sing (when she wasn’t boo-hooing on stage and calling the audience a bunch of mucky cunts). My neighbor works in a substance abuse clinic, and hates the message of this song. Secretly, though, she knows all the words. Sing this one in the shower.

Old stuff.
Badfinger’s “Need Your Lovin’. W00t!
Why? Beatlemania never dies, it just spawns clones. Originally Badfinger were The Iveys. This is one of those facts that pop up in music trivia contests, so write that down. Spot the Beatle influence, and guess which Beatle embraced them the most. You know what? It ages well. You might like, especially if you do not already own it.

Odd stuff.
Adam Kay & Suman Biswas–“London Underground,” a spoof of the Jam’s “Going Underground.” (There do be some cussin’.) W00t!
Why? Paul Weller is the Modfather, and totally awesome, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a silly spoof of one of The Jam’s biggest hits. Public transportation, it sucks. Amen. Though Londoners should count their blessings, man. They never had to deal with Atlanta’s MARTA.

Strange Things That Interest Me

abnormal psychology

I’m not sure why I am fascinated by folks whose brains don’t function within the realm of what psychologists would call “normal,” unless it’s a concern I might be one of their number. As Wikipedia puts it, “Abnormal psychology is the scientific study of abnormal behavior in order to describe, predict, explain, and change abnormal patterns of functioning. Abnormal psychology in clinical psychology studies the nature of psychopathology, its causes, and its treatments. Of course, the definition of what constitutes ‘abnormal’ has varied across time and across cultures.”

I don’t understand, intellectually, what would motivate people to do things like become serial killers or con-men. I don’t understand a lot about abnormal psych, but I find it fascinating. What makes these people tick? How do you spot a sociopath? How do you deal with a narcissicist? What is OCD? Why otherwise would I read stuff by Freud, Jung, Maslow, et al, if I didn’t have to? I read a mess of True Crime books and used to watch Monk, too.

alternate universes

Once again, Wikipedia helps me nutshell it so I don’t rabbit on for yonks. “Alternate universes are known, collectively, as a multiverse. A multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of multiple possible universes (including our universe) that together comprise all of physical reality. The different universes within a multiverse are sometimes called parallel universes. The structure of the multiverse, the nature of each universe within it and the relationship between the various constituent universes, depend on the specific multiverse hypothesis considered.

Multiverses have been hypothesized in cosmologyphysicsphilosophytheology, and fiction, particularly in science fiction and fantasy. The specific term “multiverse,” which was coined by William James, was popularized by science fiction author Michael Moorcock. In these contexts, parallel universes are also called “alternate universes,” “quantum universes,” “parallel worlds,” “alternate realities,” “alternate timelines,” etc.

The possibility of many universes raises various scientific, philosophical, and theological questions.”

Imagine, if you will, that every action or inaction you choose branches off into infinite directions, each defined by an alternate choice you could have taken. It’s a popular conceit in sci-fi and fiction, be it Dr Who or Star Trek or fantasy universes or even dark alternate futures. Any time you read a short story like Ray Bradbury’s “The Sound Of Thunder” or a sci-fi show that asks what would happen if you had the chance to go back and assassinate Hitler before World War Two, you are thinking about alternate universes, the what ifs that might have happened in this particular personal reality. (Getting into what is real and what defines existing and whether perception can be trusted would take a novel to type out and digressions into philosophy, so suffice it to say I know that opens a can of worms right there.)

Maybe in an alternate universe, my döppelganger has made nothing but right choices in life. It could be possible.

enjoying aunt-hood not motherhood

This is not intended to disparage anyone who is a parent and happy about it. Kids are neat and all. I have just never had an urge to procreate. Occasionally I used to think about who I’d leave my nifty stuff to, but now that I have nieces, I am assuming they’ll enjoy some of my cool stuff when they are old enough to figure out who I am and that I even have some cool stuff.

I didn’t like baby dolls. I am not particularly interested in infants. I babysat on and off for more than 18 years and put in my time, I suppose. Kids like me. I like most kids. Never once have I thought that I wished some nice kid was MY kid. I don’t pine to be pregnant. I don’t feel like I am going to be missing out on anything if I choose not to spawn.

Being an auntie is nice. You get to spoil the little ones and then give them back. No worrying about braces or bad habits or bad behavior. No whining or being asked “Why?” four million times. No jam on the ceiling. No diaper rash. No lack of sleep for three years straight.

Kids are cool, but I don’t want one. Borrowing one once in a while is all I need.


I’ve been reading tarot since I was eleven years old. I have almost 130 tarot (or tarot-like) decks. It may be total woo, but I’ve apparently given good readings more often than not. Of course, I haven’t read any tarot cards in about 12 years, but the tarot decks don’t have to be used to be interesting. Tarot card art is often beautiful.

Years ago I spent a couple of months on AIM or IRC, can’t recall which, and offered, in my profile, to read tarot for anyone for free, but they were not to tell me anything but their screenname: no gender, no age, no question, no location, nothing. They just were to send me a message saying that they wanted a reading, and to either think of a question or prepare for a general reading, but not to tell me what the question was.

I read for about 100 people and supposedly hit the nail on the head 99 times, getting the general topic of the question correct and hitting details that had resonance with the querents. The oddball was asking if she should ditch her husband to run off and have an affair with another married man that she’d met while they were both dropping their kids off at some daycare. This information came out after “the cards” said “No, no, a thousand times no, bad idea, whatever is on your mind, don’t do it” about ten different ways. She was not happy with not being given carte blanche to commit adultery and make dumb decisions, so she decided that the reading was bad.

What can you do?

How do the cards work? Well, assuming they actually do “work”, I have no idea. Maybe the symbols help your subconscious reveal cues you managed to pick up without being aware of them. Maybe it’s like astrology, and every general sun sign description sounds accurate, roughly, partially, because the descriptions are generally vague. Who knows? But if people want their cards read, I can apparently do a decent job.


My favourite is Dr Chang’s Long Life Tea, Original Mongolian Blend, which I can’t find here in Savannah or online, and which I had a hell of a time finding in Atlanta. Also, last time I got a stye (probably from stress), a wet tea bag helped the swelling go down after nothing else worked for a month. I was prepared to go to my grave with a lump on my lower eyelid, but it improved.

It’s better for you than coffee or soda pop. There are thousands of choices. You can grab a glass of iced stuff, or make an entire ritual out of it and serve nice little sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream or lemon curd.  You can drink healthy tea or tea that energizes, or tea that flushes out your system, or tea that relaxes, or tea that helps with long-term depression, or tea that just perks your mood up. You can drink tea alone or in a group. It’s good hot or iced.

Tea is nice.

urban exploration

I don’t get much of a chance to do this these days, but this can be a number of different things, and doesn’t have to involve trespassing (though it often does). If you have a friend who likes to take pictures, urban exploration can involve sneaking onto the grounds of an old millworks that is scheduled to be demolished and taking pictures in as many places as possible to take advantage of a soon-to-be-lost resource.

It can mean starting at Point A and then following whatever whim, based on whatever rules, to end up at another, unknown point. If you do it as a group, everyone gets a turn having their whims indulged. You may end up taking a horse-drawn carriage tour, or trying to sneak into some glass elevators, or onto balconies at hotels.

You might look over walls and around corners you’d normally ignore. You might eat at a chicken and waffles place or some ethnic restaurant you’d never normally choose because it was there and you decided you were hungry. You might stumble upon a party or happening or art exhibit. You might find some public art you only ever drove past before. You might befriend a stray cat. You might make new friends. You could end up drinking martinis high above the city skyline in a revolving restaurant. You may end up singing the blues in a karaoke bar. You might be cheerfully heckled by a drag queen in a gay bar, or befriend a homeless guy who sells incense to make a living. You might find a cartoon retrospective being shown. You could discover that you like reggae music when you wind up in a hole in the wall bar. The goal is to be open to possibilities, and to recruit similar-minded friends who are up for some unstructured amusement. Not every choice is going to be superlative, but part of the game is to vote to stay or move on every so often, be it a half hour or an hour or whatever the group chose. You can split up, even, but that’s not as much fun.

It’s making do with the urge to wander when woods and mountains are not on hand to clamber over. Some people do indulge in a type of urban spelunking and rappelling, but my insurance isn’t that great, so I stick to more simple exploring. You can’t be easily embarrassed or lazy or careless enough get caught doing something illegal (akin to double parking, mind, no actual naughtiness like white slavery or heroin rings required), that’s no fun!


Californian Thrilled To Be Caught By The Fuzz While Carpooling With Corporate Person

CorporationNotPeopleSan Rafael, California resident Jonathan Frieman got pulled over in the carpool lane and ticketed in October, but, unlike most of us, Frieman was delighted and is looking forward to his day in court this week: it was all part of his plan to expose what he feels is the ridiculousness of the concept of “corporate personhood.”

Frieman has been into the idea of opposing corporate personhood since before it was “cool”: he’s been at it for more than ten years. For most folks, corporate personhood was not something discussed in much detail until after the unpopular 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, or perhaps until after Mitt Romney, while campaigning in 2011, cheerfully chirped at critics that he agreed that “corporations are people, my friend.”

As Wendell Potter from Citizens for Media and Democracy wrote in an article titled Corporations are People, My Friend, and So are States, Say GOPers:

While on the campaign trail in Iowa, former corporate executive and Republican governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney shot back at hecklers who were challenging his stance that it would be unfair and unwise to raise taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations to reduce the deficit.

“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? People’s pockets! Human beings, my friend.”

Democrats were quick to pounce. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said of Romney’s remarks: “It is a shocking admission from a candidate — and a party — that shamelessly puts forward policies to help large corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class, seniors and students.”

There are some legal reasons why corporations are considered to be “people.” Most of those reasons deal with how legal disputes are to be handled (in short, who / what can be sued), but in recent years, the amount of funds a corporate “person” can contribute to influence political campaigns (among other things) has been hotly debated.

A brief synopsis of corporate personhood-related court cases:

In 1907, The Tillman Act banned corporate contributions to national political campaigns. In 1971, The Federal Election Campaign Act sought to set guidelines for campaign financing, then in 1974, the Federal Election Commission was founded to regulate elections,  and campaign funding limitations were imposed (the amount of money donated, the types of entities allowed to contribute, the degree of disclosure of contributions and contributors, and the amount of funding the government would or could provide were all legally defined).

In 1976, Buckley v. Valeo enforced campaign contribution donation limits, but also tied expenditure of money used to support one or more candidates during their elections to First Amendment protections. In other words, groups of people claiming that spending money is legally equivalent to exercising free speech rights have been around for decades; it is not a new concept.

In 1978, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti set precedent that claimed that corporations and other similar entities should be allowed to donate to other political causes that did not necessarily involve supporting a specific candidate, such as ballot initiatives and referendums. Again, this may ring a faint bell if you followed the trail of corporation and other money that flooded in to oppose the Prop 8 same-sex marriage initiatives in California. First National v. Bellotti made it perfectly legal.

In 1990, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce supported the state of Michigan, which was attempting to keep corporations from using their wealth and resources to unfairly influence elections. In 2002, The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (also known as McCain–Feingold), prohibited corporations from buying advertising that specifically named candidates close to elections. In 2003, a similar court case–McConnell v. Federal Election Commission–upheld McCain–Feingold. In 2007, Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. undercut McCain–Feingold, but (mostly) upheld McConnell.

Here’s where–for some, at least–corporate personhood became a discussion topic around water coolers at work. In 2010, not only did Democrats stay home from the polls and allow Congress to become infested with Tea Partiers and their ilk, SCOTUS also decided, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that the First Amendment protects corporate “people” that might wish to donate freely to any candidates they liked, but also to allows them to flood the airwaves with “independent political broadcasts” during candidate elections (as well as, as already established, non-candidate elections such as Prop 8). Thus did SCOTUS render Austin invalid as it also partially overruled McConnell, making it practically toothless.


In 2011, then-candidate Mitt Romney infamously called corporations people when responding to hecklers in Iowa. Last year SCOTUS also ruled, in Western Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Attorney General of Montana, that Montana’s state law(s) against corporate financing pertaining to elections did not overrule Citizens United. To be clear, neither Buckley (in 1976) nor Citizens United (in 2011) specifically addressed corporate personhood; corporate personhood as a legal construct was already simply assumed.

Our Californian friend Mr. Frieman is clearly a patient man. It is implied that he has been diligently toting a sheaf of corporation papers around with him–at least when driving alone in carpool lanes–for at least a decade, boldly setting out to be a solo-driving carpool lane scofflaw as often as possible, all while hoping that one day a law enforcement officer would eventually notice only one head silhouetted within Frieman’s car…and issue him the traffic ticket that would allow Frieman to show up in court to dispute it. Finally, in October last year, Frieman was pulled over for ridin’ solo in the wrong lane and ticketed. Score! It only took ten years!

As NBC News reports:

He waved his corporation papers at the officer […] saying that “corporations are people” under California law. Frieman doesn’t actually support this notion. For more than 10 years, Frieman says he had been trying to get pulled over to get ticketed and to take his argument to court — to challenge a judge to determine that corporations and people are not the same. Mission accomplished in October, when he was slapped with a fine — a minimum of $481. […]

Frieman, who faces a traffic court on Monday, plans to tell the judge that this isn’t about carpool lanes; it’s about corporate power. “I’m just arresting their power and using it for my service to drive in the carpool lane,” he told NBC Bay Area’s Jean Elle.

University of San Francisco law professor Robert Talbot says Frieman’s argument may not hold up because it steers too far from the intent of carpool lane laws. “A court might say, ‘Well, it says person, and a corporation is a person, so that’ll work for the carpool lane,’” Talbot told “It’s possible, but I doubt it.”

Frieman explained his rationale further for the San Rafael Patch in May, 2011, long before he finally achieved his goal of being arrested last year:

You know how the carpool lane on 101 has those signs which say, “Carpool is two or more persons per vehicle?” Did that ever make you want to check out what the definition of a person is in the California Vehicle Code? It says “Person includes a natural person or corporation.” That’s wide enough to, ahem, drive a truck through. Not to mention a skinny little carpool lane.

Just imagine what THAT courtroom scene’ll be like: “Your honor, I got this ticket because Officer ‘so-and-so’ believed I was the only ‘person’ riding in my car in the carpool lane during the restricted hours where the sign says two ‘persons’ need to be in a vehicle. Officer ‘so-and-so’ did correctly espy only one human being in my vehicle. From that he mistakenly believes there was only one ‘person.’ But there were indeed at least two ‘persons’ in that automobile at that time. At least.

Why? Cuz the definition of a ‘person’ in the California vehicle code includes both a corporation and a natural person. Section 470. I had incorporation papers just to be safe, but here’s why I was safe without them: there’s no definition of a corporation in the California Constitution. Nothing in the California Corporations code defines a corporation, either. Why? Cuz a corporation is an imaginary entity. Sort of like a childhood playmate. […]

Your honor, according to the vehicle code definition and legal sources, I did have a ‘person’ in my car. But Officer ‘so-and-so’ believes I did NOT have another person in my car. If you rule in his favor, you are saying that corporations are not persons. I hope you do rule in his favor. I hope you do overturn 125 years of settled law. On the other hand, your honor, if you dismiss the ticket and say I am right, that means anyone can go into the carpool lane alone during restricted hours. That is, you are saying that everyone, riding alone in an automobile in the carpool lane during restricted hours, also has on board a corporation, or, under California law, a ‘person’ other than them.

Frieman is not the first to come up with a novel approach to protesting corporate personhood. As Addicting Info reported in July, a Seattle, Washington woman has already married a corporation (the video clips are charming and amusing, as are the special wedding vows):

Ms. Angela Vogel married a Corporate Person in a public ceremony in Seattle Washington. Officiated by United Methodist Pastor Rich Lang, the ceremony was of course a political statement on the dangers of Corporate Personhood. However, due to the Citizens United decision, the marriage was in fact issued a legal marriage license, making Ms. Vogel, Inc. now the first person in the United States to have married a Corporate Person. […] Sadly, for the happy couple, marital bliss was not to be, as it was determined earlier today that the marriage license could not be legal due to the Corporate Person being underage.

There is one serious flaw in Frieman’s clever plan: if the arresting officer fails to show up on the appointed day, Frieman’s carpool lane ticket may simply be dismissed, saving him $481, but robbing him of his long-awaited chance to have his day in court to express his opinion about corporate personhood to a judge.

Cartoonist Ted Rall's take on the subject.

Cartoonist Ted Rall’s take on the subject.

In the meantime, if you think Citizens United is ridiculous, and think corporate personhood is even more so, you don’t have to risk annoying a traffic cop, exasperating a judge, or marrying a Corporate Person yourself. You can keep up with what groups like Move to Amend are up to, you can tell your Congresscritters that you want them to seriously consider the amendment proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, and you can support other similar efforts nationwide.

Lorelei welcomes you to visit Liberal Lore on FacebookTwitter or at Addicting Info.

How To Bribe Me In An Attempt To Bend Me To Your Nefarious Will

How To Buy My Affections And Attention

Normally I am not corruptible, but if you ever want to try, here are five good ways to win gold stars from me:

1. Packs of Sampoerna Classics clove cigarettes. The freaking things used to cost a mint. People who give me packs of cloves earn lots of vodka and affection. My old roomie used to bribe me with Sampoernas before Philip Morris bought them out and made them impossible to find outside of Indonesia. I think she earned, like, at least six gold stars, though. Then they stopped making Classics, and I had ro settle for Sampoerna Mild A’s. Then Customs impounded the last bunch I ordered, so I am pretty much out of luck and having to settle for Djarum Bali Hais.

2. Hot crinkle-cut French fries. I think they have crack in them. They are so evil but every so often I get major cravings. No one ever thinks to bribe me with these. You guys are missing a cheap opportunity here.

3. White Russians. Especially frozen ones. I have been known to sing for White Russians. Sometimes I tell jokes or funny stories and actually remember the punch lines. Sometimes I dance around like a monkey on crack in high heels. Then again, sometimes I just fall asleep on a couch backstage. But all in all, a good investment if you value random entertainment.

4. Ferret treats. If you compliment someone’s ugly baby, they love you forever. Right? If you give my stinky weasel yummy treats and make him happy, then I, being naturally biased towards my fanged furbaby, will love you for that. Unfortunately, the only treats he likes are expensive star-shaped Chew-Weasel things.

5. Chocolate-covered espresso beans. I may not sleep for two days, but I will be a very happy caffed-up little camper. It’s like giving Beavis sugar. Fun for the whole family!

Hmm. Large sums of money also work. But no one but family members ever bribe me with money. What’s up with that? Show me the moolah.

I have had an extremely large Black Russian. Going to go lie down now. Murr. Bed good.

Another Book-related Blog Game

1. Bold those books you’ve read.
2. Underline books started-but-never-finished.
3. Asterisk those books you own (or used to own).
4. Add three titles to the list.
5. Post to your blog. (Italicise comments, if desired)

*1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
*2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
*3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
*4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
*5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
*6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
*7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
*8. 1984, George Orwell
*9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
*10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
*11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
*12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
*14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
*15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger (Does this make me a potential serial killer?)
*16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
*18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy I’m embarrassed to admit that this was a CHORE.
*21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
*22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone, JK Rowling
*23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
*24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling It saddens me that someone used up their three choices solely to be fan-girly. Besides, how many people honestly haven’t read these books by now?
*25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien First read it twenty-five years ago. Still not into the damned hobbit angst. Damn nouveau hippies.
*26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
*28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
*30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson Stay tuned for about fourteen more Jacqueline Wilson books. Is she a fairly new (within last ten years or so) Young Adult author? I’ve never heard of her, which is unusual for me.
*32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
*36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
*39. Dune, Frank Herbert
*40. Emma, Jane Austen
*41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery Re-read as an adult after a friend recommended the series. It’s sweet.
*42. Watership Down, Richard Adams My copy is in literal tatters.
*43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald This is the main reason I reposted this meme. I just mentioned Gatsby yesterday. Admittedly, the odds were great that I would have mentioned a book of some sort that would appear on a bibliophile book list, but it still seems coincidental. 
*44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh Still amused that Evelyn is male. I’m a dumbass.
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
*53. The Stand, Stephen King
*54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman On my list.
*62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough Not my thing. But I read it all.
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman I *heart* these guys. Lots!
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
*71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
*75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
*76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce Yes yes yes i have read this very long and mostly impenetrable book because yes yes i was an english major yes oui si hai yes
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
*85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
*87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
*90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
*91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel Woo, yikes, Neanderthal pr0n. Wasn’t expecting that.
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho On my list.
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
*97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot I was too old to dig this book.
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
*101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
*108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
*112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
*114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy What’s with the Hardy obsession on this list? Should I give him another try?
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson Who is this person? Does she write books for adults?
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski Beautifully designed but frustrating to read book.
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison I’m not anti-Young Adult books, really.
*128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
*131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood Gets scarier every year.
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
*133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
*136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
*138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson Dude, I don’t get the Wilson obsession. The titles sound like Babysitters’ Club or Sweet Valley whatever titles. Are you reading them for kitsch value? Are they seriously good? I am willing to check her out, but the overwhelming amount of Wilson mentions on here contrasted with Orwells and Steinbecks and so on just baffle me.
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby Much of what is wrong with me can be explained when I say I’m a female “Rob”. Seriously.
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson ?!?!?!?! *sigh*
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey Still sad.
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad Thuh howwah! Thuh howwah!
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon (No; though I hear it’s called “Outlander” in the US)
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville This is the book that never ends. It just goes on and on my friend. The whale does not grant him three wishes.
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving Made a profound impact on me ages ago. Rereading it, I can’t recall why. But it’s GOOD.
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore I want cookies.
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson Maybe we should count the Wilson mentions on this list. This is getting out of control. It’s not like she’s Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., right? Tell me the truth. (Speaking of, why no Vonnegut?)
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
*170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
*174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
*175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson o_O
177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov Wherein Humbert Humbert discovers androgyny, eyeliner and synthesizers and becomes big in Japan. Or tries to assassinate a President. I forget.
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
*180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery En Francais!
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
*185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-mith
*187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine I thought this was a series of little Young Adult books? I’ve read a few. If it’s just one book and a series was based on it, I haven’t read it.
*189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
*191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans Is this the guy who wrote The Notebook? Blearrrrgh.
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
*198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle Um…this is for four year olds, right? I just don’t know if I’ve read it or not unless I know for sure.
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews “Virginia” Andrews? Wasn’t it V.A. or V.C. or something? And can I just say that I am not titillated by incest stories or child abuse stories? What the hell?
201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien I lived through the first Tolkein craze. It’s just not my kind of fantasy stuff. I’m sorry.
202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan
204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan
205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan
206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
207. Winter’s Heart, Robert Jordan
208. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan
209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan
210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan o_O Jordan fanboy-ism ahoy? I’ve read some Jordan, but it all was samey-samey. I have no idea which of these I have actually read.
211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto
*212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
213. The Married Man, Edmund White
*214. Winter’s Tale, Mark Helprin Brilliant.
215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault
*216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice Got bored with Anne about fifteen years ago.
217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell
218. Equus, Peter Shaffer
219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten
220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn
*222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice
*223. Anthem, Ayn Rand Possibly the only decent thing she ever wrote. That could also be because it is very short.
*224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
225. Tartuffe, Moliere
*226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
*227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller
228. The Trial, Franz Kafka
*229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles
231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
*232. A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen
*233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton I refuse. Ditto for Tristam Shandy.
235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read Oh my. Is this the plane accident survival story? If so, yes.
237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono
238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde
240. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson
242. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
243. Summerland, Michael Chabon
244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
*245. Candide, Voltaire
246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl
247. Ringworld, Larry Niven Maybe? It sounds very familiar.
248. The King Must Die, Mary Renault Maybe. We have a lotof Renault in the house.
*249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
*250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
*251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
*254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith
257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic (Original trilogy), Piers Anthony I’ve read some Piers. Namely the Incarnations of Immortality and some Xanth. He’s not really my bag, though he seems nice enough. His personal notes in the back of the books are the best part; he refrains from punning too painfully.
258. The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum
259. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
*260. Lost In A Good Book, Jasper Fforde
*261. Well Of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
262. Life Of Pi, Yann Martel On my list.
263. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
264. A Yellow Rraft In Blue Water, Michael Dorris
265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock
269. Witch of Blackbird Pond, Joyce Friedland
270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien
271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor
273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster On my list.
275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
*276. The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan
277. The Bone Setter’s Daughter, Amy Tan On my list.
278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child
*279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
*280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry
282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum
283. Haunted, Judith St. George
284. Singularity, William Sleator
285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
*286. Different Seasons, Stephen King
*287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
*288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby
289. The Bookman’s Wake, John Dunning
290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns
291. Illusions, Richard Bach
292. Magic’s Pawn, Mercedes Lackey
293. Magic’s Promise, Mercedes Lackey
294. Magic’s Price, Mercedes Lackey Have read some Lackey, just not sure WHAT.
295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav On my list.
296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker
*297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love Also known as “The Internet”. No thanks, I’ve had enough of Furries to last me a lifetime.
299. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace. On my list.
300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison.
*301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving.
302. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
*303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland
304. The Lion’s Game, Nelson Demille
305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust
306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
*307. Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco
*308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson The paper equivalent of TL;DR, except…it wasn’t and I did.
*309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz
311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand And look, I didn’t turn into a Libertarian, Determinist, Paulbot, Republican, vulture capitalist or a Yuppie! How’d that happen?
312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk
*313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
314. The Giver, Lois Lowry
315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin
316. Xenogenesis (or Lilith’s Brood), Octavia Butler
317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro
320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill
*321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern Battered, on the brink of tattered. From love.
*322. Beowulf, Anonymous
323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell
324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley
325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey Probably?
*326. Passage, Connie Willis I really like Connie Willis.
327. Otherland, Tad Williams
328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
330. Beloved, Toni Morrison
*331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
332. The mysterious disappearance of Leon, I mean Noel, Ellen Raskin
333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume Should stick with books for tweens and teens.
334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
335. The Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev
336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover
337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson *perk* Is this new? *adds to reading list*
338. The Genesis Code, John Case
339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevensen
340. Paradise Lost, John Milton
341. Phantom, Susan Kay
*342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice
*343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman Believe it or not, I have never had a “Goth phase”.
344: The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
345: Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson
346: The Winter of Magic’s Return, Pamela Service
347: The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz For Pete’s sake. I’ve read, like, 63 Koontz books, and you list one I’ve never heard of. When my bathtub drain gets fixed, I’ll have to read it in the bathtub.
348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok Not this one, but two others.
349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler Probably.
350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime O’Neill
*351. Othello, by William Shakespeare
352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
354. Sati, Christopher Pike
355. The Inferno, Dante
356. The Apology, Plato
357. The Small Rain, Madeline L’Engle
358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowick
359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater
360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
*361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
*362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder Lost somewhere in my boxes of books.
364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King
335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass
336. The Moor’s Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie I just don’t like his style. I tried. Honest.
337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
338. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
340. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg
342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
343. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
*344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown I was less smart after reading this.
345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer
347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck
348. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
349. The Lunatic at Large, J. Storer Clouston
350. Time for Bed, David Baddiel
351. Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold
352. Quite Ugly One Morning, Christopher Brookmyre
353. The Bloody Sun, Marion Zimmer Bradley Maybe. Seriously, I whip through these fantasy authors so quickly it’s like eating potato chips. You have to be damned good as a writer for your book to stick with me for more than a few days.
354. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric, Matt Ruff
355. Jhereg, Steven Brust
356. So You Want To Be A Wizard, Diane Duane On my list, I hear this series is amusing.
357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville Former roommate left it out. I read it.
358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz
360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
*361. Neuromancer, William Gibson
362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr
364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault
365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
367. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
*368. A Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman
369. Ivanhoe, Walter Scott
370. The God Boy, Ian Cross
371. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
372. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson
*373. Misery, Stephen King
374. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
375. Hood, Emma Donoghue
376. The Land of Spices, Kate O’Brien
*377. The Diary of Anne Frank
378. Regeneration, Pat Barker
379. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
380. Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
381. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
382. The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg
383. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede
*384. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
385. A Severed Wasp – Madeleine L’Engle
386. Here Be Dragons – Sharon Kay Penman
387. The Mabinogion (Ancient Welsh Tales) – translated by Lady Charlotte E. Guest
*388. The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown You can’t take it seriously, but it was entertaining.
389. Desire of the Everlasting Hills – Thomas Cahill
390. The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris
391. My Antonia, Willa Cather
*392. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
393. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
394. Conceived Without Sin, Bud MacFarlane Jr.
395. Pierced by a Sword, Bud MacFarlane, Jr.
396. Tully, Paullina Simons
397. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
*398. Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood
399. Earth Abides, George R. Stewart
400. Double Play, Robert Parker
401. Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
402. Bookman’s Promise, John Dunning
403. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare
404. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
405. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
406. The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn, Janis Hallowell
*407. The Holy Bible, (Various Authors) Yeah, I’ve read it. I even taught Sunday School back in the day (when I identified as an agnostic, no less). I have one in my house.
408. The Odyssey, Homer
409. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
410. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
411. The Way of a Pilgrim, Anonymous
412. The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, Will Cuppy
413. Song of Eve, June Strong
414. Cyclops, Clive Cussler
415. The Light That Failed, Rudyard Kipling
416. Zia, Scott O’Dell
417. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
418. The Devil’s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen On my list.
419. Riddle-master Trilogy, Patricia McKillip
420. Certain Women, Madeleine L’Engle
421. My Hundred Children, Lenah Kikhler-Zilberman
422. Sandry’s Book, Tamora Pierce
423. Joona trilogy, Kim Englehart
424. The Dark Is Rising Sequence (set of 5 books), Susan Cooper
425. King of Shadows, Susan Cooper
426. Among Friends, Caroline Cooney
427. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes Still sad.
428. Anne Frank and Me, Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gotesfeld
429. Shadow of a Hero, by Peter Dickinson
430. A House Like a Lotus, by Madeleine L’Engle
431. Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
432. A Raging Quiet, by Sherryl Jordan
433. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
434. The Girl Who Owned a City, by O.T. Nelson
435. Below the Root, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
436. Island in the Sea of Time, by S.M. Stirling
*437. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
*438. Digital Fortress, Dan Brown
439. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne
440. The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller *vomits copiously* My mother tried to give me a BoMC cookbook one Christmas, which is indicative of how much she DOES NOT understand me at all. Not into smarmy romance books about adultery. Not into cooking “down home” recipes. Gaaah. Horrible.
441. Thunder and Roses, Mary Jo Putney
442. Love Beyond Tomorrow, Erin Klingler
443. Wizard’s First Rule, by Terry Goodkind
444. The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
*445. The Hidden Staircase, by Carolyn Keene A Nancy Drew Adventure!! My mother’s and my old books are still around somewhere, all 200 of them or so.
446. Chess with A Dragon, by Devid Gerold
447. Dreadnaught, by Robert K. Massie
448. On Basilisk Station, by David Weber
449. The High and the Mighty, by Ernest K. Gann
450. The Old Dog Barks Backwards, by Ogden Nash Love Nash poems and verse, haven’t read this, though.
451. The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder
452. Startide Rising, by David Brin
453. The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
*454. All the President’s Men, by Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
*455. Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton Stop sucking, Hamilton. I meant it.
456. Moonheart, Charles DeLint
457. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Alan Garner
458. Lady Chatterly’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
459. Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
460. Henry V, Shakespeare
*461. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
462. Elric of Melnibone, Michael Moorcock
463. M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link, Robert Asprin
464. Sabriel, Garth Nix
465. Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah
466. The Tricksters, Margaret Mahy
*467. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemmingway
468. The Family Way, Tony Parsons
469. Holy Fools, Joanne Harris
*470. Rachel’s Holiday, Marian Keyes Fluffy but charming.
471. The Sword And The Scimitar, David Ball
472. Past Mortem, Ben Elton
473. The Iliad, Homer
474. The Time-Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
475. Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary

My additions:
*475. The Great Tao, Dr Steven T Chang
*476. The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
*477. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
*478. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
*479. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
*480. The Alienist, Caleb Carr

Be book-nerdish and share your opinions on those I haven’t read on this list but should. And, seriously, what’s with the 45 Wilson books?! I gave myself double nominations just to balance that out. That’s crazy. 🙂

Election 2012: FOUR MORE FOR #44! SUCK IT, MITTENS

Claire McCaskill–IN (beat Todd Akin)

Tammy Duckworth — IN (beat Joe Walsh)

Joe Kennedy III — IN

Tammy Baldwin — IN

Sherrod Brown — IN (beat Josh Mandel)

Kristin Gillibrand — IN

Elizabeth Warren — IN (beat Scott Brown)

Alan Grayson — IN

Joe Donnelly — IN (beat Richard Mourdock)

Martin Heinrich — IN

Maggie Hassan — IN

Grace Meng — IN

Patrick Murphy — IN (beat Allen West)

Princeton wonks and Nate Silver at 538, vindicated!

Gay marriage in more states! Yay!

Best of all:


I am so proud.

The voter suppression didn’t work. The dodgy electronic voter machine shenanigans failed. The constant lies, race-baiting, bigot-encouraging, cynical photo-ops, hatred for women, unions, minorities and the 47% from Romney failed. The Koch brothers failed. FOX News, failed. Rush Limbaugh, failed. Karl Rove, failed, Donald Trump, failed. Sean Hannity, failed. Glenn Beck, failed. Ann Coulter, failed.


We the people, we won.