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Set in the Future: The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy

  • The lack of quotation marks doesn't annoy me in this book

  • like it better than No Country for Old Men

Should have read in school: Speak (1996) by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • There weren't any books that I ignored or whatever in school, so I decided to read a book that is regularly taught in school, just not to me

  • was originally going to read Anne Franks diary, but there were complications. I will read it someday.

  • Wish that I would have read this ten years ago. I didn't go through what Melinda went through, but I was exactly like that.

  • The ending was kind of abrupt

Not a part of the challenge: Stargirl (2002) by Jerry Spinelli

Not a part of the challenge: Re-read of The Outsiders (1968) by SE Hinton

  • First read it in grade 8

  • My copy has what looks to be a reject boy band on the cover

  • She really hated Hank Williams

  • The description of Dally reminds me of Keifer Sutherland

I was thinking about how much scenes in books where characters go into freezing cold water really bothers me. I thought it started with The Outsiders, but Ponyboy isn't in that fountain for very long. So maybe it started with Harry Potter (the fourth and seventh book). I'm not particularly afraid of drowning, so maybe it's just the descriptions of frigid ass water making characters go numb, or feeling prickling sensations. Maybe it partly is drowning descriptions, characters feeling as if their lungs are about to burst. I am often annoyed when people are not dressed properly for the winter. But if they fall through some ice, all of those layers will suck up water and impede them from getting out. Also, not being able to find an opening in the ice.

Other books with scenes like this:

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (actually, maybe it started with this)

  2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

  3. Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

  4. The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

  5. maybe Deception Point by Dan Brown

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Short Stories by Nabokov

  • Didn't expect so many would have supernatural elements.

  • "Details of a Sunset" was good

  • "La Veneziana" was also good and "manly holds", hahahaha

  • "The Dragon" was kind of cute, though sad.

Finished Party Princess

  • I've read summaries about what happens in the rest of the series. Mike/Mia is still kind of creepy to me though

  • Lily is sort of a horrible friend

  • when does Mia get all the time to write all of that?

  • her parents are useless

  • I did like how she stuck up for herself to Lana though

Novel that won a Pulitzer: A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) by Jennifer Egan

  • Now I feel like making a list of the pulitzer books that I've read, or at least have

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  • The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

  • In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje

  • If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin

  • Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels (using this for the reading challenge)

  • The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels

  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

  • 1984, George Orwell

  • In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust

  • Flesh and Blood, Michael Cunningham

  • The Hours, Michael Cunningham

  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner (also using for the reading challenge)

  • Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson

  • The People of Paper, Salvador Plascencia

  • Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman

  • Crapalachia: A Biography of Place, Scott McClanahan

  • A Burnt Out Case, Graham Greene

  • The Tenth Man, Graham Greene

  • White Oleander, Janet Fitch

  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

  • The Short Stories of Vladimir Nabokov (using for challenge)

  • Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson

  • On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan

  • The Collector, John Fowles

  • The History of Love, Nicole Krauss

  • Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

  • The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind

  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

  • A Convergence of Birds, edited by Jonathon Safran Foer

  • Translations, Brian Friel


  • No, Ocean Vuong

  • Love, an Index, Rebecca Lindenberg

  • The City in Which I Love You, Li-Young Lee

  • Everything Begins Elsewhere, Tishani Doshi

  • Radical Symmetry, Katherine Larson

  • Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

  • Heavy Petting, Gregory Sherl

  • The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail, Gregory Sherl

  • i will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together, mira gonzalez

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Warsan Shire

  • Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Stephen Mitchell

  • Here, Wislawa Szymborska

  • Bluets, Maggie Nelson

  • The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

  • Crush, Richard Siken

  • The Cinnamon Peeler, Michael Ondaatje

  • The Dream of a Common Language, Adrienne Rich

  • The Weight of Oranges / Miners Pond / Skin Divers, Anne Michaels

  • Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

  • The Poet’s Companion, Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux

  • The Making of a Poem, Eavan Boland & Mark Strand


  • Just Kids, Patti Smith

  • Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje

  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, Ann Patchett

  • The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls

  • Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls

  • Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Ronald Takaki

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit

  • The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit

  • The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

  • Henry and June, Anaïs Nin

From here
Need to try some poetry. Think I will use audiobooks for that
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  1. Classic Romance: Northanger Abbey

  2. Became a movie: Dracula

  3. Published this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory

  4. Number in the title: 50 Shades Darker

  5. Written by someone under 30: All I Want to Be by Halley Reed

  6. Non-Human characters: Raven Girl

  7. Funny: Go The Fuck to Sleep (narrated by Samuel L Jackson)

  8. Female Author: The Marriage Chest by Dorothy Eden. Read 42 books by women this year, but that was the first.

  9. Mystery/Thriller: The Moth Diaries is kind of a mystery. I started reading Thai Horse, a thriller, but it was so ugh. Sexist/racist adventure thriller about a white dude, set in Asian country, written by a white dude. Donate it before finishing, and two others that were the same (but set in China and Japan rather than Thailand).

  10. One word title: Starstruck

  11. Short stories: Breakfast at Tiffany's and Other Stories.

  12. Set in a different country: Like I said, my books didn't really travel out of Canada, the US or UK. I'll try to fix that in 2015. I guess the "best" for that category is Eat, Pray, Love. Ugh.

  13. Non-fic: The Women Who Run With Wolves

  14. Popular authors first book: I may have read something that counts, but I don't feel like looking it up. Ew, 50 shades of Grey would count.

  15. Book from an author you love, but never read: Witch Baby, my library had every Dangerous Angel book, except this one, which is the second. My sister bought me the anthology last year. Missing Angel Juan is still my favourite.

  16. Recommended by a friend: ha

  17. Pulitzer prize winner: none this year

  18. Based on a true story: I assume this means, something that happened and was fictionalized for a book. Rather than a non-fic. I'll go with The Fairy Ring.

  19. Bottom of to-read list: since I try to read my books in the order that I buy them/they are given to me/they appear in my hands from a puff of smoke... I'll say the bottom of my to-read list is the newest one. That would be A Midwinters Tail, came in a box of books my sisters friend was donating.

  20. Book your mom loves: she has a lot of books, but can't really read because it's hard on her eyes. I keep telling her about audiobooks and large print, but I dunno. For 2015, I'll make it, dun dun dun, The Secret. Ugh. Someone told her to read it and she went out and bough FOUR copies (one for her, one for each of her brats). She still hasn't read it. Mar read it and hated it. Other Sister read it and is a kiss-ass so she loves it. It's been collecting dust with my other unreads for years.

  21. Book that scared you: Wintergirls and Lord of the Flies gave me some anxiety.

  22. More than 100 years old: Carmilla

  23. Nice Cover: Fly on the Wall, The Marriage Chest. I've gotten out of buying books just for the cover. The plot summary has to be interesting as well. FOTW seemed cute, it was. I misread the summary on TMC and it was disappointing.

  24. Book you didn't read in school: 1984 and Lord of the Flies, I guess.

  25. Memoir: Marbles

I'll post my modified list next year. But mainly I wanted to add POC writers, LGBTQ subjects, poetry, etc. I also changed things like "set in the future" is just "sci-fi". Magic is high or low fantasy. Classic romance is just romance. I dunno. We'll see how 2015 goes.
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I'm going to do this list for 2015. I made a modified list for 2016 that fits me better. And only one category per book. For example, I will be using Margaret Atwoods Maddaddam trilogy for the trilogy. But it would also fit into "by a female author" and "set in the future" (I think).

Anyway, I was curious to see if I unintentionally read any in 2014:

  1. Finished in one day: The Crow. Have been watching the movie since I was little. Amazing art.

  2. Antonym in the title: N/A

  3. Set somehere you've always wanted to visit: My books didn't travel very much. Also, I'm sort of a homebody. I guess London in Neverwhere. But one country that always makes me go "OMG WTF why are you so prettyful!?" is Iceland. So for 2015, I'll get a book set in Iceland.

  4. Came out the year you were born: The Witching Hour.

  5. Book with bad reviews: 50 Shades of Grey

  6. Trilogy: Didn't get a whole one in, but finished His Dark Materials. Least sentimental/condescending childrens books ever. And so good.

  7. Book from childhood: I assume this means re-read a book you read as a child, I re-read Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess before donating it.

  8. Love Triangle: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  9. Set in the future: The Handmaids Tale

  10. Set in highschool: Fly on the Wall

  11. Colour in the title: Pink Smog

  12. Made you cry: I don't know if any made me cry. Maybe Wintergirls.

  13. Magic: The Night Circus

  14. Graphic Novel: Fun Home

  15. By An author you never read before: White is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. A lot would have fit into this category, but I wanted to point this book out. So good.

  16. Book you own but never read: I have a shit ton of books that fit here, but I'll single out the ones that have been with me for years. Like coffee table books, do people ever read them? Mine was Birthday Secrets, an astrology book.

  17. Takes place in your hometown: none, the closest was Toronto-set Scott Pilgrims Precious Little Life. Toronto is 4 hours away I think. I looked up novels set in Windsor on the library website, found a few that might be interesting.

  18. Written in a different language: The Little Prince (French).

  19. Christmas: A Midwinter's Tail was set in early December and mentions Christmas. Snowed in seemed to be set during winter break, but it never mentions Christmas or New Years. Or when they go back to school.

  20. Author with your initials: Nope. Jodi Picoult for 2015 it is.

  21. A play: N/A

  22. Banned book: 1984

  23. Based on or inspired by a tv show: Buffy comic book

  24. Started but never finished: The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963. We started reading it in school, but then they took it off the reading list. I don't think it was banned, I think it was paperwork or something. I dunno.

  25. More than 500 pages: The Witching Hour. But I won't be using the same books for several categories in 2015.

Going to make this two posts.
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Going to use this as a prompt for a LIST.

This doesn't include every book I kept/bought for it's cover. Just the ones on my Goodreads read list. I have a ton of books in my closet that I haven't read yet, but have pretty covers. Like recently, I bought a book of Poe writings. It's purple with a raven. It's a 50's edition that was probably sold at a gas station or something, I love their covers.

  1. The Opium Clerk (2001) by Kunal Basu. Was in a box of free books. Was good, but I donated it. Pretty poppies.

  2. California Blue (1996) by David Klass. Stole from school in grade 7 or 8. Still have it out of nostalgia.

  3. Fudoki (2004) by Kij Johndon. Bought from library book sale. Fun story, still have it.

  4. Sugar Bush: & Other Stories (2006) by Jenn Farrell. Bought from library book sale and kept, because I really liked it. The design is so good and it's a small book that's about the size of my hand.

  5. The Roaring Girl (1997) by Greg Hollingshead. Bought from library book sale. I really likes the "Rose Cottage" story. Donated.

  6. Ojingogo (2009) by Matthew Forsythe. Was a library book, so I'm not sure if it counts. Anyway, it looked cute, so I signed it out. Took ten minutes to "read" (there are no words). Was cute.

  7. The Orpheus Obsession (2005, but my edition was from 2008) by Dakota Lane. Bought, probably from Value Village. Kind of like Girl by Blake Nelson, but I liked it better. I kept it long after I read it, because I liked Dakota Lanes' photos. Donated.

  8. Little Green Men (1999, my edition was from 2011) by Christopher Buckley. Who couldn't love that cover. Simple, but cute. The book was good, it was hard making the decision to donate it, but it ended up with my sister anyway. Don't remember where I got it from.

  9. Lost Girls (2001) by Andrew Pyper. I got this edition from VAC when a woman who worked there left a ton of books in the lunchroom that she didn't want anymore. Then I forgot I had it and got this edition from Value Village. So since I had two copies, I read the VAC edition and Mar read the VV one. She liked the book better than me, but I wan't to re-read it. I kept the VV edition, though both covers were lovely.

  10. Grimms' Fairy Tales (this 1973 edition) forget where I got it. Might donate it if I get a better one.

  11. The Girls (2000) by Amy Goldman Koss. Another one I stole in grade 7 or 8 and kept for nostalgia. I even did a book report on it.

  12. The Crocodile Bird (1994) by Ruth Rendall. This was another free one. I liked the book until a part near the end, but don't want to give spoilers. Didn't keep it.

  13. A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Best Friend Leonard (2005) by James Frey. Yeah, I know I know. But who couldn't love these bright lovely covers. The blue one with a sprinkle covered hand. And the pink one with the ashtray. Both were from Value Village and I donated both years after I read them.

  14. The Gathering (2007) by Anne Enright. Another from VV. Was good, but I donated it.

  15. Fly on the Wall (2006, this edition, but paperback) by E. Lockheart. So cute! Library booksale. Still have it because the story was sweet. Gherkins.

  16. The Marriage Chest (1968) by Dorothy Eden. Goodreads doesn't have the edition I had. It was hardcover and the dust jacket had a hand underneath lace. It was a book that my sister was getting rid of without reading and that's probably for the best. It was kind of disappointing. Donated.

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There's a Steve Martin movie from the 80's called Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. It's a parody of film-noirs that has a bunch of clips from classic noirs edited into it. Steve gets to "kiss" Fred MacMurray. Anyway, here are the movies that were used and I've indicated the ones I've seen because of LISTS!

  1. Suspicion (1941)

  2. Johnny Eager (1941)

  3. This Gun for Hire (1942)

  4. The Glass Key (1942)

  5. Keeper of the Flame (1942)

  6. Double Indemnity (1944)

  7. The Lost Weekend (1945)

  8. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

  9. Notorious (1946)

  10. The Big Sleep (1946)

  11. The Killers (1946)

  12. Deception (1946)

  13. Humoresque (1946)

  14. Dark Passage (1947)

  15. I Walk Alone (1948)

  16. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

  17. The Bribe (1949)

  18. White Heat (1949)

  19. In a Lonely Place (1950)

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I love movie lists as much a book lists! From this list.

1. Ace in the Hole (1951) - Billy Wilder
2. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - John Huston
3. The Big Combo (1955) - Joseph H. Lewis. Might have to see it again though, I only remember the torture scene and that Lee Van Cleef was in it.
4. The Big Heat (1953) - Fritz Lang. Can't remember if I've seen it or not.
5. The Big Sleep (1946) - Howard Hawks. Need to re-watch.
6. Crime Wave (1954) - André de Toth
7. D.O.A. (1950) - Rudolph Maté
8. Detour (1945) - Edgar G. Ulmer
9. Double Indemnity (1944) - Billy Wilder
10. Gilda (1946) - Charles Vidor
11. Gun Crazy (1950) - Joseph H. Lewis. Really good.
12. The Hitch-Hiker (1953) - Ida Lupino. Really good.
13. In a Lonely Place (1950) - Nicholas Ray
14. The Killing (1956) - Stanley Kubrick
15. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - Robert Aldrich *
16. The Lady from Shanghai (1947) - Orson Welles
17. Laura (1944) - Otto Preminger. Love.
18. The Maltese Falcon (1941) - John Huston
19. Mildred Pierce (1945) - Michael Curtiz

20. Night and the City (1950) - Jules Dassin
21. The Night of the Hunter (1955) - Charles Laughton. LOVE.
22. Out of the Past (1947) - Jacques Tourneur
23. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) - Tay Garnett. Lana Turners outfits!
24. Raw Deal (1948) - Anthony Mann
25. The Set-Up (1949) - Robert Wise
26. Sunset Blvd. (1950) - Billy Wilder. LOVE.
27. Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - Alexander Mackendrick **
28. The Third Man (1949) - Carol Reed. Need to re-watch.
29. This Gun For Hire (1942) - Frank Tuttle
30. Touch of Evil (1958) - Orson Welles

* This is what got me into film-noir. Before that, I thought all film-noir was bad narration by a private detective who smacks his love interest at least once. Some are, but many of these aren't. This movie is actually a bit surreal.
** This was the first Burt Lancaster movie I ever saw. Then I saw him in a lot of other movies where he was sort of an asshole or uptight. So I assumed that was the type he played. Then I saw The Rose Tattoo and was very confused.
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This one is from Book Riot
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This one is from a Daria article. I bolded the books I have, but haven't read:
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I read the first 70 pages of Tale of Two Cities, but mom vomited on my copy and I never finished it. I have a different copy now, of course
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I'm not doing it, but wanted to go through the list anyway. I got this list from here. Bolded books are ones that I have, but haven't read yet.
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