Thursday, October 16, 2014

I like big books, and I cannot lie

A month or so ago there was a thing on Facebook about your top 10 books.  A few of us approached our lists in different ways (top 10 to get someone hooked on reading, top 10 that influenced me as a reader, top 10 on my bookshelf right now, etc.)

Here they are: 
  1. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  2. A Walk in the Woods - Billie Letts
  3. Anastasia Krupnik - Lois Lowry
  4. At Play in the Fields of the Lord - Peter Mattiessen
  5. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
  6. Binu & The Great Wall Su Tong
  7. Dragonflight - Anne McCaffery
  8. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  9. Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  10. House of Sand & Fog - Andre Dubus
  11. John A-The Man Who Made Us - Richard Gwyn
  12. Just Kids - Patti Smith
  13. Language of Threads - Gail Tsukiyama
  14. Left Hand of Darkness - Ursala le Guin
  15. Look me in the eye - John Elder Robison
  16. Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
  17. Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch - Alice Hegan Rice
  18. Plainsong - Kent Haruf
  19. Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
  20. Slant - Greg Bear
  21. Snow Crash - Neil Stephenson
  22. Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
  23. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
  24. Such a Long Journey - Rohinton Mistry
  25. The Beauty of Humanity Movement - Camilla Gibb
  26. The Book of Ruth-  Jane Hamilton
  27. The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling
  28. The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
  29. The Dark Lady - Mike Resnick
  30. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
  31. The Kite Runner  - Khaled Hosseini
  32. The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
  33. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
  34. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  35. The Road to Jerusalem - Jan Guillou
  36. The Skystone - Jack Whyte
  37. The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
  38. There are two errors in the the title of this book - Robert M. Martin
  39. Weaveworld - Clive Barker
  40. When We Were Very Young - A. A. Milne
And here's the non-fiction lover's list...
1. King Rat
2. Catch 22
3. Great Expectations...
4. Bridget Jones's Diary
5. The Bible (King James version)
6. The Da Vinci Code
7. Molvania: a land untouched by modern dentistry
8. wow, 10 huh, that's a lot. Do graphic novels count?: Asterix, Tintin, Get Fuzzy, Calvin & Hobbes, Opus, Doonsbury.
9. how about movies I liked that are based on books that I would probably like if I ever read them?: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, anything by Tom Clancy, again, tons of graphic novels
10. I really dislike fiction. My granny's book: Mystery of the Royal Ring - because my name is in it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The grass is greener

Hey, hey you.  How's the grass over there?


Sorry I couldn't resist; doesn't it just look like he's talking?

It looks like summer is officially over and we're into the rainy part of Fall, which is supposed to be just a precursor to the rainy days of Winter, and man oh man is the grass green.  I've got more weeds than I did during the dry summer, and I'm not inclined to do much about them.  I guess I should get out there and dig them out or something, but I'm not too keen on doing it right now.

I came back from my trip to the Midwest with a cold, courtesy of my niece.  Yay me.  I was going to tuck myself into a big chair and read all evening since I just got a book out of the library - one of a series I'm reading - but I just discovered I've already read this one, and what I wanted was the next in the series.  Big sigh. Scott is about to head out for the evening and since my 'new' book is actually an 'old' book, I have to find something else to do.  What I should be doing is reloading the shelves I had to unload for Handy Andy to fix up the shelving unit, but that sounds like work so I'm pretty sure I won't be doing that.

I'm not sharing many photos at the moment because I'm in the process of updating and sorting them.  Somehow or another, after getting my smartphone my process of storing and sorting photos got away from me; and even more so now we venture into nature and I take more photos to share.  But I have to find them in order to share them, so maybe I've just found my task for the evening while Scott's out and about. 

Better put on the kettle to boil, and make a new cuppa tea.