Prompted by nothing at all I’m going too see how many of these can hold my attention. I’ll post my thoughts here and to my Good Reads account. The ones that are crossed off I’ve read in the past (although there are certainly a few I’d like to read again), and there are others I’m sure I’ve read, but can’t clearly remember.
As a side note, there was a second list on the Modern Library site put together by “Readers” (vs. this list which was put together by “The Board”). It was pretty heavy on the Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard, but maybe (big maybe) I’ll try that one some time.
ULYSSES by James Joyce
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler
1984 by George Orwell
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves - I tried really hard to get into this one and I just couldn’t do it. Guess I’ll try the mini-series.
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (3/11)
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara
U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos
WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster
THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James
THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James
TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald 12/10
THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell
THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford
ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James
SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser
A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder
HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin
THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell
So I don’t have 25 yet, but I’m working on it. Trying to get through a bit of this each day. [Ed Note: One year on I still haven’t made it through all these (14 out of 25, just big ones left I guess)…/feelingsorryformyselfandgetoffyourassDina]
1) Ride the Minuteman Trail w/ L.
2) Train for and finish the century in the Rodman Ride for Kids (you can sponsor me here).
3) Finish, rip or otherwise dispose of everything on my needles. (Ed. 1/2010: Almost there, I only have two things to figure out as of now.) [Ed 8/2010: still have that one thing, and a few new ones, but I think I’ll cross it off anyway.]
4) Finish my first “quilt”
5) Make something for D & R’s wedding.
6) Make my podcasting chapter KICK ASS. (Not sure what happened to this, but I think the books off.)
7) Try at least 5 new recipes. I’ve actually been making lots of new stuff, but I can’t remember all of it.
Red Enchilada sauce for chilequiles (or as Bill calls them chilikillers)
8) Go to the Alamo. There is no basement btw.
9) See the bats in Austin.
10) Use new Kitchen Aid Food Grinder. The burgers we made were astounding. I highly recommend switching to your own groud meat.
11) Use new Kitchen Aid ice cream maker. Spumoni FTW!
12) Make our own sausage.
13) Learn to can or otherwise preserve more food.
14) Make something for J & T’s wedding. [Ed 8/10 well they just had a baby…guess that didn’t happen…will figure out something]
15) Clean the carpets (not looking forward to this, but it’s beyond time).
16) Paint the bathroom. I think I’m going to go boring and cover the green (which is a color I love, but it doesn’t match our towels) with a cream or chocolate brown. Our tile is mauve-y/pink so I guess any of those colors would make a Neapolitan bathroom. Bathroom is now a boring cream, but w/ the brown towels and pink tile it’s a sundae everyday.
17) Prep for, and run a half-marathon. Date is March 20th. Let’s see if the leg holds out. (BTW I’m using PodRunner Intervals as a training plan for now. That will get me to a 10K, after that I’d love suggestions for good music to run to.) [Ed. 8/10 FAIL: Time to try again. Starting from scratch]
18) Figure out my next move. This deserves a post of its own, but that might or might not happen, I have lots of ideas and options.