Bring it!

Jun. 21st, 2011 09:50 pm
kitsjay: (Rock On!)
Stolen from [ profile] be_merry, who has brightened my world so much these past few days that she might as well be the sun:

Post a comment, and I will reply with one or two reasons why I think you're great. In return, you have to post this same meme on your blog and comment for other people.
kitsjay: (Shoes and Barefeet)
The BBC says the average person will have only have read 6 of the 100 books below.
Put an X next to the ones you have read. Total each section as you go along...

Normally I would interject that an English major has an advantage in this, except most of these books I read on my own outside of class. The BBC comes up with startling depressing numbers when it comes to literacy, apparently.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible X
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X May it rot.

Total so far: 10

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X Though I may have skimmed some of the sonnets.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger X
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total so far: 16

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X Clark Gable improved this immensely.
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy One day, when I can afford a notebook entirely dedicated to keeping track of all the characters...
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky X
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame X I would have chosen Peter Pan to include, but there you go.

Total so far: 23

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy X His short stories are vastly underrated, by the way.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens X Not actually about the magician.
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma - Jane Austen X
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe X Isn't this redundant?
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X

Total so far: 29

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X And I regret it terribly.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood X
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

Total so far: 34

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel X
52 Dune - Frank Herbert X
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total so far: 38

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov X
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold X
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac XOXOXOXO
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy X
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding X
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville X

Total so far: 46

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X Though I couldn't tell you a thing about it. That book lends new meaning to the word 'incomprehensible'.
76 The Inferno – Dante X
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackery

Total so far: 51

80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert X
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Total so far: 56

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery X In French, actually.
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole X Not as good as I'd hoped, alas.
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X BFG was better.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X

Total: 64/100

Clearly I've been remiss in my reading--though tellingly, most of the ones I have not read are modern. I imagine after studying for my GRE in Literature, I'll have all of these (and many more) covered thoroughly. The question is not 'have you read' some of these novels, but in many cases, why would you want to?

I'd also like to add that after tonight, there will be fifty people out there wrongly despising Anton Chekhov and this displeases me greatly. We're reading "The Lady with a Dog", AKA "There are much better short stories by him out there, but we refuse to acknowledge them because some tasteless snob decided that this was his best and we're much too lazy to dig up the others and show them as proof that Chekhov actually was, in fact, funny."

And that is all.
kitsjay: (Expectations)
I was tagged by [ profile] handhold, so here we go:

Book Meme: No, the Other One )
kitsjay: (Woo)
Courtney and I went to Houston this weekend, which was lovely. By strange coincidence, Mike and Mary Ann were in town as well so I got to see them. I had dinner with Sean at Bennigan's Friday night, then we went to his apartment where we watched Psych. He was all jazzed, telling me about all the goings-on at the Police Academy.

Saturday Christy, Court and I went to see Juno, which was surprisingly good! I had heard it was excellent, but it really didn't seem like a movie I would like, but I really enjoyed it. It was snarky and fun, and the acting in it was just excellent.

Court dropped me off at Grandma and Grandpa's. Uncle Joel and his family and Mike and them were there*, so we socialized and ate dinner, then it was just my grandparents and I. I took a shower and came out to see the lamp by my bedside turned on and the sheets turned down, with a glass of water on the dresser. I felt a wave of home.

The next morning, Grandma tapped on my door and asked, "What would you like for breakfast? I have bacon, eggs, pancakes..."

I lay in bed, curled up under warm sheets, and smiled. "Pancakes sound good," I said through the door.

Not that Mom ever treated us like that, but I had the stupid thought, "I've missed this," anyway.

We had first service then Courtney showed up and we ate lunch. Court and I left at 2:00 p.m. and got back to Austin at 4:30 or so. It was a nice weekend, but now it's back to real life and calculus and sociology tests.

*My niece is huge! Kimberly outweighs babies three months older than her by five pounds. She's a little chublet and it's absolutely adorable. Mike calls her Kimber the Hutt.

And now for something completely handhold )

1. Leave me a comment and remember to specify if you want questions or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with an appropriate comment, you will ask them five questions.
kitsjay: (Expectations)
Alas, my days of avoiding being tagged in memes have reached its end.


☆ Each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
☆ Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
☆ At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

Heeeere's Johnny! )

Tagging [ profile] be_merry, [ profile] rangersrsexy, [ profile] _celtic_rose_, [ profile] rabbid_mouse, [ profile] aquitaineq, [ profile] genibane, [ profile] feisti, and [ profile] last_radio. Feel free to ignore, as I so often do.

*Mike and I discussed one day how, no matter how serious the sentence, if it includes certain words, it cannot help but be funny. Take for instance this gem: The doleful notes of the accordion echoed through the solemn funeral home. See? Can't be done.
kitsjay: (leaf)
Meme stolen from [ profile] azurial.

01. Put your music player on shuffle.
02. Press forward for each question.
03. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn't make sense. NO CHEATING!

With a twist... I'm uploading some of the songs that show up.

Ta-Da! )
kitsjay: (leaf)
I'm Joshua Abraham Norton, the first and only Emperor of the United States of America!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

You are Joshua Abraham Norton, first and only Emperor of the United States of America!

Born in England sometime in the second decade of the nineteenth century, you carved a notable business career, in South Africa and later San Francisco, until an entry into the rice market wiped out your fortune in 1854. After this, you became quite different. The first sign of this came on September 17, 1859, when you expressed your dissatisfaction with the political situation in America by declaring yourself Norton I, Emperor of the USA. You remained as such, unchallenged, for twenty-one years.

Within a month you had decreed the dissolution of Congress. When this was largely ignored, you summoned all interested parties to discuss the matter in a music hall, and then summoned the army to quell the rebellious leaders in Washington. This did not work. Magnanimously, you decreed (eventually) that Congress could remain for the time being. However, you disbanded both major political parties in 1869, as well as instituting a fine of $25 for using the abominable nickname "Frisco" for your home city.

Your days consisted of parading around your domain - the San Francisco streets - in a uniform of royal blue with gold epaulettes. This was set off by a beaver hat and umbrella. You dispensed philosophy and inspected the state of sidewalks and the police with equal aplomb. You were a great ally of the maligned Chinese of the city, and once dispersed a riot by standing between the Chinese and their would-be assailants and reciting the Lord's Prayer quietly, head bowed.

Once arrested, you were swiftly pardoned by the Police Chief with all apologies, after which all policemen were ordered to salute you on the street. Your renown grew. Proprietors of respectable establishments fixed brass plaques to their walls proclaiming your patronage; musical and theatrical performances invariably reserved seats for you and your two dogs. (As an aside, you were a good friend of Mark Twain, who wrote an epitaph for one of your faithful hounds, Bummer.) The Census of 1870 listed your occupation as "Emperor".

The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, upon noticing the slightly delapidated state of your attire, replaced it at their own expense. You responded graciously by granting a patent of nobility to each member. Your death, collapsing on the street on January 8, 1880, made front page news under the headline "Le Roi est Mort". Aside from what you had on your person, your possessions amounted to a single sovereign, a collection of walking sticks, an old sabre, your correspondence with Queen Victoria and 1,098,235 shares of stock in a worthless gold mine. Your funeral cortege was of 30,000 people and over two miles long.

The burial was marked by a total eclipse of the sun.

Gakked from [ profile] nagasvoice.

How appropriate for me! Mark Twain, I love thee!
kitsjay: (Default)
So, kitsjay, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 27% unique (blame, for example, your interest in writing that novel of mine) and 0% herdlike. When it comes to friends you are normal. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is overcomplicated.

Your overall weirdness is: 75

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 96% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Well. We all know.
kitsjay: (mountain)
The letter meme--[ profile] handhold gave me M!

I've already mentioned metaphysics, motorcycles, and muscle cars so:

Money, it had to be said
Meditating, which completely makes up for the materialism of the last one
Mindfuck movies
, nearly any kind
in bottles
in a car
Muscle-bound men
(weird, but when I was little, it was my favorite planet. I don't really know why)
Marilyn Monroe
Main drag
of towns

And the list goes on. :)) Comment if you want a letter, naturally.
kitsjay: (This is curious.)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 103.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 2 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"But the analogy discovered by the composer between the two must have proceeded from the direct knowledge of the nature of the world unknown to his reason, and must not be an imitation produced with conscious intention by means of concepts, otherwise the music does not express the inner nature, the will itself, but merely gives an inadequate imitation of its phenomenon. All truly imitative music does this."

--Basic Writings of Nietzsche translated by Walter Kaufman

... It was the only thing in Sean's car the other day.
kitsjay: (Kerouac)
Doing a little house cleaning. Anyone who wants to stay on my friendslist (don't all rush at once, now), comment.

If not, no hard feelings. I'm not going to pitch a fit and scream and holler and post bad things about you all over the Internet (just on this journal...jk.)

Basically, I want to delete a few people off of here, but I'd feel bad doing it without warning. And if someone doesn't really want to be part of my friendslist but feels obligated to, well, here's your chance. No hard feelings. Clean break. It's not you, it's me, we can still be friends, etc. etc.

I'll leave this up for a week, and then do my purge.
kitsjay: (Default)
Well, first I decapitated [ profile] panpipe and replaced her with an android designed to look exactly like her, and fool all of her friends into thinking it was the real panpipe when we know it isn't; then I walked up to [ profile] be_merry, punched her into the face and stole this meme from her purse.

Or backpack. It was something, though, I know it. It's all part of my evil plot.

Leave me an anonymous comment letting me know what it is that you honestly think of me.

ETA: Honestly, the problem with these things is that I've known some of you since third grade so it's not really anonymous with some people at all. Still. Going to try. I'll be like Courtney and hope for something mean and think of it as constructive criticism.


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