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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ganked from everyone - the BBC supposedly says most people have only read 6 of these books. Here's how I measure up!

Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
-- I've read or seen unabridged onstage (alphabetically) Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Twelfth Night, a handful of sonnets, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company. :D
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (complete "trilogy")
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (and I was one of like three people in my year that actually read the whole thing. Most people stopped at 200 pages. Not that I'm bitter.)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis (why is this on here twice?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
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 - L.M. Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- I've read a few, but by no means all
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
(in French)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total read: 31
Total partially read: 18

Wow. I'm actually embarrassed that I've gone without reading so many of these. Who are these people who have read fewer than six, and can I direct them to the nearest library? I'm amazed anyone can graduate high school without reading at least six of these. Heck, I'm surprised people can get through childhood without reading nearly that many.

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Priscilla said at 12:42 PM


Friday, February 27, 2009

This afternoon, I went to the Doctor Who NY meetup. They hold two meetups per month: a pub meetup for booze and conversation, and a "video" meetup for watching of classic episodes. This month was a tribute to the third Doctor, and we watched "Terror of the Autons." It was cool to see an instance of how the old school monsters were resurrected for the new series. I also got to chat with some fun folks about costuming. Yay for getting out of my apartment!

Heading over, on my way out the door, I tucked my copy of The Name of the Wind in my purse. I finished Barrayar the night before last, and Watchmen is too big to fit without shoving, and I wasn't about to risk damaging a copy signed by Dave Gibbons. NotW has been on my mind a lot recently, and even though it's no longer coming out April 7th, I decided to go forward with the reread as scheduled.

Good lord, I'd forgotten how much I love this book. I remember loving it, but getting that thrill of readerly intrigue at the end of the prologue--every bit as effective the second time around--reminded me of exactly why this story kept me spellbound for a week. Looking back, I'm amazed I managed to drag it out that long, despite my slightly mad work schedule. I was caught in a bizarre tango of savoring and devouring. I wanted to forgo sleep and ignore my job and just keep reading, but I also wanted to ration it, because when it was gone, it was gone. I knew the sequel wouldn't be coming any time soon, and the author hadn't written anything else in that vein. It was my favourite book I read last year.

Even though I've "known" for ages, but it's still somewhat disheartening to see it in writing: yes, the sequel to The Name of the Wind has been delayed. It was originally slated for April 7th, the same day as Jim Butcher's Turn Coat, and watching Jim barely scoot under the publication deadline while Pat continued to blog about writing and revising, writing and revising, the frustrating reality set in.

I'm glad Pat is taking the time to get the book right, though. The last thing I want to see is the sequel getting rushed out the door before Pat is satisfied. I'll happily wait another year or longer to have another experience like that I had reading NotW. For now, I'll savor my reread!

It's kind of odd, though. Last year, after I finished NotW, I was at a loss as to what to read next. What could follow it? Finally, I picked up Bujold's The Warrior's Apprentice, the first book I read in that series. As I mentioned earlier in this post, I just finished Barrayar, my last book. Funny that such an awesome novel would bookend such an awesome series for me.

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Priscilla said at 10:50 AM


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Aww, I love my coworkers. Work has been very stressful the past few days, especially as my partner, Chris, took off Friday and Monday to move into his new apartment, and his alarm didn't go off this morning, meaning he got in around 11. My job feels about four times harder when doing it on my own, and some of the time frames our producers have been giving me alone would be tight even with both of us working on the characters at the same time.

Anyway, I got a text message from Chris after work: "Thank you so much for all your hard work lately. It is not going unnoticed obviously. You rock."

Warm fuzzies. :D

Though alas, on the cold, non-fuzzy front, Michael Crichton died yesterday. His were some of the first "adult" novels I read. I remember being nine years old, and my mom (quite wisely) wouldn't let me see Jurassic Park, so I checked out the book from the library and read that instead. Then I picked up Sphere, which became one of my favourite books at that age. My sister asked me if I was carrying around "big books" to make me look smarter.

I don't think I've read anything of his since junior high, but... he had a hand in shaping the craziness that is my brain today. He was singly responsible for kicking off my paleontology obsession phase. He will be missed.

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Priscilla said at 8:07 PM


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Gg83 brings it to my attention that I neglected to include the 7th Harry Potter book on my "List of Books I Read This Year." There's one for the "I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting" list!


Priscilla said at 8:29 PM


Books/Short Stories I Read in 2007! Rereads not included. I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting, but here we go:
  1. From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne
  2. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
  3. War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
  4. Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
  5. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  6. 1984, George Orwell
  7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Against the Fall of Night, Arthur C. Clarke
  9. A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  10. Ralph 124C 41+, Hugo Gernsback
  11. Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  12. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  13. Red Planet, Robert A. Heinlein
  14. The Door Into Summer, Robert A. Heinlein
  15. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr
  16. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
  17. White Night, Jim Butcher
  18. Dune, Frank Herbert
  19. "It's My Birthday Too," Jim Butcher
  20. Captain's Fury, Jim Butcher
  21. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
  22. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Phillip K. Dick
  23. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  24. "Heorot," Jim Butcher
  25. Two Animorphs books read aloud (and modified significantly) by Renata on the SLN Road Trip, purchased for 35 cents each at a Mormon thrift store.
  26. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  27. Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
  28. Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
  29. The Darkest Hours, Jim Butcher
  30. Club Dead, Charlaine Harris
  31. The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1), Jonathan Stroud
  32. Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris
  33. Dead as a Doornail, Charlaine Harris
  34. Definitely Dead, Charlaine Harris
  35. All Together Dead, Charlaine Harris
  36. Unshapely Things, Mark del Franco
  37. Something From the Nightside, Simon R Green
  38. Zorro, Isabel Allende
  39. "Rats," Veronica Schanoes
  40. The First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde
  41. His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik
  42. Small Favor, Jim Butcher
  43. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
  44. Making Money, Terry Pratchett
  45. The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer
  46. Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
  47. "Backup," Jim Butcher
  48. Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny
  49. The Guns of Avalon, Roger Zelazny
  50. "Harry's Day Off," Jim Butcher
  51. Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution, Leonard Shlain. (still reading)


Priscilla said at 11:12 AM


Friday, October 19, 2007

Ah, finally, time for a sane post! Life continues to go swimmingly in La Vida Cellie. Here, have a recap:

Last Thursday (as in a week from yesterday), I saw Tori Amos in concert for the first time, and she was excellent. She's such a strong performer! Playing two pianos at once = pretty awesome. I can't even play one piano.

As I alluded to before, work has been somewhat mad lately, but madness breeds humor and silliness, so all is good. In addition to my usual duties assembling characters, I did some work painting body textures, drawing heavily on the anatomy lessons from my figure modeling class. Mmm, anatomy! I need to find time to do some drawing soon. I need to experience Dr. Sketchy's.

Speaking of art, I mentioned the other day that Dabel Brothers Publishing is making the Dresden Files into graphic novels. Well, the news gets COOLER! I can now reveal that I've been brought in as a Thematic Consultant, meaning that I, along with Jim and the other two Consultants, will be the first to see the artwork as it comes out. We give our thoughts on the artwork and help keep everything canon-friendly. We got to suggest the scenes depicted for the promotional posters, and the art we've seen so far is EXTRAORDINARY. I can't wait until it's revealed to the public! Also, our names will be credited. Yes, we are awesome. :D

This weekend, I'm going to York, Pennsylvania, to attend a Halloween bash at the home of Courtney and Ryan, the coolest couple EVER, whom I met at the PA Shindigs. Kristin, hostess of the Shindigs, is giving me a ride. Many of the attendees are part of the Star Wars 501st, so I'll be among fellow costuming enthusiasts! A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Also, I just found out that Ko, roommate extraordinaire, will be in New York next week, so it'll be all kinds of fun to catch up with her life. Also, it's likely we'll meet up with Veronica, who was my favourite professor at Penn. She taught the Feminist Fairy Tales course, which changed the way I view storytelling and revision.

In other news, I've been doing a lot of reading lately. My daily commute allots me about an hour of reading time per day, which I didn't realize I so desperately craved until it was imposed upon me. I'm currently reading Robin McKinley's Sunshine, which is excellent. I read her Deerskin in said much-beloved Fairy Tales class last year, and it became my favourite book of the course. This summer, I read Beauty, which was also wonderful, and The Blue Sword is now on my shelf, jockeying for a position on my To-Read list. Mmm, such a great author!

Recently, I have read:
  • Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series. It's a lot more lightweight than my usual fare, but it's cute and fun and the literary equivalent of popcorn. Good stuff.
  • The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud. Delightfully complex and dark for something billed as a children's book. I'll be returning to this series before too long.
  • Unshapely Things, Mark del Franco. Solid urban fantasy.
  • Something From the Nightside, Simon R Green. Mmm, more urban fantasy. While the characters could be tedious at times, I love the inventiveness and atmosphere.
  • Zorro, Isabel Allende. My mom has been harping at me to read this book for months, and now I know why! This book is extraordinary. Vivid, compelling characters and lush descriptions bring to life the early years of the man who would become Zorro.
  • "Rats," Veronica Schanoes. A darkly powerful short story published in Interfictions that makes some excellent comments on the nature of fairy tales and storytelling.
  • The First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde. Oh my good lord, I'd forgotten how much I adore this series! These books are so smart and witty, my brain does a little dance of appreciation. I need to go back and read all the Thursday Next books RIGHT NOW. And I need to give Fforde's nursery crime series a second chance. The fact that they are not Thursday books is not a valid criticism.
  • His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik. First in the Temeraire series, which has been pitched as "Master and Commander, with Dragons." It's refreshingly novel, written in a style very different from the sci-fi/fantasy I've been reading lately. I wasn't compelled to immediately pick up the next books in the series and devour the lot in one gulp, but I'll probably return to it before too long.
  • Making Money, Terry Pratchett. While not as spectacular as Going Postal, it was still nevertheless crazy, crazy fun, and I adored sharing head space with Moist again.
I love you, New York Public Library.

And now, gotta pack!

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Priscilla said at 10:05 PM


Monday, June 18, 2007


How is it I'm only now learning that there's to be a fifth "Thursday Next" novel? Thursday Next: First Among Sequels hits bookshelves July 24th.

For those that haven't been introduced to the series, they're brilliant and book-nerdy and WONDERFUL and I thought the fourth book was the last one! They take place on an Earth where the Crimean War is still going on, people keep Dodos as pets, and instead of Rocky Horror, fans stage audience-participatory versions of Richard III.


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Priscilla said at 8:00 PM


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hello, all! I'm selling (nearly) all my Discworld books to whoever wants them in order to make more room on my bookshelves! I'm offering them at half the price I originally paid for them, which means $3.50 for paperbacks and $12.50 for hardbacks, plus the cost of shipping. All Hardbacks are in excellent shape, and while paperbacks vary in how creased the spines are, they're all still in good condition, with very strong bindings.

Comment saying which ones you want, and please check the comments to make sure the book you want hasn't already been spoken for. I'll be out of town from May 23 to June 10th, so I'll probably send everything out June 12th or thereabouts.

Here's the full list. "UK" indicates a British edition, "HB" indicates a hardcover.
  • The Color of Magic
  • The Light Fantastic (UK)
  • Equal Rites (two copies, one US and one UK)
  • Mort
  • Sourcery
  • Wyrd Sisters
  • Pyramids
  • Guards! Guards!
  • Eric
  • Moving Pictures (UK)
  • Reaper Man
  • Witches Abroad
  • Small Gods
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Men at Arms
  • Soul Music
  • Interesting Times (UK)
  • Maskerade
  • Feet of Clay (2 copies, both US)
  • Hogfather
  • Jingo
  • The Last Continent
  • Carpe Jugulum
  • The Fifth Elephant (2 copies, both US)
  • The Truth
  • Thief of Time (HB)
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (HB)
  • Night Watch (HB)
  • The Wee Free Men (HB)
  • Monstrous Regiment (HB)
  • A Hat Full of Sky (HB)
  • Going Postal (HB)
  • + Good Omens (with the cover that has two Earths that look like an angel and a demon)
Woo hoo!

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Priscilla said at 1:50 PM


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