Monthly Archives: August 2008

Of the 100 Books Which Have You Read?


Stitches of Grace posted a list of 100 books that is recommended reading from the NEA. Below is the list. I’ve read 37 of these books. However, most of these books were read during my high school years. I read the Bible daily.

According to The Herald Tribune 25% of adults did not read even one book last year. I may not be reading books on the 100 list but I am reading. For this semester I have to read 16 books! Yikes. I won’t be reading anything else this semester. At least not officially.  🙂

As an adult, I read (almost yearly) the following:
  • Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  • Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Books I’ve Read: Bolded books are ones I loved.

  1. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  2. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  3. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  4. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  5. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  8. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  9. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  10. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  11. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  12. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  14. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  15. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  17. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  18. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  19. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  20. Ulysses – James Joyce
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  22. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  23. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  24. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  25. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  26. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchel
  27. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  28. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  29. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
  30. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (I’ve read about half of them.)
  31. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (Hated this one.)
  32. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  33. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  34. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  35. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  36. The Bible
  37. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  38. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  39. Charlotte’s Web – EB White

Books I Haven’t Read: Which ones do you suggest? Please don’t suggest Tolkien. I’ve tried to read The Hobbit 4 times and never made it past the first two chapters. The bolded books below are the ones I’d like to read.

  1. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  3. Emma – Jane Austen
  4. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  6. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  7. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  8. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  10. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  11. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  12. Possession – AS Byatt
  13. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  14. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  15. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  16. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  17. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  18. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  19. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  20. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  21. Middlemarch – George Eliott
  22. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  23. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  24. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  25. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  26. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  27. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  28. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  29. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  30. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  31. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  32. Dune – Frank Herbert
  33. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  34. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  35. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  36. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  37. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  38. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  40. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  41. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  42. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  43. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  44. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  45. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  46. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  47. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  48. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  49. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  50. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  51. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  52. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  53. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  54. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  55. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  56. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  57. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  58. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  59. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  60. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  61. Germinal – Emile Zola

If you’d like, tell us what books you’ve read , would like to read and loved. I alphabatized the list. If you’d like to see the original list, go back to this post.


August Declutter Challenge – Day 27 (Leftover Crafts)


I gathered up the flower pens I made last year (10 left). I put them in a vase with green marbles & took them to church. They are now on the bookcase by the women’s ministry bulletin board.



 To make the pens you attach a silk flower head or leaf to a pen with green floral tape. Easy, quick, inexpensive and great to receive. Maybe someday I’ll do a tutorial on this, if there’s enough interest.

How Does One Person Have 624 Emails In Her Inbox?


Isn’t that over board? I am going to declutter this in-box to zero by September 1!!!!

With so many emails to declutter, I knew I just had to do an extra declutter shift. I might have to do an extra shift every day (in the inbox) unitl the end of August.

I will either outright delete the email as not pertaining to me anymore, do the action required or save very few (not in the in-box but in a computer folder).

BRB (Be Right Back)

I now have 444 emails. I ruthlessly deleted emails from the running club, the Spanish ezine and updates on health issues. Still have a long way to go.

I think I need some help. Tomorrow. I’m off to bed now.

One Caution When Using Online Cookbooks (WFMW)


I have at least 2 dozen hardbound cookbooks. I know. Old fashioned.

These days it is so much easier and faster to Googlepancake recipe for one,” “vanilla pudding recipe,” “perfect gravy,” or “What can I do with sweetened condensed milk, coconut and chocolate chips?

It may be easier and faster, but the results are not always better. At least that’s been my experience with the pancake, gravy, and pudding recipes. I even went to the more well-known sites like,, and

My Works-For-Me-Wednesday tip is to read the comments for the recipe. Look for what the trouble spots were. What common problems are in the reader/cooker responses.

Had I done that . . .

  • I would have learned that it was 2 teaspoons and NOT 2 tablespoons of baking powder for one of the recipes.
  • I would have known to keep on stirring the ingredients until it just reached the boil so as to avoid lumping.
  • I would have simply avoided this recipe all together because it did not produce anything like its promised name.

Just because it’s on the computer, it doesn’t mean it is right, better, or even plausible. Even though the site may be well known, it pays to take a few moments to check what the comments say.

Or else, grab one of your hardback cookbooks and follow a recipe that has been tested and loved for over many, many decades.

Go to Works-For-Me-Wednesday for other tips to make your life a little easier. As of 10:09 pm (August 26) there are 78 entries.

Past Food Related WFMW Posts . . .

August Declutter Challenge – Day 26 (Medicinal Cupboard)


I checked out the cupboard with vitamins, meds and pain killers – disposed of 9 bottles.

* 2 bottles from 2004

* 4 bottles from 2005

* 3 bottles from 2006

I put the caps and tops into a container. My daughter is saving these for a friend who is making an art piece with caps and tops from bottles.

It pained me to throw these away, in particular the vitamins (the high cost). But several internet sources said that expired medicinals (especially years expired) can and do turn rancid and/or lose their effectiveness. No sense taking the way-expired pills if they could make me ill and do not good.

August Declutter Challenge – Day 25 (Books)


7 new books came into the house so 7 need to leave. (Five came from my school library sale.)

It is really HARD to let any books leave the home. My daughter is a good encourager. She says, “It’s alright , Mom. You don’t have to get rid of them today.” She gives me permission to take my time and let go when I am ready.

These are the seven books that will go to the Goodwill or other homes.

I actually have 2 copies of each of these. Book #1 – The Annual Report was easy to ge rid of. Book #2 – The Creating Understanding was not. It was a book for a class at William Jessup University  and while we were reading it, the book fell apart at the binding. We were given new books – after the class was finished. So, all my notes are in the falling apart copy.

BTW, Creating Understanding is an awesome book on understanding communication especially cross-culturally.

Book #3 is Revolve is “the New Testament in a magazine format showing teen girls that the Bible is entirely understandable and relevant to their lives.” I need to pass this on to a teen as I have no teens in this home.

Book #4 is How You Are Changing a book for parents to share with their children from ages 8-11. I know a few parents with kiddos in that age group.

Book #5 is an old composition book of my daughter’s. I’ll tear out the few pages left for note-taking and recycle the cover.

Book #6 is a 1993 catalog of Department 56 pieces in the different collections. If my sista doesn’t want it, off to Goodwill it goes.

Book #7 is Walking in Colorado Springs. Time to give this to someone who lives in the Springs as it is doubtful I’ll live there in the next year or two.

NOTE: For some reason the date stamp on my camera is now a day slow. I wonder if that’s because when the batteries went dead I should have reset the date.