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my very own personal book challenge

So it’s one in the morning and I seriously can’t sleep. Le sigh. So I decided to make a list! I inherited this very useful habit from Mama, as she is a pro as far as list-making goes. I tend to do this when I am very stressed or anxious, as well as re-alphabetize my books and movies.

I’m cool like that.

So I sat in front of my main bookcase and wrote down the books that I have either half-read or haven’t read yet. I have challenged myself to read the 40 (!) books on my list in a year’s time. I have some pretty hefty guys on my list so if I don’t finish in EXACTLY a year, I’m not going to cry about it.

Here’s my listy-list: 

  1. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (currently reading)
  2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave*
  3. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  5. The Count of Montecristo by Alexandre Dumas
  6. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards*
  7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan S. Foer
  8. Marley and Me by John Grogan*
  9. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
  10. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  11. Nigger by Randall Kennedy
  12. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  13. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*
  14. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  15. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
  16. The Giver by Lois Lowry (reread)
  17. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  18. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  19. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel G. Marquez*
  20. Atonement by Ian McEwan*
  21. Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig
  22. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  23. Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
  24. Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne
  25. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  26. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling*
  27. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  28. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  29. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  30. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks*
  31. Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
  32. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe*
  33. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  34. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
  35. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  37. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  38. Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
  39. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  40. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff*

*= the books I have started but haven’t finished… 

Now that it is nearing two o’clock, I’m going attempt to sleep. Guess who gets a nap tomorrow? Already can’t wait. Woof.

how was your day?

What a fucking FROSTBITEY day… Mother-of-PEARL! it was cold! But like I said last night, staff are expected to report. What did I do?


I woke up and made pancakes for Boyfriend and myself.
I did some motherlovin’ yoga.
I read some of my book (currently reading: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie).
I had a great hair day.
I brought Dog with me!

He was so happy to meet all the new people. I put some fresh extra crunchy peanut butter in his bone and off to school we went! We almost froze to death on the walk from my car to the door, but luckily we made it. He had a good day and so did I. I left early for my “appointment” and took a fantastic nap with the sun shining in our room and everything. Just beautiful.

We’re getting another cold day tomorrow and staff are expected to report again. So glad it’s my week to park in the Underground. So nice and warm. I’m bringing Dog again but we are leaving so early.


I may just sleep in tomorrow. fuck it.

breakfast with matilda

What did I have for breakfast? I had an Irish coffee and split a plate of sub-par nachos with my dearest friend “Matilda” at the most random bar ever: Bamboo Betty’s in Lexington. My time with her today was very productive, as I am finally writing my blog! It feels sooooooo good to feel inspired and motivated.

Like seriously.

What is it about Whole Foods that just makes me feel like such a good person? Every time I walk in, I just feel happy and healthy- even after bar nachos. I’ve been trying this whole gluten-free thing lately, to see if it will help with my issues. Gotta admit… I sure feel good after a gluten-free day (breakfast, lunch, & after school snack) and Boyfriend is surprisingly supportive, willing to try anything if I want to make a gluten-free dinner. I made chicken alfredo with brown rice pasta and he loved it!

But for reals.

My brain is teeming with so many ideas for what I can do with this thing:

             1.)  Library advocacy!

             2.)  Reading/book stuffs!

             3.)  CATS!

             4.)  Whatever the fuck I want!

                                                                   It’s gonna be awesome.  MEOW.