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Dec. 30th, 2010

Seems a little like punishment...

So... let's just not comment on how long its been since my last post, deal? Ok. Well, I doubt anyone at all is reading this but either way, here it is. I am currently knee-deep in work and nowhere close to being finished. So... I really shouldn't be posting anything at all, but procrastination is a funny thing.

Well, alright. Main point of the post: the MRBBAB Project: Must Read Before Buying/Borrowing Another Book Project. I am a huge reader and pretty much always have been. There are so many books out there, so many great books, that I just want to read them all. I'm not much of a library person anymore and so I pretty much buy all the books I read. This is really where the problem is. I have too many books that I have bought but haven't read, started but haven't finished, given and ignored, was assigned to read but only flitted through it or didn't open at all, and so on. Several of these are books I actually really want to read but for one reason or another haven't gotten around to. Others... I have absolutely no desire to even sit near. So awhile back I decided that I was not going to buy anymore books, or even borrow anything, until I have read them all. I have already broken the rule due to a few can't pass up ebay listings and a loss of determination during trip to the Starbucks inside a Barnes & Noble. However, I am sticking to my guns--well, to the airsoft breakneck my dad plays with when my mom isn't around and the paintball gun he bought without telling her--this time. Once I am done with all the work I am currently doing, which will be sometime in mid-January, I will be starting on the MRBBAB Project.

Listed below: the books involved, the authors, my reaction to its inclusion, all categorized by reason included.

MRBBAB Project

Started, never finished

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Assigned, only browsed

The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Miguel Leon-Portillo
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney W. Mintz
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Candide by Voltaire

Assigned, ignored

Antigone by Sophocles
Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Own, never touched

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin
The Road to Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
The Love by Marguerite Duras
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The Blood Bay Colt, Sired by the Black Stallion by Walter Farley
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Forever by Peter Hamill
Dalva by Jim Harrison
Destiny by Elizabeth Haydon
Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon
Hunting with Hemingway by Hilary Hemingway
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
The Judgement by Franz Kafka
The Stoker by Franz Kafka
From The Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Cell by Stephen King
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Tituba of Salem Village by Ann Petry
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Steinbeck: A Life in Letters by John Steinbeck
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Trinity by Leon Uris
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Read, need to give a proper reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

So I said I would put my reactions in but... this post is long enough and I have more than expired my procrastination time. Perhaps sometimes in the future I will write them out. Maybe not. We will see. Perhaps I'll make reviews of each as I read them and include my initial reactions to their inclusion in this project along with those reviews. Hmm, we will see.

The Project will most likely be started with the completion of Rose Daughter by McKinley as it was the book I was reading last. And--yes, you can start a sentence with "and", grade school english teachers be damned--honestly, it is kind of daunting to know that I have SOOOOO many books to read before I can read something at will. Understand the title now?

Jan. 29th, 2010


So... last night I found out that Salinger had passed.

I would be pretending if I said it didn't phase me at all. I just had to pay my respects to him and... well this is how I am doing it.

If you haven't read his work, do it. It's good.

I heard rumors about him having saved up his writing to be published after his death. Perhaps there is a silver lining.

"I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."

RIP JD, may you have found peace.

Nov. 28th, 2009

Part of me feels this is wrong to say... but the Yankees won the World Series so... its okay...

I decided, oh, about seventeen minutes ago that I want to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston (interject random comments about the Yankees and New York in general being sooooo much better than the Sox and Beantown... and another interjection with exclamation points behind it) before I die... or Jesus comes... which is basically the same thing.

So that may seem really random, and yes i suppose it is, but awhile back (think: a month) I sent my cousin a challenge to write a list of 75 things he wanted to do/see/experience before he cashes in his chips. He of course didn't accept the challenge as I knew he wouldn't and well... that was that. Until, oh, 25 minutes ago when I decided that on my bucket list, Freedom Trial, check alright. So I now have 1 official item, plenty of unofficial whims and 74 more to go...

In explanation for the subject... seems wrong that I chose Boston as my first entry on my list, as I am a born and raised New Yorker who loves my pinstripes and find self-proclaimed massholes obnoxious... doesn't it?

So you don't care, i know... but i warned you that I would be writing randomness and so... that's that.

BTW, saw Julie and Julia today (as my cousin insists on me putting in this) and remembered "hey! I have an LJ account..." so yes thank Julie and Julia and the filmmakers for this entry... it may be the only one for awhile... or I could surprise you all with constant and frequent (and some other word that means the same thing) updates...

stick around...

Jul. 13th, 2009

Not my forte?

Ok soooooo... I am terrible at this blog thing arent I? Its been like a month since i opened a LJ account and i have put much into it at all. I blame it on life. I have been falling behind on most things lately (something which I hope to remedy ASAP). Well yeah this wasn't meant to be much of a post, just sort of a check in.

over and out.

Jun. 10th, 2009

And thus it begins...

So... I'm not naive or vain enough to think that anyone truly wants to read about me and I have subsequently come to terms with the likely fact that I may have very few readers. *shrug* For those of you that are interested, I'll most likely be posting any random thing I feel necessary to put down. It could include anything from life updates, song lyrics, or completely-unrelated-to-anything-at-all notes. I can't promise that it will be entertaining or drama-filled (in fact, it might be quite the opposite), but it will be me.

Stay with me for the ride tho folks.

These are my ramblings...
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