book meme

Look at the list of (100) books below.
Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you want to read.
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
Movies don’t count.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) – I hadn’t heard of this one, but it looks good!
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom) (unfortunately…)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) (*vomits*)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (yes, all of it, because I’m holier than you.[/sarcasm])
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)

49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)

70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) (I have seen the movie, though)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

things i have realized in the past few weeks.

My becoming a good person is not the end; the glory of God is.

Studying for the math portion of the GRE:my sanity::sledgehammer:vase

Across the Universe is a darn good movie–not perfect, but that doesn’t matter. Also, Bono makes a very good stoner.

Regeneration and glorification are for creation, too. Come, Lord.


this week: 13 books you want to read, but haven’t.

1. The rest of Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quartet–I’ve read A Wrinkle in Time, but not the other three.

2. Paradise Lost (I bought it for 50 cents at a book sale and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since…it’s something I’ve been meaning to read, especially since one of my favorite professors loves Milton, so…).

3. The Canterbury Tales (I’ve read parts, but I’m enough of a nerd that I want to read the whole thing).

4. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

5. Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

6. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (yes, I know it’s about a pedophile, but I love Nabokov’s writing)

7. Douglas Coupland, Generation X

8. Gregory Maguire, Wicked (I have no idea how I have managed to not read this)

9. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

10. John Piper, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

11. C.S. Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress

12. William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale

13. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

(Yes, I realize how nerdy this list is. Go away.)

i’m amazed by life, and it’s amazed by me…

1. It’s about friggin’ time: They finally made an Asian American Girl doll. (Granted, she’s a side character, the best friend of the main one they’re marketing, but…it’s a step. Her clothes are kinda groovy, too.)

2. Life is, um, interesting right now, for a variety of reasons, but you know what’s wonderful? God has compassion on us in all life’s interesting moments. That is a good, good thing.

3. Oh, and I just bought Waterdeep’s new album, Heart Attack Time Machine, and words can’t explain how much I love it. It’s pretty incredible. Get your hands on a copy.

4. Short post today. Not much to say these days–too busy trying to live life instead of writing about it. Love to you all.


1. This came out yesterday, but it’s not playing anywhere in the state of Texas, and that makes me sad:

2. More proof of the need for a liturgical revolution: It’s September, right? We just put out the Christmas lights and cards at work. This is all kinds of wrong.

3. On the other hand, though, it’s just close enough to Christmas that I’m already working on presents and CDs and such for the season, so I guess that’s not too far off. I guess we’re just so used to preparing ahead in our society that we don’t think about how unseasonal it all is…

4. You know, I’m kind of glad I have friends who are slightly older, the ones who are getting “real jobs” and spouses and kids before I do, and who write and talk about it, because I get to learn from their experiences and get a taste of what I’m eventually in for–I consider them my “test adults.” 😉 But you know what I mean? Everyone needs someone to teach them, even for those things you really have to experience to understand. You may not know how to fully apply the knowledge you have until you’re actually there, but at least you have it.

Of course, now that I’m out of college, and have friends that are slightly younger than I am, I’m starting to enter into that role, which is slightly terrifying. 😉


this week: 13 social/political issues that interest or concern you. my list will probably prove my crunchy liberal hippie status…

1. HIV/AIDS (not just in third-world countries, but in the States, too).

2. Sustainable agricultural methods (I know, I know…)

3. Poverty in the United States.

4. Fair trade policies.

5. The persecution of Christians.

6. Women’s rights in third-world countries (women who complain about how it is in the States have clearly never heard about other parts of the world…).

7. Illiteracy.

8.  The whole Darfur genocide situation.

9. The pro-life/pro-choice debate (for reasons that I hope are somewhat obvious).

10. Gay marriage (you know, I still can’t come up with a satisfactory stance on this, at least in a political sense).

11. The public education system–how it works, what needs to change, what have you (and this is kind of weird, since I went to private school…).

12. Depression and suicide in teens and young adults.

13. The effects of globalization (specifically, advertising and Westernization).

there’s a time for peace, there is a time for war…

Okay: This basically sums up how I feel about war. There’s a time and place for it, yes, and if you’re a soldier, do your job well and justly. Christians have been parts of wars since the beginning, and I don’t think they’re any less Christians if they are. (Heck, half the men in my family have fought in wars. What can I say?)

What I mean when I say that I’m striving for nonviolence is that in my personal life, I want to live in accordance with what Paul says in Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” That means not fighting for my own causes, not fighting in such a way that destroys the dignity of other people. I don’t have to be right; I don’t have to intentionally hurt them, either physically or emotionally.

And, in a way, this applies to war as well. I don’t necessarily believe it destroys another soldier’s dignity to shoot at him–you’re doing what your government requires you to, and so is he–but I do believe it destroys his dignity to rejoice in his death, or to torture him, or to use unjust fighting techniques (like, say, suicide bombing, or atomic bombing), or to treat him as an entity instead of a person, or to not also do something to help the widows and orphans that are left behind. And I believe it destroys the dignity of human life to war against another nation for unjust reasons.

Obviously, a perfectly just war will never happen as long as imperfect humans are fighting them. But both the individual Christian and the Church corporate can work towards that, up until the day when all things are made right, and wars will cease.

melt your wings/like wax to fire

1. I had a really bad weekend that I will not recount here, but the effects are still kind of weighing on my family and me, so prayer would be really appreciated for all of us. Thanks.

2. Sara, to answer your question, stuff I would like to be researching:

  • The place of tradition in Reformed theology
  • The causes and effects of mental illness
  • Modern American poets
  • Jewish-American novelists

Yes. Nerdiness all around, especially as all of that is to satisfy my own personal curiosity

3. Here is an interesting blog post on 24 and torture which will probably annoy my more conservative readers (and any 24 fans in the room), but it’s still good food for thought all around. Again, there’s a time and a place for violence, but I’m never comfortable with torture in any situation.

4. I am seriously becoming a crunchy liberal pacifist in my old age. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad…maybe both…

5. Has anyone heard of any books written yet on Internet communities (Facebook, MySpace, etc.)? Because if not, I’m gonna write that book, and it will be awesome.