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I set a goal to read 30 books this year and as of yesterday I have 20 under my belt and 2 more in the works…! Feels good to dive into such great reads. There’s a little fluff in the mix, and a few checked off my BBC reading list as well, but I’m just tickled to curl up with a good book!

  1. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  2. Queen’s Own Fool – Jane Yolen
  3. Innocent Traitor – Alison Weir
  4. The Crown – Nancy Bilyeau
  5. Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf – David Madsen
  6. My Fair Lazy – Jen Lancaster
  7. My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian – Brian Patrick O’Donoghue
  8. My Life in France – Julia Child
  9. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  10. Little Altars Everywhere – Rebecca Wells
  11. The New York Regional Mormons Single Halloween Dance – Elna Baker
  12. Unicorn’s Blood – Patricia Finney
  13. Lizzie – Evan Hunter
  14. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  15. Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
  16. The White Queen – Philippa Gregory
  17. Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
  18. Anne of Green Gables – L.M.Montgomery
  19. The Red Queen – Philippa Gregory
  20. The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory (7353 pages)
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practical.magic

First of all, Practical Magic is one of my all time favorite movies. Mostly because I want that house so bad it hurts, and I’m also pretty sure I could be Aunt Franny and rock it (I’m growing my hair – I’m working on it!). It’s one of the movies that I pop in if I’m feeling a little down, and by the end I’m back on top and ready to rule the world (and not a dove in sight was hurt). When we were at the library book sale in May, I ran across a copy of the book for super cheap and had to give it a read. However, for the first time in the history of books vs. movies, the movie wins hands down. I was amazed how different the book was from the movie, and not in a way which I appreciated. The sweet lovable characters from my beloved movie were snarky, rude and self centered in the book…and the beautiful house which I would live and die for has but a mere mention. The horror!


I dream of the garden and the view, the solarium and all of the jars filled with nature’s cure for everything….However, they both had the same great message: “There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.”

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I love to read. Getting lost in a great story is amazing, and I’m always left a little empty when a story ends, before picking up a new one. And with so many great books out there to read, it’s sometimes a challenge to choose the next. So I’ve started what I am now calling the ‘BBC Project.’

The project: Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK 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
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
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 – CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
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 – LM 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 Inferno – Dante
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 – E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
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

To date (8/10/12) I have read 32…and I’m still plodding along.

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