The Big Read

I know this meme has been floating around forever, but I spotted it on the lovely Claire’s blog, and since I’ve been sorting out all my books over the last week, it seemed like a good time to do it. As a quick aside, I’m reading Wildwood by Roger Deakin at the moment, and can highly recommend it.

Ok, here goes. You have to look at the list and put in bold the books you have read. Then underline those that you intend to read. Finally italicise the books you LOVE.

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 Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
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 – AA 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’ 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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
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 – EB 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

Thirty. Not bad!! How about you?

Take a Tour…..

….. of our new living room.

Sadly, I have no before shots, but imagine this: a tiny dark room, with an L-shaped bite out of it, where there was an inside porch by the front door. A dirty orange carpet, an orange pine fireplace, grubby white walls. Yuck. Now it looks like this:

(cushions all from Etsy, sofa from DFS – half price!)

(my knitting corner, which me and Tony are fighting over already)

(the corner by the front door is where the porch was originally)

(I can’t tell you what trouble we had getting all the books in! I had to get rid of quite a lot, sigh)

It feels so bright and spacious in here now, it’s a joy to work in (I do a lot of my Posh work in here, on the laptop, by the woodstove. Wouldn’t you?!?). Although I am a leetle bit paranoid about the cream carpet, what with Tony (who tends to spill), the three cats, and the wood stove.

No sooner has the dust settled from this project than we’re planning the next. Our plan, which we want to do over the Christmas break, is to knock through the two upstairs bedrooms (both absolutely tiny) into one big room. Then we can move our bedroom upstairs, and use the downstairs bedroom as a yarn store/office. The house will be much more practical and pleasant then. I can’t wait until it’s all done!  

Scrumptious Sock Weight

My last few picks from this week, from the sock weight yarns.

Sophia 4ply Elegy (this week’s cover shot)

Sophia 4ply Mocha

Eva 4ply Offhand

Laura Emerald City

Emily My Fair Lady

Emily Gale Force

The shop preview is now up. See you on Sunday at 7pm!

Lace Weight Lovelies

Today, my favourite lace weights. I’m loving the brighter colours this week, because the weather has been a bit grey and chilly.

Cecilia Apricot Jam

Cecilia Sob Story

Sophia 2ply Adriatic

Sophia 2ply Tutti Frutti

Sophia 2ply Protest

Eva 2ply Vikings

Eva 2ply Bridal

Eva 2ply Memory Lane

More previews tomorrow!