09 November 2013

Book List from the Gilmore Girls.

This list is a post that you can see here. I've decided to take this challenge. I'll be updating this list for a long time I'm sure. Even in the show the character (Rory Gilmore) probably takes years to read all of these books. I remember this show being on but I didn't watch it. I just love book lists and this one I think I've read a lot of them already, but there is still more knowledge to be gleaned. A lot of times I think I've learned more from reading and studying on my own than I did in school. If you want to join in and read with me I'd love to talk to you about it. A lot of these I read and cannot remember when it was that I read them. I am going to be reading in the winter a lot in Minnesota. 

1984 by George Orwell- read sometime in 2005
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain- read as a child
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – read as a child, one of my favorite books. 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy-started years ago, this is going to be hard for me to finish.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank- read in elementary school
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu- read- 2001
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – read – April 1998 and again and again.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley- bought the book
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire – 
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger –
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White-read as a child
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens-in process
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty-read Oct 2015
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare-read 2001
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – 
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 
Daisy Miller by Henry James – read – 2013
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown – read 2011
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller-read 2007
Deenie by Judy Blume- read 1998
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - read – 1998
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe-read 1988,2002,2005,2011
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen – read 2000
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury –read 1999
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore-read
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser-read Sept. 2015
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) – read
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - read 2007
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes-read Nov 2015
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley-read- 2000
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen-requested from library
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – 
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – read 2002
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck-requested from library
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – read 
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens-read- in HS approx. 1998
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare-read-2000
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – read

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (TBR) -read
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (TBR)
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare-read
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare-read
Henry V by William Shakespeare-read

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss-read 
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer-read 
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote-2005
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – read 2000
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare-read 2000 
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain-read 1999
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair-read-(because of Dr. Mark Williams @ Charleston Southern University-2013)
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman-read 2012
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis-read 
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens-read-.march 2015
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – read
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson-read 1997
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare – read
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville-read
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin-read Oct 2015
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen-read
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan- read-2012 (As part of a class, but I read it all.)
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare – read
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde-read-2005
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi-read
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby 
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche-read 1999
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – read
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers-read
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe-read
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) – read
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton (I'll get to this one when I finish the others)
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare-read 1996,1999
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum-read-as a child first
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – read 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd –
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – read
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King-read
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut-read
Small Island by Andrea Levy 
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers – read
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare-read
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams-read
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger-read August 2015
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – read-1991
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith-read-February 2015
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – read 1999
Ulysses by James Joyce- read
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – started and not finished
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers-might have to go to barnes and nobles for this one...
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – read
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides-requested from library
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett-read Sept 13,2015
Walden by Henry David Thoreau-read
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten-read as a child 
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy-started and not finished
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker (trying to locate...)
What Colour is Your Parachute?  by Richard Nelson Bolles-read-2011
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell-requested from library
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka-read sept 14, 2015
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson- read-2011
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee- requested from library
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – read
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum-read a lot as a child
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë-read
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings-read
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion-read

I've read 60 out of 338. Only 272 more to go. Yeah this is going to take awhile. But I'll need something to do after the wedding planning and I'm finished with classes. I'll have my house to set up and a farm to run, but sometimes a girl's just got to take a load off and sit on the porch with a glass of sweet tea or snuggle up under a blanket with a good book by the fireplace. 
I can't wait to hear what you're reading. 
*I updated the list as of 11/5/2014*
I'm up to 73 as of today. 

*list updated on 8/29/2015*
I am now up to 80 read and have requested 5 more from the library.

*update as of September 2015*
I've been doing a lot of reading lately and I feel like I should have read more of these than this by now. I'm feeling deflated about it. Some of these are hard to find in my library system though. And I really don't want to buy too many books. Since I go through them fairly fast I don't like to keep them sitting on the shelf after I've read them and know that I won't read it again. I will have read 90 after all the ones in progress and requested, which I hope will be before the end of 2015. 

But in other news I've read more than 100 books this year. Most of them were not on this list though. 

As of Nov 24, 2015 I am now tracking my progress on goodreads.com. There is a list there that is easier than this. I will still come back now and again to update, but probably not as much now. I am probably close to being half way there. 

22 October 2013

Sewed by me in 2013- soon to be a regular section.

I've noticed that a few blogs that I read have a "sewed by me in (year)" section with some really lovely pictures. I really want to start doing that.

Sara's Blog has this neat function. I really like the Butterick 5814 that she's made. I plan to do this one some time next year. It's so cute and has that lovely vintage look to it. Don't you think?

It's something that I could wear to work or to church. Maybe even out on a date. We shall have to see. Plus, I know I have enough fabric in my stash to make one of these.
Keep your eyes peeled for my new section.

Vintage Vogue 8811
Custom Kindle Case

31 August 2013

Pattern and Fabric Selection Cotton Sew Along Part 1


I've decided to try and make something for fall for myself. I'm a little stressed out and I think that making something non-wedding might help to calm me down. Plus, who doesn't love cotton?? And vintage dresses?? You KNOW I'm in on that one. So I've committed to this sew along, now to pick out a pattern to sew. The sew along states vintage as 20s-70s. That suites me just fine as I'm a 30s-50s kind of vintage girl. So on to looking at my fabric. At first I wanted to do the red dress with the black trim, then found out that I did not have enough of the red. Booo. Maybe later I'll go to the store. (after I whittle down my current fabric stash)

These are the patterns that I picked out initially. The one on the top left I would  have made but I found I did not have enough of the fabric that I wanted to use.

These are my initial fabric choices. I was trying to match two of them together to do the pattern in the top left of this picture. I have a big tote full of patterns. so I had a lot of choices.




I decided to go with this plum one here.

















These are the two patterns that I've narrowed it down to thinking about using. Unfortunately most of my fabric that would work for this is mostly remnants of pieces that were from other sewing projects and I need  2.5 yards for the one on the left and 6 for the one on the right. I think that the dress on the right needs a little more stiffness to it so I may hold off on making that one for now. I do want to make it, but I'm not finding anything in my stash to make it with...unless I cut up a sheet (again). Which I thought about, I rummaged through the linen closet and did not find anything that I wanted to give up sleeping on yet. So, looks like we have a winner by default. Don't get me wrong I love them both, I just love how I chose one over the other based on not having to go to the store again.
I can't wait to get started on this project. Sept 1st starts the sew along. (Which is tomorrow!!)
I've decided on the purple-plum jersey cotton. It should drape well, yet take the gathering in the seams without looking too bunched up. It looks better in person than in my photos.

This comes from Rochelle's blog which you can see here.
So, are you going to join too? What do you think of my selections?


25 August 2013

Making a Spring dress

OK, I'll admit that I've had this dress done for a very long time.(Spring time) I have not had time to post it because I have been in school. I am very close to being done. I am looking to graduate in May of 2014. So Fall and Spring and I'm out! Then we are getting married in June 2014! I'm still working on planning for that one and I'm very excited to actually BE married now. I also learned that I don't like party planning.  But, let's get back to what you are here to see, right? Spring dress-2013.
I used a Vintage Vogue pattern.
 I really loved this look in the yellow, but sometimes yellow doesn't look too good on me so I went with green. Here is a picture of the fabric and my Grayson. He was trying to help me out. Isn't he a cutie?
I digressed with a little cuteness, but on to the dress.
I made a muslin for the top, because I wasn't sure where I needed to adjust it. I always like to make a muslin, unless I'm making something super simple. Especially on tops, because I have a lot of fitting issues there. So here is me in my muslin. 
I think it looks pretty good. But I did a few adjustments in the back because it was a little gaped.  One more picture and then I cut out the pattern and get to sewing.
I was being a little silly here, because

Well...I'm just silly. On to the cutting. This pattern is fairly straightforward. I had to adjust the shoulders and the darts a little because I am a bit larger up top than the standard sizes allow.

Here is Grayson and me cutting the fabric. Yeah, everything is covered in cat hair by the time I finish, but it is washable and I love him too much to kick him out. Although when making my wedding dress, he is not allowed in the room. More on that later though. 


I would recommend this to beginners, even if you don't make the muslin *screaming inwardly* for your self. I love to make the muslin though. You can get out all of your mistakes and learn how to make the pattern correctly here. If you do it while you are sewing with your good fabric it may cost you more money later. If you are using cheap fabric though, go for it. I do that sometimes myself. 

Now for the final pictures of me in the dress. 
Grayson was there the whole way through so I thought I should take a final picture with him.    Outside was a little bright, so I took some more inside photos. I hope you enjoyed my version of this 1940's dress. That button has daisies on it also to keep with the flower theme. I am eventually going to make the belt in the same mustar-y gold color. But I like it without it too. Now to find some shoes that will look good with it. Maybe I'll just make my own?








In this picture to the right  you can see how I used the darts to make the bodice fit my body shape better. 
This is why I say to make a muslin. 
Thoughts or questions? I'd love to know what you think.