Thursday, January 1, 2015

Book Quest #1: BBC List of Top 100 Must Read Books (2014 Update)

I have previously mentioned my wanting to read all of the books on the BBC List. I thought I would put which books I have already read and then I'll also have a list of the ones I need to read yet. I know the list isn't perfect, but it is a good jumping off point.

When I first saw this list in 2010, I had read 17 of these books. My goal by the end of 2014 was to have read 65 of the 100. I didn't make it and am at 59. However, I did fall in love with The Count of Monte Cristo so there's that.

The ones in RED have been read (the ones Bolded were the ones I have read this past year). The ones in italics have not been read, but I have seen the movie so that should count for something.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (3/3)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling (7/7)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows     
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (I went to Catholic school so it counts)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (3/3)
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Subtle Knife
  • The Amber Spyglass
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 – 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
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 (7/7)
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 
  • Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Horse and His Boy 
  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Last Battle
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’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 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 Mitchel
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

So the count is 59 down and 41 to go.

Television I Watched in 2014

The Awesome:
  • Justified - Season 4
  • Sherlock - Season 3
  • Luther - Seasons 1-3 
  • Walking Dead - Season 4 
  • Newsroom - Season 3

The Good:
  • Downton Abby - Season 4
  • House of Cards - Season 2
  • Bates Motel - Season 1
  • Sons of Anarchy - Season 6 
  • Broadchurch - Season 1 

The Guilty Pleasures:
  • Burn Notice - Seasons 6-7
  • Dirty Sexy Money - Season 2 
  • Silicon Valley - Season 1 
  • Scandal - Season 3 
  • Chuck - Season 5
  • Arrow - Season 1-2

The Just Okay:
  • Dexter - Season 8 (Except the ending which sucked)
Shows I Watched the Pilot of and Then Stopped:
  • Selfie
  • Gotham
Shows I watched for a Less Than a Season and Gave Up:
  •  Orange Is the New Black - Season 1
Shows I re-watched:
  • Gilmore Girls (Entire Series)

Weekly on Hulu:
Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Community (Cancelled), Hannibal, The Blacklist, Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, Almost Human(Cancelled), Cosmos (Complete), Gracepoint, Constantine, Arrow, Flash

Purchased on Amazon the Moment it is Up:
Doctor Who, Sherlock

Watched Streaming on the channel's website as it was released:
Game of Thrones, Newsroom, Last Week Tonight

Watch When It Comes out on DVD/Netflix:
Walking Dead, Mad Men, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Downton Abby, Scandal, House of Cards

Rented Movies in 2014

Each category is in the order of when I watched them and (method I watched them in)

The Highly Enjoyable(A-/B+):
  • Snowpiercer (NI)
The Award Season Good (B):
  • The Giver (RB)
The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):
  • Austenland (GG)
  • Pitch Perfect (GG) 
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman (GG)
The Good (Solid B):
  • Her (GG)
  • Spectacular Now (AP) 
  • August: Osage County (GG)
  • If I Stay (GG) 
  • Million Dollar Arm (GG) 
  • Chef (RB) 
  • Edge of Tomorrow (RB) 
  • The Maze Runner (GG) 
  • This Is Where I Leave You (AP) 
The Just Okay (B-/C+):
  • The Quiet Man (Friend)
  • Draft Day (GG) 
  • The Equalizer (GG)
  • The Judge (GG) 
The Bad (D):
  • Muppets Most Wanted (GG)
(RB) = Red Box
(SPL)= Seattle Public Library
(NI) = Netflix Instant
(ND) = Netflix DVD
(AP) = Amazon Prime
(HBO)= HBO to Go online
(Cable) = Watched it at my Mom's house 
(Friend) = Borrowed from a Friend
(Hulu) = Watched on Hulu Plus
(GG) = Glowgaze.com

Books I Read in 2014

My goal for 2014 was to read 85 books. I did not make it. I read 41 new books and re-read 2 books.

Top 7 Personal Favorites I Have Read This Year (Fiction and Non-Fiction):
  1. All the Dresden Files books I've read so far - Jim Butcher
  2. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  3. Remains of the Day - Ishiguro, Kazuo
  4. Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman 
  5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 
  6. Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1) - Ben Aaronovitch  
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas  
Each category is in order of when I read it...

Bold means I now own it in book form. Italics means I own it in Kindle ebook form.

Fiction Awesome:
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  • The Sword in the Stone (Once And Future King #1) - T. H. White
  • Fortunately, The Milk - Neil Gaiman
  • The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) - Lois Lowry
  • Turn Coat (Dresden Files #11) - Jim Butcher
  • A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  • Divergent - Veronica Roth
  • Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) - Charlaine Harris
  • Remains of the Day - Ishiguro, Kazuo
  • The Once And Future King - T. H. White
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 
  • Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1) - Ben Aaronovitch 
  • The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas  
  • Insurgent - Veronica Roth 
  • Allegiant - Veronica Roth 
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) - Rick Riordan
  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) - Rick Riordan 
  • Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) - Charlaine Harris 
Non-Fiction Awesome:
  • Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman
  • Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson 
  • Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby - Sarah Churchwell
Fiction Recommended:
  • The Magicians - Lev Grossman 
  • The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  • Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
  • Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet #2) - Lois Lowry
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) - Lee Child
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary - David Sedaris
  • The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
  • The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne #1) - Robert Ludlum 
  • Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 
  • Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  • Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell 
  • The Weight of Blood - Laura McHugh 
Non-Fiction Recommended:
  • A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness and a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression - Ted Gup
Books I Re-Read
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
  • World War Z - Max Brooks
  Fiction NOT Recommended:
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  • Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
  • One for the Money - Janet Evanovitch

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Movies of 2014

Each category is in the order of when they came out (and/or when I watched them)…

 The Beyond Awesome/Fun:
  • Captain America 2: Winter Solider (2x)(DVD/BluRay)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (3x)
The Award Season Awesome:
  • Birdman
  • Whiplash
  • Interstellar 
  • Snowpiercer
  • Imitation Game (2x)
The Highly Enjoyable:
  • The Lego Movie (BluRay)
  • 300: Rise of an Empire
  • Veronica Mars 
  • Divergent 
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past  (DVD/BluRay)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (DVD)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 
  • Chef
  • Edge of Tomorrow 
The Award Season Good:
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gone Girl
  • The Giver 
  • Selma 
  • Wild 
The Guilty Pleasures:
  • The Amazing Spiderman 2
  • Annie
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman 
The Good:
  • Maleficent
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 
  • If I Stay 
  • The Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies 
  • Million Dollar Arm 
  • Night at the Museum 3 
  • The Maze Runner 
  • This Is Where I Leave You 
The Just Okay:
  • The Monuments Men
  • Godzilla
  • Draft Day
  • Lucy  
  • The Equalizer
  • The Judge 
The Bad:
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Into the Woods
  • Foxcatcher 

Still Want to See, but Haven't yet (In Release Date Order): Boyhood, Paddington, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes
  
*Saw on DVD
*(DVD) = bought DVD
*(#)=Number of times seen in the theater

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fitness Adventures: - Week 16 - In Between Challenges - Battle Log 3

MY MAIN QUEST/MY SIDE LIFE QUESTS

I am taking a break from doing a specific quest. There are a few things going on that are preventing me from doing specific things (more on that when I can speak about it). However, I am still trying to stay the course and will keep Battle Logs going. I've also been taking a break from audiobooks for a bit.

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Friday Selfie: Week 16: My Sister Is Visiting!


MY QUEST (32/100 pounds)

Monday (Day 58):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym (according to my UP app), but moved a total of 12,628 steps
  • Slept 8 hours and 49 minutes (according to my UP app).
Tuesday (Day 59):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym and moved a total of 12,333 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 49 minutes
Wednesday (Day 60):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym and moved a total of 12,622 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 19 minutes
Thursday (Day 61):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved a total of 13,874 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 23 minutes
Friday (Day 62):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved 12,117 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 23 minutes
Saturday (Day 63):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved a total of 10,998 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 30 minutes
Sunday (Day 64):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved a total of 11,829 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 10 minutes
 End of the week recap:
  • I have fallen a bit off the wagon. I haven't been good about tracking calories.
  • I didn't make it to the gym for no real reason
  • Met sleep goal on 4/7 days

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fitness Adventures: - Week 15 - In Between Challenges - Battle Log 2

MY MAIN QUEST/MY SIDE LIFE QUESTS

I am taking a break from doing a specific quest. There are a few things going on that are preventing me from doing specific things (more on that when I can speak about it). However, I am still trying to stay the course and will keep Battle Logs going. I've also been taking a break from audiobooks for a bit.

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Friday Selfie: Week 15: 1st 5K Walk 

MY QUEST (32/100 pounds)

Monday (Day 50):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym (according to my UP app), but moved a total of 13,517 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 41 minutes (according to my UP app).
Tuesday (Day 51):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • Gym and moved a total of 14,092 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 53 minutes
Wednesday (Day 52):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym and moved a total of 13,093 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 58 minutes
Thursday (Day 53):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • Gym and moved a total of 13,567 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 18 minutes
Friday (Day 54):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved 13,282 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 57 minutes
Saturday (Day 55):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved a total of 6,579 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 35 minutes
Sunday (Day 56):
  • Okay on the diet, didn't keep track of calories
  • No gym, but moved a total of 17,189 steps while doing a 5K
  • Slept 6 hours and 25 minutes
 End of the week recap:
  • I have fallen a bit off the wagon. I haven't been good about tracking calories.
  • I didn't make it to the gym for no real reason, but did walk a 5K
  • Met sleep goal on 2/7 days