June 1st, 2015

Blue Red

bbc book list

I saw a meme by kehlen_crow and it reminded me to write this -

For the last two years I have quietly taken the lj 50 books challenge, the first year I read 58 books and last year 56.
During this time I have read a couple of classic books and decided in January 2015 that with no particular time limit I would work my way through the BBC top 100 Big Read List.

1) bold the books I have read.
2) Italicize those that I have on the bookshelf or kindle ready to read.

01 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
04 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

05 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - 1978 but would like to read it again
06 The Bible - took me 4 years! 1978 to 1982
07 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
09 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 The Catcher in the Rye - JD 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 - 1985 and 2013
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 - 1984 but would like to read it again
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis - 1983 but would like to read it again
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 - 1973 but would like to read it again
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 - 1973 but would like to read it again
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 - 2014
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck - 2014
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - 2014
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 - 1997
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 - 1973 and 2013
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
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 - 1975 and 2013
100 Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

(13/100 read and 25 available to read)
Blue Red


I seem to have had two weeks of really early mornings!

I've had my 6 month hospital check up for my Labyrinthitis (which thankfully is just about gone!), I've had my 4 week Gym assessment, met my sister for breakfast, had two mornings at Steve's flat while he had some workmen doing repairs, two Sundays I went to the early service, I met another friend for breakfast and on Saturday morning I had finished my weekly shopping and was walking out of the supermarket at 7am!

Tomorrow I have my appointment with the nurse to discuss the results of my blood tests a couple of weeks ago. I'll see if theres anything I can do to bring down my sugar level.

I'm getting to the gym when I can and I'm enjoying it. I'm going as a doctors referal scheme for healthy excersise and I can use the gym and the swimming pool for 12 weeks. before Christmas I did 7 weeks and then stopped when Mom became ill. I started a new 12 week block again four weeks ago. For these last four weeks I've just worked up to where I was before Christmas and then at my assessment she give me a different programme with goals to work towards for the next 4 weeks. A lot of my excercises involve walking on the treadmill, cycling, steps (since I moved out of the tower block I hardly come across steps at all!) and balance excercises. I have to take things carefully as lots of things upset my arthritis. one of my new excercises is lifting a 3lb weight up to my chin 10 times to strengthen my neck and spine. I know 3lbs is nothing but when I lifted the 4lb weight my spine hurt for a few days afterwards so it was back to the 3lb weight. It's funny because it isn't the weight itself because a bag of food shopping weighs more than that....but then you don't go lifting it up to your chin 10 times I suppose!

There's a new tea shop/craft shop opened in the village. The young lad who owns it is blind and you can just pop in and make cards and things. I haven't made anything yet as I've only been in for coffee but its a great little place.

What else?

Oh Steve and I went to the garden centre yesterday afternoon and I bought a load of plants to make a hanging basket. It looks lovely and I'll take some photos of it but it's been really dull and rainy today. Anyway across the road from the garden centre in the field were loads of lambs Aaaah! so I took a photo.


Archaic English.

On Sunday we sang a really old hymn that had lots of thee's and thou's in it. But what struck me was the use of 'wast' and 'wert'. I realised that I don't use them and I know noone else who ever does and yet they still feel like words that are in common use and quite normal! I think that I am probably of the last generation who will have ever heard them and used them and I think they will probably disappear from the English language quite soon!