Sunday, November 28, 2010

How Well Read Are You?

This list was compiled by the BBC and includes classic and contemporary titles that if read would make you well read. I love doing this kind of thing

According to the BBC, most people have not read more than 6 books found on this list.


•Copy this list.

•Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

•Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

•Tag other book nerds.

•Underline the ones that you have but haven't read. They are probably in your TBR stack/on your shelf at the back because someone said you should read them.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The King James Bible

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

Emma -Jane Austen

Persuasion – Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

Animal Farm – George Orwell

The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Dune – Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

Ulysses – James Joyce

The Inferno – Dante

Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

Germinal – Emile Zola (en francais)

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession – AS Byatt

Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (en francais)

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (en francais)

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (en francais)

I have completed 35 and read portions of several others. How many have you read?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gold Canyon Candles GIVEAWAY!!!!

Gold Canyon Candles is the original 2-wick candle company. There are two safety wicks to burn evenly and prevent tunneling, thus eliminating wasted wax. Gold Canyon Candles are made to burn longer and maintain their scent while scenting every room of the house. GCC has over 600 products and 100 different scents. Here is a sampling of some of what GCC has to offer:

 Tea Light Snow Bell
A beautiful holiday tealight holder to liven up your holiday table.  $14.48
Heritage 16 oz Candle
Comes in over 60 fragrances and has a burn time of 120-140 hours.   $15.98
I'm currently burning Mulled Harvest, "a traditional autumn scent that captures boiling spices on the stove mixed with apples, berries, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and pumpkin."  Also perfect for this time of year: Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread House, Iced Bayberry, and Mrs. Claus's Kitchen.

Pod Warmers
GCC Pod Warmes are easy to use, come with an automatic timer
and come in a variety of styles to fit any personality.  Use with
scent pods which come in over 80 fragrances.
 Gold Canyon Candles also has fragrance oils, soy candles, room spray and skin care.

Gold Canyon Candles is having a sale from now til Monday, 11/29/10. For free shipping with orders over $75 enter HOLIDEALSHIP at checkout. For free shipping AND $5 off orders over $95 enter the promo code HOLIDEALSHIP5. For free shipping and $10 off orders over $125 enter HOLIDEALSHIP10 at checkout. For free shipping and $15 off orders over $175 enter HOLIDEALSHIP15 at checkout.

I am giving away a 16 oz Heritage Gold Canyon Candle in the scent of the winners choice.  Retail value of $15.98.  The winner will be chose by random number generator on December 15th at 11:59.  Winner will  be notified by email.  In the event I don't hear from winner withing 48 hours a backup will be chosen.  Winner will be posted here as well.  This giveaway is only open to people in the United States.

Mandatory Entry

Go to Gold Canyon Candles and tell me what scent you would choose if you win.  Make sure that you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.  This entry must be completed before any bonus entries are counted. 

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15 extra entries go to Gold Canyon Candles and purchase any item, then come back here and let me know you ordered.  (Leave 15 seperate comments for this entry)

1 entry go to Gold Canyon Candles and come back here and comment with something you learned.

1 entry go to Gold Canyon Candles and tell me another item that I haven't posted here that you'd like to have.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Pickle Lip Balm

A pretty well known fact about me is that I love pickles. Yum! I even sometimes eat pickles for breakfast. I have fond memories of the dill my grandmother grew in her garden.

Some time ago doing a pickle lip balm search (yes, I was actually searching for pickle lip balm – I had gotten pizza flavored lip balm from My Lip Stuff – it’s gross, lol). In my searching I re-stumbled across Archie McPhee & Co. They have pickle lip balm, pickle soap, pickle flavored mints, pickle gumballs, pickle floss, and a ton of other pickle items.

Additionally they have bacon lip balm, nacho lip balm, and corn dog lip balm. They have Thanksgiving gum balls that taste like turkey, cranberry and pumpkin pie.

They are also the home of the crazy cat lady action figure.

I’d love to try some of their weird flavored items. How ‘bout you?
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