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The Top 20 books that Britons have lied most about reading

The Top 20 books that Britons have lied most about reading

So, the book that most people have lied about reading is not War & Peace (it is at #4 in the Top 20) but Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As I have actually read he most-lied about book – if actually only recently precisely because I realised that I had actually never read it and found this to be shocking – and I currently reading, and enjoying, War & Peace, I thought it might be fun to make a book meme of it.

In italic are the books I have either half-read or are currently, and in the http://tarbitoitutargalt.ee/?yaichko=opzioni-60-secondi-demo&327=45 opzioni 60 secondi demo bold are the one’s that I have read (no lies involved), and umm… it’s not really that impressive. Need to add some books to my to read list.

  1. binära optioner hjälpmedel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  2. 1984 – George Orwell
  3. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien  (half-read)
  4. War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy (currently reading – 35% done)
  5. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  6. binaire opties eztrader The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle (I have read several books, but not the complete series)
  7. buy cytotec online usa in Pembroke Pines Florida To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  8. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  9. Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. opcje binarne paypal Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen
  11. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  12. tastylia online Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling
  13. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  14. The Diary Of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  15. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  16. Fifty Shades trilogy – EL James
  17. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  18. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  19. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  20. The Catcher In The Rye – JD Salinger

300 days and counting

300 days and counting

300 days ago in the dark days of winter, Eleanor at work pointed me towards this fun looking challenge to post a picture of something that makes me happy every day for 100 days. Apparently 71% of people fail this challenge. It seemed like a fun kind of idea and so, as you know, I accepted this challenge.

100 days later I completed this challenge, but I immediately set about setting myself a new one; that of continuing the challenge for one whole happy year.

Looking back on my year to date it seems that most of the pictures are about books, reading, writing, food (cheese), nature, and Emma… there’s a definite themes as to what makes me happy.

11 Random Things

11 Random Things

So friend and author Angella Graff gave me ig binäre optionen 11 in the bester broker binäre optionen random things about me you might not know meme… given that these pages are full of the weird and random, hey, you probably do already know them.

1. I love books and reading, probably more than is healthy. But I love writing more. Consequently there are so many books out there I haven’t read and wish I had. This year I’ve read 30 books to date, and that’s like, double my typical average yearly count. I’m not as well-read as I would like to.

2. I talk to myself. All the time. And not just talking, but full-blown conversations, arguments, or debates. And I don’t always agree with myself.

3. I remember the weirdest things; the kind of things that most people tend to forget or not even notice. At the same time I can be dreadfully unobservant of things that everyone else notices straightaway.

4. My first bit of writing was a theatre script for a Star Trek story which features an exploding washing machine. I had my toy theatre with its actors of Play People and I made a set which had real soap suds oosing out across the stage.

5. When I was young I couldn’t pronounce the word ‘vegetable’. Even now, I can remember being taught it: veg-e-table…

6. Most people say rant, r-aunt, but I have always favour r-ant. Makes sense to me.

7. I cry when I see trees fall down or get cut down.

8. I believe passionately in the importance of libraries. I remember Saturday mornings in Lowestoft Central Library and coming away from there with an armful of books every so fondly. I feel a bit hypocritical though that I don’t use them enough now and worry that I am partly responsible for their decline.

9. When I’m writing a new story, I often imagine listening to Front Row on the radio (or similar) and hearing critics review the finished book. It’s not all praise though, I hear the detracting comments too…

10. There are words that, as many times as I have to spell them, I can never spell them right. Effect and affect. Nope I still can’t get them the right way in my head. I can do its and it’s now, but boy did it take ages…

11. I worked for a decade in academic publishing and all that time I had a Post-It not stuck to my computer monitor reminding me the difference between Harvard and Vancouver references. I know one’s Author/Date and one’s Numbered. I still can’t remember for certainty which is which…

Wow, that’s some list of ephemera of things you probably didn’t want to know, and would have been too scared to ask… When I was given this challenge I really didn’t think I would get to eleven! Want a go yourself, comment here, and I’ll give your number of random things. 

What’s in a number?

Age I was given: 28
Where I lived: Abingdon/Bicester (I bought my first house just days after my 28th birthday)
What I did: Electronic Content Quality Controller at Blackwell Publishing
What I drove: A Renault 5 with manual choke
Who had my heart: No one
Feared: Being alone for ever

Age now: 39
Where I live: Bicester
What I do: Web and Digital Media Officer for Oxford Brookes University and author of The End Of All Worlds
What I drive: 12 year old Peugeot 206
Who has my heart: Emma
Fears: Nothing major. Hey, it seems things do change! 🙂

Comment and I will give you an age.

Interviewed by marbledwhite

Köp Cialis Kungsbacka 1. How has marriage changed you?
I’m not sure that marriage has changed me. Meeting Emma definitely has. I am so much more confident about myself than I used to be and can convey myself and my thoughts with way more self-assurance. It did take time to adjust to the new situation though. I remember, life before Emma, meaning that I could do what I wanted to when I wanted to, which basically meant that I could write for as long as I wanted whenever I wanted. When I first met Emma, I didn’t have that freedom and my writing time was squeezed into smaller pockets of the day. I guess you could say that marriage enabled me to get the balance right. Probably coincidence, but it was on my holiday that I started writing my current novel, and I found a kind of equilibrium between time with Emma and time to write.

how to get money fast gta online 2. Apart from writing, is there any other career you would really like to have had a stab at?
I’m not sure if I would still want to have a go at this job, but if I looking back (and I’m loved my A-Levels and my degree), if I had the opportunity to go back and choose my education again, I think I would have liked to have pursued geography. I would have continued my writing and photography anyway and I think I would have liked to try something more environmental – a National Trust (or similar) warden. I think I would like to have a go at archaeology – in that I would like to help out at a Dig – but I think its probably too late for me turn that into a career.

binäre optionen automatisch handeln 3. What are your top 5 priorities in life?
Umm, to be happy and to help in my own small way to make those who are nearest and dearest to me happy. Beyond that, I really don’t know… I want to share my stories with the world in the hope that someone, unknown to myself, might, possibly enjoy reading them. I said that last one second, but these are not really in any particular order. I really do think the world can be a better place and so I want to do my bit. I want to strive to eat more regionally and seasonally, and make less of an impact on our precious and fragile planet. I’m not the kind of person who could make some big statement and have people listen but if I could play my part. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t travel far and see things away from our own doorstep, but we should make those decisions carefully. I don’t think that’s five things, but I think you get the general idea.

tren hexahydrobenzylcarbonate 4. Do you think you’ve changed at all as you’ve got older or do you think you’re essentially the same person now as when you were, say, 20?
Definitely. I was thought when I was younger that one day I would meet someone to marry and share my life with, but I couldn’t have done any of that back then. I really do think that in this the internet has saved me. In a weird way, I guess I have to thank the pathetic little shit who bullied me at work 10 years ago. Without that I might not have investigated the possibility that I had aspergers and without that then Helen B. wouldn’t have worked out what the elephant in the corner of the room was and arranged for Human Resources to sort out my coaching with Bill, and my decision to put more of my personality out there within the confines of LiveJournal – a place where I have been able to write publicly, privately (I never have), to friends, or an ever more tightly locked selection of friends. I don’t think I had an ‘in person’ friend who, at the time, I could talk to about entering the world of online dating, but within LiveJournal, marbledwhite, rachel2205, mosskat55, nicotje and snugglebunnyjm amongst others really helped to hone my profile, and thus I met emej on match.com. Social Media too, have played their part. With Facebook I have rekindled friendships that in retrospect I should have had at school but due to who I was then and what I didn’t know, I didn’t. With Twitter I have manage to network with complete strangers in a way that, even now, if you placed me in a crowded room or at a cocktail party I would just slink into the corner and drink my orange juice too quickly… And I have got little bits of work that way, too. When people go on about the dangers of social media, and lack of privacy, I want to shout back at them about the good that social media does (and that you only lose privacy if you aren’t savvy enough to keep stuff back, or lock stuff down).

opzioni binarie corso base 5. If you were given £5,000 to spend on yourself (i.e. not to be used to pay bills or for everyday things), what would you buy?
I talked in Rachel’s interview the other day of my honeymoon in 2009 to Eilean Shona. I loved it, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, but it wasn’t the honeymoon that we had planned originally. Our original plan, and one that did get all the way through to the booking stage, was a safari through Namibia, staying in some fantastic places and seeing things that neither Emma nor I have ever seen before. But then I became unemployed for three months, and the recession really started to bite, and we couldn’t afford to go and do it justice. So if I was given £5000 then I would take us both on that trip – the same one with bespoke travel company, Audley Travel. If there was any left over after that? Maybe a new lens for my camera to take with us on the trip, and a new laptop for Emma (as she is currently without a properly functioning one of her own).

If you want to be interviewed, comment below, and I’ll ask you 5 questions, which you then post in your journal, whilst also asking people if they want to be interviewed.

Nine Years Later

About nine years ago rachel2205 interviewed me in five questions. After being reminded of this last weekend, she asked me five more…

http://thegobblersknob.com/?savikshyster=definicion-de-sistema-de-comercio-internacional&61d=a6 definicion de sistema de comercio internacional 1. If you could save just ONE object (i.e. not a living thing, assume they are safe!) from a fire in your house, what would it be?

This is a painful question for me considering what happened to my parent’s house eleven years ago. It’s horrible. Completely earth-destroyingly horrible and I don’t want to think about it. I think I am going to have to treat this like they do on Desert Island Discs when it comes to the luxury question and treat all my photographs (digital and physical) with negatives as one object and say that. Even when you lose everything else, photographs can help bring back the memories. But its still a horrible, impossible, question that I don’t like to think about. Think of your most prized belonging, then turn around and see another. Go upstairs and see another. A lot of stuff is replaceable, but so much is irreplaceable and to ask someone to choose just one. And so to the follow up…

binär optionen strategien 2. Would you like to acquire any pets that aren’t cats?

I think, at the right time, in the right circumstances, we would both quite like a dog. But its impossible at the moment. It wouldn’t be fair on the seven cats, and whilst you can go out and leave cats, you need to be able to come home at lunchtime to walk a dog.

http://sensuousmuse.com/?tormozok=trading-su-opzioni-binarie-demo&dc7=9b trading su opzioni binarie demo 3. What’s your favourite part of Oxford?

It would be too obvious to say Jericho, but it is lovely and has a good feel to it. I love Little Clarendon Street, first thing in the morning, on a cold, clear, autumn morning. Or Brasenose Lane – don’t ask me why? Then there’s the university parks on a warm, sunny, Spring day, or the way you turn off the London Road in Headington and are suddenly in Old Headington with a distinctly rural, country feel.

www trleaders com opzione binarie 4. What was your favourite holiday?

All these favourites. I find it very hard to pick favourites in anything. Maybe this is is because I find it hard to make decisions. The National Trust holiday to Bransdale Mill in the North York Moors is a perrenial favourite, as is my holiday to Estonia in 2003. I think that might have been part of a turning point in me. I made the most friends, I had the confidence to buy and wear my amber necklace. But my favourite? I think it has to be my honeymoon in 2006. Okay, so it wasn’t the Nambian safari we had planned, but it was perfect. Perfect weather, no rain to speak of, and our little red cottage on the private island of Eilean Shona.

5. What are you most excited about for 2012?

I’m looking forward to having a year when I don’t have to reapply for my own job. I’m also looking forward to the year that I self-ePublish my novel, The End Of All Worlds. I’m also very much looking forward to our holiday this summer to Iceland. My fourth trip to the country, but the first time that I will go full circle around the country, and I’m looking forward to sharing that all with Emma.

If you want to be interviewed, comment below, and I’ll ask you 5 questions, which you then post in your journal, whilst also asking people if they want to be interviewed. Do you see?

Thomas needs

Directions: Google your first name plus the word “needs” and put up the first ten hits

Thomas needs:
1. proof
2. a jew
3. to be put out to pasture
4. a home
5. stem cell therapy
6. to worry more
7. your support
8. a new lawyer
9. a decent haircut
10. a new president


The January Meme

* The first article title on the page is the name of your band: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
* The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album:
* The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover:
* Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post it in your own journal.

The November (writing) meme

1. What was the first thing you ever wrote?

A play for my toy theatre. Simply entitled Rome, it was of quite simply epic proportions and included the infamous first line: ‘Sir! Sir! The Goth’s are invading!’

2. What’s your most recent work?

My current work is the wip Blood & Fire although I am currently considering alternative titles for it. My current favourite is The End of All Worlds.

3. What do you think you’re best at (genre, style, theme)?

I don’t know if its an official genre, but I think I am best at what I call real-world fantasy – that is to say stories that are based in the here and now but where fantastical things happen to some characters. I like to try and make these things explainable by other characters with a scientific (or non-fantastical) reason.

4. What would you like to be better at?

Showing characters emotions to the reader rather than telling readers them.

5. Which of your works do you think best represents you as a writer?

An amalgam of different characters in all my stories. An autobiography of my life would probably best be done as collection of excerpts of my stories and fictional narrative, spliced together.

6. What’s your favourite story you’ve ever written?

I think it might be the next story I’m going to write: (The Curious Tale of) Mr Tumnal

7. What’s your favourite scene/chapter you’ve ever written?

The opening scenes of Blood & Fire – the images portrayed are just so vivid.

8. What’s your favourite passage or line you’ve ever written?

The scene, early on in Blood & Fire where Ben comes works through and comes to terms with the grief at having lost his sister.

9. Have you ever written something that you found really upsetting, that you almost couldn’t bring yourself to write?

Please see the scene described under question 8 above.

10. Which (if any) of your works represents a departure from your usual style, you taking a risk and trying something new? Do you think it worked?

My next story. It’s going to be written in the past-tense – something, somewhat of a departure for me, as I seem to have developed a style for writing in the present-tense.

11. Who’s your favourite character to write? Who do you think you write best?

The unknowing hero/heroin.

12. Name five things that typically characterize your work.

Fantastical things happening in ordinary situations.

13. List the projects you’re working on right now or have coming up in the near future.

Blood & Fire or The End of All Worlds
Mr Tumnal
European Stories

14. How do you think your writing has changed since you first started?

It’s matured so much. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. One’s own writing improves so much after reading more of absolutely everything, and that’s something, however fast you write, that can only come with time and age.

15. Describe yourself as a writer in five words or less.

Determined, imaginative, assiduous, and compulsive.

16. Links to any archives or websites where you have your work.

Critique Circle, my own website … my book-lined study… 🙂

The September Meme: To Be Read

Philip Pullman has listed his favourite books. It’s a bit of fun really, but it does bring to mind the basis for a meme. So…

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins
The Complete Brigadier Gerard Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Art and Illusion by EH Gombrich
The Complete Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm (I’ve read some of them)
The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories by MR James
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Marquise of O by Heinrich Von Kleist
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay (the title sounds so intriguing…!)
Lavender’s Blue edited by Kathleen Lines
Venice For Pleasure by JG Links
The Call of Cthulhu by HP Lovecraft
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
The Best of Myles by Flann O’Brien
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
Wolf Solent by John Cowper Powys
Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome
Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke
Selected Writings by John Ruskin
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Wallace Stevens (Poet to Poet) edited by John Burnside
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson
The Country of the Blind and Other Selected Stories by H.G. Wells
Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
Summer Lightning by P.G. Wodehouse
The Art of Memory by Frances A Yates

Five more questions (the July meme)

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions of a personal nature.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them 5 questions.

Mine, from :

1. Which writer do you most admire, and why?

That’s a tough one. I like lots of writers for different reasons, but if you were to look at the sheer number of their books on my shelves and the consistent enjoyment/re-readability (and enduring understanding) of them, then I think that it would have to be Diana Wynne Jones. I remember the day I was first introduced to her work – my friend Simon just before a GCSE Geography lesson – and it was Fire & Hemlock. It’s still one of my favourite books ever and one that I would forever recommend to people. That said, I have found that her last few books have gone off the boil somewhat, but then they have been Chrestomanci novels and (with the exception of the first couple, these are not her strong ones). However her most recent, House of Many Ways is utterly brilliant and charming and a return to form.

2. What does marriage mean to you?

Being with the person you love and making that commitment to one another. I don’t have a problem with people who choose to live together ‘as married’ without actually being that legally, but for myself I think it’s important, particularly if you are going to consider bringing children into the world. I think it’s a nice symbol to you, your partner, and to those around you who love you that you’ve found someone special.

3. Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world/money no object?

Hrmm, tough question. I’m really not sure. I like being reasonably close to my family as that’s important to me. I think somewhere near the coast (within walking distance of the sea), in a small town or village, in a location that is out-of-the-reach of London. Somewhere the pace of life is a bit slower, and friendlier and you can break out on foot and into the countryside.

4. Could you live happily without a television?

Yes, and no. If that’s not a cheats answer that is. When I am away from home and my normal routines and sometimes in places where there isn’t even a television I don’t miss it at all, not one thing. But I couldn’t not have one in my permanent residence. Oddly, I remember when I was younger renting a video recorder (from the Granada shop) because it meant that I watched less television not more: the theory being that you record the things you really want to see and watch them at the times you want to see them rather than watch the things you want to see when they are on and then watch more because its on. Of course in the digital age I record far too much that I never watch on my digibox because its just so damn easy… :-

5. How many musical instruments can you play and which would you like to be able to play?

Two. Flute and piccolo. Well kind of, I can play them, and I do play in Abingdon Concert Band, but I don’t play them as well as I would like. I used to play the trumpet at school, so I guess, given a Tune A Day book and an instrument, I could probably get something out of it again. I’d like to play the guitar, mainly so that I could do a bit of singer-songwriting. Guitar seems to be a bit of a struggle though…

The June Meme

“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who’ve read only six and force books upon them 😉

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
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 – 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 (okay, I read half of it, but it’s a long book and I intend to read the rest!)
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 (isn’t this counted in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’?)
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 (I did, try to read it, but I just couldn’t. I really couldn’t!)
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 (tried to, didn’t get on with it…)
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 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
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Nearest Book Meme

Tagged by

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag fivesix people.

Since I’m at work my nearest book is New Hart’s Rules, which I really ought to refer to more often…

Take into account also the subject’s conventions and the intended readers’ expectations: if in doubt over the degree of assimilation of a particular word, the more cautious policy is to italicize, but in a work written for specialists whose terminology it may be a part of, it may be wiser not to.

Conversely, consistency or context may require words normally romanized in general English to revert to italization (or, as in German, capitalization), to avoid their looking out of place among related but less assimilated foreign words. It is also sometimes important to go on italizing a foreign word, however familiar, where there is an English word with the same spelling, as with Land for a province of Germany or pension for a Continental boarding house.

I tag:

The January Meme

In response to Helen

1. Name:
2. Birthday (age is optional-I understand if you don’t want to share):
3. Where do you live:
4: What are you studying/What are you working as:
5. What makes you happy:
6. What are you listening to now/have listened to last:
7. What is particularly good/bad about my LJ:
8. An interesting fact about you:
9. Your ambition in life:
10. Favourite place to be:
11. All the languages you speak:
12. Best time of the year:
13. Weirdest food you like:

1. The last movie you loved:
2. A book you could read over and over again:
3. A song that makes you want to dance:

1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Put this in your lj so I can tell you what I think of you:

The July Meme

The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!

Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose intelligence is surest.”

Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable. Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron’s affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine’s editor).

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Edit: Although it has to be said that Hufflepuff was a very close second. Needless to say that Slytherin was never in the contest… 😉