Rory Gilmore Reading List- 2021

Ah, September. Time to return to school, sharpen the pencils, and hit the library. To recap, I did this in 2020 and 2018. I’ve read 31 books on the list, highlighted like this. The books I have on my physical TBR or on request at the library are underlined. And if you’re wondering why it’s broken up like this, ask why WP decided to get rid of Classic despite the justified backlash.

1.) 1984 by George Orwell- DNF
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll   6/12
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank  10/12                                       

9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James-I’m not sure about this one, it sounds familiar and it’s the kind of book I’d read.
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  12/12 LOVE
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) 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
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner


30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.)Carrie by Stephen King   6/12
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger   9/12 Well written, if misogynistic 
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White  11/12 SAD.
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac


50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King  8/12
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol


60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Good, I guess? It wasn’t enthralling or anything but it had it’s moments.


70.)
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe I read this in the back of His Hideous Heart and found out that my favourite story is The Pit & The Pendulum
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange, Roger Reger, 12/12 LOVE
76.) Emma, Jane Austen
77.) Empire Falls, Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome,  Edith Wharton


80.) Ethics, Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003, Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 10/12
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson


90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring, J. R. R.
Tolkien, 7/12
91.) Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake, James Joyce
94.) Fletch, Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey,  J. D. Salinger, 10/12


100.) Freaky Friday, Mary Rodgers 9/12
101.) Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President, Jacob Weisberg- Never, Ever reading this one!
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky 8/12


110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 4/12 Want to reread to see if being nonmandatory helps
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy


118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare 8/12– My favourite Shakespeare! And the only one I’ve liked thus far.
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 5/12
120.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 10/12

121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 9/12 
122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris


130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 12/12
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer read sections of it for a class, and some parts were confusing- why was Achilles in the Underworld but Heracles in Olympus?


139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante Also read for a class- could be boring in parts but others were super descriptive
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair


150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken


161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel 8/12
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding 0/12 HATE, BURN ALL  COPIES
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer


180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsdor by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret


190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer


200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri – DNF, enjoy the writing style but hate babies. Loved In Other Words by same author.
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson 12/12 I LOVE THIS WOMAN.
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan


210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 1/12 DESTROY THIS BOOK
213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez DNF F this sexist sex book
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan- rereleased as Where The Past Begins
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 12/12 LOVE


220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky LOVE
228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 12/12 DARK LOVE


230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
McCain
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
237.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  9/12
238.) Property by Valerie Martin
239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon


240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
243.)Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers 7/12
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 9/12
245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi DNF- haven’t read enough books referenced
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant


250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
256.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 1/12 SEEK AND DESTROY
257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin


260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 9/12


270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers 8/12
285.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
Burgos
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby


290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron- DNF during HS, might reattempt
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach-Took a long time, but was full of fascinating information
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E. B. White 7/12


299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 4/12


310.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
313.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316.) Ulysses by James Joyce
317.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319.) Unless by Carol Shields


320.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau 3/12 BORING
327.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
Sinker


330.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
334.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire DNF
336.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum 7/12
337.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 
338.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

First Lines Friday ~ 8/20/21

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“Ellie bought the life-sized plastic skull at a garage sale (the goth neighbors were moving to Salem, and they could not fit an entire Halloween warehouse into their black van).

Not me getting absorbed in a book when I should be typing!

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Hint: Ghost dog

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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger!

Mid-Year Freakout Tag!

Best Book of 2021

And yes, this is the book I waited until two days after the actual mid-year to finish (Not bc of the book, I was just finishing up a summer class)

It’s none other than Never Let Me Go, a british novel published in 2005 and set in the 1900s. It reads as if it’s set sometime later in the future, and would’ve been helpful to know it wasn’t the case as I was squinting at all of the old-timey references from old times (Is Judy Bridgewater a real person?)

A friend that has all the best recommendations brought it up after I mentioned The Promised Neverland, a manga following children at an orphanage fated to be harvested to aliens. I only got my paws on volume one, but it’s made a lasting impression.

Best Sequel

Dude, I don’t read sequels. The sequels I want to read have never been written. Although I did see that my library has that President Snow book, which I will probably read even though I don’t really want to.

New Release You Need To Read

Ah, Well, How Many Gigabytes Do You Have?

Off the top of my head (The ones that come up first on my goodreads tbr) Cool For The Summer, Darling, The Maidens, and Ace Of Spades. I orignally wasn’t going to pick up Darling because some people labelled it as fantasy and I really don’t read it nowadays. But the author came out and said that it’s a contemporary thriller, which has propelled it from “not interested” to “would read if the library had it.”

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

If This Gets Out, that’s it, that’s the only book, all the other books already came out or don’t come out until next year. I’d say I need to pay more attention to new releases but I already don’t have enough attention for school.

Biggest Disappointment

Life.

Biggest Surprise

Maurice. I wasn’t expecting that much Pure Gay in a classic, and there is a horrible twist involving a love interest that had me S C R E A M I N G. I watched the movie later and please. For the love of Satan, don’t put 35+ years olds to try and pass them off as late teens.

Favourite New Author

Hmm, do I have one? Ahh, yes, Leo Tolstoy. I hated everything he wrote except for The Death Of Ivan Ilyich, which paralleled his own death and closetism.

Why can’t I spell, and more importantly, why does WP tell me I can’t spell and proceed to not tell me how to correct it?

Newest Fictional Crush

I’m biromantic. Everyone’s a crush. Except Clive. Fuck Clive.

Newest Favourite Character

No one immediately comes to mind, unless Mobius counts.

(Instert Mobius fancam)

Book That Made You Cry

Maurice made me cry in frustration. Four Letter Word made me cry from eyestrain. But I don’t generally read sad books? There are some with a melancholy tone, but they’re not necessarily invoke-tears sad.

Book That Made You Happy

Most books?

Most Beautiful Book

So all the ones from the library have this strap on them so you can’t see the cover, only the spine. But Maurice has a sort of beautiful simplicity to it; I bought it at a used bookshop after I finished my library copy and I should probably reccommend another book. The Anthropocene Reviewed has a similar quality in a different way.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

Try every book in existence. But seriously, I need to get to Cicero’s On The Good Life and Little Badger’s Elatsoe. Which is also a contender for Beautiful Book.

Book 2 Movie Adaptation

I was just about to watch Benedict Society but was interrupted in the opening credits. I suppose I could say Maurice again, unless School Of Rock was based on a book or something.

Stuck At Home Book Tag!

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Oh gods, what do I do with my life?

  • Thank the person who nominated you (no one ever nominates me)
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

1) What are you currently reading?

I actually just finished a rather poor comic of Venom and am rereading Cemetery Boys before the release. I normally read several books at once, but for some reason, I’m just not. I really should pick up another book so I don’t get all lost and confused upon finishing each book.

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2) What’s your favourite ‘can’t-leave-the-house’ activity?

I’m going to be predicable and say blogging and staring at my cat. She’s really cute, but don’t tell her that.

3) A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever

All of them? But also 

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Summer Bird Blue

I really want to finish this before summer ends, for obvious reasons. I’ve loved the (few) other books with ace protagonists that I’ve read and I feel ready for a book about grief.

4) An intimidating book on your tbr

Eh, I tend to avoid intimating/ big books despite reading big books being one of my challenges for this year. But Under The Rainbow seems intimidating because it’s about queer people moving to a very homophobic town. It seems to have some mixed reviews and an unrealistic optimism. I’m interested, but skeptical.   

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5) Top 3 priority books on your tbr

I’ve already mentioned CB and Summer Bird Blue, so the others would be: 

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Every Heart A Doorway, How To Write A Damn Good Novel, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

6) Recommend a short book

I finally get the chance to rec The Carol Ashton series. It follows an adult lesbian detective in Australia, the first book being an investigation into a high school teacher’s death.

7) Recommend a long book

May I cry now? But fortunately  for me, The Complete Sherlock Holmes is a staggering 1796 pages, broken up in two volumes, but GR counts it as one. If you don’t feel like a collection counts (boo) there’s also Wolf Hall at 600 pages. It follows Thomas Cromwell, one of the people Henry 1V killed. (It’s been a while, ok)

8) Something you’d love to do while stuck at home

I don’t love doing anything except staring at my cat. I enjoy writing once I get into the flow, but it’s hard to get into the flow!

9) What do you plan on reading next?

I really hope that An Absolutely Remarkable Thing comes in the mail soon so I can read the sequel! I got them both on sale at the same time but for some reason ABFE came separately and earlier. 

Welp, you’re tagged! What do you think of these books? What are your answers to the questions? *Please fill out this short survey!*

 

I Match my Classes With Books- Pt 2!

 At the beginning of last semester, I posted I Match My Classes With Books!, which I now believe to be somewhat off. Environmental Policy was nowhere near as fun as Dirk Gently and I actually changed my minor to Natural Resources because of it.

So, my tentative schedule, tentative due to corona and the uncertainty that comes with it, is:

Magazine Production

I don’t know what’s going on with this class, as it’s the only production class scheduled online due to corona. My uni is taking a hybrid approach for now- most classes are online except for science labs, dance, and the like. The newspapers are counted as labs, but the ‘zine isn’t. A bummer.

I’m coming up with such a blank for this. Obviously there’s Ugly Better, but this is supposed to be about books! Maybe Hearts Unbroken

American Government

*sigh* The wonders of General Ed. This is self explanatory- some stuff about politics and the branches of fed. government.

Red, White, And Royal Blue

The class may be repetitive and dull, but the book sure isn’t! Alex and Henry’s story- asides from being an international relationship in of itself- is filled with fascinating snippets of queer historical figures such as Hamilton and Virginia Woolf.

“You should not have taken advantage of my sensibilities to steal into my affections without my consent.”

Investigative Reporting 

This is the advanced version of Beginning Reporting, which I really felt unchallenged by. I’m hoping this class will be up to my hopes; a, in-depth crash course on How To Interview.

So maybe another place to put Hearts Unbroken… There’s also the MG Cub

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Sexuality 

Um, yeah. Just a general overview of human sexuality that I have to take three semesters of to count towards my minor.

A Quick And Easy Guide To Queer & Trans Identities + A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns

This is more gender based than sexuality based, but it is an educational look at what these identities are and tips on how to use pronouns properly, and WHY these are important.

Public Relations

PR is not my concentration, but I decided to take the class because a lot of jobs require some PR work. I know nothing about it. I know it has to do with publicity and representing your company to the outside. 

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Books Brightsiders and Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens Of Geek

Charlie has a lot on her plate. She’s a popular youtuber who has to attend comic-con with her horrible ex. Charlie is bisexual- a sexuality that’s misunderstood and misrepresented by the media covering her. When she kisses her girl crush on-camera, and accidentally uploads it- chaos ensues. And I have to mention her co-protagonist Taylor, who’s just a super geeky and relatable autistic character for aspies everywhere. 

T10T: Queer Blue Books

T10T is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

 

All Boys Aren’t Blue, George M. Johnson~ TBR

I’ve heard a lot about this memoir, and how it explores the intersections of queerness and Blackness. 

Summer Bird Blue, Akemi Dawn Bowman ~ TBR

This is a story about grief with an ace protagonist but I was too sad to read it and now I don’t know where it is. 

Out Of The Blue, Sophie Cameron ~ 7/12

I love angel-type stories, but I didn’t like that angels can’t speak in this world. I’m just too used to Destiel.

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If It Makes You Happy, photo cred https://www.instagram.com/killedbyabook/

If It Makes You Happy, Claire Kann ~ 9/12

I honestly thought this was a nonfiction account of a pageant when I read this.

Dear Evan Hansen, ~ 8/12

I remember thinking that the (straight) protagonist was really selfish for co-opting a gay boy’s story, but for a fresher perspective check the letter I wrote.

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I miss shoes from Payless

Radio Silence, Alice Oseman ~ 11/12

YES we stan a gorgeous cover of a gorgeous story. 

Don’t Date Rosa Santos, Nina Moreno ~ 5/12

Yes, Rosa is bi but I personally didn’t like the book that much.

On A Sunbeam, Tillie Walden, ~8/12

I thought there’d be more blue but I think I just sorted both Sunbeam and Spinning into a dark, blue-ish category.

Perfect 10, L. Phillips 5/12

This is a good trash story, if you know what I mean. A “guilty pleasure” that isn’t quite reflective of your normal reading habits but a lot of people ask what you’re reading and get the wrong idea of the kind of person that I am.

That makes it sound dirty when it isn’t. It’s just trash.

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The Deep Blues, Rivers Solomon

The Deep, Rivers Solomon~10/12

Put this in your next readathon if you haven’t already! This is a short but impactful book about generational trauma.

Other blue books:

What are your blue books? Have you read any of these?

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T10T: Happy Pill Books

It’s been a while, but why did the week I go back and happy week coincide? Oh, well.

The Hobbit– Tom bom, Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo Not sure if I got that right, but I don’t have the book with me. Nonetheless, Wait, is Tom in The Hobbit or the Fellowship? NVM, this counts as the whole of Middle-Earth, although OI wouldn’t say LOTR is very happy unless you have the nostalgia. 

Felizx
Read this. Hype this. Give me this.

Felix Ever After- I just can’t. It’s a bestseller, but not on the NYT bestseller list, when it really should be. No trans book ever has. And as great as THUG was, does it really need to be on the List for 175 weeks? The Hunger Game is still on there. Harry P*tter is on there. C’mon! 

But Felix is great, let’s not, I’m just upset because it’s ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. It is drenched in self-love and love for trans kids. TRANS RIGHTS.

Gallery Of Unfinished Girls- I wouldn’t necessarily say this is a happy book, but it is a book I needed, and I believe a lot of others do to, especially if you’re a creative that’s been struggling. 

 Fence- I’m gay what you gonna do?

Carmilla

Carmilla- and I continue to be gay, but I went down a glorious binge of the Carmilla youtube series and found my star-crossed girlfriend. Ahh, Carm, you don’t need Laura. But I need you. 

I Wish You All The Best- Not the best written, but it helped me realize who I am, and I wouldn’t be happy without it. Not that I’m happy regardless, but not knowing who you are creates a deep state of unhappy confusion I’d like to never revisit. 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing– The sequel is coming out and I can’t afford it and I’m dying.

Hark! A Vagrant-  This is just a super funny look at some historical figures.

Born A Crime- I loved learning about Trevor’s life and “listening” to his voice. He can make anything funny, and choose his funniest stories that highlight South African life. 

Into The Wild– I love Alex Supertramp. 

What were your books? Did you see any that made you happy? 

The TanyX Goffy Reading List~ Rory Gilmore Spoof

So you may have seen my recent post of the entire RG Reading List. As you may have noticed, I’ve read only a few of them, most of which I DNF’d or had to read but hated. The List is a compilation of all the references to books in Gilmore Girls, and could be argued, all of the media that Rory deems “essential reading,” which can vary from person to person. Here’s my list and why I think people should read them by the time they graduate HS or college!

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My book love

#1 I Wish You All The Best, Mason Deaver –Freshman Year HS

Yes, the writing leaves something to be desired, but it’s a great first glimpse into the nonbinary world, and the book that came out as I was questioning my gender, or lack thereof. I used nonbinary for a while, then shifted to agender  and later transmasculine. I now don’t have a preferred word and just say “I’m trans” or “I don’t have a gender.” 

Felizx
Read this. Hype this. Give me this.

#2 Felix Ever After, Kacen Callender- Junior/senior year HS

I just finished this and I know. I just know how important this 2-month old book is for the future of trans lit. It was so full of self-pride even when there was a serious incident of transphobia and Felix began to re-question himself.

#3 They Both Die At The End, Adam SilveraHS

You can’t enter your adult life without being devastated by deaths that are spoiled by the title. It teaches you the meaning of living life to the fullest or something, and that’s something young ppl apparently need to appreciate while they still can. This is BS but the book is not I’m just trying to give you a meaningful reason to reread this.

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#4 Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer- Junior Year HS

This is the only required reading that I absolutely, truly, loved. Our guiding reading question was “Is Alex Supertramp a hero?” and I say yes, because he left comfort and safety to follow his dream. So sad his bus was lifted and I’ll never get to visit it. 😦

#5 If It Makes You Happy, Claire Kann- HS

This book stands out in the sense that there isn’t really a strong moral lesson to be learnt, but as it’s something I will require suitors that will never exist to read, I consider it essential to me. It’s got great poly/ace/bi rep that might be educational for some, and a family situation that may leave some feeling empowered to stand up to fatphobic family members.

#6 Hamlet, Shakespeare- Senior Year HS

This is the one Shakespeare I read and truly enjoyed, although I am interested in reading Macbeth and Midsummer Night’s Dream when it’s safe to go to the library. Alas, poor Yorick set me off on a skull hunting spree and I was Hamlet for Halloween. That being said, I didn’t get to read it within a classroom setting and think I could’ve benefited from guided analysis. 

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I miss shoes from Payless

#7 Radio Silence- Alice Oseman- Senior yr HS/ Before College

This really questions whether college is right or necessary, and it would be great for anyone who isn’t sure about college. Also- Demiace rep! Aroace author! Bisexual protagonist! No romance! 

#8 Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle– HS

This is a classic and if you don’t read this, you’ll die.

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#9 Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde- Senior Year of HS or freshman yr of college

This is another book I would’ve benefited from a guided analysis- an older gay friend told me how gay it is but I didn’t listen and now I’m gay. 

#10 Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell- Before or during freshman year of college

This is an accurate portrayal of college life- the constant library and computer time! I think reading it can be a great way to prep for it- although Rainbow does have a history of racism and I’d like a different “now I’m in college” book but I don’t know any.

#11 If We Were Villains, ML Rio- College Seniors

This is especially great if you’ve read a few Shakespeares before this- I’m told it’s largely Macbeth, but I’ve only read R&J, Hamlet, and The Tempest and see bits of all. It’s super reflective of how I first realized my sexuality and related hard.

#12 An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green- College seniors 

This could be construed as an after-college book for the modern era of social media. April May is in her early 20s and leaves a job she hates to be a social media Carl activist. Hank is far better than John, and uses surprisingly ownvoices bisexual rep to show the evils of social media and how it can be used to help aliens/ Carls.

So yeah. This are my “essential books.” This is the kind of list that changes over the years, but these are the books that have strongly impacted me. I also should’ve listed The Hobbit but I really need to list 12 books because I might have OCD.

Rory Gilmore Reading List-2020

1.) 1984 by George Orwell- DNF
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll   6/12
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank  10/12                                        9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James-I’m not sure about this one, it sounds familiar and it’s the kind of book I’d read.
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  12/12 LOVE
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) 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
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King   6/12
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger   9/12 Well written, if misogynistic 
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White  11/12 SAD.
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King  8/12
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange, Roger Reger, 12/12 LOVE
76.) Emma, Jane Austen
77.) Empire Falls, Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome,  Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics, Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003, Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 10/12
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring, J. R. R.
Tolkien, 7/12
91.) Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake, James Joyce
94.) Fletch, Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey,  J. D. Salinger, 10/12
100.) Freaky Friday, Mary Rodgers 9/12
101.) Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President, Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky 8/12
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 4/12 Want to reread to see if being nonmandatory helps
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare 8/12
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 5/12
120.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 10/12
121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 9/12 

122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 12/12
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel 8/12
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding 1/12 HATE, BURN ALL  COPIES
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson 12/12 I LOVE THIS WOMAN.
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 1/12 DESTROY THIS BOOK
213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez DNF F this sexist sex book
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 12/12 LOVE
220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky LOVE
228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 12/12 DARK LOVE
230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
McCain
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
237.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  9/12
238.) Property by Valerie Martin
239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
243.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers 7/12
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 9/12
245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi DNF- haven’t read enough books referenced
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
256.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 1/12 SEEK AND DESTROY
257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 9/12
270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers 8/12
285.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
Burgos
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron- DNF during HS, might reattempt
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach- “currently reading” this book for 6 months now. Interesting, but have to take it slow
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E. B. White 7/12
299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 4/12
310.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
313.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316.) Ulysses by James Joyce
317.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319.) Unless by Carol Shields
320.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau 3/12 BORING
327.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
Sinker
330.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
334.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire DNF
336.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum 7/12
337.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 
338.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Mid-Year Book Tag~ 2020

What an awful year. At east it’s half over, but if recent history is any indication, things will get worse.

But anyway, as of June 30th, I’ve read 15 books. I failed. My Goodreads goal was set at 48, considerably lower because I’m back at college and wanted to try reading more bricks since reading 99 short books last year wasn’t that fun. But here we are, at university, during corona, at 31% of my goal halfway through the year.

What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?

The best book was also the first one: If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. There’s so little support for this book! I will require it of any future suitors- not that there will be any, but if there were, i’d ask them to read this to get a good idea of what I’m looking for. There’s a polyam bi qpp. There’s protective big sister and family drama with grandma. Fat black girl protag and proud. Queen of the summer festival.

Favorite Sequel-

Gotta skip this one. I’ve literally read 0 sequels this year. I do need to read all of Heartstopper, the last volume of Fence, and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing’s sequel- which I believe is coming out as I type.

 New release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for

All of them? But I think Felix Ever After counts bc I only read one chapter. I know most ppl are “read in one sitting” but I had such a preset notion of what this book is- a trans poc Simon vs- and it does seem like it, but also has a more mature voice. Stuff like “F***ing ridiculous” and talk about getting high. I just had to take a minute to let my expectations let up so I can enjoy it for what it is, instead of being surprised as to what it’s not. My favorite quote though? “You two seem like very nice, gay boys.”

 Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

All of them? I already mentioned  A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. Also Falling In Love Montage, The Black Flamingo, The Book Of Koli, A Song Below Water, Faith: Taking Flight, LOVELESS, The Fell Of The Dark, Darius Deserves Better… You get the idea.

Biggest disappointment

This just happened, but I was betrayed by the transphobia towards the end of Girl, Woman, Other. Thus I picked up a a super trans-friendly book like Felix. Or not, I heard he gets outed. But basically, GWO is about mostly black women, but then you have one nonbinary character, and then transphobia just explodes from there, even within themself. Not to mention that it’s sketchy to put one enby character in a cast of all women, and the very next chapter have a prominent character saying that trans women don’t deserve to be in women’s spaces. Ugh. 

 Biggest surprise

Probably The Gallery Of Unfinished Girls. I just dug it out of a book bin bc I wasn’t feeling anything on my prestacked TBR. I knew nothing, and heard nothing, about it, but it was discarded by the library a while back and something compelled me to pick it up. I’m glad I did! It follows a bisexual artist as she deals with her grief from having Abulea in a coma. has a nice magical realism aspect.

 Favourite new to you or debut author

Um, I haven’t read multiple books by the same author, extent John Green, and he ain’t new. I look forward to reading more from Claire Kann, the author of If It Makes You Happy, Elizabeth Acevedo (With The Fire On High), and Lauren Kratz (Unfinished Girls) although I think the latter is a one book author. I look forward to reading Clap When You Land and Let’s Talk About Love. I had the latter checked out from the library a while ago, but it was literally the same week I went homeless so I never got to it.

 Favourite fictional crush

Way to include aces. But yeah, I don’t really have any characters I would date. I guess I would hang out with Nico from Last Bus To Everland, but he’s a bit irresponsible for anything serious. 

New favourite character

Um, Nico I guess. There’s also Lilia, who would be my crush, but we realize something that makes it kinda ick later on. She’s the awesome queen in Unfinished Girls who introduces our characters to the Estate/magic.  

A book that made you cry

I don’t cry, although I did cry quite easily after The Bag died and may burst into tears now. Odd One Out made me cry in frustration. 

A book that made you happy

Happiness is a lie. If It Makes You Happy was the fluffiest book I read tho. 

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Favourite book to movie/tv show 

I was going to put in Handmaid’s Tale (Yes, I’ve only just started watching.) but decided Love, Victor counts since there wouldn’t be Love. Victor without Simon Vs. I love Love, Victor! I ship the best friendship! So wholesome! Too wholesome!!! I love the gay camera frame: that’s how you know he’s really gay and not bi. Although it would’ve been interesting if he was bi. I. Can’t. Wait. For. Season. 2!  The cliffhanger was too cruel! 

Favourite post that you have written

I hate myself and my writing. Is it weird that I honestly think I was going a better job in High School than now? Although I was doing community based things like the poetry collective and I Heart Characters. Maybe I should start up my own meme. Would any of you be interested?!

I Don’t Know These People!~Statistical Character Test:

I thought this was pretty good, I even watched the first episode of … something which was interesting enough for an episode but I didn’t feel invested enough to continue. 

“Voted Most Likely” Writers Tag!

This was good for my writing in theory, but I haven’t actually gotten much writing done since.

If I Were Rich: Scholarship Contests

I’m thinking of doing another If I Were Rich. Maybe I should try to make more series posts, like If I Were Rich or TED Talk Tuesday. It might keep my brain more engaged in crafting better posts, rather than throwing whatever sometimes.

What is the most beautiful book that you have bought

I have to go with Felix again. A follow-up would be Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. 

Please do this if you haven’t already and link me your post! I wanna seeeee