Books I Haven’t Read Since I Was In School

I decided to switch this up a bit and go back and re-read some of the books from my school-age years. At the end of the list I have included a few that I would like to read the authors’ entire works, and that will fill in the rest of the 100. With winter coming in soon, this should help to fend off the cabin fever for a bit. Some of these are for very young readers, but I’m sure they will still make for entertaining reading:

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ✔
2. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator ✔
3. James and the Giant Peach
4. Charlotte’s Web
5. Stuart Little
6. The Pushcart War
7. The Finches Fabulous Furnace
8. The World According to Garp ✔
9. Go Ask Alice
10. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah ✔
11. To Kill a Mockingbird
12. The Magus
13. Stranger in a Strange Land
14. Treasure Island
15. Winnie-the-Pooh
16. The Man in the Iron Mask
17. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
18. A Clockwork Orange ✔
19. Deliverance
20. Black Like Me
21. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
22. Lord of the Flies
23. Call of the Wild
24. Swiss Family Robinson
25. Something Wicked This Way Comes
26. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
27. Runaway Ralph
28. The Wind in the Willows
29. Around the World in 80 Days
30. The House at Pooh Corner
31. Robinson Crusoe
32. Gulliver’s Travels
33. Frankenstein
34. The Deerslayer
35. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Walden
38. Dracula
39. The Invisible Man
40. The Chronicles of Narnia
41. East of Eden
42. Flowers for Algernon ✔
43. I, Robot
44. Of Mice and Men
45. Oliver Twist
46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ✔
47. The Outsiders
48. That Was Then, This Is Now
49. Rumble Fish ✔
50. The Phantom of the Opera
51. The Red Badge of Courage
52. The Time Machine
53. Where the Red Fern Grows
54. The War of the Worlds
55. A Separate Peace
56. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
57. Dante’s Inferno
58. Crime and Punishment
59. Madame Bovary
60. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
61. Their Eyes Were Watching God
62. The Metamorphosis
63. Doctor Zhivago
64. The Bell Jar
65. The Collector
66. Cyrano de Bergerac
67. Pygmalion
68. War and Peace
69. The Glass Menagerie
70. Native Son
71. The Three Musketeers
72. Twenty Years After
73. Think and Grow Rich ✔
74. All of the fondly-remembered “Mushroom Planet/Mr. Bass” books by Eleanor Cameron
75. All of Kurt Vonnegut’s works
76. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
77. As many of the Sherlock Holmes books as I can find.
78. The Wizard of Oz and its thirteen sequels
79. Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings
79. Nights with Uncle Remus
80. The complete works of my all-time favorite author, Herman Hesse
81. Kindred by Ocatavia Butler
82. The Witches by Roald Dahl
83. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
84. The Illustrated Man ✔
85. The Picture of Dorian Gray ✔
86. The complete works of H.P. Lovecraft ✔
87. The complete works of Edgar Allen Poe
88. The complete James Bond series (but only those written by Ian Fleming, himself)
89. Journey to the Center of the Earth
90. The Jungle Book

“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are, for what we could become.” – Charles DuBois

The last couple of years have brought a lot of changes for me, thanks especially to the support and organization of 43Things. But it’s also opened my eyes to the fact that the I can reach as high I want.

A perfect song whose lyrics express this is Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time”. RIP Whitney.

Nurture My Mind: Special Edition #1

This was actually supposed to be posted a few days ago, but due to my slow-ass writing skills (and an under-achieving local power supply company that can’t seem to keep us on the grid), this has obviously been delayed, so we now return to our movie already in progress:

This is my 43rd post for the 2011 year and I wanted to make it something a bit special, so I thought long and hard about how I might accomplish this, and came up with the following:

Ru ~ dig deeper’ is one of the original “superstars” of 43 Things (although I have a strong feeling she wouldn’t agree with that term, necessarily), and I have been reading her entries since I first joined here in December of 2007. In fact, I enjoyed them so much I subscribed (my first on 43 Things) only a few weeks later.

Ru ~ always has a very playful way of spinning her tales, making even the most mundane of tasks seem almost like an adventure from ‘Alice in Wonderland’, but at the same time she makes it seem like it’s just an ordinary day, yet one more slice of life for her.

She always seems to take things in without judging or analyzing, but rather just accepting that it is, and that’s the way it is. This is something that I have always wished for myself, as well.

My favorite story I’ve come across so far here, in all of ‘43 Things Land’, is her tale of “The Hunt For The Jones’ Soda Bottles”. Many times it has popped into my head over the years, and has helped to keep me motivated and moving toward my own goals, and I have even shared it with a few ‘outsiders’ when trying to impart a life lesson using the story as an analogy.

When I first sat down at my keyboard to ask Ru ~ for permission to use one of her photos of the Jones’ Soda bottles for my entry today, I felt a spark of excitement crawl from my fingers through to the email, and apparently my excitement had been enough to be infectious. In her quick reply she was both very surprised and thankful that I would even ask, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Rather than copy every post of her story here, it would be much easier to point everyone to her original threads (there are actually 2 parts to her story). Also, please remember that newer entries are always shown first, so you might want to scroll down to the bottom and then work your way upwards so you can follow along in chronological order.

In all this is, for me, a huge thank you to the people here like Ru ~ that inspire others by sharing of themselves and their lives, and allow us to participate via proxy, and also a thank you to 43 Things, itself, for creating, sharing and inspiring all of us over the years.

And another great thank you to all of you, readers and authors, for inspiring me and many others along the way with your own unique brands of heroic, and somehow always familiar, journeys through your own personal Wonder- and Never-Never Lands.

For today’s musical selection, I asked Ru ~ to suggest something she liked that was of a more ‘obscure’ nature (for lack of a better word), because I enjoy hearing new music and styles from all over the globe. I also made a promise not to watch the video until I posted it here first, so I can watch it with everyone else at the same time.

And so ladies and gentlemen, as suggested by Miss Ru ~ dig deeper herself, for our listening pleasure we proudly present “Sanvean (I Am Your Shadow)” by ‘Dead Can Dance’ singer Lisa Gerrard:

[EDIT] Watched the video and it was very cool, indeed. 🙂 In fact, I had never heard of Dead Can Dance before, so I found another song of their’s on Youtube called “The Carnival Is Over” and had a listen. Interestingly, both the music and the video reminded me very much of Cirque du Soleil, one of my favorite things ever.

What I Am Currently Working On…

This is a list of goals I am currently working on at 43 Things.

  1. Quit Smoking 9301 people
  2. Work on my relationship with my children 2 people
  3. start exercising regularly 289 people
  4. Do at least two things on my list every day. 1 person
  5. Read 100 classic novels 285 people
  6. Have a totally different life by this time next year 1037 people
  7. Learn to play the guitar 13762 people
  8. live my dreams instead of dreaming my life 168 people
  9. learn to speak french 1762 people
  10. see the northern lights 18732 people
  11. accomplish 101 things in 1001 days 70 people
  12. eat healthier 10972 people
  13. visit new york city 946 people
  14. write another book 81 people
  15. Compare myself to no one, but who I was yesterday 122 people
  16. make friends all over the world 328 people
  17. get my driver’s license 5420 people
  18. make my goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely 1 person
  19. nurture my mind: be deliberate about what I take in: art, music, words 2 people
  20. get a Wii 103 people
  21. Learn a martial art 1566 people
  22. travel the world 20540 people
  23. Participate in PostCrossing 77 people
  24. reinvent myself 411 people
  25. get rid of my toenail fungus 10 people
  26. learn to sing 2840 people
  27. go back to school 2672 people
  28. Trace my family tree 3008 people
  29. create a shoe tree 4 people
  30. If I repeat today’s actions 365 times, will I be where I want to be a year from now? 3 people
  31. Become Financially Independent 6099 people
  32. get more tattoos 1676 people
  33. learn to fly an airplane 186 people
  34. 10 blogs running and monetized – $1,000/mo. 1 person
  35. Learn to use a Fushigi ball. 1 person
  36. attend the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam 29 people
  37. Back up all my WordPress sites. 1 person
  38. Have 43people help Flirt’s 43things Teddy Bear travel around the world!!! 22 people
  39. Do 43 things I’ve never done before! 20 people
  40. Allow myself to only be treated well by the people I choose to have friendships and relationships with. If they do not, I need to find the courage to move on without them. 291 people
  41. Shamelessly affirm myself for a month 3 people
  42. Be more social 5,453 people
  43. Start looking into various options for ‘disabled’ people. 1 person