Sunday, November 13, 2011

my happiness project

A.K.A. "my friends project"...that's what I've been calling it as I've been putting it together. And it's certainly apropo...as it's been put together by some of my dearest friends. But "the happiness project" is definitely hitting the nail on the head as well. To be frank, I've been having a shitty time lately. A combination of life, my body, and my brain---mostly my brain. I've been struggling so very hard to pull myself out of this funk, but it is a struggle. I'll get there, I know I will...I'm already on my way. And my wonderful, generous friends are so much of the reason why.

This mega-project came about thanks to inspiration from Chris. See, he often sent me emails telling me that I should really watch this movie or that TV show. It dawned on me one day that I should really be writing these all down into a list. But instead I took the lazy way out and asked him if he would make me a list. :P A list of 50 movies/TV shows that he thought I should watch before I die. Then a few weeks later, during one of those many nights where I was laying in bed unable to sleep, I had a brilliant idea. An idea that made me so happy I could hardly stop myself from waking Rich up to share it. :) I decided to ask a few of my favorite people for lists.

I sort of feel like I should explain *why* I asked each person for the particular list that I did, but I don't think I could do the explanations justice. The reasons are just so personal. Not personal as in secret. But personal as in they have to do with some of the things I admire most about her/him and am continually inspired by in her/him and...oh, just so many intangibles that I would fail to express adequately in words. The reasons I asked different people for the same list are as different as each of my beautiful friends are themselves.

Before I post the actual lists, I want to thank each of you who spent your precious time making these lists for me. I really have no earthly idea if any of you know how much it means to me. And even more, how much each of YOU mean to me. I can't imagine my life without each of you in it. And I look so forward to thinking of you as I work on my "assignments." :)

So here are the lists (what I have of them to this point...I'll continue to update). There is no meaning in the order of these lists, other than I put them in the order I received them.

***Chris's List of Movies/TV Shows***
1. A Single Man
2. Party Monster
3. Stay
4. Phoebe in Wonderland
5. The Fabulous Beekman Boys-season 1
6. Murder Ball
7. Volver
8. X: The Movie
9. Brother and Sisters-seasons 1 thru 4
10. Downtown Abbey mini-series
11. Sherlock (BBC version--3 episodes)
12. Ru Paul's Drag Race-season 1
13. Lost in Translation
14. The Virgin Suicides
15. Marie Antoinette (directed by Sofia Coppolla)
16. Bend It Like Beckham
17. Daniel Deronda mini-series
18. Ratcatcher
19. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
20. Millions
21. Kill Bill 1
22. Kill Bill 2
23. Igby Goes Down
24. The Science of Sleep
25. 28 Days Later
26. Velvet Goldmine
27. Amelie
28. Firefly-complete series
29. Doctor Who-seasons 1 thru 5
30. Children of Men
31. Signs
32. The Village
33. The Lion in Winter
34. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zasou
35. Donnie Darko
36. Dot the I
37. Bad Education
38. Roswell-seasons 1 thru 3
39. Ponyo
40. Princess Mononoke
41. Everything is Illuminated
42. Chasing Amy
43. Glee-seasons 1 thru 3
44. Dancer in the Dark
45. Babel
46. The Hours
47. The Kids are Alright
48. Drop Dead Gorgeous
49. Black Swan
50. Requiem for a Dream
51. The Tree of Life


***Chris's List of Books***
1. Mirabilis by Susann Cokal
2. Interview with the Vampire by Annie Rice
3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
4. The Bone People by Keri Hulme
5. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
6. Lisey's Story by Stephen King
7. Greenmantle by Charles de Lint
8. the Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
9. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
10. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
11. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (essays)
12. The Sound of the Waves by Yukio Mishima
13. Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
14. Norwegian Wood by Murakami
15. The Book of Flying by Keith Miller
16. The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
17. The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Fleweling
18. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (essays)
19. Bonk by Mary Roach (non-fiction/science)
20. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
21. Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile's Journey by Joyce Zonana (non-fiction/memoir)
22. A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle
23. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
24. The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson (non-fiction/memoir)
25. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
26. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
27. The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson
28. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
29. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
30. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
31. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
32. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
33. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
34. Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banarjee
35. Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
36. Push by Sapphire
37. Transformations by Anne Sexton (poetry)
38. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (non-fiction/memoir/environmental)
39. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
40. The Bells by Richard Harvell
41. The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood Survivors edited by Terri Windling (short stories)
42. London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp
43. The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
44. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
45. Wicked by Gregory Maquire
46. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
47. The Radiation Sonnets by Jane Yolen (poetry)
48. Habibi by Craig Thompson
49. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
50. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


***Pat's Lists of Old Movies***
1. Murder by Death (Peter Falk/Alec Guinness)*
2. Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves (Maria Montez/Jon Hall)
3. Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.)
4. Cry the Beloved Country (James Earl Jones/Richard Harris)
5. Dune (Kyle MacLachlan)
6. The Fisher King (Robin Williams)
7. The Grass Harp (Piper Laurie)
8. Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (Judy Dench)
9. Hope Floats (Sandra Bullock)
10. Marnie (Tippi Hedren)*
11. On Golden Pond (Henry Fonda)*
12. Patch Adams (Robin Williams)
13. Regarding Henry (Harrison Ford)
14. The Man Who Would Be King (Sean Connery/Michael Caine)
15. Whales of August (Bette Davis/Lillian Gish)
16. An American Quilt (Winona Ryder/Ellen Burstyn)
17. As Good as It Gets (Jack Nicholson)
18. Harvy (Jimmy Stewart)
19. Mr. Holland's Opus (Richard Dreyfuss)
20. My Left Foot (Daniel Day-Lewis)
21. Nell (Jodie Foster)
22. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Jack Nicholson)*
23. The Secret Garden (1949-Margaret O'Brien OR 1993-Kate Maberly/Maggie Smith)
24. Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
25. Fried Green Tomatoes (Kathy Bates/Jessica Tandy)*
26. Cocoon (Don Ameche/Wilford Brimley)*
27. Batteries Not Included (Jessica Tandy)
28. The Law and Jake Wade (Richard Widmark/Deforest Kelly)
29. Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant)*
30. The African Queen (Katharine Hepburn)
31. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Spencer Tracy)
32. Boys Town (Spencer Tracy)
33. Little Lord Fauntleroy (Freddie Batholomew)
34. Ben Hur (Charlton Heston/Stephen Boyd)
35. The Grapes of Wrath (Henry Fonda)
36. To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck)*
37. David Copperfield (1935-Edna May Oliver)
38. You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (W.C. Fields/Edgar Bergen)
39. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939-Basil Rathbone)
40. The Quiet Man (John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara)
41. Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart)
42. The African Queen (Katharine Hepburn/Humphry Bogart)
43. The Thin Man (William Powell, Myrna Loy)
44. Love Finds Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney/Lewis Stone)
45. Grumpy Old Men (Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau)*
46. The Odd Couple (Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau)
47. Enemy Mine (Dennis Quaid/Louis Gossett Jr.)
48. The Abyss (Ed Harris)
49. Silence of the Lambs (Jodie Foster/Anthony Hopkins)*
50. The Lion in Winter (Peter O'Toole/Katharine Hepburn)
51. Medicine Man (Sean Connery)--bonus prize :)
(*Indicate movies I have already seen. Pat graciously offered to replace them, but since this was her original list, I opted to stick with it. After all, what a great opportunity to rewatch them, as I loved every one.)


***Annie's List of Books***
1. Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
2. Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oats
3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
4. Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing arc by Ryukishio7
5. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayer
6. Other by Karen Kincy
7. Family by Micol Ostow
8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
9. A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
10. Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates
11. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
12. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
13. She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters
14. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
15. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
16. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
17. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
18. Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan
19. Goth by Otsuichi
20. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
25. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
26. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
27. Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
28. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
29. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
30. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
31. Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
32. Wake by Lisa McMann
33. Undone by Brooke Taylor
34. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
35. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
36. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
37. After by Amy Efaw
38. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
39. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
40. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
41. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
42. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
43. Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance
44. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
45. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
46. Possessed by Kate Cann
47. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
48. Cursed by Kate Cann
49. Vacations from Hell by various authors
50. Am I Blue? by various authors


***Heather's List of Books***
1. Illyria by Elizabeth Hand
2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
4. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
6. Shine by Lauren Myracle
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
8. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
9. Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk
10. The Position by Meg Wolitzer
11. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
12. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
13. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
14. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
15. Beautiful by Amy Feed
16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
17. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
18. Wise Children by Angela Carter
19. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
20. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
21. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
22. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
23. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
24. My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto
25. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
26. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
27. Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris
28. The Color Midnight Made by Andrew Winer
29. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
30. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
31. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
32. The House of Gentle Men by Kathy Hepinstall
33. Embers by Sandor Marai
34. Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
35. Storyville by Lois Battle
36. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan
37. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
38. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons
39. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
40. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
41. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
42. Ireland by Frank Delaney
43. Margarettown by Gabrielle Zevin
44. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
45. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
46. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
47. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
48. West with the Wind by Beryl Markham
49. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
50. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
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The bottom two come from a back-up list Heather made me in case I'd read any on the original list. And since she so sweetly made this back-up list, I'm adding all the remaining ones I haven't read. :D
51. Mister Pip
52. The Kite RUnner by Khaled Hosseini
53. The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
54. Heaven Lake by John Dalton
55. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
56. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
57. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh


***Heather's List of Fun/Challenging/Interesting Things To Do***
1. Make Tomato-Basil Jam (recipe from Heather)
2. Bake an apple pie from scratch
3. Make a strawberry cake from scratch
4. Grow five things you've never grown before
5. Paint a self-portrait
6. Make a huge granny square blanket (many pieces or one huge one)
7. Learn to knit, if you haven't already
*I'm making this "relearn to knit" because while I taught myself the basics a few years back I don't remember how
8. Crochet something you've never made before
9. Try a food you've never tried before, either make yourself or have someone else make it
10. Grow orchids
11. Learn how to make candles (Heather, you're going to do this with me, right?)
12. Learn origami
13. Finish one scrapbook album
14. Preserve five things for winter
15. Reupholster/refinish one piece of furniture
16. Make cheese
17. Make butter
18. Read a Pulitzer Prize winner
19. REad every book by your favorite author
20. Start keeping a journal of only good things
21. Visit a museum
22. Hike a trail
23. Go to the mountains
24. Go to the beach
25. Go camping
26. Buy yourself something you really want, but wouldn't usually dare buy
27. Get something new that you really need, but have put off
28. Go see a symphony orchestra
29. Go on a shopping spree (doesn't have to be a big one)
30. Get a manicure and a pedicure
31. Go on a picnic
32. Pick a month and blog every day
33. Try NaNoWriMo in November
34. Try NaNoBloMo in November (if NaNoWriMo ain't your cuppa)
35. Write out your (and your husband's) life story for your kids
36. Watch 10 movies you've always wanted to watch
37. Go on a second honeymoon (doesn't have to be anywhere fancy)
38. Try Marzipan
39. Go to a Christmas parade
40. Take a class in something you have always wanted to learn about/how to do
41. Make 20 cards
42. Make Heather an amigurumi fox
*this may be my favorite one of all :D
43. Take 50 pictures every month (can be of anything)
44. Grow a new fruit tree
45. Get a henna tattoo
*I got one at the Renaissance Festival last year and I totally want to get another one
46. Get a massage
47. Throw a surprise party
48. Take a cooking class
49. Get a makeover
50. Make everyone you love a least one present this year
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And because she so sweetly made me bonus ones, I'm including them. :D
51. Have fresh flowers in you house at least once a month
52. Take a day (or half day if you have a hard time doing it) off every month to do something for yourself
53. Read 20 graphic novels you've never read before
54. Learn a new crochet stitch
55. Do 5 crafty projects a month
56. Try 5 new recipes a month
57. Write a poem
58. Write a song
59. Learn a musical instrument
60. Make Apple Cinnamon Jelly (recipe from Heather)


***Ana's List of Books***
1. The 10PM Question by Kate De Goldi
2. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
3. Paper Towns by John Green
4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
5. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
6. Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt
7. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
8. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
10. Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
11. Possession by A.S. Byatt
12. Cold by Bill Steever
13. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
14. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
15. Among Others by Jo Walton
16. What Good Are the Arts? by John Carey
17. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
18. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
19. Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
20. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
21. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
22. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
23. Kraken by China Mieville
24. Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson
25. The Magician's Book by Laura Miller
26. Woman by Natalie Anglier
27. The Odd Women by George Gissing
28. Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
29. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson
30. Consequences by E.M. Delafield
31. Passion by Jude Morgan
32. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
33. Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons
34. Love by Toni Morrison
35. No Name by Wilkie Collins
36. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
37. Atonement by Ian McEwan
38. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
39. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
40. The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
41. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
42. The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
43. The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak
44. There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
45. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
46. Gifts/Voices/Powers by Ursula Le Guin
47. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
48. Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank
49. Emma by Kaoru Mori
50. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


***Ana's List of Songs***
1. Vesuvius by Sufjan Stevens
2. Edward is Dedward by Emmy the Great
3. About Today by The National
4. Heads Roll Off by Frightened Rabbit
5. Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse
6. No Key, No Plan by Okkervil River
7. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Honey
8. Passing Afternoon by Iron and Wine
9. I Feel Like the Mother of the World by Smog
10. Where the Birds Always Sing by The Cure
11. O.K. With My Decay by Grandaddy
12. Go Long by Joanna Newsom
13. Tear in Your Hand by Tori Amos
14. Virus by Bjork
15. Thickets by Patrick Wolf
16. The Butcher by Owen Pallet
17. Rambling Man by Laura Marling
18. Behold! The Nightmare by The Smashing Pumpkins
19. Friends as Lovers by Zwan
20. Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith
21. Let Down by Radiohead
22. Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie
23. Lost Verses by DEath Cab for Cutie
24. Uncle Joe by Red House Painters
25. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
26. Tonight We Fly by The Divine Comedy
27. Summer On the Westhill by Kings of Convenience
28. Finish Line by Fanfario
29. Listzomania by Phoenix
30. Njosnavelin by Sigur Ros
31. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam
32. The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel
33. Somewhere There's a Feather by Nico
34. Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend
35. Take You on a Cruise by Interpol
36. I See a Darkness by Johnny Cash (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy cover)
37. Samson by Regina Spektor
38. The Jeep Song by The Dresden Dolls
39. Instant Street by dEUS
40. Lady of the Flowers by Placebo
41. The Owl and the Tanager by Sufjan Stevens (Live in Gateshead)
42. The Bleeding Heart Show by The New Pornagraphers
43. Caring is Creepy by The Shins
44. My Lady Story by Antony and the Johnsons
45. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) by The Arcade Fire
46. Lost Cause by Beck
47. Wrapped Up in Books by Belle and Sebastian
48. Maria's Little Elbows by Sparklehorse
49. Cold Winter by Malcolm Middleton
50. Killing All the Flies by Mogwai


***Kara's List of Books***
1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
4. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
5. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling*
6. Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro
7. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
10. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
11. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
12. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*
14. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger*
15. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
16. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
17. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder*
18. Native Son by Richard Wright
19. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
20. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
21. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
22. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
23. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
24. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
25. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
26. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
27. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
28. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
29. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
30. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
31. Pet Sematary by Stephen King*
32. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
33. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
34. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
35. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
36. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
37. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
38. The Green Mile by Stephen King
39. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
40. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
41. Jemima J by Jane Green
42. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
43. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
44. The Firm by John Grisham*
45. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
46. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair*
47. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
48. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
49. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams*
50. Holes by Louis Sachar*
(*Indicates books I have already read. But instead of crossing them off immediately, I've decided to reread each of them.)

***Kelly's List of Canadian Books (Authors and/or Setting)***
1. The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy (I love Gowdy. She is an auto-read.)
2. The Weird Sister by Kate Pullinger (It’s about witches... She has never written anything like it since!)
3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (A classic you may have all ready read...)
4. The Birth House by Ami McKay (Takes place near where I live.)
5. All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland (This book is just so strange that it is wonderful...)
6. The Girls by Lori Lansens (This book was a fresh take on relationships that you don’t generally see.)
7. The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint (Fantasy... The list looked strange without him!)
8. Jolted by Arthur Slade (I don’t even know what to say about this book. It is one of my favourite YA books ever!)
9. Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson – Dargatz (From the book description: ‘Part ghost story, part mystery, part romance, the novel transcends these genres and carries its readers into new territories of forgiveness and acceptance of the difficult choices we all must make in finding our way through life and love.’ )
10. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (This book was a bit strange. It got a lot of attention when it came out.)
11. Ghost Rider by Neil Peart (Non-fiction. Even if you don’t like the band, I am determined to prove this book is worth reading!)
12. Madame Zee by Pearl Luke (I am not sure what to say about this book.)
13. The Outlander by Gil Adamson (Chris also read this and enjoyed it.)
14. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (Set in Niagara Falls and really good historical fiction.)
15. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb (Not set in Canada, but Canadian author!)
16. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (First book in the Women of Otherworld Series.)
17. Cool Water by Diane Warren (This book is really good and went over really well when it was released.)
18. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (I simply like this better than Room, her famous book. I guess I just prefer historical fiction...)
19. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright (Historical fiction.)
20. The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce (Sort of set in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotian author, though.)
21. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (All sorts of awesome!)
22. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Dystopian)
23. The Republic of Love by Carol Shields (Anything by Shields is good, actually. It’s been ages since I read anything by her!)
24. Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey (Captures the east coast of Canada very well.)
25. Mercy Among the Children by David Adam Richards (I am afraid I read this book about 10 years ago and don’t entirely remember why I love it, but I know I did!)
26. Icefields by Thomas Wharton (I really did not go into this book expecting to enjoy it as much as I did...)
27. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (I love Lawson’s writing!)
28. From Bruised Fell by Jane Finlay – Young (I stumbled upon this one time, really enjoyed it, but I still don’t think the author has written anything else...)
29. Heave by Christy Ann Conlin (Set in my neck of the woods.)
30. Saints of Big Harbour by Lynn Coady (Another book that captures the East Coast well.)
31. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (This book is just, well, random...)
32. This is My Country, What’s Yours: A Literary Atlas of Canada by Noah Richler (Best way to see Canada.)
33. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (Interconnected stories. Actually very different than most of the other books on this list.)
34. The Princes of the Golden Cage by Nathalie Mallet (Fantasy...)
35. The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch (Also set in Nova Scotia.)
36. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (I remember when this was on Oprah. She is from Nova Scotia, so I was a bit excited!)
37. Galore by Michael Crummey (Newfoundland. He’s a great writer!)
38. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore (Gothic novel that I just recently read for R.I.P. VI based on Eva’s recommendation.)
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***Rich's List of Books***
1. The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
6. Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
7. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
8. The Passage by Justin Cronin
9. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
10. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
11. Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
12. A Primate's Memoir by Robert Sapolsky
13. Life in Cold Blood by David Attenborough
14. A Brief Tour of Consciousness by V.S. Ramachandran
15. Sleepless by Charlie Huston
16. A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer
17. Bedbugs by Ben Winters
18. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
19. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
20. Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn
21. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
22. Flush by Carl Hiaasen
23. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
24. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
25. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
26. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by Maarten Troost
27. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
28. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
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***Eva's List of Non-fiction Books***
1. Uncle Tungsten's Memoir by Oliver Sacks
2. News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. A Midwife's Tale by Laura Thatcher Ulrich
4. A Human Being Died that Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
5. The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown
6. My Mother's Wedding Dress by Justine Picardie
7. Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers by Stephanie Wellen Levine
8. Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum
9. Shooting the Boh by Tracy Johnston
10. Complications by Atul Gawande
11. Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto
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***Eva's List of Documentaries***


***Jean's List of Creative Endeavors***


***Renay's List of Multimedia Goodies***


***Carl's List of Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi Books***


Yep, that's a lot of stuff to read, watch, listen to, do, etc. However, this is not a stressful sort of to-do list, but it's antithesis. I am going to revel in completing each and every one of these items. So many of these items have me downright giddy with excitement. And sure, some of the things on these lists scare the living crap out of me. And yet somehow, in this context, I think I'm going to having facing up to those fears. I know I said it earlier, but I just have to say it again--THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH each and every one of you who agreed to participate in my project. I love you all!

9 comments:

Jean said...

Wait a minute! You want a typed list sent via email? I'm poised (as soon as I add the last couple items to the list) to make you a deck of creativity cards that you can deal to yourself or shuffle and cut to get a random card. Typing them into an email seems so, well, not creative, and I wanna have some fun, too! Can I do both? Send you the cards and a list? I really, really wanted to make it even more special and fun than it would be otherwise.

Debi said...

Jean,
LOL--I should have known you'd make it even more exciting! Of course, you can! I'll just post the list you email me, but I'll use the cards to pick out which one I'll do at any given time--does that work for you? And thank you once again!!!

Jean said...

Glad you're okay with that, Debi, because you were getting the cards no matter what. :-)

DesLily said...

Ohhh I love Jeans Idea! LOL.. although finding the book or movie might not be all that easy! well it looks like you are set for one hellava long time! LOL LOL

Jason Gignac said...

You have such wonderful friends! I thought about this a few years ago, about how having so many talented wonderful, beautiful people in my life means that there is so many books I want to read, things I want to make, skills I want to learn, movies I want to watch, that I'll never finish - but then, that's why friends are wonderful, because they're bigger than we coan old in our hearts.

Eva said...

I'm so bookmarking this list for reference!

Also, I'm sorry my list hasn't arrived in your inbox yet! I didn't realise you were planning on starting so soon! Is it ok if I send it in installments?

Chris said...

Heather's list and Ana's list both totally made me cry, lol. Isn't that silly that I can cry just from reading lists?! It just captures them so well and they're both beautiful. Heather's warmth just radiates from her list of things to do and Ana's music list just melts my heart because it shows what an amazing person she is. And I totally stole Pat's list from you :p I've added all of the movies she recommended to you onto my netflix!! I'm so excited to watch all of these movies that I'm sure are amazing :D

Heather said...

I can't tell you how happy these lists make me! I am all warm and fuzzy! Isn't it wonderful to have so many people love you! Of course, we can't help ourselves. :D

Chris just totally made my eyes water a bit. I'm stealing a few of these, okay a LOT of these, for myself as well. Love you Debi!

Kailana said...

hm, I was on here because I bookmarked the post, but I didn't actually comment. This is a lot of fun! I am looking forward to following along with your project. I will probably borrow. :)