Saturday, October 21, 2006


The other day I was reading some blogs, and I read that my old friend, Tab,, is working her way through a "100 best books" list. There are a lot of different lists, of course, but this was a pretty classic list.

I had a look at what she's read so far, what she owns, and told her about some I'd read. So far, on this particular list, I've read:
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
19. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
21. Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand)
42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
43. The Illiad (Homer)
45. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
58. The Odyssey (Homer)
63. The Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan)
67. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
74. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Dafoe)
76. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) - he also wrote an interesting sequel to Pilgrim's Progress called "The Celestial Railroad"
86. The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
95. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

Only 13 out of the 100! Anyway, I don't plan to read everything on the list, as some of them look quite boring. But I felt a bit inspired to add to my little library, and so I drove in to "Angus and Robertson" and spent a chunk of my spending money on 12 new books!

7. Animal Farm (George Orwell)
20. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
26. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
28. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
36. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
52. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
53. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
90. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
93. Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
100. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
Nineteen Eighty-four (George Orwell)

I also recently bought "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger, so I have 13 books to read! That is, after I finish my library books. I'm currently reading McCaffrey's "Acorna" series, which is 5 books. Sigh. Not enough time!


I've finished my 8 week contract, but Jackie (the temporary boss) has got me a few more weeks at 4 days a week... until January 14! That will be about as much work as I want, and even though I can't just cancel a few days if I want (as I could on the bank) I know I'll be on my favorite ward every day. Besides, I'm bound to get a bit of energy back soon.

I'll have to apply for holidays after Christmas, so I'm free to go camping. Hope I don't have to work Christmas. We did that last year, and it was fun! Also had to change the roster to accomodate my appointments on Monday and the Show next month. We're taking Abby and Tim again, which will be great.

Today I've done some reading, some knitting, refilled the guinea-pig's straw and water, and weeded a bit of the garden. Found 3 new babies today, belonging to Poppy. Called them Fred, George and Snape. Fred and George are almost identical. Snape is almost completely black... but not completely! He he. Now there are 15 of them down there. Minerva, Poppy, Padma, Parvatti, Charlie, Seamus, Dean, Lupin, Luna, Lily, Hokey, Fred, George, Snape and Heidi. Hmm. Really must rename Heidi one day.

Tomorrow Simon and Esther are coming around for lasagna, so I'd better go and do some tidying up. On Monday Nathan and I go in to look at the Jelly Bean for the first time. Hope everything is ok!

Here is a baby pic!: Adam and Ruth's son, Scott, born on the 16th, I think. Isn't he cute?

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