Tuesday, January 31, 2006

This Month in Books: January 2006

Books I Read: 1. Turn of the Screw ~ Henry James 2. Heart of Darkness ~ Joseph Conrad 3. Waiting for Godot ~ Samuel Beckett 4. Journey to the United States of North America ~ Lorenzo de Zavala 5. Mrs. Dalloway ~ Virginia Woolf


What I thought: Turn of the Screw: Typically I find James’s prose to be dry and when I began to read “Turn of the Screw” I thought it would be just as dry as all of James’s work. I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining this work was. It still reads like a James novel (things are said but never really said) but there is the wonderful effect of leaving you in complete wonder. Turn of the Screw is classified as a ghost story. We begin the story at a party in which an anonymous man tells others at the party that he has a wonderful ghost story in the form of a diary which he faithfully transcribes and has kept safe for many years. We come about the reading the story of the governess when the journal is handed off to another. I find this to be a brilliant way to filter a story to the reader. The journal begins as we meet a governess (who is to always to remain just the governess to the reader) is given the job to take care of two children, Miles and Flora. The governess finds out from a maid that her predecessor died and soon she begins to see apparitions in the form or former employees whom she believes are after the children. No one else sees the ghosts but the governess truly believes they are haunting the manor. The end has a little surprise so I will not go into further detail... Do I recommend it? Absolutely! It is only 87 pages but I found it to be dense so it does take a couple of days to read. it leaves you wondering and turning back to the first page to read it again.  

Heart of Darkness~ Joseph Conrad: I realize that many people find Heart of Darkness to be an important short story but honestly I did not like it that much. I appreciate the structure of the novel: we have a narrator (whom we never know) who tells a story he heard from Marlow, who is telling the story of Kurtz. There is a particular line in the novel which beautifully describes this structure... “But Marlow was not typical (if his propensity to spin yarns be expected), and to him the meaning of an episode was not inside like a kernel but outside, enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes are made visible by the spectral illumination of moonshine.” The structure, the symbolism, the way it deals with the question of how to talk about the ineffable are all to be appreciated in the novel, the story I found to be boring. From the back of the book: A masterpiece of twentieth-century writing, Heart of Darkness (1902) exposes the tenuous fabric that holds "civilization" together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism. Conrad's crowning achievement recounts Marlow's physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz. Joyce Carol Oates on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Heart of Darkness has had an influence that goes beyond the specifically literary. This parable of a man's 'heart of darkness' dramatized in the alleged 'Dark Continent' of Africa transcended its late Victorian era to acquire the stature of one of the great, if troubling, visionary works of western civilization." Written several years after Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel tells the story of Marlow, a seaman who undertakes his own journey into the African jungle to find the tormented white trader Kurtz. Do I recommend it?: Yes. I did not care for the story but I do feel it is not a waste of time to read.  

Waiting for Godot: Funny! And very quick to read. This is a play that is about 100 pages long and can be read in an hour. I personally found it to be funny (but beware there is social criticism lying just under the surface). My favorite scene was when Lucky and his “friend” show up and Lucky performs for everyone. I really do not want to say too much about this book because I believe there is surprise in almost every line. Do I recommend it? Absolutely! You will definitely find it worth the time.  

Journey to the United states of North America: This is a travel narrative of Lorenzo de Zavala and is considered to be the first account of US political culture from the Mexican point of view. From the back of the book: First published in Paris in 1834, Journey to the United States of America / Viaje a los Estados Unidos del Norte América, by Lorenzo de Zavala, is an elegantly written travel narrative that maps de Zavala's journey through the United States during his exile from Mexico in 1830. Embracing U.S., Texas, and Mexican history; early ethnography; geography; and political philosophy, de Zavala outlines the cultural and political institutions of Jacksonian America and post-independence Mexico. de Zavala's commentary rivals Alex de Tocqueville's classic travel narrative, Democracy in America, which was published in Paris one year after de Zavala's. The narrative presents the first account of U.S. political culture from a Mexican point of view and constructs the first comparative political and historical framework for the relationship between Mexico and the United States. In passionate prose, de Zavala argues for the incorporation of the true democratic ideals of the enlightenment in the fledgling Republic of Texas. He hoped Texas would meld the best of both Mexican and American cultures. de Zavala believed that if his colleagues who helped frame the Texas Constitution understood the complexities of democracy and the ideals that their state could achieve through a liberal, federal government that gave equal rights to all of its constituents: Native Americans, Mexicans, Euro-Americans, and free African Americans. The original text is accompanied by John-Michael Rivera's critical introduction and an English translation based upon Wallace Woolsey's deft translation, expanded and revised for the purposes of this volume. I personally do not find historical reads all that exciting and I find that they are sometimes hard to get through. The most interesting thing to me is that the introduction is written by my advisor at CU. I love reading the work that people in my department put out. Do I recommend it? Only if you like to read about history  

Mrs. Dalloway: Still reading...coming soon...
 
Books to read in February 2006: 1. The short stories of Maria Christina Mena 2. Who Would Have Thought It? ~Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton 3. The Postman Always Rings Twice~Cain 4. The Driver's Seat ~ Spark 5. The Short Stories of Franz Kafka 6. The Blind Owl ~ Hedayat 7. Dom Casmuro ~ Machado de Assis 8. The Good Solider ~ Ford 9. Swann's Way ~ Proust 10. Time Regained ~ Proust 11. Woman on the Edge of Time ~ Piercy 

Monday, January 30, 2006

Let's Rumba!

This week is show your FO week and in celebration of finishing things here are my finished "Rumba" socks.... For more info on my "Rumba's" click here. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the best thing about my Rumba socks, they only took one ball! I still have another ball of Rumba!!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

C: Chai

C: Chai I love Chai tea. With a little vanilla creamer or soymilk it is perfection. My husband sometimes laughs at the fact that I like to make a thermos full just to have around the house. My favorite brand of Chai tea is Celestial Seasonings. Here’s to a hot cup of Chai tea...

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Fur Kids KAL

I know I have joined a ton of KALs this year and last but this one I could not resist. It is a Fur Baby KAL where you make something for your, or someone else's fur baby. How could I resist making something for my fur baby plus look at this cutie pie button... Image hosting by Photobucket Click to go to the KAL That is a little pup on a hot dog bun. How cute is that! I am not sure what to make Maverick yet, maybe a snuggle. Okay here are some of my favorite Maverick shots... maverick and pinkie Pure Enjoyment Pillow dog Treats?! Smiling There are so many more photos that is why Maverick has his own photo album!

WK 5 Stash Update:

It has been so easy since classes started not to buy yarn because I have been reading so much and spending a small fortune on books (about $400)! But I do have half of an FO to report, my "Rumba" socks (well one at least! I hope to have the pair done by January 30, 2006. Since February is just around the corner I want to make myself a little project list (most of the time I do not follow it but it helps me get started in a direction)... February 2006 Possible Projects: 1. Red Socks for the RED HOT KAL. I have picked the yarn and it is not traditional sock yarn so I am experimenting with a softening method to see if the red yarn I have in mind will be soft enough to make a nice pair of thick red sock just in case we actually have winter sometime soon. I want to have them done sometime early February. 2. Legwarmers for the Cover Your Ankles KAL I still have that one little lonely K2 P1 shortie I really have to make it a partner it seems so sad... 3. Something still undecided for "Woman on the Edge of Time" For for KTC's February selection. 4. Finished my boiled egg blanket for WTW it too looks so lonely.. And of course as with all my projects I will be Enjoying Myself hope you will be too. Want to see how others are using their stash? Click here.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Half of "Rumba"

Half of This sock is made from KnitPicks Dancing sock yarn in the color Rumba. They are half knit and half crocheted. The heal was a little too difficult on the DPNs so I switched to my hook to turn the heal. I used the itty bitty size 0 DPNs and a US D hook (3.0mm). It is a perfect fit! I cannot wait until I have a whole pair of "Rumba"!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Gifted!

So I was in our room reading "The Turn of the Screw" for Modern Novel when my husband comes over and tells me I should look out on the steps. I was thoroughly confused but intrigued so I opened the door and found that I had been gifted! gifted For a couple of days while my neighbor was out of town I let her fur baby out so she could use the bathroom and play and as a gift I received a Southwest Novel titled "Canyon Of Remembering" by an author I have not yet read (very exciting when one is introduced to a new author), a lavender satchel and a very sweet card. Not to mention Maverick got a huge Buffalo bone which drove him crazy until he was able to sit down outside with it. the gifts Thanks Hannah and Hopi! Back to "The Turn of the Screw"...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Sky full of Sun...

Sky full of Sun This is one of my favorite pictures of all time. I love the way the sun takes over the sky in this photo. Also it almost appears like a painting with the white streaks coming off the sun. It was taken by me on June 2, 2004 on Cape Kiwanda Beach in Pacific City Oregon at sunset. Ahhh don't you just want to sit back sip a hot cup of tea and stare off into the sunset?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Celebrating Colors...

Have you been to Lolly's site yet to see her proposal called Project Spectrum yet? I love the idea of theme crafting each month based on colors. All crafts are welcome and the color schemes are: March - Red and Pink April - Orange and Yellow May - Green June - Blue July - Violet / Purple August - Neutrals / Black & White Head on over and check it out sounds like a fantastic way to just be creative. Thanks Lolly! PS...I just have to tell you all that I am LOVING this semester!!! Both my classes are awesome with more work then last semester but the reading is fantastic!! I am working on a book list from my classes on a month by month basis the first should come around the last day of January for anyone who is interested...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Week 4 Stash Update

WIPs Jan 21 Another week, no stash enhancement! I am actually moving through my stash quite nicely. I am working on a crochet blanket for WTW in yellows and off whites. At this point I am not sure I really like it so I might rip and try a different approach. My other WIP this week are my dancing socks, I have ripped them many times and at this point they are just the ball of yarn. Knit Picks Dancing Sock Yarn is really durable, it has not frayed at all and it has been ripped at least 6 times this week. This week I do not have any stash FOs. Next week I should have a lot of FOs to share. Want to see what others are doing with their stash click here.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Patterns...

So I have been asked quite a few times after showing a finished project what pattern I used. Well I have to be completely honest with you most of the time I do not use a pattern. If I see something someone knit or crocheted and I think I would like to make one well I bookmark their picture and I experiment with my needles or hook until I get something I like or that looks similar to the bookmarked picture. I do kinda know how to read knit patterns, crochet patterns...well I know that SC is single crochet and CH is chain but other then that I really cannot read the patterns. So when I am asked what pattern often times I will give a reference point and say that it is "based on" that pattern and what that really means I used the picture. I love the feeling of just playing with my needles and hooks until something neat comes out so when I saw that Margene started a KAL just to enjoy the process I had to sign, after all for a girl who rarely uses patterns it is not that hard to just enjoy the knitting.... Image hosting by Photobucket

Thursday, January 19, 2006

A New Photo Album

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Inspired by Sandy's Button I have started a new flickr album which can be found in my "All About Me" section of my sidebar. I love taking pictures of the sky and I will try once a week to feature a new picture of the sky. In my album you will also be able to see sky from our travels. Here is this week's sky... A Winter Sky Click "Winter Sky" to see more of my Sky Views "More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure." -Cecil Beaton

It is that time of year again...

Classes are now in session and that means I will be around (most likely) only once a week. I have only had one class so far (Monday I will have my second class) but I can already tell that it is going to be a good semester! One of my goals for this year is to be a little more organized so in an effort to keep my organization going here is my January list of projects: 1. Knit the Classics: My knitting project "Floral Hug " is done and strongly holding my place on page 53, this weekend I want to finish up the novel and head over to the book forum to catch up on the chat. 2. Cover Your Ankles: I have one Woolease Navy Fleck legwarmer in K2 P1 rib (my favorite rib can you tell :)) that is a shortie. I should have the other done this evening and post some pics this weekend. This well also be my second One Skein Project. Not to mention a a stash buster. 3. I shipped off yesterday a box of Goodies to Nan and I need to finish up my boiled egg blanket and a couple more hats which will also go for another hat trick. 4.Tote-along: Everyone is making such great totes over there, check it out if you have not. My Sewn Tote still looks the same I so have one strap ready to attach, I am moving really slow on this project. I have an idea for a knitted tote brewing and might start and finish this one before my sewn tote. 5. SOCKS! I am slowing working on a pair of dancing socks. I am using the itty bitty needles and have had to rip several times already but I am loving the fact that I can actually knit on itty bitty zeros I hope to have some socks by the end of January. 6. BOOKS!!! I have a ton of reading for my classes and I am working on a month by month reading list, I will also at the end of the month post mini reviews of the novels I have read. Well those are my projects for January, not that bad actually!

Monday, January 16, 2006

A Floral Hug for Clarissa

floral hug My floral Hug for Clarissa is complete. It is 1 inch wide knitted on US 5 circulars. I made the strap 14 inches long so it would fit my used copy of Mrs. Dalloway. I embroidered KTC at the bottom of the strap and attached three crochet flowers that were made on a US G hook in Red Heart Water Colors. It was fun to make and it really dresses up my used copy of Mrs. Dalloway. And the best of all it holds my place even when I put the book into my bag! Now to finish the novel and hit the KTC forum. PS...Class starts this week!!! I have my first class this Wednesday. I am so excited!!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

B: Buffalo

buffalo CU As in Colorado Buffalos. My husband and I both did our undergraduate work at CU and we met in a writing class there. It was my last year of undergraduate work and the class ended just before summer break and we were so in love that we went on a two month long summer vacation around the US in an 1980's Vannagon. Our story of love from CU won the Alumni CU Love Story in 2000 and we got a pair of the nifty hats pictured here. Ever since I met my husband at CU I have had a special place for it in my heart. "There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it it got even stronger." -Saul Bellow, O Magazine, September 2003US (Canadian-born) author (1915 - )

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Week 3 Stash Update...

yarn stash database My Yarn Database Yep I keep a database of my yarn inventory. I also keep a database of my books, I am a complete dork I admit it. So here is the update on my stash this week... ...I had a gift addition to my stash ...I completed a WTW blanket from 24 balls of stash! (182-24=158 balls left) ...I began a pair of legwarmers for the Cover your Ankles KAL with Woolease Navy Fleck ...I began another blanket for WTW I like to call boiled egg ...I started my floral bookmark for KTC (almost done!) ...I finished my K2 R1 scarf for WTW ...I began sock pair #2 with my Dancing Sock Yarn Whew! Made it through another week! Want to see how others are using their stash click here.

Friday, January 13, 2006

The postman made my day...

not because he brought me anything cool but because I saw him wearing the scarf I made him and the other postman for Christmas! Today hubby and I went down to town (2 miles away) to check the mail and we saw the postman leaving for lunch and we saw him wrapping the scarf I made him around his neck! He had already told me that he loved it and wears it everyday but to see him actually wearing it was very cool. Don't you love it when you see someone wearing what you made them!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

My Husband is the best!

knitpicks yarn knitpicks up close This is the dancing sampler pack from Knitpicks that my husband bought me because of my recent non-stop talk about socks. He also bought me a set of DPNs size 0 in the 4 inch length. Now I am not too sure about those itty bitty needles but I love the fact that he went out and bought me yarn, and apparently kept it secret for over a week. I have never bought this yarn before, it is very nice, I usually just buy yarn from Walmart or Micheals. What a treat my husband got me. I cannot wait to make socks out of it! Now if it is a gift, that does not count as stash enhancement does it? If I have fell off the wagon it was worth it because my husband is the best!

I love love love these socks!

Pair #1 crochet socks Pair #1 socks crochet I very pleased to introduce Pair #1 of 2006! I love the way these socks fit. They are ankle socks made on US F crochet hook from sugar and cream grape with watercolor toes, heal and just a little trim around the ankle. I actually used no pattern, I simply crocheted in round from the toe up crocheted the heal out in single crochet (looked like a little box hanging off the back) then continue to crochet in round makeing sure to decrease as my ankle tappered. These are by pair the best pair of socks I have ever made. I cannot wait to make more socks!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

1/2 a pair

nofoot crochet sock 1 crochet sock 1 My first crochet sock! Okay it is not a pair yet but it is on its way to becoming a pair. It is made on a US F hook in sugar and cream grape and watercolor toes, heal and a little bit of trim around the ankle. I made them ankle socks because I thought I might run out of sugar and cream yarn. Oh right now off to make the other sock.

Stash Enhancement...

book stash enhancement But not of the yarn kind. $200 later I have this nice stack of books delivered yesterday from Barnes and Noble. Now most of these I need for class but yes I just bought books to read for fun too. I think it might have been cheaper to enhance my yarn stash! :) Anyway on to another FO... sly boook hug Another book hug! This one is in slytherin colors although you really cannot see the hunter that well. So little natural light this time of year! I prefer the hugs (a strap that encircles all the pages you have read) to a mark simply because whenever I through my book into my bag it comes out markless. But when the book is hugged I never loose my place. And now for a scene of pure enjoyment... Pure Enjoyment Click "Pure Enjoyment" for more Maverick photos Maverick is getting a light hair pull. He really likes it when I lightly tug on his hair he lets out a little purr sometimes, others he pushes my arms away with his head. And not to mention he is completely loving the fact that he is in bed with momma paying attention to him.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The End of the Jiffy...

k2 p1 rib scarf This K2 P1 Rib scarf is the last of my Jiffy Stash! I had 4 balls of Jiffy, which I cannot remember where I go it from, I do not think that Nan from WTW gave it to me to knit up, but anyway it has been knitted and I can now mark it off my stash list. In addition to this scarf which will more then likely find a home at WTW I made wrist warmers and a hat. bookmark in progress Another project I am working on is my floral bookmark for my Mrs. Dalloway project for KTC. I still have to add the little flowers I made to the bookmark or what I like to call a book hug since the marker slides around the entire book. I am hoping to have the book and the hug done by this weekend since next week is the first week of school. Where has the time gone!?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Cold Sunday..

It finally feels like winter in my neck of the woods. Now we have had a snow pack since October but we have not been getting fresh snow that often, that is until today... winter finally 1 2006 It has been snowing all day off and on and it looks like we might have about 2 fresh inches of snow. Finally fresh snow! Just in time for the colder weather I finished my first WTW blanket of 2006... WTW blanket 1 2006 It is my scarp blanket I like to call "piñata." It is made from 23 scarp balls of yarn in various weights and types. It is a 40 inch square that was knit on US 7 circulars using increases and decreases. And just in case you need a little more proof that it is cold here, I would like to show you my favorite knitting spot. Inspired by the post on Jenifer's Blog ... knitting spot A: A cup of Chai tea. I love to drink tea that I often times make myself a thermos in the morning so I can drink tea all day long and not have to make it each time. B: My jar with scissors and straight needles C: Current Books to read shelf D: "Lord Jim" the book I am reading right now E: The K2 P1 Rib scarf I am working on for WTW F: Heater blanket to sit on G: My pillowghan still waiting to have its ends woven in. H: A pillow from the bed because those fancy little throw pillows are not comfy enough to lay on. What's your spot look like?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Does it count?

As a member of the stash along I am not to buy new yarn for 13 weeks. It is I believe a knitalong so technically my current stash enhancement should not count.... fabric addition 30 cents a yard! I could not pass up this fabric! I I think it will make great liners for future tote bags so I got one yard of each. I did take a look at yarn but I did not buy any (although I was tempted to pick up some homespun). The stash projects news.... Week #2 ...no new yarn purchased ...Crochet teddy bear still stuffless and headless ...stash blanket an hour away from being finished ...a K2 P1 rib Jiffy clearwater scarf about a 1/4 done ...finished a pair of wrist warmers from a stash skein of Jiffy Clearwater ...have a huge list of KALs/CALs to make projects for all of which will be made from stash

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Addicted to groups...

I have so many KALs/CALs that I have joined and sometimes I forget I joined them until I look at my sidebar and there is a curious little button and then I realize oh my I need to make that project. So in an effort to remember what I joined and what I wanted to make I am going to try once a week to update myself on what is going on. Okay here we go... Stash Along: Crochet Bear Body This little guy is part of my stash along project list. He is made out of Red Heart Classic "Buff." He still needs stuffing and a head. Peaceful Palms and What's Your Skein: Wrist Warmer Left Wrist Warmer Right Made on US 11 needles in Clearwater Jiffy (one skein) in K2 P1 rib. This is my project for the Peaceful palms KAL and What's Your Skein. It also happens to be the first thing I finished in 2006. (Sorry about the bad pictures it was early in the morning and it is hard to take pictures of my own hands :)) Based on the patten Warm Wristlets. The above is what I have going right now and here is what is to come... Knit the Classics: This month we are reading Mrs. Dalloway and many are incorporating flowers into their projects for this book. I plan on making a floral themed bookmark and reading journal sweater. There are so many exciting things going on at KTC if you are a member and have not been around for a while or have not yet joined, head on over. We have swaps, contests and we are on our way to merchandise! 25 Things for Charity: I have a blanket and a scarf on the needles towards my 25 things for 2006. Amigurumi Along: Some more critters. Month of Softies: Some more softies. Feet Need Socks: Finish up my purple and watercolors crochet socks. 63 squares: I am going to start this blanket and finish it this year! Cover your Ankles: I plan on making Aspen Leg warmers in Woolease Navy Fleck. Another Weasley: Well I was working on my scarp blanket for WTW I found balls of Hunter Green and a really light gray and I thought they looked alot like Slythein colors so I thought I would make myself a book scarf. Cover Your Head: I have one more hat trick on my needles at least. Tote Along: I want to finish my tote before school starts. Whew! I think that is all the groups I belong to?! Well seeing as how I have a large project list and a large reading list I am off... Happy Crafting Everyone! Amanda

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

This Week In Books...

In preparation for the Spring 2006 semester I have quite a reading list. I have been told that in my Modern Novel class in the Spring I will average about 400-800 pages a week of reading. And then there is my other class (no amount has been specified yet but I suspect it will not be a class of light reading). Now I truly do not mind reading around 1000 pages a week but I better get some practice reading under my belt. This week I hope to have read the following novels:

Mrs. Dalloway: This book is my for fun reading for the month of January so it really does not need to be finished this week. This is the January Selection for Knit the Classics. My project for this book is still undecided but I am thinking it will be something that includes flowers.

Lord Jim: This novel is one of the novels I need to read before class starts on January 17. I need to focus on time, narrative strategy, and the limits of language in this novel.

Bleak House: And this is the last book I will try to read this week. This is also a novel I need to read before classes and I also need to focus on time, narrative strategy, and the limits of language in this novel.

So that is only about 1600 pages to read this before next Monday! If I can finish all three this week I will be really impressed and you can bet I will be bragging about it all next week on my blog!
Well I am off to read...

Up Next week:
1)Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady
2)The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics Series)
3)Ezra Pound: The Cantos
4)Waiting for Godot

Monday, January 02, 2006

Stash for 3 Months...

For three months I will try to knit and crochet only my stash. Most of my stash is from WTW and to made into baby blankets or lap blankets. Here is a look at some of the yarn I hope to knit and crochet up... stash 2006 This shelf of yarn is for blankets. You may be able to notice that I have some squares also to make into blankets. stash blanket 2006 WTW Here is one of my stash blankets in progress. The white basket of balls will more then likely all go to the blanket. stash bear 2006 And this is a little bear in progress, crocheted from Red Heart Buff I had left over. Look at those cute little bear legs! If you want to see how others are using their stash check out the Stash Along.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

A: Almost There

almost there This is the view my husband and I had as we approached the Columbia River Bridge to leave the state of Washington and enter the state of Oregon in the summer of 2004. The west coast on highway 101 was the last big trip to round off our 2 years on the road as full time RVers. The bridge was so large that I remember telling myself "We are almost there" often. I have so many pictures of bridges but this one is by far my favorite bridge. To see more "A's" check out the ABC along

Finished Reading 2006

43 Books Read
20 Reviews Written


1.Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady
2.The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics Series)
3.Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
4.Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
5.Ezra Pound: The Cantos
6.Turn of the Screw by Henry James
7.Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
8.Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
9.Journey to the United States of North America by Lorenzo de Zavala
10.Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
11.Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
12.The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
13.The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
14.The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
15.The Complete Stories of Kafka
16.Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis
17.The Good Solider by Ford
18.Watt by Samuel Beckett
19.Three Novels: Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
20....And the Earth did not Devour Him by Thomas Rivera
21.Brown by Richard Rodriguez
22.The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
23.SRC #1 The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
24.SRC #2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
25.SRC #3 The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
26.SRC #4 Aspect of the Novel by E.M. Forster
27.SRC #5 Great American Trials 201 Compelling Courtroom Dramas Editor Edward W. Knappman
28.SRC #6 Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
29.SRC #7 Brick Lane by Monica Ali (audio book)
30.SRC #8 The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
31.SRC#9 A Passage to India by EM Forster
32.SRC#10 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
33. SRC#11 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
34. SRC#12 Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino
35.RIP#1 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
36. RIP#2 After Dark by Dion Boucicault
37.RIP#3 Goblin Market and other poems by Christina Rosetti
38. RIP #4 The Woman in White
39. RIP #5 The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
40. RIP #6 Adam Bede by George Eliot
41. FTS #1 The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser
42. FTS #2 The Book of Margery Kempe by Margery Kempe
42. FTS#3 Dr Faustus by Christopher