S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

31 December 2010
28 December 2010
23 December 2010
21 December 2010
20 December 2010
16 December 2010
15 December 2010
14 December 2010
13 December 2010
10 December 2010
09 December 2010
07 December 2010
06 December 2010
03 December 2010
01 December 2010
24 November 2010
23 November 2010

BBC Books

23 November 2010
So the dear BBC has put out it's own Book meme now. Since it's boring just to read through a list like this, I've added a few brief thoughts to certain books...

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Over and over again. Usually my January book selection along with B.Jone's Diary.

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Not entirely yet. My sisters will still be appalled.

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Several times, sort of a sleepy book till the end and then it pisses me right off.

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
Need to start from the beginning and work to the end, missing a few of the latest ones.

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible
Thanks to my Biblical Theology and Ethics class in college, I truly can say there is not one single verse I've missed.

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
I've just picked up a book based off the Bronte sisters isolation and how that possibly sparked their imaginations.

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
Hal's favorite yearly read.

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Found a fabulous note-riddled edition in a thrift store down here, part way through now.

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
Favorite read through was with Marianna when she illustrated each chapter of the book and we bound it into her own book.

12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
I have a hard time with Hardy. He has a tendency to freak me out.

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
Part way, obviously!

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Adore it.

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Sigh. Sorry dear sisters.

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
I've heard it described as one of the few English novels written for grown-up people. I should read it.

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Read it outside one summer under a tree - perfect setting.

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
I remember closing the book and just being in a daze. I had to reread the ending to make certain I had read it correctly and I had! I wasn't expecting that!

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Mom's favorite book, I hate it.

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
"There is nothing- absolutely nothing-
half so much worth doing
as simply messing about in boats."

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Brrrr... Loved the images.

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
Many, many times.

34 Emma - Jane Austen
Nearly as frequently as P&P as it usually follows close on the heels of the later!

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
Would an affirmative surprise you?

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
First time by my 3rd grade teacher, the only nun in the school.

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Berniere

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The book was painted, not written. The images created are so strong.

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
To Marianna a long, long time ago now.

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Many times, though not my favorite LM Montgomery book. Rilla wins that followed closely by a few of the heroines in the short story collections, then Emily and Jane.

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Again with Hardy!

48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Thought provoking! Marianna just brought it up again this week.

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
One that I've seen the movie before I've read it actually!

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Yes, of course. Seriously one of my favorites.

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
I prefer Huxley's The Crows of Pearblossom

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Uggh. Steinbeck.

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Yay! Love Dumas.

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
I thought I had, but it was Ethan Frome instead.

68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
Adore Bridget! Always reread in January with P&P.

69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Started it but still have issues over having to watch the movie halfway through once a week at our piano teacher's when I was young.

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
Read right before a trip to England.

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Have been reading and rereading it since I was a child. The dialect was truly difficult to get through then.

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
Don't read on a plane. People will stare at you as you snort and giggle your way across the Atlantic.

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
- Yay! It is my goal to one day own the whole series.

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
I found an old gorgeous copy in that thrift store again. The endpapers are lovely and there was an old postcard tucked inside. I don't remember anything else about the book, it was that impressive to me.

80 Possession - AS Byatt
It came recommended from Melissa Wiley but I hated it 50 pages in. Some other time, maybe...

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Need to order/find a copy. the season is upon us!

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
I actually really liked this book. I still have images of the house and the countryside in my head from it. I think I had a terrific translation which probably made all the difference in the world.

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
Mom read this to Michelle and I at bedtime!

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I still have a book report on this from my homeschooled years!

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (in French & English!)
I'd truly rather read about the author's own adventures than the Little Prince's.

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
Soon. Our library has a copy of Richard Adams Nature Diary, which I think would be cool to read simultaneously.

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Michelle's favorite, I think.

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
I don't like Dahl. He freaks me out too.

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So there we go BBC! Definitely more than 6 and this list gave me some new ideas for my To Be Read pile...
Vessel Make/Model: 35' Coronado
Hailing Port: Boca Chica
Crew: Capt. Hal, Jennifer, and our daughter Marianna, a great photographer!
Extra: Warmest Wishes!
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/marihalojen/
Album: S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen (Main) | S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen
Our trip to Orlando.
41 Photos
Created 12 March 2008
All hail to dear Mary. The guardian of our way. To the fairest of Queens, Be the fairest of seasons, sweet May.
16 Photos
Created 21 May 2007
Marianna headed out, list in hand, to see how many Invertebrates she could find locally - without swimming, though wading was permitted!
12 Photos
Created 28 March 2007
How to move 100 miles with all your belongings and no U-Haul.
35 Photos
Created 7 March 2007
27 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 1 December 2006
44 Photos
Created 1 December 2006

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen

Who: Capt. Hal, Jennifer, and our daughter Marianna, a great photographer!
Port: Boca Chica
Faith Arithmetic Reading Writing Exercise Beauty