Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Years!



     I'm going to fall in step and recap 2011. I went in to the year having a beautiful baby girl, then... my pain felt a little better, I made some amazing friends, I started a new job, I made more amazing friends, we went on a ton of family vacations together, we moved in to our own apt, I quit my job, I became a nanny/stay at home mom, I started blogging (on this website), I started reviewing books (seriously... what is better then free books?!), my pain got worse, I was promised a surgery then my doctor left and the new doctor said no to surgery, I've had more and more pain in odd places, more health issues, my mom scared me with her health issues, my sister is now a SENIOR in high school, our little one learned so many things to roll over, to crawl, to sit up, to cruise, to take a few steps at a time, to babble, to say mom, dad, no, yeah, and repeats just about everything we say. So many great things happened in 2011!

     I'm looking forward to 2012 because I know it's going to be filled with fun and love! Our baby is going to be 1 soon and we're about to have our 7 year anniversary! 2012 is going to be great and here are some of my goals to make/keep it that way:

1. More time playing board/card games together
2. More time at the park
3. Attempt to eat dinner at the dining room table
4. Read more to Haleigh
5. Introduce different types of music to Haleigh
6. Save at least $800 in savings
7. Have more fun
8. Laugh more often
9. Cry less often
10. Read more (possible? YES!)
11. Movie night - every friday!
12. Picnic in mountains
13. Take more pictures (possible? Also, YES!)
14. Have more date nights
15. Try to not stress over the little things that won't mean anything later in life!

     So with that done, I hope you all have a fun and safe new years. There are so many ways for you not to drive drunk/high/anything, please remember to be smart, if not for you, for the person  you may kill. If you are a teenager who is reading this, try to keep your stupid to a minimum or at the very least keep it at a maximum in one place and don't travel. If you are an adult, be one - don't act like a child. We always spend our New Years Eve with family and don't travel so no worries on our end. Well, I'll talk to you all in 2012! HAPPY NEW YEARS!




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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Silly Mama!

The picture that I was going to use
for Wordless Wednesday 
     Haleigh-bug is at a play date with the little boy that I babysit for. I'm suppose to be cleaning right now but I figured I'd take an hour out of my cleaning time to have me time. I'm catching up on Youtube videos and blogs and enjoying it but want to know something silly? I miss my baby. She's only been gone for an hour and it's not like this is the first time I've been away from her but I miss her so much. Most mommies appreciate some time away from their baby ... well today isn't that type of day.
     T (the little boy's Dad) came to pick up Haleigh this morning. After putting her in the car and giving her some kisses I waved goodbye and came inside. The second I shut the door I said "nope, don't like it. I MISS MY BABY!" I called my mom right away to tell her what a dork I was. She assured me that sometimes it's just like that, some days you just want your baby all to yourself. Have I ever shared how much I love my mother? Especially when she agrees I'm a dork but tells me it's justified.    
     T-minus 2ish hours until Haleigh comes home.





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Friday, December 23, 2011

Tell me about yourself!

Jenny challenged anyone who was reading to participate.. so, I am.
     My job is to list 7 facts about myself that you might not already know about me and then to ask some other bloggies to do the same. I'm not sure I can come up with facts I haven't mentioned before but I surely will try!


1. I've had a feeling since I was 15ish that I would have fertility problems. I had no reason to think this as my mother and grandmother had no problems conceiving. I felt so strongly about it that when I met Tyrone I warned him that I felt I had fertility issues and I thought he should know from the get go. 


2. Tyrone and I met on Myspace before any one really knew what Myspace was. I had just changed my city from my hometown to the town I was going to college in when Tyrone found me. We were in two different states but only 15 minutes away from one another. 


3. My daughter has the middle name of a celebrity one of us loves.


4. I've been blogging since 2001 just not on this site.


5. I have such a phobia of spiders that I've been known to wake up screaming that there is a spider getting me during the middle of the night or a nap. 


6. If I had my own house I'd open up my own daycare. I love watching children grow and learn more every day. 


7. I absolutely love to cook. I like to come up with new recipes and try them out on my family. I'd love to come out with my own recipe book one day. 


So you didn't learn the most in depth things about me but you learned 7 more things about me that (maybe) you didn't already know. 



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Have to remember...

     In my women's bible study I've learned that you not only ask for prayers but you offer up praises as well. So today, on a day where I am feeling absolutely miserable-I can barely walk, sit, stand, or think-I am going to share with you some of the things I am thankful for. My beautiful baby girl who puts a smile on my face even when she's doing the freshest things, my books that take me to far away places and distract me, my sister who tells me if I'm dying I might as well be doing something - like walking with her in the mall or browsing B&N for books we want, my mother and grandmother who talk me through my days and remind me that it'll all be okay soon, and to my wonderful boyfriend who lifts me up physically and emotionally when I'm feeling down, gives me hugs and kisses when needed and tells me he loves me all the time. I do not have enough thank yous in the world



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The Christmas Singing - Book Review


The Christmas Singing
by Cindy Woodsmall

"Gideon Beiler has loved Mattie Eash since they were children. But when faced with unexpected circumstances, he makes up an excuse to end their engagement. He doesn't want to lie to her, but he believes that telling Mattie the truth will be more hurtful. Brokenhearted, Mattie moves from Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, to Ohio, where she pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator. She finds a new beau - a man offering the secure relationship Gideon has denied her. When Mattie is forced to return to Apple Ridge, she and Gideon must confront the suffering created by his dishonesty - and address the powerful emotions that continue to bind the two childhood friends."

    I have never read a book that took place in an Amish community or by Cindy Woodsmall before this and from the first page of this book I absolutely fell in love with it. Woodsmall draws you in to the story and makes you feel at home. I felt devastated when Mattie did and when she was happy I smiled right along with her through the book. From start to finish I read this book in less then 15 hours, I was completely absorbed. Woodsmall gives you just enough detail about these characters lives that you feel you are among them, living this life with them. This is a book I will most definitely be recommending!


* I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review *


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My appendix.. again?

     Starting in 2005 when I started having so many health problems, every doctor I saw blamed it on my appendix. I've been told many times that I'd have to have surgery to remove my appendix, then it turns out that it isn't my appendix. So yesterday when I was at the doctor and they told me they were pretty sure it was my appendix, I won't lie, I didn't believe them. After my appointment I was told not to eat because I had to go have a CT scan and then possibly surgery. I started to get nervous because 1) I know this isn't my gallbladder because that's been removed 2) This isn't my Endometriosis pain - it's in a different spot. I don't know if you've all ever had a CT Scan before but the process of that goes as follows (well at least for me): 1 gross drink, half an hour later have another gross drink. Have Armando (my new favorite nurse!) put in an IV while having another gross drink. A half an hour after the third gross drink have the fourth gross drink then wait for them to come collect you so you can drink your last gross drink and lay on a big table.
     Once you are in the room and laying on the big table you are asked to lay with your hands above your head and follow the instructions. A huge tube comes and goes back and forth over your stomach while telling you to breath in and hold it, breath out and such. Then a nurse comes in, hooks in your IV and slowly pushes in some type of medicine. It's a weird medicine that makes you have a hot flash then feel like your peeing your pants (which you aren't). After the nurse puts the medicine in you go through the tube again and you are done.  After I was done the nurse told me to head out and wait for Armando to take out my IV. However, before I left I said "I know you can't say anything to me but when will someone tell me about the results?" The nurse told me that whenever my next doctor's appointment was she would tell me unless it was an emergency then she'd probably call me in the morning. My response "Okay.... well I was told not to eat for potential surgery to have my appendix removed." She told me to wait a minute and she'd go ask the other tech. They talked to the CT Scan reader and the 'wet read' showed that my appendix was fine. She told me to go ahead and eat tonight and call my doctor first thing in the morning.
     Later that night my doctor called to let me know that my appendix looked okay, everything looked alright and that I needed to follow up with my GI doctor because of all the problems I'm having with my stomach. I thanked her and got off the phone. I was still in a lot of pain and at that point very tired.
     This morning my stomach is still hurting. I guess I never explained what is going on, so let me do that. When I eat I often get sick to my stomach or my stomach will swell up, sometimes the point where I look like I'm about to have a baby. My stomach will hurt and be very painful. I'm not eating three meals a day because it hurts to eat and who wants to have more pain? Not me. When the doctor was pressing on my stomach it hurt the most near my appendix but was sore all over. With everything that I told her was going on, needless to say she was a little worried.
     I was not able to get through to the GI doctor today and I've been in so much pain I was really tired of being on the phone. My lovely grandmother said she'd call for me and of course got through. I have an appointment with a GI doctor tomorrow at 8:30. My doctor called me as soon as I got off the phone with my Grandma and asked if I had gotten an appointment with a GI doctor. I told her I had just made one for tomorrow morning. She let out a sigh and said "oh good! Because we were going over the CT Scan and noticed that the lymph nodes around the area where you said was hurting a lot are very.... angry looking. So we want you to get in to see a GI doctor as soon as possible. I'm VERY glad you got it for tomorrow so I'm going to go ahead and send over the scan to the doctor so they can review it and take it from here." I thanked her then she said "We also really would like you to follow up with your OBGYN or Endo doctor. We saw that your right ovary is a bit larger then your left ovary and has a pretty big cyst in it. We'd like you to get in as soon as possible for that too." Again I thanked her and told her I'd see her next week. I called my Endo doctor and left a message. They called me back shortly after and said that they are fitting me in Thursday morning but if possible tomorrow afternoon if she can fit me in after surgery.
     I won't lie. I am scared and anxious and nervous. Any talk of lymph nodes scares me! I know it can just be an infection but what if it's more? I'm just so nervous! I pray that it's nothing and just a bug or whatever. Please, if you are a praying person, please keep me in your prayers.


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pin it Thursday - Quotes

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Family dance time.... to NCIS?

     As I sit here and watch my daughter dance to the tune of NCIS, I was wondering what shows you all listen to. Do you only watch some shows as a family? Do you have certain shows you watch all on your own?  What's on your DVR?

Here are some of our favorite family shows
NCIS


NCIS: LA


Covert Affairs


Storage Wars


We usually watch Biggest Loser together as well but not this season. And OF COURSE we watch Sunday night and Monday night football. I usually catch the beginning and the end of the game - sometimes I watch the whole game - usually if it's the Steelers game.

A new series that I've started to watch and we sometimes watch together is
Hawaii Five 0

The shows that I watch on my own - usually during the day while Haleigh is sleeping or at night when she's just gone to bed and Tyrone is on the computer are

Sister Wives


Grimm


Once Upon a Time


Army Wives

     I've, literally, just started watching Army Wives and I like it a lot more then I thought I would. Anyway, those are most of the shows we watch - well at least watch on the regular. Thoughts? Comments? Recommendations?


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Monday, December 12, 2011

you are not here by Samantha Schutz - book review


you are not here
by Samantha Schutz

Book Jacket: Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. it didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other. And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss no one will let you have?

     There are three main reasons why I picked this book to read, 1) The front cover, 2) published by PUSH, 3) the style that it was written in - verse. I was not disappointed. It was a well written book. Going through the death of a loved one is not an easy thing. It's a process that, sometimes, the people around you don't understand, especially if they don't know of the relationship you had. This book takes you on the journey this teenager has after she's lost someone she, maybe, could-have, loved. You watch her fall and fall and fall and wonder if this will destroy her or make her stronger. Definitely a book that I would pass on to a friend!
   


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Friday, December 9, 2011

A sad loss, a disappointing response

         As, many know now, Michelle Duggar had a second trimester miscarriage. Bob and Michelle were going in for their 20 week ultrasound when the doctor discovered that the baby had passed. It’s an understatement to say that having a miscarriage is devastating, especially, this far along. I somewhat follow the Duggar’s family’s journey on TLC and believe they are a wonderful family. I was very sad to hear about their loss on the morning news. Later in the day when I was able to get on the computer I saw that a lot of women in my infertility network were posting about the family. Most people were showing their remorse for the loss. Many of these women themselves have lost a baby pre-birth or after birth. I know to a lot of people the opinion of when a baby is a baby comes in to play, but not with these ladies. When you struggle to have a child, a beating heart means you have a baby.
However, there were a select few who had other comments to say. Of course with having a family in the media you expect to get negative feedback, no matter how well put together the family may be. Sure I saw some negative comments from other people I know on facebook and I saw the comments that people had left on articles on the internet. As much as all of those comments annoyed me, I was actually offended when I saw some of those comments coming from the ladies in my infertility circle. If you are a family that struggles to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and have a healthy child then how are you going to leave such horrible comments about someone having a miscarriage? We are a community that is suppose to be here for one another for support and caring words. How can someone who has experienced a miscarriage say “that’ll show her” or “maybe she’ll learn from it.” How can someone who desperately wants a baby of their own be so hateful to someone who has just lost theirs? No matter what you think of their family or situation it comes down to this: A family has just lost a child. A mother has just lost her baby. How can you expect us to believe your kind words to a friend who has lost her child when you were just saying that, that was God’s way of showing this family not to reproduce? I’m disappointed.





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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pin It Thursday - My love for Twilight

Do you love Pinterest? Oh good.. me too! 
I LOVE when people are passionate about books they've read. Passionate enough to craft stuff... 



Cakes

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Art
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Quilt
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I can't help myself!

     In 2009 I took on the 999 book challenge. For the challenge you had to pick 9 categories and read 9 books in each category. I only found out about this challenge in late June so I got a late start. My categories were New Releases, Books given to me to read by family/friends, Memoirs/True Stories, Nora Roberts, Vampire/Werewolf/Witch/Ghost, Recommendations, Liked the cover, Sweet Valley High, and Wild Card. I was pretty close to finishing the challenge by the end of the year. I just needed a few more books. Apparently in 2010 I completely forgot about the challenge because I never finished it. I have 3 more Nora Roberts books to read and 3 more Memoirs/True Stories to read. I'll finish the challenge eventually. Hopefully before 2012 since I've decided to do a whole new book challenge. I found this book challenge on Pintrest (of course) and thought it sounded awesome. It's called the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge. A bunch of people put together a list of all the books Rory read throughout the TV series and the challenge is simple - attempt to get through the list. I'm going to start on Jan 1st and see how many books on the list I can get through in a year. There are 305 books listed and out of them I have read 12. The list is below... will you be joining in?


Rory Gilmore Reading List

1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inferno by Dante
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Hotels of Europe
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion





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