masuimi max

The Book List!

So in a past entry I asked people to recommend some good books for me to read (on top of my already extensive proposed reading list; this is going to take me the rest of my life, haha). I'm going to list them all here for my own reference but hey, some people might want to flip through it too for something new to read.

I'm going to use this list to keep track of suggested books, books I think of that I'd like to read or reread, and books I have recently read, so I'll be reposting it or links to it every now and then, and I'll be updating it. Please feel free now or anytime to comment and add to the list, or comment on something that's already on the list! When I finally get around to getting my website up and running (hopefully within the next few weeks before fall classes start) I'll be posting and updating this list there, too.

Suggested Books and Authors:
Chuck Palahnuik: Lullaby, Choke, Diary, Invisible Monsters, Fight Club
Pamela Dean: Tam Lin
Marion Zimmer Bradley: Mists of Avalon
Diana Gabaldon: Outlander
Isabel Allende: Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, House of Spirits
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha (reading that one a second time, heh <3)
Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Nick Hornby: anything
Mary Doria Russell: anything
Mark Salzman: anything
Shakespeare: anything I haven't read yet
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
J.D. Salinger: Catcher in the Rye
John Neihardt: Black Elk Speaks
Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Fail-Safe (original movie also suggested)
Michael Crichton: The Andromeda Strain
Nathaniel West: Miss Lonelyhearts
Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Richard Adams: Watership Down (again)
Thomas Churchill: Centralia Dead March
Danzy Senna: Caucasia
Don Delillo: White Noise
David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Girl With Curious Hair, The Broom Of The System, and Brief Interview With Hideous Men
David Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Rebecca Ray: Pure
Jack Kerouac: On The Road
Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle, anything else
Tom Robbins: Jitterbug Perfume
Christopher Moore: Practical Demonkeeping
Nathaniel Hawthorne: anything
Rachel Cohn: Gingerbread
Susanna Kaysen: Girl, Interrupted
John Steinbeck: East of Eden, The Pearl, Travels with Charley, Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath (again)
Christopher Paolini: Eragon (per my 11-yr-old brother's suggestion)
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter (all of them, any of them, for the same reason as above, haha)
Stephen King: Gunslinger series, The Stand, Dark Tower series
Terry Pratchett: Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, Equal Rites, Discworld series
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens
Neil Gaiman: Stardust
Dorothy Allison: Bastard Out of Carolina
Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate
Stephanie Grant: The Passion of Alice
Bram Stoker: Dracula
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
Machiavelli: The Prince
Norman MacLean: A River Runs Throught It
Sun Tzu: Art of War
Anita Diamant: The Red Tent
Shan Sa: The Girl Who Played Go
Timothy Findley: Not Wanted on the Voyage, The Wars
Leonard Cohen: Beautiful Losers
Paul Theroux: The Mosquito Coast
Dave Pelzer: A Child Called It series
Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho
Ryu Murakami: Coin Locker Babies
Thomas Pynchon: anything
A.M. Homes: In a Country of Mothers
Hubert Selby Jr: Requiem for a Dream
Cecily von Ziegesar: Gossip Girl
Max Barry: Jennifer Government
Sojouner Truth: Ain't I A Woman
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
Dan Brown: The DaVinci Code
Patricia MacDonald: anything
Brendan Dubois: Resurrection Day

Books Already On My 'Need To Read' List:
Frank Herbert: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune
J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Simalarion
Chuck Palahnuik: Fight Club
Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis: the Twins Trilogy, the Soulforge
Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (one of my favorites, always time to reread it, heh)
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Grey
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter (again)
John Updike: anything
Tolstoy: anything (I'll probably read plenty in my Russian Lit class this fall!)
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Brothers Karamazov (same)
Stephen Wicks: Warriors and Wildmen
Esmeralda Santiago: When I Was Puerto Rican (for the millionth time)
Marya Hornbacher: Wasted (because I can't put it down and I'm constantly reading it, so I might as well put it here!)
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (again)
Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
Joseph Heller: Catch-22
Joanne Greenberg: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Robert Klitzman: The Trembling Mountain
Elizabeth Wurtzel: Prozac Nation
M. Elaine Mar: anything

Books I'm currently in the middle of:
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime & Punishment

Completed So Far Summer 2004:
Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere
Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning
Truman Capote: Breakfast At Tiffany's
Emma Donoughue: Slammerkin
Barbara Kingsolver: The Bean Trees
Anne Fadiman: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis: Dragons of Summer Flame
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita

Fall 2004:
Pushkin: The Stationmaster, The Shot
Karamzin: Poor Liza
Gogol: The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman, The Nose
Turgenev: Fathers & Sons
Durkheim: Division of Labor in Society
Durkheim: Primitive Classification

Thank you so much to everyone who responded so far with suggestions! I'm going to try to get to everything eventually because I really do love to read, it's just going to take a long, long time, hahaha.

Julie <3
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I went to the gym today! It's been a while.

Me: *approach counter and begin schpiel about 'hi, I'm the owner's niece, he said I could use this gym--'*
Desk Guy: Hi Julie!
Me: *befuddled* (It knows our name, precious!)
Desk Guy: We had your ID here for a few months!

So THAT'S where I lost my duplicate copy of my license. Heh.

So, yeah! I went to the gym. I relished in the beauty of the little mini TVs on the treadmills and the stupidity of my discman, which apparently will only play, on any cd, tracks 6-9 (and halfway through nine, it craps out). HOW CUTE.

I'll be sore in the mornin'. *creaks*
masuimi max


Guess what, kids. Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon both attended BU. OMG THEREFORE WE ARE ALL GENIUSES; THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT.
masuimi max


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masuimi max

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Friends cut... it's not because I didn't like anyone (if I didn't like you, you'd never have been added) but honestly, my friends list was getting so big that I was starting to skim through it casually without necessarily reading everything.

I don't think I removed anyone who would actually have cared, and I hope no one is insulted. I left some people that I only recently added, but some people I never got to know very well and given the volume of people on the list, I probably wasn't going to.

Julie <3
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For anyone who's blind like Andria, it says FRIENDS ONLY.

I occasionally add people who look interesting or whatnot. So if you've been added, you know you're cooler than I am, because something about you was interesting to me, and I am very boring. MRAH. If you want to be added, leave a comment, but don't be insulted if I'm being picky, because I'm paranoid.

PS: If you find yourself suddenly missing from my friends list, check to see if you've been added elsewhere recently... I might have taken you off this list and put you on my other one for subject matter/simplicity. <3
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I just bought 50 userpics and I've made a whole bunch, plus took some from icon communities (with permission). If anyone who makes icons sees something of theirs-- either a whole icon, or a base within an icon-- which they wanted credited and isn't, let me know. I'm not trying to pass off anyone else's work (er, or cropping) as my own, I just have a terrible time keeping track of things.

PEACE. (And thanks for the cool shit.)
masuimi max


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