I stumbled across this post and decided it'd be super duper fun to do it again!

The rules are:
1) Bold what you have read
2) Put in italics what you have started to read
3) Put an asterisk next to what you intend to read

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (I never completed my 25 before 25 list, and I don't have a ton of interest in reading this anymore)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (as I mentioned last time, I started this in high school and never made it very far; I will probably never read these)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (duh)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (apparently I started this at some point? I'll probably never read it)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (I had remembered reading this during junior high, and it's still a faint memory, but I definitely think I need to re-read it to officially claim it b/c I do not know wtf happened in it)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (I love this book so much!)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (ugh, no)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (last time I went through this list, I hadn't read it; I have since then... I was not a big fan)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (I no longer have any interest in reading this)
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
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (worth the read!)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (I finally made it through this book - not the biggest fan)
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (nope, not a fan)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (wait, why is this separate?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I have since read this... NOT a fan)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (I still haven't finished this book, and it's now been so long that I would most definitely need to start it from scratch)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (the theme here seems to be that the books I finally read, I did not enjoy)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (oh yay! finally one that I've read since then and remember enjoying!)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (no longer super interested in reading this after One Hundred Years of Solitude, but maaaaaybe?)
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (keeping this comment cuz it made me chuckle: I read this after watching an episode of Wishbone, one of my favorite shows ever... I remember nothing! clearly, books I read in elementary school I will need to re-read)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (I never did end up re-visiting this book)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (I re-read this! I enjoyed it!)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (I have since read this! I enjoyed it!!)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (I have since read this! I enjoyed it!!)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I have read all of the Sherlock stories now and LOVED them!)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS!)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
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 (again, why is this separate?!)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (I am 20% through this book now, which I read a chunk of every couple of years... I might try to pick up the pace???)

By now, you may have already seen Baratunde's response to Obama releasing his birth certificate. If you haven't you really must watch it, and if you have, it wouldn't hurt to watch it again. I myself have seen it three times now, simply because it's so moving and so honest and reflects what a lot of people feel but can't quite express in words. Here's the video, and I've included the transcript (by Numol Bites) below.



it’s been a very difficult morning for me. um, got the news that President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, um, due to the increasing media circus surrounding claims that he is not one of us, that he is not an American. and it comes at an interesting time for many reasons — one of which is that it’s April 27th, 2011, and *this just happened*, so that’s… really interesting, to me. also, because i’m reading, right now, a book by Manning Marable — it’s called “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”, and he unearths a lot of amazing detail and correspondence around this exceptional American, and through this book, you also get a window into the Civil Rights Movement throughout this country’s history, especially in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. and you are reminded, if you read this book — or see a documentary special, or know anything about the history of the United States — you’re reminded of the extraordinary level of sacrifice that has been involved in allowing all Americans to exist as, be treated as, participate as *Americans*, to *be that which they are* [laughs, shakes head]. a *lot* of *work*, a lot of tears, a lot of pain, a lot of death. there were people who dropped out of their ordinary lives — sacrificed their personal safety, their reputation, their ability to earn money — to intervene on behalf of those who they also saw as American. they got on buses in Freedom Rides, they sat in, they *died* in waves and waves of domestic terrorism, so that someone like me could go to a voting booth and not be asked by some racist poll worker to pay a tax, or prove that my grandfather wasn’t a slave, or pass a literacy test which got increasingly difficult the more i might pass it. [pause] and today, the *President of the United States* had to prove that he was an American to the satisfaction of the 75% of Iowa republicans who doubt that, or the 43% of national republicans who doubt that, or the one *heinous, low-class individual* who took credit for it after: Donald Trump. a man who was given every advantage, who inherited millions and lost it all twice, but *had that opportunity* because no one’s ever had to ask him to prove *anything*. a man who lacks intelligence, compassion, common sense, respect, decency, or an understanding of what the *fuck* it means to be an American, that he would come out moments after *the President of the United States* — and i stress that, *the President* — released his long-form birth certificate, and Donald Trump comes out moments later and says, “i’m really proud of myself, *but*… shouldn’t have taken so long. i wanna see the birth certificate for myself. i wanna test it for *authenticity*. i don’t want the press asking me about birth certificates anymore.” [pause] i find it hard to… summarize, in mere words, the amount of pain and rage this incident has caused. it’s… *humiliating* — not just to Barack Obama, not just to the office of the President, not just to black Americans who died and those who supported our quest for freedom… it’s embarassing to the *entire nation*, that we would sit and *let this happen*. [shaking his head] we have *all* been debased by this incident — by a charlatan, by a con man, by a mere *promoter of himself*. and for him to take credit for this, and for him to *revel in it*, and yet… and still not be satisfied, makes him no better than a klansman, no better than a Bull Connor, no better than an anonymous privileged white man in the 1950s who — regardless of his position in society — knew his position was higher than that of a common nigger. and that is what the fuck Donald Trump has done… to the *President of the United States*. to the *office* of the President of the United States. to me, and to you. i am *disgusted*, i have cried, because i know my ancestors paid a very high price, and never… would never have imagined that we might have the President that we do. but certainly part of their joy, in the ancestral celestial skies right now, has been greatly diminished by what has happened here today. i hope that eventually — not just in the post-mortal world of karma and spiritual justice — Mr. Trump pays an exceptional price. i hope that price comes during his life. [pause] to then be able to walk around a super-free, super-white, super-privileged man, lording over all who would pay attention — which is far too many — at what you have done… has got to cost you something in this life as well. [shaking his head and laughing] i don’t wanna hear about “The Apprentice”, i don’t wanna hear about your new cologne, i don’t wanna hear about the new tower you’re building in whatever fucking town. [pauses, shaking his head] that cologne smells of racism, that tower is built on the blood of disrespected slaves and freedom fighters, and that show is merely a showcase… for the dishonor you have brought upon anyone who would call themselves an American. [pause] my name is Baratunde Thurston and… i’m *heartbroken* over this. [shakes his head and rests his face on his hand as video ends]

In J. Holiday's song Bed (lyrics below), it sounds so pretty and slow and people I know love/hate it because it's all the wonderful lovey things he's going to do with this woman. It's all "love is war, I'm your soldier" and "love you 'til your eyes roll back" and "my angel [...] thanks for letting me bless you."

But it's really all about him.

What is wrong with you, J. Holiday? Can't even just love a woman and sex her up without having her put on the lingerie YOU like and giving YOU a back rub? And, really, why does she have to give you a back rub before you guys have sex? That's your foreplay? Really?! You want to be a sex god but your foreplay is all about your pleasure?

Morning thought done.

What's on your mind today?

J. Holiday, Bed

[J. Holiday: speaking]
Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye (repeat 8x times)
Put you to the bed, bed, bed
Put you to the bed, bed, bed
Aye,Aye, Aye, Aye

[Verse 1:]
Girl, change into that Victoria Secret thing that I like
Alright
Ok, tonight your having me your way
Perfume, spray it there
Put our love in the air
Now put me right next to you
Fittin to raise the temp in the room
First rub my back like you do
Right there, uh-uh, right there uh
You touch me like you care
Now Stop
And let me repay you for the week that you've been thru
Working that 9-5 and staying cute, like you do
oh, oh, oh

[Pre-Chorus:]
I love it (I love it)
You love it (You love it)
Everytime (Everytime)
We touchin (We touchin)
I want it (I want it)
You want it (You want it)
I'll see you (see you)
In the morning (In the morning)

[Chorus:]
I wanna put my fingers thru your hair
Wrap me up in your legs
And love you till your eyes roll back
I'm tryin to put you to bed, bed, bed
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
Then I'ma rock your body
Turn you over
Love is war
I'm your soldier
Touching you like it's our first time
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
I'ma put you to bed, bed, bed

[Verse 2:]
I'm staring at you while your sleep
You replaced it for beauty
Put my face up in your neck and breathe (aww, breathe)
Take you into my senses
Wake up, it's time to finish
Round two, It's round two
Matter of fact it's closer to three
She like, "how long I been sleep?"
Shorty, kisses turn into the sweetest dreams
Like give it to me
And I can feel her tell me
My angel this is wonderful
Thanks, for letting me bless ya
Come down, fly, right, drift back into heaven
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh

[Pre-Chorus:]
I love it (I love it)
You love it (You love it)
Everytime (Everytime)
We touchin (We touchin)
I want it (I want it)
You want it (You want it)
I'll see you (see you)
In the morning (In the morning)

[Chorus:]
I wanna put my fingers thru your hair
Wrap me up in your legs
And love you till your eyes roll back
I'm tryin to put you to bed, bed, bed
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
Then I'ma rock your body
Turn you over
Love is war
I'm your soldier
Touching you like it's our first time
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
I'ma put you to bed, bed, bed

[Bridge:]
Watch the sunlight peak over the horizons
Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou
Sun ain't the only thing that's shining
Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou
Now, I'mma send you out into the world with my love
Tell everybody aye, aye, aye [x10]

[Chorus:]
I wanna put my fingers thru your hair
Wrap me up in your legs
And love you till your eyes roll back
I'm tryin to put you to bed, bed, bed
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
Then I'ma rock your body
Turn you over
Love is war
I'm your soldier
Touching you like it's our first time
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
I'ma put you to bed, bed, bed

It's International Women's Day, y'all! HOORAY! Here are a few things I found to celebrate:

Change.org is featuring several campaigns that can improve the lives of women around the world by labeling them with the IWD logo.

The Guardian has a list of their top 100 women. Now, I find it somewhat problematic (some of their choices seem random, if not completely ridonk), but as I learned more about some women I'd practically never heard of and by the end I was all "we can do it!" so I guess that says something.

Equality Now has a 100 Steps to Equality campaign with facts and action steps. (There's also a PDF with all 100 steps.)

Even Google is getting in on the fun by promoting the Join Women on the Bridge event they're co-hosting with Women for Women International at the Millenium Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. They've also got links to some really great orgs (they want you to donate, but you could just as easily click through to simply learn more or take action).

There are countless others, so please promote your org/cause/event/whatever of choice in the comments. I'll also try to update this if/when I can.

Everyone! Don't panic! I'm still alive!

After a roller coaster of a year in 2010 and a hectic start to 2011, I'm finally gearing up to write again. My return will be awesome, I assure you, but in the meantime, I want to remind everyone that it's Women's History Month. I say remind because I forgot myself until I saw it trending earlier today and that sort of what snapped me back to reality.

I have to say that things have been looking grim for women as of late (though, do they ever look so hot?), what with Lara Logan, the Pence Amendment killing Planned Parenthood, the bill in Georgia, and now this fetus testifying in court...

I took a step back from things a while ago when I simply couldn't handle it anymore. But now what I simply can't handle is sitting back and watching everything fall apart around us.

Which is to say: celebrate WHM this month in a way that really counts. I'm starting now. It's good to be back.


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