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100 things to do in 1000 days UPDATE; #62: Read one bookshelf’s worth of my unread books.

Just a quickie update on #62 (just in case you didn’t read the title): I have now finished half the books, and it’s not even June yet. Hurray! Unfortunately, it seems I have finished shorter and/or smaller books, because the damned shelf still looks more than half full. Ah well.

Currently, I am in the middle of Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan.

A reminder:

36 BOOKS

36 BOOKS

 

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Books on The Shelf:

  1. I, Mona Lisa – Jeanne Kalogridis
  2. We Are here – Ellen Cassedy
  3. If Only They Could Talk – James Herriot
  4. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  5. The Piano Man’s Daughter – Timothy Findley
  6. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  8. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  9. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
  10. The Transformation – Catherine Chidgey
  11. Late Nights On Air – Elizabeth Hay
  12. Barney’s Version – Mordechai Richler
  13. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  14. The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
  15. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  16. Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
  17. Exodus – Leon Uris
  18. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  19. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  20. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  21. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
  22. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  23. Loving Frank – Nancy Horan
  24. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  25. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  26. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  27. Survival Kit – Zuzana Sermer
  28. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  29. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  30. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  31. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  32. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  33. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  34. Lamb – Christopher Moore
  35. How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
  36. Elements of Style – E. B. White

Completed: 18/36

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100 things to do in 1000 days IN PROGRESS; #62: Read one bookshelf’s worth of my unread books.

I have a lot of books. A lot. It’s not only that I buy six books every time I go into a Chapters or Costco, or that it’s everyone’s go-to present for me for birthdays and holidays, or that I used to work at a bookstore and abuse my employee discount. When my high school library gave away the books they didn’t want anymore, I took in the refugees. When I worked for that bookstore, and people dropped off paperbacks they didn’t want, I cared for the orphans. My last job provided me with copies of all 20 memoirs they’d published so far. And when anyone I know is cleaning out their book stock, I’m usually there within minutes. Also, I never throw anything away. So when I say I have a lot of books, I do mean a lot. Many of which I have never read. The problem is that it takes a lot less time to buy books then it does to read them, so that damned To Read pile is always growing exponentially faster than the Read pile. But there is no point in owning a bunch of books you’re never going to read. I certainly meant to read them when I bought (or otherwise obtained) them. So one of the items on The List is to read one bookshelf’s worth of my unread books – put all the unread books that will fit onto one shelf in one place, and make my way through them.

36 BOOKS

36 BOOKS

This will absolutely not include new books bought between now and the completion of that shelf, but I may substitute a book here or there, if I’m not enjoying it, or it’s a particularly slow read (hey, I’m on a deadline here; “finish all books I’m currently in the middle of” is on the next list). Note: I am only starting this item now, because “complete a Cannonball Read” was also on my list, and I didn’t want books read for that (which could include books borrowed from libraries or friends, books I’d re-read, and books I’d just bought) to count for this item. I have now read 52+ books (although I have yet to review all of them), so I consider the spirit of that item complete. Books read for this item will count toward the 5th CBR, however.

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Books on The Shelf:

  1. I, Mona Lisa – Jeanne Kalogridis
  2. We Are here – Ellen Cassedy
  3. If Only They Could Talk – James Herriot
  4. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  5. The Piano Man’s Daughter – Timothy Findley
  6. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  8. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  9. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
  10. The Transformation – Catherine Chidgey
  11. Late Nights On Air – Elizabeth Hay
  12. Barney’s Version – Mordechai Richler
  13. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  14. The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
  15. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  16. Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
  17. Exodus – Leon Uris
  18. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  19. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  20. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  21. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
  22. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  23. Loving Frank – Nancy Horan
  24. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  25. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  26. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  27. Survival Kit – Zuzana Sermer
  28. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  29. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  30. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  31. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  32. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  33. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  34. Lamb – Christopher Moore
  35. How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
  36. Elements of Style – E. B. White

Completed: 35/36

100 things to do in 1000 days IN PROGRESS; #5: Get my driver’s license.

The first time I tried to get my driver’s license I was 19. A high school friend had decided it was about time she got hers, and she convinced me to go with. My parents and friends had been nagging me for years to get my act together, but see, this was my thought process:

I hate driving. Hate it. I hate all the places you’re supposed to be looking at once, all the things you could hit, and that there are thousands of other stupid people on the road with you, having to do this same place-watching and thing-avoiding (and according to the nightly news, not doing it all that well). I hate that I’m not in the middle of the car, so I have no idea how much space is on the car’s right. I hate having this much power and money in my control when it could all go so terribly wrong. I hate having horrible life-or-death responsibility. There is a Very Very Good Reason why I didn’t become a doctor (actually, there are several, but let us not speak of the germaphobia, OCD, and general squeamishness).

I know this isn’t a terribly reasonable or logical fear. When other people are driving it’s not so bad. I just pretend I don’t know how hard it is, how easily you can be distracted, how many things could go wrong – they’re confident, they’re probably doing fine. Plus, more reading time for me. It’s a self-confident thing, and an aversion to high-stakes responsibility. This is why despite all of my ridiculous childhood ambitions, I am currently a 25-year-old slacker living at home.

So I let my G1 expire.

But I’m not quite so nervous anymore. There are places I need to be at times that can’t be negotiated, and the right side of the car doesn’t feel so frightening anymore. I guess I just feel ready. Besides, I’m tired of having to be chaperoned everywhere by my younger brother.

So on August 23rd,  I went to the DMV again, this time with another licenseless friend who had finally decided enough was enough.

I will not let it expire this time. Now, there’s no way I can complete this Thing To Do by the end of the 1000 days, but I thought I’d include my progress here, and put “get G” on my next List.

It’s not a bad idea to let the entire internet see your number one form of personal identification, right?