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A meme stolen borrowed from [ profile] zoethe ...

Here are the current top 50 books from What Should I Read Next?

Bold the books you have read. Italicize the books you plan to read. Leave the rest.

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Sheesh, I need to get out more. If anyone sees anything on here that you think I should read but it isn't in italics, let me know!
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I am not a ‘cat’ person. I am not a ‘dog’ person. I like them both equally.

Dogs love you no matter what. One of my favorite Far Side cartoons shows a bunch of Vikings coming back to the boat after pillaging (and god knows what else!) a village. In the foreground of the picture is a dog secured to the docked Viking ship, with his tail wagging vigorously; happy to see his master even if his master happens to be an efficient blood thirsty killing machine.

Years ago we had a dog that came to us as a puppy. I used to hold him in my arms like a baby and rub his puppy belly while he dropped off to sleep. Fast forward a few years and the former puppy weighed almost 100 pounds yet he still thought he could crawl into my lap for a relaxing belly rub. Till the day he died, he thought he was my baby and that was sweet. It made me feel all warm and gooey inside.

Cats, on the other hand, keep me humble. I live for their pleasure, entertainment and convenience. They keep me on my toes. I’m never really sure that they like me (and I *do* so want them to like me!)

There’s a great book I read called Felidae by a German author, Akif Pirincci written about 15 years ago, it’s a murder mystery set amongst the world of cats. It’s a clever, well written book. (I loaned to a girl I worked with named Stacey who never returned it....) One of the conventions I found amusing is that the cats in this book are generally pretty dismissive of the humans who purport to share their lives. We (people) are referred to, and not in a good way mind you, as “can openers”. That’s a hell of an image. Apparently this fellow has written a couple of more books featuring Francis, the lead
“cat-achter” (okay it sounds funnier then is looks written out like that) of Felidae and there’s also supposed to be a so-so German cartoon made from this book as well. If you can get your hands on the book, it’s a good read.

(Remember this warm and fuzzy side of me. The day will come when I’ll launch into rant about something and you will think I’ve lost my mind.)

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