Bekasmile

book meme

Snagged from rommies_voice

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)



1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible [all of it.  And the Qu'ran; most of it, and some of the Torah]
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
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
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
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
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 - I started reading this but didn't like it.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - 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
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
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
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
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
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
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
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - I read some of it for my A-level.
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - This book is pure love.
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
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
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
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
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
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

20 out of 100, eep, I should read more.
lovetough

Asexuality, or some form of it

Most of us have by now extended the view that it's only ok to jump in bed with someone of the opposite gender, with whom you are married, preferably also with whom you are planning to have children, to a view that you can jump in bed with anyone you like, of any gender, for any purpose. Which is, obviously, great. However; the one thing that is simply not acceptable, is not wanting to jump into bed with anyone at all. It has not been long since it was a social understanding that women as a whole were not supposed to, and would never enjoy sex, but it was something they had to endure. ("Close your eyes and think of England")

And it is definitely a good thing that we've moved on from sex being a taboo subject, something women were not supposed to enjoy, etc, etc, but we've moved on to another craze: Where you must have casual sex, and you must enjoy it. Otherwise, you are weird, you must have underlying psychological reasons, and much as a mother prompting a child to eat those detested sprouts; "Keep trying and you'll learn to like it."

And you wonder whether the people who are so appalled at this concept would enjoy being told they had to keep trying an activity that hurt them, disgusted them, and that they generally disliked, because they were weird otherwise. Especially if said activity was something they only had to learn to gain acceptance from the ignorant. Eating sprouts, at least, is good for you, and something we all must go through with if we want to be healthy. (Well, or you can eat some other vegetable.)

After all, when you strip it down, if the plan is not to have children, the only thing left is enjoyment. And hey, enjoyment is great, so if you like having sex, get down to it like rabbits, fabulous! I don't like it, but that doesn't mean other people aren't entitled to. I just wish the same courtesy to be extended to me, because if I don't enjoy it, then there is no point left. Surprisingly many marriages/relationships contain little or no sex, but it simply is not spoken of, and I do find it amusing that when it comes to sex, instead of extending our acceptance, we have switched it around. Well, actually I don't, I find it very sad. Except for the express purpose of childrearing, it is nothing more than a source of entertainment that you can either enjoy, or not enjoy. My boyfriend doesn't like reading, at all, as a whole. I find that incomprehensible, and for a while I tried to change his mind, but now I've accepted that it's something most people like, but a few don't. And guess what; he has, despite not understanding it, given me that same acceptance. It's other people, people who my lack of sexdrive does not affect in any way that care. Isn't life strange?
Nietzsche

Grammar test

Snagged from xxtyrxx

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.
As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.
And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.
kayleedance

Pairing Meme!

1. List your five favourite pairings.

2. List five pairings that make you cringe. (Or just that you don't like.)

3. A pairing that you grudgingly think would work quite well in canon.

4. A pairing you like, but that you don't think would actually work in canon.

5. A pairing you like/used to like, that canon or fanfiction ruined for you.


1.

Beka/Harper

Beka/Abel

Hermione/Snape

Kaylee/Simon

Ron/Hermione

2.

Dylan/Trance

Harper/Doyle

Harry/Hermione

Kaylee/Mal

Rommie/Harper (Sorry! I'm so sorry!)

3.

Beka/Dylan

4.

Hermione/Snape

5.

Beka/Dylan
bekabox

WFEF off hiatus...(aka Fic Moan™ )

Well, I took WFEF off hiatus, and think it's going to be much better now. I'm a bit disappointed though that after three chapters, still only two readers have "come back". Ok, it didn't have that many to begin with, but I would have thought after people saying they'd love to read it when it comes back, and being disappointed that it was on pause, that they'd want to read it when it did come back...it's not even like I left it for long, just over a month. That's shorter than some people's normal update times.

Oh well, I still don't regret doing it. I'd rather lose readers than write a bad story, because I'd lose them if I put it on hiatus. I guess I'm just a bit confused.

Edit: Oh and..."don't write for reviews, write for yourself!"...please, don't. I know I shouldn't let reviews bother me, but I see them as a measure of your value as a writer (stupid, I know, but I can't stop doing it) and I'm already strongly considering giving up because of it, so I don't need to hear it. Thanks. Sorry.
Bekasmile

Nothing more wonderful!

Today I get to sit and chat to Brian for two hours and get paid for it, because I did all the work I needed to do last week! (Actually I did it yesterday, but schhh...)

The wonders of...is there a good antonym for procrastination?
fascinating

She was always born to be a star...or a roadsweeper. Either way, she was always somebody.

Sometimes I wonder whether we've got our priorities right. There's so much pressure nowadays to be something. Not necessarily, you know, something fantastic, but something. Everyone's got to have an idea of what they want to be, everyone's got to have their dream. The most popular question to ask a kid apart from "How old are you now, then?" has got to be; "What do you want to be when you grow up?" And of course, we all had the answer to that question, whether it was a fireman, a popstar, a football champion or a microbiologist. (Ok the last one was me...only for a while though.)

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pout

Stranger things have happened...

I always intend to go to bed early. I always think, oh, around 11, that soon I'll go to bed. It never really happens though, and I always find myself, way way past midnight wondering what happened to those "ten minutes" that I was going to wait before going to bed...they just expanded.

Ok, so this is a pretty common thing, people like staying up, they enjoy the night more. The strange thing is; I don't. In fact, I tend to get pretty depressed when it gets late. Don't ask me why, I guess it's just one of these "time of the day" things. What I can't understand is, why don't I just go to bed? I think it's some form of mechanism...as soon as I start getting moody and miserable I try to occupy myself, so I won't think of it much. It's pretty pointless really. I'll have to go to bed eventually, regardless.

So...it's 1.20am...I'm trying to think of good reasons why I should go to bed. I can't really think of any. I need to get to IT club by 3. I need to do some online shopping before that. But other than that, nothing, so there is no real reason I need to go to bed. Other than being tired and kind of miserable. But that never mattered before.

On another note, I found this old website I set up when I was 10, with Star Trek Voyager fanfiction. Let's just say; I'll find it difficult to complain over any fanfiction I read online from now on. I realise I was 10, not writing in my first language but...oh, it was just awful! *headdesk* I wish I hadn't found it now...
bekablues

Customised layouts...

While I am at this sudden LJ-posting craze after not posting in forever, could anyone tell me how to make your own customised layout rather than using one of LJ's themes? Also, do you need a paid account for that?