June 30, 2012

June 29, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Stubborn Delight...


What made you start blogging?   
I started blogging so that my family and friends could learn more about me! And as my blog grows, I hope to inspire and create more friends.

What is one thing you've learned since you've started?
I've learned that to have a successful blog, it takes a lot of time and work! It's not at all easy, but it's super fun~

If you had no followers would you continue to blog? 
I would continue to blog with no followers. Heck, my old blog only had three and I blogged for over a year on it!

Are there any bloggers out there that you aspire to be like, but in your own way? 
Haha, my future sis-in-law, Bri, has a freakin amazing blog stole a lot of her ideas and tried to make them my own...mostly lay-out stuff...but even posts sometimes. She's just great. Annnnd I really love the life of bon ( because she's paretty hilarious.

Do you have any recurring blog entries that you do? (i.e. -- Wednesday Wishlist, Thrifting Thursday, etc.) I used to to "Taylor Tuesdays" where my fiance would blog ever Tuesday. It fizzled and died, but I want to start it up again!

Do you have any advise for other bloggers out there?
I guess I would advise other bloggers to not be shy. Even if there's a blog with 400 followers, the creator of that blog would probably love to help you out with yours :)

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from absolutely everything! What I do, what I see, what I listen to, watch, feel, everything!

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Bad Boy...

"Savage Chickens" by Doug Savage (April 5th, 2012)

This Just Pinned: Week Eighteen...

Here are the highlights of my week pinning...

(via: Mystique)
(via: Pinterest)
(via: Pinterest)

If you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

June 28, 2012

Stoppin' The Blockin'...

As I've mentioned in previous posts recently, my friend and her eight-year-old daughter are moving down to North Carolina. Well, they are leaving on Saturday so her boyfriend came up from Raleigh today to help her finish packing everything up and he is gonna drive the truck with all of her stuff in it down on Saturday. Blah blah blah... Since time is limited with her we've all been hanging out a lot recently and tonight with him being around was no different than it has been for the past couple of weeks. So, after I got off from work at 8:30pm I headed over to her apartment where she, her boyfriend, her daughter, Erin and Maria were. Apparently I missed a cluster of chaos while I was at work and they were filling me in on what happened as soon as I walked in (It was a lot and it is WAY too much for me to type out right now). Thirty minutes later my friend texts me even thought I am sitting right across from her and tells me we all have to be out at 10:00pm because she wants the coitus to happen. I begin to question them as to how that is happening seeing as her eight-year-old's bedroom has been taken apart and how she is a total insomniac. Erin, Maria and I offer to whisk her daughter away for a while so they may do their thing -- Her boyfriend was super excited that we offered to do so and actually got the eight-year-old excited about going out after 9:00pm at night.

So, the four of us hopped in the car (My friend wanted us to do so so badly she gave me the keys to her brand new, week old car) and ended up having an hour and a half long dance party in the car.  We danced, sang, picked up popcorn and ice cream, and just had the best "New York Girls Night Out" ever! The eight-year-old was in her glory hanging out with us listening to all of our crappy 90's music in the car. Eventually we went back to the apartment, ate some of the popcorn we bought and went our separate ways for the evening.

It was so much fun. I'm glad that one of the last night I have to spend with Bear (That is what her mother and the rest of us call her) was so exciting for her and that she had as much fun as she seemed to have. It was a good night.

Our playlist from the evening...

Stoppin' The Blockin' 2012 by Misfit Librarian on Grooveshark

Sponsor Spotlight: Finding Myself...


What made you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2009, and I can't really remember why.  Probably because all my friends were doing it?  I didn't start getting really serious about blogging until 2011 though, when I figured I actually had something to say. 

What is one thing you've learned since you've started?
I've learned to be myself.  To talk about whatever I want to talk about.  To share whatever I want to share.  Of course, knowing that the Internet is a big, scary place, I try to keep ultra-personal and work related stuff on the DL.  But, I love to express myself via the written word & blogging works for me.

If you had no followers would you continue to blog?
I believe I would continue to blog, even if no one followed me.  I practically had zero followers until last year, and the number has been increasing quite a bit.  I'm gratified that people like my blog {and, presumably, like me too} but I will always blog just for me.  It's another form of therapy for me, in its way.

Are there any bloggers out there that you aspire to be like, but in your own way?
Bloggers/blogs that inspire me?  Oh dear, nearly every one I read!  I love how open bloggers are about their lives.  I'm inspired by people who make life work for them.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't also inspired by a lot of beautiful women who take gorgeous pictures of themselves or places they've been.  But, I'm not extra keen on self portraits and I generally feel awkward about posting things like outfit shots.  I'm inspired by bloggers that can really express themselves. 

Do you have any recurring blog entries that you do? (i.e. -- Wednesday Wishlist, Thrifting Thursday, etc.)
Hmmm...For a while I was doing Awesome & Awkward Weekends, Weekly Wrap-Ups and Thursday Latelies, but those have all died down.  I semi-regularly post recipes and book reviews, but not on specific days.  Mondays are generally reserved for guest posts and sponsor features.

Do you have any advise for other bloggers out there?
My advice to other bloggers is to just be yourself.  Write about what you like to do, or eat, or read, or make.  Try not be intimidated by other bloggers.  Get to know your audience, but don't feel like you have to cater to them.  And get friendly with other bloggers - such great folks out there!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I'm not sure where I draw inspiration from.  Sometimes it's other bloggers, sometimes it's my refrigerator.  Sometimes it's God.  I like to share my life with people.  If nothing particularly interesting is happening, I'll share stories from my past, or write letters to my dogs, or photo dump.  Sometimes, you just have to do it even if it seems boring or trivial.

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June 27, 2012

Spice Girls What?!?!?!!...

Lets talk about the e-mail that I got today that got me totally excited and then broke my heart as soon as I read the whole thing...

Well, I am on the Spice Girls' mailing list (Don't judge!!) and today I got an e-mail from them about a new musical based on the music of the Spice Girls. Um, OMG! I saw the picture and the word Spice Girls plus musical and I screamed in the staff room.
After my initial glee I continued to read the e-mail and saw that the musical, called Viva Forever!, was only playing in London! As you can guess, my heart is now broken and I am praying that they bring the show to the United States because I'd go in a heartbeat!

Seven Questions...

And here is yet another photo of me in my pink wig. This is another one from Vegas in 2009.

1. If you could be any princess which would you be and why?
Real, Disney or other?!?!
  • Princess Serenity - Sailor Moon (1995-2000) 
    • Who doesn't want to be the princess of the moon?!
  • Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo - The Princess Diaries (2001)
    • Who doesn't want to make all the boy moose go WAAAHHHHAAAA?!
  • Princess Ariel - The Little Mermaid (1989)
    • Um...A princess and a mermaid?! My dream com true.
2. Do you have any odd habits? (Do things in order, words that you say too often, etc.)
Oh, do I! And now you'll know what a weirdo I am...
  • I count every step I take up and down stairs in my head.
  • I read magazines from back to front.
  • I make odd pop culture references (Think Rory or Lorelai talking in Gilmore Girls) all the time.
3. What's your "go to" outfit?
On a lazy day it would be sweats (full length or capris depending on the weather) and one of my many t-shirt with the neck cut off. On a work day leggings and a tunic.

4. Do you have any siblings? What are their genders, ages, order of age, names, etc?
I do. I have a younger sister who is 25-years-old.

5. What's your favorite precious stone?
I absolutely LOVE sapphires. I'd rather have a sapphire over a diamond any day.

6. If you had a check in your hand for 1 million dollars, what would you do with it?
Pay off my student loans, buy a house and a new car. I'd put the rest in the bank.

7. What do you love most about yourself physically ( i.e. - Eyes, smile, hair, etc.)
I am very fond of my nose and lips.

June 26, 2012

Subway Series 2012...

Over the weekend, on Saturday to be exact, I went to one of the Subway Series game at Citi Field with Justin, Erin and my family as I do just about every year (Who goes aside from Justin, myself and my parents varies from year to year, but we always go).

Before the game Justin, Erin and I did a little tailgating in the creepy parking lot. It was a bit frustrating because we forgot to bring plastic cups with us and there were tons of cops riding around the parking lot so we had to keep hiding our drinks in the trunk every time we'd see a car start rolling past.

After we finished up what we in the cooler (There wasn't really a lot because Justin and I own a very small one) we headed across the street to the ballpark. Once we got inside we headed up to prominade to grab some food before heading to our seats. While we were wandering around we bumped into my family (They came in a different car) and we all helped each other grabbed the necessities, then went to sit down.
There isn't really much to tell about the game. Baseball was played, the Mets lost to the Yankees 3-4, there were annoying Yankee fans (My mother included), etc. But as per usual we all had a good time and we'll all go again next year.

June 22, 2012

This Just Pinned: Week Seventeen...

Here are the highlights of my week pinning...
 (via: Pinterest)
(via: Lilyshop)
(via: Material Therapy)
(via: Goddiva)

If you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

June 21, 2012

LOVE♥CLUB: June 2012 Box...

Last month I saw that Heather over at was starting up a monthly subscription service called LOVE♥CLUB featuring handmade accessories, as well as other products made by small business owners. I thought it sounded like the neatest thing ever (I love me a good subscription service and the fact that everything is coming from a small business is amazing), so I joined as soon as I saw I could.

So, today I received one of the first ever LOVE♥CLUB boxes (Only 50 subscriptions were available for month one. So I'm a lucky lucky girl)! I was so excited when I saw the box waiting on my dining room table and I just wanted to rip it open (Obviously I didn't because I had to take picture to show you guys).
 • Just Lovely Things - Vintage Inspired Triple Flower Headband •
 • A Pretty Shoppe - Rosebud Earrings • Essence Nail Polish & File •
• Graham Webb Advance Therapy Treatment • 
• Perfectly Posh - Paper Moon Opulent Satin Cocoa Body Butter •
I absolutely LOVE my first LOVE♥CLUB box!! First off, the packaging was super cute and everything was wrapped so nicely. It felt like I was opening a special present that someone took a lot of time and effort to wrap and make pretty. Aside from the packaging, the items inside were wonderful. The headband and earrings (I love that they are blue) are amazing and I cannot wait to wear them!! The body butter smells really good and feels very nice on. I love the nail polish color and I believe that a girl can never have too many nail files. The only thing I don't really have an opinion on is the hair treatment, which I plan on trying tomorrow when I take a shower.

Over all I think that the first ever LOVE♥CLUB box was awesome and I look forward to receiving my July box. Also, I'd totally recommend joining if there is space available. If you wanna join lemme know!

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Here is some more information from the LOVE♥CLUB website about the service for those of you that are intrigued about the service and want to know a bit more about it...

What is LOVE♥CLUB?
A monthly subscription service delivering accessories, beauty products & unique items from handmade small business owners.  With a love for supporting independent business and handmade, you get the best products from smaller shops that we want to help grow!

Who runs LOVE♥CLUB?
Heather Smith- blogger, accessories designer & small business co-owner is the founder of LOVE♥CLUB.  Her original idea was to sign up her own extremely loyal customers in a program that allowed them to receive a hair accessory each month.  It then developed into a beauty box that also supports small business owners (by collaborating with them) and sharing beauty, handmade and indie business owners & artists.

Sponsor Spotlight: Fresh To Death...


What made you start blogging? 
Why, my love of music, of course!
What is one thing you've learned since you've started? 
Be consistent. You get more views with consistent posts.
If you had no followers would you continue to blog? 
That's a hard one, but...I think I would. It would still be kinda like an online journal.

Are there any bloggers out there that you aspire to be like, but in your own way? 
Perez Hilton, but focused more on actual talent. No socialites. haha
Do you have any recurring blog entries that you do? (i.e. -- Wednesday Wishlist, Thrifting Thursday, etc.) 
 Not really, but perhaps at some point in the future I'll do more of that kind of thing.
Do you have any advise for other bloggers out there? 
Don't be discouraged if it seems like no one is reading your blog. It takes time.

Where do you draw inspiration from? 
Everywhere! I listen to music constantly, so that helps my blog a lot. :)

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June 20, 2012


"Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz

Sponsor Spotlight: Foxy Whiskers...


What made you start blogging?
Blog land always seemed like such a welcoming community and I really wanted to be a part of it. After reading so many blogs, I thought "why not!" and started up Foxy Whiskers once the time felt right.

What is one thing you've learned since you've started?
That you have no one to answer to except yourself. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks and there should never be any pressure to blog. Also, make sure you enjoy it and never let it get in the way of spending time with loved ones!

If you had no followers would you continue to blog?
Absolutely! I really enjoy dabbling in graphic design and photography, and have found that blogging allows me to creatively combine the two.

Are there any bloggers out there that you aspire to be like, but in your own way?
I read a lot of fashion blogs and adore the creative outfits that so many fashion bloggers manage to pull of! I'd love to be more creative and out going with my outfit choices and love looking towards fashion blogs for inspiration.

Do you have any recurring blog entries that you do? (i.e. -- Wednesday Wishlist, Thrifting Thursday, etc.)
I try to, but at this stage I mainly blog randomly under four categories; sweet treats, adventures, dress ups and instagram weekly.

Do you have any advise for other bloggers out there?
I see so many bloggers cut and paste images and words from other websites. I would encourage bloggers to pioneer their own content, because no one wants to look at or read recycled articles! Reading personally written original articles is so much more interesting!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I love reading magazines. My favourite is an Australian Magazine called Frankie. Check out their website, it's the cuter than a kitten in a bow-tie. Pinterest is also great for inspiring images and DIY's too. I'm loving Pinterest for home decorating ideas at the moment!

Hello Summer...

It's officially summer everyone and I don't know why, but I'm super excited about it! I can't wait to spend tons of time at the beach, going on random adventures and heading out on the road trip that Erin & I have planned for the end of August.

Since I'm in such a summery mood I thought I'd share my summer playlist with you guys. I warn you, this is an odd little summer playlist but every song on the list reminds me of summer for my own little odd reasons. I would love to know what songs scream summer to you.

Summer Playlist 2012 by Misfit Librarian on Grooveshark

The song above that most reminds me of summer is "Wish You Were Here" by Incubus. I love being able to open all of the windows in my car (The AC in my car is kinda shot) and blasting it as I drive anywhere on Long Island. It's always one of my favorite days of the year when I realize that I can do it. I know it's silly but it make me happy.


Seven Questions...

Erin and I annoyed because we couldn't find our friend after standing in the sun all day at Pride in 2009

1. What do you do when you're sick? (Do you act like a baby? Tough it out? Have any weird cravings? Cry?)
Normally when I'm sick I make myself a pot of fish soup and eat that in between all of the naps I take on the couch. I also watch The Joy of Painting (1983-1994) when I'm sick.

2. What do you do to find motivation when you feel you've lost it?
I need to be inspired to be motivated, so when I feel uninspired I tend to read various magazines (I don't stick to one type. I can draw inspiration from a fashion magazine or a parenting magazine), I look at different websites and blogs and I take time to breathe.

3. Do you wish time away or do you savor every moment?
A combination of the two to be honest.

4. If you could be any mythological creature, what would you be, and why?
Hmm... I think I'd like to be a mermaid because they get to live in the ocean and swim around all day messing with sailors.

5. What is your current biggest weakness and are you working on fixing it?
My weakness is cheese and I'm trying to break up with it but we have an abusive relationship.

6. How do you greet someone when meeting them for the first time?
Shake their hand (Firmly, I'm not a weak hand shaker) and say hi!

7. How do you grocery shop? (Do you write up a list? Go in with no idea what you're looking for? Have meal plans? Bring your own shopping bags?)
I only grocery shop when I want to cook something. I make a mental list of all of the ingredients that I'll need to make the dish in question and go shopping. My method is flawed, I always forget something. I'm a bad person, I don't bring my own bags but only because we have Nella and need plastic bags.

June 18, 2012

Crowded Open House...

After I got off from work today I headed over to my friend's apartment (The one that is moving to Raleigh, NC in a few weeks) to have dinner with her, her daughter and Erin. While we were hanging out, eating our sushi and watching Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion (1997) we hear a knock on the door. It was her landlady and she came down because she had someone that wanted to look at the apartment. My friend tries to tell her that she has guests over and we were in the middle of eating dinner and that the apartment is a mess because she is in the middle of packing for her move. This lady did not care. She walked in with some random dude and walked him around the tiny ass apartment while we were all in the living room. It was so odd. We could not believe this lady, we were all dumbstruck.

I was so annoyed with her landlady. Honestly, I had to stop myself from screaming out of the side door to the dude and tell him not to rent from her and her girlfriend because they are nasty crazy old lesbians and that he'd never actually be able to use the backyard because they are horrible people -- They have a patio set right next to my friend's sliding door and they just put a BBQ right next to the portion of the door that my friend opens for air. The only reason I didn't start getting mouthy was because I want her to get her deposit back. Once she gets her money back I'm gonna curse out these women.

Need Swim Trunks? Ask A Librarian...

I've been so busy trying to get this years summer reading club together I forgot to write about this over the weekend...

On Friday mid setup a man walks up to myself and "Mini Page" and proceeds to ask if I could help him with something. I said sure even though I was obviously busy and asked him what he needed help with. He begins to tell me that he is new in town and that he is having trouble finding a bathing suit that fits properly. He goes on to tell me what size he wears and how one size is too big, while another is too small even though it should fit. He explained to me about his trunks falling off in the water, etc. Without laughing at the guy because the whole thing was so odd, I tell him various places on Long Island where he could find himself a bathing suit. He says thank you and walks away.

"Mini Page" just stood there with her jaw open after he left and couldn't find the words to describe how odd the interaction was.

Gotta love weirdos in the library...

June 17, 2012

Rory Gilmore Book List...

As I'm sure I've mentioned in past post I am a huge Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) fan, well earlier today one my friends posted this link on my Facebook wall about a Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge (Mainly for the list of books). This link got me thinking and in the past I had honestly never thought about looking up all of the books Rory read throughout the course of the series, but now I'm intrigued and think that it might be fun to do a Gilmore Girls book club. The friend that posted the link thought it was a great idea and wants me to get on this.

That all being said, I thought I should share the book list with all of you and offer to do an online version of this book club my friends and I are doing (I'm thinking at the physical meeting that we'll talk about the book and watch the Gilmore Girls episode that Rory was spotted reading the book in). So, if anyone is interested lemme know.
1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – on my book pile
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inferno by Dante
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings) by J. R. R. Tolkien
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Hotels of Europe
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didio
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Red is for books I've read.
Blue is for books that I've started but not finished.

Father's Day...

As you all know today is Father's Day, so I spent the afternoon hanging out with my father -- My father had to work until 3:00pm today or else I would have been hanging out with him earlier in the day. We had a really laid back no frills day, mainly because of my father's request for the day. Which was to be given a pack of white socks and to have a deluxe burger with onion rings and a chocolate egg cream at a local diner for dinner. Hey, it's what he wanted so that's what we did...

I hope that all of you enjoyed and had a happy Father's Day!

June 16, 2012

Week In Instagram: June 10th-16th

The One That Runs The Reading Club...

I just got a phone call from a mother of a teen reading club volunteer asking for "Julia" whom she referred to as "The one that runs the reading club." Um... No lady. "Julia" does not run the reading club what-so-ever. If anyone ran the reading club it would be me because I am the one that has put the reading club together for the past four years. Ugh!

"Mama Page" heard me on the phone and when I got off she was saying that she wouldn't put it past "Julia" to be telling patrons that she is in charge. She is probably right! I am so annoyed right now.

Power & Knowledge...

"Non Sequitur" by Wiley Miller (May 13th, 2012)

June 15, 2012

This Just Pinned: Week Sixteen...

Here are the highlights of my week pinning...
 (via: Flickr)
(via: Refinery 29)
(via: Piperlime)
 (via: Spool No. 72)
(via: Sweet Teeth)

If you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

June 14, 2012

Photo An Hour...

9:00am - My first cup of coffee this fine morning.

10:00am - Print out of the directions to get to a lunch meeting on the island.

11:00am - Driving to the meeting.

12:00pm - The lunch they served at the meeting.

1:00pm - Coffee and dessert!

2:00pm - Books I won at the meeting.

3:00pm - Had to get gas.

4:00pm - The bag I ordered from a local shop & it came in!

5:00pm - Wine time!

6:00pm - Going through my friend's jewelry and finding matching pieces.

7:00pm - Organizing DVDs to pack away for the move.