I'm baaaaaaaaaaack. And I have to say it feels damn good!
What an amazing way to be welcomed back to the blogosphere! You guys nominated me for the most interesting blog in the 20SB community! When I read all of the nominations, I did not expect to see my own name appear on the list. When I saw I had been nominated for the most interesting category, I literally squealed with delight. I also might have done an awkward little dance in my little blue striped nightgown. (My superhero outfit, according to Andrew.)
I told Andrew the news and his response?
"Who would find your blog interesting? It's about BAND-AIDS!"
Touché, my dear. Touché.
I don't know who nominated me, but thanks! I never really believed movie stars when they say crap like "It's an honor just to be nominated" for the Oscars, etc... but you know what? I believe them now. I am beyond honored! (You like me! You really like me!)
Okay enough of that...
On to business.
50 Books in 2008
Some of you have been asking about whether or not I read 50 books in 2008 like I had set out to do. The answer is yes. Though, just barely. I finished number 50 with eight hours of '08 to spare. The final 11 books on the list are all plays (with the one audio book exception). Quick reads... was under the gun, ya know?
I read a total of 9,325 pages last year. That's just craziness! Here's the list, in the order that they were read. I've emboldened the top ten books that I highly recommend you read for yourselves... I hope you like the Sedaris siblings...
1. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (David Sedaris)
2. Holidays on Ice (David Sedaris)
3. The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
5. Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
6. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine (Bebe Moore Campbell)
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
8. Then, Suddenly (Lynn Emanuel)
9. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales (Oliver Sacks)
10. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
11. The Little Book of Plagiarism (Richard Posner)
12. A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
13. Fire Wheel (Sharmila Voorakkara)
14. I Like You (Amy Sedaris)
15. Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom)
16. Naked (David Sedaris)
17. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams)
18. Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Kurt Vonnegut)
19. The Rum Diary (Hunter S. Thompson)
20. A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)
21. When You Are Engulfed in Flames (David Sedaris)
22. Bait and Switch (Barbara Ehrenreich)
23. Post Office (Charles Bukowski)
24. Message in a Bottle (Nicholas Sparks)
25. Dear John (Nicholas Sparks)
26. At First Sight (Nicholas Sparks)
27. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Michael Chabon)
28. Look Me in the Eye (John Elder Robinson)
29. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
30. The Final Solution: A Story of Detection (Michael Chabon)
31. The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
32. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
33. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee)
34. Resurrection Blues (Arthur Miller)
35. The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Lorraine Hansberry)
36. Not about Nightingales (Tennessee Williams)
37. A Model World and Other Stories (Michael Chabon)
38. Indignation (Philip Roth)
39. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
40. The Baby with the Bathwater (Christopher Durang)
41. Hughie (Eugene O'Neill )
42. Betty's Summer Vacation (Christopher Durang)
43. Barrel Fever (David Sedaris) (audio book)
44. Long Day's Journey into Night (Eugene O'neill)
45. Buried Child (Sam Shepard)
46. The Gin Game (D. L. Coburn)
47. Don't Drink the Water (Woody Allen)
48. 'Night Mother (Marsha Norman)
49. Barefoot in the Park (Neil Simon)
50. The Member of the Wedding (Carson McCullers)
So what's next?
My resolution for 2009 is to complete at least 40 items on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. I already have a few items crossed off--I'll post an update tomorrow.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. 2008 was a terrific year for me. I fell in love with blogging and this entire community, I moved into a fabulous house with Andrew, I got engaged, and started planning our wedding! Oh, and did I mention that I BOUGHT MY WEDDING DRESS? EEEEEEE!! Here's to a superb 2009. Muah!