I found this list this morning, when I found Esther’s blog (from a comment she left nearly a month ago but I didn’t see-I’m slow like that). I don’t know who compiled the list below, but it covers everything from 8th grade English class to very modern fiction. The kind of books I like, therefore, I rock this list (doees 40% constitute rocking?). But seriously, that’s why I’m so excited for Megan’s reading in Toddlerese below. I can’t wait for her to start reading some of MY childhood favorites, like Charoloette’s Web, or the entire Little House series (which somehow didn’t make it on this list–who do I talk to about that?).

Look at the list of books below:
*Bold the ones you’ve read
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
If you are reading this: tag; you’re it! Post this on your blog and link back to me.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)

2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)

29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible – most, but not all
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)

51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

So you know how hard it is to get together with just one or two girlfriends for coffee, right?? Do we bring the kids or not? If no, then there’s a sitter to get or a hubby to coordinate with. If yes, then it’s coordinating your kiddo’s “good time” with your friend’s kiddo’s “good time”. Which is about as likely as…coordinating anything with two toddlers–not gonna happen.

SO….how do you get over 500 bloggers to get together at once????? You go here!!! On your time. Be it 10 am, 10pm….whenever.

If you found me this way, welcome!! I’m mom to the most amazing girl who’s 19 months old, and ours through the miracle of domestic open adoption. I’m back to working close to full-time (I’m sort of in denial) and enjoy volunteering for any good cause (especially if there’s a silent auction to run). I hope this blog entertains, keeps friends and family somewhat updated and serves as a testimonial to the miracle of adoption. It also serves as a scrapbook of my life currently, because, let’s face it, if I actually did that, I wouldn’t have time to blog!

Nothing like playing tag on a Saturday night…

On MySpace I was tagged earlier tonight (check that blog to see what I disclosed there). Then, I came into the blogosphere and was tagged again by Beth. Whew. I need to get to base.

Ok, so 5 secrets about me….

1. I slept with a teddy bear (most nights) until I was married.

2. On my 21st birthday I’m pretty I ended up mixing almost 21 different kinds of alcohol ($1.50 u-call-its!) at a bar called the Mineshaft. An hour later, I puked very near the shoes of the Denny’s security guard. 10 hours later I was still dry heaving and learned my friends were taking bets as to if I’d have to go to the hospital. Oh the stupidity of youth.

3. L and I were both editors of our high school yearbooks. That’s not a secret…but truth be told, putting together our album for adoption was easier and more appealing for us than going through any IVF treatment.

4. Earlier this week I learned the Meme rhymes with DREAM, not PeePee. Who knew.

5. I really dislike making phone calls to people I don’t know very well/cold calls for work or volunteering or anything.

Now for the taggging……let’s see who volunteers!!! Anyone? anyone??