I love to read. Last May I started with "50 Books to Read Before You Die". Life got in the way and in the end I didn't finish the list before 2011. At all. I only read a few books. But I thought it would be fun to give you a little update. As it turned out, these classic books out of the English literature aren't even in our library. Which makes a little sense, because I live in the Netherlands. But still, I would thought that these books would be available. I think my new plan of attack is more realistic. I'm just going to read some one by one and I might tell you something about them if I really liked it. And every now and then I'll give you an update. How about that? The last time we spoke about this I just finished reading the Lord of the Rings Triology in 3 days. Which was so much fun. Now I've read Wuthering Heights, which was beautiful. And 1984, which was a bit creepy and didn't have a happy ending. But really gave you something to think about. I re-read Pride and Prejudice, my favourite book. Anyway, although I enjoy reading classics, I also love a good modern book every now and then. So I'm going to take it slow and see where it ends. Have you read a lot?
And here is my update: blue are the ones I've read.
1. The Lord of the Rings triology by J.R.R. Tolkien 2. 1984 by George Orwell 3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 5. To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forsfer 9.The Lord of the Flies by William Golding 10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare 11. A Bend in the Rivers by V.S. Naipaul 12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 14. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 16. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank 17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes 18. The Bible by Various 19. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer 20. Ulysses by James Joyce 21. The Quiet American by Graham Greene 22. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks 23. Money by Martin Amis 24. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 25. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 27. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman 28. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 29. Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll 30. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 31. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon 32. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 33. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 34. The way we live now by Antony Trollope 35. The Outsider by Albert Camus 36. The colour Purple by Alice Walker 37. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 38. Frankenstein by Mary Selley 39. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells 40. Man without Woman by Ernest Hemingway 41. Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift 42. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 43. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 44. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe 45. One flew over the Cockoo´s Nest by Ken Kesey 46. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller 47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 48. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 49. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante 50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I always feel inspired by people who see beauty in ordinary things. I always try to have my camera with me in case a see something pretty. But this person really took the whole "take camera with you all the time" to a whole other level. Of course it's easier when you travel a lot. Isn't this a gorgeous collection of random images?
I am terribly sorry that I can not say where this idea came from. When I'm browsing and looking for wonderful idea's and lovely blogs, I often stumble upon a wonderful DIY. I normally just save the pictures in my 'DIY' folder and mention where I got it from. But in this case I forgot. Sorry.
This is a lovely idea to replace that old journal you really never write in.
You can make your own and write something wonderful you did every day. Next year you can use it all over again and it will remind you of all the wonderful things you did the year before. It's a simple and cheap idea, but I love it.