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Here are the top 100 most popular books, according to World Book Night 2012.

To Kill a Mockingbird -Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set – J. K. Rowling

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

One Day – David Nicholls

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Atonement – Ian McEwan

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Room – Emma Donoghue

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Island – Victoria Hislop

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Chocolat – Joanne Harris

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

The Eyre Affair -Jasper Fforde

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

I Capture the Castle -Dodie Smith

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Small Island – Andrea Levy

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Brave New World -Aldous Huxley

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett

The Color Purple -Alice Walker

Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

The Stand – Stephen King

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Middlemarch – George Eliot

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

Dune – Frank Herbert

Wolf Hall -Hilary Mantel

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Possession: A Romance – A. S. Byatt

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

The Magus – John Fowles

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson

Of these, I’ve read 32 . Some on there I love… The Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret History, One Hunderd Years of Solitude). I do feel like some of my favorites have been overlooked¬† (Their Eyes Were Watching God, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, White Teeth).

Most of all, I am devastated that The Five People You Meet in Heaven continues to be inlcuded in lists like this, seven years after it’s release.¬† If I could ask people one question to efficiently assess whether we will get along, I would ask them if they like that book. End rant.



Uh, six thousand gs?

That’s half a (high class) boob job.

h8 you dental care.



“Rather than allow unmarried people or same-sex couples to adopt or foster children, Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois announced Thursday that they would stop providing fostercare services.”

"Well, THAT was stupid."

Check out the whole article on Huffington Post.


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A few months back, Karen, Fuller and I went to a leisurely Sunday afternoon lunch at Garfish in Manly, and we liked it so much that we decided to go back Saturday night and bring my parents too.

Who needs the real life view when it's showing on the plasma overhead?

The verdict? Better as a lunch place. The seafood is beautiful and fresh, but the view and the breeze are just more enjoyable on a sunny afternoon.

Highlights: my Hendricks Pink cocktail (Hendricks gin, maraschino liqueur, apple juice and fresh cucumber… amazing), our highly efficient server – from Florida, no less.

Qualms: The plasma TVs that have a live feed of the horizon on the water. You can get the same view if you look past them… to the OCEAN. Bizarre.

Parking in Manly makes me want to burn down a council building.


Nothing like eating prawns at $12 apiece and then paying $55 FOR PARKING.


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These last two days have been – no kidding – the hottest days I can ever remember. Ever. I’ve had to abandon walking across the street from my office to get a delicious, ice-cold Diet Coke from the shop (best part of my morning).
Walking outside is like stepping into a microwave. I feel like an ant. You expect to look up and see a giant child hovering over you with a magnifying glass. It’s that bad.
Yesterday I worked both jobs and got home around 1am. And I couldn’t sleep. This is a list of all the forces that have combined to deprive me of sleep last night.

  • The weather….92 degrees at 3am….dead still
  • Mosquitos that whine into my ears JUST as I am about to drift off forcing me to tear apart my bedroom hunting them in the crazed manner of a meth head with a misplaced stash
  • My boyfriend that is releasing rum from his pores and a jackhammer-like snore from his mouth as a result from going out drinking

At one point I was sitting straight up in bed clutching a pillow in shaking hands and leaning over his face. Not lying. This is what I look like today.

Mole Girl, cubicle three


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