Saturday, December 18, 2010

Now Playing: The Ladies

So here is another installment of what is "now playing" on my iPod.
And I wanted to do a nice mix of the ladies I listen to. They are all amazing women, with beautiful songs... so let's just sit back and enjoy!!

one. Erin McCarley - Blue Suitcase

two. Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken
~cute video too!

three. Florence & The Machine - Cosmic Love
~this one is an old favourite. It reminds me of a time in Maine... jumping up and down in the hallway... this song on repeat.

four. Ingrid Michaelson - Mountain and the Sea
~I am sort of hoping for a ukulele for Christmas... and this is one of the first songs I want to play.

five. Cheryl Cole - Parachute
~fun fact: this song was actually written by Ingrid Michaelson! (weird video though...)

six. Laura Jansen - The End

The End...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Filed Under: Everyday Life

I love the website and I love their 'Everyday Life' section even more. Here are some gems:

THE BEAT OF NEW YORK from tim hahne on Vimeo.

Warm from the oven from Lydia Esler on Vimeo.

And for comedic relief:

Parallel Parking from Yum Yum London on Vimeo.

Kick Ass Christmas Gifts

I'm not going to call this a Christmas wishlist, because generally I don't ask for much... or shove a list of things I want in front of my family and friends... Well, that is with the exception of last year when I desperately needed new glasses and a mouth guard (that's what happens when you have no health insurance and great parents).

So I am going to call this post simply 'Kick Ass Christmas Gifts' and even though I picked them because I love all of them... they would be awesome gifts for lots of people. So take notes...

This is probably the coolest craft book I have come across. This isn't your grandma's craft book.... these aren't Popsicle sticks and white glue crafts.... these are useful, hip (this word never looks cool but I am going to use it) and awesome.
If you put this under the tree it is like 150 gifts... on gift per craft idea.

See more HERE

I dig this back pack.... that is all.
Check it out HERE.

Now I know how some people feel about receiving socks for Christmas... but these socks are different. These are possibly the coolest socks I have ever seen. They have a million different colours too... weird colour variations. I like everything about these... this coming from a person who wears work sock over skinny jeans everyday... so I guess I have to remember my audience.
See more HERE.

This is just hilarious and genius and of course comes from one of my favourite online shops, Mod Cloth. They always have the most amazing things.... like this sandwich coaster set. Imagine your guests could set down their drink on a fresh slice of Wonder Bread, or hey on some lettuce! This would be an awesome gift for that quirky person who loves to entertain... or my dad.

Hungry? See it HERE.

How cool is this? I saw on of these at the mall the other day and I was blown away by how genius it is! They have taken the record player out of the box... or hey out of the coffee table (how are turntables in huge pieces of wood furniture helpful?).
You could easily move this, and easily play some great music. Love it.

Love it more HERE.

Oh! and happy shopping!!

ps... I know I said this isn't a wish list... but this is:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Now Playing: Christmas Playlist

'Tis the season right? So why shouldn't I fill my iPod with some beautiful Christmas music? Or how 'bout I help you fill your iPod with some seasonal songs?

I just love Christmas. I love making gifts for my friends and family, and I love the time you get to spend with all those you love. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.... like a Snuggie.

So here goes...

I will start it all off with my ABSOLUTE favourite! She & Him.... it is the brainchild of Zooey Deschanel (from 'Elf' and '500 Days of Summer' and M.Ward (a genius musician... look up 'Chinese Translation'). This is there rendition of the 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'

Second is a song I am always playing at the radio station I work for... People are always calling to ask what it is called because it is super adorable. It's Colbie Caillat and it's called 'Mistletoe'.

My love for music with banjo just overflows with this song... love it, live it.... Sufjan Stevens.

This is THE cutest music video that has ever existed... and it is not really a Christmas song but this can also be my winter playlist... this one makes me what to snuggle up with some hot cocoa. It Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah Barielles teaming up for 'Winter Song'.

And lastly, this is always one of my favourites... from a few years ago... Death Cab for Cutie with 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'.

Happy Winter!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Top 5 Books to Buy for Christmas

So this morning on the Talk Show with Phil Main I talked about my list of five books that would make great X-mas presents.... so I thought I would post them here as well. I have read some of these, some of them are on my wish list, but they would make great presents.
From the fiction shelf:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The storyline follows a group of black maids and their white ladies. They are maids and nannies in Mississippi in the 1960s. The story takes a turn when one of the "ladies" tries to help the maids.
This is a great book, I actually got it for a Birthday gift and I just flew through it. Buy this book for the lady in your life over 18.

Bonus: The movie is coming out next year starring Emma Stone.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
This story follow Jacob Jankowski, and old man in a nursing home who remembers his time in The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth travelling circus. Great drama ensues when you become embroiled in the plot line.
The best part is that Sara Greun really went to all lengths to make sure that she made the story historically correct in regards to travelling circuses back in the day. She also based the book on the biblical story of Jacob in the Book of Genesis. I just love when authors take their time, work hard, and make a thoughtful, multi-layered book.
Bonus: This is now being made into a movie starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

From the Non-Fiction section (my favourite):

They Fight Like Children, They Die Like Children by Romeo Dallaire

I am so excited to get this book, one of my favourite books ever was Dallaire's Shake Hands with the Devil. He was of course the Canadian who was in charge of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Rwanda during the genocide. So now he has come out with this book about his experience with and views on the use of child soldiers. He has made it his personal mission to eradicate the use of child soldiers world wide.
A big plus about Dallaire, he doesn't hold anything back. He says what he sees, what he knows, and what he thinks without fail. He is amazing.

Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

There have been many books by Nelson Mandela out there but this one is being billed as one to watch for. It draws on an archive of his personal papers in his private life through the years. I have seen it described as "unhindered" and "unprecedented"... plus I love auto-biographies.

Bonus: a foreword by Barack Obama

For the younger folk:

This is super exciting... they have just come out with a new box set of Roald Dahl books. They picked out his top 15 kids books and smashed them all together into a colourful box set for like $40-ish. These are the books that will get kids into reading... for life.

Included in the pack: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... and my fave.... Matilda. This would be an AWESOME gift... even for me. :)

oh... and Merry Christmas!

The Book: The Book Thief

I am going to go ahead and put this on the list of my best books of the year. It is going to go right up there with The Help and Bel Canto. How do I know this is worthy of that title? To me, books that are really spectacular are the ones that somehow make an impact on you life. Books that you can't stop thinking about months later. Books that teach you things that you retain. Books that change the way you act on a daily basis. And now, I will tell you why this book is all these things...

The Book Thief was published in 2005 and is written by Australian author Markus Zusak. It is set in Nazi Germany, but instead of that same old tale of a Jewish man or woman struggling against the Nazi's (not that these aren't important stories), this book takes WWII and spins it on it's head. It put you right in the action, starting in 1938, with an unconventional German family who struggle with how to react to a war they do not agree with. Leisel Meminger is the main character, she is followed by the narrator, who interestingly is some version of the grim reaper, and she soon becomes what he, almost lovingly, refers to her as "the book thief". She is brought to the Hubermann home as a foster child after her Communist mother drops her off and runs away. From there the book chronicles her life with Hans and Rosa Hubermann, her relationship with a German boy with hair the colour of straw, and a hidden Jewish fist-fighter along the way.

AND THAT, is all I am going to tell you about the plot.

What I will tell you is that this book is absolutely riveting. It is considered by some to be a children's book, more like a young adult read I would say, but still, this is really a book that anyone would enjoy. Markus Zusak takes literary conventions and completely turns them on their head. The most interesting part of this book is that the narrator, or Death, is constantly foreshadowing actions to come or he will just outright tell you what is going to happen before it happens. It is a very unconventional way to write, and it may seem, by just reading this, that it would be confusing... it isn't. Everything is very clear and concise, and at the end of the day once he tells you what is going to happen you cannot help but keep reading long into the night to find out HOW it happens. This is pretty genius I think. It keeps the read moving flawlessly forward, and at the same time the reader is constantly engaged and excited about what will come next.

The second thing that makes this books on of the best on the list yet is poetics. This book is by all standards written like a novel, but the narration is so smooth and often extremely poetic that is helps the reader to reflect on what has happened, and what you know is coming. Whoever thought Death could be to expressive (and I mean Death the narrator, not death itself). Here are a selection of my favourite quotes without giving too much away:

“Upon her arrival, you could still see the bite marks of snow on her hands and the frosty blood on her fingers. Everything about her was undernourished. Wirelike shins. Coat hanger arms. She did not produce it easily, but when it came, she had a starving smile.” pg. 31

"I am haunted by Humans."

"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." pg 528

I can elaborate more later, but what I will say is... go out and get this book. Read it, learn from it, and let it take over, because you really can get lost in the world of Death and Leisel Meminger.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Now Playing:

On this cozy, wintery Sunday I thought I would share my playlist for the day.
I'm thinking that this playlist will show you exactly what kind of mood I am in:
aka. kicking ass and taking names.

First up... Mark Ronson - The Bike Song

Two: Lykke Li - Until We Bleed

3. For the holiday season... THE best X-mas song ever (just imagine me tap dancing to it)

"fore!". An Old School rap throwback... A Tribe Called Quest - Stressed Out

5ive: Just TRY not to bob your head up and down to this one... I dare you... just TRY!
~Midfield General ft. Linda Lewis - Reach Out

666: celebration of new XFactorUK videos up on the internetz... a little
Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love

VII - and just to bring it full circle today...
more Mark Ronson and the Int'l Business - Bang Bang Bang
~ sidenote: I have had this song on repeat for dayyyyyyys

Love Always,

Ave's iPod

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Everyday Art: Last Minutes with ODEN

This just proves that everyday, ordinary moments can be documented and made into something beautiful...

Watch this documentary below that recently won "Best Documentary" Award from Vimeo. I am just totally blown away by the pacing, cinematography, and the story. This is what documentary is all about... making us feel something... sharing emotion between people... reflecting together. Documentary doesn't have to be focused on injustice, greed, and theivery, documentary can capture moments that YOU care about, that YOU live everyday. It is these moments that just pass us by, that we think no one else cares about... these moments can be art.

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Cause Baby You're a FIREWORK"

I spent this summer covering every community event in the area for the radio station I work for. And, the absolute BEST part of it was the fireworks. Any event big enough has some sort of display of these beautiful, coloured spark-work. So all summer I photographed the displays from various distances and zoom settings... and here is the cream of the crop.

And to whoever invented fireworks? My hat off to you.

*blog title from Katy Perry's song Firework

Have you heard of this?

I love when people take photography to the next level. Recently I stumbled across something called "The Ballerina Project" and I was just blown away by the composition of the photographs. It is a project that was inspired by the creativity of New York City. All of the photos feature a ballerina, usually in point shoes, against the backdrop of the city. They are very creative, endlessly breathtaking, and in my mind completely genius. Anyone that says ballet is a lost artform obviously hasn't seen this project.

You can find more here. (Tip... be sure to click the "next page" button on the menu bar, it takes you to more pictures.)

Eerie Sky

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I Like Everything About This...

(via Emerson)

A week in Beautiful Blogs

I must say that I spend a lot of my self-alloted internet time reading other people's blogs (and sometime becoming very green with envy over their very artistic ventures!).
So I thought: what better than to share!
So here are my top 5 moments from other people's beautiful blogs this week:

Let's start with numero uno:

This is a video posted by the cutest husband-wife EVER.
They have a blog called Rockstar Diaries that just makes me smile every time I visit...
Especially this week because they posted this video made by friends of theirs called Postcards from Italy.... so enjoy!

Okay this is a blog I love, love, love... but the reality is I don't even own an apartment...
So it's all wishful thinking!
It is called Apartment Therapy and they pretty much only post genius ideas for interior decorating.
And here is an idea I just loved:

How genius is that little table.... two words: want it.


I am pretty new to this blog: Hollister Hovey

It is more of a "guy blog" than I am used to but it always makes me smile.

It is very earthy and old school... for example this week it presented this gem:


OF all things... one way you could decribe me is "quilt lover".

I love, love, love quilts. And so does Joanna from Cup of Jo.

This week she posted this quilt:

Just look at that beauty of a quilt... not to mention the cute little dog.

and FIVE:

I think this one is pretty self- explanatory... but I will clarify.

Cutest pregnant woman EVER:

It's Diana again from Rockstar Diaries!

I'm sorry if this was too much cute all at once for you!

...until next time...

Sunday, October 31, 2010


I count myself as a pretty brave person... I can act like a fool on air and I experiment with different foods....but when it comes to Horror flicks I am a 10 year old again, cowering under the bed, and screaming at a decibel that can shatter windows. I can do romances, I can do comedies, I can even do action (as long as there isn't muchh shooting or blood... picky aren't I?), but I cannot, CANNOT, CAN.....NOT do horror films. In my whole life I have seen 3 horror flicks.

1. Psycho: I had to watch it for a film studies class, but my eyes were closed 99% of the time, and I took some pretty un-healthily long bathroom breaks.
2. Carrie: Not so bad until you get to the prom part... let's just say I was reduced to a blubbering idiot.... and the blood.... okay I need to stop here.


3. House of know the one where you can watch Paris Hilton die?... if you never saw it or need a reminder, here is the trailer... WARNING: this is a (luke warm) scary trailer

I had to leave the theatre 20 minutes in... and I didn't come back. Lame right? (hey! I am talking about the movie, not me.)

So based on all these facts, you will not be surprised at the fact that when I made a list of the top scariest movies to watch on Facebook, I just took the Internet's word for it (something that is not always encouraged). So here it is, Top Scariest Movies of All Time, according to the internet... aka. Movies Avery Will Never Watch, Ever, Ever, Ever!!!

- The Exorcist
- Halloween
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Night of the Living Dead
- Psycho
- The Shining
- Carrie
- Poltergeist

So get out there... get to the movie store, and rent yourelf a copy of one of these "gems".... just don't invite me along, okay?

This blog post can also be seen on The One website.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Fable Fit for Everyone.

The Book: The Alchemist
The Author: Paul Coelho
Pages: 167
Year published: 1988
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So I will start by clarifying why I read this book as part of a list about books in the 21st Century when it was, in fact, published in 1988. What you have to remember about this list I have chosen is that it is chosen "by the people" which is to stay that it does not necessarily follow the rules... or along those lines it doesn't even HAVE any rules. The garnering guideline here comes simply from the title of the list, "The Best Books of the 21st Century". And so, if the 122 people who have voted for The Alchemist were to be ignored, how sad would this "by the people" list be. After all, I wanted to read real books, gritty books, fantasy, fable, and tales... I wanted the people's reads. So, if some readers out there believe that The Alchemist is an important book in the 21st Century, I'm all for it. In fact, I have a feeling this very problem will arise in the future... there seem to be a few books that push beyond the boundary of the 21st Century, and I'm all for it. As long as I am reading good books then I am happy.

Okay, now... The real dirt on The Alchemist. Here is a quick background on the storyline for those of you who have never had the pleasure of reading it:

A young Spanish shepherd boy (who they refer to as "the boy" throughout, but is actually in reality over 18, so a boy-ish man I guess?) named Santiago sets out on an adventure to find a hidden treasure buried near the Pyramids in Egypt. He takes the guidance of a Gypsy woman and a mysterious king and decides to sell his sheep and set out for the Pyramids. He is to follow the "omens" to discover his "Personal Legend" (I will explain what this means later) and on the way Santiago faces love, danger, opportunity and disaster.

To begin, I will say that this book is more a fable than it is a novel. I make that distinction because it does not read like a novel, it reads almost like a parable (if you will), with a prophetic vision, a laboured lesson and an overarching theme that relates to human will and fate. Confused yet? Bare with me, this is my first review of the challenge. Perhaps, it would help if I explained to you the axis of the story, the "Personal Legend". Here is how they explain it in The Alchemist. The boy has just been approached by the mysterious king who says he is trying to help Santiago discover his "Personal Legend", from page 21:

The boy didn't know what a person's "Personal Legend" was.
"It's what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear, and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their "Personal Legend".

This quote here is the reason I can say I really connected to The Alchemist. Because, as much as it reads a fable there are life lessons woven so intricately into the tale of Santiago that it is almost impossible not to connect with the story. Everyone has their own "Personal Legend", and no matter how much of a pipe dream it may seem, I truly believe where there is a will there is a way. If you push hard enough you can make your dreams come true... unless of course that dream is something like running with the unicorns, or joining Peter Pan's posse of Lost Boys.... because that may just be impossible. Sorry to burst your bubble Pan fans. At the same time if you are reading this book for a story to get lost in you will be disappointed. The message is the medium in this case, the Santiago's story takes a backseat to the message

The one biggest piece of advice I would give a prospective reader of The Alchemist is to find time to sit down and read the book in its entirety. I really enjoyed the story, but putting it down every night and picking it up the next day made the story very disjointed. The time-line moves very fast and it is easy to get lost if you do not remember what you read the day before. I would have enjoyed the reading experience better if I had had the time to sit and read all 150 pages in secession. I would have been able to get lost in Santiago's world.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Phil Main Show!

So here's the background... I worked all summer with a radio superstar named Phil Main. I got to spend time with him very rarely but enjoyed our chats immensely when I did. AND NOW, I can enjoy our chats even more because Phil has invited me to have weekly/bimonthly chats with him on-air for The Phil Main Show! And no, I am not just musing about my life and talking about the mindless and boring... I am going to be reviewing books!

I am happy to say Phil and I are Facebook friends (I'm basking in the glory) and this means he got the chance to read my blog about the Best Book of the 21st Century (scroll down a few posts, you'll see it). And now, he has taken my challenge to read 100 of these books to the next level. So now I get to talk about the books on air... I'll tell you if they are worth your time, if they made me cry and if they will make it to my sacred "Books I'll Keep Forever" shelf (I mean something needs to keep company with To Kill A Mockingbird and The Colour Purple!). So on Wednesday Phil Main and I had our very first book chat and I thought I would post it for you all to enjoy! Much, much more where this came from. Stay tuned.

Here is the audio of our chat:

Check out the website for The Phil Main Show, on Monday - Friday from 6am - 10am on CKNX AM 920!

Also: My review of The Alchemist still to come today.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

They Save All the Good Stuff for Halloween!

Every once in while I get that feeling. You know the one... And to be incredibly sexist... that womanly feeling... stick with me here... where you look down at what you are wearing and think, "I need NEW CLOTHES!" It happens to all of us, right? Your pocketbook starts to burn through your purse and you are immediately drawn to the nearest Dress Barn, etc... (Dress Barn was a store I saw in the States and thought "is this real?"... I assure you, it is.)

So, at these moments I do what any smart, young, fashionable and poor twenty-something does: I went to Value Village. The VV Boutique if you will. I just go crazy in this place. It is the place where all the fabulous things get sent... when the fabulous wears off on the original owner. I can stay there for hours and hours on end. I look through every single article of clothing piece by piece. I can race through a rack of t-shirts faster than you can call the fashion police. I pick what I want and I take it to try on.

So to pass on my love for Value Village here are my very best VV shopping tips:

1. Only go to VV when you have a lot of time. Time is what you need for the good finds. Be patient.

2. Go by yourself. There is nothing worse than finding something at the same time as a friend. Then you have to fight over who gets to take it home (usually in that polite "you have it." "no, you have it" kind of way).

3. Always look through the discarded rack at the change rooms. Therefore, someone else can do the searching for you, decide they don't like it and they leave it there free and easy for you.

4. Try it on twice. There is nothing worse than getting home and realizing you spent $4 hard-earned dollars on something you hate. Try it on. Keep shopping. Try it on again. There is something about the light in VV that makes something ridiculous look good. Don't get caught up in this moment.

5. Give yourself a limit. That means don't go crazy. Know how much you want to spend and stick to it. UNLESS, you find that amazing pair of shoes you have always dreamed of (but really, that is every pair isn't it?)

6. Finally, hand sanitizer. You know why.

So now that you sat through my long list of rules I will reward you with a peek at what I bought. You can tell me if you think it's a hit or miss.

I present... The Turban Hat

Now, some of you are going to chuckle at this. But, I know at least one of you who is gasping for air right now... you know who you are. Personally, I think this is the best hat I've ever owned. I did however have a moment of weakness and ask some unassuming lady in the store if I would be crazy to wear this in public, and she said no... but really what else could she have said? So after bullying this poor woman into complimenting my hat I carried it around, tried it on a second time and decided to go for it. Who could blame me? Now, all I have to do is figure out where I am going to wear it. Here's one last look:

After the turban hat, my next purchase seems boring. But, I was super excited for this one too. Mostly, because it feels like it has never been worn, though I am sure it hung in someone's closet for decades. I would like to thank said person for being kind enough to preserve it for me, whoever you are. Here's a look:

I am using my experience in yoga to present this purchase. Warrior stance.... almost. In any case, when I put this shirt on I feel like something right out of a fashionable 1970s tennis match. I am looking forward to wearing this one in. So hit or miss on this one... whaddya think?

Here's what I think: there was no better way to spend $8.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Phil Main is the man!

So, if you are up this early... bright-eyed and bushy-tailed perhaps... you can listen to my friend Phil Main and I talk about the 100 Best Books of the 21st Century (*see below). Phil Main will be interviewing me at 9:15 on CKNX am 920 out of Midwestern Ontario. I will post the audio afterwards. BUT, to listen now visit: and click "Listen Live".

Happy Listening!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Best Books of the 21st Century

I will start off by saying how incredibly cliche I feel while preparing for this post. Every blogger on the face of the Internet has tried it. Some fail. Some succeed. Some make a boat-load of cash off of it. I hope to do none of these. I am simply trying to amuse myself, keep my head in the game and my fingers on the keyboard.

So here it is: I am going to try and get through every book on a list of the 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. I figure we have had ten years of great writing and before I get into another 10 years I should explore what has already been done from the Millennium on. But, I was looking for something specific. I did not want a list that was arbitrarily made by some stuck-up English major (not that every English major is stuck up... just the chosen few... you know who you are) who never quite made it to professor level but still wishes to subject us to their high-falutin, strictly "literary genius" taste in books. I wanted the nitty-gritty, the "people-have-spoken", best-book-I-have-ever-read-even-if-it-was-written-by-a-stay-at-home-mom kind of list. I want trashy. I want memoirs. I want so-outrageous-I-can't-stop-reading. I want real people kind of books. I want every-Friday-night-book-club-and-lots-of-wine kind of books. I want to be entertained. I want so-good-every-major-studio-wanted-rights-to-it good.

And so, here is what I have chosen. There is a list on the website that list the 847 Best Books of the 21st Century. Good Reads is a website where you can keep track of all the books you've read, send book recommendations to friends or form an online books club. Basically a geek's guide to reading. So, the list is composed of books voted on by readers. This list in fact has been voted on by 2,660 members. I have taken the first chunk of books, the first 100 (because let's be honest, who can conceive of reading 847 books?? This blog would EXPLODE!)

And so, I will read them, enjoy them, and report back on them. I might even muse in retrospect on the books on the list that I have already read. (Is it weird to have memories that go along with books, like where you read it, who gave it to you, how you pictured the characters?)

So here goes:

The-People-Have-Spoken List of the Top 100 Books of the 21st Century

  1. The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  12. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  13. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling
  15. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer
  16. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  17. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  18. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  19. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  20. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  22. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Lucia Graves
  23. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  24. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  25. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
  26. The Name sake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  27. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  28. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  29. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  30. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  31. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  32. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  33. The Corrections by Jonathon Franzen
  34. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  35. Snow Flow and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  36. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson and Reg Keeland
  37. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  38. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  39. What is the What by Dave Eggers
  40. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  41. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  42. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  43. Freakonomics: A Roque Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  44. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  45. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
  46. Dress You Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  47. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  48. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
  49. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  50. The Year of Magical Thinkin by Joan Didion
  51. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  52. Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  53. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  54. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  55. Naked by David Sedaris
  56. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  57. Eat, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  58. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  59. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  60. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
  61. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
  62. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  63. The Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  64. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  65. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  66. The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson & Tony Goldwyn
  67. The Secret Magdalene: A Novel by Ki Longfellow
  68. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  69. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  70. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  71. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  72. The Shack by William P. Young
  73. John Adams by David McCullough
  74. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  75. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  76. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  77. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  78. Dreams of the Ringed Veil by Robert Fanney
  79. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  80. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  81. Marley & Me: Love and Life with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
  82. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  83. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  84. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
  85. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  86. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  87. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  88. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel
  89. Under the Banenr of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  90. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  91. Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  92. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman
  93. Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro
  94. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
  95. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  96. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  97. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  98. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  99. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  100. 2666 by Roberto Bolano

I have crossed out the ones I have read already. (Not very many... 13? Sad!)
The only problem I can see ahead is FINALLY being forced to read Harry Potter, Twilight and those Dan Brown books that I have sworn off for years. I'll let you know how much cringing is involved.

Happy Reading!