Log in

Fractured Fairy Tale [entries|friends|calendar]

[ website | Generiquest ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ calendar | livejournal calendar ]

BBC 100 books [30 Nov 2010|04:09pm]

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. [Several of these 'books' are series containing more than 6 books, so if you've read 'one' on this list, you've read more than 6 books...]

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. [Several of these 'books' are series containing more than 6 books, so if you've read 'one' on this list, you've read more than 6 books...]

 - Bold those books you've read in their entirety.

- Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt. 


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling  

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne 

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

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

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker 

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White 

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

post comment

Touchscreen tablet laptop for sale [11 Sep 2010|03:41pm]
I have an HP Pavilion tx 2000 touchscreen tablet laptop (with Wacom digitizer technology) that I am looking to part ways with.
1 comment|post comment

I haven't updated in how long? [03 Jul 2010|06:54pm]

And then it was only to post a recipe or a photo of a prospective kitten??

Oh well.

WELL, here's some random info:

We bought a house.

I finished graduate school! This will be the first fall in which I do not just go back to school. I have never NOT been a student before :) I didn't take any breaks between high school to college or college to graduate school. Granted, this past year was internship and I only went to a class once a month, but I was still enrolled as a student and still paying tuition.

I got a job! I had five interviews and got an offer in early May. This was a really tough job for finding jobs in our field evidently, so I'm gonna be stupidly proud of that.

Also, I got my license so that I'm legally able to practice and have that job! lol

I don't draw. I want to sometimes, but I haven't. So no, there's not a big stash of secret art somewhere I'm hiding. Trust me, if I managed to do anything I would upload it somewhere and be overly proud of my scribbles.

I don't work on Generiquest lol :B But at least we talk about it sometimes.

I still keep up with video games and generally pick up the big releases that fall within my genres of interest. Dragon Age was a disappointment, Mass Effect 2 was brilliant, and Red Dead Redemption is still holding my interest and is super great :) I only like the Rockstar games with dumb themes. Bully was just GTA at a boarding school, RDR is just GTA Tex Mex style, I know that. But they are infinitely more enjoyable to me than GTA 4 was, which I played for one sitting and never touched again.

I knit, but I'm slow.

Here are my dumb cats



That's about it.
post comment

Spinach Artichoke Dip [16 Feb 2010|10:48am]
I made spinach artichoke dip again last night. The first time I made it was on New Years only because I had just bought a new tiny Crock Pot on Black Friday for $10. I was looking for my recipe yesterday and eventually realized I didn't have one because I basically made it up the first time. So, in an effort to not forget how to make it again, here you go:

You will need:

Shallot (or onion)
Garlic (roasted would be better, but I used 2-3 cloves because I didn't have a full head)
One package frozen spinach
One jar marinated artichoke hearts
Heavy cream
White wine
Salt/Pepper/Cayenne/whatever else
Lots of fresh grated cheese (I use Gruyere and Parmesan, but last night i also had Asiago)

Chop the shallot and garlic and brown in a skillet with butter or olive oil. Pour in some white wine (I use quite a lot) and simmer until it reduces to almost nothing. Add a bit more butter. Add enough flour to make a thick paste and cook it for a minute or so. Add heavy cream (or half and half, or milk, I just hate myself) to make a roux. It will be very very thick, so I add some white wine to get it where I want it to be. Season with salt (the cheese will be very salty, but it will still need salt) and pepper throughout.

Spinach should be thawed and drained very well. This really means rolling it in like 4 separate paper towels and squeezing all the liquid out. It will be seem excessive. Or you could use fresh spinach, but I just use a little block of frozen chopped spinach. Add the spinach to the roux. Stir it up really well because the spinach will stick together.

Drain the artichoke hearts and chop finely. Or roughly. I just don't care for artichoke so much. Add them to the skillet. Add Worchestershire to taste, just few splashes will probably do.

Grate a ton of cheese. Last night I used all of my Gruyere (an 8oz block) and some Asiago and Parmesan. Dump it in and mix it well. If it's too thick, add some more white wine.

It's basically done, so you can serve it from the skillet, put it in a crock pot or whatever. Last night I put it in a (well greased) baking dish, put a bit more Parmesan on top and put it in the oven for a while to try to get a crisp brown top.

Serve it with whatever, pita, corn chips, crackers.

I don't really do measurements when I cook, especially if I sort of know what I'm doing I can just eyeball it. If anyone cares to make this, I can probably give better directions.
1 comment|post comment

[09 Sep 2009|04:26pm]

This is the new love of my life. I picked him to be a friend for Atrus since we are both working now. We'll get him in a few weeks.

We wanted a little girl but there were only boys available right now, so oh well.

What should his name be? I want it to be suitably dorky but perhaps not so glaringly obvious as like, "Jon Snow". Or "Batman" (haha can you imagine?) An ASOIAF would be great if I could come up with one. Or a Skies of Arcadia name. Corey wants to name him "Gehn". I said the names can't come from the same canon, that would just be too nerdy since we already have an Atrus. I placated him slightly with the suggestion of "Gilder"

But I need some other ideas. Franklin? Copernicus? Xerxes? Dolorous Edd? Atticus? Humbert Humbert? Help me out ;_;

1 comment|post comment

[18 May 2009|02:45pm]
I need a historical costume. Not like, ridiculously period accurate or something, I wanna do it myself but I just need ideas. I think Corey would make a fine Ben Franklin. Unfortunately, women never did anything in history (lawl) so I'm having trouble thinking of something. Doesn't need to be same time period or American or anything. I don't think I wanna do anything too old (like Cleopatra or something) or anything really really recent.

My best idea so far is Marie Curie.

I should just crossdress ;P
1 comment|post comment

Let's talk options [16 Apr 2009|04:55pm]

[cross-posted from http://chryseehatesherself.blogspot.com]


This morning I went on Facebook, as I often do, to survey the insanity of back-and-forth activity amongst our cohort as we all try to finish up our portfolios and not fail out of grad school over the next month and spend most of our time telling the rest of the internet how busy we all are. One girl's status read simply "plan b: glass smith".

So here's my plan b's:

Soap maker
Alpaca farmer
Have a microbrewery
Learn to play my guitar and be a fucking rock star
Candle maker
Pastry chef
Housewife (but NOT a SaHM)
Get in on that algae alternative fuel source thing

So ambitious.
post comment

hai you guys [25 Mar 2009|10:25am]
wtf should chrysee.com be? it needs content and reason for being. also, I evidently need to waste time again.

who wants to work on generiquest.com? oh oh or better yet, our homebrew website(and I even forget what domain name we bought)?
4 comments|post comment

guess who's one year old today [13 Mar 2009|01:58pm]
post comment

They're the best of friends [12 Mar 2009|04:25pm]

I cannot stop watching this
1 comment|post comment

[19 Feb 2009|10:15pm]
I want to start making soap.

I don't know the first thing about making homemade soap.
4 comments|post comment

we made this beer [13 Feb 2009|10:37pm]

and it is good
2 comments|post comment

what i do sometimes [07 Feb 2009|10:31pm]
I also made a needle case while I waited for my needles to arrive from Shanghai (still don't have them)

2 comments|post comment

[16 Jan 2009|04:36pm]
Yesterday I made wristwarmers. Basically in one sitting, it was a little ridiculous.

I'm almost done with my needle case, but.. then what? Besides practicing stitches and patterns with cotton dishclothes (which actually work -really- well on the occasions when I wash something by hand), I don't really know what else to knit. I could learn to do socks, because at least having a ton of socks is more useful than having a ton of scarves ;P I like sweaters, but with how much yarn it'd take to make one, especially in my size, it'd just be cheaper to buy them. Plus, I don't think I'd ever really be into wearing clothes I made myself. I also need to learn to crotchet since I have the books and hooks and so forth, but whatevs.

I want to make an etsy shop. Lots of things I wanna make right now for practice are pretty inexpensive to produce, so charging a couple bucks for like, wristwarmers or felted cases or whatever would still result in profit.

How lame am I?
post comment

recipe? [16 Dec 2008|09:35am]
I don't write in this thing. Like, ever. So, today I'm going to post what I made for dinner last night. Mainly because, if I don't, I'll never be able to make it again. I just threw some shit together and didn't really keep track, so this will not be precise. But if anyone reads this LJ at all, you should make this. It was good.

Get out some boneless skinless chicken thighs and pound them pretty thin with a kitchen mallet. In a bowl, mix up some flour, paprika, garlic powder, fresh pepper, a healthy amount of salt, and maybe I also put in some thyme? Go heavy on the paprika and garlic at least. This should -not- be 90% flour with some spices thrown in, it should have a pretty strong spicy smell and be more than a little colorful because of the paprika. Dredge the chicken in this. In a saute pan (pretty big and with high sides), heat some olive oil until it sizzles when you drop some water in it. Add the chicken and brown on each side (mine did not brown because I had to put it back in the fridge with the flour/spices already on because evidently Corey was coming home later than I thought).Do not worry if the chicken sticks to the pan a bit (btw, stainless steel pan. always use stainless steel) After the chicken is brown, remove it from the pan and pile it on a plate somewhere in the meantime. It does not have to be completely cooked through at this point.

Clean some button mushrooms and toss them in the pan whole. Pour in 1/2 - 1 c (I wasn't measuring at all) white wine and turn the heat on high to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom with a flat whisk or a spoon or whatever to loosen any chicken bits from it. Cover and simmer the mushrooms in the wine for a bit. I should have used more like 1 cup or more wine, but I poured in whatever was left in the bottle and it wasn't quite enough, so I added a tiny bit of chicken stock. But all wine would probably be better.

Put the chicken back in the pan with the mushrooms. I added a splash of heavy cream (... probably well over 1/4 c, maybe even 1/3. whoops). Regardless, pour in some cream. You want it to simmer, but not too much so it doesn't get too thick. Toss in 1/2 c or more of freshly shredded parmesan cheese (not that powdery stuff in the green can ;P) Stir it into the sauce and be careful not to let it simmer too much or it will become a globby mess of cheese stuck to the bottom of the pan. Actually, at this point you can probably remove it from the heat entirely. Finish with some more black pepper, because fresh ground pepper is awesome.

The end result has a sorta light orange-ish thick sauce, very very tiny whole mushrooms (they reduced like crazy when cooking) and is just awesome.

I served with green beans and rice, but that's hardly worth mentioning because the green beans were fresh but very plain, and the rice was from a box. lol


ingredients list:

boneless skinless chicken thighs (I had 5)
whole white button mushrooms
white wine
heavy cream
fresh parmesan
black pepper
garlic powder
sea salt
1 comment|post comment

oh holy shit [05 Dec 2008|08:29am]
See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
post comment

America [04 Nov 2008|11:15pm]
post comment

oh noes! [02 Nov 2008|11:22am]
good god why!?

I'm randomly going through the channels to find something to watch and I stumble upon "Legend of the Seeker"!!! AHHH! It's the tv series adaptation of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Except really loose and much more like Xena or that Hercules show from the 90s. I've seen like 15 mins of what has to be the first episode and I think they've changed the plot?? Or maybe I just haven't read these books for 10 years?

The acting is deliciously bad. At least there's no fake medieval British accents? But.. well, the dialogue is corny enough and fake British accents would probably have hid it better than awful midwest American accents. The casting seems awful. I can't even... I just can't even watch it. lol it's so bad

The series ended up being ridiculous after like 4 books, but.. still. I feel like personally insulted that this adaptation is so fucking awful and corny and stupid.

Okay, it's still on in the background and they've totally changed around the story? WTF is happening? This is ridiculous.

This is why fantasy is usually so lame as hell. This is why everyone thinks it's stupid.

Terry Goodkind why did you let this happen? I know you're like, fucking crazy, but seriously. Did this seem like a good idea?

He's always been so like, full of himself and thought his books were like deep shit, so wtf happened to him to make him agree to this corny sword slashing romp???

If George R R Martin ever gets off his fat doughy butt and ever, you know, works on his series again and HBO goes ahead with the adaptation please god please let it be faithful and not retarded.


GOODFUCKINGGOD and if this isn't bad enough during the commercial break I saw a trailer for fucking Twilight!
7 comments|post comment

[02 Nov 2008|12:01am]
the chick in the beginning of this totally lame Target sketch on SNL right now  has my handbag

and it's super cute <3
post comment

[29 Oct 2008|11:40pm]
we bought a PS3


soooo.. are there -any- good games for it?
3 comments|post comment

[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]