Tag Archives: holidays

Pittsburgh St Pats Parade

18 Mar

Mr. Beez was a band geek in high school and marched in the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade several times.  There are tons of Irish people in Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh parade is the second largest in the country (NYC is No. 1).  The St. Patrick’s Parade holds a special place in Mr. Beez’ heart, and he gets very excited for it every year.

I tried my darndest to be on my best behavior.  Mr. Beez always graciously goes along with things I want to do, even if he is not interested in the slightest.  I, on the other hand, wear my heart on my sleeve and have a very hard time keeping it in when I am not happy to be doing something.  On this particular morning I was freezing my buns off, tired, and constantly getting jostled by obnoxious drunk people.  It was hard for me to not be a jerk, but Mr. Beez said that I did not totally ruin his time.

Baby Beez seemed to like the parade ok.  Like me, she was freezing cold.  But she did have fun watching all the commotion.

She was a big fan of the loud, big trucks, the Irish dancers, and the dogs (there were Irish Setters, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and others). 

She didn’t pay much mind to the hordes of revelers.  I’m talking HORDES.

I think I could learn to love the St. Patricks Day Parade if: (1) it were warmer, (2) it were warmer, and (3) it weren’t so overrun with drunk people.  I understand it’s St. Patrick’s day, and drinking is part of the festivities, but it made me a little on edge worrying that someone was going to wallop my kid.  I’m generally not the kind of person who expects that kids should be welcome everywhere.  Would I take my kid to East Carson Street on St. Patrick’s day? No.  Would I take my kid to Market Square on St. Patricks day (even though they’ve promoted it the last couple years as “family friendly”)? No.  But I don’t think it’s too unreasonable to bring her to a parade. 

This grouchy post goes with my grouchy theme for the day.  I was grouchy yesterday about the victim blaming and completely inappropriate sympathy for the defendants in the Steubenville trial (See Hello Ladies for a perspective that actually gets it right).  I’m still grouchy today because IT IS SNOWING OUT and even if you don’t believe that groundhog, WINTER IS SUPPOSED TO BE OVER. Grouch grouch grouch grouch grouch.

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How to Have a Perfect Marriage

14 Feb

I have no idea.

And I’m skeptical of anyone who offers advice in the superlative, anyway.

Mr. Beez and I don’t have a perfect marriage, but we have a pretty darn good one.  We love each other, but we are good pals too, and I think that helps a lot.  I’m incredibly lucky that Mr. Beez is always up for an adventure, even if it’s an adventure that is not really up his alley (I’m looking at you, Death Cab for Cutie concert).

Mr. Beez sent me beautify flowers to celebrate the day.  We went out on a Valentine’s date last Saturday, but tonight ended up being excellent as well. I made a simple dinner, Mr. Beez’ mom stopped over to play with the little one for a bit.  I baked some tasty cookies and we watched some Modern Family DVDs.  For once, we weren’t running around like crazy people, scarfing down granola bars for dinner, and racing to get this that and the other thing done.  We spent Valentine’s day like a normal family. It was lovely.

Snuggle up with the ones you love and have some sugary holiday treats. Happy Valentine’s Day, yinz!

Last Minute Parent Duties

13 Feb

In case you were dying to know, the selections of Valentines available at the Iggle at 9:30pm on February 13 are: The Hobbit, Tinkerbell, and Scooby Doo.  I would have rather picked up the fruit snacks valentines, but those were long gone, and Sweet Tarts Valentines just aren’t age appropriate for 2 year olds.  I went for the Scooby Doo cards.  Even though I’m pretty sure Baby Beez doesn’t know who Scooby Doo is, she is even more clueless about The Hobbit, and I could not bring myself to buy Tinkerbell cards.  The Tinkerbell cards were rampant with all the usual sexism, but to top it off, included a card about being “Best Frienemies.”  No. Just No.

So in my role as Worlds-Best-Last-Minute mom, I did manage to involve a tasty treat in Baby Beez’ Valentines.  I picked up plenty of Cars, Toy Story and Monsters Inc. fruit snacks and taped them to the Valentines cards.  Baby Beez loves all of those movies, so her Valentines at least won’t be completely foreign to her.

They’re having a Valentine’s party at daycare tomorrow.  It will likely be the usual chaos of songs, snacks and small people dashing around.  When Baby Beez was 1, me staying for the party was so disorienting to her that she was always very moody and grouchy.  I was tempted to give up on attending these parties because they just seemed to make her moody.  We had a breakthrough with the most recent Christmas party, though, and she was happy to have me stay.

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Hopefully this happy attitude will reappear tomorrow morning.

Not a bad start to the New Year

1 Jan

Last night we had a delicious dinner with our friends Sandy and Ben at Alla Famiglia (more on that tasty experience to come later), then spent the rest of the evening at home sipping champagne and watching New Years Eve with our kiddo.  In my true lazy fashion, I fell asleep on the couch well before midnight.

I’m excited to restart my book and movie lists for 2013.  I was really surprised by how many books and movies I got through.  I watched 138 movies in 2012 (some of them multiple times) and read 41 books. Not too shabby at all.

This morning I got to sleep in til 9, started the day off with some Starbucks, and now we’re hanging out at the in-laws.  We’re relaxing and watching TV, and later this evening Mr. Beez and I will go see Flashdance at Heinz Hall!  No complaints here, it’s a nice way to start the year.

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2013 looks to be a good one.  I’ve set the foundation for my grown up life– I’m pretty satisfied with how things are in my professional, civic and personal lives.  There’s plenty of room to grow, but I have sorted out a solid foundation to start from.  2013 is going to be the year of bigger, stronger, faster, better.

In the professional sphere, I’m kicking off the year by leaving for Trial College at the University of Virginia on Friday.  It’s a five day intense seminar on trial skills, where you learn through classroom style teaching, and also putting together your own trial start-to-finish.  I’ve been told it will be exhausting but awesome.  I’m looking forward to this amazing learning opportunity.

In the civic sphere, I’m still working hard at getting sponsors and attendees to the Haitian Families First Back to School Party on January 31.  I’m also going to work hard this year to up my blog/social media engagement.  I read tons of blogs, but I need to get better at getting into the conversation with comments, RT’s, Follow Fridays, etc.

In my personal life, I’ve spent 16 weeks so far working hard with Weight Watchers and have seen some good success.  I’m looking forward to keep moving toward my goal weight, and to incorporate more exercise into my life.  I failed to get to yoga today, but that’s OK because I took advantage of one of the very rare opportunities I have for sleeping past 7am.  I plan to do more yoga, and also experiment with some fun new workouts.  Aerial Yoga maybe?

What does 2013 have in store for you?

Merry Christmas

25 Dec

Our family is Jewish, but Mr. Beez’ parents are Catholic, so we go over to their place to share Christmas with them. I feel like we’ve dodged Baby Beez’s questions about Santa (at least for a few years), because we’re OK with Santa leaving presents for her at Grandma & PopPop’s house. Even though she doesn’t understand yet, we are careful to explain to her that Jewish holidays are our holidays, and Christian holidays are not our holidays, but we share them with others. Balancing out competing traditions is always tricky, but I think we’ve worked out a system for our Interfaith family that works out OK.

Christmas this year featured a delicious, decadent yule log from Jean-Marc Chatellier bakery in Millvale.

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We also had a TurDucKen. I wanted to try it because it just sounded crazy and over the top, but it really just tastes like a turkey. It was fun for one year, but I think we’ll stick to regular (and much cheaper) turkeys from here on out.

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It looks like Jabba the Turkey.

Santa brought lots of presents for Baby Beez. Lots of presents with lots of parts, like a grocery cart/cash register, magnet ABC’s, and a pizza kitchen thing. Lots of small parts means these toys are staying at Grandma & PopPop’s house.

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And tonight, Baby Beez gets to spend the night at Grandma and PopPop’s house, while Mr. Beez and I go catch the Hobbit at the movies! I hope you all had a fun and wonderful Christmas.  I could really go for some Chinese food right now.

T’was the Night Before Christmas

24 Dec

T’was the Night Before Christmas

And all through the house

There was Screaming.

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Because we live with parrots.

And it is never quiet here.

Merry Christmas, Yinz.

 

A better 2013 for our kids

21 Dec

I had a nightmare last night that Rachel died.(Yes, that is Baby Beez’ real name. I haven’t used it on here before, but referring to her with a cutesy pseudonym didn’t feel right, in the context of something so upsetting).
I woke up with that sad hollowness that I can only imagine is a shadow of the tremendous grief a parent suffers at the loss of a child.  I roused her from her crib, and snuggled her in my bed for all the minutes I could afford.  I ached dropping her off at daycare today.  I spent the whole day anxious for that moment where I could pick her up and just be with her.  I knew she was safe and fine and happy, but I was shaken enough by my dream that all I wanted was to be with her.

2012 has not been kind to children.  The tragedy at Newtown has shaken the whole country.  I can’t listen to news stories about it any more, I have to change the channel whenever it comes up.  It’s too upsetting.  I have two friends who have lost young children this year. There is nothing more heartwrenching than the misery twisting the face of a parent mourning a child.  I have had several other friends have struggled with their children through complicated and scary health conditions.

We’ve made it to the winter solstice.  The days will get brighter from here on out. January will bring us a new beginning, and new hope.  Hold your little ones close, and lets make 2013 a happier, healthier and more loving world for them.

Thursday Mashup

13 Dec

1. Tweet Tweet

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I went to the PGH TweetUp last night at Verde, and met a lot of great new people and had a fun time! I am typically NOT comfortable with walking into a room full of people I don’t know and just “networking,” but everyone was super easygoing and friendly. It was so fun! And I’m excited about getting to know other people who are just as crazy about social media as I am!

I was so busy talking with people that I took few pictures. But I DID snap a picture of the birthday tequila, for one of the TweetUp attendees who was celebrating his 30th!

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Verde graciously offered a 20% discount on all gift cards purchased last night. I didn’t end up eating dinner there (but had a Paloma cocktail, and it was GOOD), so I did pick up a gift card so that Mr. Beez and I will be sure to stop by to sample the grub! I’m excited, because it looked super super delicious.

2. Holidays holidays

Holiday parties are in full swing right now, and my motivation has sunken to a record low. I have work to do, and it should be done timely and effectively. However, the temptation to skip out of work and go to the movies is KILLING me. I’m generally all-or-nothing. I get in to work, I work straight through with few breaks, and go home. I’m thinking maybe I should toss some other breaks in there to keep myself motivated. How do you deal with the wintertime blahs?

3. Poultry in the Mail

Looky here what arrived at my office yesterday. Yessssss.
Turducken
 

4.  Random photo I took last week of the view from Bankruptcy Court.

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Chanukah, Half Way

11 Dec

Baby Beez started the first night of Chanukah enamored by the lights and thrilled with the presents. Now, a few days in, in true toddler style, the second we walk in the door at home she demands “CANDLES! PRESENTS! CHOCOLATE!” Oh, the tantrum that will come when we have to tell her it is all over.

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Baby Beez and her little friend opening presents on the first night.

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Baby Beez’ buddy gave her a stroller and baby for Chanukah.  This present by far is her favorite.  She has been pushing baby all over the house, and even demanded we bring baby when we had to go into the office this weekend.

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Baby Beez was also thrilled with her basket of food (GRAPES!) from her NayNay and Poppy Sam.  There is now plastic food all over the basement.  And she keeps trying to force feed her baby plastic cheese sandwiches.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

23 Nov

I discovered the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge thanks to Pinterest. Even though I was not a Gilmore Girls fan, I love the diversity in this reading list. Completing this list is going to be one of the things on my 40 before 40 list. What are you reading over this long holiday weekend?

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Somebody was hungry for Thanksgiving Dinner!

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  23. The Bhagava Gita
  24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  30. Candide by Voltaire – read – June 2010
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  32. Carrie by Stephen King
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  37. Christine by Stephen King
  38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  41. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
  48. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  52. Cujo by Stephen King
  53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  54. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  55. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  56. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  57. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  58. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  59. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  60. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  62. Deenie by Judy Blume
  63. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  64. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  65. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  66. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  67. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  68. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  69. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  70. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  71. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  72. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  73. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  74. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  75. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  76. Emma by Jane Austen
  77. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  78. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  79. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  80. Ethics by Spinoza
  81. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  82. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  83. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  84. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  85. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  89. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – read
  92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  134. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  135. Howl by Allen Gingsburg
  136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  137. The Iliad by Homer
  138. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  140. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  141. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  142. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  143. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  144. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  145. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  146. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  147. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  148. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  149. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  150. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  151. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  152. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  153. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  154. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  155. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  156. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  157. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  158. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  159. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  160. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  161. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  162. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  163. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  164. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  165. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  166. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  167. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  168. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  169. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  170. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  171. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  172. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  173. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  174. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  175. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  176. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  177. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  178. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  179. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  180. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  181. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  182. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  183. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  184. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  185. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  186. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  187. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  188. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  189. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  190. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  191. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  192. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  193. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  194. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  195. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  196. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  197. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  198. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  199. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  200. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  201. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  202. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  203. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  204. Night by Elie Wiesel
  205. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  206. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  207. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  208. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  209. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  210. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  211. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  212. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  213. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  219. Othello by Shakespeare – read
  220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  237. Property by Valerie Martin
  238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  250. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  252. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
  253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  254. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  259. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  260. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  261. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  262. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  263. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  264. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  265. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  266. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  267. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  268. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  269. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  270. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  271. Sexus by Henry Miller
  272. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  273. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  274. The Shining by Stephen King
  275. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  276. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  277. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  278. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  279. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  280. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  281. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  282. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  283. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  284. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  285. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  286. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  287. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  288. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  289. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  290. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  291. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  292. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  293. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  294. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  295. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  296. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  297. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  298. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  299. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  300. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  301. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  302. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  303. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  304. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  305. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  306. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  307. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  308. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  309. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  310. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  311. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – read
  312. Ulysses by James Joyce
  313. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  314. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  315. Unless by Carol Shields
  316. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  317. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  318. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  319. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  320. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  321. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  322. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  323. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  324. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  325. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  326. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  327. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  328. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  329. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  330. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  331. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  332. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  333. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  334. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion