Friday, May 28, 2010

3 Day Weekend Happy List


  • These boots may have improved my quality of life exponentially. Thanks, Mom!
  • Three-day weekend
  • There's the thing we're having on Sunday where we have some friends over
  • We're going to experience our first Riverfest crowd
  • We're skipping Riverfest because it is expensive
  • There's a personal watermelon in my fridge
  • My hair is cute today
  • My new glasses should ship today
  • Cody is supposed to be off-work tomorrow (knock on wood)
  • I'm leaving early
  • Three day weekend on the same schedule as my husband--rejoice!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Garden Tour, 05.26.10


Check out my baby tomato!


This is our little porch garden!


Edgar keeps watch.
I brought him home from North Carolina a couple of summers ago.
Even with the glittery clothespins holding him in place,
he sternly guards our plants against the ridiculous amount of wildlife in the neighborhood.*


And just for fun, here's another picture of the pitcher plant.
It also protects us.


Behold! A dead wasp.
Or yellow jacket. Or something.
Bottom line:
it can't sting me and hurt me and make me swell up until I have to get a steroid shot.
Because the plant captured it and ate it.
We've got to name this plant.


And lastly, this pleasant surprise!
I had a volunteer zinnia spring up next to the front porch!
It's the biggest one I have so far.


*3 stray cats, 50,000 birds, cats with owners, dog walkers, some really creepy doves, some small children with basketballs, the occasional vagrant, nosy landlords, Casey, and a family of obese raccoons. And squirrels. Oh my goodness, the squirrels.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What can I say?

Yesterday, the power went out in our building. They couldn't fix it, so we were sent home (after an hour or so of sweating and suffocating). That's why I didn't post yesterday.

I went to the laundromat and washed a great deal of clothing. Basically, it was my average Tuesday night except it was in the late afternoon. Which meant I had time to iron everything once I brought it home! Wait, how is that good? Never mind.

I left work this morning because Cody locked himself out of the house. He was watering plants. You're supposed to water plants in the evening, but I'm talking about a guy who stumbled sleepily out of the house to water plants and locked himself out. It was a nice break in my day and it's always nice to have a conversation with Cody in the morning.

Surprisingly, I have no pictures for you. Weird. Sorry.

But it's okay! As I was chatting with Cody this morning and we looked at our plants, I noticed a tiny little tomato on one of my plants! I'll take a picture of it today. So you have that to look forward to tomorrow.

In other news, I have been reading a lot of books lately. And finishing them. It's been fun. I finally remembered that my book list was just a reminder I made for myself so I wouldn't forget titles I might find interesting--not a to-do list. So here lately I've been reading books I want to read instead of books I feel obligated to read and so far it's been fun.

I think that's about it! You're all caught up now.

Talk to you tomorrow. There will be tomato pictures.

Be very excited.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekend matters.

Friday evening:

Go home.
Talk to Mom on the phone about Sara and Levi and herbs.
Go to the WLR Barnes, realize none of my friends are there, text Jeff, discover everyone is at the NLR Barnes.
Drive to NLR Barnes, which was hosting Childpolooza.

Here is Faith performing:


Here is Faith's adoring public:


Her adoring-yet-hiding-behind-things public:

Paparazzi included:

Saturday:

Pick up a really pretty basket: one cucumber, a bell pepper, lettuce, onions, eggs, squash, strawberries, beets, sweet potatoes, milk, cheese, a raspberry vinaigrette, and a pound of beefalo.


Not pictured: me, trying on glasses at my optometrist's office. I mean, I took pictures. But you're not going to see them. My exhaustion is apparent. Besides, this way you'll be surprised when I show you my new frames!

In other news: I have officially surpassed Dad in terms of blindness. -4.25, ladies and gentlemen!

Pictured: Sara.

Sara was showered and ready for guests when I went to visit. She wouldn't let me take a picture of her (no make-up), but said I could take a picture of the foot and cast get-up. Whatever, I thought she looked great. Her swelling had gone down, she was able to maneuver through her house with crutches, and she downloaded a day and a half's worth of songs on her new iPod.


Also pictured: Dad.

He and Mom have been in and out of Sara's house, picking up her medicine, buying her iPods, fixing snacks, and doing general parent caretaker things. It's not that Chad isn't being a stellar caretaking husband right now--because he completely is--but they've done this before.

I had a nice little afternoon snacking and talking and watching television with Sara and Mom. Then Erin came by and we got to hear about her new job and catch up on her family, and Mom and I left a little while after she arrived so that Sara could have some variety. Saturday was her most social day to date after surgery.

Then I went to Mom and Dad's house to visit the dog and steal some flowers, cut herbs, and beef.

My parents are loving, giving people.

I am a loving, taking daughter.

Later that evening, we went over to Brad and Jeff's apartment to watch a DVD and eat pizza and cake.

And to watch Cody.....he did something here, I just know it:


I think Jessi took this one:


They have yet to hang up their art.


I think we stayed up too late.




Surprisingly, these were our exhausted faces before the boys discovered a leak in a water heater pipe. It had been leaking for a few days and spread to the living room, a storage closet, and part of Jeff's room. It was very exciting.

Sunday: not pictured.

Cody and I slept and ate and walked to the library and had nachos and then made a salad with a lot of that produce in the basket. It was a lovely day.

And lastly, because I know you really need to see this, here is a picture of the pitcher plant in its entirety. Laine complained about the last post because she couldn't see all of the plant.

So here it is!

It's kind of small. Cody checked out a book at the library on carnivorous plants yesterday. We definitely have a tropical variety. And last night I peeked into one of the pitchers and saw a dead bug. Victory!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pitcher plant!

I BOUGHT A PITCHER PLANT!!!!!

I drove straight from work. I was nervous. I was ready. Traffic was awful.

I got the very last plant!

The check-out guy told me that the store had only had a couple of shipments but people were buying them like crazy. He also said that the plant was really cool and I screeched out "I know!"

I bounced out of the store, holding this dangling plant while people stared at me. I bet they were impressed and kind of jealous.

I brought my fabulous new plant home and took these pictures:

The tag said to keep the soil watered at all times, and to fill the pitchers half-full of water.


Ariel view:

Can you see the shadow of a captured bug? No?
I could totally see it.

Look! It's a baby pitcher.

Look! Look into the gaping maw of death!
Bugs do not stand a chance against this plant. I want to name it. I want to research how to keep it alive in the winter months. I want more pitcher plants!

I have an uncomfortable feeling that I'm about to be mocked for my enthusiasm on this subject. It's like glitter all over again.

No matter. I have liked carnivorous plants since I was 7 or 8. Venus flytraps seemed to be in a lot of cartoons and they were sentient and smiling, eating people and bugs alike.

Carnivorous plants aren't sentient, like pets (but I wish they were). There are different types of traps, but the pitcher plant has pitfall traps. Bugs crawl in and are trapped because of the slippery inside and digested. Digested!!! How exciting!

I'm still not sure which type of plant I have specifically, but I've enjoyed looking around the Internet to find out. Look at this to see all the different types with the fun Latin words. Then look at this to see an American pitcher plant. And look at this again
to see my superawesome pitcher plant.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursdays have variety





It was raining this morning. Now the sun's out.

I had no plans this morning.

Now I'm on a mission to go to some stores for ingredients and maybe flip flops and definitely a pitcher plant.

If I can buy a pitcher plant, I'm going to tell you all about it tomorrow. If I can't buy a pitcher plant, I'm probably going to cry a little and then tell you all about pitcher plants tomorrow. They're fascinating and, out of all carnivorous plants, Dallas's favorite. And mine.

Then, if all goes as planned, I will take several pictures of the plant (and our other plants. They're doing fairly well.) and do some baking.

And I'll call my parents or Sara.

Sara had her ankle surgery this morning, and Mom and Dad texted us with updates to let us know that the surgery was going well. My last text from Mom said that they were stopping at Sonic for coke and fries on their way home from the hospital. So she must have been feeling pretty well if they stopped for fries! (Laine and Sara cannot handle their anesthesia, but there are drugs for that. Some help, some don't. Apparently Sara's helped today. Hooray!)

So. If you had prayers and thoughts and wishes for Sara, thank you. And....keep them coming. The girl's ankles are awful. She falls down. She tears things. She gets repeat surgeries. And pretty soon she'll have lots and lots of physical therapy to attend.

In conclusion, here is a picture of Sara.


And here is a picture of a pitcher plant I took while Cody and I were on our grocery store date Monday night.


That is all.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Request


Sara is having some pretty big ankle surgery in the morning.

I wish you would pray for her.

You should probably pray for Chad, too.

He's never been around post-op/physical therapy Sara.

And for our parents.

And everyone's nerves.

And the doctors and nurses.

But mostly for Sara.

And her terrible ligaments and tendons and bones and clumsiness.

But mostly for Sara.

Thanks.

It's Wednesday. I'm taking it as a cue to ramble.

Yesterday I took a sick day because I woke up sick. My face hurt, my head hurt, I felt feverish, and breathing wasn't very fun.

I'm not on the best terms with my sinuses, which then aggravates my asthma. Then I feel awful.

Actually, it feels a lot like depression. I feel weighed down by heaviness, sluggish, tired, and I don't want to do anything.

But I know it's not depression because people can usually breathe when they're depressed.

Plus, on Monday night, Cody and I went on a date to the grocery store and we had a great time. Looking back, I must have been feeling bad and acting strange because Cody was laughing at most of what I said and did.

At one point of the date night (which, I am grateful to say, included chicken noodle soup), we stopped at Walgreens and I staggered through the aisles and tried to grab things I needed while Cody ogled the 'As Seen on TV' section. I stood in front of Cody with my arms full of random articles and a dazed look on my face until he finally said "Pills! Jen, go get your pills!" and then cracked himself up. Then I walked into a shelf or something.

I was pretty sickly and he must have been pretty bored, so we had an amazing date night filled with ridiculously intense conversations about coffee and pitcher plants.

But when I woke up on Tuesday morning, feeling like crap, I knew it was time to keep my hilarious act at home.

Except I actually took some books by a used book store, some clothes to a charity place, and some more clothes to the laundromat. I did all the things I'd planned to do, but I just did them as the day's activity instead of some items on the to-do list at the end of a workday.

I also did everything very slowly, and with no make-up.

I love sick days.

I love just being able to do things at a slower pace and to have a legitimate excuse to watch a disc of TV on DVD (Season One of Gilmore Girls! Woo!).

I like to go by the restaurant and pester Cody into making me a chicken sandwich.

I like driving at non-rush hour times of the day.

I like not working.

I love it, actually.

But I also like money and insurance and something to keep my busy during the days, which is why I'm back at work even though I only feel slightly better.

Doing work things.

Talking to you.

Giving a lot intense thought to pitcher plants and those Gilmore girls.

I may still have a fever.

Sorry.

Monday, May 17, 2010

05.17.08--05.17.10

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
Homer

To Alana and Travis on your second wedding anniversary:

Remember when Jeff found some extra copies of programs from your wedding and I asked you if I could have one? I showed it to Jessi and she wanted to steal it.




Do you know how happy your wedding made us?
(I'm speaking for everyone who knows y'all and loves y'all. I'm going to be bold with this.)

So incredibly happy.

Your happy marriage is a source of delight to us.
The happiness you've found with each other brings happiness to us
and we're so happy for you.

I love you both so much and I hope y'all are having a very happy anniversary!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just saying

It seems like it's a little too early in the summer to be posting this, but I want to:

"This is just to say"

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold.

William Carlos Williams


Enjoy this lovely May weekend!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

05.13.05--05.13.10

Around this time, 5 years ago, I checked my email on the last day of finals and read a message from the head of the humanities and fine arts department informing me that I was a really crappy English major who would not actually be graduating when I walked across the stage and received a tacky, purple diploma holder in the morning due to my crappy English major crappiness (apparently they were dissatisfied with the quality of writing in my senior thesis--what the crap?!).

I thought about reprinting the email here (because I do still have it languishing in an email folder).

I thought about talking about how completely devastating the whole (and eventually, long and drawn-out) ordeal was.

I thought about taking a picture of myself making a rude gesture before I remembered that my parents read this.

But then I decided to make a list of all the books I'd read for pleasure since receiving that fabulous little gem of 'screw you.'

Because, and I don't know if you know this, but I started compiling the list of books I'd read all the way back in 2005. Even while I was rewriting my senior thesis and taking an extra class to graduate (which earned me my religion minor. Woo religion! [I am not joking.]), I was reading for pleasure for the first time in nearly 2 years.

And it was awesome.

Because I'd been looking forward to reading for fun ever since.....I stopped reading for fun. And so when I started finishing books I wrote down the name, author, publishing information, and date in MLA format in a notebook. And then it was a Word document. And then it was a blog on myspace.

And so it began.

So: here is what I've read over the past 5 years. I thought about putting asterisks by the library books and some other symbol by books that I'd borrowed, but then it just got weird-looking and messy and I was left trying to figure out if books that I'd read while I lived with my parents counted as 'borrowed' and what about those borrowed books from Cody from before we were married that are now in our collection? So, finally, I just listed the books alphabetically by author.

Anything with a number behind it indicates how many times I've read it.

Be impressed with me!

Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

--. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story.
Ali, Monica. Brick Lane.
Anderegg, David. Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them.

Applehof, Mary. Worms Eat My Garbage.

Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace.

--. The Blind Assassin.

--. The Handmaid’s Tale.
--. Oryx and Crake.
--. The Robber Bride.
Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey.

Barry, Dave. Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far).*

Basbanes, Nicholas. A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex.

Beaujon, Andew. Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock.*

Bellow, Saul. Seize the Day.

Blake, William. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

Berridge, Kate. Madame Toussad: A Life in Wax.

Bombeck, Erma. Family: The Ties That Bind…And Gag!. New York: Fawcett Crest, 1987.

--. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries—What Am I Doing With the Pits.

Boyett, Jason. Pocket Guide to Adulthood: 29 Things to Know Before You Hit 30.

--. Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual for the End of the World.

--. Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon.

Briggs, Kenneth. Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.*

Brockmeier, Kevin. The Brief History of the Dead.

--. The Truth About Celia.

--. Things That Fall from the Sky.

--. The View From the Seventh Layer.
Brown, George Mackay. Magnus.
Browne, Jill Connor. The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love.

--. The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner/The Sweet Potato Queens’ Divorce Guide.

Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth.
Buckley, Christopher. Boomsday.
Burridge, Kate. Blooming English: Observations on the roots, cultivation and hybrids of the English language. Burroughs, Augsten. Running With Scissors.
Byatt, A.S. Angels & Insects: Two Novellas.
--. Babel Tower.
--. The Biographer’s Tale.
--. The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye: Five Fairy Stories.
--. Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice.
--. The Game.
--. Little Black Book of Stories.
--. The Matisse Stories.
--. Possession.
--. A Whistling Woman.
Bynum, Caroline Walker. Jesus as Mother: Studies in the Spirituality of the High Middle Ages.

Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Cain, James. The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Carnes, Mark, ed. Novel History: Historians and Novelists Confront America’s Past (and Each Other).

Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep.*
Chanin, Natalie, with Stacie Stukin. Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting, & Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style.

Chappell, Fred. I Am One of You Forever. (2)
--. Family Gathering. *
---. Wind Mountain.*
Church, Francis Pharcellus. Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus.
Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistible Revolution.
Clapp, Patricia. Jane-Emily.
Clark, Clare. The Nature of Monsters.

Clarke, Susanna. Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell.

Cobb, Linda. Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean.

Cole, Susan. Power Surge: Sex, Violence, & Pornography.
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness.

Editors of Consumer Reports Books with Edward Kippel. How to Clean Practically Anything.
Crawford, Christine. Mommie Dearest

Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.

Cutler, Katharine Noble. Flower Arranging for All Occasions.

De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

Dark, David. Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons andOther Pop Culture Icons.

DeLillo, Don. The Body Artist.
--. Underworld.

Drabble, Margaret. The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws.
Drewe, Robert. Ned Kelly.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov.

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II.
Dietz, Laura. In the Tenth House.
Eastoe, Jane and Sarah Gristwood. Fabulous Frocks.
Eco, Umberto. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.
--. The Name of the Rose.
Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex.

Evans, Justin. A Good and Happy Child.

Faludi, Susan. Backlash: The Undeclared War on American Women.
Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair: A Next Thursday Next Novel.
--. Lost in a Good Book.

--. Thursday Next in First Among Sequels.

--. Thursday Next in Something Rotten.

--. Thursday Next in the Well of Lost Plots.

Fisher, Carrie. The Best Awful.

--. Postcards From the Edge.

Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.

Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary.

Franklin, Tom. Smonk.

Frey, James. A Million Little Pieces.

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique.

Friskics-Warren, Bill. I’ll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence.

Foote-Smith, Elizabeth. Opportunities in Writing Careers.

Forster, E.M. Maurice.

Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman.

Gane, Laurence and Kitty Chan. Introducing Nietzsche.
Gates, Stefan. Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and the Brave.
Gibran, Kahlil. The Prophet.
Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and The Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination.
Gilgamesh.
Goldsmith, Sheherazade, ed. A Slice of Organic Life.

Gore, Ariel. The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show.

Gorky, Maxim. Selected Short Stories.

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in The Willows.

Grisham, John. The Firm.

Grossman, Austin. Soon I Will Be Invincible.
Gruen, John and Ken Heyman. The Private World of Leonard Bernstein.

Guterson, David. Our Lady of the Forest.
--. Snow Falling on Cedars.
Haggard, Ted and Gayle Haggard. From This Day Forward: Making Your Vows Last a Lifetime.

Hamilton, John Maxwell. Casanova Was A Book Lover. (2)

Harington, Donald. The Pitcher Shower.*

--. With. *
Hamilton, John Maxwell.
Cassanova Was a Book Lover.
Hamilton, Edith. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.
Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Survive.
Heinrich, Will. The King’s Evil.

Herbert, Brian and Kevin J. Anderson. Dune: House Atreides.

--. Dune: House Corrino.

--. Dune: House Harkonen.

Herbert, Frank. Chapterhouse: Dune.

--. Dune.

--. Children of Dune.

--. Dune Messiah.

--. God Emperor of Dune.

--. Heretics of Dune.

Hesse, Herman. Siddhartha.
Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity.

Howe, Katherine. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
Hyndman, Marilyn, ed. Further Afield: Journeys from a Protestant Past.
Irving, John. A Widow for One Year.
Jackson, Shirley. Life Among the Savages.
Joyce, Katherine. Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement.
Joyce, James. Ulysses.
Kazantzakis, Nikos. Zorba the Greek.
Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums.

--. On The Road.

King, Samantha. Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy.
King, Stephen. The Stand.
Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal Dreams.
--. The Poisonwood Bible.
Kipinis, Laura. Against Love: A Polemic.

Klosterman, Chuck. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto.

Knowles, Sir James, ed. King Arthur and His Knights.
Kostova, Elizabeth. The Historian. (3)
Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
Kushner, Tony. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.
L'Engle, Madeleine. Dragons in the Waters.
---. The Love Letters.

Lafayette, Leslie. Why Don’t You Have Kids? Living A Full Life Without Parenthood.
Laskas, Gretchen Moran. The Midwife’s Tale.

Lenhard, Elizabeth. Chicks With Sticks (It’s A Purl Thing).

Lessing, Doris. Alfred and Emily.
--. Briefing For a Descent Into Hell.
--. The Cleft.
--. The Golden Notebook.
--. A Proper Marriage.

Levin, Ira. The Stepford Wives.

Levine, Abby and Sarah Levine. Sometimes I Wish I Were Mindy.

Lewis, C.S. The Four Loves.

--. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

--. Prince Caspian [The Return to Narnia].

--. The Silver Chair.

--. The Voyage of The Dawn Treader.
Livoti, Dr. Carol and Elizabeth Topp. Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual.

McCullers, Carson. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
--. The Member of the Wedding.
McEwan, Ian. On Chesil Beach.
McGuire, Maria. To Take Arms: My Year With the IRA Provisionals.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince.

Maisto, Michelle. The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love.
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Love in the Time of Cholera
Mercatante, Anthony S. Good and Evil in Myth & Legend.
Michell, John. Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions.
Millhauser, Steven. Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer.
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible.
Moore, Alan. Watchmen.
Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.
Nichols, Sharon Eliza. I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar.
Nicholson, Joan. Creative Embroidery.
Nuesner, Jacob, and Noam M. M. Nuesner. Reaffirming Higher Education.

O’Hagan, Andrew. Be Near Me.

Oates, Joyce Carol. The Tattooed Girl.
Ovid. Metamorphoses.
Palahniuk, Chuck. Choke.

--. Fight Club.

Parker, Suzi. Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt.

Pearl, Matthew. The Dante Club.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar.

Puzo, Mario. The Godfather.

Pynchon, Thomas. V..
Qualls-Corbett, Nancy. The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of the Feminine.

Radosh, Daniel. Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture.

Reed, Stanley. Oriental Rugs and Carpets.

Reich, Charles. The Greening of America.

Rice, Anne. Lasher.
---. Pandora.
---. The Queen of the Damned.
Rich, Adrienne. Diving Into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972.
Richardson, Joanna. The Courtesans: The Demi-Monde in 19th Century France.
Rigg, Jo. Tabletops.
Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition.
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
--. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Salinger, J. D. Catcher in the Rye.
Savage, Dan. Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America.

Schaeffer, Francis. How Should We Then Live?.

Sedaris, Amy. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.
Sedaris, David. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.
--. Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Seo, Danny. Simply Green: Parties.
Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale.
Shanghvi, Siddharth Dhanvant. The Last Song of Dusk.
Shell, Ellen Ruppel. Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.
Shute, Nevil. On the Beach.
Simon, Leslie and Trevor Kelly. Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture.

Simon, Diane. Hair: Public, Political, Extremely Personal.

Sis, Peter. Starry Messenger, A book depicting the life of famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist Galileo Galilei.
Smith, Alisa & J. B. MacKinnon. Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally.

Spade, Kate. Style.
Spence, Lewis. Druids: Their Origins and History.

Stone, Brian, trans. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Summers, Montague. The Vampire: His Kith and Kin.
Tanenhaus, Sam. The Death of Conservatism.

Tarkington, Booth. The Magnificent Ambersons.

Thomas, Scarlett. The End of Mr. Y.

--. Going Out.
--. PopCo.
Thomis, Malcolm. The Luddites: Machine-Breaking in Regency England.
Traig, Jennifer. Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood.
--. Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria.
Truss, Lynn. Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
The Tyral of Rebecca Nurse: Transcripts from the Salem Withcraft Trials of 1692.

Tully, James. The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte.

Turner, Matthew. The Christian Culture Survival Guide: the Misadventures of an Outsider on the Inside.

Uhry, Alfred. The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

Updike, John. S..
Valenti, Jessica. The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women.
VH1, eds. The List.
Vowell, Sarah. The Wordy Shipmates.
Wallace, Daniel. Big Fish: A Novel of Epic Proportions.
Weir, Alison. Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England.
Weisman, Alan. The World Without Us.

White, John. Money Isn’t God, So Why Is the Church Worshiping It?.

White, T. H. The Once and Future King.
Winchester, Simon. The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Wodicka, Tod. All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well.
Wolfe, Tom. I Am Charlotte Simmons.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own.

--. Orlando: A Biography.

--. The Voyage Out.
Zailckas, Koren. Smashed: Story of A Drunken Girlhood.


And in case you're curious:

I'm currently re-reading
Possession and Middlemarch, and reading (for the first time) House of Leaves and The Fifth Child.