happiness project

I asked some of my dearest friends to make me lists of 50 items each of particular themes that for one reason or another I associated with them. They were so very generous with their time to make me these for me, and I appreciate it immensely. The goal, obviously, is to complete the items on these lists. But the added fun comes in the form of thinking about the person who “assigned” me the task as I read or listen or watch or do whatever it is. Lists are in no particular order, or rather are in the order I received them.

***Chris‘ List of Movies/TV Shows***

1. A Single Man

2. Party Monster

3. Stay 

4. Phoebe in Wonderland

5. The Fabulous Beekman Boys, season 1

6. Murder Ball

7. Volver

8. X: The Movie

9. Brothers and Sisters, seasons 1 thru 5

10. Downton Abbey, seasons 1 thru 4

11. Sherlock, seasons 1 thru 3

12. Ru Paul’s Drag Race, season 1

13. Lost in Translation

14. The Virgin Suicides

15. Marie Antoinette (directed by Sofia Coppolla)

16. Bend It Like Beckham

17. Daniel Deronda mini-series

18. Ratcatcher

19. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

20. Millions 

21. Kill Bill: Volume 1

22. Kill Bill: Volume 2

23. Igby Goes Down

24. The Science of Sleep

25. 28 Days Later

26. Velvet Goldmine

27. Amelie

28. Firefly, complete series

29. Doctor Who, seasons 1 thru 6

30. Children of Men

31. Signs

32. The Village

33. The Lion in Winter

34. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zasou

35. Donnie Darko

36. Dot the I

37. Bad Education

38. Roswell, seasons 1 thru 3

39. Ponyo

40. Princess Mononoke

41. Everything is Illuminated

42. Chasing Amy

43. Glee, seasons 1 thru 3

44. Dancer in the Dark

45. Babel

46. The Hours

47. The Kids are All Right

48. Drop Dead Gorgeous 

49. Black Swan

50. Requiem for a Dream

and bonus 51. The Tree of Life

***Chris’ List of Books***

1. Mirabilis by Susann Cokal

2. Interview with the Vampire

3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

4. The Bone People by Keri Hulme

5. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

7. Greenmantle by Charles de Lint

8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

9. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

10. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

11. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

12. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

13. Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell

14. Norwegian Wood by Murakami

15. The Book of Flying by Keith Miller

16. The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

17. The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Fleweling

18. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

19. Bonk by Mary Roach

20. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest

21. Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile’s Journey by Joyce Zonana

22. A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle

23. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

24. The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson

25. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

26. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

27. The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson

28. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

29. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

30. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers

31. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

32. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

33. Luna by Julie Anne Peters

34. Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banarjee

35. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

36. Push by Sapphire

37. Transformations by Anne Sexton

38. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

39. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

40. The Bells by Richard Harvell

41. The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood Survivors edited by Terri Windling

42. London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp

43. The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson

44. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

45. Wicked by Gregory Maquire

46. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

47. The Radiation Sonnets by Jane Yolen

48. Habibi by Craig Thompson

49. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

50. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

***Pat’s List of Old Movies***

1. Murder by Death (Peter Falk/Alec Guinness)*

2. Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves (Maria Montez/Jon Hall)

3. Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.)

4. Cry the Beloved Country (James Earl Jones/Richard Harris)

5. Dune (Kyle MacLachlan)

6. The Fisher King (Robin Williams)

7. The Grass Harp (Piper Laurie)

8. Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (Judy Dench)

9. Hope Floats (Sandra Bullock)

10. Marnie (Tippi Hedren)*

11. On Golden Pond (Henry Fonda)*

12. Patch Adams (Robin Williams)

13. Regarding Henry

14. The Man Who Would Be King (Sean Connery/Michael Caine)

15. Whales of August (Bette Davis/ Lillian Gish)

16. An American Quilt (Winona Ryder/Ellen Burstyn)

17. As Good as It Gets (Jack Nicholson)

18. Harvy (Jimmy Stewart)

19. Mr. Holland’s Opus (Richard Dreyfuss)

20. My Left Foot (Daniel Day-Lewis)

21. Nell (Jodie Foster)

22. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack Nicholson)*

23. The Secret Garden (1949-Margaret O’Brien OR 1993-Kate Maberly/Maggie Smith)

24. Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)

25. Fried Green Tomatoes (Kathy Bates/Jessica Tandy)*

26. Cocoon (Don Ameche/Wildord Brimley)*

27. Batteries Not Included  (Jessica Tandy)

28. The Law and Jake Wade (Richard Widmark/Deforest Kelly)

29. Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant)*

30. The African Queen (Katharine Hepburn)

31. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Spencer Tracy)

32. Boys Town (Spencer Tracy)

33. Little Lord Fauntleroy (Freddie Bartholomew)

34. Ben Hur (Charlton Heston/Stephen Boyd)

35. The Grapes of Wrath (Henry Fonda)

36. To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck)*

37. David Copperfield (1935-Edna May Oliver)

38. You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (W.C. Fields/Edgar Bergen)

39. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939-Basil Rathbone)

40. The Quiet Man (John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara)

41. Casablance (Humphrey Bogart)

42. The African Queen (Katharine Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart)

43. The Thin Man (William Powell, Myrna Loy)

44. Love Finds Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney/Lewis Stone)

45. Grumpy Old Men (Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau)*

46. The Old Couple (Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau)

47. Enemy Mine (Dennis Quaid/Louis Gossett Jr.)

48. The Abyss (Ed Harris)

49. Silence of the Lambs (Jodie Foster/Anthony Hopkins)*

50. The Lion in Winter (Peter O’Toole/Katharine Hepburn)

and a bonus 51. Medicine Man (Sean Connery)

(*Indicates movies I’ve already seen. Pat graciously offered to replace them, but since this was her original list, I opted to stick with it. After all, what a great opportunity to rewatch them, as I loved every one.)

***Annie’s List of Books***

1. Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle

2. Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates

3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

4. Higurashi When They Cry (Demon Exposing arc) by Ryukishi07

5. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayer

6. Other by Karen Kincy

7. Family by Micol Ostow

8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

9. A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates

10. Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates

11. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

12. Luna by Julie Anne Peters

13. She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters

14. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

15. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

16. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

17. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

18. Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan

19. Goth by Otsuichi

20. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

25. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

26. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

27. Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

28. Along for the Ride  by Sarah Dessen

29. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

30. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

31. Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

32. Wake by Lisa

33. Undone by Brooke Taylor

34. Terrier by Tamora Pierce

35. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

36. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

37. After by Amy Efew

38. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

39. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

40. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

41. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

42. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

43. Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance

44. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

45. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

46. Possessed by Kate Cann

47. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

48. Cursed by Kate Cann

49. Vacations from Hell by various authors

50. Am I Blue? by various authors

***Heather’s List of Books***

1. Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

3. The Princess Bride  by William Goldman

4. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

6. Shine by Lauren Myracle

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

8. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

9. Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

10. The Position by Meg Wolitzer

11. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni

12. The School of Essential Ingredients by Eric Bauermeister

13. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

14. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

15. Beautiful by Amy Feed

16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

17. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

18. Wise Children by Angela Carter

19. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

20. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

21. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

22. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

23. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

24. My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto

25. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

26. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

27. Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris

28. The Color Midnight Made by Andrew Winer

29. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

30. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

31. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King

32. The House of Gentle Men by Kathy Hepinstall

33. Embers by Sandor Marai

34. Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

35. Storyville by Lois Battle

36. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan

37. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

38. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons

39. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

40. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

41. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

42. Ireland by Frank Delaney

43. Margarettown by Gabrielle Zevin

44. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Sonathan Safran Foer

45. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

46. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

47. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

48. West with the Wind by Beryl Markham

49. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

50. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

AND bonus prizes! Heather sweetly made me a back-up list, in case I’d read any on the original list. I’m adding all the remaining ones I haven’t read. Cuz duh–Heather darlin’ has awesome taste! 😀

51. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

52. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

53. The Confessions fo Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

54. Heaven Lake by John Dalton

55. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

56. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

57. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

***Heather’s List of Fun/Challenging/Interesting Things To Do***

1. Make Tomato-Basil Jam (recipe from Heather)
2. Bake an apple pie from scratch
3. Make a strawberry cake from scratch
4. Grow five things you’ve never grown before
5. Paint a self-portrait
6. Make a huge granny square blanket (many pieces or one huge one)
7. Learn to knit, if you haven’t already
*I’m making this “relearn to knit” because while I taught myself the basics a few years back I don’t remember how
8. Crochet something you’ve never made before
9. Try a food you’ve never tried before, either make yourself or have someone else make it
10. Grow orchids
11. Learn how to make candles (Heather, you’re going to do this with me, right?)
12. Learn origami
13. Finish one scrapbook album
14. Preserve five things for winter
15. Reupholster/refinish one piece of furniture
16. Make cheese
17. Make butter
18. Read a Pulitzer Prize winner
19. Read every book by your favorite author
20. Start keeping a journal of only good things
21. Visit a museum
22. Hike a trail
23. Go to the mountains
24. Go to the beach
25. Go camping
26. Buy yourself something you really want, but wouldn’t usually dare buy
27. Get something new that you really need, but have put off
28. Go see a symphony orchestra
29. Go on a shopping spree (doesn’t have to be a big one)
30. Get a manicure and a pedicure
31. Go on a picnic
32. Pick a month and blog every day
33. Try NaNoWriMo in November
34. Try NaNoBloMo in November (if NaNoWriMo ain’t your cuppa)
35. Write out your (and your husband’s) life story for your kids
36. Watch 10 movies you’ve always wanted to watch
37. Go on a second honeymoon (doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy)
38. Try Marzipan
39. Go to a Christmas parade
40. Take a class in something you have always wanted to learn about/how to do
41. Make 20 cards
42. Make Heather an amigurumi fox
*this may be my favorite one of all 😀
43. Take 50 pictures every month (can be of anything)
44. Grow a new fruit tree
45. Get a henna tattoo
*I got one at the Renaissance Festival last year and I totally want to get another one
46. Get a massage
47. Throw a surprise party
48. Take a cooking class
49. Get a makeover
50. Make everyone you love a least one present this year

And because she so sweetly made me bonus ones, I’m including them. 😀
51. Have fresh flowers in your house at least once a month
52. Take a day (or half day if you have a hard time doing it) off every month to do something for yourself
53. Read 20 graphic novels you’ve never read before
54. Learn a new crochet stitch
55. Do 5 crafty projects a month
56. Try 5 new recipes a month
57. Write a poem
58. Write a song
59. Learn a musical instrument
60. Make Apple Cinnamon Jelly (recipe from Heather)

***Ana’s List of Books***
1. The 10PM Question by Kate De Goldi
2. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
3. Paper Towns by John Green
4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
5. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
6. Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt
7. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
8. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
10. Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
11. Possession by A.S. Byatt
12. Cold by Bill Steever
13. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
14. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
15. Among Others by Jo Walton
16. What Good Are the Arts? by John Carey
17. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
18. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
19. Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
20. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
21. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
22. Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
23. Kraken by China Mieville
24. Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson
25. The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller
26. Woman by Natalie Anglier
27. The Odd Women by George Gissing
28. Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
29. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson
30. Consequences by E.M. Delafield
31. Passion by Jude Morgan
32. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
33. Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons
34. Love by Toni Morrison
35. No Name by Wilkie Collins
36. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
37. Atonement by Ian McEwan
38. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
39. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
40. The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
41. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
42. The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
43. The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak
44. There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
45. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
46. Gifts/Voices/Powers by Ursula Le Guin
47. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
48. Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank
49. Emma by Kaoru Mori
50. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

***Ana’s List of Songs***
1. Vesuvius by Sufjan Stevens (Was unsure of at first, but grew to love.)
2. Edward is Dedward by Emmy the Great (Love at first listen. So beautiful.)
3. About Today by The National (Another love. Was actually already familiar with this one. Because dear Ana gave to me on a mix she made me. 😀 )
4. Heads Roll Off by Frightened Rabbit
5. Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse
6. No Key, No Plan by Okkervil River
7. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Honey
8. Passing Afternoon by Iron and Wine (Not sure how, but I was already familiar with this song, but I had no idea what it’s name was. Love this song so much…one of those that I can just listen to on repeat. Melancholy. In that beautiful, beautiful way that melancholy can often be.)
9. I Feel Like the Mother of the World by Smog
10. Where the Birds Always Sing by The Cure
11. O.K. With My Decay by Grandaddy
12. Go Long by Joanna Newsom
13. Tear in Your Hand by Tori Amos
14. Virus by Bjork
15. Thickets by Patrick Wolf
16. The Butcher by Owen Pallet
17. Rambling Man by Laura Marling
18. Behold! The Nightmare by The Smashing Pumpkins
19. Friends as Lovers by Zwan
20. Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith
21. Let Down by Radiohead
22. Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie
23. Lost Verses by Death Cab for Cutie
24. Uncle Joe by Red House Painters
25. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
26. Tonight We Fly by The Divine Comedy
27. Summer On the Westhill by Kings of Convenience
28. Finish Line by Fanfario
29. Listzomania by Phoenix
30. Njosnavelin by Sigur Ros
31. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam
32. The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel
33. Somewhere There’s a Feather by Nico
34. Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend
35. Take You on a Cruise by Interpol
36. I See a Darkness by Johnny Cash (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy cover)
37. Samson by Regina Spektor
38. The Jeep Song by The Dresden Dolls
39. Instant Street by dEUS
40. Lady of the Flowers by Placebo
41. The Owl and the Tanager by Sufjan Stevens (Live in Gateshead)
42. The Bleeding Heart Show by The New Pornographers
43. Caring is Creepy by The Shins
44. My Lady Story by Antony and the Johnsons
45. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) by The Arcade Fire
46. Lost Cause by Beck (Immediate love.)
47. Wrapped Up in Books by Belle and Sebastian
48. Maria’s Little Elbows by Sparklehorse
49. Cold Winter by Malcolm Middleton
50. Killing All the Flies by Mogwai

***Kara’s List of Books***
1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
4. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
5. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling*
6. Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro
7. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
10. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
11. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
12. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*
14. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger*
15. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
16. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
17. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder*
18. Native Son by Richard Wright
19. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
20. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
21. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
22. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
23. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
24. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
25. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
26. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
27. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
28. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
29. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
30. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
31. Pet Sematary by Stephen King*
32. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
33. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
34. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
35. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
36. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
37. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
38. The Green Mile by Stephen King
39. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
40. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
41. Jemima J by Jane Green
42. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
43. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
44. The Firm by John Grisham*
45. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
46. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair*
47. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
48. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
49. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams*
50. Holes by Louis Sachar*
(*Indicates books I have already read. But instead of crossing them off immediately, I’ve decided to reread each of them.)

***Kelly’s List of Canadian Books (Authors and/or Setting)***
1. The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy (I love Gowdy. She is an auto-read.)
2. The Weird Sister by Kate Pullinger (It’s about witches… She has never written anything like it since!)
3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (A classic you may have all ready read…)
4. The Birth House by Ami McKay (Takes place near where I live.)
5. All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland (This book is just so strange that it is wonderful…)
6. The Girls by Lori Lansens (This book was a fresh take on relationships that you don’t generally see.)
7. The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint (Fantasy… The list looked strange without him!)
8. Jolted by Arthur Slade (I don’t even know what to say about this book. It is one of my favourite YA books ever!)
9. Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson – Dargatz (From the book description: ‘Part ghost story, part mystery, part romance, the novel transcends these genres and carries its readers into new territories of forgiveness and acceptance of the difficult choices we all must make in finding our way through life and love.’ )
10. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (This book was a bit strange. It got a lot of attention when it came out.)
11. Ghost Rider by Neil Peart (Non-fiction. Even if you don’t like the band, I am determined to prove this book is worth reading!)
12. Madame Zee by Pearl Luke (I am not sure what to say about this book.)
13. The Outlander by Gil Adamson (Chris also read this and enjoyed it.)
14. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (Set in Niagara Falls and really good historical fiction.)
15. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb (Not set in Canada, but Canadian author!)
16. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (First book in the Women of Otherworld Series.)
17. Cool Water by Diane Warren (This book is really good and went over really well when it was released.)
18. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (I simply like this better than Room, her famous book. I guess I just prefer historical fiction…)
19. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright (Historical fiction.)
20. The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce (Sort of set in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotian author, though.)
21. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (All sorts of awesome!)
22. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Dystopian)
23. The Republic of Love by Carol Shields (Anything by Shields is good, actually. It’s been ages since I read anything by her!)
24. Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey (Captures the east coast of Canada very well.)
25. Mercy Among the Children by David Adam Richards (I am afraid I read this book about 10 years ago and don’t entirely remember why I love it, but I know I did!)
26. Icefields by Thomas Wharton (I really did not go into this book expecting to enjoy it as much as I did…)
27. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (I love Lawson’s writing!)
28. From Bruised Fell by Jane Finlay – Young (I stumbled upon this one time, really enjoyed it, but I still don’t think the author has written anything else…)
29. Heave by Christy Ann Conlin (Set in my neck of the woods.)
30. Saints of Big Harbour by Lynn Coady (Another book that captures the East Coast well.)
31. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (This book is just, well, random…)
32. This is My Country, What’s Yours: A Literary Atlas of Canada by Noah Richler (Best way to see Canada.)
33. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (Interconnected stories. Actually very different than most of the other books on this list.)
34. The Princes of the Golden Cage by Nathalie Mallet (Fantasy…)
35. The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch (Also set in Nova Scotia.)
36. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (I remember when this was on Oprah. She is from Nova Scotia, so I was a bit excited!)
37. Galore by Michael Crummey (Newfoundland. He’s a great writer!)
38. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore (Gothic novel that I just recently read for R.I.P. VI based on Eva’s recommendation.)
39. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
40. Barometer Rising by Hugh McLennan
41. Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
42. Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
43. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

***Rich’s List of Books***
1. The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
6. Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
7. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
8. The Passage by Justin Cronin
9. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
10. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
11. Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
12. A Primate’s Memoir by Robert Sapolsky
13. Life in Cold Blood by David Attenborough
14. A Brief Tour of Consciousness by V.S. Ramachandran
15. Sleepless by Charlie Huston
16. A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer
17. Bedbugs by Ben Winters
18. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
19. Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation
20. Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn
21. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
22. Flush by Carl Hiaasen
23. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
24. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
25. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
26. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by Maarten Troost
27. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
28. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
29. Spillover by David Quammen

***Eva’s List of Non-fiction Books***
1. Uncle Tungsten’s Memoir by Oliver Sacks
2. News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. A Midwife’s Tale by Laura Thatcher Ulrich
4. A Human Being Died that Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
5. The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown
6. My Mother’s Wedding Dress by Justine Picardie
7. Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers by Stephanie Wellen Levine
8. Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum
9. Shooting the Boh by Tracy Johnston
10. Complications by Atul Gawande
11. Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto
12. Waste Not, Want Not: A Social History of Trash by Susan Strasser
13. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Northern New England, 1650-1750 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
14. The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden by Katherine Swift
15. Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
16. A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed
17. Will Storr vs. the Supernatural by Will Storr

18. Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said

19. From the Forest by Sara Maitland

***Eva’s List of Documentaries***
1. Crude

***Jean’s List of Creative Endeavors***
1. Look out a window. Write a haiku about what you see there.
2. Write a limerick about someone or something that upsets you.
3. Draw a picture with your non-dominant hand.
4. Wash your hair, put it up in old-fashioned pincurls, and let it dry. Take a photo of the resulting ‘do.
5. Open a cookbook to a random page and select a random recipe. Make it.
6. Make a pie combining two (or more) fruits that you have never eaten together.
7. Design your own mixed drink. Make it.
8. Graffiti your name on a wall (or a large piece of paper, posterboard, etc.).
9. STEVE: Make an illustrated children’s guide to more than one way to skin a cat.
10. Make a figure from things you would otherwise recycle or throw away. Take a photo of it then recycle or throw away the items.
11. On a round plate, make a face out of food items. Eat it yourself, or share it.
12. Devise a code or cipher. Write a love note to Rich using it. If he can’t decode it, you can give him a clue to help him.
13. Dye some wool yarn or fabric using KoolAid. If you need directions, see http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/basic-howto.html
14. Make greeting cards based around a knock-knock jokes you get from Max and Gray (one joke from each). Let each of them decide to whom the card should be sent.
15. STEVE: Make a dinner that is against the teachings of as many major religions as possible.
16. DON: Plan and execute the perfect crime. (Jean says that you don’t have to do the “execute” part unless it’s a victimless crime.)
17. DON: Become the supervillain “The Noodler.” (Jean’s alternative: Choose a superpower and design your own superhero or supervillain. Be that hero or villain for an hour.)
18. Make a name bug. (Fold a piece of paper. Write a name in cursive using the fold as the line. Be creative with letters with tails. Cut out the name including any openings in letters. Open the fold. The resulting shape is the name bug.)
19. What can you put into a cookie (bar or round variety) that you’ve never put in one before? Make them.
20. Write a love note to Rich in Pig Latin.
21. Create your own clown persona. Be that clown for an hour including making one phone call.
22. Save the seeds from all the fruit you eat in a day. Plant them and see what comes up.
23. Make and decorate gngerbread people. Eat them creatively.
24. Design some mutant animals ala Jean’s Beanie Baby Mutations (on paper is fine).
25. Make a fruit sculpture. Serve it.
26. Using torn tissue paper and white craft glue, make a collage.
27. Take a photo upside down, looking between your legs.
28. Write a letter in a circle, from the outside to the inside.
29. Make up a song even if you can’t write the music to it.
30. Take a white-on-white photo (e.g., a white cup sitting on a white saucer on a white countertop).
31. Step in paint and make footprints on a large piece of newsprint, posterboard, etc.
32. Tie-dye a shirt. (You may use a kit.)
33. Origami something.
34. Make a list of things or people that annoy you. Destroy it creatively.
35. Take a funny-walk walk (ala “Walk Like an Egyptian”).
36. Do a self-portrait. Oh, you only have two minutes in which to do it, so you had better get started.
37. Make a meal that can be served and eaten without utensils.
38. The Soundtrack of Debi’s Life. What songs would be on it? What would the liner notes be? The cover art? If you really get into this, burn it onto a CD and add the liner notes and artwork.
39. Come up with a family motto and devise a family coat of arms.
40. Write a song parody ala Weird Al Yankovic.
41. Take a night-time photo, painting with your camera by moving it while looking at the lights of a city, a Christmas tree, etc.
42. Take 26 photos, one for each letter of the alphabet. Example: A rolled-up hose hanging on a wall can be an “O.”
43. Make a sock puppet. Have it be your voice for an hour.
44. Draw or otherwise make a maze.
45. Randomly choose one herb or spice from your herb/spice cabinet or rack. Randomly choose a vegetable from your supply. Google them along with “recipe,” and make one of the top three recipes the search yields.
46. Make a purse out of a bra. For help getting started, see http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Bra-Purse
47. Make a greeting card based on a sentence diagram or the art of sentence diagramming.
48. Open a dictionary to a random page and choose a random word. Make a greeting card based on or using that word. Let Annie decide to whom the card should be sent.
49.Make a greeting card based on a rebus.
50. Discharge dye something. (A bleach pen is a great way to start.)


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