Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Today's the Day!

My 1,000th Post - I can hardly believe it. I've been blogging since June of 2008.  I thought about doing something special, but lately I've been reading a lot of posts where blogger's say they get really annoyed with so many blogs doing giveaways, too many memes, and too many bloggers touring the same book over and over again. None of those things really bother me (except for maybe seeing the book toured over and over again).  So no matter what I post today or any day, there will be people who like it and others who don't -- right?

So I thought I'd just share some of my favorite books with you instead,. Here's a list of (25) books I loved,  because after all 1,000th call.....right?

(25) Books I Loved
(off the top of my head and in no particular order)
  1. Rebecca; Daphne DuMaurier
  2. Purple Hibiscus; Adichie
  3. Kite Runner; Hosseini
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns; Hosseini
  5. Rapture of Canaan; Reynolds
  6. The Bluest Eye; Toni Morrison
  7. The Space Between Us; Thrity Umrigar
  8. Snowflower and the Secret Fan; Lisa See
  9. Life of Pi; Yann Martel
  10. Moloka'i; Alan Brennert
  11. Middlesex; Eugenides
  12. Crimson Petal and the White; Michael Faber
  13. The Things They Carried; Tim O'Brien
  14. Water for Elephants; Sara Gruen
  15. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name; Vendela Vida
  16. Silas Marner; George Eliot
  17. The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night; Mark Gaddon
  18. The Book of Bright Ideas;  Sandra Kring
  19. An Inconvenient Wife; Megan Chance
  20. Between Two Rivers; Nicholas Rinaldi
  21. The Double Bind; Chris Bohjalian
  22. The Help; Kathryn Stockett
  23. Cutting for Stone; Abraham Verghese
  24. Strange Fits of Passion; Anita Shreve
  25. The Bonesetter's Daughter; Amy Tan
    Have you read these? 
    And now for an annoying meme....  
    (10) Random Things I Love 
    (family and pets are a given!!!!)
  1. My home
  2. The Ocean
  3. Watching deer
  4. Quiet time
  5. My Keurig coffee maker
  6. Gadgets (especially iPods, iPad, iPhone, Navigation devices, eReaders etc.)
  7. My bed - especially with fresh linens
  8. Pens, Pencils, Post-it Notes, Markers, Notebooks
  9. Hot Baths
  10. Dessert
(10) Random Things I HATE
  1. CHANGE (not coins)
  2. The Pop-Ins ...please call before you stop by
  3. Humid weather
  4. rude people
  5. coupons
  6. junk mail
  7. bugs
  8. vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms; I feel like Cinderella
  9. pumping gas
  10.  SPAM
(10) Things I've Never Done
  1. Baby Sat ( daughter's diaper was the 1st one I ever changed)
  2. Lived Alone (but I've wanted to)
  3. Roller Skated
  4. Served on a Jury
  5. Read War and Peace or Crime and Punishment
  6. Seen a Star Wars Episode
  7. Been on a cruise  
  8. Been Tattooed
  9. Broken a body part
  10. Eaten sushi
And, finally, just a quick thank you to all my loyal readers - I hope you are planning to stick around around for the long haul, as it would be lonely blogging without you:(

I appreciate your visits and comments more than you'll ever know.  Thanks so Much!!!


  1. Congrats on your 1,000th post, Diane!

  2. Wow! Imprassive. Congratulations and I hope you'll blogging forever. =)

  3. Diane:
    Congratulations on 1000 postings!!!
    Good job!!!

  4. Congrats :-) You've listed some great books there. I've read (and loved!) Rebecca, Life of Pi, Water for Elephants, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, The Help and Cutting for Stone. But I've been hearing good things about Toni Morrison lately...

  5. congrats - Ive always wanted to live on my own as well although Im sure the novelty of doing as I please would wear off.

  6. Congratulations, Diane! Here's to thousands more :)

  7. Congratulations on your 1000th post!

    I have enjoyed all 11 of the books in your top 25 that I've read and have many more in my TBR pile. The only book that is new to me is Moloka'i; Alan Brennert so I'm off to look it up :-)

    Here's to your next 1000 posts!

  8. Congratulations! I don't think I've read all 1000 but I've enjoyed every one I have read! And I love the lists - what unusual things - I am with you on many of those 10 things, like the Keurig, the clean linens, and the pens, pencils, and post-its!!!

  9. Congratulations on sharing 1,000 times, Diane! That's an accomplishment.

    I've only read 6 of your 25 favorites. I'll keep the others in mind. I haven't done half of your "never done" things - I've done the other half. Guess which? LOL (Ya gotta watch Star Wars and I hate sushi!)

  10. Congrats! That's a lot of posts! And of course I'm in it for the long haul! =)

  11. This is such a fun way to celebrate 1000 posts! CONGRATS! :)

  12. 1,000 is a huge achievement--congratulations, Diane!

    And thanks for reviewing audiobooks: as my eyesight fails, I'm listening to more of them. You're a great source.

  13. Congrats on your thousandth post! I hope there are thousands more in your future!!

  14. Kudos to you,kiddo, for 1000 posts! You and I could be soul sisters as far as the ten things you hate. I'm glad to see you put Rebecca on the top of the list. She'd be on my list too. Please read W&P, despite its length, it's a good book. C&P? ha ha read Jenners (find your next book here)opinions on that one! You will lol! Hope to read your next 1000 posts.

  15. Congratulations and all good wishes for the future.

  16. Congrats! May you have many more thousands!

    Hugs from Delhi!

  17. I have soooo many comments I want to make, but I'll try to keep this short. HA!

    1. Congratulations on your 1,000 post! I just passed mine last week. I hemmed and hawed about "celebrating" and decided against it. No real reason why.

    2. Great list of 25! One I want to read: Rebecca, one I loved too: The Help, and one I didn't like at all: The Bonesetter's Daughter

    3. Love, love, love my Keurig, too!

    4. Oh my goodness!!! There's someone else in the world that HATES "pop-ins." I am the only one in my friends and family circle that HATES that and nobody understands. :( It frustrates me to no end.

    5. I haven't done a lot of the "never done" things either, but I have served on a jury and LOVED it!!! I am usually the only one (in my circle) that wishes to be selected.

    6. I just realized that maybe I need to change my circle. LOL j/k

    Well, this was so much fun for me to read and respond to. Again - Happy 1,000th Post! Here's to another 1,000 more. :)

  18. Congratulations! What a huge milestone!! And, I love the way you celebrated with your lists...I too have a marker obsession, can't STAND to pump gas, and have never served on a jury (I would LOVE to, though my father, a lawyer and former judge, tells me I'd never get picked). :)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!

  19. Congrats Diane! Here's wishing you many more thousands of posts :)

  20. Contrats! That's a great big bunch of posting! I really liked your 10 lists too.

  21. **clapping** Congrats on the 1000th post.

    I see a couple of my all time favorites on your list.

  22. Congratulations on your 1000th post - quite a milestone! And thanks for sharing some your favorite (and non-favorite) things with us :-).

  23. I love your lists!! Some awesome books listed there, and many that I want to read too. Congrats on your 1,000th post, that is a huge milestone.

  24. Congratulations! You know, I've never lived alone either. Or gotten a tattoo. I've read some - loved most that you mentioned except Life of Pi - and need to read lots on there. Thanks for the list!

  25. WOW -- 1000 posts -- very verbose of you :) Congrats! Thanks for sharing more of yourself and some books I have not read. I don't need a giveaway to keep coming back. Love your blog. Looking forward to more.

  26. Congratulations on you 1000th post! Awesome! I have read some on your list, but I see others on there that I have on my wish list and still more that I haven't heard of. I'll have to do some browsing online later today (and possibly lengthen my wish list yet again).

  27. 1,000 awesome is that? I've read a lot of the books you listed! You've never lived alone or baby-sat?? I liked reading your lists. And in regards to other peoples thoughts on how we should run our blogs...who cares! Do what you want to do and no matter what I will always be a loyal reader as I love to read what you have to say!

  28. Hooray! Congrats! :)

  29. Congratulations, Diane. !000 posts!
    To celebrate, you should go out for sushi (or at least sashimi). ;)

  30. Congratulations! What a huge milestone & achievement.

  31. Yay, Diane! And I love your lists. My mom is begging me to read Moloka'i because she loved it so much.

  32. Congratulations on 1000 posts, Diane!

    I'm impressed by your lists of favorites (and "have"s and "have not"s). Many of my fave books on are your list, and I'm curious about some of the others.

  33. Congratulations on your 1000th post. Hope I get there someday. I have miles to go.

    Read some of your favorites, and will be putting the rest on my TBR.

    Hope you get to eat sushi one day. It's just seafood really, you can eat them cooked:)

  34. 1000 posts!? Wow, that is impressive. Congrats! :D

  35. Who hates celebratory posts, giveaways or memes??? Not I - CONGRATULATIONS! This is an impressive milestone, Diane.

  36. Wow!! Yay for you!! And you're right ... just do what makes YOU happy!! We can always just skip the post, right? : )

    love your list of books. I just read
    "Middlesex" and thought it was FABULOUS!

    I'm going to try Rebecca real soon.

    here's to the next 1000 posts!

  37. Woo hoo! That's quite an accomplishment!

  38. Congratulations on 1,000 posts! Here's to another 1,000 more!

  39. Diane, congrats on such a great milestone. And congrats for having such wonderful followers who always comment and keep the conversation going.
    I loved Middlesex.
    Hate rude people and have seen Star Wars more times than I care to count!

  40. Congrats-I really love reading your posts

  41. Congratulations!! Great list of beloved books - we have quite a similar taste actually :-)

  42. Diane, congratulations on your 1000 post!!! That is alot of blogging! I love your blog and will keep coming back for more!

  43. Congratulations, I think this is an excellent way to celebrate. I love to read and am always looking for something new to read so your book list is helpful. Your other lists help me to see that your tastes may be similar to mine, so, I will probably enjoy the books you are recomending.

  44. Belated woo-hoos! :-D

  45. 1000! Congrats!

    I have read Rebecca and Life of Pi and they are actually among my favorites. I have Middlesex, Crimson Petal and the White, and Water for Elephants close to the top of the tbr pile. Hopefully, will get to them soon.

    I hate pop-ins too! My house is never presentable enough for pop-ins...LOL!

  46. Here I am, a day late and a dollar short! But congrats. anyway.

    I love your lists...I hate all of the same things you put on your hate list!

    And you still have time to do some of the things on your "not done" list. You really should read those Russian guys...Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

    But only if you really want to!

  47. Congrats to you. Your blog is always a pleasure!!

  48. Congrats on your 1,000th post! How exciting!

    There were several on your list that I would consider my favorites too.

    You hate coupons? gasp! How could you?! lol! Probably because of people like me, who use coupons at almost every shopping trip and sometimes hold up the lines because the cashiers think I'm trying to get away with something illegal. But..since I save between $1,500-$2000 a year, I don't plan to stop any time soon.

    I never changed a diaper until I watched my oldest nephew. It was a last minute request from my sister when their sitter got sick and they left the house within minutes after I arrived. Later that night I went to put him in his pj's and was like oh crap! I have to change his diaper. How the heck do you do that!? lol!

  49. Great post!...and not just because it's your 1000th!

    I love that you posted 25 of your favorite books, recommendations are always appreciated. And I like to know a little bit more about bloggers that their tatse in books. I especially like your list of the things you've never donw...very cool!

    Congratulations on your 1000th post, too Diane!

    ~ Amy

  50. Congratulations Diane!

    I also love Crimson Petal and the White.

    Looking forward to many more posts and book recommendations from you...

  51. What an awesome milestone! I loved reading your lists and I will definitely stick with you for the long haul :)

  52. Congrats on reaching your 1,000th post!

    God Forbid, do not break a bone :)
    And the books you mention are all in my wish list except the Hosseini :)

    I hope you have loads more posts.. :) And yeah I am here to stay :)

  54. Congratulations on your 1000th wonderful post. Keep up the good work.

  55. Congratulations! I love reading your posts and hope there are many more!

  56. Woohoo!!! Congratulations!! This is awesome!! I like your "(10) Things I've Never Done" post! That's a great idea! Hope you pampered yourself on this amazing milestone? No? You got to! This is amazing!

  57. Congratulations. I can't speak for War and Peace but Crime and Punishment is excellent. It's actually a very funny book.

  58. Congratulations Diane!

    Two Hosseini novels in your top 15? Wow. I've long been interested in trying his popular works. Which of the two did you find most impressive?

  59. What a terrific milestone!! Congratulations --- and here's to another 10,000 more :)

  60. Congratulations on your 1,000th! I wish you many more great posts to come. We do share some favorite books there. I got excited seeing some of the titles like THE KITE RUNNER, LIFE OF PI, SNOW FLOWER & THE SECRET FAN, and many more. Blog on, my friend!

  61. Here's to 1,000 more! I wish we had more pop ins. Makes me think I'd keep our house a little cleaner on a daily basis :)
    I've never been called for jury duty but have always wanted to serve. If only we could volunteer ...

  62. Congrats!!! 1000 posts is crazy impressive. :) You've got some great books on your top 25 list. Some I've read and some I still need to get to.


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