So I saw the lovely Melissa post this last week and I loved the idea! I’m stealing it from her after she stole it from Lauren. Go check out both of their awesome blogs!

{reading} Heiresses by Susan May Warren. It was a free Kindle ebook a couple weeks ago and I like it so far: it’s set at the beginning of the 20th century and follows two rich sisters from their Fifth Avenue mansion to Newport, RI. I love this time in history and am totally intrigued by the lifestyles of Newport’s high class.
{writing} This blog post. And some more to spread out over the week. I’m starting classes this week and a job next and need to get ahead!
{listening} My mom is watching Bachelor Pad (ugh), so that’s in my head, but I have one earbud in and am listening to Passion Pit’s new album Gossamer. So good.
{thinking} About everything I need to do before class starts Wednesday.
{smelling} The chocolate peanut butter cup I just ate.
{wishing} That summer wouldn’t have flown by so fast. I wish I had accomplished more.
{hoping} For a great semester!
{wearing} Jean shorts, black tank, a bunch of rings.
{loving} My mom for loaning me money to fix my car.
{wanting} To not be overwhelmed by all the work I already have due this week.
{needing} Fellowship.
{feeling} Optimistic and happy about where I am and where I’m going.
{clicking} New blogs, twitter, pinterest, and exploring all the free Kindle books so I don’t spend money!

100 Books to Read Before I’m 30

This isn’t exactly a new goal, but I am happy to say that I have finally formulated my list of classic books to read in the next eight-and-a-half years.  I’ll be sharing my progress here as a means of motivation and reward.  I’m beginning with some Fitzgerald and others I look forward to reading and will then move on alphabetically for order’s sake.


  1. This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald – DONE
  2. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  3. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  4. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Emma – Jane Austen
  6. Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  8. The Aeneid – Vergil
  9. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  10. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  12. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  13. The Arabian Nights – Anonymous
  14. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  15. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  16. Billy Budd and the Plaza Tales – Herman Melville
  17. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  18. The Bostonians – Henry James
  19. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  20. Candide – Voltaire
  21. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  22. A Christmas Carol & The Cricket on the Hearth – Charles Dickens
  23. Collected Works of Oscar Wilde
  24. Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  25. Common Sense – Thomas Paine
  26. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx
  27. Confessions – Saint Augustine
  28. The Count of Monte Christo – Alexandre Dumas
  29. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  30. Daisy Miller and Washington Square – Henry James
  31. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  32. Essays & Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  33. Essential Dialogues of Plato
  34. Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen
  35. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  36. The Federalist – Hamilton, Madison, Jay
  37. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  38. Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Jacob and Willhelm Grimm
  39. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathon Swift
  40. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  41. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  42. The Illiad – Homer
  43. The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays – Oscar Wilde
  44. The Inferno – Dante
  45. The Interpretation of Dreams – Freud
  46. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  47. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  48. Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  49. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  50. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Writings – Washington Irving
  51. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  52. Les Liasons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  53. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  54. The Mayor of Cambridge – Thomas Hardy
  55. The Metamorphoses – Ovid
  56. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  57. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  58. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  59. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  60. My Bondage and My Freedome – Frederick Douglass
  61. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
  62. Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  63. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  64. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  65. The Odyssey – Homer
  66. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
  67. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  68. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  69. The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  70. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  71. The Paradiso – Dante
  72. Persuasian – Jane Austen
  73. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  74. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
  75. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  76. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  77. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  78. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  79. The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain
  80. The Purgatorio – Dante
  81. Pygmalion and Other Plays – George Bernard Shaw
  82. Republic – Plato
  83. A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
  84. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  85. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy
  86. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  87. Selected Stories of O. Henry
  88. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  89. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  90. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  91. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  92. Tess of d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  93. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  94. The Varieties of Religious Experience – William James
  95. Villette – Charlotte Bronte
  96. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  97. The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope
  98. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  99. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  100. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte