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2008 Reading List

15. The Vagina Monologues - Eve Ensler
14. The Ginseng Hunter - Jeff Talarigo

13. Am I Blue? - Ed. Marion Dan Bauer
12. One Thousand White Women - Jim Fergus
11. Garden of Water - Alan Drew
10. In Times of Siege - Githa Hariharan

9. Red Azalea - Anchee Min
8. The Palace of Illusions - Divakaruni

7. Fifty Days of Solitude - Doris Gumbrich
6. The Red Tent - Anita Diament
5. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

4. Atonement - Ian McEwan
3. Verses - Ani DiFranco
2. My Most Excellent Year - Stevel Kluger
1. Nine Parts of Desire - Geraldine Brooks

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15 / 50

As of 5.4.08
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130 / 365



"Full is not heavy as empty, not nearly my love, not nearly."

- Fiona Apple

The First Taste.mp3


103 - Top 15 Books

I think I will finish my 50 Book Challenge of the year, I just have two more to go. Even so, I'm too convinced that my top 15 books won't change.

15. Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
14. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
13. Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
12. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
11. Run by Ann Patchett
10. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
9. The Best American Essays of 2007 edited by Wallace
8. Away by Amy Bloom
7. Crashing Through by Robert Kurson
6. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
2. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini



Someone's been cheating and reading what wasn't meant for them.

I wasn't home at 9:40 this morning, but someone from my town, not from my IP address, so not from my house was. and reading this. and they read it quite often. Once at midnight, 2:40 AM, 9:16 and then at 9:40. So all of my entries are locked and from here on will be locked.

have some common sense people; it's a journal that isn't yours.


I've thought about it some more, and there is one person from Australia who reads my journal, there was that one person from my town and one new visitor from Chicago.

the person from Australia coincidentally stopped two days before the one from my town started. And then the one from Chicago just happened today.

I know it's no coincidence, and you now know that I know. And if it isn't you, then no harm done to anyone.

I only know one person who live in those 3 locations. And if you were really that interested, as you read my journal often, you could have just talked to me.

I'll see you at the Christmas party!


This was a big year for me as far as music goes. I continued my passionate love for Fiona's music and this year she did a tour with Nickel Creek (which I have a whole quality set for) and she did a duet with Christope Duley's (ex-lover) brother.

Anyway, aside from Fi, I discovered My Brightest Diamond which was such an experience.

10. Rachel Ries - Without A Bird
She calls her music "Prairied Sing/City Folk" while I call it an intimate damn good time. She has sophisticated yet vintage lyrics and music that will for sure impress your ears. Perfect for hot chocolate and watching snow fall (bummer for you warm state inhabitants).

favorite track:
Hands to Water

9.  Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
I feel like such a fool to have completely missed Andrews 10 year career, but I feel like I have atoned for my sins for loving Armchair Apocrypha faithfully. I love how he uses nature and birds in his music, it adds such serenity and peacefulness to his album.

favorite track:

8. Marla Hansen - Wedding Day
These Sufjan Stevens ladies are really in an element all their own. First Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) then St Vincent and now Marla Hansen. Sufjan has an eye for talent. Marla Hansen is the epitome of gentleness of folk music.

favorite track:
All Clear

7.  Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden - s/t
Melodic Indie is how I would describe Kate Tuckers album with The Sons of Sweden. "Tucker sings stories of loves, lost hours, inevitable ends, and broken towers." More than just a girl with her guitar. There's so much to love about her album.

favorite track:
Everything Went Down

6. Beatbeat Whisper
Beatbeat Whisper is brother and sister Ayla and Davyd Nereo. Both have lovely vocals, amazing writing talents and both know how to use their guitars.

favorite track:
Little Window

5. Patrick Watson - Close to Paradise
Even though this one was released in 2006, it was released late (September) and it recieved the majority of it's attention this year. Patrick has such a dream aura to his music and his vocals, it is the most perfect lullaby music.

favorite track: Luscious Life

4. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Go
I'm not sure when Bon Iver originally released this one, it did receive much acclaim this year, and being re- released early next. Some say he's incredibly alike Sam Beam, I say differently. He has more harmony and his vocals are more throaty and have more to it than Sam's whispery love making he does to your ear.

favorite track:
Skinny Love

3. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
This album is unlike Miss Polly Jean for it's content and yet so like her in the way she rewrites the definition of herself. Regardless of what other people might think, I think PJ gave us one hell of a delicious treat.

favorite track:
When Under Ether

2. Emily Jane White - Dark Undercoat
Hearing her for the first time, it is almost impossible to not think of Cat Power, but Emily holds her own in her music. When listening to the whole album through, it is impossible to tell when one song ends and one begins, but still clear when she's telling a new story.

favorite track:
Wild Tigers I Have Known

1. My Brightest Diamond - Bring me the Workhorse
True, this was released early 2006, this is the one album I have fallen head over heals comptely in love and the end to this madness is no where insight. I have fallen in love with the landscape of dragonflies, horses, magic, wood nymphs and self liberation and I am in no hurry to leave.

favorite tracks:
We Were Sparkling - I adore the the fragility and imagery she creates with this one, "chandelier bobbles and empty bottles of wine, watch the light, shine through. I'm afraid to forget you."

Gone Away - I love the progression and thought she put into this song, the naive loyalty at the beginning and the bitterness and realization at the end. "Get me out, get me off, for this is a ride going nowhere but somewhere that I despise. Going nowhere to end up with a tearful, I don't want to go on wit these pieces of paper that you left behind."

- I wish we could all liberate ourselves and go for a walk and never return. Living in complete seclusion appeals to me incredibly some days. "I got tired of sneaky societies and combat boots".

Dragonfly - There is something so mysterious about this song, and if you don't pay careful attention, you will miss the un-layering Shara does in this song.

Something of an End - It is a wonder to me how seamlessly Shara can go from her gentle vocals to her throaty ones. This song is also mystery, about letting something/someone go, mixed in with Shara's references to magic and divinity. "Then the Earth started shaking, and yeah it's crazy. Heaven and hell come crashing down."


Book Challenge

Reading List

my list was overtaking by info, so here is my 2007 book challenge to boot:

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Feminist Blogs

Feminsta! They write really great in-depth essays about feminism, libertarian issues, reproductive rights, white hetero-patriarchy and gender equality. Probably one of my favorite feminist journals/sites because of it's compilation and accuracy of it's information. They can also lead you to other great feminist idealogical sites.

Women's Space This is a kind woman's blog, Heart, sharing her own radical feelings about politics, gender equality as well as race equality. She's a good woman, and she writes some really great essays.

Women Philosopher's This is the blog-version of WISP (Women in Studying Philosophy)



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