Literary Bucket List

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Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown¹

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Animal Farm by George Orwell*

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro

The Art of a Memoir by Mary Karr

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (NEW)

Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger*

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Children of Men P.D. James

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride*

Cut by Patricia McCormick*

Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther

Divergent by Veronica Roth¹

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*

Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin

The Giver by Lois Lowry*

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks*

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens¹

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*

Hamlet by Shakespeare

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien¹

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster*

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I Dare You! by William H. Danforth**

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali*

In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*

I’ll Let you Go by Bruce Wagner

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Like Switch by Marvin Karlins, Jack Schafer

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold¹

Macbeth by Shakespeare

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey¹

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder*

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich*

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

The Odyssey by Homer

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*

Ordinary People by Judith Guest*

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver*

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving¹

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Separate Piece by John Knowles

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan

The Stranger by Albert Camus*

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Too Far by Rich Shapero

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks¹

Wicked by Gregory Maguire¹

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero**

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Quite Irksome

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Today’s word: Irksome [urk-suh m] (adj.)
Meaning: annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome; bothersome; tending to irk
According to Wiktionary it originates from the Old English word weorcsum(painful, hurtful).
Other forms: irk, irksomely (adv.), irksomeness (n)
Spanish translation: irritante, fastidioso
And now a list of things that I find quite irksome:

  1. When the lid of the toilet or the seat itself is left up.
  2. When people blatantly liter.
  3. Bills
  4. Hangnails
  5. Flyaway hairs
  6. Wet socks
  7. Canker sores
  8. Donald Trump
  9. When people overshare on social media
  10. Alarm clocks
  11. When people say “I seen it” instead of “I saw it”
  12. CONSTANT phone users
  13. People who cut you off while driving
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Relish vs. Relish

When I hear and see the word relish the first thing I think of is, green topping for a hot dog. Which, to me, presents a negative connotation to the word. I am not a fan of the chunky green pickle substance. But oddly enough, the alternate definition of relish is actually: liking or enjoyment of the taste of something; to take pleasure in; enjoy.
But let me tell you, I do not relish that condiment we know as relish.
Okay… you got me…I’ve never even had relish. But it looks kind of scary…
green-relish
Maybe now that my palette has expanded I’d be willing to give this one a go.

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Jalapeno Relish from Souffle Bombay … It might be worth a try.


But we’ll see if I relish for more relishing of the relish after I finally try it.
What I have found I definitely have relish for, is the learning of linguistics and how our beautifully complicated language works.
Today I focus on this particular homonym, relish. 
Relish has over time become a homonym, it originated from the Old French word reles,  meaning scent, taste or aftertaste. Then moved to meaning “the enjoyment of the taste or flavor” and finally in 1797 the “condiment, which imparts flavor” was born. So now, we can relish something, have relish for something…or we can simply eat relish.
A relish, in the food form, can also mean something other than the pickled surprise we can order on our Chicago hot dog. Relishes are common among Indian and African cuisine. For example a jam or a chutney, made with chopped vegetables or fruits…It’s sort of similar to a salsa but is usually spread on top of a meat as opposed to being dipped into by a chip or a cracker.
And Also! There are relish trays, which usually includes a variety of savory veggies, such as pickles, olives and beets.
Relish is one of the many homonyms in our language.
I relish for knowledge! I plan to do more simple research on, not only English and language, but the habits, customs and traditions we’ve established over the years.
This year I’ve been especially fascinated by the words we use and where they come from. The Great Courses offer very in-depth information about linguistics and vocabulary…and so many other things. But I found these topics make my brain work, I’ve never been so aware of my speech and the discourse habits we’ve collectively created among regions and social groups.
“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.”
-Anthony Hopkins

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