Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

I received the above desk calendar for Christmas. I'm sorry to say that I placed it in my office, it slipped beneath some papers, and I just now found it.

But I thought to myself, Shirley there must be some good quotes or book titles or something in that thing. (That's a joke, my name's not Shirley. Old school.)

So anyway, here's a list of books up through today. I haven't read them unless otherwise noted. The date is the date they are listed on this calendar, not a publication date or anything.

1. VB6: Eat Vegan before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good, by Mark Bittman (January 2)

2. "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). (January 3 & 4).

3. Blood from Stone, by Frances Fyfield (January 6).

4. The Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, by Peter Garalnick (January 8 - Elvis Presley's birthday).

5. "What does the J. K. stand for in "J. K. Rowling?"  (January 10 & 11).

6. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson (January 14) (First published in 1980, this feminist novel caused quite a stir back then.)

7. Lucky Man: A Memoir, by Michael J. Fox (January 16)

8. "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." - Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (January 17 & 18)

9. Henry and Ribsy, by Beverly Cleary (January 23)

10. "Prose is architecture, not interior decoration." Ernest Hemingway (January 24 & 25).

11. "What classic work of literature set in France contains this line: "Our desires cut across one another, and in this confused existence it is rare for happiness to coincide with the desire that clamored for it."? (January 31 & Feb. 1)

12. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, by Adam Grant (February 5)

13. "But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can't stand it. I been there before." Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (February 7 & 8)

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 383rd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. very enlightening wish it was mine haha

  2. Good post. Housekeeping is one of my friend's favorite books.I'll have to tell her about your calendar and post. She'll be glad to know people haven't forgotten about it :)

  3. What a fun calendar. I like #2. I hear the roar of an approaching deadline now!

  4. Love that Hemingway quote. Does it mean that poetry is the interior design of prose's architecture?

  5. I read Lucky Man. It meant a great deal to me at the time because my beloved uncle was wrestling with Parkinson's himself, and sometimes talking about Michael J. Fox's case was easier to talk about than his own. Last Train to Memphis is in my den right now, holding down a spot on my TBR list.

  6. Some great humor in the quotes.

    As to the folding boxes thing, it's for mailing little things.


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