1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  2. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  4. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  5. Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne
  6. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  7. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  9. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  10. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  11. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  13. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  14. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  16. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  18. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  19. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  20. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  21. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  22. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  23. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  24. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  25. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  26. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  27. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  28. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  30. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  31. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for His Hat by Oliver Sacks
  32. The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
  33. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  34. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  35. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  36. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  37. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  38. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
  39. Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
  40. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
  41. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  42. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  43. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  44. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  45. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  46. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
  47. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. The Stand by Stephen King
  50. The Time Machine by HG Wells
  51. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  52. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  53. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  54. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
  55. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  56. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  57. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  58. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  59. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  60. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  61. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  62. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  63. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  64. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  65. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  66. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  67. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  68. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  69. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  70. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  71. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  72. Last Orders by Graham Swift
  73. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  74. Dissolution by CJ Sansom
  75. London Fields by Martin Amis
  76. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
  77. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  78. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  79. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  80. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  81. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  82. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  83. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  84. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  85. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  86. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier
  87. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  88. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  89. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  90. My Man Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  91. Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt
  92. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins
  93. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  94. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  95. London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
  96. Venice by Jan Morris
  97. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  98. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  99. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor
  100. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

I want to remember this list to gift my grandchildren. Some gifts are priceless.

There is no friend as loyal as a book. ~ Ernest Hemingway

How many destinations are on your to-do list today? I know it’s Saturday, but it seems like we pack more into our days off lately, than in our regular work week. It keeps me echoing my daily mantra of “I NeEd A vAcAtIoN!!!” But in reality we’d do the same thing there, we try & pack so much into our vacations, that we need another one, as soon as we get home.

If I was journaling today, I’d reread my notes on what I was doing this time last year, tracking my progress or if I need to revisit any of tasks at hand, but like I said, its raining outside, I don’t want to spend too much time rehashing past events. I’m looking forward to the upcoming week; I need to prepare for that instead.

Are you going many places or just a few, in spite of the weather(or none, if it’s a stay-at-home day)?

I think I’ll be going to the Mall or Flea Market. I’m in need of a big black round mirror for the bathroom in the pole barn shop/lot & a few other car related memorabilia items to add to the walls. [Less is more.] We spent a few hours in there yesterday, painting it Dove Grey, adding hounds-tooth contact paper as a removable covering behind the sink & toilet for quick changes(if its get too messy in there), & tossing out some old clutter/junk. Its still a long way from where it needs to be, but its a start.

What about you?

Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness. ~ Shawn Achor

Buy an extra box of Girl Scout Cookies. I bought 4 boxes this year myself. Yum…

As most of you all know, I was a Co-Scout Leader for many years with a friend Terri Jo Roof of Germantown. We leveled up with the girls from the time they were Daisy’s (kindergarten) all the way up to Sr. Girl Scouts.  I still see most of the girls from time to time. We learned songs and made crafts, it was an just amazing experience for all involved.

I would like to add I loved Scout-ing.

So, I stopped by Wal-Mart in Middletown the other day to get myself a few boxes of cookies. My next-door neighbor’s granddaughter moved to Sidney, Ohio. There went my locale cookie connection.

I love the Caramel DeLites/Samoas and the Thin Mints. Steven was home so he grabbed a box of Peanut Butter Patties and took them back to college with him. I may have to pick up one or two more boxes before there all gone this year. I don’t like the frozen ones. Sorry.

Scouting is a wonderful organization and I for one, thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with scouting. It was a wonderful experience for me and for my daughter. I still hang my ornaments on my Christmas tree every year as a little reminder.

I do appreciate that the troops are willing to stand out in front of a store or bank to sell the cookies in the cold. It seems safer to me now, for the young girls, than for them to go door to door. So please take this opportunity to support scouting and the girls efforts.

Equal billing here: Craig was a Cub-Scout for a year or two and he seemed to benefit from it as well. But they only sold popcorn and Anthony bought a can last month.

Personal Note: I don’t remember Steven ever being in scouting… I may be wrong. I’ll ask him later. Hey, my kids were in everything coming and going, I can’t be expected to remember it all. Thus… the way of a busy mother. Most of Steven’s childhood is a blur at this point, too many irons in the fire. Steven is a very private person, he really doesn’t like for me to blog about him so sh… don’t mention this. Okay!

Thanks as always,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

Nice how we never get dizzy from doing good turns. ~ George Bengis

Soooo alike…       ~       Soooo different…

A quick review of genealogy blogs shows that many bloggers have made resolutions to write more about genealogy in 2009. Yes, you should blog more about genealogy! Carve out a little time for yourself (that means make an appointment for YOU and put it on your calendar). If you have a little writer’s block, don’t worry. Help is on the way!

Have a family member be a guest blogger. Let a family member take the reins and provide a different perspective for a post or two. If you can’t find anyone to take the job, interview a relative and spotlight the person yourself.

“I try to allow family members to help write every post. It’s a group effort and this is how we learn. We agree to disagree.” ~ Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf


Sisters are two different flowers from the same garden.

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien x
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte x
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x
6 The Bible x+
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens x+
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare x
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier *
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot *
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell x +
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald x
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens * (parts)
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy x
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams x
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh x
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky x
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck x
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x+
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame x
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy x
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens x
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x
34 Emma – Jane Austen *
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis x+
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres (parts)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x+
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell x
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving *
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery x++++
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan *
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen x
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens x
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley x
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck x
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov x
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt *
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas x
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac *
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding *
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville x
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker x
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce x
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath *
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray x
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens x+++
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker x
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert x
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White x+
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn ?
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x+++
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery x
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks ?
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole *
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas x
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x++
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo x++++++++

52 books and counting…