The Gilmore Project

Lessons learned from The Gilmore Girls.

New Site!

If you’re a fan of this blog, please check out my new website, For the Love of Lists. I’ll be posting on a variety of topics, including many of the Gilmore Girls tie-ins you love to read about here!

Thanks 🙂
Jess

Book Suggestions? Try a Flow Chart!

Looking for your next book to read?  Perhaps you’d like to try something outside of your normal reading range.  This flowchart found on Upworthy.com can help send you in the right direction for what you’re in the mood for.  Unless you’re Rory of course, in which case the answer is “all of the above”.

P.S. Don’t start thinking you can only read in the summer – cuddling up with a book can be a great way to take a break from some of the holiday fever 🙂

Get Ready, Get Set: National Novel Writing Month

For many of you Halloween may mean trick-or-treating, but to those signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) it means it’s time to get your motors running.  The goal of this annual event is simple: write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days (1 Nov – 30 Nov).  This means no editing and no formatting, just pure writing.  Does the novel have to be the next great work of literature?  Definitely not.  The point is that by the time you reach December, you’ll have written a novel.  One of the most intimidating things about trying to write is actually getting it done.  Those who have completed their 30 day challenge have a major leg up on that fear.  Plus, it has been shown that a key to developing any habit is to attempt it continuously for short periods of time (i.e. 30 days).  So who knows?  Maybe the idea of writing every day will stick for you.

I first heard of this event in 1997 when I received my first Writer’s Digest magazine, and I have always wanted to complete it.  In fact, it’s on my bucket list (yes, I keep a massive bucket list file).  Every year I talk the talk and either get too busy or completely forget by the time November comes around.  I haven’t even gotten far enough to attempt it so far.  So this year I’m making the commitment to attempt the challenge.  While normally I believe fully in giving your all to everything you attempt, I have to be a realist here and acknowledge that I’m a month away from finishing graduate school.  But I have no reason why I can’t give it a shot this year.  And here’s the beauty of it: while I may not finish this year, I will be that much more motivated to get further next year.  So my goal is to get as far into this novel as I can.  To put a number on it, I’ll say 30,000 words.

To keep myself honest, I’ll try to post word count updates as I go.  If you’re signed up for NaNoWriMo as well, comment below!  I’d love to hear your progress 🙂  Good luck!

 

Happy Halloween! Literary Characters, Anyone?

Happy Halloween everyone!  In case you’re still lacking costume ideas, I’ve got a treat for you.  Why not dress like you’re favorite literary character this year?  This link has several ideas for Captain Ahab, Lady Macbeth, Dorian Gray, and more.  I’m sure Rory would approve.

You can find more ideas for dressing like you’re favorites all over the web, but I’ve found quite a few sets of instructions on Wikihow.  If none of those appeal to you, why not go as Rory herself this year?  All you need are a blue plaid skirt, a navy sweater vest, a light blue blouse, saddle shoes, and an armful of books.  Bonus points for obscure Russian authors!

Why We Don’t Have Time for Jane Austen

Why We Don’t Have Time for Jane Austen.

This is a very interesting piece that discusses some of the reasons why, as a whole, we simply don’t have the attention span for reading anymore.  I’m sure Rory would personally disagree, but the idea that people have less time for reading than they’d ever like would hit right at home.  I know that is definitely true in my case, where I squeeze my books into bus travel and waiting for class to start.

But with so much going on in the world, why do we still want to read?  One is the idea that books, even fiction, teach us something about our world and our culture (if you don’t believe the fiction bit, remember that those authors had to draw inspiration from their life and surroundings).  The problem is that in attempting to broaden your knowledge and appreciation of culture it can be difficult to determine where to start.  The author here points out, however, that “one book (film, TV show, etc.) read is one more accomplished.”  So take the first step out the door, and make an effort to learn something today.

Been to the Library Lately?

Just found a short, but interesting, article: “Young People Frequent Libraries, Study Finds“.  The study looked at the 16-29 age group, stating that around 60% of Americans still visit the library.  This sounds about right, as in my field if you want to get homework/studying done, you make the trek across campus to get away from all the other distractions.  The overall environment of the library can sometimes be more important than its contents.  It’s a bit of a refreshing reminder that in the emerging world of e-publications, print books haven’t been forgotten.  In fact, the study points out that 75% of Americans in this group have read a print book in the past year.

The full study can be found here.

My Role Models

“That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”  – Neil A. Armstrong

A few months ago, I wrote a post about people learning from their role models.  At the time, I wasn’t sure I had a clear idea of who mine were, or, more importantly, why I would admire them so much.  Now, with the passing of the American legend Neil Armstrong, I think I finally have an answer.

It’s easy to admire people for what they have had the chance to do.  Neil Armstrong, in case you’ve been living in a cave and hiding from your history books, was the first man to set foot on the moon.  Yuri Gagarin and John Glenn, the first men to orbit the Earth for the Soviet Union and the U.S., respectively.  Their feats are incredible and will stand forever as momentous marks in time.  And while they were not alone in their pursuits, and were supported by equally inspiring teams of dreamers, for their efforts they can be admired for their courage, integrity, and dedication.  As Ronald Reagan once said, “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

Recently, however, I was asked why I love to read about Yuri Gagarin.  When I answered that he was the first man in space the person asked again.  I realized that the reason I love to learn more about these men is not necessarily rooted in their record accomplishments.

Yuri Gagarin stood out from his fellow cosmonauts because he was constantly asking questions.  The first time he was introduced to Sergei Korolev (Chief Designer of the U.S.S.R.’s space program) and the Vostok capsule, he made it a point to learn everything he could about the craft he would be in control of.  He was a true engineer.

John Glenn, a former marine, is the epitome of dignity and honor.  He is a natural speaker and was often the spokesman for the Mercury 7.  He carries a presence of old-fashioned values and good nature while being at ease with the public.  But when reporters frightened his wife, Annie, during the early space media hysteria, he was the first to stand between them and protect his home and family.

Neil Armstrong was arguably the most famous astronaut of all time.  His first steps on the moon were watched by millions and he instantly became an American hero.  But, to me, it has been his humility that has stood out all these years I have read about him.  It is simply stated in a quote from his family: “[He] was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.”  That, I believe, is the key to learning from his life.  That this man was dedicated to his work and his passions, and that it led him to an opportunity beyond what anyone might have believed possible.  And, even after realizing the impossible, maintained that it was simply what was expected of him.

These are some of the people who inspire me.  Of course, there are more like them, each with their own lessons to learn.  To speak of Armstrong: his simple steps opened up an entirely new realm of discovery and permanently defined the idea that “nothing is impossible”.  All by showing up and doing his job.  What can we accomplish by dedicating ourselves to our passions?

In memory of his passing, here are some of the words that have been shared today in celebration of his life.

“I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Neil Armstrong today. Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the Apollo 11 mission. Whenever I look at the moon it reminds me of the moment over four decades ago when I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone.” – Buzz Aldrin

“He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.” – Michael Collins

“The passing of Neil Armstrong has shocked all of us at the Johnson Space Center.  The whole world knew Neil as the first man to step foot on the Moon, but to us he was a co-worker, a friend, and an outstanding spokesman for the Human Space Program. His quiet confidence and ability to perform under pressure set an example for all subsequent astronauts. Our role model will be missed.” – Michael Coats

“Neil Armstrong was a very personal inspiration to all of us within the astronaut office.  His historic step onto the Moon’s surface was the foundation for many of our personal dreams to become astronauts. The only thing that outshone his accomplishments was his humility about those accomplishments. We will miss him as a friend, mentor, explorer and ambassador for the American spirit of ingenuity.” – Bob Behnken

“As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.  Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers.  Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all.” – Charles Bolden

“Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time.  Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step.” – President Barack Obama

“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”  – The Armstrong Family

More can be found here, as well as a gallery of NASA photos.

Seeing My Sister Reach for Her Dreams

Ok, time for a quick bit of shameless promotion.  Not for me, though, but for my younger sister, Allison Marshall.  She is a singer and musician, and I believe she is quite incredible.  She reminds me of Lane sometimes in that she lives for her music and it is the soundtrack to her life in every part of it.  She is leaving for college soon to pursue her musical career and I am rather proud of her.  So if you’ve got a few moments, pick your favorite song below (or all of them) and enjoy an acoustic cover to brighten your day.

Here is her singing “Call Them Brothers” by Regina Spektor & Only Son with her friend Andrew:

And here is her singing Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”:

Last one, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles:

If you’d like to see more, her YouTube channel contains an assortments of covers and original songs.  You can also look her up on Facebook.

The Complete Rory Book List

Rather than waiting until I get through the entire series again, here is a completed list of books in the Rory Gilmore collection.  You can find my source here.  In the spirit of listing, I’ve put the ones I’ve read in bold (39/339).  Comment below to share how many you’ve read and which are your favorites.  Enjoy!

P.S. I’ll save these to the Rory’s Book List page so they’ll be a bit more stationary.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  23. The Bhagava Gita
  24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  30. Candide by Voltaire
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  32. Carrie by Stephen King
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  37. Christine by Stephen King
  38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  41. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  43. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  44. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  45. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  46. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  47. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  48. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
  49. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  50. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  52. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  53. Cujo by Stephen King
  54. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  55. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  56. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  57. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  58. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  59. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  60. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  61. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  62. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  63. Deenie by Judy Blume
  64. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  65. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  66. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  67. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  68. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  69. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  70. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  71. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  72. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  73. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  74. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  75. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  76. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  77. Emma by Jane Austen
  78. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  79. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  80. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  81. Ethics by Spinoza
  82. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  83. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  84. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  85. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  86. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  87. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  88. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  89. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  90. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  91. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR)
  92. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  93. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  94. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  95. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  96. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  97. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  98. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  99. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  100. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  101. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  102. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  103. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  104. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  105. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  106. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  107. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  108. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  109. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  110. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  111. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  112. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  113. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  114. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  115. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  116. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  117. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  118. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  119. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  120. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  121. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  122. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  123. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  124. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  125. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  126. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  127. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  128. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  129. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  130. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  131. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  132. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
  133. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  134. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  135. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  136. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  137. Howl by Allen Gingsburg
  138. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  139. The Iliad by Homer
  140. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  141. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  142. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  143. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  144. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  145. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – read
  146. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  147. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  148. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  149. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  150. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  151. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
  153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  161. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  162. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  163. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  164. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  165. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  166. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  167. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  168. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  169. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  170. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  171. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  172. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  173. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  174. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  175. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  176. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  177. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  178. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  179. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  180. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  181. The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
  182. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  183. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  184. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  185. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  186. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  187. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  188. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  189. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  190. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  191. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  192. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  193. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  194. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  195. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  196. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  206. Night by Elie Wiesel
  207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  213. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  214. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  215. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  216. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  217. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  218. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  219. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  220. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  221. Othello by Shakespeare
  222. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  223. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  224. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  225. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  226. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  227. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  228. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  229. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  230. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  231. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  232. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  233. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  234. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  235. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  236. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  237. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  238. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  239. Property by Valerie Martin
  240. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  241. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  242. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  243. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  244. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  245. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  246. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  247. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  248. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  249. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  250. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  251. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  252. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR)
  253. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  254. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  255. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  256. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  257. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  258. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  259. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  260. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  261. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  262. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  263. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  270. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  271. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  272. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  273. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  274. Sexus by Henry Miller
  275. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  276. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  277. The Shining by Stephen King
  278. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  279. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  280. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  281. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  282. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  283. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  284. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  285. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  286. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  287. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  288. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  289. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  290. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  291. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  292. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  293. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  294. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  295. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  296. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  297. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  298. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  299. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  300. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  301. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  302. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  303. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  304. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  305. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  306. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  307. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  308. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  309. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  310. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  311. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  312. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  313. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  314. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  315. Ulysses by James Joyce
  316. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  317. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  318. Unless by Carol Shields
  319. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  320. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  321. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  322. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  323. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  324. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  325. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  326. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  327. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  328. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  329. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  330. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  331. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  332. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  333. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  334. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  335. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  336. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  337. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  338. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  339. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Learning Online (For Free!)

While most of us don’t have a lot of free time on our hands, we do have desires to learn something new.  Maybe it’s a school subject such as physics or biology.  Maybe it’s financial or business related.  Maybe it’s learning how to cook or play an instrument.  No matter what it is, there’s a good chance you can get a head start online.  And No Excuse List has compiled some sources for you. My personal favorites are the Open Courseware sites for MIT, Stanford, and Yale for topic studies and Wikihow for general “how do I do this” type pursuits.  The best part is that it’s free and can fit into any schedule, even the life of a busy grad student.