Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sweater quest update and agenda

Figured I should post an update on the sweater quest, because there are only a few days left. I have high hopes that I can finish at least two, possibly five sweaters this week, perhaps even more if I stop sleeping. Although knitting while sleep-deprived does not necessarily equal good results.

Anyway, here's the list, color-coded and everything:
  1. Scoop Pullover: Completed, and in Tulsa, where it will get worn.
  2. Sonnet: To be blocked, seamed, and have buttons added today. I hope.
  3. Max: Completely done, and making people smile.
  4. Einstein: Completely done, and getting compliments, especially on the buttons.
  5. Vine Yoke: Still needs a sleeve and a front. On the agenda for Thursday.
  6. Shalom: Worn yesterday to knitting. I must have monkey arms or a very short row gauge, as the designer mentioned that the sleeves would be very long, and they are 3/4 length on me.
  7. Wrenna: Wore to the office holiday party. Definitely a gorgeous pattern and a quick knit, and I would consider making another.
  8. Issara: Needs closures; hope to add those today.
  9. Spoke: Finally finished the second front, and started the sleeves. Modified the sleeves because I was sick of 1x1 and to remove the giant bells. Giant, I say! Just need to finish the second sleeve, sew the shoulders, and do the edging. On the agenda for today between #2 and #8, and tomorrow.
  10. Lia: Needs sleeves and yoke. Hopefully tomorrow, assuming Zuzu will allow it, as she doesn't seem to appreciate this sweater except as a blanket.
  11. Gathered Pullover: Just needs sleeve caps knitted and sleeves sewn in. Went a bit overboard on the sleeve tubes (unless I really do have monkey arms), but it's time to start the increases.
  12. Owls: Needs sleeves and yoke. Planning on spending Friday on that.
So. We'll see how far I get. Which means I should really stop typing and pick up the needles. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Smart Little Chickadee

Short post here, because I don't have too much to say. Still plugging away on my sweaters, which are still mostly as described although I have been working on Spoke again, and my Owls is about ready for the sleeves.

Anyway, I know I've shared stories from the birdfeeder before, and this is another. When we got dumped on with snow (so much that they sent a backhoe to do the plowing - see below), we did not shovel the deck, so instead of refilling the feeder that hangs at the edge, I just stuck a feeder on the ground, right outside of the door.

Our snowplow for Dec 13-14

Well, it took a bit of time for the birds to find it, but they did, and were thrilled to have more sunflower seeds to eat. (And suet, as I hung the suet cage from the handle of the sliding glass door.) Obviously, the feeder gets emptied every few days.

This morning I noticed that the feeder was empty, so I opened the door to refill it. There was a chickadee watching from the beam of the deck roof. I refilled the feeder, stepped back inside, and that little chickadee was at the feeder before I had closed the door.

But not for long! Here comes Zuzu, curious as to why the door had been open without her knowledge. Off flies little chickadee! Apparently little chickadee knows that humans aren't generally dangerous, but cats frequently are. Hence the title of this post.

What else? I am very entertained with this. Potty humor for paleontologists! Or just silly stuff for kids and kids-at-heart.

In other slightly science-y news, I stayed up to watch the start of the lunar eclipse. In part because I was playing with chocolate, so I could share candies with my coworkers. I still have several things to make, but thankfully there are a few days until Christmas so I can delay just a bit. Haven't started with the dark chocolate yet, and I don't think my family will mind that I won't share many dark chocolate treats with my coworkers, as there will be more for them.

Crappy cell phone picture of the start of the lunar eclipse because I need to find my camera cable to download the better pics

Well, I should probably stop typing and start being productive. I have a lot to do before Christmas, and lots of knitting to be done before the end of the month!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

GAH! How did it get to be December?!?!?!?!

Yes, I procrastinate. Not one of my better qualities, but hey, I usually work well under a deadline (as long as no one is staring over my shoulder), so whatever. But EEK! Really? I am not ready for December! Would much prefer it to be oh, maybe September? Anyway, the sweater quest continues, with a few interruptions here and there.

Made Eugenia's mitts for the lovely AutumnBreeze as part of a swap. I hope she likes them! I'm not sure if she's unwrapped that far yet. (Pattern is Rav link.)

Swapner's mitts

A friend's daughter is going through a bit of a rough time as a new big sister, so I made some fingerless mitts for her.

Andrea's mitts

Which then sat in my house forever and ever before I finally got to the PO to ship them. Hopefully they'll still fit!

*Finally* finished seaming Mom's sweater, and she likes it. Yay! One completely-finished sweater!

Mom's sweater

Tangent: we went to the Rally to Restore Sanity at the end of October, and had a lovely time. Wish we had more time to spend wandering various Smithsonian buildings, but we saw the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, which is what I wanted to see, so I was content. Will have to go back another time.

Coral reef

Back to the sweater quest... Sweater #2 is still waiting to be blocked, seamed, and buttoned. Sweater #3 and #4 are completely done. Yay!! Sweater #5 has had some progress made, and just needs the second sleeve and front. Sweaters #6-8 were mentioned previously, and about in the same shape. Issara needs closures, and then she's done.

Sweater #3

Sweater #4

Vine yoke
Sweater #5

Sweater #9 is still trudging along. I would not have started if I had read the pattern the whole way through before starting. LOTS of 1x1 ribbing, which does not work well with the yarn I am using, as I like to do my ribbing using the Portuguese technique, and Freedom Spirit is too delicate for all that tension. Currently the sweater is in my car (well, the piece-in-progress), where it gets dragged out occasionally.

Spoke "assembled"

Sweater #10 is still waiting to be fixed, but I just need to figure out the start of round stitch and it will be good to go. May try to do the sleeves this weekend and then finish the top.


Sweater #11 turns out not to be a test knit, as I could not get gauge for the design. Turned to an older pattern that I've wanted to do for years, since I first saw it showing up on "real people" on Ravelry. Not that it's an ugly design on its own, but it really shines when worn by people with curves rather than stick-thin models. Anyway, it is still breaking my habit of green sweaters. Which isn't actually *too* bad, as I will end the year with at most six green sweaters to wear. Green sweater #1 ended up in Oklahoma with 'lista, and even though Sweater #5 is notoriously short so I added a few stitches to compensate, I wonder if it will be a belly sweater. Which means that it may need to find a new home, too.

Gathered yoke

Sweater #12 is another older design that I've wanted to do for a while. In fact, I started the project in 2008, but it got sent to time out when I realized that my gauge was much too small and I didn't care for how the yarn was pooling. Anyway, I am modifying the design significantly, to match my gauge and size, and skipping the waist shaping as my waist has disappeared lately. The yarn is still pooling, but rather than having large blotches of the yellow-green it is spiraling around the sweater. Which I can deal with. Should probably be alternating rows with another skein, since it's hand-dyed stuff (I love Briar Rose!) but am not. We'll see how it turns out.


I need to come up with a good strategy to get things finished on time. And here I am typing rather than knitting... Am currently considering adding a week to my schedule for every pair of things I made in 2010, since I am intending on devoting 2011 to pairs. Socks, gloves, slippers, mitts: pairs. That would give me an extra month, just about, because I made two pairs of fingerless mitts, one pair of mittens, and a pair of baby bibs. Longer if I count the pairs of squares I knit... But I am going to try to get things done this month. It is theoretically possible, at least as of the 4th. We shall see what happens. I don't know when I will fit in the Christmas candy/cookie-making, but perhaps I will go a few days without sleep. Or take a few extra vacation days. If all goes well, I won't go to work between Christmas and New Year's, but I am not counting on that.

Well. What else? As it's not a post without a Zuzu picture, here is my longcat:

Long cat

Her front paws were near my ankles, and her back paws were by my hip. For a small cat she is definitely stretchy!

Back to knitting I go! Cross your fingers that I can finish something this weekend!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Muzzles for people and a sweater quest update

Yes, I am fat. No, I'm not really happy about that, but the planet really likes me, so I deal. I've never been slender, although I have been fit. Sadly, to keep most of the fat away, I need to exercise about eight hours a day. I am not independently wealthy, nor a celebrity of any kind, and I like sleep, so I just don't have the time required for that. So sue me. Or better yet, give me a few million dollars so I don't have to work and can spend eight hours exercising every day.

Anyway, today I was showing someone my sweater in progress, and was told, "I don't mean to be rude, but shouldn't you be knitting a bigger size?" Ouch. That hurts. Really. You may not intend to be rude, but yes, actually, you are. Especially since my sweater piece is:
crackers) the back, which doesn't have extra bits to stretch around
argyle) not blocked
plastic cutlery) ribbed, which means especially stretchy

I am also knitting the largest size the pattern offers, and on a needle size that is larger than the pattern suggests. So yeah, your comment stung. My self-esteem is low enough, and really didn't need that hit.

Anyway, I now have a retort to use the next time someone says something like that. (And there will be a next time. There always is.) "Sounds like you need a larger muzzle."

* * * * * * *

So today sucked, although it was saved somewhat by a skein of a cashmere silk blend that was on sale, but the colors are not my colors so the yarn will probably end up in a swap or something. Or maybe it will make a gift. My mom would look good in those colors. Oh well. Yarn is good. Cashmere-silk yarn that is discounted 40% is even better.

And speaking of yarn, this past weekend was Rhinebeck! It was wonderful to see several of the friends who live in my computer, although many people were missed. I had a decent haul, including a skein of angora-wool "sock yarn" that I really don't think will become socks. Snagged some Bugga (thanks to Cyd and Golriz for standing in line!) and some STR, too.
Rhinebeck haul Rhinebeck haul

Someday I may take real pictures, but meh, whatever. Cell phone pics work for this, right?

In knitting news, I finished my Issara in the hotel lobby on Friday night, and wore it Saturday with stitch holders keeping it closed. It's a bit more snug than I'd like for a coat, but it is wool so it should grow. (And yes, my gauge was a bit small, but I had already gone up a needle size and didn't want to make a coat with a loose fabric. Maybe this will convince someone that I need money so I can stop working and lose weight...)

Issara body blocking

My May post included all of the sweaters up to that point. Sweater #2 is still in the same place (needs blocked, seamed and buttons), Sweater #3 is done aside from buttons and ear stuffing, and now has pins marking where the buttons should go, so that won't take much longer, Sweater #4 has one of the seams done and just needs the second seam, the collar and buttons, and Sweater #5 is still hanging out, stalled because of spit splicing. I still have hope for the year, though.

Sweater #6, Shalom, Y'all, is completely done, including buttons! I have been wearing it, but don't have a picture with buttons.

shalom, y'all!

Sweater #7, Wrenna, is also done, and I am wearing it right now. Sewed on the second clasp and learned that I need to pull up the sweater sleeves and pull down my shirt sleeves at Rhinebeck. Bought the yarn in Minneapolis. I love Mountain Colors!


Sweater #8 is the above-mentioned Issara, and I love it. May need to knit another one eventually.

Sweater #9 is the supposedly too-small one. Spoke. I did not read the pattern before I started, and the sweater is taking forever. If I had read the pattern I would have found something else to cast on, as k1p1 is boring as all get out and takes forever. The yarn is lovely, but is too delicate for pin-tensioned knitting, so my ribbing goes very slowly as my technique is terrible. Oh well. Eventually.

Sweater #10 is Lia, and would have been done by now if I had paid more attention to the sizing and not looked at the wrong numbers when I split for the arms. Need to rip back, but that shouldn't take too long. Bulky yarn and big needles FTW! My picture doesn't look like much other than a kitty bed, as Zuzu decided that it was time for me to stop knitting. If I hadn't screwed up I may have had another sweater to wear at Rhinebeck. Oh well. Next year.


Sweater #11 will be a test knit for someone (in blue, not green!), and i am not sure what sweater #12 will be yet. Probably something in bulky yarn, as I'll need something quick so I can finish everything else...

Also seamed a blanket for Mary somewhere in there, and knit a few squares for it, too.

Mary's blanket

Realized I never shared a picture of Gretchen's bag, so here it is, pre-felting:

zuzu and bag

Also knit two and a half baby bibs. Need to finish the third so I can get my needles back so I can make fingerless gloves for a friend's kid who needs some yarny love. She's a new big sister, and needs some attention of her own.

Monkey bib Bunny bib

Even if I fail at my sweater quest, I have used an awful lot of yarn this year. And what else is Christmas break for but knitting? Kinda looking forward to starting the 52-pair-plunge, but am tempted to make another sweater or six.

Anyway, Mike is home now, so I ought to go upstairs to sleep. Tomorrow will be a better day. I hope.

P.S. I forgot the gratuitous Zuzu picture. Here you go!

Zuzu and laptop

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Neil deGrasse Tyson Rocks My Socks!

I am a science geek. I admit it. That's partially how I got my job, because if you spend enough time at a museum, sometimes they ask you to work there. (Luck, good timing and skill factored in, too.)

Anyway, my husband and I went to see Neil deGrasse Tyson tonight with a few friends and a theater full of people. It was a lovely evening, and as the event was organized by a local library, there was a book signing afterward.

After he signed my books, Dr. Tyson was kind enough to pose for a picture with my socks! He also shared that not only is he an astrophysicist, author and educator, he is a fiber artist: he crochets!

Neil deGrasse Tyson and my strawberry mojito socks

Not the world's best picture, but hey, it's better than my old cell phone would have done... (Socks are Nicola's Strawberry Mojito socks, and they haven't progressed much since NYC. Nearly ready for the heel, but I've been concentrating on sweaters lately. 2011 is for socks.)

Random note: Zuzu is licking my arm.

Anyway, I ought to go to bed, as I have a meeting in the morning... Just needed to share. SQUEE!!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kiddie Rollercoaster-Tastic Day

So. Today has been interesting. Up-down-up-down-up-down. Nothing big, just lots of little things making my mood swing all over the place.

  • Zuzu wanted me to wake up early, although she hasn't been eating well, so it wasn't that she wanted breakfast, just that she wanted me to be awake. (And cross your fingers that she starts to find her food tasty again.)
  • Made zucchini bread, because there was a giant zucchini left in the kitchenette at work, and I gave in and took it home. Two batches, one with cinnamon chips and the other with chocolate chips.
  • Discovered that I need more loaf pans. Three pans are not enough.
  • Saw a kingfisher outside, and ordered Neil deGrasse Tyson tickets. Whee!
  • Left for work, and spent an extra half hour in the car due to traffic caused by a chemical spill on 271. People are rude, and apparently raindrops cause them to forget how to drive.
  • Got to work, and distributed lots of zucchini bread.
  • There was cake at work! Cake! Pink cake! YUM!
  • When I sat down to work, I opened all of my tabs, did the daily media searches, and then the internet went out. My job is completely internet based. I waited for a bit, but then went home, because I can work here.
  • Sat in traffic on the way home, too, because even thought the accident was north, lots of people were driving south.
  • While in the car, listened to a groovy radio show that played some great songs.
  • Nearly ran out of gas, but got to the gas station in time. Yay!
  • The gas station guy liked my shirt (Down with Gravity!), and then started asking me questions like, "Where do you work?" and "Are they hiring?" when I really desperately wanted to go home and eat lunch.
  • Oh! I saw the garbage truck that advertises the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It isn't affiliated with the Museum; apparently the driver just likes the Museum.
  • Got home, worked for a bit, ate my yogurt and string cheese, and then got distracted. Will spend more time working this weekend...
Anyway, that was today so far. I should have stopped for ice cream.

No other updates, as I have a lot to do this weekend... Have fun!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Get your velociraptor here!

So. June 14 is Bring Your Velociraptor to Work Day.

I live near a place that I like to call the Velociraptor Store. Although they definitely have fewer velociraptors now than they did around Christmas, so the store may need a new name. Velociraptor Store is more appropriate than just "Toy Sale," which is how they promote things.

Anyway, in honor of BYVTWD, I snagged some extra velociraptors to share with those who don't have dinosaurs at work.


Leave a comment and I'll draw names, and try to get the velociraptors sent in time for the winners to take them to work. Deadline is June 6, whatever time I think about it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

All we want to do is eat your brains...

Quick post, this. Was driving to the bullseye and neighboring box store yesterday, and saw the strangest thing. A cardinal was hopping across the street, chasing a mouse. Really? Do cardinals do that? Perhaps. Anyway, as I got closer, the bird flew off, well, at least made a short hop out of the road, and the mouse hung a U-ie and ran back across the road. At least it started. I'm not sure if it ran into/under my tires, but I may have made the cardinal's meal easier. It was the most surreal moment of the day.

Let's see, what else is going on? Speaking of surreal moments, visited Gretchen two weeks ago. On Saturday we were riding the subway back from Coney Island, after being part of a public display of knitting, when a Buddhist monk wearing a robe and sandals sat down across from us. He took our picture, because, you know, we were weird.

In other knitting news, working on my sweater quest. On #5 so far. Gretchen visited at New Year's and we knit the scoop pullover. I sent mine to Lista, as it was simply not flattering on me, although it looked lovely on Zuzu.

zuzu in finished sweater

Sweater #2 was Sonnet, although I did a stockinette body rather than garter, as I wanted to show off the yarn better. It still needs blocked, seamed, and buttons.

sonnet folded

Took a break in February for the Ravelympics. It was pointed out to me that I should be ashamed of myself, being a knitter without a scarf, so I made one. A nice, green Clap(otis).

green clap

Started an Icarus, but despite my crazy spreadsheet, I realized that I was going to run out of yarn. So I have some frogging to do, and then more lace to knit. No rush, though, so I'm trying to catch up on my sweater-making.

icarus start

Sweater #3 is Max! Sadly, I haven't done the ears yet, and have been terrible about progress shots, so I'm ganking one of the designer's. I have a present to send to her, so hopefully she won't mind. Anyway, it just needs ears, blocked and buttons.

Max WIP Grrrrr

Sweater #4 is the Einstein Coat, as I was going to see Wye Oak and Shearwater and wanted something mindless to keep my hands busy while my ears were occupied, and what is more mindless than 400 rows of garter stitch? It, too, needs blocked, seamed and buttons, but it also will get a collar. I want to block it before I seam, since we all know that EcoWool can grow and grow, and I don't want bunchy seams. Plus I hate seaming, and procrastination is good.

einstein coat with one sleeve

Sweater #5, finally, is the Vine Yoke Cardigan. I have been drooling over this pattern ever since it was published, and I've had the yarn, but had too much other stuff going on to start it. Finally! I have the right front done and about a third of the right sleeve.

vine yoke right front

Oh yeah, and along the way I knit an angora-merino-silk neckwarmer for my mom. She gets to sew her own buttons on, because that way they might be attached sometime this century.


Also, I didn't really want to take a sweater's worth of yarn to NYC, so I brought socks. Strawberry mojito socks, even! Berrylicious! Nicola is a wonderful designer and a lovely person, and lets me test-knit even though I'm pathetically slow and stuff. Anyway, they are gorgeous and my picture does not do them justice. Not at all.

strawberry mojito socks

Oh! I forgot about Gretchen's bag! Yes. I made her one. I don't think I've uploaded good pictures yet, so none to share, but hopefully soon... I need to find my camera, as the pictures are still in it.

Anyway, I need to get moving to work. Eek! Too much to do! Have fun!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Things I do instead of sleeping

1. Ponder that since Jimmy Buffett and the Jonas Brothers make me want to die, if all music created by people with the initials JB is RONG. (Answer: No. James Brown and Jonatha Brooke are acceptable. There are probably more, but hey, it's 5:30 am.)

2. Get woken up by a gentle meow from our lovely kitty, go to the guest room so she doesn't wake Mike as well, and snuggle with a lobster.

3. Listen to Zuzu become Angry Kitty since she is on the wrong side of the door, and clearly she is starving to death, and shouldn't I do something about that NAO???

4. Open the door and watch as Angry Kitty becomes Purrmonster and tries to wake me up by sitting on me and purring. Oh, there is also some headbutting of the headboard, too.

5. Lecture Zuzu that she gets kibble at 5 am, and she can't possibly starve to death in 20 minutes.

6. Get up and feed her anyway.

7. Make stupid blog posts, and try to take a nap.

Friday, January 8, 2010

2009 Reading List

Books! Time to start the 2010 list, as I've already got one book to put on the list and am halfway through another. For archival purposes, here you go!

Books Read in 2009

130. A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage
129. Nathan's Run, John Gilstrap
128. Heat Wave, Richard Castle
127. Finger Lickin' Fifteen, Janet Evanovich
126. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
125. Struts & Frets, Jon Skovron
124. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight, Linda Bacon, Ph.D.
123. Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small, Rita Mae Brown
122. An Echo in the Bone, Diana Gabaldon
121. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!, Michael P. Spradlin
120. House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
119. Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman
118. In Your Dreams, Tom Holt
117. The Portable Door, Tom Holt
116. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
115. The Good Fairies of New York, Martin Millar
114. Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett
113. Truck: A Love Story, Michael Perry
112. Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby
111. On Stranger Tides, Tim Powers
110. Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Michael Perry
109. Prairie Tale, Melissa Gilbert
108. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Tiffany Baker
107. The Bolter, Frances Osborne
106. Good Omens,Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
105. Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting, Michael Perry
104. The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me, Suzanne Kingsbury
103. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, Bill Bryson
102. Or Your Money Back, Nicole Lorenz
101. My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult
100. Off Main Street: Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth's Gator, Michael Perry
99. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Lauren Willig
98. Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie
97. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
96. Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer - and the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets, Jo Marchant
95. Southern Discomfort, Rita Mae Brown
94. In the Woods, Tana French
93. Six of One, Rita Mae Brown
92. Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown
91. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis (Does this count as 7 books?)
90. A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes
89. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg
88. Turn Coat, Jim Butcher
87. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Simon Winchester
86. Lover Avenged, J.R. Ward
85. Small Favor, Jim Butcher
84. White Night, Jim Butcher
83. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, Matt Ridley
82. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
81. Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher
80. Dead Beat, Jim Butcher
79. Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
78. Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, Tony Hawks
77. Lover Enshrined, J.R. Ward
76. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
75. Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut
74. McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Michael Chabon, ed.
73. Lover Unbound, J.R. Ward
72. They Tore Out My Heart & Stomped That Sucker Flat, Lewis Grizzard
71. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
70. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
69. Lover Revealed, J.R. Ward
68. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
67. Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward
66. Lover Eternal, J.R. Ward
65. Dark Lover, J.R. Ward
64. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, Elizabeth Royte
63. Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, Neil deGrasse Tyson
62. The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
61. Blood Rites, Jim Butcher
60. Plum Spooky, Janet Evanovich
59. Death Masks, Jim Butcher
58. The Pistol Poets, Victor Gischler
57. The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman
56. The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, Neil deGrasse Tyson
55. Life Before Man, Margaret Atwood
54. Merlin's Tour of the Universe, Neil deGrasse Tyson
53. The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
52. Summer Knight, Jim Butcher
51. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
50. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
49. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
48. The Customer is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles, Jeff Martin, ed.
47. Gun Monkeys, Victor Gischler
46. Shotgun Opera, Victor Gischler
45. Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
44. Make Love! the Bruce Campbell Way, Bruce Campbell
43. Fool Moon, Jim Butcher
42. Storm Front, Jim Butcher
41. Anybody Can Do Anything, Betty MacDonald
40. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse, Victor Gischler
39. The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald
38. The Rose of Sebastopol, Katharine McMahon
37. The Book of Unholy Mischief, Elle Newmark
36. Fool, Christopher Moore
35. Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories, Lauren Groff
34. Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels, Toni McGee Causey
33. Bobbie Faye's Very (Very, Very, Very) Bad Day, Toni McGee Causey
32. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, Bruce Campbell
31. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific, J. Maarten Troost
30. Book of Dreams: A Memoir of Wilhelm Reich, Peter Reich
29. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
28. The Children of Cthulhu, John Pelan and Benjamin Adams, eds.
27. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
26. Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
25. Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, Michael Davis
24. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks
23. Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD, Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
22. Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
21. March, Geraldine Brooks
20. I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley
19. People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
18. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, Temple Grandin
17. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
16. The January Dancer, Michael Flynn
15. Quicksilver (Volume One of the Baroque Cycle), Neal Stephenson
14. Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link
13. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Mark Bittner
12. Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions, Charles Gallenkamp
11. Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich
10. Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence - and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process, Irene Pepperburg
9. Metro Girl, Janet Evanovich
8. Fearless Fourteen, Janet Evanovich
7. Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich
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