Thursday, June 25, 2009

Snood (and Core Book Collections)

I bought a 'snood' today. I picked it up, saw the "how to wear" tag attached to it and headed straight to the counter. Thank you Valley Girl, for fulfilling my MK Olsen snood desires. In case you are wondering, a snood is a scarf-hood hybrid and the one I got is geniusly warm and beyond fashionable. Love. Will have to photograph.

p.s. How f*cking awesome is the word snood? I proceeded to irritate the bejesus out of my sister on our train ride home by inserting 'snood' into every sentence I spoke. For example, "This train driver is a snoodlum...what's with the jerking?" or "what should we have for dinner, salmonsnood...?". I swear she may have threatened to clobber me me with her huge and funky umbrella. Such is life :)

Apart from my fabulous snood and the fact that snood is good, I thought I would do me a favour and follow up on this post with what I believe to be the core book collection. Of course, this is only what I can remember now off the top of my head and the complete idealistic collection is a lot longer and would realistically take up one of the two walls of my floor-to-ceiling library.
Of course.

So without further ado (and more snoodalicious talk), lets get into it....

Dracula - Bram Stoker
Breath - Tim Winton**
Under a Tin-Grey Sari - Wayne Ashton
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide - Robert Louis Stevenson
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Falling Man - Don Delillo
Down Under - Bill Bryson (and anything else Bryson if we're being honest)
I'm Not Scared - Niccolo Ammanati
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
Sixty Lights - Gail Jones
Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
Midnights Children - Salman Rushdie (love, love, LOVE this book!)
The Story of the Cannibal Woman - Maryse Conde
Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
Caucasia - Danzy Senna
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey
Underworld - Don Delillo (need to buy)
Winged Creatures - Roy Freirich
The Language of Threads - Gail Tsukiyama
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Selected Stories - Anton Chekhov
The Alchymist's Cat, The Oaken Throne, Thomas - Robin Jarvis
The Harry Potter series - J.K.Rowling
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon - Thomas Harris
Paradise - Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Drowned and the Saved - Primo Levi
The Hungry Tide - Amitav Ghosh
The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Shade - Neil Jordan
Cosmopolis - Don Delillo
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Papillon - Henri Charriere
Waiting - Ha Jin
Desertion - Abdulrazak Gurnah

Apologies for such a long list. I thought it would be an interesting observation to come back to this list (which is just the tip of the iceberg) in a few months or a year and add to it or see whether the above still hold favour.

I'd love to hear your suggestions too...anything to add to my collection and to awaken my ignorance....

For those that have read to the's gratification in the form of some pretty pictures (taken by moi)






**Please read, Tim Winton is a literary genius!


Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-well done on the snood capture, I'll love to see it in action! I adore your pictures, especially the first one-totally stunning indeed! Miss Selfridge is online at

They do some gorgeous pieces, my jeans were thrifted though for only £4.99. Have a wonderful weekend my dear!!

Couture Carrie said...

Love your list, darling! And these pics are exquisite ~ love the duck and the boats in particular ~ you are a talented photog, A!

And thank you EVER so much for your sweet offer; I think I need to go on a jeans moratorium for the moment...


yiqin; said...

The photos are STUNNING. Def saving them.

shopgirl28 said...

Nice pictures. I like your reading list. I'm reading Pride and Prejudice right now. Afterward I hope to read some Charles Dickens, maybe Great Expectations. Snood is the best word ever.

erin said...

oh my, didn't know that they were called snoods! but i want one!

you have such a great reading list, so diverse. i'm reading some palahniuk right now, good stuff.

lovely photographs you have here! ducks, yes!


The Seeker said...

That's an amazing list and your pictures... OMG fantastic!!!!
Looking to see the photo of the snood. :)


Eden said...

can't wait to see your snood pretty! yeah, those things are cool. a friend's grandma made one for him-- way cool. btw A, you really have the eye for photography!! wouldn't you want to pursue it?

much love

Nicci said...

Just read the satanic verses and did not move,breathe,eat, sleep til it was finished! Amazing pictures, you really do have an eye for photography xx

Jolie Roux said...

Gorgeous photos and I think I need to copy you list..feeling a little inspiration here..

Iva said...

love your list!! and what beautiful pictures those all are! Great job!


Solo said...

You always amaze me on your photos here.=D

Travel and Living

battered couture said...

heyyyyyy thanx for the tip[tim winton].
I would add "Middlesex" by Geofrey Eugenides, "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" by Charles Bukowski, "Electric Michaelangelo" by Sarah Hall, "Zorba the Greek" by Nikos Kazantzakis, "Vernon God Little" by D.B.C. Pierre, everything by Palanhuick and of course all of Shakespear.

Anonymous said...

"Snood" Haha, it's such a funny word! I still haven't read the Harry Potter books but I'm going to over the summer :)

miriam said...

those scenery shots are beautiful!

Eda said...

Great reading list! Have you read something by Oscar Wilde?He's one of my favorites writers...maybe you'll give him a chance and add it to your list:) The Portrait of Dorian Grey is a beautiful book.

Damsels said...

did i see any bett easton ellis ?
if not try him less than zero or others .
or try tom Perotta's little children
satire on suburbian life they made a movie it was great with kate winslet

bryna said...

definitely show us the snood!

love your header, btw.

Maverick Malone said...

Cooool, you should post a picture of you wearing it!!

nookie said...

try The History of Love by Nicole Krauss!

Clarity said...

Post a picture! I adore those, so cute. Ironic, I saw my friend today who wears a hijab and says she gets a rare "odd" look when she's buying her rocking music collection - then again MK could do the same in her snood (I said it!) and no one would wonder how odd that is. Wow this is getting long.

Yey! a literate :) I must say I have a Don Delillo which is number 23 in the pile to get through.

You chose Papillon! Austen, oldy but goody along with Dickens. I must confess in my teens I visited the Anne Rice Fangfarm - which is what I call reading those...
Salman R. loathe him, I find him intelligent but heartless - rarely dislike a writer. William Golding- chillingly good.

My additions for my list would be anything by Orwell, Catch 22, the Plums of P G Wodehouse, 3 Men in a Boat and The Riddle of the Sands - the original smart adventure. Perhaps a good biography or two.

syd vicious said...

That's quite the reading list! I've only read a few of those. I love your photography!

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Malena said...

first of all, i like your taste in books. secondly, snood is just about the best word ive heard in a while. like slanket but a lot better because slankets are weird

Anika said...

Thank you all so very much for the lovely comments about the photographs as well as all the book suggestions :)

KATLIN said...

Dzzzang this looks like a mighty fine list I need to attack. I remember when internet didn't exist and all I did was read when I was a kid! I've been determined to read more this summer, and right now I just started on Adventures of a Female Nomad by Rita Gelman. I really wanted an escapism/travel/inspiring book and so far it's working!

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olimpiA said...

I want to read Rushdie's and DeLillo's and ahundred more, haha. Have you read Jamaica Kincaid.. is one of my favorites :)