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Purple snapdragons

Taken today on my balcony.


A mallard duck I saw swimming at Lake Chabot yesterday.

Tortuga - photo by Harriet

Sleeping Tortuga

Tortuga is almost a year old.

NPR's 100 best YA books ever

NPR released their readers’ 100 best YA list.

Bold are ones I’ve read
Italic are ones I’m planning to read
Bold and Italic are series where I’ve read some but not all of the series

  1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

  2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins

  3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

  5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

  6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

  7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

  8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

  9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

  10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

  11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry

  12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams

  13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

  14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

  16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

  17. The Princess Bride, by William Golding

  18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

  19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth

  20. Paper Towns, by John Green

  21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare

  22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

  23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

  24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

  25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

  26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

  27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer

  28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld

  29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare

  30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

  31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

  32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares

  33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

  34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan

  35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

  36. Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

  37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

  38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

  39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead

  40. Abhorsen Trilogy / Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix

  41. Dune, by Frank Herbert

  42. Discworld / Tiffany Aching (series, by Terry Pratchett

  43. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult


  44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper

  45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore

  46. Forever..., by Judy Blume

  47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin

  48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini

  49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot

  50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce

  51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

  52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver

  53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

  54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Stephanie Perkins

  55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson

  56. It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

  57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray

  58. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

  59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

  60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

  61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

  62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

  63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L'Engle

  64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

  65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud

  66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead

  67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate

  68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

  69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

  70. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

  71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

  72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

  73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

  74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner

  75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

  76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

  77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins

  78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie

  79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter

  80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

  81. Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce

  82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

  83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce

  84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede

  85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness

  86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce

  87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

  88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson

  89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block

  90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

  91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison

  92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld

  93. The House of the Scorpion, by Scott Westerfeld

  94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones

  95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

  96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant

  97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater

  98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

  99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

  100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace


Red, White and Blue Firework

Taken last night at Las Positas College. Although we were in Livermore, which is usually in the 100s in the summer, it was cold and extremely windy. We were all numb by the time the show was over, but we had fun.

Waiting for the sun to set

Taken at Las Positas College in Livermore, July 4, 2012

Kumquat tree

June 16, 2012

Appendage Brodiaea

Taken just before the eclipse.

Subterranean Clover

Taken last Friday.



Caligula the cat

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