After I posted about our top ten lists, Kelly wrote an email so long it had three lists within it–her original list, possible additions to the list, and the list of books she still needs to read from my list. I did not lie when I said we were a family of listmakers. She also wanted me to post her list here, partly so she and I have an identifiable original list on record.
To give you an idea of how much we like having lists of record, an anecdote: since 2001 Kelly has kept a list of the appetizers we’ve served on Christmas Eve for an annual family food competition called Pupu Night that actually dates back to the seventies. Kelly took over hosting in 2001 so that’s why we now have an organized list, and I am more jealous than I should be that she is the one in possession of the official Christmas Notebook with all the lists. Kelly lives in California but spends a great deal of time in Dayton, so there is always the fear The Notebook will be in the wrong place when she needs it, and even Kelly isn’t willing to fly with it all the time, say, even in July, in case she wants to look up whether we’ll be making Grandma Flanagan’s triangles this year or whether it’s Grandma Gracie’s sausage squares (I won’t get into the list voting that happened in 2009 to put grandfathered-in pupus on a bi-annual rotation, but trust me, it’s fascinating). I on the other hand am almost always home, usually in my yoga pants eating some kind of cheese and trying to write. I was finally able to convince her she should let me keep The Notebook at my house, but only after I got a safe. So if you break into my house hoping to find something in that safe all you’ll get is the instruction manual for the safe and the Christmas Notebook full of lists. Have at it.
But for now, her list as it stands today, in no particular order:
The Stand, Stephen King
The Usual Mistakes, Erin Flanagan
The Kindness of Strangers, Katrina Kittle
The Girl Who Played With Fire, Steig Larsson
Bag of Bones/Under the Dome, Stephen King
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
No Second Chance, Harlan Coben
One for the Money, Janet Evanovich
Case Histories, Kate Atkinson
The Mystery of the Clock Tower, Nancy Drew
My guess is there will be much debate about what books we’ll swap out in the next update. Ah, another reason to look forward to the holidays!