Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2016 Reading Challenges

 This year was a mixed bag for reading challenge success.I could give up, but I know that the challenges do improve my overall reading quality and variety. So this year I am keeping that goal in mind and I am doing far fewer challenges, and fewer that don't really challenge me.

You Read How Many?
12 Month Classics Challenge
Foodies Read
European Reading Challenge
Mount TBR
Random Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

This is one of those rather random challenges, but it looks like purposeful randomness.

1. Heat by Bill Buford (1/3/2016) PREVIOUSLY ABANDONED (9)
2. Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016)  OWNED BUT UNREAD (10)
3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (1/12/2015) PUBLISHED BEFORE I WAS BORN (7)
4. Pretties by Scott Westerfield (1/13/2015) FINISHED IN A DAY (2)
5. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016) SHOULD HAVE READ IN SCHOOL (5)
6. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016) BEEN MEANING TO READ (3)
7. The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock (4/27/2016) WRITTEN THIS YEAR (1)
8. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (4/22/32016) BANNED (8)
9. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (6/5/2016) SUGGESTED BY MY SON-IN-Law  (6)
10. Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh ( 6/17/2016) Recommended by librarian(4)

Classics Challenge

This challenge dovetails nicely with the other classics challenge that I am doing, and I am mainly doing it because I really like the suggested questions for blogging about the books. When I list each book I will link to the post about it.

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
WHY I Chose to Read It
WHAT Makes It A Classic
WHAT I Thought of This Classic
WILL It Stay A Classic
WHO I’d Recommend It To

1. Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016)
2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016)
3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (3/22/2016)
4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (4/22/2016)
5. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee  Masters (5/21/2016)
6 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (6/22/2016)

Mount TBR 2016

Of course I need a TBR Pile Challenge. I feel like I'm wimping out by going with the lowest level, which is 12 books, but I have done so horribly this year, that 12 will feel like a win. I do intend to list some that I plan to read this year.

***I bumped up my level to the third level, since this is going well this year. Maybe this is the year the TBR pile finally shrinks a little! 36 books

1. Heat by Bill Buford (1/3/2016)
2.  Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016)
3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (1/12/2016)
4. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1//18/2016)
5. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2/4/2016)
6. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016)
7. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016)
8. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad (2/15/2016)
9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2/19/2016)
10. Shift by Hugh Howey (2/24/2016)
11. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (3/7/2016)
12. An Examined Life by Theodore Dalrymple ( 3/14/2016)
13. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (3/22/2016)
14. All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor (3/29/2016)
15. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (4/22/2016)
16. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters (5/21/2016)
17. Everything's Eventual by Stephen King (6/2/2016)
18. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (6/22/2016)
19. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand (6/24/2016)
20. Little Greta of Denmark 
21. All Quiet on the Western Front  
22. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (11/16/2016) 
23.  Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (11/16/2016)

2016 European Reading Challenge

This challenge is one that I have passed up in recent years, but because I am paring down my challenges, and attempting to add variety, I'm going to do it this year. I'm going for the Five Star level, which means books set in, or written by authors from, five different European countries.

1. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (1/2/2016) England
2. Heat by Bill Buford (1/3/2016) Italy
3.  Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016) Germany
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson (1/26/2016) Sweden
5. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016) France
6.  Little Greta of Denmark by Bernadine Bailey (7/14/2016)

2016 Foodies Read

This is a challenge that I always enjoy, and it keeps me reading foodie books.  This year I will be reading at the Pastry Chef level, which is 4-8 books.
1. Heat by Bill Buford (1/3/2016)
2.  The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White (3/29/2016)

2016 Dystopia Challenge

I am excited to do this challenge again this year, because I utterly failed last year.

This year I plan to read 6-10 dystopian books.

1. Uglies by Scott Westerfield (1/11/2016)
2. Pretties by Scott Westerfield (1/13/2015)
3. Specials by Scott Westerfield (1/15/2013)
4.  The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2/4/2016)
5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2/19/2016)
6. Shift by Hugh Howey (2/24/2016)

12 Month Classics Challenge

This challenge will give me more inspiration to keep reading classics, especially since I have gotten through quite a few in the last few years.

I'm going to post some possibilities by each month, in italics.

January- A classic you've always wanted to read-Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
February- A classic you've always dreaded reading-The Lord of the Flies
March- A classic you've been recommended-A Tale of Two Cities
April- A classic you've seen the movie/miniseries/TV show of Gone With the Wind
May- An American classic Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee  Masters
June- A British classic Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
July- A European classic (non-British) Les Miserables
August- A modern classic- Up to your interpretation
September- A children's classic
October- A classic by a female author
November- A classic by a male author
December- A classic written under a pseudonym A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge

This challenge is the one that there was no question about. I will read at least 100 books, and I will list them here.

Even though I am not doing many genre challenges, or library (L) book or ebook (E) challenges, I am going to include that information on my list.

1. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (1/2/2016) (L) (Historical Fiction) (European)
2. Heat by Bill Buford (1/3/2016) (TBR) (Foodie) (European) (General Challenge)
3. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber  (1/4/2016) (L) (SciFi) (Book Group)
4. Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016) (TBR) (Gaps) (European) (Classics) (General Challenge)
5. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb (L) (Crime)
6. Uglies by Scott Westerfield ( 1/11/2016)(L) (Dystopia)
7. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (1/12/2016) (E) (Gaps) (12 Classics) (General) (TBR)
8. Pretties by Scott Westerfield (1/13/2016) (L) (Dystopia) (General)
9. Specials by Scott Westerfield (1/15/2013) (L) (Dystopia) 
10. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1/18/2015) (E) (Gaps) (TBR)
11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson (1/26/2016) (E) (Crime) (European)
12. Lukewarming by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. Knappenberger (1/28/2016) (E) (Science)
13. 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life by Ruth Soukup (1/29/2016) (Non-fiction)
14. Beyond Armageddon ed. by Martin H. Greenberg and Walter M. Miller (1/31/2016)  Shorts
15. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2/4/2016) (E) (Dystopia) (TBR)
16. The Dante Connection by Estelle Ryan (2/7/2016) (E)
17. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016) (Classics) (12 Classics) (TBR) (Gaps) (General)
18. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (2/11/2016) (L)
19.  The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016) (Euro) (TBR) (Gaps) (General)
20. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad (2/15/2016) (E) (TBR) (Gaps) (Century)
21. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2/19/2016) (E) (TBR) (Dystopia)
22. Shift by Hugh Howey (2/24/2016) (E) (TBR) (Dystopia)
23. Kindred in Death by J.D.Robb (2/26/2016) (L) (Crime)
24. Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah (2/28/2016) (L) (Chicklit) (HF)
25. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (3/7/2016) (Non) (TBR) (Gaps)
26. An Examined Life by Theodore Dalrymple (3/14/2016) (TBR)
27. The End is Now by John Joseph Adams (3/20/2016) (TBR)
28. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (3/22/2016) (TBR) (Classics) (12 Classics) (Gaps)
29.  All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor (3/29/2016) (Children's) (TBR) (Gaps)
30. The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White (3/29/2016) (Foodies)
31. Cross Injustice by James Patterson (3/31/2016) (L)
32. The Lake House by Kate Morton (4/7/2016) (L) (HF) (MYS)
33. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (4/22/2016) (E) (Classics) (12 Classics) (Gaps) (Century) (General)
34. Coming Apart by Charles Murray (4/22/2016) (L) (Non)
35. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (4/22/2016) (TBR) (Classic)
36. Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb (4/25/2016) (L) (Crime)
37. The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock (4/27/2016) (L) (Epistolary) (General)
38. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (4/27/2016) (L) (MYS)
39.The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (4/30/2016) (L) (HF)
40. The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner (5/3/2016) (E) Abandoned
41. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman (5/5/2016) (L) (Non) (Gaps)
42. Brave New Family by G.K. Chesterton (5/10/2016) (L) (Non)
43. Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup (5/13/2016) (Non)
44. It Happened in Indiana (5/18/2016) (L) (Non)
45. The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major (5/18/2016) (Non)
46. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters  (5/21/2016) (Gaps) (TBR) (Classics) (12 Classics) (Century)
47. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (5/23/2016) (Gaps) (Century) (1001)
48. The Atlantic Slave Trade by David Northrup (5/27/2016)  (Non)
49. Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi (5/28/2016) (L) (Non) (Gaps)
50. Everything's Eventual by Stephen King (6/2/2016) (TBR)
51. Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick (6/4/2016) (Childrens)
52. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (6/5/2016) (Gaps) (1001) (Century) (2016)
53. Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh ( 6/17/2016) (L) (SF)(General)
54. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (6/22/2016) (Gaps) (TBR) (Classics) (12 Classics) (1001)
55. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand (6/24/2016) (E) (TBR)
56. Invader by C.J. Cherryh (7/6/2016) (L) (SF) (Century)
57. Fashionista by Simone Werle (7/6/2016) (L)
58. Extreme Prey by John Sandford (7/7/2016) (L)
59. Crowns by Michael Cummingham (7/8/2016) (L)
60. Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline (7/13/2016) (L)
61. Little Greta of Denmark by Bernadine Bailey (7/14/2016) (TBR) (European)
62. All Quiet on the Western Front (7/20/2016) (TBR) (Gaps) (Classics) (12 Classics)
63. The One that Got Away by Leigh Himes (7/25/2016) (L) (Chick-lit)
64. Brush Back by Sarah Paretsky (7/31/2016) (L) (M)
65. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (8/7/2016) (L) (HF)
66. Betsy-Tacy by Maude Hart Lovelace (8/8/2016) (E) (Classics) (12 Classics) (Gaps) (Century)
67. The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton (8/13/2016) (L) (M)
68. Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief by Katy Bowman (8/13/2016) (N)
69. Running the Rift by Natalie Berenson (8/18/2016) (L)
70. Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen (8/18/2016) (L)
71. Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb (8/20/2016) (L) (M)
72. Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates (8/21/2016) (L) (Gaps)
73. 15th Affair by James Patterson (8/21/2016) (L) (M)
74. By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster (8/23/2016) (L) (Chicklit)
75. X by Sue Grafton (8/25/2016) (L) (Mystery)
76. Brighton by Michael Harvey (8/27/2016) (L)
77. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (8/29/2016) (E)
78. Death of a Cad by M.C. Beaton ( 8/31/2016) (L) (M)
79. The Roll Model by Jill Miller (9/4/2016) (Non)
80. Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman (9/4/2016) (Non)
81. Bullseye by James Patterson (9/4/2016) (Thriller)
82. Death of an Outsider by M. C. Beaton (9/7/2016) (L) (M)
83. Pendulum by Roy Williams (9/9/2016) (L) (Audio) (Non)
84. Once Upon a Time in Camelot by James Patrick Hunt ( 9/9/2016) (L)
85. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (9/18/2016)
86. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (9/19/2016) (L)
87. Night by Elie Wiesel (9/24/2016) (Gaps) (Century) (Classics)
88. The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley (9/30/2016) (L) (HF) (M)
89. Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston (10/4/2016) (M) (L)
90. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (10/6/2016) (L)
91. New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb (10/11/2016) (L) (M)
92. The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler (10/27/2016) (E) (Fan)
93. The Thief's Daughter by Jeff Wheeler (11/6/2016) (E) (Fan)
94. The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup by Rosemary Sutcliff (11/9/2016) (Children)
95.Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (11/16/2016) (Gaps) (TBR) (HF)
96. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (11/16/2016) (Re)
97. Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (11/16/2016) (Gaps) (TBR)
98. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi (111/16/2016) (E) (Non)
99. Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn (11/18/2016) (TBR)
100. Go South to Freedom by Frye Gaillard (11/22/2016) (L)
101. Deliver Her by Patricia Donovan
102. One Year After by William Fortschen (12/3/2016)
103. Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb (11/30/2016)
104. Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown (12/15/2016) (Foodie)
105. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (TBR) (Gaps) (Century)
106. The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler
107. The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot (12/4/2016)
108. Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster (12/8/2016) TBR
109. Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood (12/15/2016) (L)
110. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (SF)
111. The Economics of Freedom by Frederic Bastiat (12/30/2016) (TBR) (Gaps)
112.Seventeen by Booth Tarkington (12/30/2016) (TBR)
113. The Art Forger by B.A. SHapiro 12/31/2016 (TBR)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Looking for book suggestions

Once again I am looking for suggestions for a reading challenge.

I am looking for the gems of classic literature or contemporary fiction. I am looking for those books, fiction or non-fiction, that are foundational to cultural literacy. I am looking for the non-fiction books that really taught you something or made you think. Or maybe a book was just so enjoyable that you think everyone should read it.

If you're worried about suggesting something I've read, don't. (But I have read all of Steinbeck and Austen, and most Shakespeare.) Other authors have spottier coverage.

Someone asked last night what my must-reads are, and that's a hard question. So instead I'll tell you some of my favorites: East of Eden, and everything else by John Steinbeck; Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion by Jane Austen; The Count of Monte Cristo; A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett; . . .And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Satmeyer;The Screwtape Letters;  Nicholas Nickleby; Vanity Fair; Katherine by Anya Seton; The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Their Eyes Were Watching God; Death Comes for the Archbishop; The Stand by Stephen King; The Remains of the Day; Doomsday Book by Connie Willis; Unbroken; The Captains and the Kings; The Jeeves books by P.G.Wodehouse; The Lord Peter Wimsey books by Dorothy Sayers; Kristin Lavransdatter; Charlotte's Web; The Little House books; Harry Potter; The Poisonwood Bible; American Gods  and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon, 1984; A Canticle for Leibowitz; All the Light We Cannot See.

So give me your suggestions! If I've read them they may still help someone else.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Still some gaps

Five years ago tomorrow, I embarked on a reading challenge. The challenge was to pick 100 books to read that I felt would fill in "gaps" in my reading.

I have managed to read 65 of them. Not good, especially since I had read 47 over two years ago. But this year has been a particularly weak reading year for me. After I accepted that, I started thinking about what I wanted to do about this challenge, and I have decided to expand it.

I am extending it for five more years, to December 17, 2020. I am going to add 100 more books,75 over the next few weeks and five in each of those years. This has been a very worthwhile challenge, to this point, for the most part, and I look forward to continuing to fill some gaps.

I am not giving myself a pass on anything that is already on the list, although there are a couple that I suspect will remain gaps.

The new list will be here. For simplicity I am going to group the books that I have read and those that are unread.

  1. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (11/18/2013)
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (2/13/2012)
  3. Dune by Frank Herbert (3/19/2011)
  4. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (9/21/2014)
  5. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  6. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  7. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (1/26/2014)
  8. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (3/16/2012)
  9. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (3/17/2013)
  10. Beach Music by Pat Conroy (3/22/2012)
  11. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  12. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (4/2015)
  13. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (12/5/2011)
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2/21/2012)
  15. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (3/2014)
  16. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling (1/27/2012)
  17. The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov (2/5/2013)
  18. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4/29/2011)
  19. Death Comes for the Archbishop  by Willa Cather (10/30/2014)
  20. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (11/4/2012)
  21. Summerland by Michael Chabon (6/25/2012)
  22. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (5/16/2014)
  23. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (10/10/2014)
  24. The House on the Strand by Daphne DuMaurier (5/19/2011)
  25. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (6/28/2012)
  26. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (3/24/2014)
  27. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Miller (2/9/2011)
  28. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 12/10/2013)
  29. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1/18/2014)
  30. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4/12/2011)
  31. A Life Worth Living by John Holt (1/15/2014)
  32. Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536 by Reston (10/9/2014)
  33. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (12/13/2012)
  34. Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple (3/20/2011)
  35. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (1/7/2011)
  36. Desolation Road by Ian McDonald (7/10/2012)
  37. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (9/25/2012)
  38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (4/3/2012)
  39. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (5/29/2013)
  40. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (4/7/2013)
  41. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (4/24/2012)
  42. Redwall by Brian Jacques (11/22/2014)
  43. The Complete Poetry of  John Donne (12/16/2015)
  44. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot (4/23/2012)
  45.  My Antonia by Willa Cather (1/15/2013)
  46. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (9/28/2011)
  47. East Lynne by Ellen Wood (6/18/2011)
  48. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1/6/2012)
  49. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
  50. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (12/26/2010)
  51. Robinson Crusoe (9/9/2013)
  52. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (7/18/2011)
  53. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (4/30/2015)
  54. Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (3/25/2013)
  55.  Middlemarch by George Eliot (12/13/13)
  56. Introducing Father Brown by GK Chesterton (10/6/2011)
  57. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (5/2/11)
  58. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  59. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (5/6/2013)
  60. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (7/2/2012)
  61. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1/20/2013)
  62. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (10/4/2014)
  63. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (3/6/2011)
  64. The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes (12/30/2012)
  65. The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1/28/2013)
  66. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (6/5/2015)
  67. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (3/22/2016)
  68. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (12/29/2015)
  69. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  70.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  71. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (11/2017)
  72. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  73. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman (2/2018)
  74. The Histories by Herodotus
  75. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  76. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  77. North and South by Gaskell
  78. Law and Gospel by CFW Walther
  79. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  80. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  81. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  82. Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016)
  83.  Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  84. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (5/23/2016)
  85. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  86.  Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016)
  87. Aeneid by Virgil
  88. Churchill by Paul Johnson
  89.  The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (1/12/2015)
  90. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  91. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
  92.  The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  93. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (Substituted Musicophilia) 2/2017
  94. Dead Souls by Gogol
  95. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
  96.  Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (6/2018)
  97.  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  98. Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  99. The Once and Future King by T.H. White 
  100. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  101. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  102. Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (11/16/2016)
  103.  The Coming by Daniel Black
  104. All Quiet on the Western Front (7/2016)
  105. The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  106. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (6/2018
  107. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (4/22/2016)
  108. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  109. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (4/2018)
  110. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  111. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad (2/15/2016)
  112. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1/18/2016)
  113. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 
  114. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (11/16/2016)
  115. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  116. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  117. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters(5/21/2016)
  118. David Copperfield by Dickens
  119.  Night by Elie Wiesel by (9/24/2016)
  120. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  121. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (10/10/2017)
  122. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  123. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  124. Steve Jobs by Walter Isacson
  125. Exodus by Leon Uris 
  126. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  127. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  128.  To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman
  129. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  130. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  131. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  132. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  133. I, Claudius by Robert Grave
  134. Centennial by James Michener (Abandoned)
  135. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  136. On Writing by Stephen King (3/2018)
  137. All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor (3/29/2016)
  138. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  139. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie
  140. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  141. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  142. Eleanor of Aquitaine By Alison Weir 
  143. Salt by Mark Kurlansky (3/7/2016)
  144. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman 
  145. The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
  146. The Kalevala
  147. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  148. Ragtime by E.L Doctorow
  149. A Dance to the Music of Time: Movement One by Anthony Powell
  150. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  151. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 
  152. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (6/22/2016)
  153. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  154.  Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  155. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  156. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  157. Double Indemnity by James Cain (9/29/2017)
  158.  Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  159. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  160. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  161. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (2/2018)
  162. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (10/2017)
  163. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  164. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  165.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (12/2017)
  166. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  167. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner 
  168. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  169. The Epic of Gilgamesh 
  170. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  171. Les Fleurs de Mal by Baudelaire
  172. The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric
  173. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn 
  174. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016)
  175. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  176.  Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi (5.28/2016)
  177. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz 
  178.  A book by Beverly Nichols 
  179. Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
  180. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  181.  Lost Horizon (10/2017)
  182.  Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
  183. Ex Libris by Ann Fadiman (5/5/2016)
  184. Betsy-Tacy by Maude Hart Lovelace(8/8/2016)
  185. Something by Joyce Carol Oates Beasts (8/21/2016)
  186.  Areopagitica by John Milton 
  187. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 
  188. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  189. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  190.  The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
  191. The World According to Garp by John Irving 
  192. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett 
  193. The Economics of Freedom by Frederic Bastiat
  194. The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  195. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  196. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  197. Portrait of Jenny by Robert Nathan
  198. The Twenty-One Balloons by Pene duBois
  199. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  200. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  201. A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  202. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men James Agee & Walker Evans

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Foodies Read Challenge 2015

My final challenge for 2015 is Foodies Read.

Foodies Read 2015

I'm taking part at the Pastry Chef level, which is 4-8 books.

1. Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson (1/18/2015)
2. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin (1/27/2015)
3. My Last Supper by Melanie Dunea (4/25/2015)
4. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (6/16/2015)
5. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (10/2/2015)
6. Kitchen Matrix by Mark Bittman (12/31/2015)

Historical Fiction 2015

One of the challenges that wasn't set up yet when I was looking before Christmas was the Historical Fiction Challenge, so I was glad to find it today.

I am going to take part at the Renaissance Reader Level, which is 10 books.

1. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fanny Flagg (1/22/2015)
2. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters (2/3/2015)
3. Some Luck by Jane Smiley (2/17/2015)
4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2/28/2015)
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (3/21/2015)
6.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (3/31/2015)
7.  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (4/8/2015)
8.  A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner  (4/19/2015)
9. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (4/24/2015)
10. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (4/28/2015)
11. Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye (6/12/2015)
12. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (6/26/2015)
13.  Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez  (7/2/2015)

14. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (7/10/2015)
15. The Queen's Head by Edward Marston (7/14/2015)
16. Citizen's Creek by Lalita Tademy (7/29/2015)
17. Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander (8/8/2015)

Dystopia 2015

I was so glad to find that this challenge was being repeated.

I'll be taking part at the Rebel Level, which is 7-12 books.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (1/20/2015)
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (3/1/2015)
3. Anthem by Ayn Rand (9/2015)
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (9/6/2015)
5. Winter by Marissa Meyer (12/31/2015)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 end report was: Still to read this year

Because of surgery on both hands, I'm taking the lazy way out on the post. I finished all but two challenges. The Arthurian challenge and my very own Friends Challenge. I read 119 books this year, and when my hands are a little better I will do a round up of the best/worst/most memorable, etc.

To finish my various challenges, I still have some reading to do. (With updates as of 10/10)

I need to read a graphic novel.
-- a book in which the protagonist changes forms. (HELP!) (At least now I have some ideas!)
-- two one more historical fiction works.
-- at least nine (NINE EIGHT SEVEN SIX FiveFOUR Three Two
ks from my TBR pile. I may be reevaluating some of those.
-- four three two one more books from my Friends challenge.
-- a couple one more vintage mysteries.
-- three two one cozy mystery.
--two one work of Arthurian literature.
-- one more foodie book.

My reading has been lazy this summer. I've read quite a few books, but not much that I've had to think about at all. Time to get back to some challenging reading.