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message 1: by Catherine (last edited Mar 13, 2009 02:10AM) (new)

Catherine | 175 comments Hey, I started this in November and hope to read 75 books through this coming November.

1. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova (642)

2. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf (216)

3. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan (176)

4. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (252)

5. Piers Plowman - William Langland (644)

6. Netherland - Joseph O'Neill (272)

7. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris (260)

8. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism, and Theory - Bennett and Royle (360)

9. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray (432)

10. The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics - Norton Juster (80)

11. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction - Jonathan Culler (152)

12. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore (405)

13. The Cloud of Unknowing (176)

14. Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat (288)

15. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle (245)

16. You Don't Love Me Yet - Jonathan Lethem (240)

17. The Waves - Virginia Woolf (300)

18. Transmission - Hari Kunzru (288)

19. The Hours - Michael Cunningham (240)

20. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling (107)

21. Rebel Angels - Libba Bray (592)

22. Just Listen - Sarah Dessen (384)

23. Living Dead in Dallas (Book Two) - Charlaine Harris (288)

24. Club Dead (Book Three) - Charlaine Harris (288)

25. Dead to the World (Book Four) - Charlaine Harris (320)

26. Dead as a Doornail (Book Five) - Charlaine Harris (295)


27. Definitely Dead (Book Six) - Charlaine Harris (352)

28. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacobs (256)

29. Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol (158)

30. The Dew Breaker - Edwidge Danticat (256)

31. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (192)

Total pages so far: 9,156


message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 32. Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor (236)


message 3: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10141 comments Mod
Catherine, how is Flannery? I have one of her books..... How The Violent Bear It Away.... but havent read it yet.


message 4: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments I've heard much more pleasant things about her short stories than her novels, but I loved Wise Blood - stayed up till 5 this morning to read it in one night!

It is pretty anti-religion though, not sure if that bothers you (or anyone). Bleak, but I've been reading a lot of upbeat Sookie/YA.


message 5: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments What did you think about The historian?


message 6: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments Jeane, I actually loved it - it was a pretty quick read for me (well, quick considering). I also loved Dracula so anything similar with research I thought was an interesting idea. I thought it was a little slow at the beginning, but I was hooked. You?


message 7: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 33. The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon (142)


message 8: by Catherine (last edited May 09, 2009 11:01PM) (new)

Catherine | 175 comments So I've been thinking about doing an A-Z Author and Book challenge on my own. I doubt I'll get very far (trying to finish my MA this semester!), but I think it would be interesting.

A-Z Title Challenge

A: American Gods - Neil Gaiman
B: Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat
C: Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
D: The Dew Breaker - Edwidge Danticat
E:
F: Full House - Wendy Fairey
G: A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
H: The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
I: Incidents in the Life of a Slavegirl - Harriet Jacobs
J: Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
K:
L: The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon
M: Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
N: Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
O: On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
P:
Q:
R: Rebel Angels - Libba Bray
S: Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol - Okot P'Bitek
T: Transmission - Hari Kunzru
U:
V: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell
W: A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
X:
Y: You Don't Love me Yet - Jonathan Lethem
Z:


message 9: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments A-Z Author Challenge

A:
B: Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle)
C: Michael Cunningham - The Hours
D: Edwidge Danticat - The Dew Breaker
E:
F: E.M. Forster - A Passage to India
G: Neil Gaiman - American Gods
H: Charlaine Harris - Sookie 1-7
I:
J: Harriet Jacobs - Incidents in the Life...
K: Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian
L: Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
M: Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
N:
O: Joseph O'Neill - Netherland
P: Okot P'Bitek - Song of Lawino
Q:
R: J.K. Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard
S: Sam Selvon - The Lonely Londoners
T:
U:
V:
W: Virginia Woolf - Mrs. Dalloway (etc.)
X:
Y:
Z:


message 10: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments Also, I'm having a hard time coming up with an "X" author for the challenge if anyone has a suggestion!


message 11: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments I just saw that someone used Malcom X - great suggestion! I also just stumbled across Sky Burial by Xinran on a random shelf. Thanks so much! Silly end of the alphabet...


message 12: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 34. American Gods - Neil Gaiman (624)

35. Corregidora - Gayl Jones(185)


message 13: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 36. Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke (90).


message 14: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Catherine wrote: "Jeane, I actually loved it - it was a pretty quick read for me (well, quick considering). I also loved Dracula so anything similar with research I thought was an interesting idea. I thought it was..."

the beginning was also for me slow but I ended really loving it. I thought it was a very original way to write about Dracula.


message 15: by Kristen (new)

Kristen (kristenma) | 142 comments I've had Just Listen on my to be read list for a while. Did you enjoy it?


message 16: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments I really did. It was my first Dessen book and I don't read a lot of YA, but I thought it was nicely done. I think it's worth it, especially after a heavier read. If you read it, let me know how it goes!


message 17: by Catherine (last edited Mar 18, 2009 09:59AM) (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 37. The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker (176)


message 18: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 38. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (309)


message 19: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 39. Stardust - Neil Gaiman (248)


message 20: by El (new)

El Catherine wrote: "Also, I'm having a hard time coming up with an "X" author for the challenge if anyone has a suggestion!"

Catherine, for the letter X you could read Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian.


message 21: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 437 comments I was going to recommend Xinran Sky Burial for X but I see you found it. That is what I used last year. I'm going to have to do some hunting to find another one for this year.

I thought the book was worth reading and am glad I stumbled upon it last year.


message 22: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments Thank you both! I'm just doing this for fun, don't have time to participate in the Spring Challenge, but it's harder than I thought (for a few letters).

Lisa, it's great when you stumble across a book and wind up liking it.


message 23: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 40. Lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson (240)


message 24: by Kristen (new)

Kristen (kristenma) | 142 comments Catherine wrote: "I really did. It was my first Dessen book and I don't read a lot of YA, but I thought it was nicely done. I think it's worth it, especially after a heavier read. If you read it, let me know how it ..."

I finished Just Listen the other day and I really loved it. I am going to have to check out Dessen's other books!


message 25: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments Let me know how they are!


message 26: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 41. Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill (376)

42. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell (256)


message 27: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 175 comments 12,038 pages so far!


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