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message 1: by Charity (last edited Jan 05, 2010 04:45PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) GOALS for 2009:

* Read at least 75 books. Done!

* Read as many books from my personal library as possible: I'm paying myself $1 per book that I read from my home library as incentive (proceeds from this year will go toward buying books in 2010).

* Read A-Z Authors and A-Z Titles.

* Read 30-40 books from the 1001 Books List: 2006 & 2008 versions. (Books will be denoted by an asterisk on my list.)
-- 1001 Books Read: (to date)
1. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
3. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
4. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker
5. Dead Babies by Martin Amis
6. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
7. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
8. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
9. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
11. Emma by Jane Austen
12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
13. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
14. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
17. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
18. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
19. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
20. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
21. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
22. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
23. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte; Translated by Sonia Soto
24. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
25. A Christmas Carol & Other Stories by Charles Dickens


message 2: by Charity (last edited Jan 04, 2010 07:08AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) 2009 A-Z AUTHOR CHALLENGE


A:Richard Adams (Watership Down)
-- Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian)
-- Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim)
-- Martin Amis (Dead Babies)
-- Sherwood Anderson (Winesburg, Ohio)
-- Jane Austen (Emma; Pride and Prejudice)
B:Iain Banks (The Wasp Factory)
-- Elizabeth Bowen (The House in Paris)
-- Geraldine Brooks (March)
-- Pearl S. Buck (Mandala)
C:James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice)
-- Truman Capote (A Christmas Memory; One Christmas; The Thanksgiving Visitor)
-- Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys)
-- Vikram Chandra (Sacred Games)
-- Chris Cleave (Little Bee)
-- Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides)
D:Kavita Daswani (Salaam, Paris)
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol & Other Stories; Great Expectations)
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov)
E:Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose)
F:E.M. Forster (A Passage to India; Where Angels Fear to Tread)
G:Whitney Gaskell (Good Luck; Mommy Tracked; Pushing 30; She, Myself & I; Testing Kate; True Love (and Other Lies))
-- Julie Gregory (Sickened)
H:Charlaine Harris (Club Dead; Dead Until Dark; Living Dead in Dallas)
-- Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
-- James Hilton (Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
-- Nick Hornby (Housekeeping vs. The Dirt; Shakespeare Wrote for Money)
-- Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)
I:
J:James Jones (From Here to Eternity)
-- James Joyce (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)
K:Daniel Keyes (Flowers for Algernon)
-- Stephen King (Misery)
-- Mindy Klasky (Magic and the Modern Girl)
L:Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies)
-- Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
-- Sinclair Lewis (Babbitt)
M:Betty Mahmoody (Not Without My Daughter)
-- Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
N:
O:
P:Chuck Palahniuk (Diary)
-- Nancy Pearl (Book Lust)
-- Arturo Pérez-Reverte (The Club Dumas)
-- Edgar Allan Poe (The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe)
Q:
R:Alexandra Robbins (Pledged)
-- Arundhati Roy (The Cost of Living)
S:Marjane Satrapi (Embroideries; Persepolis; Persepolis 2)
-- Vikram Seth (A Suitable Boy)
-- Tom Shachtman (Rumspring: To Be or Not to Be Amish)
-- Scott Smith (The Ruins)
-- Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich)
-- Tori Spelling (Mommywood; sTORI Telling)
-- John Steinbeck (Burning Bright; In Dubious Battle; The Moon is Down; The Pearl; The Red Pony)
-- Vikas Swarup (Q & A)
T:
U:John Updike (The Witches of Eastwick)
V:Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five)
W:Tobias Wolff (This Boy's Life)
-- John Wyndham (The Day of the Triffids; The Midwich Cuckoos; The Secret People)
X:
Y:Richard Yates (Cold Spring Harbor; Revolutionary Road; A Special Providence; Young Hearts Crying)
Z:




message 3: by Charity (last edited Jan 04, 2010 07:09AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) 2009 A-Z TITLE CHALLENGE


A:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
B:Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
-- Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
-- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
-- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
-- Burning Bright by John Steinbeck
C:Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
-- A Christmas Carol & Other Stories by Charles Dickens
-- A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
-- Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
-- The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
-- Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates
-- The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
-- The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy
D:The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
-- Dead Babies by Martin Amis
-- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
-- Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
E:Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
-- Emma by Jane Austen
F:Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
-- From Here to Eternity by James Jones
G:Good Luck by Whitney Gaskell
-- Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
-- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
H:The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
-- Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby
I:In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
-- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
J:
K:
L:Life of Pi by Yann Martel
-- Little Bee by Chris Cleave
-- Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
-- Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
M:Magic and the Modern Girl by Mindy Klasky
-- Mandala by Pearl S. Buck
-- March by Geraldine Brooks
-- The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
-- Misery by Stephen King
-- Mommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell
-- Mommywood by Tori Spelling
-- The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
N:The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
-- Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody
O:One Christmas by Truman Capote
-- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
P:A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
-- The Pearl by John Steinbeck
-- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
-- Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
-- Pledged by Alexandra Robbins
-- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
-- The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
-- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-- The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
-- Pushing 30 by Whitney Gaskell
Q:Q & A by Vikas Swarup
R:The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
-- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
-- The Ruins by Scott Smith
-- Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
S:Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
-- Salaam, Paris by Kavita Daswani
-- The Secret People by John Wyndham
-- Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby
-- She, Myself & I by Whitney Gaskell
-- Sickened by Julie Gregory
-- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
-- A Special Providence by Richard Yates
-- sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling
-- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
T:Testing Kate by Whitney Gaskell
-- The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
-- This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
-- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
-- True Love (and Other Lies) by Whitney Gaskell
U:
V:
W:The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
-- Watership Down by Richard Adams
-- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
-- Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
-- The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
-- Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
X:
Y:Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates
Z:




message 4: by Charity (last edited Feb 26, 2009 04:27PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith 1/3
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman 1/5
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham 1/7 *
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 1/9
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones 1/16
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 1/17 *
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky 1/27 *
8. Misery by Stephen King 1/29
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl 1/30

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker 2/19 *
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck 2/20
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis 2/21 *
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster 2/26 *


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) You GO Charity! I like that idea of paying yourself $1 per book (hey Fiona, that idea's calling your name, girl)!


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Charity - Are you reading the 1001 Books List too?


message 7: by Charity (last edited Feb 26, 2009 04:29PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) Laura wrote: "Charity - Are you reading the 1001 Books List too?"

Yeah, most definitely. I'll be working on that list constantly...'til the day I die, more than likely. :-)

I've already read 6 from the list so far this year. They were:
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Dead Babies by Martin Amis
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

If I could pull off 30-40 titles from the 1001 list this year, I'd be very happy. Maybe I'll put an asterisk by the books that I read from the 1001 list.

Edit: I edited my goals list to include the 1001 Books List goal.


message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Do you find them to be worthwhile, on the whole? Have you read many from the 1001 list that you regretted spending the time on?


message 9: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Actually, I've been very impressed with the titles I've read as a whole. There have been very few that I was disappointed by...can't win 'em all.


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Glad to hear that most of the books have been good. I have a lot of the books you've read on my TBR list.


message 11: by Robin (new)

Robin (robinsullivan) | 997 comments I love people doing the alphabet - I'm thinking of doing that as well.


message 12: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Charity wrote: "GOALS for 2009:

* Read at least 75 books.

* Read as many books from my personal library as possible: I'm paying myself $1 per book that I read from my home library as incentive (proceeds from thi..."



I like the money idea!!!



message 13: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Charity wrote: "Laura wrote: "Charity - Are you reading the 1001 Books List too?"

Yeah, most definitely. I'll be working on that list constantly...'til the day I die, more than likely. :-)

I've already read 6 fr..."



forgot that i wanted to read some of that lsit too this year...



message 14: by Charity (last edited Mar 05, 2009 12:33PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck 3/2
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe 3/2
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck 3/2
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck 3/2
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck 3/3
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen 3/4 *
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 3/5 *


message 15: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) I have not read it yet, but it is sitting on my shelf aching to be picked up. I have the best intentions to finish reading all my unread Steinbeck this year.


message 16: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck 3/2
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe 3/2
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck 3/2
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck 3/2
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck 3/3
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen 3/4 *
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 3/5 *
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk 3/7
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain 3/8 *


message 17: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments Good luck with the Dickens goal, I'm working on that one myself since I got about six of his books for Christmas. Just finished Great Expectations and I loved it, also Hard Times is one of my favorites (and not as intimidating as the longer ones).


message 18: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 954 comments Yeah Steinbeck! Dickens is brilliant, I agree with Megan, Great Expectations is fantastic, and the character of Miss Havisham, awesome!


message 19: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) I have read Great Expectations and agree that it is fabulous. I plan to reread it this month. I must admit that Miss Havisham reminds me a lot of my own mother...we don't get on well.

Steinbeck is great! No matter what his subject is, I'm entranced!!


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Did you enjoy The Postman Always Rings Twice Charity? I recently read Double Indemnity by the same author and loved it. You don't want to miss a word when you read his stuff. He's short but concise.


message 21: by Charity (last edited Mar 13, 2009 08:48AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you...and of course, make it look like an accident. LOL! Just kidding. Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. I'm not very familiar with mysteries, so I've been trying to break into the genre by reading some of the classics (I read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Doyle this past fall and loved it). I also have Double Indemnity sitting here and I'm now very much looking forward to picking it up sometime this year. I haven't seen the movie adaptations for either book (have you?), so I might have to schedule a viewing.


message 22: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Oh, and I agree about Cain's writing. I couldn't believe such a gripping tale could come out of such a short book. Very good stuff.


message 23: by Liz (new)

Liz Good luck with your reading goals! And that is A LOT of Dickens in one year, I've only read Great Expectations and a Christmas Carol! I also olike your idea about paying yourself to read books you already own, I keep buying books but I pretty much only read books that I actually own and things for school.


message 24: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Charity wrote: "Oh, and I agree about Cain's writing. I couldn't believe such a gripping tale could come out of such a short book. Very good stuff."

I actually caught a piece of Double Indemnity on Friday night - but caught it almost at the end, just by accident, it was weird. I'd like to read Postman now too. And the Sherlock Holmes stuff is great - my husband finally convinced me to try them, and you just want to read them all.




message 25: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 954 comments Charity wrote: "BOOKS OF 2009

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck 3/2
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe 3/2
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck 3/2
17. The Red Pony by John Stein..."


How did you like Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?


message 26: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Laura - I'm definitely planning to pick up The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at some point. Very clever stuff. I really think you'll enjoy The Postman Always Rings Twice. If you end up watching either of the Cain adaptations, let me know what you think.

April - I really didn't care for A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I wanted to like it, but I felt like I was stuck in mass for the majority of the book. There were elements that were tolerable and I DID enjoy seeking out some of the dirty bits, but that's about all the praise I can give it. Perhaps I'm just not in the right frame of mind to enjoy Joyce at this point. All I know is that I keep staring at my copy of Ulysses with extreme trepidation.


message 27: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) P.S. I added another Dickens novel to my list for this year...Little Dorrit.


message 28: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck 3/2
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe 3/2
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck 3/2
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck 3/2
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck 3/3
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen 3/4 *
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 3/5 *
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk 3/7
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain 3/8 *
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 3/11 *
24. Emma by Jane Austen 3/15 *
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 3/16 *


message 29: by Charity (last edited Apr 16, 2009 02:32PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

Charity you've read some great books this year. How was Little Bee?


message 31: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Thanks, Emilee! Actually, I was pretty underwhelmed with Little Bee. I was sooooo intrigued by the dust jacket (it told me absolutely NOTHING about the book and yet, made it sound like something I couldn't pass up...sheesh!). Several people seemed to love it, but I honestly thought some of the book was rather flat. I was engaged at least, so I gave it 3.5 stars.


message 32: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*


message 33: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff


message 34: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*


message 35: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*


message 36: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 954 comments What did you think of The Ruins??


message 37: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Um, I thought it was just okay. Several people I know told me that they couldn't put it down, but that wasn't the case for me. Perhaps the fact that I had a horrible stomach flu while I was reading about man-eating plants played into it....who knows?

The book was a decent enough read, but I would highly recommend skipping the movie adaptation. Just terrible.


message 38: by El (new)

El Charity, what did you think of The Moon is Down? I plan to read it for the Spring Challenge after another book or two. It's one of the few by him I haven't read yet.


message 39: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) The Moon is Down is good. It isn't one of my favorites by Steinbeck, but being a big Steinbeck fan, I have trouble finding much fault in anything he writes. I will only give you advance warning that there are quite a number of characters to keep track of in this one. Wikipedia has a nice list that would come in handy for reference....a list that I wish I had known about ahead of time....although the descriptions of the characters listed may spoil parts. So, I guess it may have to be a judgment call to use the list.


message 40: by Charity (last edited May 02, 2009 08:07AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham*
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham


message 41: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 423 comments OMG, you are halfway to your goal of 75. You will make it for sure. That is a brillant idea to pay yourself for every book that you read from your own library. I buy way too many books... hmm, maybe I should implement that rule. Or even for library books. Books read that you don't have to buy!


message 42: by Charity (last edited Jun 01, 2009 06:21AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham*
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks


message 43: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Finished the first book from my Indian Summer Challenge. Yay!

BOOKS OF 2009

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*


message 44: by Charity (last edited Jul 10, 2009 03:36PM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham*
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
39. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
40. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
41. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
42. The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy

JULY
43. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster*


message 45: by Charity (last edited Oct 03, 2009 09:26AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham*
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
39. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
40. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
41. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
42. The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy

JULY
43. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster*
44. Mandala: A Novel of India by Pearl S. Buck


message 46: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BOOKS OF 2009

JANUARY
1. The Ruins by Scott Smith
2. Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish by Tom Shachtman
3. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham*
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
7. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky*
8. Misery by Stephen King
9. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

FEBRUARY
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Ralph Parker*
11. Burning Bright: A Play in Story Form by John Steinbeck
12. Dead Babies by Martin Amis*
13. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster*

MARCH
14. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
15. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
17. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen*
20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce*
21. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain*
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
24. Emma by Jane Austen*
25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
26. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

APRIL
27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
28. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Translated by William Weaver*
29. This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
32. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
33. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
34. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham*
35. The Secret People by John Wyndham

MAY
36. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
37. March by Geraldine Brooks

JUNE
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
39. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
40. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
41. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
42. The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy

JULY
43. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster*
44. Mandala: A Novel of India by Pearl S. Buck

AUGUST
45. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth*
46. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
47. Testing Kate by Whitney Gaskell
48. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

SEPTEMBER
49. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
50. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling
51. Mommywood by Tori Spelling
52. She, Myself & I by Whitney Gaskell
53. Pushing 30 by Whitney Gaskell
54. Mommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell
55. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis*
56. Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates
57. Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
58. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis*
59. Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins

OCTOBER
60. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon


message 47: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) OCTOBER
60. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
61. True Love (and Other Lies) by Whitney Gaskell


message 48: by Charity (last edited Oct 11, 2009 08:18AM) (new)

Charity (charityross) OCTOBER
60. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
61. True Love (and Other Lies) by Whitney Gaskell
62. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte; Translated by Sonia Soto*


message 49: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) OCTOBER
60. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
61. True Love (and Other Lies) by Whitney Gaskell
62. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte; Translated by Sonia Soto*
63. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike


message 50: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) What did you think of Eastwick, Charity?


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