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message 1: by Sue (last edited Jul 22, 2020 10:09AM) (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments This list is copied from the PBS site. My goal is to read 10 of the one's I haven't read (from May 25 to October something)

Those with check mark were read prior to the PBS show those with a book link and checkmark fall in the May-Oct timeline. Those crossed out are ones I have no interest in reading (usually because they are series' or romance)

Items bolded are one's I'd still like to get to even after the challenge





1) ✔1984 George Orwell
#VOTE1984
2) ✔ A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole 4 ****
#VOTEDuncesBook
3) ✔ A Prayer for Owen Meany 5 *****
#VOTEOwenMeany
4) o A Separate Peace John Knowles
#VOTEPeaceBook
5) ✔ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith 4 ****
#VOTEBrooklyn
6) ✔ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain 4 ****
#VOTESawyer
7) ✔ The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 5 *****
#VOTEAlchemist
8) o Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson
#VOTEAlexCross

9) ✔ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 5 *****
#VOTEAlice
10) Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
#VOTEAmericanah
11) ✔ And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 4 ****
#VOTEAndThen
12.) ✔ Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 4 ****
#VOTEGables
13) Another Country James Baldwin
#VOTECountryBook
14) Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
#VOTEAtlas
15) ✔Beloved ***
#VOTEBeloved
16) ✔Bless Me, UltimaBless Me, Ultima ****
#VOTEUltima
17) ✔The Book Thief Markus Zusak 4 ****
#VOTEBookThief
18) ✔ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz read Jan 2019 5 Stars *****
#VOTEOscarWao
19)✔ The Call of the Wild by Jack London 4 ****
#VOTECallWild
20) ✔Catch-22Joseph Heller -
#VOTECatch22
21) ✔ The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
#VOTECatcherRye
22)✔ Charlotte’s Web E.B. White
#VOTECharlotte
23) ✔ The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeC.S. Lewis ****
#VOTENarnia
24) The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel
#VOTECaveBear
25) The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah
#VOTEWinterBook
26) ✔ The Color Purple Alice Walker read Jan 2019 4 star ****
#VOTEColorPurple
27) ✔ The Count of Monte Cristo *****+
#VOTEMonteCristo
28) ✔ Crime and Punishment *****
#VOTECrimeBook
29) ✔ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 4 ****
#VOTECurious
30) The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
#VOTEDaVinci
31) ✔ Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 5 *****
#VOTEQuixote
32) Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos
#VOTEBarbara
33) Dune Frank Herbert
#VOTEDune
34) o Fifty Shades of Grey (series) E.L. James
#VOTE50Shades

35)Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews
#VOTEFlowers
36) o Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov
#VOTEFoundation

37)✔ Frankenstein Mary Shelley 4 ****
#VOTEFrankenstein
38)o A Game of Thrones (series) George R.R. Martin
#VOTEGOT

39) ✔GhostJason Reynolds *****
#VOTEGhost
✔40) Gilead Marilynne Robinson 4 ****
#VOTEGilead
41) The Giver Lois Lowry
#VOTETheGiver
42) ✔The Godfather Mario Puzo **** >
#VOTEGodfather
43) Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
#VOTEGoneGirl
44) Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
#VOTEGoneWind
45)✔ The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 4 ****
#VOTEGrapesWrath
46) ✔Great Expectations Charles Dickens 5 *****
#VOTEGreatExpect
47)✔ The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 4 ****
#VOTEGatsby
48) ✔ Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift 3 ***
#VOTEGulliver
49)✔ The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 3 ***
#VOTEHandmaid
50)o Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
#VOTEPotter
51)✔ Hatchet Gary Paulsen 5 *****
#VOTEHatchet
52) ✔ Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 3 ***
#VOTEHeartDark
53) ✔ The Help Kathryn Stockett ****
#VOTETheHelp
54) ✔ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 3 ***
#VOTEGalaxy
55) o The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins
#VOTEHungerGames

56) The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy
#VOTERedOctober
57) ✔The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead 4 ****
#VOTEIntuition
58) o Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
#VOTEInvisible
59) ✔ Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë 4 ****
#VOTEJaneEyre
60) o The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
#VOTEJoyLuck
61) o Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
#VOTEJurassic
62) o Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
#VOTELeftBehind
63) ✔ The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 4 ****
#VOTEPrinceBook
64) o Little Women Louisa May Alcott
#VOTELittleWomen
✔65) Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry 5 *****
#VOTELonesome

66) o Looking for Alaska John Green
#VOTEAlaska
67) The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
#VOTELOTR

68) o The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
#VOTELovelyBones
69) o The Martian Andy Weir
#VOTEMartian
70) o Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
#VOTEGeisha
71) o Mind Invaders Dave Hunt
#VOTEInvaders
72)✔ Moby-Dick Herman Melville read 2019 4 stars
#VOTEMobyDick
73) o The Notebook Nicholas Sparks
#VOTENotebook

74) ✔ One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez 4**** #VOTE100Years
75) o Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon
#VOTEOutlander

76) ✔ The Outsiders S.E. Hinton 4 ****
#VOTEOutsiders
77) ✔ The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 5 *****
#VOTEDorian
78) ✔The Pilgrim's ProgressJohn Bunyan 2 **
#VOTEPilgrims
79) ✔ The Pillars of the Earth 5 *****
#VOTEPillars
80) ✔ Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 4 ****
#VOTEPridePrej
81) ✔ Ready Player One Ernest Cline 4 ****
#VOTEPlayer1
82) ✔ Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 4 ****
#VOTERebecca
83) o The Shack William P. Young
#VOTETheShack
84) ✔Siddhartha Hermann Hesse 4 ****
#VOTESidd
85) ✔ The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut 4 ****
#VOTESirens
86) o The Stand Stephen King
#VOTETheStand
87) ✔ The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 5 *****
#VOTESunRises
88) o Swan Song Robert R. McCammon
#VOTESwanSong
89) o Tales of the City (series) Armistead Maupin
#VOTETalesCity
90) ✔ Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 5+ *****+
#VOTEWatchingGod
91) ✔ Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 2 **
#VOTEFallApart
92) o This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti
#VOTEDarkness
93) ✔ To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 5 *****
#VOTEMockingbird
94) o The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer
#VOTETwilight

95) o War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
#VOTEWarPeace
96) o Watchers Dean Koontz
#VOTEWatchers
97) o The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
#VOTEWheelTime

98) ✔ Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls ****
#VOTERedFern
99) ✔ White Teeth Zadie Smith Read 2019 3 stars
#VOTEWhiteTeeth
100) ✔ Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 4 ****
#VOTEWuthe


message 3: by Sue (last edited Jan 22, 2019 01:28PM) (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments Read after PBS series started

Five star reads (in no particular order)

1.) Their Eyes Were Watching God 219
2.) The Sun Also Rises 320
3.) A Prayer for Owen Meany 637
4.) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 132
5.) Lonesome Dove 945
6.) Hatchet 208
7.) The Count of Monte Cristo 1276
8.) Crime and Punishment 671
9.) Ghost 192
10) The Pillars of the Earth 973

Four star reads (no particular order)

1.) The Call of the Wild 172
2.) The Sirens of Titan 326
3.) Siddartha 143
4.) Gilead 247
5.) Where the Red Fern Grows 304
6.) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 206
7.) Bless Me, Ultima - 290
8.) The Godfather- 448
9.) The Intuitionist 255

Three star reads

1.) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 216
2.) Beloved 326
3.) Gulliver's Travels 306
4.) Catch-22 453

two star reads

1.) The Pilgrim's Progress 324
2.) Things Fall Apart 209

Total so far - 25


message 4: by Sue (last edited Jan 22, 2019 01:35PM) (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments Total read before GAR challenge - 29
Total read during GAR challenge - 25

Total read by the end - 54

2019

5 Star reads

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

4 Star reads

The Color Purple


message 5: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9900 comments Mod
Great idea for a challenge Sue. Looking forward to seeing what you read.


message 6: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments Thanks Katy. I'm still trying to get my formatting worked out so that I can tell what's what.


message 7: by Loretta (new)

Loretta | 2670 comments Good luck Sue! I'm doing something similar but not as well planned. 😊


message 8: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 4209 comments This is great, Sue. I appreciate seeing your star ratings and the ones on the list you're not interested in too. It will be fun to see your progress! I have a couple I'm considering trying to fit in, so I'll be watching to see what you pick!


message 9: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1580 comments Good luck on your challenge, Sue. Happy reading.


message 10: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments Loretta wrote: "Good luck Sue! I'm doing something similar but not as well planned. 😊"

Thanks Loretta, this was harder than I thought. I copied and pasted the list from the PBS site (in four parts) but I'm still not sure I got them all. That's why I started numbering. Still working on this, it's a pain! Feel free to copy my list if you need to. You can just adjust check marks and stars etc.. The GAR group doesn't let you post your own topics so I have it here.


message 11: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments Thanks Kathleen and Rosemarie!


message 12: by Loretta (new)

Loretta | 2670 comments Sue wrote: "Loretta wrote: "Good luck Sue! I'm doing something similar but not as well planned. 😊"

Thanks Loretta, this was harder than I thought. I copied and pasted the list from the PBS site (in four parts..."


Thanks Sue! I might just do that! Thanks for all your hard work! 🤗


message 13: by Terris (new)

Terris | 2877 comments Thanks for the idea, Sue! I'm doing this on paper at home, but like the idea of using it as a personal challenge on Goodreads! I'll give it a try :)


message 14: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3423 comments I finally updated this. I'm up to 23 that I've read since the end of May when the GAR started. With the 29 I had read before, I'm at 52 of 100. I have 2 in progress and I may possibly finish one (Catch-22), by finale next week, but the other is over 900 pages and I just started it (Pillars of the Earth).


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