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Jul 12, 2018 06:28AM
I've seen all the new posts for personal challenges so I thought I would share the one I've been working on this year. These books have been selected from a variety of lists. I hope to read them all in 2018. I think I have about 30 to go!
1) Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Night by Elie Wiesel 5 Stars
3) Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson 3.5 Stars
Summer by Edith Wharton 4 Stars
6) Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams 4 Stars
Amok by Stefan Zweig 4 Stars
White Teeth by Zadie Smith 4.5 Stars
10) Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
Nicotine by Nell Zink 3 Stars
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick 4Stars
The Liars' Club by Mary Karr 4.75 Stars
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 4.25
Hunger by Knut Hamsun 4.25 Stars
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro 4.5 Stars
17) Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
18) The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad
19) The Obscene Bird of Night by José Donoso
20) Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson 4.5 Stars
22) Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
23) Ulysses by James Joyce
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino 4 Stars
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood 4 Stars
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 3.75 Stars
27) The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 5 Stars
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 4.5 Stars
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent 3.5 Stars
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene 3.75 Stars
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell 4 Stars
33) The Crime of Father Amaro by Eça de Queirós
Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy 4 Stars
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe 3.5 Stars
36) A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
37) The Immoralist by André Gide
38) The Fall by Albert Camus
39) Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 4.5 Stars
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 4.75 Stars
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 3.5 Stars
43) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 5 Stars
The Princess Bride by William Goldman 4 Stars
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 3.5 Stars
47) The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
The North Water by Ian McGuire 3.75 Stars
49) The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
Chess Story by Stefan Zweig 4 Stars
51) Steps by Jerzy Kosiński
Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson 4 Stars
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh 4 Stars
54) At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
55) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 3 Stars
57) Voss by Patrick White
Silence by Shūsaku Endō 4 Stars
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 4.5 Stars
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman 4.5 Stars
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 4.5 Stars
62) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 4.5 Stars
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 3 Stars
65) Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov 4.25 Stars
The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark 4.5 Stars
68) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville 4 Stars
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 4 Stars
71) Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 4.5 Stars
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 4 Stars
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe 4 Stars
Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses 3 Stars
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 3.75 Stars
The Dying Animal by Philip Roth 3.75 Stars
White Noise by Don DeLillo 4.25 Stars
Dune by Frank Herbert 4.5 Stars
80) Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy 5 Stars
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor 4.5 Stars
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon 3.5 Stars
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 4.25 Stars
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies 4 Stars
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 3.5 Stars
87) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon 3.75 Stars
Jul 12, 2018 06:47AM
Love this list. I especially enjoy seeing your ratings. I read Siddhartha last year & found it surprisingly good.
How did you decide on 88?
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Jul 12, 2018 07:10AM
I'm a huge Quentin Tarantino fan so my challenge title is a play on Kill Bill's Go-Go Yubari and the Crazy 88's and a nod to Prince's Let's Go Crazy. Kind of a mash up. It seemed as good a # as any.
I loved Siddhartha. I went in with zero expectations and thought it was really lovely. I will be doing another Hesse next year, too. No doubt. I'm sure I can fit him into a challenge somewhere. Our buddy Faulkner will be on a list, too. I've done As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, The Rievers, and have Absalom lined up. What should I do after that, Katie?
Jul 12, 2018 07:14AM
Everyone needs to stop posting these great lists because my TBR is getting out of control!
Jul 12, 2018 07:49AM
We're just giving you inspiration for your list Rachelnyc! Come on...put that list out!
Jul 12, 2018 07:56AM
Tammy wrote: "We're just giving you inspiration for your list Rachelnyc! Come on...put that list out!"
ha ha! I am working on it. Today or tomorrow for sure!
Jul 12, 2018 08:20AM
Great list, Tammy. I'll be adding to my TBR!
Jul 12, 2018 09:22AM
That's a very impressive list and challenge!
Did you see the movie based on In the Heart of the Sea? It is so very good! And did you know the event the book is based on was the inspiration for Moby Dick?
Jul 12, 2018 09:28AM
Wow! 88 in 1 year. I don’t know how you do it! I see lots of familiar books- ones I’ve read or want to read. I’ll be curious what your think of Ubik. I read it for a real life book club. It’s so weird/different/unusual. I read another book of his that was so similar in story that I was getting the 2 plots confused! Are you going to read more of the Dune series? I recommend that you do!
Jul 12, 2018 11:14AM
dalex wrote: "That's a very impressive list and challenge!
Did you see the movie based on In the Heart of the Sea? It is so very good! And did you know the event the book is based on was the inspiration for Mob..."
Dalex, I did not know that there was a movie. I'll have to seek it out because the book was fascinating! I did know that Melville was inspired by the true story of the Essex, but I had no idea that they were stranded at sea for so long.
Pam...this will be my 4th PK Dick book. It is some mighty weird stuff, but I do enjoy it even if I'm not sure what the heck is going on half the time. How did you (and your book club) like the book?
Jul 12, 2018 11:53AM
I second dalex's recommendation of the In the Heart of the Sea film. I saw it first, and that made me want to read the book.
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Jul 12, 2018 12:17PM
Tammy wrote: "...this will be my 4th PK Dick book. It is some mighty weird stuff, but I do enjoy it even if I'm not sure what the heck is going on half the time."
Amazon has a TV series called
that is based on the stories of Dick. I love that show...even though I am hugely not a fan of his writing. (I don't know what technicalities are involved with being able to watch it. We have a Stick and Prime, I think. I don't know really. I just hand the remote to the wife and say, "Make it do TV." :lol: )
Jul 12, 2018 01:18PM
This is a sensational list. You’ve had such a brilliant reading year already!
Jul 13, 2018 07:39PM
Thank you Dalex for the info on the TV show Electric Dreams! I can’t wait to watch it! I don’t have Amazon Prime but my daughter does. I’m so bored w tv shows (except for America’s Got Talent) right now but that one sounds really interesting!
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