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message 1: by Tammy (last edited Jul 16, 2018 09:18AM) (new)

Tammy | 704 comments 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
2) Night by Elie Wiesel 5 Stars
3) Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
4) The Summer Book by Tove Jansson 3.5 Stars
5) Summer by Edith Wharton 4 Stars
6) Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
7) Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams 4 Stars
8) Amok by Stefan Zweig 4 Stars
9) White Teeth by Zadie Smith 4.5 Stars
10) Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
11) Nicotine by Nell Zink 3 Stars
12) In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick 4Stars
13) The Liars' Club by Mary Karr 4.75 Stars
14) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 4.25
15) Hunger by Knut Hamsun 4.25 Stars
16) 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
21) The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson 4.5 Stars
22) Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
23) Ulysses by James Joyce
24) Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino 4 Stars
25) A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood 4 Stars
26) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 3.75 Stars
27) The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
28) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 5 Stars
29) Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 4.5 Stars
30) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent 3.5 Stars
31) The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene 3.75 Stars
32) Coming Up for Air by George Orwell 4 Stars
33) The Crime of Father Amaro by Eça de Queirós
34) Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy 4 Stars
35) 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
40) Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 4.5 Stars
41) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 4.75 Stars
42) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 3.5 Stars
43) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
44) The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 5 Stars
45) The Princess Bride by William Goldman 4 Stars
46) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 3.5 Stars
47) The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
48) The North Water by Ian McGuire 3.75 Stars
49) The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
50) Chess Story by Stefan Zweig 4 Stars
51) Steps by Jerzy Kosiński
52) Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson 4 Stars
53) 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
56) Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 3 Stars
57) Voss by Patrick White
58) Silence by Shūsaku Endō 4 Stars
59) Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 4.5 Stars
60) Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman 4.5 Stars
61) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 4.5 Stars
62) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
63) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 4.5 Stars
64) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 3 Stars
65) Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
66) Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov 4.25 Stars
67) The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark 4.5 Stars
68) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
69) Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville 4 Stars
70) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 4 Stars
71) Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
72) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 4.5 Stars
73) The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 4 Stars
74) A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe 4 Stars
75) Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses 3 Stars
76) We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 3.75 Stars
77) The Dying Animal by Philip Roth 3.75 Stars
78) White Noise by Don DeLillo 4.25 Stars
79) Dune by Frank Herbert 4.5 Stars
80) Ubik by Philip K. Dick
81) Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy 5 Stars
82) The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor 4.5 Stars
83) Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon 3.5 Stars
84) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 4.25 Stars
85) Fifth Business by Robertson Davies 4 Stars
86) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 3.5 Stars
87) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
88) Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon 3.75 Stars


message 2: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Love this list. I especially enjoy seeing your ratings. I read Siddhartha last year & found it surprisingly good.

How did you decide on 88?


message 3: by Tammy (last edited Jul 12, 2018 07:11AM) (new)

Tammy | 704 comments 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?


message 4: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 943 comments Everyone needs to stop posting these great lists because my TBR is getting out of control!


message 5: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments We're just giving you inspiration for your list Rachelnyc! Come on...put that list out!


message 6: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 943 comments 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!


message 7: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2480 comments Great list, Tammy. I'll be adding to my TBR!


message 8: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments 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?


message 9: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments 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!


message 10: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments 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?


message 11: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments 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.


message 12: by dalex (last edited Jul 12, 2018 12:17PM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments 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 Electric Dreams 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: )


message 13: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3468 comments This is a sensational list. You’ve had such a brilliant reading year already!


message 14: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments 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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