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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments I'm silly for joining this challenge when I'm only 1/3 of the way through Les Miserables because it means I'll have to play catch-up later, but oh well, I'm game to try anyway!

I'm also a part of the group 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, so my plan is to alternate - one book from the list, then one book of my choosing. Kill two challenges with one stone over the next year! (As according to my spreadsheet, in order to finish the whole list, I need to read 18 books from that list per year till I die. So if I hit 25 this year, even better!)


message 2: by Melissa (last edited Nov 22, 2008 11:32AM) (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments November 2008 (so far!):
1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo*
2. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
3. Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb*

* = on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die




message 3: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 4. Sweet Ruin by Cathi Hanaeur
5. Mother's Milk by Edward St. Aubyn*


message 4: by Melissa (last edited Dec 17, 2008 10:54AM) (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments December 2008:
6. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
7. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy*


message 5: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 8. The Talk of the Town by Ardal O'Hanlan*


message 6: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 9. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid*

I really want to finish one more before December is through! I am overwhelmed by my TBR pile though and can't decide which to choose.


message 7: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 10. What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn


message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 11. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


message 9: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 12. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

I know this goes against my plan to alternate between books on the list and off the list, but I am reading Oliver Twist at the same time! I'm just finishing these easy-to-read books a bit more quickly. :)

And I'll have to read the next two in the Uglies series as well, I can't help it!


message 10: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments January 2009
12. (above post) was in January, too!
13. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
14. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

My next book WILL be on the list. I'm about halfway through it (not Oliver Twist - another one - I'm only about 1/3 of the way through OT).


message 11: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 15. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

I'm just going to stop making claims about that list, lol.


message 12: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 16. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*


message 13: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments (16.5 A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift*)

More of an essay than a book. Very enjoyable. I'm glad I read it. But I wouldn't feel right counting it in my 50! (Although I probably had to focus more reading that than the Uglies series, lol.)


message 14: by Melissa (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:44AM) (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 17. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer


message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 18. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton*


message 16: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 19. Snow by Orhan Pamuk*


message 17: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 20. A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown.


message 18: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments February 2009
21. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice*


message 19: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 22. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia - Jean Sasson


message 20: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments I hit a bit of a slump there, but I am back!

March, 2009
23. On the Holloway Road by Andrew Blackman


message 21: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 24. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje*


message 22: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 25. Unimagined: A Muslim Boy Meets the West by Imran Ahmad


message 23: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments 25 gun salute to your half-way mark!


message 24: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments Hey, thanks, Mary Todd! I guess if I keep going at this speed, even with my huge slump in February, I should accomplish 50 in a year quite easily!

26. The Accidental by Ali Smith*


message 25: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments April, 2009
27. The Cider House Rules by John Irving*


message 26: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 28. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman


message 27: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 29. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri*


message 28: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 30. The Call of the Wild by Jack London*

This book received my very first 5 star rating on goodreads EVER. I have read 5 star books before, but I don't retroactively rate books, so it's the first 5 star book I've read since joining the site. I just feel like this is such a momentous occasion, lol.


message 29: by Aprile (new)

Aprile (aprileb) Yay!!!!!!!!!! <3 5 star moment!


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 31. Fault Lines by Nancy Huston


message 31: by Melissa (last edited May 15, 2009 02:15AM) (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments May, 2009
32. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne*


message 32: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 33. But Inside I'm Screaming by Elizabeth Flock


message 33: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments June, 2009
34. Watership Down by Richard Adams.

This was on the original 1001 List but was removed in the updated edition. Which deserves a total boo hiss.


message 34: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 35. Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich.


message 35: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 36. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall.


message 36: by Melissa (last edited Jul 18, 2009 04:53AM) (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments July, 2009
37. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.


message 37: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 38. The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard.


message 38: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 39. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy*


message 39: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 40. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee*


message 40: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 41. Digging to America by Anne Tyler.


message 41: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments August, 2009.
42. Regeneration by Pat Barker*


message 42: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 43. Like the Red Panda by Andrea Seigel.


message 43: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 44. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood*


message 44: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 45. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

I just needed a book, any book, that I could get through. I was doing so well to hit my 50 by November. But I've been having trouble making myself read the past several weeks. Oh, my, it's been a whole month, looking at my last post.

Eclipse barely counts as a book, but hey, I still read it. So I am counting it. And off I go to read Breaking Dawn now.


message 45: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissaconrad) | 67 comments 46. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Wow. Just gave my first 1-star rating on goodreads ever. I actually never thought I'd give a 1 star. I figured if something was that bad, I'd probably stop reading. But UGH, I read it. All the way through. And it was bad.


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