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message 1: by Courtney (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:30PM) (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments Today is my birthday, so I think it is a good day to start a book challenge. I would like to read at least 80 books this year. I had considered 100, but I want to leave space for things that take a little more time -- like Middlemarch, which I am reading right now and has taken several weeks to plow through. I will include some re-reads on my list, but only of things that I haven't read since high school, like 1984, which I am dying to check out again.


message 2: by Courtney (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:38PM) (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 1. Middlemarch by George Elliot. Which I LOVED.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 1. Middlemarch by George Elliot.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.


message 4: by Courtney (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:50PM) (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments Uh-oh! My reading has been really slow this week. I am, however, almost finished with another book as well! Hopefully I can get in a little more time over the holiday weekend!!

1. Middlemarch by George Elliot.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
3. Lessons by Kim Pritekel.


message 5: by Courtney (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:51PM) (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 1. Middlemarch by George Elliot.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
3. Lessons by Kim Pritekel.
4. A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor -- completely exquisite. The book is literally the definition of why the novella is a wonderful literary form.

Am now re-reading 1984. I haven't read it since the end of my 8th grade year and am LOVING it.


message 6: by *Nan* (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:53PM) (new)

*Nan* (Nan4471) Ann Patchett,author of Bel Canto, just came out with a new book called Run and itis supposed to be really good.


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bjneary | 121 comments 14. Harmless- Dana Reinhardt
15. 24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley
16. What Happened to Cass McBride? By Gail Giles
These YA novels were sooo good, lots of drama and suspense!


message 8: by Courtney (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:54PM) (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments Ooh thank you!! I have several of Patchett's books on my to-read list and am interested in seeing what else she writes.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 1. Middlemarch by George Elliot.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
3. Lessons by Kim Pritekel.
4. A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor.
5. 1984 by George Orwell.
6. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 1. Middlemarch by George Elliot.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
3. Lessons by Kim Pritekel.
4. A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor.
5. 1984 by George Orwell.
6. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 1. Middlemarch by George Elliot.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
3. Lessons by Kim Pritekel.
4. A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor.
5. 1984 by George Orwell.
6. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan.
8. Wedding Season by Darcy Cosper.

Hmmm. . . hopefully getting a little more on track. Got LOADS of books for Christmas and am dying to add them to my list!!!


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 9. Supercapitalism by Richard Reich.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 10. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool.

11. Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 12. Queen of Scots by John Guy.

I listened to this on audio cd in the car. The author is a WONDERFUL narrator and, as long as you are not too concerned with memorizing everyone's name and title, it is a great car book!


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 13. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 14. A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 15. Orlando by Virginia Woolf.

16. Bingo by Rita Mae Brown.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 17. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 18. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

It was a re-read for me, but one full of reawakening and incredible experiences. I now think, perhaps, I need to re-read everything I read in high school!


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 20. The Ambassadors by Henry James.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 21. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde


message 23: by Courtney (last edited Sep 14, 2008 07:50AM) (new)

Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 22. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Another audio book re-read, but one I enjoyed immensely. Jane Austen is PERFECT for the car!


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 24. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 25. Jennifer Government by Max Barry.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 26. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 27. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

28. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 29. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 30. Different Daughters by Marcia Gallo.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 31. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 32. Howards End by E.M. Forster.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 33. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 34. The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 35. Best Lesbian Love Stories of 2003 by various writers.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 36. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 37. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 40. Moll Cutpurse by Ellen Galford.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 41. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 43. The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton.

Sigh! So delightful I am STILL mildly depressed its over.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 44. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 45. The Girls by John Bowen.




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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. -- A wonderful summer action and adventure book


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 47. Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments Queer Astrology for Women by Jill Dearman.


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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 49. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio.

50. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman.



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Courtney Stirrat | 224 comments 54. Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction by Suzanne Ferris.


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