Monday, February 05, 2007

50 Book Challenge 2006

So last year was my first year attempting the 50 book challenge. Basically the task is to try to read 50 books during the year. I didn't quite make it last year but I'm going to try again in 07. But if you are curious here are the books that I got through in 07. I'll star the ones that I had read before. There are a few favorites that I needed to include and since I did read them in 06 I thought they should make the list. So here we go: The Fifty Book Challenge 2006

1. Holy Fools by Joanne Harris
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
6. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
9. Oh, My Stars by Lorna Landvik
10. The Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
12. Why do Men have nipples? by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg
13. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
14. Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
15. Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
16. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
17. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
18. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling*
19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.R. Rowling*
20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.R. Rowling*
21. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
22. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
23. The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
24. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
25. Saturday by Ian McEwan
26. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Mongomery
27. Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Wiener
28. In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
29. Genesis Code by John Case
30. Anne of Anvolea by L.M. Mongomery
31. Anne of the Island by L.M. Mongomery
32. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.R. Rowling*
33. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Mongomery
34. The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
35. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
36. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien*
37. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicole Kraus
38. Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Mongomery
39. Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Mongomery
40. The Lutheran Handbook on Marriage by Gloria E. Bengtson and Laurie J. Hanson
41. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
42. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.R. Rowling*
43. Rainbow Valley by L.M. Mongomery
44. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

I suppose that 44 isn't a bad total, but it is depressing since I consider myself a reader. I didn't think it would be so tough, but life gets busy and complicated and before you know it it is January again. I'm on my 7th book for this year already and plan to make it. I started strong last year too though. Hmmm. If you have any book suggestions I'm open to them. I read just about anything. I'll get the current list up as soon as I can and keep updating that throughout the year. Perhaps some accountability will help this time around.


1-4 Grace said...

No Dr.Seuss?

1-4 Grace said...

I just read (and loved) your jelly bean post!
It is amazing how much of the same thoguths we share.
I spend days lookign for specific items also and i have said that I really jsut need a gopher, but nobody wnats the job.
I lvoe the kids part and the youth, the sharing, the loving, and the teachign. I lvoe the funny thigns they say and the hugs that make me feel a little more appreciated. The parents are missing out and they dont care. They are of to the country club to play tennis. Oh it is maddeing I know. But, I do love the kdis and it is worth every mile driven (in search of,...) if one child jsut gets it, just understands a tiny fraction of God's grace, love, and care. Keep searching for the jelly beans, my friend! :)~

Kristine said...

wow! i am jealous of you! 44 books?!?! i LOVE to read and am so sad because i never make the time anymore! :( good for you, though.

Emilie said...

I used to be able to blow through 50 books in a summer vacation, or more. When I was 10. :)

I love your list! I read some of these last year, as well! I was keeping a list of books I read last year, but I didn't finish it. Maybe I will.