Monday, August 10, 2009

Halfway There!

A little while ago I passed the halfway mark on my 50 book challenge and feel the need to mention it here - particularly since I cannot guarantee that I will make it to 50 this year. I am behind - I should have hit halfway at the end of June and not the beginning of August but I still feel like I have a shot at the goal. Most of my offerings this year are not terribly deep but they are enough of a break for me to set aside a small bit of "me" time for reading.

I am blatantly including my rereading of the Harry Potter series too. 1. Because it is my list and 2. Because I NEEDED to be reading something while baby goat was in the hospital for those 6 weeks but I couldn't handle anything new emotionally. And hey, I read them all straight through anyway!

I am always open to suggestions, despite the fact that my library list seems a mile long, but I love to know what others are reading. You can always check out my book lists from previous year's on the left and I'm happy to let you know my feelings on any of the books.

The 50 Book Challenge 2009

1. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3) by Philip Pullman
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
3. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
4. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
5. 'Tis the Season!: A Novel by Lorna Landvik
6. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman
7. Rococo: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
8. The Boggart by Susan Cooper
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling*
10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.R. Rowling*
11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.R. Rowling*
12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.R. Rowling*
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.R. Rowling*
14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling*
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
16. The Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
17. Son of a Witch: Volume Two in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
18. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott
19. Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
20 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen
21. Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
22. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
23. Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives by Lori Leibovich
24. The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel by Michael Gruber
25. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
26. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, Version 2.0 by Christopher Moore
27. The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) by Rick Riordan
28. A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire ...in progress

6 comments:

Valerie said...

There's actually a version 2.0 of The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. I haven't read it yet, but I'm currently trying to find it. If you get a chance, you should read it. From what I understand, the ending is the only thing that's really different, so it should be a fairly easy read for the most part.

Rev Scott said...

I highly recommend Leif Enger's novels Peace Like A River and So Brave, Young And Handsome. Excellent writing and compelling storytelling - you'll breeze through them and enjoy every page.

Naomi said...

how did you like "Son of a Witch"?

Molly Guthrey Millett said...

I have just started "Still Alice," which is a novel interestingly enough written by Lisa Genova, Ph.D., a neuroscientist who wondered what it was like to live with Alzheimer's as she watched her grandmother cope with the disease. She said the "lion's share" of books focus on the caregivers. Now she is writing a book, "Left Neglected," about a multitasking mom who is multitasking when she gets into a car accident and wakes up with a traumatic brain injury that affects her view of the left side of her world, which is basically gone. Despite this, she is determined to live the life she always meant to lead.

Katie Rosenthal-Mayer said...

you need to read "because I said so" by dawn meehan. she's a stay at home mom in illinois w/ 6 kids. she's hilarious!!! it's a quick and easy read. you'll love it. it's laugh out loud funny!!!

Anti-Supermom said...

Wow, Liz. My list looks more like: chic lit, chic lit, more chic lit.

This is a list of like, real books :)