Sunday, January 10, 2010

50 Book Challenge 2010

As I said in December, I successfully finished my 50 book challenge 2009.  I ended up with 54 books in 2009, which given that I had a newborn for most of the year is pretty darn good if I do say so myself.  What is more amazing is that I've read 228 books since 2006, my first year keeping track.  I know of people who read much much more than that but I'm glad that I've exceeded my goal over the last 4 years.  So now I'm on the way to my 2010 50 book challenge. 

As always I love recommendations.  It seems as though my library queue is always a mile long but I'm always keeping one eye out for something great!  Thank you for your support.

50 Book Challenge 2010

1. Follow the Model: Miss J's Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power by J. Alexander
2. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith
3. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
4. The Other Queen: A Novel by Philippa Gregory
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
6. Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 7) by Alexander McCall Smith
7. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 8) by Alexander McCall Smith
8. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 9) by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
13. Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See
14. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
15. Missing Mark by Julie Kramer 
16. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
17. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 10) by Alexander McCall Smith
18. Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan E. Isaacs
19. Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
20. God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero
21. Best Friends Forever: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
22. The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen
23. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
24. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal by  
25. Origins of Story: On Writing for Children by Barbara Harrison and Gregory Maguire
26. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
27. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
28. The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
29. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson
30. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose
31. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
32. Love, Love, Love: and Other Essays by Charles Taliaferro
33. Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel by Audrey Niffenegger
34. Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown
35. Trailing Clouds of Glory: Spiritual Values in Children's Literature by Madeleine L'Engle and Avery Brooke
36. It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita

by Adriana Trigiani

The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Allison Winn Scotch
Julie Klassen


50. Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times by Suzan Colón
51. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui, and Linda Coverdale
52. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
53. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
54. The Principles of Uncertainty
55. Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel by Yann Martel
56. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
57. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
58. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
59. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
60. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
61. Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
62. Gregor and the Code of the Claw by Suzanne Collins 

Final 2010 Total = 62


Papa Bear said...

The City and The City by China Miéville is a very interesting book worth reading. I've also enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. John Sandford's "Prey" series books are good detective novels and they're set in the Twin Cities.

Karla said...

Here are some good ones I've read lately: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder (Rebecca Wells); The Girls From Ames (Jeffrey Zaslow); Taft: A Novel (Ann Patchett -- love her stuff, she also wrote Bel Canto); and Sister Mine: A Novel (Tawni O'Dell). I've also been looking forward to The Help (Kathryn Stockett).

Naomi said...

reread Harry Potter! No, but seriously, Reading Lolita in Tehran is great, Funny in Farsi is a short but amusing read and I hear the Time Traveler's Wife is as good as the movie. And have you read the Twilight series yet?

Rev Scott said...

I thought The Time Traveler's Wife was magnificent - I'm sure the movie will be a letdown. Also, if you haven't yet, try Gilead and Home by Marilynne Robinson. Both excellent 'church' reads. And The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel. Enjoy the year in words!

LutherLiz said...

Let's see...the Larsson books are on the library queue. I've read Reading Lolita in Tehran, the Time Traveler's Wife, and Gilead, but I'll have to check out the others. I'm looking forward to the new book by the author of TTW.

Sue said...

A couple of fiction books I've enjoyed: The Poet by Michael Connelly (older book but still great - in fact, anything by Michael Connelly), The Art of Racing in the Rain (Stein), A Prayer for Owen Meaney (Irving), and The Second Son (Sailor - if you can find this book, you're lucky! I got a hard copy back in the 70s).

pjmystic said...

At this point I can't remember if you had them on another of your lists, but if you haven't read any of the Wally Lamb books:
"She's Come Undone"
"I Know This Much is True"
"The Hour I First Believed"
you must. I have devoured them and I love them. Particularly the last two.

Karlene said...

Great reading goal. I signed up to read 100 this year. I may have set my sights too high.

Thanks for the follow. :)

Sharon said...

I was thinking about this randomly the other day, and I couldn't remember how many books the challenge was. I was thinking 50, but then decided that couldn't be it. That's almost a book a week. And I didn't have time for that before having a baby. I am amazed with you. What an incredible achievement. I think I'll aim for one book a month instead.

Sharon said...

Oh, and if you haven't read it, you HAVE to read "Water For Elephants." My whole family has read and loved it.

amy33024 said...

I LOVE #1 Ladies Detective Agency! They are great books. I read The Help recently, and it was VERY good. I love this idea and am tempted to do it myself said...

Jodi Picoult's books are page turners and very thought-provoking. My nieces got me hooked on her. The first one I read was titled Nineteen Minutes. An extremely difficult subject was handled well. She does an excellent job helping the reader understand the perspectives of the various characters. I highly recommend it and her other books.

Jen said...

I can't believe you had time to read all these! Which was your favorite?