Thursday, January 3, 2008


I have already started the challenge, to read 8 books in 8 categories by 12/31/08. Here is my list.

General Fiction
1. Darkmans by Nicola Barker
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
3. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
4. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
5. Falling Man by Don Delillo
6. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
7. Spook Country by William Gibson
8. God of Animals by Aryn Kyle

1. What Dead Men Know by Laura Lippman
2. Spook Country by William Gibson
3. The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
4. Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
5. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
6. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
7. Shelter by Susan Palwick
8. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Juvenile Fiction
1.May Bird Among the Stars by Jodi Lynn Anderson (finished)
2.May Bird Warroir Princess by Jodi Lynn Anderson (finished)
3.The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech & David Diaz (finished)
4.The Garden of Eve by K.L. Going
5.The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
6.The Penderwicks by Jane Birdsall
7.The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
8.The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going

Young Adult Fiction
1.I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
2.The Absolutely True Diary of a Partime Indian by Sherman Alexie
3.The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
4.Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (finished)
5.Schooled by Gordan Korman
6.Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
7.Fighting Ruben Wolf by Markus Zusak
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (finished)

Non Fiction
1.God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (finished)
2.Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
3.Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (finished)
4.Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
5.The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
6.The Nine by Jeffery Toobin
7.The World Without Us by Allen Weisman
8.The Book of General Ignorance by Mitchinson & Lloyd
9.Riddled with Life by Marlene Zuk
10.Skin: A History by Nina Jablonski

Historical (fiction and non)

1.The Nature of Monster by Clare Clark
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
2.The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
3.1776 by David McCullough
4.I Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
5.Green Darkness by Anya Seton
6.The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
7.The African & Middle Easter World 600-1500 by Randall Pouwels
8.Our Island Story byH.E. Marshall
9.The Vicious Vikings & The Measly Middle Ages T. Deary & M. Brown

Books I need to re-read

1.Catch 22 Joseph Heller
2.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by P.K. Dick
3.Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
4.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
5.Beowulf translation by Burton Raffel (finished)
6.Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
7.Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
8.I Claudius by Robert Graves
9. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (finished)
10. Naked by David Sedaris


1.Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gelbert
2.Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
3.Into the Wild by John Krakauer
4.I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
5.Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
6.Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
7.Gonzo -The Life with Hunter S. Thompson by Jann Wenner, Corey Seymour & Johnny Depp
8.Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama


Mama Peep said...

So glad you have yours up! Now we can cheer each other on. G is no help. :-)


The Von Kekel Gang said...

Okay I am with you on the Children's & Young Adult books but that is all I am able to do! I rarely get to read anything of my own. The Book Thief was AWESOME!! Nik is enjoying The Bendedict Society. I am reading one of my favorite authors now-- Cat of Nine Tales by Jeffery Archer. Probably the only ADULT book I will get to all year!

SFP said...

Great lists. I'd like to read Darkmans this year, too. And The Zookeeper's Wife--if I can get it back from my daughter!