Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Reading Challenge: 100+ Books in 2009

100+ Books in 2009 Reading Challenge

Thanks to J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog for hosting this challenge!

Let me say up front: joining this challenge is more aspirational than realistic. It's possible I'll start flying through books faster, but more likely than not, I won't make it--but that isn't going to stop me from trying!

The challenge
is straightforward: read 100 books (or more) between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. Wish me luck!

1. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
2. Ignorance by Milan Kundera
3. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
4. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
5. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
7. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
8. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
9. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
11. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque
12. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
13. The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
14. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
15. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
16. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll
17. Herzog by Saul Bellow
18. Shame by Salman Rushdie
19. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
20. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
21. If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
22. The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
23. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
24. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
25. The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
26. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
27. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
28. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
29. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
30. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
31. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
32. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
33. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
34. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
35. Passing by Nella Larsen
36. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
37. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
38. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
39. Daisy Miller by Henry James
40. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
41. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
42. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
43. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
44. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
45. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
46. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
47. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
48. Identity by Milan Kundera
49. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
50. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
51. Look Back In Anger by John Osborne
52. Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
53. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
54. Atonement by Ian McEwan
55. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
56. Everyman by Philip Roth
57. Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho
58. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
59. Julie & Julia by Julie Powell


  1. Wanted to stop in and welcome you to the 100+ Reading Challenge. Links to post your reviews are found at the left sidebar of J. Kaye’s Book Blog. The left sidebar of the blog has clickable buttons. Just click on 2009 Reading Challenges and it will take you to the correct page. This is, of course, totally optional.

    Have Fun!

  2. Looks like quite a list, I am not as far along as you, I did only start the challenge a few months ago. Looks like you managed to get a few classics under your belt.