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Anna Karenina + Friday Wrap-Up

15 Oct

Holy moly, people! I’ve never been as busy as I was this week – and I posted here four times. Aren’t you impressed?? There’s been a boatload of stuff going on this week, clearly, and I don’t want you to miss a moment.

But first, I gotta talk about Anna Karenina – specifically the read-along I’m participating in over at Wallace’s blog, Unputdownables. And surprise, surprise, I’m already behind. We’re reading about 63 pages a week (~9 pages a day), which isn’t too terrible to manage, but this week I also wanted to read the introductory essay in my copy of the book to get myself in the right frame of mind and to also have a sense of what to expect. So I’m glad I read it – I got this whole theme of duality right off the bat, especially in the famous opening line, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – but I’ll have to do some catch-up this weekend.

I’ll be check in with Wallace’s blog every Friday, and hopefully I’ll be posting at least a little something here on Fridays as well to go along with my reading, but no guarantees.

What’s also exciting about this read-along is that, by participating, I’m checking off one of my 30-for-30 goals! And as I look ahead to the next two years or so, I’m already making plans for a few of my other ventures. I’ve got sky-diving on the calendar, and I’m signing up for the New York City Triathlon on Nov. 1st (or at least signing up for the lottery in hopes of getting in). If I can’t get into NYC, I’m going to sign up for Nation’s Tri right here in DC which falls on my birthday next year. I may just do both ;).

And looking way ahead, I’m hoping to get into the Marine Corps Marathon in 2013, which technically will fall after my 30th birthday, but what a great way to celebrate, huh?

In terms of what’s been going on here, in case you missed it, I posted a review of The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon, announced my intention to read-a-thon for charity again this year, and then amended that announcement with my reading list, a second charity and matched donations. If you missed me over on BookRiot.com this week, I celebrated the library book sale and posted a plea to publishers: Don’t Be Like Netflix.

That was my week, how was yours??

I Read-a-thon. Do You?

10 Oct

(I’ve got a post up on Book Riot today too. Go check it out: All Hail the Library Book Sale)

Ten days from now, Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon kicks off, and once again, I’ll be ready with a stack of books, hot cocoa and my checkbook. Why my checkbook? Because as in past read-a-thons, I’ll be turning pages for charity. More about that in a minute. If you’ve never done a 24 Hour Read-a-thon, I highly recommend it. At no other time in my life do I get to legitimately clear my schedule for reading; I also feel less guilty for not making (or canceling) plans since I donate to a good cause while I’m participating. I’m already deciding on a reading list – sadly, some school reading is going to have to be on it – but I’ll post a final list next week, when I’ve narrowed down my choices.

Now, on to the charity I’m choosing this year!

I’ve decided that I’m going to donate 10 cents a page to First Book, a literacy organization that provides new books to low-income children. My former boss works for First Book now, and I know it’s a great cause and a great non-profit, and I’m happy to use my time reading to benefit children who may not otherwise own books of their own.

So will you be reading? You can sign up here to read. Or if you can’t commit to the full 24 hours, you can sign up to be a cheerleader (highly beneficial when it’s 2am and you’re struggling to keep your eyes open), sign up here. And if you plan on reading for charity, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

30 for 30

23 Aug

While I’m out of commission this week, post-surgery, I’m hoping to blog a little more and catch up on some posts I’ve wanted to write for a while. In that vein, I’ve really abandoned my personal blog in favor of putting more effort and time into this blog. I don’t regret it whatsoever – talking about my non-existent dating life and my work life and my family and my friends can be exhausting, especially when there isn’t much to say (publicly anyway). But one thing I’ve figured out that I miss is having a place to talk about my non-reading goals. I’m not going to move any of that here, except for my newly created life list – 30 for 30. My 28th birthday is quickly approaching in less than two weeks, and I decided that there were a few things I want to accomplish before I hit that big milestone. I was partly inspired by Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm. We’ve got a few of the same things on our lists, so I thought I’d post my complete list here, under the Challenges section.

Before I do that though, some explanation. The idea of a “life list” – things I want to do before I die – feels kind of morbid and also completely overwhelming, but a list of things to cross off my list in the next two years is doable and exciting. Of course, because I am me, there are book goals on my list as well. Two years sounds like a long time; it’s not, especially when you consider that some of these goals are year-long adventures, and that some of them are traveling goals, which require planning and money. Some are easy, some are hard. Some are a little bit out of my control, no matter how hard to work at them. I originally had more than 30 on the list, but I managed to narrow it down to these:

  1. Throw a dinner party
  2. Learn how to make homemade pasta
  3. Live alone
  4. Take a spontaneous road trip with no planned destination
  5. Get a job in book publishing
  6. Start saving for and do research into having my eggs harvested and frozen
  7. Run a marathon
  8. Do an Olympic triathlon
  9. Take a photo every day for a year
  10. Ask a stranger out on a date
  11. Go alcohol-free for a month
  12. Knit a scarf as a gift for someone else
  13. Donate $50 to a different charity once a month for a year
  14. Take my parents out for a really nice dinner
  15. Eat only local for a week
  16. Set up my freelancing services (i.e. hang out my shingle)
  17. Take a vacation with my friends – no weddings allowed!
  18. Read all seven Jane Austen novels
  19. Go sky-diving
  20. Read Anna Karenina
  21. Eat crabs on the DC waterfront
  22. Volunteer with the Obama 2012 campaign
  23. Start writing fiction again
  24. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  25. See every movie on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list
  26. Travel internationally at least once a year (Canada doesn’t count!)
  27. Read all seven Harry Potter novels back to back
  28. Learn Photoshop, InDesign and HTML
  29. Get kissed under mistletoe
  30. Be happy

I managed to cross off #2 on my list on Sunday night. My mom taught me how to make homemade pasta and I can’t wait to try it out myself. I’ve totally got the bug and I want to teach myself how to make ravioli now too. I also realized – even though it’s not officially on my list – I did something else pretty cool (and it’s on Kerry’s list!): I learned how to shoot a gun!

Do you have a similar list? Any tips for getting some of the things on my list accomplished?

For one of the book goals, I’m going to participate in Unputdownables’ Anna Karenina read-a-long this fall/winter which I think will make me more motivated to finish it. Is anyone going to join me for this one?

1001 Books TBR

11 May

New book blogger americanbookjunkie (go check her out!) posted a complete list of all the books that have appeared in the three published editions of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. There are actually a total of 1294 books to read before you die, apparently. She got this list from 1 More Chapter and because they’ve both managed to make me feel bad about the lack of bold on my own list here, they’re on my grumbly-face list, i.e. people I may make a grumbly face at but still probably really like, because they’ve got great blogs.

Here’s a code for the list that follows: Titles in bold have been read. Dates in parentheses are book editions of the 1001 list. Information in brackets is author nationality, language, book award. Also, just for the hell of it, and because I like to torture myself, I’m going to italicize the books I own but have not read. FUN! ::sarcasm::

1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (2010) [France, French]
2. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (2010) [UK, English]
3. Invisible by Paul Auster (2010) [USA, English]
4. American Rust by Philipp Meyer (2010) [USA, English]
5. Cost: A Novel by Roxana Robinson (2010) [USA, English]
6. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2010) [India/Australia, English, Booker]
7. Home by Marilynne Robinson (2010) [USA, English, Orange]
8. Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman (2010) [UK, English]
9. The Gathering by Anne Enright (2010) [Ireland, English, Booker]
10. The Blind Side Of The Heart by Julia Franck (2010) [Germany, German]
11. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2010) [USA/Dominican, English, Pulitzer]
12. Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (2008) [UK, English]
13. Falling Man by Don DeLillo (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
14. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2008) [Pakistan, English]
15. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2008, 2010) [Nigeria, English, Orange]
16. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (2008) [USA/France, French]
17. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2008, 2010) [India, English, Booker]
18. Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
19. Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
20. Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
21. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
22. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (2008) [UK, English]
23. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006) [Japan/UK, English]
24. Saturday – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English]
25. On Beauty – Zadie Smith (2006) [UK, English]
26. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
27. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson (2006) [UK, English]
28. The Accidental by Ali Smith (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
29. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2008, 2010) [UK, English, Booker]
30. 2666 by Roberto Bolano (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
31. Small Island by Andrea Levy [UK, English, Orange]
32. The Sea – John Banville (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English, Booker]
33. The Book about Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
34. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble (2006) [UK, English]
35. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth [USA, English]
36. The Master – Colm Tóibín (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English]
37. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (2008, 2010) [France, French]
38. The Swarm by Frank Schatzing (2008, 2010)
39. Vanishing Point – David Markson (2006)
40. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd (2006)
41. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair (2006)
42. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (2006, 2008, 2010)
43. Your Face Tomorrow by Javier Marias (2008, 2010) [Spanish]
44. A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (2008, 2010)
45. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
46. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle (2006)
47. The Colour – Rose Tremain (2006)
48. Thursbitch – Alan Garner (2006)
49. The Light of Day – Graham Swift (2006)
50. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt (2006, 2008, 2010)
51. Lady Number Thirteen by Jose Carlos Somoza (2008, 2010)
52. The Successor by Ismail Kadare (2008, 2010)
53. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (2008, 2010) [Booker]
54. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2008, 2010)
55. Islands – Dan Sleigh
56. Unless – Carol Shields (2006)
57. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japanese]
58. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
59. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair (2006)
60. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry (2006)
61. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters (2006)
62. The Double – José Saramago (2006) [Portuguese]
63. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer (2006, 2008, 2010)
64. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor (2006)
65. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern (2006)
66. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien (2006)
67. Shroud – John Banville (2006)
68. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2006) [Pulitzer]
69. Youth – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
70. Dead Air – Iain Banks (2006)
71. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon (2006, 2008, 2010)
72. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (2008, 2010)
73. Platform – Michael Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
74. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen (2006, 2008, 2010)
75. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini (2006)
76. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo (2006)
77. Fury – Salman Rushdie (2006)
78. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill (2006)
79. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk (2006)
80. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (2006, 2008, 2010) [Booker]
81. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster (2006)
82. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi (2006)
83. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald (2006, 2008, 2010)
84. Schooling – Heather McGowan (2006)
85. Atonement – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010)
86. Soldiers of Salamis by Javer Cercas (2008, 2010)
87. I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti (2008, 2010) [Italian]
88. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa (2006, 2008, 2010) [ Peru, Spanish, Nobel]
89. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon [US, English, Pulitzer]
90. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma (2006)
91. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho (2006, 2008, 2010)
92. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare (2006, 2008, 2010)
93. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
94. Under the Skin – Michel Faber (2006, 2008, 2010)
95. White Teeth – Zadie Smith (2006, 2008, 2010)
96. City of God – E.L. Doctorow (2006)
97. How the Dead Live – Will Self (2006)
98. The Human Stain – Philip Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
99. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (2006) [Canada, English, Booker]
100. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami (2006) [Japan, Japanese]
101. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
102. Ignorance – Milan Kundera (2006)
103. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace (2006)
104. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy (2006, 2008, 2010)
105. Bartleby and Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas (2008, 2010)
106. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard (2006)
107. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski (2006) [USA, English]
108. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates (2006) [USA, English]
109. Pastoralia – George Saunders (2006) [USA, English]
110. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy (2006)
111. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb (2006, 2008, 2010) [Belgium, French]
112. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Urgresic (2008, 2010)
113. In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi (2008, 2010)
114. Pavel’s Letters by Monika Maron (2008, 2010)
115. Timbuktu – Paul Auster (2006) [USA, English]
116. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra (2006)
117. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson (2006) [USA, English]
118. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakulic (2006, 2008, 2010)
119. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie (2006)
120. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English, Booker]
121. Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
122. Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Guitierrez (2008, 2010)
123. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon (2006, 2008, 2010)
124. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami (2006) [Japan, Japanese]
125. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
126. The Heretic by Miguel Deliber (2008, 2010)
127. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi (2006)
128. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English, Booker]
129. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks (2006) [USA, English]
130. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom (2006, 2008, 2010)
131. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters (2006)
132. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis (2006) [USA, English]
133. Another World – Pat Barker (2006)
134. The Hours – Michael Cunningham (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English, Pulitzer]
135. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho (2006, 2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
136. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
137. Crossfire by Miyabe Miyuki (2008, 2010)
138. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (2006) [USA, English]
139. Great Apes – Will Self (2006)
140. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
141. Underworld – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
142. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
143. Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia (2008, 2010)
144. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin (2006, 2008, 2010)
145. Margot and the Angels by Kristien Hemmerechts (2008, 2010)
146. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon (2006) [USA, English]
147. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (2006, 2008, 2010)
148. American Pastoral – Philip Roth (2006)
149. The Untouchable – John Banville (2006)
150. Silk – Alessandro Baricco (2006, 2008, 2010)
151. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
152. A Light Comedy by Eduardo Mendoza (2008, 2010)
153. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard (2006)
154. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker (2006, 2008, 2010)
155. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels (2006, 2008, 2010)
156. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker (2006, 2008, 2010)
157. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse (2006, 2008, 2010)
158. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace (2006, 2008, 2010)
159. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin (2006, 2008, 2010)
160. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
161. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
162. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
163. Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez (2008, 2010)
164. The Information – Martin Amis (2006)
165. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie (2006)
166. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth (2006)
167. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald (2006)
168. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink (2006, 2008, 2010)
169. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (2006, 2008, 2010)
170. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose (2006, 2008, 2010)
171. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis (2006, 2008, 2010)
172. The Late-Night News by Petros Markaris (2008, 2010)
173. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante (2008, 2010)
174. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster (2006)
175. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst (2006)
176. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
177. Land – Park Kyong-ni (2006, 2008, 2010)
178. Our Lady of Assassins by Fernando Vallejo (2008, 2010)
179. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
180. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami (2006, 2008, 2010)
181. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi (2006, 2008, 2010)
182. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol (2006, 2008, 2010)
183. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman (2006, 2008, 2010)
184. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (2006, 2008, 2010)
185. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor (2006, 2008, 2010)
186. Deep River by Shusaku Endo (2008, 2010)
187. Disappearance – David Dabydeen (2006, 2008, 2010)
188. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm (2006, 2008, 2010)
189. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light by Ivan Klima (2008, 2010)
190. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx (2006, 2008, 2010)
191. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (2006)
192. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (2006, 2008, 2010)
193. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy (2006, 2008, 2010)
194. The Twins by Tessa de Loo (2008, 2010)
195. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth (2006)
196. Complicity – Iain Banks (2006)
197. On Love – Alain de Botton (2006, 2008, 2010)
198. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe (2006, 2008, 2010)
199. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (2006, 2008, 2010)
200. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields (2006, 2008, 2010)
201. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (2006, 2008, 2010)
202. The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee (2008, 2010)
203. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (2008, 2010)
204. The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis (2008, 2010)
205. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd (2006)
206. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood (2006)
207. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald (2006)
208. The Secret History – Donna Tartt (2006, 2008, 2010)
209. Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas (2008, 2010)
210. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar (2006, 2008, 2010)
211. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
212. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (2008, 2010)
213. The Triple Mirror of the Self by Zulfikar Ghose (2008, 2010)
214. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (2008, 2010)
215. A Heart So White – Javier Marias (2006)
216. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker (2006, 2008, 2010)
217. Jazz – Toni Morrison (2006)
218. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje (2006, 2008, 2010)
219. Indigo – Marina Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
220. The Crow Road – Iain Banks (2006, 2008, 2010)
221. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson (2006, 2008, 2010)
222. The Dumas Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte (2008, 2010)
223. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg (2006, 2008, 2010)
224. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe (2006, 2008, 2010)
225. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates (2006)
226. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín (2006)
227. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (2006, 2008, 2010)
228. Memoirs of Rain by Sunetra Gupta (2008, 2010)
229. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan (2006)
230. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud (2006, 2008, 2010)
231. Arcadia – Jim Crace (2006, 2008, 2010)
232. Wild Swans – Jung Chang (2006, 2008, 2010)
233. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis (2006)
234. Mao II – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010)
235. Typical – Padgett Powell (2006, 2008, 2010)
236. Regeneration – Pat Barker (2006, 2008, 2010)
237. Astradeni by Eugenia Fakinou (2008, 2010)
238. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (2008, 2010)
239. The Laws by Connie Palmen (2008, 2010)
240. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (2006, 2008, 2010)
241. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon (2006) [USA, English]
242. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald (2006, 2008, 2010)
243. Downriver – Iain Sinclair (2006)
244. The Daughter by Pavlos Matesis (2008, 2010)
245. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres (2006)
246. Wise Children – Angela Carter (2006)
247. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard (2006, 2008, 2010)
248. Amongst Women – John McGahern (2006, 2008, 2010)
249. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge (2006, 2008, 2010)
250. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010)
251. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
252. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle (2006, 2008, 2010)
253. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh (2008, 2010)
254. Possession – A.S. Byatt (2006)
255. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi (2006, 2008, 2010)
256. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham (2006)
257. Like Life – Lorrie Moore (2006, 2008, 2010)
258. A Disaffection – James Kelman (2006)
259. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson (2006, 2008, 2010)
260. Moon Palace – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010)
261. London Fields – Martin Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
262. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow (2006)
263. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
264. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai (2006, 2008, 2010)
265. The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor (2008, 2010)
266. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker (2006)
267. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway (2006, 2008, 2010)
268. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago (2006, 2008, 2010)
269. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel (2006, 2008, 2010)
270. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (2006, 2008, 2010)
271. Inland by Gerald Murnane (2008, 2010)
272. Obabakoak by Bernando Atxaga (2008, 2010)
273. Gimmick! by Joost Zwagerman (2008, 2010)
274. The Book of Evidence – John Banville (2006)
275. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood (2006)
276. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco (2006, 2008, 2010)
277. Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong (2008, 2010)
278. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White (2006)
279. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson (2006, 2008, 2010)
280. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010)
281. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst (2006, 2008, 2010)
282. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey (2006, 2008, 2010)
283. The Last World by Christopher Ransmayr (2008, 2010)
284. The First Garden by Anne Herbert (2008, 2010)
285. Libra – Don DeLillo (2006)
286. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks (2006)
287. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga (2006, 2008, 2010)
288. The Child in Time by Ian McEwan (2006)
289. Cigarettes by Harry Mathews (2006, 2008, 2010)
290. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams (2006)
291. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams (2006, 2008, 2010)
292. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (2008, 2010)
293. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble (2006, 2008, 2010)
294. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke (2006, 2008, 2010)
295. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson (2006)
296. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy (2006, 2008, 2010)
297. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
298. Black Box by Amos Oz All Souls by Javier Marias (2008, 2010)
299. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010)
300. All Souls by Javier Marias (2008, 2010)
301. Beloved – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
302. Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende (2008, 2010)
303. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind (2006, 2008, 2010)
304. World’s End by T.C. Boyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
305. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010)
306. The Ballad for Georg Henig by Viktor Paskov (2008, 2010)
307. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
308. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt (2006, 2008, 2010)
309. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore (2006, 2008, 2010)
310. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (2006, 2008, 2010)
311. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
312. Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano (2008, 2010)
313. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
314. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010)
315. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates (2006)
316. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons (2006, 2008, 2010)
317. Foe – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
318. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
319. The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman by Szczypiorski (2008, 2010)
320. Ancestral Voices by Etienne van Heerden (2008, 2010)
321. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010)
322. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann (2006, 2008, 2010)
323. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid (2008, 2010)
324. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson (2006)
325. The Cider House Rules – John Irving (2006, 2008, 2010)
326. Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson (2008, 2010)
327. A Maggot – John Fowles (2006)
328. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis (2006)
329. Contact – Carl Sagan (2006, 2008, 2010)
330. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (2008, 2010)
331. Perfume – Patrick Süskind (2006, 2008, 2010)
332. Queer – William Burroughs (2006)
333. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd (2006, 2008, 2010)
334. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
335. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel (2006, 2008, 2010)
336. Half of Man is Woman by Zhang Xianliang (2008, 2010)
337. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard (2006)
338. White Noise – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010)
339. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (2008, 2010)
340. The Young Man by Botho Strauss (2008, 2010)
341. Legend – David Gemmell (2006, 2008, 2010)
342. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera (2006, 2008, 2010)
343. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavic (2006, 2008, 2010)
344. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman (2006, 2008, 2010)
345. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard (2006, 2008, 2010)
346. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago (2006, 2008, 2010)
347. The Lover – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010)
348. Democracy by Joan Didion (2008, 2010)
349. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks (2006, 2008, 2010)
350. Neuromancer – William Gibson (2006, 2008, 2010)
351. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter (2006, 2008, 2010)
352. Larva: Midsummer Night’s Babel by Julian Rios (2008, 2010)
353. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker (2006, 2008, 2010)
354. Professor Martens’ Departure by Jaan Kross (2008, 2010)
355. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
356. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
357. Shame – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010)
358. The Witness by Juan Jose Saer (2008, 2010)
359. Fado Alexandrino by Antonio Lobo Antunes (2008, 2010)
360. The Christmas Oratorio by Goran Tunstrom (2008, 2010)
361. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett (2006)
362. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor (2006)
363. La Brava – Elmore Leonard (2006, 2008, 2010)
364. Waterland – Graham Swift (2006, 2008, 2010)
365. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English, Booker]
366. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing (2006)
367. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek (2006, 2008, 2010)
368. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus (2006, 2008, 2010)
369. Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago (2008, 2010)
370. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (2008, 2010)
371. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
372. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White (2006, 2008, 2010)
373. The Color Purple – Alice Walker (2006, 2008, 2010)
374. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010)
375. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
376. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally (2006, 2008, 2010)
377. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende (2006, 2008, 2010)
378. The Newton Letter – John Banville (2006)
379. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
380. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan (2006)
381. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer (2006, 2008, 2010)
382. Couples, Passerby by Botho Strauss (2008, 2010)
383. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard (2006)
384. The Names – Don DeLillo (2006)
385. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010)
386. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray (2006, 2008, 2010)
387. The War of the End of the World by Llosa (2008, 2010)
388. Leaden Wings by Zhang Jie (2008, 2010)
389. The House with the Blind Glass Windows by Wassmo (2008, 2010)
390. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin (2006, 2008, 2010)
391. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
392. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010)
393. Rites of Passage – William Golding (2006)
394. Broken April – Ismail Kadare (2006, 2008, 2010)
395. Smell of Sadness by Kossman (2008, 2010)
396. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom (2006, 2008, 2010)
397. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (2006, 2008, 2010)
398. Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai (2008, 2010)
399. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard (2006)
400. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (2006, 2008, 2010)
401. Southern Seas by Montalban (2008, 2010)
402. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré(2006, 2008, 2010)
403. Fool’s Gold by Douka (2008, 2010)
404. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera (2006, 2008, 2010)
405. A Dry White Season by Andre Brink (2008, 2010)
406. Shikasta – Doris Lessing (2006)
407. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010)
408. Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer (2006, 2008, 2010)
409. So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (2008, 2010)
410. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll (2006)
411. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
412. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (2006, 2008, 2010)
413. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010)
414. Yes – Thomas Bernhard (2006)
415. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt (2006, 2008, 2010)
416. The Back Room by Gaite (2008, 2010)
417. The World According to Garp – John Irving (2006)
418. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
419. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English, Booker]
420. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
421. Requiem for a Dream by Selby (2008, 2010)
422. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (2008, 2010)
423. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter (2006)
424. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin (2006, 2008, 2010)
425. The Shining – Stephen King (2006, 2008, 2010)
426. Dispatches – Michael Herr (2006, 2008, 2010)
427. The Wars by Findley (2008, 2010)
428. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (2006)
429. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
430. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector (2006, 2008, 2010)
431. Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym (2008, 2010)
432. The Engineer of Human Souls by Skvorecky (2008, 2010)
433. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
434. Almost Transparent Blue by Rhu Murakami (2008, 2010)
435. Kiss of the Spiderwoman by Manuel Puig (2008, 2010)
436. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke (2006, 2008, 2010)
437. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo (2006)
438. The Public Burning – Robert Coover (2006)
439. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice (2006, 2008, 2010)
440. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg (2006, 2008, 2010)
441. Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor (2008, 2010)
442. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme (2006)
443. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
444. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010)
445. W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
446. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell (2006, 2008, 2010)
447. Dead Babies – Martin Amis (2006)
448. Correction – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010)
449. Grimus – Salman Rushdie (2006)
450. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme(2006, 2008, 2010)
451. Fateless – Imre Kertész (2006, 2008, 2010)
452. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan (2006, 2008, 2010)
453. Woman at Point Zero by El Saadawi (2008, 2010)
454. High Rise – J.G. Ballard (2006)
455. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010)
456. The Year of the Hare by Paasilinna (2008, 2010)
457. The Commandant by Jessica Anderson (2008, 2010)
458. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow(2006, 2008, 2010)
459. The Port by Soljan (2008, 2010)
460. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle (2006, 2008, 2010)
461. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
462. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010)
463. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (2008, 2010)
464. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (2008, 2010)
465. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré (2006)
466. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (2006) [USA, English]
467. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong (2006, 2008, 2010)
468. A Question of Power – Bessie Head (2006, 2008, 2010)
469. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
470. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
471. Crash – J.G. Ballard (2006, 2008, 2010)
472. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
473. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
474. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch (2006) [UK, English]
475.Sula – Toni Morrison (2006)
476. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
477. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (2008, 2010)
478. The Twilight Years by Ariyoshi (2008, 2010)
479. The Breast – Philip Roth (2006)
480. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson (2006, 2008, 2010)
481. G – John Berger (2006, 2008, 2010)
482. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
483. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson (2006, 2008, 2010)
484. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010)
485. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro (2008, 2010)
486. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow (2006, 2008, 2010)
487. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (2006, 2008, 2010)
488. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010)
489. Cataract by Osadchyi (2008, 2010)
490.The Wild Boys – William Burroughs (2006)
491. Rabbit Redux – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010)
492. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima (2006, 2008, 2010)
493. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark (2006)
494. The Ogre – Michael Tournier (2006)
495. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
496. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke (2006)
497. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (2006, 2008, 2010)
498. A World for Julius by Echenique (2008, 2010)
499. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett (2006)
500. Troubles – J.G. Farrell
501. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson (2006, 2008, 2010)
502. Play It As it Lays by Joan Didion (2008, 2010)
503. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (2008, 2010)
504. Here’s to You, Jesusa by Poniatowska (2008, 2010)
505. Season of Migration to the North by Salih (2008, 2010)
506. Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig (2008, 2010)
507. Moscow Stations by Erofeyev (2008, 2010)
508. The Case Worker by Konrad (2008, 2010)
509. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard (2006)
510. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado (2006, 2008, 2010)
511. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover (2006, 2008, 2010)
512. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines (2006, 2008, 2010)
513. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
514. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles (2006, 2008, 2010)
515. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis (2006)
516. Jacob the Liar by Becker (2008, 2010)
517. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
518. The Godfather – Mario Puzo (2006, 2008, 2010)
519. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
520. Them – Joyce Carol Oates (2006, 2008, 2010)
521. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
522. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010)
523. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal (2006, 2008, 2010)
524. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
525. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch (2006) [UK, English]
526. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen (2006, 2008, 2010)
527. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke (2006, 2008, 2010)
528. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick (2006, 2008, 2010)
529. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
530. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry (2006)
531. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz (2006, 2008, 2010)
532. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan (2006, 2008, 2010)
533. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines (2006, 2008, 2010)
534. The Cathedral by Honchar (2008, 2010)
535. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
536. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
537. Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle (2008, 2010)
538. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson (2006, 2008, 2010)
539. Chocky – John Wyndham (2006)
540. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa (2006)
541. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010)
542. The Manor by Isaac Bashevis Singer (2008, 2010)
543. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson (2006, 2008, 2010)
544. The Joke – Milan Kundera (2006)
545. Z by Vassilikos (2008, 2010)
546. Miramar by Mahfouz (2008, 2010)
547. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
548. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys (2006, 2008, 2010)
549. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (2006, 2008, 2010)
550. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec (2006)
551. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West (2006)
552. Trawl – B.S. Johnson (2006)
553. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (2006, 2008, 2010)
554. The Magus – John Fowles (2006, 2008, 2010)
555. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010)
556. Marks of Identity by Juan Goytisolo (2008, 2010)
557. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth (2006, 2008, 2010)
558. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
559. To Each His Own by Sciascia (2008, 2010)
560. Silence by Shusaku Endo (2008, 2010)
561. Death and the Dervish by Selimovic (2008, 2010)
562. Things – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
563. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien (2006)
564. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut (2006) [USA, English]
565. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor (2006, 2008, 2010)
566. Garden, Ashes by Kis (2008, 2010)
567. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o(2006, 2008, 2010)
568. Closely Watched Trains by Hrabal (2008, 2010)
569. Back to Oegstgeest by Wolkers (2008, 2010)
570. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector (2006, 2008, 2010)
571. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey (2006, 2008, 2010)
572. Three Trapped Tigers by Infante (2008, 2010)
573. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme (2006)
574. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson (2006)
575. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe (2006, 2008, 2010)
576. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010)
577. Herzog – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010)
578. V. – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
579. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
580. The Graduate – Charles Webb (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
581. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
582. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
583. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
584. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess (2006, 2008, 2010)
585. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
586. Dog Years by Gunter Grass (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
587. The Third Wedding by Taktsis (2008, 2010)
588. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010)[Russia, Russian]
589. The Time of the Hero by Llosa (2008, 2010)
590. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Fuentes (2008, 2010)
591. The Collector – John Fowles (2006)
592. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
593. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
594. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
595. Time of Silence by Luis Martin Santos (2008, 2010)
596. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard (2006)
597. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
598. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges (2006, 2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
599. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
600. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani (2006, 2008, 2010)
601. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein (2006, 2008, 2010)
602. Memoirs of a Peasant Boy by Vilos (2008, 2010)
603. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame (2006, 2008, 2010)
604. No One Writes to the Colonel by Marquez (2008, 2010)
605. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
606. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
607. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
608. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
609. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem (2006, 2008, 2010)
610. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (2006, 2008, 2010)
611. The Shipyard by Onetti (2008, 2010)
612. God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene (2008, 2010)
613. Bebo’s Girl by Cassola (2008, 2010)
614. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor (2006) [USA, English]
615. How It Is – Samuel Beckett (2006)
616. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino (2006)
617. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien(2006, 2008, 2010)
618. Halftime by Martin Walser (2008, 2010)
619. The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer (2008, 2010)
620. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
621. Rabbit, Run – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
622. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary (2006, 2008, 2010)
623. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
624. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse (2006, 2008, 2010)
625. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
626. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
627. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee (2006, 2008, 2010)
628. Down Second Avenue by Mphahlele (2008, 2010)
629. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow (2006)
630. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark (2006) [UK, English]
631. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010)
632. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe (2006, 2008, 2010)
633. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (2006, 2008, 2010)
634. Deep Rivers by Arguedas (2008, 2010)
635. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (2006, 2008, 2010)
636. The Guide by Narayan (2008, 2010)
637. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon (2006, 2008, 2010)
638. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (2006, 2008, 2010)
639. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe (2006, 2008, 2010)
640. Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon by Jorge Amada (2008, 2010)
641. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico (2006)
642. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan (2006, 2008, 2010)
643. The Bell – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
644. The End of the Road – John Barth (2006)
645. The Once and Future King – T.H. White (2006, 2008, 2010)
646. The Birds by Vesaas (2008, 2010)
647. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet (2006, 2008, 2010)
648. Voss – Patrick White (2006, 2008, 2010)
649. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham (2006, 2008, 2010)
650. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010)
651. Homo Faber – Max Frisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
652. The Deadbeats by Ruyslinck (2008, 2010)
653. The Manila Rope by Meri (2008, 2010)
654. On the Road – Jack Kerouac (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
655. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
656. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak (2006, 2008, 2010)
657. The Glass Bees by Junger (2008, 2010)
658. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber (2006)
659. Justine – Lawrence Durrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
660. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
661. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow (2006)
662. The Floating Opera – John Barth(2006, 2008, 2010)
663. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary (2006, 2008, 2010)
664. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (2006, 2008, 2010)
665. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
666. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith (2006, 2008, 2010)
667. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
668. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Rosa (2008, 2010)
669. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis (2006, 2008, 2010)
670. The Tree of Man by Patrick White (2008, 2010)
671. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
672. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett (2006, 2008, 2010)
673. The Quiet American – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
674. The Burning Plain by Rulfo (2008, 2010)
675. The Recognitions – William Gaddis (2006, 2008, 2010)
676. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini (2006, 2008, 2010)
677. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
678. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
679. The Unknown Soldier by Linna (2008, 2010)
680. The Sound of Waves by Mishima (2008, 2010)
681. Death in Rome by Koeppen (2008, 2010)
682. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan (2006, 2008, 2010)
683. The Mandarins by de Beauvoir (2008, 2010)
684. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (2006, 2008, 2010)
685. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
686. The Story of O – Pauline Réage (2006, 2008, 2010)
687. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010)
688. A Day in Spring by Kosmac (2008, 2010)
689. The Dark Child by Laye (2008, 2010)
690. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley (2006, 2008, 2010)
691. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (2006, 2008, 2010)
692. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett (2006)
693. Watt – Samuel Beckett (2006)
694. The Hothouse by Koeppen (2008, 2010)
695. The Lost Steps by Carpentier (2008, 2010)
696. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
697. Junkie – William Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
698. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming (2006, 2008, 2010)
699. *The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow (2006)
700. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
701. A Thousand Cranes by Kawabata (2008, 2010)
702. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (2008, 2010)
703. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt (2006, 2008, 2010)
704. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (2006, 2008, 2010)
705. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
706. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor (2006, 2008, 2010)
707. The Hive by Cela (2008, 2010)
708. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson (2006)
709. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar (2006, 2008, 2010)
710. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham (2006, 2008, 2010)
711. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
712. Foundation – Isaac Asimov (2006, 2008, 2010)
713. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq (2006, 2008, 2010)
714. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (2006, 2008, 2010)
715. The Rebel – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010)
716. Molloy – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
717. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
718. Barabbas by Lagerkvist (2008, 2010)
719. The Guiltless by Broch (2008, 2010)
720. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010)
721. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz (2006, 2008, 2010)
722. The Third Man – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
723. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber (2006, 2008, 2010)
724. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake (2006, 2008, 2010)
725. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese (2006, 2008, 2010)
726. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (2006, 2008, 2010)
727. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing (2006, 2008, 2010)
728. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (2006, 2008, 2010)
729. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk (2006, 2008, 2010)
730. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge (2006, 2008, 2010)
731. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford (2006, 2008, 2010)
732. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
733. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier (2006, 2008, 2010)
734. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren (2006, 2008, 2010)
735. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010)
736. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot (2006, 2008, 2010)
737. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Borowski (2008, 2010)
738. In the Heart of the Seas by Agnon (2008, 2010)
739. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
740. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (2006, 2008, 2010)
741. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani (2006, 2008, 2010)
742. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010)
743. Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzejewski (2008, 2010)
744. Journey to the Alcarria by Cela (2008, 2010)
745. Froth on the Daydream by Vian (2008, 2010)
746. Midaq Alley by Mahfouz (2008, 2010)
747. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
748. The Plague – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010)
749. The Victim – Saul Bellow (2006)
750. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau (2006, 2008, 2010)
751. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
752. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry (2006, 2008, 2010)
753. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
754. House in the Uplands by Caldwell (2008, 2010)
755. Back – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
756. Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis (2008, 2010)
757. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake (2006, 2008, 2010)
758. The Death of Virgil by Broch (2008, 2010)
759. Andrea by Laforet (2008, 2010)
760. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (2008, 2010)
761. Bosnian Chronicle by Andric (2008, 2010)
762. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (2006, 2008, 2010)
763. Arcanum 17 – André Breton (2006, 2008, 2010)
764. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
765. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri? (2006, 2008, 2010)
766. Animal Farm – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010)
767. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck (2006)
768. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford (2006)
769. Loving – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
770. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (2008, 2010)
771. Transit – Anna Seghers (2006, 2008, 2010)
772. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham (2006, 2008, 2010)
773. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges (2006)
774. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010)
775. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (2006, 2008, 2010)
776. Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann (2008, 2010)
777. Caught – Henry Green (2006)
778. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010)
779. Chess Story by Zweig (2008, 2010)
780. Embers – Sandor Marai (2006, 2008, 2010)
781. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner (2006)
782. The Outsider – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010)
783. Conversations in Sicily – Elio Vittorini (2006, 2008, 2010)
784. The Harvesters by Parvese (2008, 2010)
785. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien (2006)
786. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White (2006, 2008, 2010)
787. Broad and Alien Is the World by Alegria (2008, 2010)
788. The Man Who Loved Children by Stead (2008, 2010)
789. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton (2006)
790. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf (2006)
791. The Hamlet – William Faulkner (2006)
792. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler (2006)
793. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
794. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
795. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati (2006, 2008, 2010)
796. Native Son – Richard Wright (2006, 2008, 2010)
797. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010)
798. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
799. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller (2006)
800. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys (2006, 2008, 2010)
801. Party Going – Henry Green (2006)
802. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (2006, 2008, 2010)
803. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell (2006)
804. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
805. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (2006, 2008, 2010)
806. One the Edge of Reason by Krleza (2008, 2010)
807. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner (2006)
808. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson (2006, 2008, 2010)
809. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre (2006, 2008, 2010)
810. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (2006, 2008, 2010)
811. Alamut by Bartol (2008, 2010)
812. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler (2006, 2008, 2010)
813. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
814. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos (2006, 2008, 2010)
815. Murphy – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
816. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (2006, 2008, 2010)
817. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (2006, 2008, 2010)
818. The Years – Virginia Woolf (2006)
819. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (2006, 2008, 2010)
820. The Blind Owl by Hedayat (2008, 2010)
821. Ferdydurke by Grombowicz (2008, 2010)
822. In Parenthesis – David Jones (2006, 2008, 2010)
823. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
824. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) (2006, 2008, 2010)
825. Rickshaw Boy by Lao She (2008, 2010)
826. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway (2006)
827. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
828. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
829. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West (2006, 2008, 2010)
830. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2006, 2008, 2010)
831. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010)
832. War with the Newts by Capek (2008, 2010)
833. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson (2006)
834. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner (2006, 2008, 2010)
835. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft (2006, 2008, 2010)
836. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
837. Independent People – Halldór Laxness (2006, 2008, 2010)
838. Untouchable by Anand (2008, 2010)
839. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
840. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy (2006, 2008, 2010)
841. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti (2006, 2008, 2010)
842. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
843. England Made Me – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
844. Burmese Days – George Orwell (2006)
845. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers (2006, 2008, 2010)
846. The Bells of Basel by Aragon (2008, 2010)
847. On the Heights of Despair by Cioran (2008, 2010)
848. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht (2006)
849. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev (2006)
850. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain (2006, 2008, 2010)
851. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (2006, 2008, 2010)
852. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh (2006)
853. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (2006, 2008, 2010)
854. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (2006, 2008, 2010)
855. The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz (2008, 2010)
856. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
857. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West (2006, 2008, 2010)
858. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers (2006, 2008, 2010)
859. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein (2006, 2008, 2010)
860. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain (2006, 2008, 2010)
861. A Day Off – Storm Jameson (2006, 2008, 2010)
862. Man’s Fate by Malraux (2008, 2010)
863. Cheese by Elsschot (2008, 2010)
864. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil (2006, 2008, 2010)
865. Vipers’ Tangle by Mauriac (2008, 2010)
866. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
867. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons(2006, 2008, 2010)
868. The Forbidden Realm by Slauerhoff (2008, 2010)
869. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
870. The Return of Philip Latinowicz by Krleza (2008, 2010)
871. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon (2006)
872. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline (2006, 2008, 2010)
873. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett (2006, 2008, 2010)
874. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
875. The Waves – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
876. Insatiability by Witkiwicz (2008, 2010)
877. Monica by Saunders Lewis (2008, 2010)
878. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett (2006)
879. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham (2006)
880. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
881. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning (2006, 2008, 2010)
882. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh (2006)
883. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett (2006, 2008, 2010)
884. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
885. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico (2006)
886. Passing – Nella Larsen (2006, 2008, 2010)
887. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
888. I Thought of Daisy by Edmund Wilson (2008, 2010)
889. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett (2006)
890. Living – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
891. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010)
892. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
893. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin (2006, 2008, 2010)
894. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
895. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West (2006)
896. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner (2006)
897. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau (2006, 2008, 2010)
898. Retreat without Song by Shahnour (2008, 2010)
899. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010)
900. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
901. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
902. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall (2006, 2008, 2010)
903. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford (2006, 2008, 2010)
904. Some Prefer Nettles by Tanizaki (2008, 2010)
905. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
906. Quartet – Jean Rhys (2006)
907. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh (2006, 2008, 2010)
908. Quicksand – Nella Larsen (2006, 2008, 2010)
909. Nadja – André Breton (2006, 2008, 2010)
910. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010)
911. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust(2006, 2008, 2010)
912. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
913. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson (2006, 2008, 2010)
914. The Case of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig (2008, 2010)
915. Amerika – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010)
916. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
917. Blindness – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
918. The Castle – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010)
919. Alberta and Jacob by Sandel (2008, 2010)
920. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek (2006, 2008, 2010)
921. Under Satan’s Sun by Bernanos (2008, 2010)
922. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence (2006)
923. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello (2006, 2008, 2010)
924. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (2006, 2008, 2010)
925. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein (2006, 2008, 2010)
926. Chaka the Zulu by Mofolo (2008, 2010)
927. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos (2006)
928. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
929. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (2006, 2008, 2010)
930. The Counterfeiters – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
931. The Trial – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010)
932. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky (2006, 2008, 2010)
933. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather (2006, 2008, 2010)
934. The New World by Welde Selasse (2008, 2010)
935. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville (2006)
936. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen (2006, 2008, 2010)
937. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
938. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin (2006, 2008, 2010)
939. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
940. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet (2006, 2008, 2010)
941. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo (2006, 2008, 2010)
942. Cane – Jean Toomer (2006)
943. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley (2006)
944. Amok – Stefan Zweig (2006, 2008, 2010)
945. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (2008, 2010)
946. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield (2006)
947. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings (2006, 2008, 2010)
948. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf (2006)
949. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010)
950. The Forest of the Hanged by Rebreanu (2008, 2010)
951. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton (2006)
952. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair (2006, 2008, 2010)
953. Claudine’s House by Colette (2008, 2010)
954. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus (2006)
955. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence (2006)
956. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
957. Ulysses – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010)
958. Life of Christ by Papini (2008, 2010)
959. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence (2006)
960. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
961. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010)
962. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
963. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
964. The Storm of Steel by Junger (2008, 2010)
965. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf (2006)
966. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
967. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West (2006, 2008, 2010)
968. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad (2006)
969. Summer – Edith Wharton (2006)
970. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen (2006, 2008, 2010)
971. The Home and the World by Tagore (2008, 2010)
972. Pallieter by Timmermans (2008, 2010)
973. The Underdogs by Azuela (2008, 2010)
974. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton (2006)
975. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010)
976. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse (2006, 2008, 2010)
977. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke (2006, 2008, 2010)
978. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford (2006, 2008, 2010)
979. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf (2006)
980. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham (2006, 2008, 2010)
981. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
982. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan (2006, 2008, 2010)
983. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki (2006, 2008, 2010)
984. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel (2006, 2008, 2010)
985. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse (2006)
986. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
987. Platero and I by Jimenez (2008, 2010)
988. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell (2006, 2008, 2010)
989. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
990. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
991. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens (2006, 2008, 2010)
992. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010)
993. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre (2006, 2008, 2010)
994. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel (2006, 2008, 2010)
995. Howards End – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
996. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rilke (2008, 2010)
997. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein (2006)
998. Martin Eden – Jack London (2006)
999. Strait is the Gate – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
1000. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
1001. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells (2006)
1002. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse (2006, 2008, 2010)
1003. The Iron Heel – Jack London (2006)
1004. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett (2006, 2008, 2010)
1005. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson (2006, 2008, 2010)
1006. Mother – Maxim Gorky (2006, 2008, 2010)
1007. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
1008. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair (2006, 2008, 2010)
1009. The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1010. Young Törless – Robert Musil (2006, 2008, 2010)
1011. Solitude by Catala (2008, 2010)
1012. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
1013. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010)
1014. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster (2006)
1015. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
1016. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
1017. The Way of All Flesh by Butler (2008, 2010)
1018. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Schreber (2008, 2010)
1019. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (2008, 2010)
1020. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers (2006, 2008, 2010)
1021. The Golden Bowl – Henry James (2006)
1022. The Ambassadors – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010)
1023. The Immoralist – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
1024. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010)
1025. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
1026. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
1027. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
1028. Kim – Rudyard Kipling (2006, 2008, 2010)
1029. None but the Brave by Schnitzler (2008, 2010)
1030. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad (2006)
1031. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser (2006, 2008, 2010)
1032. Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem by Salgari (2008, 2010)
1033. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross (2006, 2008, 2010)
1034. Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Gardonyi (2008, 2010)
1035. The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane (2006, 2008, 2010)
1036. The Awakening – Kate Chopin (2006, 2008, 2010)
1037. Dom Casmurro by de Assis (2008, 2010)
1038. As a Man Grows Older by Svevo (2008, 2010)
1039. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (2006)
1040. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
1041. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
1042. Pharoah by Prus (2008, 2010)
1043. Compassion by Perez Galdos (2008, 2010)
1044. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells (2006)
1045. What Maisie Knew – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010)
1046. Dracula – Bram Stoker (2006, 2008, 2010)
1047. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz (2006, 2008, 2010)
1048. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
1049. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
1050. Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane (2006, 2008, 2010)
1051. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1052. The Viceroys by De Roberto (2008, 2010)
1053. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross (2006)
1054. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (2006)
1055. Born in Exile – George Gissing (2006)
1056. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith (2006, 2008, 2010)
1057. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
1058. News from Nowhere – William Morris (2006, 2008, 2010)
1059. New Grub Street – George Gissing(2006, 2008, 2010)
1060. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf (2006, 2008, 2010)
1061. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1062. Down There by Huysmans (2008, 2010)
1063. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (2006, 2008, 2010)
1064. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1065. Thais by Anatole France (2008, 2010)
1066. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola (2006, 2008, 2010)
1067. By the Open Sea – August Strindberg (2006, 2008, 2010)
1068. Hunger – Knut Hamsun (2006, 2008, 2010)
1069. Eline Vere by Couperus (2008, 2010)
1070. The Child of Pleasure by D’Annunzio (2008, 2010)
1071. Under the Yoke by Vazov (2008, 2010)
1072. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006)
1073. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant (2006, 2008, 2010)
1074. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés (2006)
1075. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg (2006, 2008, 2010)
1076. The Manors of Ulloa by Bazan (2008, 2010)
1077. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1078. She – H. Rider Haggard (2006)
1079. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006, 2008, 2010)
1080. The Quest by van Eeden (2008, 2010)
1081. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1082. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006)
1083. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard (2006, 2008, 2010)
1084. Germinal – Émile Zola (2006, 2008, 2010)
1085. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
1086. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
1087. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
1088. The Regent’s Wife by Alas (2008, 2010)
1089. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
1090. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
1091. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
1092. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
1093. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
1094. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by de Assis (2008, 2010)
1095. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
1096. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
1097. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
1098. Nana – Émile Zola
1099. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (2006)
1100. The Red Room – August Strindberg
1101. Martin Fierro by Hernandez (2008, 2010)
1102. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1103. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
1104. Drunkard – Émile Zola
1105. The Crime of Father Amaro by de Queiros (2008, 2010)
1106. Pepita Jimenez by Valera (2008, 2010)
1107. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev (2006)
1108. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot (2006)
1109. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1110. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert (2006)
1111. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
1112. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
1113. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
1114. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
1115. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1116. Erewhon – Samuel Butler
1117. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
1118. Middlemarch – George Eliot
1119. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
1120. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
1121. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope (2006)
1122. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
1123. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
1124. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
1125. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
1126. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1127. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
1128. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
1129. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
1130. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
1131. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
1132. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1133. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
1134. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens (2006)
1135. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
1136. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1137. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
1138. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
1139. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
1140. Silas Marner – George Eliot
1141. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
1142. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne (2006)
1143. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
1144. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev (2006)
1145. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope (2006)
1146. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
1147. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
1148. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (2006)
1149. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
1150. Adam Bede – George Eliot
1151. Indian Summer by Stifter (2008, 2010)
1152. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
1153. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
1154. Green Henry by Keller (2008, 2010)
1155. Hard Times – Charles Dickens (2006)
1156. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
1157. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
1158. Villette – Charlotte Brontë (2006)
1159. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
1160. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
1161. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne (2006)
1162. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
1163. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
1164. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
1165. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
1166. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë (2006)
1167. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell (2006)
1168. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
1169. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
1170. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë (2006)
1171. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
1172. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
1173. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
1174. The Devil’s Fool by George Sand (2008, 2010)
1175. Facundo by Sarmiento (2008, 2010)
1176. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas (2006)
1177. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
1178. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe (2006)
1179. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens (2006)
1180. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
1181. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
1182. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (2006)
1183. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
1184. A Hero for our Times by Lermontov (2008, 2010)
1185. Camera Obscura by Hildebrand (2008, 2010)
1186. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
1187. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
1188. The Lion of Flanders by Hendrik Conscience (2008, 2010)
1189. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens (2006)
1190. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
1191. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
1192. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
1193. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
1194. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin (2008, 2010)
1195. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
1196. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
1197. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
1198. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
1199. The L ife of a Good-for-Nothing by von Eichendorff (2008, 2010)
1200. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
1201. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by Hoffman (2008, 2010)
1202. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin (2006)
1203. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
1204. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott (2006)
1205. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
1206. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
1207. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (2006)
1208. Persuasion – Jane Austen (2006)
1209. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth (2006)
1210. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
1211. Emma – Jane Austen
1212. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
1213. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1214. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
1215. Michael Kohlhaas by von Kleist (2008, 2010)
1216. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth (2006)
1217. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1218. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
1219. Henry of Ofterdingen by Novalis (2008, 2010)
1220. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
1221. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
1222. The Nun – Denis Diderot
1223. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
1224. Camilla – Fanny Burney
1225. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
1226. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1227. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
1228. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
1229. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
1230. A Dream of Red Mansions by Xueqin (2008, 2010)
1231. Justine – Marquis de Sade
1232. Vathek – William Beckford
1233. Anton Reiser by Moritz (2008, 2010)
1234. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
1235. Cecilia – Fanny Burney (2006)
1236. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1237. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
1238. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1239. Evelina – Fanny Burney
1240. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1241. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
1242. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
1243. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
1244. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
1245. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
1246. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
1247. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1248. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1249. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
1250. Candide – Voltaire
1251. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
1252. Amelia – Henry Fielding (2006)
1253. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
1254. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
1255. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
1256. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett (2006)
1257. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
1258. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
1259. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
1260. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
1261. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
1262. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
1263. Roxana – Daniel Defoe (2006)
1264. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
1265. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
1266. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
1267. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift (2006)
1268. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
1269. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
1270. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (2006)
1271. The Adventurous Simplicissimus by von Grimmelshausen (2008, 2010)
1272. The Conquest of New Spain by Diaz del Castillo (2008, 2010)
1273. The Travels of Persiles and Sigismunda by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (2008, 2010)
1274. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
1275. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
1276. Thomas of Reading by Deloney (2008, 2010)
1277. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
1278. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly (2006)
1279. Monkey: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en (2008, 2010)
1280. The Lusiad by Vaz de Camoes (2008, 2010)
1281. Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
1282. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (2008, 2010)
1283. Amadis of Gaul by de Montalvo (2008, 2010)
1284. La Celestina by de Rojas (2008, 2010)
1285. Tirant lo Blanc by Martorell (2008, 2010)
1286. The Water Margin by Nai’an (2008, 2010)
1287. Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong (2008, 2010)
1288. The Tale of Gengi (2008, 2010)
1289. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (2008, 2010)
1290. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
1291. Aithiopika – Heliodorus (2006)
1292. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton (2006)
1293. Metamorphoses – Ovid (2006)
1294. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus (2006)

So that’s 68 books read. I didn’t even want to count the number of books I own but haven’t read. If someone wants to do that for me, that’d be great, thanks. ;). But! NO SHAME! There are some books on this list that are also on my Classics list, and there are some that aren’t, that probably should be. I’m not going to update my Classics list, but I am going to make this list into a separate page under the Challenges tab so I can keep an eye on it and gain a little bit of satisfaction from crossing things off TWO lists instead of one.

Okay, okay, I’m awake! (Read-A-Thon Kick-off)

9 Apr

Yes, yes, I know technically the read-a-thon started like two hours ago, but you’ll be happy to know that I discovered my new favorite neighborhood bar last night. Literally this place is two blocks from my new apartment and there’s a school bus upstairs. No lie. So of course I had an obligation to check it out. I did get home at a fairly reasonable hour though (but that’s mostly because I’m old and a light-weight). So I’m up and reading!

I’m answering the opening questions now, and I’ll just count the last two hours as sleepy-time benefiting the end goal of the day. Rationalization…can’t beat it ;).

1)Where are you reading from today? I’m reading from Washington, DC
2)Three random facts about me… I’m going to four weddings this year, I can touch my nose with my tongue, and I cheered at the bar (along with everyone else there) last night when they announced that they’d reached a budget agreement on CNN. Because at bars in DC, we watch CNN.
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I have at least two, but I’m just going to wing it this year in terms of planning out my books.
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? I want to finish my current read, Dismantled, but other than that, no goals. I’m just here to have fun. I would like to raise $75 today – that’s 750 pages – but I’m not going to kill myself to get there.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? I’ve done this I think three times now, and I always suggest reading something short and/or fast for your first book so you feel productive right away. Also take breaks – do mini-challenges, watch a 1/2 hour comedy or something on TV – if you’re feeling sleepy or bored. And if you’re struggling through a book, put it down and start something else. No one is forcing you to finish all the books you start today.
Okay, Read-a-thoners! I’m committed and I’ll be seeing you all around today. Follow my updates on Twitter too: http://www.twitter.com/homebtwnpages

Challenge: Once Upon A Time

5 Apr

I know I said when I made my resolutions at the beginning of the year that I wasn’t going to do any challenges (or very few). But I stumbled upon Stainless Steel Droppings’ Once Upon a Time Challenge and I really liked the idea of getting back in touch with some of the genres I’d discovered and fallen in love with while I was completing my kid lit certificate. Essentially the challenge asks you to read books from these four genres: fantasy, fairy tales, folklore and mythology. You can take on the challenge in a variety of ways, but I’ve decided to do Quest the First which is to read five books from any combination of these four genres. You don’t have to read one of each, just a total of five. I don’t have any particular folklore-ish books on my TBR list, so I thought I’d take this approach and be able to read a variety of books without feel pressed to read from a particular genre I’m not that interested in. The challenge runs through spring, from March 21st to June 20th. A solid three months to break me out of these reading slump.

If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed that my #fridayreads book has been the same for the last month. I’d been hoping that, by sticking with the book I was reading (review to come!), I’d just snap out of it. But alas that hasn’t happened, and instead of reading when I normally would, I’m choosing to do other, less productive things instead. Like playing Angry Birds. Until 2am. Not helpful for anyone. So I’ve decided to abandon that book, and try to kick start my reading interest again. And these kinds of books are a guaranteed slump-breaker. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to read, but I think these will definitely be on the list as possibilities:

A little fantasy, a fairy tale and quite a bit of mythology.

Obviously I’m excited for A Game of Thrones: Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire before the HBO series starts. It’ll be a re-read, as will the rest of the series before book #5 is released (hopefully) this summer, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it that I think it’ll be a lot like reading it fresh for the first time.

I’m seriously hoping that a little bit of fantasy can knock me out of my funk. Things are starting to get seriously un-bookish around here and it’s scaring me ;). Maybe I’ll pick up one of these to sink into for Read-a-thon this weekend.

What are your favorite fantasy, fairy tale, folklore or mythology books?

What do you read to break out of a reading slump?

2011 Challenges?

10 Jan

You would think that with this whole “Year of Reading Deliberately” I would stay away from Challenges. And you’re right, I’m going to, for the most part. For example, in December, I started to do the Winter Seasonal Challenge on Goodreads, but I realized that I was too engrossed in my Chunksters (which, granted, were part of the challenge) to care about point totals and pages read. I didn’t really plan on taking on challenges beyond my personal Classics challenge, and I still won’t, but I thought it would be interesting to track the books I read in 2011 in ways more meaningful than just title and author.

I’m still going to note them in a tab here on the blog, but I’m also going to track them in a Google Doc so I can keep track of publication date, page numbers, and genre, among other things. I also stumbled upon the Where Are You Reading Challenge by Sheila at BookJourney and I really like the idea of tracking the geography of the books I’m reading, especially since I’ll be making an effort to read more non-fiction. That being said, I’m not going to purposely read books to fit the challenge (i.e. I won’t skip a book I really want to read because I haven’t read a book set in Delaware). But it seems like a good column to add to my spreadsheet. So I’m not going to actually sign up on Sheila’s blog, since I’m not reading to accomplish the challenge.

But with that in mind, I’ve already got Georgia covered: I finished Gone With The Wind this weekend. (Crossing off my Classics list now!)

My review is forthcoming, but let me just say, I’m still in a daze from it and I don’t want to start anything new yet, because I want to savor the story and wallow in the ending.

The Year of…?

5 Jan

Last January, I didn’t really set any reading goals. I was immersed in my Children’s Literature certificate program, trying to get this little blog off the ground and prepping for BEA in May, which introduced me to the great wide world of publisher-provided ARCs. I had too many built-in goals to think about where I wanted to steer my personal reading, and I also had never counted the number of books I’d read in a year either. So 2010 in a lot of ways provided a base-line as well as allowed me to focus on other non-book specific goals.

However, this year I have none of that to get in the way. No school, a better sense of what the focus of this blog is, and an understanding of the book blogging community as well as the relationships that exist between bloggers, authors, agents and publishers. It feels like a year for goal-setting.

I rarely make hard and fast New Year’s resolutions – to me, saying that something is a “resolution” is tantamount to saying it will never happen. I set goals, not resolutions (semantics, maybe, but it works for me). This year though, I made some personal resolutions (learn to knit, register to be a bone marrow donor, run a half-marathon, make a serious effort toward finding a new job, and write a book) – some more feasible than others – and I realized as I was making them that I had some reading resolutions as well. And they all seemed to coalesce under the header of “reading deliberately.”

Reading Deliberately is an idea that sprung up, like so many others, from a conversation on Twitter that I never witnessed nor was a part of. But several well-regarded book bloggers decided that they were overwhelmed with the way the commitments to blogging had “swept over” their personal reading goals. Too much of saying yes to review copies and too much ignoring backlist or specialty books in favor of new releases. While I had less of the former, I certainly struggled with the latter. I regularly felt stressed by release dates and new books that I felt were time sensitive to read and review. And what happened? I ended up not reviewing many of the ARCs I did receive and failed to keep up with the Jones’ so to speak. It’s just not possible to read every new release, and there are going to be books that I miss because I’m not a full-time read freak. I wish I were, that my full-time job could involve snuggly socks, a mug of coffee, and a stack of books, but sadly, I have to pay the bills and my job isn’t really the snuggly socks type.

I decided to set some goals of my own, not so much in the Challenge vein, but more in the “these are the kinds of books I’d like to focus on” vein. I’m also setting some blogging goals, which in my mind as a book blogger, are part and parcel.

  1. Chunksters – I ended 2010 with several books over 500 pages, and I felt incredibly productive in finishing each of them. I’m half-way through another (Gone With the Wind) and I’d like to keep the trend going. It’s too bad how often I skip big books because I fear I’ll spend too much time on them and not get to other things quickly enough. That’s going to change.
  2. Classics – It is woeful to me how little of a dent I put into my Must Read: Classics list in 2010 and I’m going to make a concerted effort to work through more of those books.
  3. TBR List – I own literally over 1,000 books. I haven’t read the majority of them. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent on books over the years. I’m going to actually try to read books I already own this year. I could say I want to read ONLY books I own, but we all know that’s unlikely. On a related note, I spent the first weekend of the year buying books (at one of my favorites, Brookline Booksmith!) and I highly doubt that I’ll be able to not spend any money on books for a full year. But I cross my heart that I will make a concerted effort to limit buying and to focus on those books already on my shelves (shelves, aplenty they are).
  4. Non-fiction:
    1. History/traditional biography – I have a lot of history books because I’m one of those people who learns best by reading (shocker), and I’ve always been fascinated by history. But these books take a serious commitment; they’re often also chunksters and they tend to be slower to read.
    2. Memoir – I used to be an avid memoir reader, and I still actually am, but when I started book blogging, I got a little timid about reading and reviewing memoirs. I’m not entirely sure why – maybe it’s the idea of reviewing what is essentially someone’s life, but I have to get comfortable with commenting on the writing (which is what I do primarily anyway) and not make judgement about the content.
    3. Current events/medical non-fiction/narrative non-fiction – This is more of a catch-all category for the kinds of non-fiction I enjoy and own but don’t read often. This category is along the same lines as the history books; I own a lot but rarely feel like I can commit to them. What else could be more timely over current event non-fiction? Silly that I make the excuse that other things take priority but I do.
  5. Blog more – Review books within a week of reading them. This is straight forward, and it might seem to be out of place on a reading resolution list (after all “reading deliberately” is about reading for yourself, right? And I blog for other people, as well as myself) but actually it makes a lot of sense. I’ll explain: many of the details of books I read in 2010 that I didn’t review are fuzzy. I have to really squint to remember plots and characters of a lot of the non-reviewed books I read. But those books I reviewed? Everything is so much clearer because I had to process and recount and explain and argue and defend and think critically about each of them. The details are much closer to my recollection and it’s made a big difference in my reading comprehension and my level of enjoyment with what I’m reading. See? It all works together!

Some of the other participants of The Year of Reading Deliberately noted particular authors they wanted to read, like Tolkien, Dickens and Austen among others, but I think that I will cover a lot of those authors that I would add to the list under categories already listed, like Classics and Chunksters.

This is also just a note to say I won’t be too restrictive when it comes to the review copies I’m sent, mostly because I’m not being inundated like some of my colleagues who took up this goal. I will still be selective about what I accept but no more than normal. And I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to BEA again in the Spring, which could have an impact though I’m not sure what it will be yet.

Reading is and should always be about learning and growing. Reading is – at least for me – what I do to relax and to escape things like my job where snuggly socks are frowned upon. Being mindful of what I’m reading and how I’m choosing my books is only going to enhance my reading life. I’d rather approach my bookshelves with anticipation and eagerness instead of with guilt and stress. I also think that by reading deliberately, I’ll be forced to push beyond my own boundaries and explore genres and authors I otherwise might not have picked up. It will extend my comfort level and shouldn’t this also be a goal of a successful and productive reading life?

I’ll be keeping track of what I’m reading in 2011 once more with a tab at the top of this blog.

Happy Reading!

Around the corner…

12 Nov

2010 is almost over.

And by almost over, I mean, we officially have fewer than 50 days left in the year.

I know, it’s a little surreal isn’t it?

I took the opportunity of the impending new year to look at where I’ve gotten in the modest goals I set for 2010. And I’m not even going to link back to any of those posts because I’m so embarrassed by how poorly I’ve done. I just this morning updated my Books Read in 2010 page (which I hadn’t done since MAY!!), and was woefully disappointed in the number. I almost don’t want to admit it, because it’s so low, but since you all are perfectly capable of clicking on that little link up there and counting for yourselves, I’ll just admit it out loud.

Sigh.

40 books.

That’s it. That’s less than one book a week, which feels really dismal. I know that some of you might be shaking your head at me, going, “Rachel. Are you serious? I’d be thrilled to have read 40 books in less than a year. Shut up.” But for me, it doesn’t feel like much at all. Some weeks I read two or three books, and then there are months like this one, where I’m reading a chunkster (The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer) that is science-y and slower, and it’s taken me two weeks to get just over halfway through it. But I thought, I’d read more than 40 this year. I really did.

You’ll also note that, in that list of books I read in 2010, most of them are not hyperlinked to my review of them. Because I didn’t review them. Which is probably what I feel worse about, worse than the lack of reading is the awful lack of posting and reviewing.

You didn’t realize you were walking into a self-pity party, did you?

Well it’s not all doldrums and dead daisies around here. I’m setting some goals for the last seven weeks of the year, both reading- and blogging-related.

Reading Goals (I take myself much more seriously when there’s bold involved) (and numbered lists)

  1. Read nine more books, to get to 50 books for the year. This is just a bit faster than my average pace, but the holidays and a long plane flight are coming up so I’ve got some time to get this accomplished.
  2. Read East of Eden. It’s been on my TBR pile so long that it’s starting to scare me. But I’m dying to read it. So I just will.
  3. Reach 250 points in the Fall Seasonal Reading Challenge. I am currently at 145 points.

Blogging Goals

  1. Post 15 reviews, in addition to other related blogging.
  2. Write at least twice a week.
  3. Start working with a designer to revamp the blog.

So. I’m not being unrealistic in my goals, right? I think I can feasibly stick to this plan. It’s also something I’ll need to keep in mind come January 1st, and I’m setting 2011 goals. Maybe year-long resolutions don’t work for me. Maybe I’m a baby steps kind of goal-setter. Either way, I’m back on track.

And if I forget about this post, someone please smack me/send me an email and remind me, ‘kay?

24-Hour Read-A-Thon

7 Oct

Guys, I know. I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve been promising lots of things and not following through. I’m like a horrible boyfriend who promises a romantic night out on the town and then bails for work instead. Over and over again. And then we finally do go out, I’m on my Blackberry the whole time. Awful.

I’m totally backed up on reviews and I promise to be better, next week. Sunday, I’m all about reviewing and scheduling posts, just for you. Because I know you’re all dying without my insight and witicisms. Trust me, I miss myself too.

But! I have some fun news. A few things fell through, and it turns out I will be able to participate in Dewey’s Read-a-thon – 24 hours of non-stop reading. (Okay, theoretically it’s non-stop, but omg, no one can do that.) I did this last October, and had an absolute blast, even though I read mostly school books. This year, I’m reading again, and while last time felt productive because I was getting school work done, I wanted to make my reading count for something more important this go around.

Originally I’d teamed up with another blogger who’d planned on donating money to local literacy organizations based on how much a group of us read, but she’s dropped out suddenly and I still like the idea of making a donation.

So for every page I read, I’ll be donating 10 cents to one of two local charities: the Literacy Council of Prince George’s County and the Washington Literacy Council. I picked these two because I live in PG County and I work in Washington, D.C. and I feel very lucky to have the gift of literacy. (I often tell my parents that the very best gift they ever gave me was teaching me to read and passing on the love of books). I encourage all of you, whether you’ll be readathon-ing or not, to donate to these two great organizations or your own local literacy charities.

That being said, now the fun part comes right before the Read-a-thon of picking out books to read! Last year, I was highly ambitious and had a long list to choose from so I wouldn’t get bored. I ended up reading 4 1/2 books, with a total of 822 pages. My goal this year is to read at least four books (last year, two were American Girl books for school. Super short) and 1000 pages. Guys, that means, if I hit my goal, that’s a hundred bucks split between my two charities. Awesome, right?

Obviously, since I’m still in the midst of the Fall Seasonal Reading Challenge, I’ll be reading from my list of challenge books, but I still need to be strategic. Nothing massive, nothing non-fiction that’s boring, nothing that I can’t put down and pick up later. So this is the list I’m reading from:

Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
The Brave by Nicholas Evans
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
One Day by David Nicholls
Speak by Mary Halse Anderson
Matched by Ally Condie
The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah

A good variety I think!

Are you participating in Read-a-thon? ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM??