Amy’s 2009 Book Challenge

I’ll be listing the books that I’ve completed here.  The goal is to read 52 books by the end of the year.

  1. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, 1891.
  2. The Samuri’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama, 1996.
  3. Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change your Life by Jillian Michaels, 2005.
  4. On Teaching and Writing Fiction by Wallace Stegner, 2002.
  5. Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897.
  6. Blogophobia Conquered: Overcome the 7 Most Common Fears And Create an Amazing Blog by By Laura Christianson & Jim Rubart, 2008
  7. An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke, 2007.
  8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, 2005.
  9. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King, 1994.
  10. The Nine Tailors by Dorthy Sayers, 1966
  11. Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander, 2007
  12. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, 1876
  13. Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish, 2007
  14. Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis, 1964
  15. What is the What by Dave Eggers, 2007
  16. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, 1997
  17. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, 1945
  18. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, 1886
  19. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim, 1922
  20. The Artful Edit by Susan Bell, 2007
  21. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, 2007
  22. Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet and Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop, 2008
  23. How Reading Changed my Life by Anna Quindlen, 1998
  24. Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg, 2002
  25. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, 2006
  26. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, 1847
  27. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864
  28. One True Thing by Anna Quindlen, 1996
  29. Watership Down by Richard Adams, 1976
  30. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, 2005
  31. A Perfect Mess by Sheila Harper, 2009
  32. Eclipse by Stephanie Myer, 2007
  33. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin, 2005
  34. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella, 2007
  35. The Host by Stephanie Myer, 2008
  36. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon, 2008
  37. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, 2009
  38. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, 2003
  39. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, 2008
  40. A Mercy by Tony Morrison, 2009
  41. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo, 2007
  42. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 1811
  43. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff, 2009
  44. Thirsty by Tracy Bateman, 2009
  45. Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga by Beth Felker Jones, 2009
  46. The Lost Mission by Athol Dickson, 2009
  47. Kiss Me Again by Barbara Wilson, 2009.
  48. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 1969.
  49. My Life in France by Julia Child, 2006
  50. The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz, 2008
  51. A Year Without Made in China by Sara Bongiorni, 2007
  52. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843
  53. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters, 2009
  54. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell, 2008
  55. Silk by Allessandro Baricco, 1997
  56. The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 2008
  57. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, 2008

I’m creating a separate list of audio books since there’s been some dispute over whether or not an audio book should count as part of the book challenge. I think they should get listed somewhere, though.

  1. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella, 2008
  2. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella, 2004
  3. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella, 2004
  4. Dewey: The small town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron, 2008
  5. The Devious Book for Cats: a Parody by Joe Garden et Al, 2008 (Dan read me this one out loud)
  6. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, 2008
  7. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, 2006
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Published on December 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Amy,

    Thanks for letting us know you read–and loved–Blogophobia Conquered!

    You have quite an eclectic reading list. “Tess” is one of my all-time favorites. This week I re-read another fave, “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.

    Laura Christianso

  2. I noticed you read Stegner’s book on writing. Have you read any of his fiction? Angle of Repose and Big Rock Candy Mountain are two of my favorite. His images stick with me long after the book is over.

    AL: I haven’t read any of his fiction, but he mentioned it plenty in his book, so it piqued my interest!

  3. Amy, I just finished reading a book called “Encountering God in the Psalms” by Michael E. Travers. Several times throughout the book, he referenced the C.S. Lewis book on the Psalms that you mentioned above. What did you think of the C.S. Lewis book ? Would you recommend it ? As you can tell, I’m into studying the Psalms these days 🙂

    AL: Oooh, I might have to get your review of the Travers book too! I’m also reading the Psalms in my women’s Bible study. The Lewis book is very different from his other Christian books. I’d more compare it to his scholarly analysis of texts (he does some amazing things with medieval lit, for example…after all, he was an Oxford Prof.). There are gems in there though. Lewis is always worth reading of course. It’s just a different take on the Psalms. I was comforted that he struggled with some of the same issues that I did in the Psalms, such as the wrath and the urge for vengeance, but I was a little dismayed that he didn’t really come up with clear answers either. It’s a short read, often packaged with other books written by him in a compilation set.

  4. you should add to your list: Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller (just out). Would like to read your opinion.

    AL: I’ve heard of it! It just went on my libraary hold list! Thanks!

  5. Your list is a great idea and what an inspiration to read so many books! I may just have to do this myself!

    AL: Thanks! It’s been a fun project, perhaps a little limiting at times since I can’t read as many victorian fiction pieces as I’d like…wouldn’t make the book count with those!

  6. Amy, I just read a post from Tim Challies called “How I Read A Book”. I’ve always thought that it would be interesting for your readers to know how you yourself read as well…highlighting books, taking notes, etc. I guess I’m also wondering how you retain what you read and what you might suggest for others. I’m not sure if you’ve already tackled this in another post, but I figured it might be nice for myself and your other readers to know how you go about it.

    AL: Thanks for thinking of me Joe. You know, I had someone else recently ask me the same thing, so maybe it’s time for a post on it. Right now, I’m reading a lot of pregnancy and baby books, not the type that work so well on book reviews! Hopefully, I’ll get back to reviewing other books soon!


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