Saturday, March 12, 2016

Progress so far

From the Rory list:

1] Daughter of Fortune, Isabelle Allende
2] Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol 1, 1884-1933
3] Galápagos, Kurt Vonegut
4] I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie
5] The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
6] The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition, Donald Kagan
7] Quattrocento
8] Sacred Time
9] Tender Is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
10] The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
11] The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
12] War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

from the BBC list:

13] The Lord of the Rings, Book 2: The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkein
14] Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
15] The Time Traveler's Wife
16] The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
17] The Kite Runner
18 ] Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières
19] Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
20] The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
21] The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
22] Atonement, Ian McKeon
23] Life of Pi
24] A Suitable Boy
25] The Shadow of the Wind
26] Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
27] The Secret History, Donna Tartt
28] The Lovely Bones

The 2015 Read Harder Challenge:

29] SwitchFlipped (Read a book from an independent press)
30] A Guest Of Honour (Read an author from Africa)
31] Half-Breed (Read an author who is a member of an indigenous people)
32]The Princess Bride (Read a romance novel)
34] Macbeth (Read a retelling of well-known story)
35] Lays of Ancient Rome (Read collection of poems)
36] Imperial Spain, 1469-1716, J. H. Elliott (Read a book recommended by someone)
37] Go Ask Malice: A Slayer's Diary (Read a guilty pleasure)
38] I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (Read a self-help book)

and 37 other titles to be determined, one of which will be

39] The Color Purple, Alice Walker

And now, to fill out my 75 titles, additions from the 2016 Read Harder Challenge. This is a draft of my early picks, selected because they're either already on my list, or are on the Rory Gilmore reading list:

Task 1: Read a Horror Book
40] The Shining, Steven King (Rory)

Task 2: A non-fiction book about science
41] Stiff (Rory)

Task 3: A collection of essays
42] A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays, Mary McCarthy (Rory)

Task 4: read a book out loud to someone else

Task 5: Read a middle grade novel
43] Deenie by Judy Blume (Rory)

Task 6: Read a biography
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette (Rory)
2] Eleanor Roosevelt Volume 1 1884-1933 (Rory)

Task 7: Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
21] The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (BBC booklist)

Task 8: Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
44] Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (Rory)

Task 9: Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie award
45] The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery, by Rhys Bowen, read by Katherine Kellgren

Task 10: Read a book over 500 pages long
24] A Suitable Boy (BBC list)

Task 11: Read a book under 100 pages
46] The Year of Magical Thinking: A Play by Joan Didion (Rory)
The Art of War, Sun Tzu (Rory)
The Little Prince (BBC)

Task 12: Read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender
47] She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, Jenner Boylan

Task 13: Read a book that is set in the Middle East
48] Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 1, Naguib Mahfouz

Task 14: Read a book by an author from Southeast Asia
49] Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie (Rory)

Task 15: Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
12] War and Peace (Rory)

Task 16: Read the first book in a series by a person of color
50] TBD

Task 17: Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the past three years
51] TBD

Task 18: Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.
16] The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (BBC)


23] Life of Pi (BBC)

Task 19: Read a non-fiction book about feminism, or deals with feminist themes
52] Backlash, Susan Faludi (Rory)


The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir (Rory)

Task 20: Read a book about religion
53] The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels (Rory)

Task 21: Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or non-fiction)
54] Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken (Rory)

Task 22: Read a food memoir
55] Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (Rory)

Task 23: Read a play
56] Henry IV Part I (Rory)

Task 24: Read a book about a character who has a mental illness
57} Girl, Interrupted (Rory)

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