Saturday, January 1, 2011

50 Book Challenge

There's no better way to start the year than with challenging yourself. So call it a New Years resolution of sorts.

This idea was stolen from Ashley M. and her blog and slightly adapted for my own purposes.


I have drafted a list of 50 books I know that I would like to read. Of these 50 books I will read at least 30 in the next coming year. That's it, that's the challenge. I'm sure I'll discuss each book as I finish it here so you can keep up with my progress if you like. And now for the list:

1 Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martel

2 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

3 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

4 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky

5 The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

6 Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist

7 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

8 Sophie's Choice - William Styron

9 The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

10 The Magus - John Fowles

11 God is Not Great - Christopher Hitchens

12 Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

13 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

14 The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson

15 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest - Stieg Larsson

16 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

17 Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

18 Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

19 Hero - Robin Mckinley

20 Bonk - Mary Roach

21 Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer

22 Manifesta - Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

23 Second Nature: A Gardeners Education - Michael Pollan

24. The Strain - Guillermo Del Toro

25 Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

26 The Enormous Room - e. e. cummings

27. Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness - Edward Butscher

28 The Ethics of Ambiguity - Simone De Beauvoir

29 The World Without Us - Alan Weisman

30. Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer

31. Through A Glass Darkly - Karleen Koen

32. Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse

33. The Piano Teacher - Janice Y. K. Lee

34. The Gendered Society - Michael Kimmel

35. The Second Sex - Simone De Beauvoir

35. The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan

36 The Purity Myth - Jessica Valenti

37. What to Eat - Marion Nestle

44. The Hangmans Daughter - Oliver Pötzsch and Lee Chadeayne

45. The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf

38. Orlando - Virginia Wolf

39. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Wolf

40. A Room of Ones Own - Virginia Wolf

41. Survival of the Prettiest - Nancy L. Etcoff

42. The Passion - Jeanette Winterson

43. Middlemarch - George Eliot

44. The Shining - Stephen King

45 The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

46 The Drowned Life - Jeffrey Ford

47. A Murderous Procession - Ariana Franklin

48. The World According to Monsanto - Marie-Monique Robin

49. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

50. Spook - Mary Roach


  1. That is a great list of books, good luck with your reading. If you would like another idea to complement a number of your books about woman's history including "The Feminine Mystique" try Stephanie Coontz's new book "A Strange Stirring - The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960's". It examines the changing status of women from the 1920s through the 1950s, compares the dilemmas of working-class and middle-class women, white and black, in the early 1960s, and illuminates the new mystiques and new possibilities facing men and women today.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks! I love the suggestion! Im definitely throwing that on my amazon list. Who is this btw?

  3. One thing that was a big help to getting to 50 for me was having plenty of "easy" books in addition to the big heavy ones I wanted to get through. I don't know if weighty classics are easy for you, but I definitely had to have them outnumbered by fun stuff.

  4. Yeah I tried to keep the heavy classics to a minimum...Theres a good lot of fun books. I dont think I could do 50 like you did thats why Im shooting for 30 and if I can exceed it then hells yeah thats awesome. I hope you dont mind that I stole your idea :)