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New York Times (NYT) Most Notable Fiction Challenge

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I am almost embarrassed, as the host of this challenge, to admit that I didn’t complete it! That said, however, I think I was probably a bit over zealous in thinking I could read 20 books from the list given all the other challenges and group reads I also committed to!

The books I read for this challenge (links to reviews below):
1. Half Of A Yellow Sun, by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie
2. Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky
3. The Translator, by Leila Aboulela
4. Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes
5. Only Revolutions, by Mark Z. Danielewski (DNF)
6. The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai
7. Old Filth, by Jane Gardam
8. Beasts of No Nation, by Uzodinma Iweala
9. The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud
10.The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers
11.Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell
12.The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
13.Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta

Several of these books will make my list for top ten of 2007. I would not have read most of these without this challenge – and I discovered that the NYT Most Notable List is something I need to pay more attention to if I want to read great literature. I plan on reading more books (unofficially) from this list into 2008.

Thank you to all participants who helped make this challenge stimulating and fun! For those of you interested in reading notable books from the NYT Most Notable List, and other lists of notable books, the challenge for 2008 has been moved to here. Hope to see you there!!

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**UPDATE for those doing this challenge:
Sycorax Pine (Ariel) has graciously set up a “team blog” for all participants here. Please join us in posting and cross posting our reviews of the books we are reading for this challenge. We are linking directly to Library Thing and Amazon, as well as individual blogs!!!

This year (2007) I am challenging myself to read 20 books from the NYT Most Notable Fiction of 2006 list. I’ve decided so simply pick them “as I go” and as the mood strikes! Anyone who would like to join me is welcome…please leave me a comment and a link to your site so we can encourage each other.

This is the list from which I will select my books:

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (completed January 7, 2007. Rated 5/5. Read my review here.)
Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky (Completed February 17, 2007. Rated 5/5. Read my review here.)
The Translator, by Leila Aboulela (Completed March 23, 2007. Rated 4.5/5. Read my review here.)
Alentjo Blue, by Monica Ali
One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson
Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes (Completed April 30, 2007. Rated 4/5. Read my review here).
Brookland, by Emily Barton
Last Evenings on Earth, by Roberto Bolano
Only Revolutions, by Mark Z. Danielewski (DNF)
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Completed March 16, 2007. Rated 4.25/5. Read my review here.)
The Dead Fish Museum, by Charles D’Ambrosio
The Keep, by Jennifer Eagan
Twilight of the Superheroes, by Deborah Eisenberg
The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford
The Dissident, by Nell Freudenberger
Skinner’s Drift, by Lisa Fugard
Old Filth, by Jane Gardam (Completed May 29, 2007. Rated 3.75/5. Read my review here.)
Golden Country, by Jennifer Gilmore
Intuition, by Allegra Goodman
The Stories of Mary Gordon, by Mary Gordon
The Dream Life of Sukhanov, by Olga Grushin
The Possibility of an Island, by Michel Houellebecq
Beasts of No Nation, by Uzodinma Iweala (Completed March 5, 2007. Rated 3.75/5. Read my review here.)
All Aunt Hagar’s Children, by Edward P. Jones
The Uses of Enchantment, by Heidi Julavits
Forgetfulness, by Ward Just
Gate of the Sun, by Elias Khoury
Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King
The Inhabited World, by David Long
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Completed May 17, 2007. Rated 5/5. Read my review here.)
After This, by Alice McDermott
Gallatin Canyon: Stories, by Thomas McGuane
The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud (Completed December 12, 2007; Rated 4/5; Read my review here)
Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell (Completed March 26, 2007. Rated 5/5. Read my review here)
High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers (Completed September 6, 2007. Rated 4.5/5. Read my review here)
Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon
Everyman, by Phillip Roth
Absurditan, by Gary Shteyngart
Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta (Completed May 22, 2007. Rated 3.5/5. Read my review here)
Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
Terrorist, by John Updike
Apex Hides the Hurt, by Colson Whitehead
A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 3, 2007    

    Good luck with this challenge, Wendy! I read Forgetfulness by Ward Just this past fall and really enjoyed it. I have only two of the books on the NYT list in my TBR collection: Half of a Yellow Sun and A Good Turn, both of which I hope to read this year.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    I have about 6 of these books already on my bookshelf…and Ward Just’s book as well A Good Turn are books I’d also like to read. Thanks for the good luck! I feel like I might need it…20 books along with all the other challenges I’m doing is a lot 🙂

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    I would love to join you for this challenge, Wendy! I have (luckily) already read one book from the list, the excellent “Suite Francaise” by Irene Nemirovsky. I recommend it highly, and recently reviewed it on my blog. I am about to embark on another, “Beasts of No Nation.” I am not sure I will be able to pull off 20, but I think I will aim for 12 (one a month) as a manageable number. Let me know what you think!

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    Yay! Suite Francaise is on my book TBR pile for March (but I may get to it this month!). I also have Beasts of No Nation, so will be interested to see what you think of it.

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    I’ve read 8 off this list already, but I’d love to read some more of them, so count me in. I’ll post about it on my blog, and thanks for the suggestion!

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    Wow, you’ve got a great start on this one! Glad to have you aboard!!

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    i’ve just discovered your blog, and i’m excited by the challenge. thanks!

  8. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 4, 2007    

    Glad to have you join me! I checked out your blog…you have some excellent picks!

  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 24, 2007    

    Okay, I’d like to participate, but I’m a little confused.
    I’m thinking this is more of a personal challenge, but we are all using the NYT Notable List and we don’t “sign-up” anywhere. Is that correct? If so, I can do that, but where are we “meeting” exactly? Is it for all the NYT participants to share what they read or what?
    Thanks!

  10. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 24, 2007    

    I think I have figured out now. 🙂

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 24, 2007    

    Glad you figured it out, Joy…nice to have you on board 🙂
    This *did* start out as a personal challenge, but others have picked it up and it has generated some interest; thus when Ariel offered to create a group blog just for this challenge, I wholeheartedly agreed. Hope it ends up being a fun site for everyone!

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