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Notable Book Challenge – 2008


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January 1 – December 31, 2008

November 8, 2008 – Officially COMPLETED the 2008 Challenge. There are several books on my alternates which I may still read this year…but I’m counting this one done for now. I will be participating in 2009, but will wait until December to create my goal list!

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I am hosting the Notable Book Challenge for 2008 – this will replace the New York Times (NYT) Most Notable Book Challenge, but will include books from the NYT Most Notable list for 2007. The blog for this challenge is here. If you would like to participate as a contributor to the blog, please send me your email and I will invite you. Rules for participate are located on the Notable Books blog.I’m choosing 8 books to read from several lists on this site.

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My preliminary list (subject to change):

  1. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Moshin Hamid (from PW Best Books – 2007 and NYT Most Notable-2007) – Completed January 11, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review.
  2. The Gathering, by Anne Enright (from NYT Most Notable-2007) – Completed March 9, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
  3. Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Veda (from NYT Most Notable-2007) -Completed September 30, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
  4. After Dark, by Haruki Murakami (from NYT Most Notable – 2007) – Completed October 28, 2008; rated 2/5; read my review.
  5. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (from ALA Most Notable – 2007) – Completed October 13, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review.
  6. Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (from NYT Most Notable-2007) – Completed June 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review
  7. On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan (from NYT Most Notable – 2007) – Completed August 11, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  8. The View From Castle Rock, by Alice Munro (from NYT Most Notable – 2007) – Completed September 28, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review.

Alternatives:

Zoli, by Colum McCann (from Christian Science Monitor Bests – 2007)
Heyday, by Kurt Anderson (from Christian Science Monitor Bests – 2007)
There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene (from ALA Most Notable – 2007)
Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (from NBCC Best Books- 2007 and NYT Most Notable-2007)
The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (from 2007 Christian Science Monitor Best Books AND NYT Most Notable-2007)

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 2, 2007    

    Hooray…a button! 🙂
    I have two of your choices on my list and I want to read Out Stealing Horses as well, but didn’t want to commit to more than 6. I still hope to read it though.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 2, 2007    

    Glad you like the button! When you use it on your site, please credit TypoGenerator as there is a caution on their site about copyright and I don’t want anyone getting in any trouble! *smiles*

  3. November 8, 2008    

    Congratulations again! Looks like we were opposite on After Dark and On Chesil Beach.

  4. November 8, 2008    

    LOL, Michelle – looks like you were still signed in when you left that comment 🙂

  5. 3m 3m
    November 10, 2008    

    Oops!!!

  6. November 10, 2008    

    LOL, Michelle 🙂 No worries!!

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