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Notable Books Challenge – 2009

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Perpetual Challenge

The Notable Books Challenge is now a perpetual challenge to read notable books from such lists as Publishers Weekly Best Books, New York Times Most Notable, and others.

There are a number of books I would like to read from these lists and in 2009, I hope to get to some of them. Here are the ones that I either have on my TBR stacks already, or ones I want to buy:

  1. Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill (from NYT Most Notable – 2008) – COMPLETED April 4, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (from Christian Science Monitor Bests – 2008) – COMPLETED July 18, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  3. Zoli, by Colum McCann (from Christian Science Monitor Bests – 2007)
  4. Heyday, by Kurt Anderson (from Christian Science Monitor Bests – 2007)
  5. There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene (from ALA Most Notable – 2007)
  6. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (from 2008 ALA Most Notable and NBCC Best Books- 2007 and NYT Most Notable-2007) – COMPLETED January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (from 2007 Christian Science Monitor Best Books AND NYT Most Notable-2007)
  8. The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich (from 2008 PW Best Books)
  9. The Likeness, by Tana French (from 2008 PW Best Books)
  10. Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh (from 2008 PW Best Books) COMPLETED July 12, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  11. Day, by A.L. Kennedy (from 2008 PW Best Books)
  12. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (from 2008 PW Best Books and 2008 NYT Most Notable) COMPLETED February 22, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  13. The Boat, by Nam Le (from 2008 PW Best Books and 2008 NYT Most Notable)
  14. Away, by Amy Bloom (from 2008 ALA Notable Books)
  15. Five Skies, by Ron Carlson (from 2008 ALA Notable Books)
  16. Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin (from 2007 NYT Most Notable) COMPLETED February 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  17. What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman (from 2007 PW Best Books) COMPLETED June 16, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  18. The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig (from 2007 ALA Notable Books)
  19. The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti (2008 NYT Most Notable) COMPLETED July 29, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  20. The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (2008 NYT Most Notable) COMPLETED January 16, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  21. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007 NYT Most Notable)

In 2009 I hope to read 6 books from this list…

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