8 Books in 8 Categories in 2008



January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

December 26, 2008: UPDATE on Challenge

It is evident I will not complete this challenge – BUT, I am happy with how I did. Out of the 8 categories I chose to read from, I completed half of them (Books Around the World, Books on my TBR shelf for more than a Year, Non Fiction Books and Notables). For the other categories, I completed the following: 2 out of 8 Pulitzers, 5 out of 8 Bookers, 4 out of 8 Banned Books, and 5 out of 8 Classics. Next year I will be focusing more on the award winning  books on my shelf. Many thanks to Michelle for hosting this complex, and rewarding challenge!

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3M Michelle has come up with a great personal challenge that was so embraced by A Novel Challenge Yahoo Group members, that she created a group blog for other obsessed readers to share THEIR 8 books in 8 categories in 2008 lists.

Here are my current categories and picks for 2008 (overlaps are in red):

8 Pulitzers

  1. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
  2. The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington
  3. So Big, by Edna Ferber (COMPLETED January 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  4. Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
  5. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner (COMPLETED April 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

8 Bookers

  1. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker (COMPLETED December 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  2. Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner (COMPLETED July 22, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  3. G, by John Berger
  4. Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey
  5. Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth
  6. The Gathering, by Anne Enright (COMPLETED March 9, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  7. Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee (COMPLETED February 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  8. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (COMPLETED June 23, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)

8 Books Around the World

  1. Independent People, by Halldor Laxness (COMPLETED May 5, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  2. The White Mary, by Kira Salak (COMPLETED July 16, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. Atonement, by Ian McEwan (COMPLETED June 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  4. The Colour, by Rose Tremain (COMPLETED August 25, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (COMPLETED July 4, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. The Translator, by Daoud Hari (COMPLETED February 15, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali (COMPLETED February 22, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  8. Laughing Without An Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas (COMPLETED May 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

8 Books that have Sat on my TBR Shelf for More than a Year

  1. The World Below, by Sue Miller (COMPLETED April 26, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  2. Regeneration, by Pat Barker (COMPLETED December 14, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. Lost and Found, by Jacqueline Sheehan (COMPLETED April 21, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  4. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink (COMPLETED August 15, 2008; rated 1.5/5; read my review)
  5. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (COMPLETED July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. The Eye in the Door, by Pat Barker (COMPLETED December 21, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  7. Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian (COMPLETED May 31, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  8. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (COMPLETED November 7, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

8 Non Fiction Books

  1. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, by Elizabeth McCracken (Completed October 24, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  2. Black Wave, by John and Jean Silverwood (Completed November 11, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  3. The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman (COMPLETED May 12, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  4. Laughing Without An Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas (COMPLETED May 18, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  5. Gifts From The Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Completed October 28, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. Have You Found Her: A Memoir, by Janice Erlbaum (COMPLETED January 14, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  7. Ships Without A Shore, by Anne R. Pierce PhD (COMPLETED September 16, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  8. Alpine Americas, by Olaf Soot and Don Mellor (COMPLETED November 2, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

8 Banned Books

  1. The Women of Rome, by Alberto Moravia
  2. The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo
  3. Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe
  4. The Giver, by Lois Lowry (COMPLETED January 1, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  5. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (COMPLETED February 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (COMPLETED June 13, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (COMPLETED March 21, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

8 Notables From This Site

  1. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (Completed October 13, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  2. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Moshin Hamid (Completed January 11, 2008, rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. The Gathering, by Anne Enright (COMPLETED March 9, 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. Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Vida (COMPLETED September 30, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  6. Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (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.

8 Classics

  1. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (Completed January 25, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  2. Home of the Gentry, by Ivan Turgenev (Completed June 19, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review)
  3. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (COMPLETED November 7, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  4. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker (COMPLETED December 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  5. Emma, by Jane Austen
  6. Wuthering Heights, by Emil Bronte
  7. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  8. Gifts From The Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Completed October 28, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)


8 thoughts on “8 Books in 8 Categories in 2008”

  1. Oh my goodness! This one is a little too ambitious for me since I will probably barely hit the 60 mark this year and would probably go crazy if ALL my books were “challenge” books.
    And how could you have let My Sister’s Keeper sit on your shelf for more than a year!!! Shame. Its my favorite; hope you like it.

  2. Actually, Trish, it isn’t so bad because it includes books I am planning to read in challenges already. I figure I am already on book #70 for 2007, so committing to what amounts to 56 books (there can be 8 overlaps) still leaves me some wiggle room :)
    I love Jodi Picoult and have no idea why I’ve let My Sister’s Keeper linger so long! I’m sure I will enjoy it as I have yet to read a Picoult novel I haven’t liked!

  3. Way to go, Wendy! I was intimidated by this challenge from the start and couldn’t imagine taking it on. You did really well with this!!

  4. Great job! I ended up abandoning this one, too, but the ones I read were great, and I learned how to plan a little better if I take one on like it in the future.

    Lezlie

  5. LH: Thank you!

    Laura: Thanks…it definitely was a bit intimidating. I realized in October I wouldn’t complete it, but I was happy to make a huge dent in the lists!

    Lezlie: Thank you! It was a tough challenge to actually finish…I admire those who managed to pull it off.

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