Looking Ahead to 2009 (Part II) …


booksread0001 2009 is upon us … and I have a few reading goals. I have quite a few books in my TBR pile and I have some really wonderful perpetual challenges I have been working on. In 2008, those challenges got put aside as I focused on time-limited challenges. But in 2009, I’m determined to make a dent in the perpetual lists. I have stolen Michelle’s idea of listing all perpetual challenges in one post with the books I hope to read in 2009. I am going to list the books for each project which already reside on my shelves and set a goal of how many books from each list I’d like to read in 2009. Here they are:

The Pulitzer Project

My goal for 2009: 5 books

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (winner 2008)
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (winner 2004)
  • Empire Falls, by Richard Russo (winner 2002)
  • Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri (winner 2000)
  • American Pastoral, by Philip Roth (winner 1998)
  • The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shield (winner 1995)
  • A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley (winner 1992)
  • Breathing Lessons, by Anned Tyler (winner 1989)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (winner 1988)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty (winner 1973)
  • All The King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren (winner 1947)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington (winner 1919)

The Complete Booker

My goal for 2009: 5 books

  • The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (winner 2008) – COMPLETED January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review
  • Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald (winner 1979) – COMPLETED March 27, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review
  • True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey (winner 2001)
  • Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan (winner 1998)
  • Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth (winner 1992)
  • Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (winner 1981) – COMPLETED May 30 2009; rated 3/5; read my review

The Orange Prize Project

My goal for 2009: 10 books

Winners:

  • The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (2008) – COMPLETED January 16, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly (New Writers 2007)
  • On Beauty, by Zadie Smith (2006)
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005)
  • Small Island, by Andrea Levy (2004)
  • Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett (2002)
  • The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville (2001)
  • Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels (1997)
  • A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore (1996)

Nominees:

  • Fault Lines, by Nancy Huston (short list 2008)
  • The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (long list 2008)
  • The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff (New Writers short list 2008)
  • Digging to America, by Anne Tyler (short list 2007)
  • What Was Lost, by Catherine O’Flynn (long list 2007)
  • Minaret, by Leila Aboulela (long list 2006)
  • The Mammoth Cheese, by Sheri Holman (short list 2005)
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian, by Marina Lewycka (short liet 2005)
  • Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson (long list 2005)
  • Ice Road, by Gillian Slovo (short list 2004)
  • The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler (long list 2004)
  • What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt (long list 2003)
  • In the Forest, by Edna O’Brien (long list 2003)
  • Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold (long list 2003)
  • Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (short list 2002) – COMPLETED January 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • Five Quarters of an Orange, by Joanne Harris (long list 2002)
  • Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout (short list 2000)

Costa Book Award Project

My goal in 2009: 5 books

  • What Was Lost, by Catherine O’Flynn (First Novel Winner 2007)
  • Small Island, by Andrea Levy (Novel Winner 2004)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (Novel Winner 2003)
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson (First Novel Winner 1995)
  • The Queen of the Tambourine, by Jane Gardam (Novel Winner 1991)

National Book Award Project

My goal for 2009: 5 books

Winners:

  • Three Junes, by Julia Glass (2002)
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  • Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier (1997)
  • The Spectator Bird, by Wallace Stegner (1977)
  • Them, by Joyce Carol Oates (1970)

Nominees:

  • Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski (short list 2007)
  • Drop City, by T.C. Boyle (short list 2003)
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (short list 2003)
  • House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III (short list 1999)
  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat (short list 1995)
  • Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler (short list 1988)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (short list 1987)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty (short list 1973)

Read The Nobels

My goal for 2009: 3 authors

  • Herta Muller (2009) – Read The Passport, COMPLETED November 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • Doris Lessing (2007)
  • Orphan Pamuk (2006)
  • V.S. Naipaul (2001)
  • Jose Saramago (1998)
  • Naguib Mahfouz (1988)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1982)
  • William Faulkner (1949)
  • Hermann Hesse (1946)
  • Sigrid Undset (1928)

Science in Fiction

My goal in 2009: 3 books

  • Intuition, by Allegra Goodman (Medical Science)
  • Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver (Biology)
  • Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck (Marine Biology)

5 Under 35 Challenge

My goal in 2009: 3 books

  • One More Year:  Stories, by Sana Krasikov (2008)
  • The Boat, Nam Le (2008)
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by ZZ Packer (2006)

Notable Books

My goal in 2009: 6 books

  • Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill (from NYT Most Notable – 2008) – COMPLETED April 4, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  • 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 2008 ALA Most Notable and NBCC Best Books- 2007 and NYT Most Notable-2007) – COMPLETED January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (from 2007 Christian Science Monitor Best Books AND NYT Most Notable-2007)
  • The Likeness, by Tana French (from 2008 PW Best Books)
  • Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh (from 2008 PW Best Books) – COMPLETED June 13, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • 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.
  • The Boat, by Nam Le (from 2008 PW Best Books and 2008 NYT Most Notable)
  • Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin (from 2007 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED February 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  • What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman (from 2007 PW Best Books) – COMPLETED June 16, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig (from 2007 ALA Notable Books)
  • The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti (2008 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED August 1, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
  • The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (2008 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED January 16, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007 NYT Most Notable)

Reading the World

My goal in 2009: 10 books

These will come from several sources.


7 thoughts on “Looking Ahead to 2009 (Part II) …”

  1. You weren’t kidding when you said we’d be reading a lot of the same books this year. I can’t wait to compare notes, Wendy!

  2. What ambitious goals. I loved reading these lists and have so may of the books you listed on my 2009 TBR lists: White Tiger, Small Island, Three Junes, Bel Canto, Prodigal Summer, What I Loved and Spell of Winter. I’ve also read at least 10 of the ones you mention and have enjoyed them as well.

    Happy Reading in 2009!

  3. Michelle: I think it will be fun to share reads this year! I’m looking forward to your reviews :)

    Kathy: Thank you!

    Diane: Good to hear you have enjoyed some of these books. It is an ambitious list…but I love making lists :) Happy reading to you too!

    Jill: *laughs* And that is an old photo … you should see it now. Kip keeps promising to build me a floor to ceiling book shelf – maybe THIS year!

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