1% Well Read Challenge: 2009/2010


March 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010

Michelle from 1 More Chapter is hosting this popular challenge again for 2009-2010.  Here are the guidelines:

There are three options from which to choose:

  1. Read 10 titles from the original list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  2. Read 10 titles from the new list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  3. Read 13 titles from the combined list (of almost 1300 titles) from March 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. In other words, “What were they thinking dropping titles from Dostoevsky and Jane Austen?”

For all options, overlaps with other challenges are allowed, and you may change your list at any time.

I’m choosing option #3  and I am going to choose books which I already own. Here is a list which shows all the books.

Books read with ratings and links to my reviews:

  1. (#219) Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (Completed May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  2. (#297) A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipaul (Completed October 3, 2009; rated 1/5; read my review)
  3. (#770) The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton (Completed January 26, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review)

I will choose my books from those listed below (which already reside on my TBR Mountain):

From the New List:

  • The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  • The Line of Beauty, by Alan Holinghurst
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewychka
  • Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

From the Old List:

  • (#3) On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
  • (#8) The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
  • (#18) What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt
  • (#19) The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  • (#31) In the Forest, by Edna O’Brien
  • (#43) The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
  • (#50) The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargos
  • (#52) The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coelho
  • ($62) The Human Stain, by Philip Roth
  • (#82) Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks
  • (#93) Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
  • (#99) American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
  • (#104) Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels
  • (#117) A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
  • (#125) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  • (#135) Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks
  • (#141) A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
  • (#205) Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey
  • (#219) Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
  • (#223) Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • (#236) Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • (#297) A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipaul
  • (#365) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • (#381) Them, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • (#387) Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • (#399) One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • (#440) The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
  • (#538) The Grass is Singing, by Doris Lessing
  • (#588) Native Son, by Richard Wright
  • (#609) Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • (#689) The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  • (#717) Siddharth, by Herman Hesse
  • (#741) Of Human Bondage, by William Somerset Maughan
  • (#770) House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
  • (#788) The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • (#810) The Kruetzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy
  • (#837) The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostovsky
  • (#880) The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
  • (#890) Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
  • (#925) The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • (#933) Persuasion, by Jane Austen
  • (#936) Emma, by Jane Austen
  • (#937) Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
  • (#940) Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
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  1. I really recommend What I Loved! And A Suitable Boy! And oh.. lots of them. Good luck with this.

    • Wendy on March 2, 2009 at 15:53

    Michelle: I meant to read What I Loved in February, but never got to it. I am determined to read that book sooner rather than later. A Suitable Boy is a little daunting in length, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it.

    • 3m on March 15, 2009 at 19:02

    Glad you’re participating again, Wendy. I think you would like the Austens. Persuasion is my favorite!

    • Wendy on March 21, 2009 at 07:41

    Thanks, Michelle 🙂

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