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Goals for 2010: Notable Books Challenge


notablebooks1 Michelle from 1MoreChapter and I co-host this perpetual challenge to read from the Notable Lists on the challenge blog. Each year we ask participants to create goals for that year. In 2009, I had a goal to read 6 books from the lists, but I actually ended up reading 13!

In 2010, I decided to push a little and I hope to read 12 books from the lists. Below are books I either already own, or would like to get my hands on in 2010. It is from this group of books I will pick my 12 for the year:

  1. The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (from 2010 Tournament of Books, AND 2009 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED January 7, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  2. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (from Christian Science Monitor Best Books 2009, AND 2010 Tournament of Books) – COMPLETED February 20, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  3. The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters (from 2009 NYT Most Notable, 2009 PW Best Books, AND 2010 Tournament of Books) – COMPLETED April 3, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  4. The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt (from 2009 PW Best Books) – COMPLETED March 14, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  5. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave (from 2010 ALA Notable, AND 2010 Tournament of Books) – COMPLETED April 25, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  6. Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann (from 2009 NYT Most Notable, Christian Science Monitor Best Books 2009, 2010 ALA Notable, AND 2010 Tournament of Books) – COMPLETED April 30, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  7. There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene (from 2007 ALA Most Notable) – COMPLETED June 9, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  8. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (from 2009 PW Best Books) – COMPLETED August 7, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  9. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (from 2010 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED November 15, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  10. I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson (from 2010 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED July 27, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  11. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (from 2010 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED March 19, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  12. Room by Emma Donaghue (from 2010 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED October 2, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.


    4 Comments

    1. December 11, 2009    

      I bet you exceed your goal! Good luck.

    2. December 12, 2009    

      Wendy, this is a great list of books, some of which I have read and enjoyed. This challenge is really exciting to me and I’m going to sign up!

    3. December 14, 2009    

      I may look into this one … there are some good books on your list and some I have already.

    4. December 28, 2009    

      Kathy: I would love to exceed it!

      Gavin: I am SO glad you are signing up!!! I am looking forward to reading your reviews of some of these :)

      Jenners: Come on… you know you want to join just one more challenge *smiles*

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