Reading Challenge 2011

My crazy friend Marissa challenged me to read 52 books in 2011, no re-reads allowed. I have reached my goal as on December 1, and I’m trucking towards 65. You can track my progress here, if you’d like.

1:Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Peter Scazzero

2:The Atonement Child: Francine Rivers

3: UnPlanned: Abby Johnson

4: Alice I Have Been: Melanie Benjamin

5: Sun Stand Still: Steven Furtick

6: Spiritual Authority: Watchman Nee

7: Anonymous: Alicia Britt Chloe

8: Angry Conversations with God: Susan E. Isaacs

9:Cold Tangerines: Shauna Niequist

10:Courageous Leadership: Bill Hybels

11: The Wilder Life: Wendy McClure

12:Bossypants: Tina Fey

13: The Bookseller of Kabul: Asne Seierstad

14: Zoo Story: Thomas French

15: Lucifer’s Flood: Linda Rios Brook

16: Chazown: Craig Groeschel

17: The Secret Zoo: Bryan Chick

18: The Girl with Glass Feet: Ali Shaw

19: The Marvelous Land of Oz: Frank L. Baum

20: The Reading Promise: Alice Ozma

21:Vintage Jesus: Mark Driscoll

22: The Paris Wife: Paula McLain

23: If You Ask Me (and I Know You Won’t): Betty White

24: A Jane Austen Education: William Deresiewicz

25: The Arm of the Starfish: Madeleine L’Engle

26: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Ransom Riggs

27: The Fall of Lucifer: Wendy Alec

28: Traveling Mercies: Anne Lamott

29: Bittersweet: Shauna Niequist

30: One Thousand Gifts: Ann Voskamp

31: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making: Catherynne M. Valente

32: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: Rhoda Janzen

33: Garden Spells: Sarah Addison Allen

34: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Sam Wasson

35: The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern

36: Floors: Patrick Carman

37: Coraline: Neil Gaiman

38: The Writing Life: Annie Dillard

39: The Secret Lives of Wives: Iris Krasnow

11 Books in the 11th Month Books:


40: The Book of Lost Things: John Connolly

41: The Grimm Legacy: Polly Shulman

42: The Magician’s Elephant: Kate DiCamillo

43: We Bought a Zoo: Benjamin Mee

44: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns): Mindy Kaling

45: The Map of Time: Felix J. Palma

46: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: Nina Sankovith

47: Sarah’s Key: Tatiana de Rosnay

48: The BFG: Roald Dahl

49: Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott

50: And Both Were Young: Madeleine L’Engle

51: The Year of Magical Thinking: Joan Didion


52: Sideways on a Scooter: Miranda Kennedy

Bonus (Re-Reads Allowed)

53: A Wrinkle in Time: Madeleine L’Engle

54: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: J.K. Rowling

55: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Roald Dahl

56: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: Roald Dahl

57: Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll

58: The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins

59: The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin

60: Dewey: Vicki Myron

61: Ophelia: Lisa Klein

62: Catching Fire: Suzanne Collins

63: A Lucky Child: Thomas Buergenthal

64: The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise: Julia Stuart

65: The Forgotten Garden: Kate Morton

66: Betty and Friends: Betty White

67: Mockingjay: Suzanne Collins

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Taken from the list found in the book by the same name, In 2012, I’m going to endeavor to read 25 of these must-reads. I started out the year having already read 83 of these bad boys, so I’ll try to make it at least an even 100, if not more. (Lest you think I am some kinds of speed reader, I thought I should emphasize that there are the 83books I’ve read from this list in my entire life, not just this year.)

The 83 I have already read:

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha: Arthur Golden
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams
  4. The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath
  5. Catch-22: Joseph Heller
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Truman Capote
  8. The Once and Future King: T.H. White
  9. One the Road: Jack Kerouac
  10. Dr. Zhivago: Boris Pasternack
  11. The Lord of the Rings: J.R.R. Toilkien
  12. Lolita: Vladimir Nabokov
  13. Lord of the Flies: William Golding
  14. The Old Man and The Sea: Earnest Hemingway
  15. The Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger
  16. Brideshead Revisited: Evelyn Waugh
  17. Animal Farm: George Orwell
  18. The Little Prince: Antonie de Saint Exupery
  19. For Whom the Bell Tolls: Hemmingway
  20. The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck
  21. Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck
  22. Their Eyes Were Watching God: Zora Neale Hurston
  23. The Hobbit: Tolkien
  24. Absalom, Absalom: William Faulkner
  25. Tender is the Night: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  26. A Farwell to Arms: Hemingway
  27. All Quiet On The Western Front: Erich Maria Remarque
  28. The Sound and the Furry: Faulkner
  29. The Sun Also Rises: Hemingway
  30. The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald
  31. Ulysses: James Joyce
  32. The Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton
  33. Summer: Wharton
  34. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Joyce
  35. Ethan Frome: Wharton
  36. Howard’s End: E.M. Forster
  37. The Jungle: Upton Sinclair
  38. The Hound of the Baskervilles: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  39. The Awakening: Kate Chopin
  40. Dracula: Bram Stoker
  41. The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  42. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Doyle
  43. The Picture of Dorian Grey: Oscar Wilde
  44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson
  45. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Mark Twain
  46. Treasure Island: Stevenson
  47. The Portrait of a Lady: Henry James
  48. Around the World in 80 Days: Jules Verne
  49. Through the Looking Glass: Lewis Carroll
  50. Little Women: Louisa May Alcott
  51. Journey to the Center of the Earth: Verne
  52. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll
  53. Notes from the Underground: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  54. Silas Marner: George Eliot
  55. A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
  56. Hard Times: Dickens
  57. Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Harriett Beecher Stowe
  58. Moby Dick: Herman Melville
  59. Scarlett Letter: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  60. Jane Eyer: Charlotte Bronte
  61. Vanity Fair: William Makepeace Thackeray
  62. The Count of Monte-Cristo: Alexander Dumas
  63. The Purloined Letter: Edgar Allen Poe
  64. The Pit and the Pendulum: Poe
  65. The Fall of the House of the Usher: Poe
  66. A Christmas Carol: Dickens
  67. Oliver Twist: Dickens
  68. Frankenstein: Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley
  69. Northanger Abby: Jane Austen
  70. Persuasions: Austen
  71. Pride and Prejudice: Austen
  72. Mansfield Park: Austen
  73. Sense and Sensibility: Austen
  74. Confessions: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  75. Candide: Voltaire
  76. Gulliver’s Travel’s: Jonathan Swift
  77. The Pilgrim’s Progress: John Bunyan
  78. Don Quixote: Miguel de Cervantes
  79. The Thousand and One Nights: Anonymous
  80. Metamorphoses: Ovid
  81. Aesop’s Fables: Aesop
  82. Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe
  83. The Last of the Mohicans: James Fenimore Cooper

14 responses to “Reading Challenge 2011

  1. What a great idea!!! Since OPrah is no more I may have to use your reading list!!!!! Sounds like your life is GREAT! Could not be happier for you. Laura just had our first grandchild on Thursday so we are truly blessed!!!!! Life is good…no GREAT!!!! Love you, Martha Perry

  2. Andrew Cahill

    It’s crazy how much you read. And how fast.

  3. Marissa

    1) missperegrines Home for Peculiar Children
    2) Angry Conversatin ih God
    3) Heaven is for real
    4) the be with factor
    5) healing r damaged emotions
    6) Do Hard Things
    7) The Case for Christ
    8) The Case for Faith
    9) The Case for a Creator
    10) The Case for a real Jesus
    11) How hould we then live
    12) A new kind of Christian
    13) I forgrae you
    14) Total Forgiveness
    15) take three
    16) take four
    17) unlocked
    18) leaving
    19) learning
    20) gideons gift
    21) sarahs song
    22) hannahs hope
    23) maggies miracle
    24) gihannah

  4. Marissa

    25) five love languages-singles ed
    26) erasing hell
    27) get out of that pitt
    28) a scho for myig
    29) tuched by angls
    30) wicked
    31) castles in the sand
    32) halfway to forever
    33) messy spiruality
    35)battlefield of the mind
    36)borne of four: m.k.hadely (kevin morrison)
    37) a good and perfect life(i think thats the name of the book i read then had you read…yes?)
    38) (currently reading captivating right now)

  5. Girl, you’re a rock star! I tried to implement my own reading challenge for 2011 and failed MISERABLY. I’m an English teacher, so I always have lots of papers to grade – that’s my excuse. 🙂 I’ve decided instead to simply read all the books I bought on a whim at Barnes & Noble but have yet to read at a leisurely pace. But props to you! I’m going to follow you!

    • Haha, thanks! I think you’re the rock star, teaching all day! I wanted to teach for a very long time, but life never quite took me in that direction. Maybe someday. And this whole challenge started because I counted all the books on my shelf that I owned but hadn’t read yet. The number came up to 52! Of course, it seems every time I finish one I get a new one, so the theory of finishing them all has not quite worked out for me.

  6. Impressive! I managed 50 last year and thought I could do the same but seem to be failing… On track for about 40, though…

  7. I’ve taken the Good Read’s challenge to get to 50 by the end of this year, so far so good. I love the 83 you’ve read so far, I’ve read at least 40 of them and I’m so happy that someone else has enjoyed them as much as I have…

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