50 Books – 164 Days

So recently everyone I know seems to be participating in numbered tasks: 365 Photos, 25/50/100 miles bike rides, 26.1 mile marathons, 1 year of service, 4/3 years of school, etc. You get my point. Well a while ago a friend (or a friend of a friend, I can’t really remember) started the 50 books in a year challenge and I thought it was a brilliant idea, but didn’t do anything about it. I don’t think the 50 books will be difficult for me (thus finishing my first 50 in the last 5 months (164) days of the year), but it will be the documenting them that will be the true effort.

I will warn you that my grammar is atrocious, my observations minute and my taste in books eclectic. I currently have a list of over 200 books that I want to read and have been reading a lot of English and Southern Fiction recently, as well as Fantasy. A partial lists of books I’ve already read this year, which I am not counting unless I re-read them again, follows:

  • Before Night Falls – Reinaldo Arenas
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (reread)
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggers
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg
  • Now Batting for Boston – J.G. Hayes
  • A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
  • Lost – Gregory Maguire
  • The Thief’s Gamble – Juliette McKenna (reread)
  • The Warrior’s Oath – Juliette McKenna (reread)
  • The Gambler’s Fortune – Juliette McKenna (reread)
  • At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neil (reread)
  • Eragon – Christopher Paolini (reread)
  • Eldest – Christopher Paolini (reread)
  • The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities of Our Time – Jeffrey Sachs
  • Riding the Bus with my Sister – Rachel Simon
  • US History for Dummies – Steve Wiegand

There are lots of people doing the challenge (just search 50 books challenge) and I figured why not? I mean I love to read; I generally like suggestions of books to read; and I have a list of over 200 books I want to read, so this is my blog documenting the next 50 books I read.


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