Like most bibliophiles, the words ‘book lists’ and ‘Book Challenge’ sends shivers down my spine. I have notebooks and journals with endless compilations and scribbled combinations of books that I vow to complete – but often never do.
This year though, I stumbled across goodreads.com, and met some fabulous book lovers with great taste in literature. Imagine my delight when I also stumbled across a few groups that piqued my interest in challenges.
This page is dedicated to the many different reading challenges I will be attempting this year. I hope to keep track of how well I’m doing, and I also hope to review every single book I read. Below are the logo’s and links to the challenges I am attempting, as well as a short description of what they are about:
Zee’s 50 Books A Year Challenge
Description: The aim is simple: to read 50 books by the end of December 2010. No restrictions on genre, read your hearts desire!
Current Challenge Status: COMPLETE!!!
Check my blog post for titles I have read
Zee’s Banned Books Challenge
Description: This group focuses on books that have been banned or burned for various reasons. I am against any sort of banning or burning and it shocks me to see good literature being degraded. Below is a list I have adopted, taken from the top 100 ‘Banned, Burned and Challenged Classics from the American Library Association (ALA).
Current Challenge Status: 26/100
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
52. Howards End by E. M. Forster
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
68. Light in August by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Colour Code: Orange indicates books I have read, emboldened titles represent books that have been banned at one point.
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Description: “For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word.The featured works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries…”
Current Challenge Status: 96/1001 books read so far (9.5%)
Aim for end of this year: Get my score to 10%!
List of 1001 books I have read can be found here!
So… there you have it folks. The do-able and the damn right impossible of it all. At the end of the day, the aim is to widen our reading horizons and discover authors we wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
So, please feel free to take a look at the links, drop me some comments and let me know about any good books worth reading or if you are participating in any challenges or reading lists.
Happy reading! Zee.
pammy pam said:
ooooh pick me pick me! I am SO planning on doing a banned book challenge in the fall to correspond with banned books month or something. we should do something together!
That’s a great idea! We could always start a ‘Banned Book Club’ and work from the list shown here? It could be a book a month thing, with reviews written after. I don’t mind! I’m up for it.
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Thanks for visiting my blog and bookmarking it. 😉
Interesting to find so many of the banned books are books that I aspire to read. I’m doing the 1001 BYMRBYD too, but I’m often distracted by books which are not on the list!
Great blog, keep it up!
Thanks JoV! It’s great to find people who are ploughing through the same challenges. Like you I often get distracted too, but yes, the banned books list is one of my favourites. Just look at all those priceless classics! It’s a bibliophiles heaven.
I think I spotted you over at HelloJapan! blog? Nice to see you are also considering the Japanese Challenge. It’s a good one! Can’t wait to see your post!
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I discovered the Banned Books group on Goodreads a couple of weeks ago and I ordered and am waiting for “Flowers for Algernon” to join the monthly discussion on Goodreads. If you ever get organized for a monthly banned book group read in 2011 or whenever, please let me know. I’ll happily join.
BTW, after a long break, I made my first blog post last night 🙂
Wow! Great news! Welcome back to the blogosphere. That reminds me, I must subscribe to get updates from you.
I hope you enjoy the read. I’ve heard good things about ‘Flowers of Algernon’. I’d love to do a read along with the group, but I other books keep getting in the way. I need to clear out my TBR pile so I have room to do that. I’ll definitely let you know.
Thanks for popping by!
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