Thursday, December 11, 2008

Book Challenge

So. There's this book challenge that I have somehow decided to sign up for. And yes, I know I'm in college and shouldn't be doing things like this. But what do you do at college? Well, to quote an excellent line from the movie The Great Debaters, "College is the only place where you can read all day." And all books apparently count. So really, this is just an excuse for me to keep track of all the books I read, a habit I got out of after high school. The rules can be found at the link above; my list will appear below.

Books Read, 2009:

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
2. Salome, by Oscar Wilde
3. The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
4. De Profundis, by Oscar Wilde
5. Poems, Poems in Prose, and a Fairy Tale, by Oscar Wilde
6. Anecdotes and Sayings of Oscar Wilde, by Oscar Wilde et al.
7. The Critic as Artist, by Oscar Wilde
8. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
10. This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. The Roots of African-American Drama
12. The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn, by Mark Twain
13. Reading Like a Writer, by Francine Prose [Reading for Class]
14. The Writer's Book of Days, by Judy Reeves
15. Creating The Accomplished Image [Partly read, for class]
16. The People's Bible Commentary: Romans
17. Wheelock's Latin
18. God's No and God's Yes, by CFW Walther [half-read, for class]
19. The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
20. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
21. The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis
22. Manalive, by G.K. Chesterton
23. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
24. Magic For Beginners, by Kelly Link
25. The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany
26. One More For The Road, by Ray Bradbury
27. Sailing to Byzantium, by Robert Silverberg
28. The Halfling and Other Stories, by Leigh Brackett
29. Our Town, by Thornton Wilder
30. Figures of Earth, by James Branch Cabell
31. The Man Who Came to Dinner, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
32. The Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller
33. The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
34. Coffee at Luke's, edited by Jennifer Cruisie
35. Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger
36. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
37. The Fabulous tom Mix, by Olive Stokes Mix [half-read, research purposes]
38. Nightside the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe
39. Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain
40. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
41. Raise High The Roof Beams, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction, by J.D. Salinger
42. Dutchman, Amiri Baraka
43. Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller
44. Smoke, by Ivan Turgenev
45. Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev
46. First Love, by Ivan Turgenev
47. The Name Above the Title, by Frank Capra
48. The Story of Film, by Mark Cousins
49. A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne
50. Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe
51. Calde of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe
52. Exodus From the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe
53. Heroes of the Valley, by Jonathan Stroud
54. The Last Siege, by Jonathan Stroud
55. To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis
56. Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book, by Walker Percy
57. Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today, by John Kleinig [Partly read; book klub]
58. Storeys from the Old Hotel, by Gene Wolfe
59. The Wolfe Archipelago, by Gene Wolfe
60. Calculating God, by Robert J. Sawyer
61. Rude Mechanicals, by Kage Baker
62. Black Projects, White Knights, by Kage Baker
63. Gods and Pawns, by Kage Baker
64. Dark Mondays, by Kage Baker
65. Questions of Truth, by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale
66. Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, by Garrison Keillor
67. Carry On Jeeves, by PG Wodehouse
68. Either You're In Or You're In The Way, by Noah and Logan Miller
69. A City in Winter, by Mark Helprin
70. The Veil of Snows, by Mark Helprin
71. Swan Lake, by Mark Helprin
72. Believer Beware, edited by Jeff Sharlet et. al.
73. The Merchant of Venice, by Shakespeare
74. Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan
75. Richard III, by Shakespeare
76. Othello, by Shakespeare
77. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
78. The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman et al
79. Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles
80. The Tempest, by Shakespeare
81. Proof, by David Auburn
82. King Lear, by Shakespeare
83. Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett
84. Sonnets, by William Shakespeare
85. The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, the Restoration through 1800
86. Winter's Tales, by Isak Dinesen
87. Franny and Zooey, by JD Salinger
88. The Controversy Between the Puritans and the Stage, by Elbert Thompson
89. Lost Worlds, by Clark Ashton Smith
90. The Taming of the Shrew, by Shakespeare
91. The Norton Anthology of Literary Criticism, various authors
92. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
93. Peace, by Gene Wolfe
94. Great Joy, by Kate DiCamillo
95. Much Ado About Nothing, by Shakespeare
96. Waverely, by Sir Walter Scott
97. Reading the OED, by Ammon Shea
98. Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld
99. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer
100. The Fabulous Riverboat, by Philip Jose Farmer
101. How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff
102. Nova Swing, by M. John Harrison
103. Anecdotes of Destiny, by Isak Dinesen
104. The Screwtape Letters, by CS Lewis
105. The Owl Service, by Alan Garner
106. Wizardry and Wild Romance, by Michael Moorcock


Anonymous said...

Wanted to stop in and welcome you to this challenge. If you haven't already, feel free to join us at the Yahoo Groups where others are participating in this challenge as well as others.

NOT Freddy Jones said...

Sounds like fun. I shall join you.

Do textbooks count? =)

Ethan said...

J: Thank yah, sir.

Not Fred: The rules said any kind of books, so I'm assuming they do. In fact, I'm kind of banking on that. :P

Darth Nemoyer said...

1. I'm in. Can't let you and NOT Freddy have all the fun.

2. I'm beating you. I have my first book read completely in 2009 done.

Ethan said...

Ha. Four books down, so there.

Darth Nemoyer said...

Drat! >.< I am properly put to shame and rather impressed with your four Oscar Wilde books in a row.

Bruce Gee said...

BTw: GOD'S NO AND GOD'S YES isn't strictly "by" Walther, but is a tortured editing of his LAW AND GOSPEL. By tortured, I mean that at several points in the book you WILL need L&G in order to make ANY sense out of what the editors left after savaging Walther's words. An abortion, IMO.

Ethan said...

haha... I see. I knew it was an "abridgment," but had not heard of its allegorical premature death. Hopefully the teacher will shed light on such points (if not, I will prod him into doing so). I DO intend to read LAW AND GOSPEL, the real thing, at some point.