Friday, April 24, 2009

Linda's 75 In Five Years

One hundred books seemed so... daunting. So here's my First 75 and then some. As we journey together, I'll add another dozen... or so...

And now, in no particular order other than alphabetical:


1. 2666 - Bolano
2. A Circle of Quiet – L’Engle
3. A Death in the Family – Agee
4. A Room of One’s Own – Woolf*
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Hosseini*
6. All the Pretty Horses – McCarthy
7. Barrel Fever – Sedaris*
8. Bel Canto – Patchett
9. Bright Lights, Big City – McIerney
10. Cathedral – Carver
11. Cry the Beloved Country – Paton
12. Diary – Palahunik
13. Empire Sighs - Russo
14. Fall on your Knees – MacDonald
15. Frankenstein – Shelley
16. Gravity’s Rainbow – Pynchon*
17. In the Beauty of the Lilies – Updike
18. Jewel – Lott
19. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Clark
20. Life of Pi – Martel
21. Like Water for Chocolate – Esquirrel
22. Madame Bovary – Flaubert
23. Mansfield Park – Austen
24. Middlemarch – Eliot*
25. Misery – King
26. Moby Dick – Melville
27. My Antonia – Cather
28. Never Let Me Go – Ishiguru
29. Northanger Abbey – Austen
30. Optimists Daughter - Welty
31. Paris Trout – Dexter
32. People of the Book – Brook*
33. Poems – Blake*
34. Poems - Sexton
35. Portnoy’s Complaint – Roth
36. Possession – Byatt
37. Prodigal Summer – Kingsolver
38. Snow – Pamuk
39. Sons and Lovers – Lawrence
40. Straight Men – Russo
41. The Alienist - Carr
42. The Book Thief - Zusak
43. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Diaz*
44. The City of Fallen Angels - Berendt
45. The Corrections – Franzen*
46. The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
47. The Dubliners – Joyce
48. The Fifth Mountain - Coelho
49. The God of Small Things – Roy
50. The Heart of the Matter – Greene
51. The Hours - Cunningham*
52. The Information – Amis
53. The Koran*
54. The Lovely Bones – Sebold
55. The Naked and the Dead – Mailer
56. The Pilgrim’s Progress – Bunyan
57. The President’s wife – Sittenfield
58. The Radiant Way – Drabble
59. The Red Badge of Courage - Crane
60. The Red Tent – Diamant
61. The Secret History – Tartt*
62. The Shipping News – Proulx
63. The Soul Thief – Baxter*
64. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Fadiman
65. The Sportswriter - Ford
66. The Three Musketeers – Dumas
67. The Turn of the Screw - James
68. The Year of Magical Thinking – Didion
69. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston
70. Tree of Smoke - Johnson
71. U.S.A. – Dos Passos
72. Ulysses – Joyce
73. Water, Carry Me – Moran
74. White Oleander – Fitch*
75. Wide Sargasso Sea – Rhys
76. The Outsiders - Hinton
77. Infinite Jest - Wallace
78. Apologize, Apologize - Kelly (debut)*
79. Mudbound - Jordan (debut)*
80. Still Lisa - Genova (debut)*
81. All About Lulu - Evison (debut)*
82. Hurry Down Sunshine - Greenberg (debut)*
83. Repeat After Me - DeWoskin (debut)*



TO BE CONTINUED…


(Bolded and asterisked = read!)


Peace, Linda

6 comments:

Nancy said...

Hi Linda,

Good idea to go with fifty books instead of one hundred when that seems like too many. Your list looks like fun, and we have several books-in-common. I'll be looking forward to hearing your opinions.

moonrat said...

oo, terribly exciting. i have a bunch of these on my list. and this gives you a chance to recast your goals for the second half! now this morning i was thinking about all the nf i wish i'd read (or subjects i wish i could make myself read about) and thought that maybe it would have been a better idea if i'd done a list of 50 fiction, 50 nonfiction.

Jen A said...

Oh, but we can all pick a NEW list of 100 in 5 years!!

Linda said...

Nancy, I'm def keeping a running tabl of the next 50; part o the difficulty for me is I want to read more short story collections, as well as poetry. So I'm researching those, as I am an illiterate in poetry and shorts. Your list is fabu as well, and I've 'stolen' a couple of yours for my next tier.

Moonie, I tink our lists are horribly symbiotic :^)

Jen, you must be so young... sigh... I turn 47 this week and I feel five years will go by in a blink. peace, Linda

Jen A said...

Oh, I'm not *that* young :) I'll be 32 this year. But I read a LOT. I don't have any kids yet ;)

Linda said...

Ha! 1/ 32 is SO young; and 2/ When youdo have those kiddos, you'll find yourself reading more than ever. Mind you, the reading will behind locked bathroom doors, but read you will! Peace, Linda