Thursday, March 26, 2009

1% Well-Read Challenge -- Old List/New List

OK, now that I've finished the 1% Well-Read Challenge from last year, it's time to publish my list for the next. But first, here's how I would break down the books I read this past year:

MUST Reads:
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Wonderful Read; Highly Recommend
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Possession by A.S.Byatt
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Liked it; glad I read it; Won't Read Again
Black Dahlia by Jalmes Ellroy
Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Sorry I Read this at all...
City of God by E.L.Doctorow
A Bend in the River by V.S.Naipaul

And here's my list for 2009-2010; in no particular order...

1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemriovsky
4. Silk by Alessandro Baricco
5. Snow by Orhan Pamuk
6. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
7. Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
8. Indigo by Marina Warner
9. A Day in Spring by Ciril Kosmac
10. Deep River by Shusaku Endo
11. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Douglas Adams
12. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur Clarke
13. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

First is The Old Man and the Sea. In April I plan to read Gone With the Wind in order to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Showing of the film in Atlanta.

2 comments:

Judy S. said...

What an interesting list, Susan. Did you notice that you've chosen 3 one-word titles? I just checked, and sure enough, my mom's old copy of Gone with the Wind, complete with its nail-hole, is still on my shelf. I loved it the first time, the movie also....maybe it's time for a reread?

Heather J. said...

I'd have to agree with you on Dracula - I never thought I like it but I LOVED it.

From your new list, I've only read one book, Suite Francaise. When you do get around to reading it, be sure not to skip the appendices in the back - there is some fascinating info there including copies of some of the authors letters. Well worth reading IMO.

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