On Dat Readin' Grind

A good book has no ending. ~R.D. Cumming
I mentioned a couple months ago that I'm a total book nut. I honestly cannot even leave my house without something to read, lest I'd perish from boredom. One of my girlfriends from work read that infamous post and sent me a link to this article: 75 Books Every Woman Should Read: The Complete List.

Most women would look at that list and think, That's a pretty good reference. Maybe I'll read a book or two. Well, I'm not like most women. I looked at that list and thought, Damn, I bet I could read ALL those books WITHIN A YEAR.

Did I mention I'm COMPLETELY delusional?! Okay, you all know what I have going on this year. There's no way in HELL that I'd be able to get through all these books and plan a wedding AND run an amazing blog within a calendar year, right?! Hmmm, sounds like a challenge to me.

There are a couple of books on this list that I've already read and sorry, but I'm not crazy enough to reread them for this challenge; even I have my limits. I'll let y'all know which book I'm reading on my Facebook and Twitter pages and even write a little review of each book as I finish it. I'm also going to keep the list posted up here so you can see which ones I've plowed through. 

I'm in the middle of My Car in Managua right now, but as soon as I finish it, it's on like Donkey Kong! If anyone wants to join me on this adventure, be my guest. Wish me luck, cowpokes!

OneThe Lottery (and Other Stories), Shirley Jackson
TwoTo the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Three. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
FourWhite Teeth, Zadie Smith
FiveThe House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
SixSlouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion

SevenExcellent Women, Barbara Pym
Eight. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Nine. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
Ten. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
Eleven. Beloved, Toni Morrison
Twelve. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Thirteen. Like Life, Lorrie Moore
Fourteen. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Fifteen. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Sixteen. The Delta of Venus, Anais Nin
Seventeen. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
Eighteen. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (and Other Stories), Flannery O'Connor
Nineteen. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx

Twenty. You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, Alice Walker
Twenty-one.Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Twenty-two. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Twenty-three. Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
Twenty-four. Earthly Paradise, Colette
Twenty-five. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt
Twenty-six. Property, Valerie Martin
Twenty-seven. Middlemarch, George Eliot
Twenty-eight. Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
Twenty-nine. The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
Thirty. Runaway, Alice Munro
Thirty-one. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Thirty-two. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

Thirty-three. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Thirty-four. You Must Remember This, Joyce Carol Oates
Thirty-five. Little Women, Louisa May Alcot
Thirty-six. Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill
Thirty-seven. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr
Thirty-eight. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Thirty-nine. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Forty. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
Forty-one. Bastard out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
Forty-two. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Forty-three. The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley
Forty-four. The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker

Forty-five. The Group, Mary McCarthy
Forty-six. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
Forty-seven. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
Forty-eight. The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
Forty-nine. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Fifty. Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag
Fifty-one. In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
Fifty-two. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
Fifty-three. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
Fifty-four. Three Junes, Julia Glass
Fifty-five. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
Fifty-six. Sophie's Choice, William Styron
Fifty-seven. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
Fifty-eight. Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford
Fifty-nine. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Sixty. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
Sixty-one. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Sixty-two. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
Sixty-three. The Face of War, Martha Gellhorn

Sixty-four. My Antonia, Willa Cather
Sixty-five. Love In The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Sixty-six. The Harsh Voice, Rebecca West
Sixty-seven. Spending, Mary Gordon
Sixty-eight. The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Sixty-nine. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Seventy. Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen
Seventy-one. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
Seventy-two. Three Lives, Gertrude Stein
Seventy-three. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
Seventy-four. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
Seventy-five. Possession, A.S. Byatt. 

Seven down, sixty-eight to go. I got this!

1 comment

Anonymous said... May 26, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Great list! I definitely have not read all those yet.
Do you have a Goodreads account? You can keep track of books you read there too! www.goodreads.com ~ I love it, check it out.

Blogger is acting weird still so I thought I would let you know also that is Jennifer over at www.booksrecipeandlifeohmy.blogspot.com

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