Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I smell a challenge

The 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge, that is! I think I've decided not to take on the Jane Austen and Well-Educated Mind challenges at the same time, but there will definitely be some Austen and WEM recommendations among my 52. Because I already have so many books on my personal to-read list, I'm going to start listing my 52 here and add/cross off as the challenge progresses. Here we go (in no particular order):

  1. Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning (Deborah Stipek Ph.D., Kathy Seal)
  2. Mind in the Making (Ellen Galinsky)
  3. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie)
  4. Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch (Dai Sijie)
  5. Consequences (Penelope Lively)
  6. The Road to Lichfield (Penelope Lively)
  7. Moon Tiger (Penelope Lively)
  8. The Angel's Game (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)
  9. Mr. Hartston's Most Excellent Encyclopedia of Useless Information: The Supreme Miscellany of Fantastic Facts (Harry Oliver)
  10. Bad Mother (Ayelet Waldman)
  11. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
  12. How to Be Alone (Jonathan Franzen)
  13. The Discomfort Zone (Jonathan Franzen)
  14. Dreaming in Hindi (Katherine Russell Rich)
  15. The Scenic Route (Binnie Kirshenbaum)
  16. The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst)
  17. The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton)
  18. The Kitchen House (Kathleen Grissom)
  19. The Violets of March (Sarah Jio)
  20. The Winter Sea (Susanna Kearsley)
  21. The Lost Wife (Alyson Richman)
  22. The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris
  23. Great Expectations (Dickens)
  24. Sense & Sensibility (Austen)
  25. Walden (Thoreau)
  26. Gulliver's Travels (Swift)
  27. Mansfield Park (Austen)
  28. Pride & Prejudice (Austen)
  29. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 (Tuchman)
  30. Blue Nights (Joan Didion)
  31. The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)
  32. Salvador (Joan Didion)
  33. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  34. Heart of the Sea
  35. Drowning Ruth
  36. A City So Grand (Puleo)
So that's what I have so far. Some are ambitious (Walden, for example, has defeated me twice so far), and many will be a snap. I'm just so excited to have a goal to get myself reading more!