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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Reading Lists and Challenges


My 2018 Reading Projects and challenges. 
Updated:4/16/18


I.


Read the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction each year 
and catch up on identified books from previous years, only the ones I want to read

Year
Title
Author
Read
Comments
2018
Less
Greer, Andrew
Mar. '18
Funny and poignant.
2017
The Underground Railroad
Whitehead, Colin
Jul ‘17
Sums up a lot of history with some magical realism thrown in.
2016
The Sympathizer
Nyugen, Viet
Sep ‘16
Deep and thought-provoking while surprisingly humorous.
2015
All the Light We Cannot See
Doerr, Anthony
Aug '15
My favorite book of 2015.
2014
The Goldfinch
Tartt, Donna
Dec '14
One of my favorite books of 2014.
2013
Orphan Master's Son
Johnson, Adam
2013
The Snow Child (Finalist)
Ivey, Eowyn
May ‘12
Oddly charming
2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Egan, Jennifer
2010
Tinkers
Harding, Paul
2009
Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth
Mar '10
Memorable
2008
A Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Diaz, Junot
Jan ‘16
Amazing
2007
The Road
McCarthy, Cormac
2006
March
Brooks, Geraldine
Apr '08
Made me want to re-read Little Women
2005
Gilead
Robinson, Marianne
2004
The Known World
Jones, Edward
2004
Evidence of Things Unseen (Finalist)
Wiggins, Marianne
Mar ‘11
What a story. Unforgettable.
2003
Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Oct '06
Indescribably good.
2002
Empire Falls
Russo, Richard
Apr '05
Liked
2001
The Amazing Kavalier and Clay
Charbon, Micahel
2000
Interpreter of Maladies
Lahiri, Jhumpa
2000
Close Range: Wyoming Stories (Finalist)
Proulx, E. Annie
2015
A favorite author
1999
The Hours
Cunningham, Michael
1999
The Poisonwood Bible (Finalist)
Kingsolver, Barbara
1999
A top ten favorite and so well done.
1995
Stone Diaries
Shields, Carol
1995
Not memorable
1994
Shipping News
Proulx, Annie
1997
On my top ten favorites list
1992
A Thousand Acres
Smiley, Jane
1993
Depressing topic
1991
The Things They Carried (Finalist)
O’Brien, Tim
2009
Cathartic; really important
1989
Breathing Lessons
Tyler, Ann


1988
Beloved
Morrison, Toni
2010
Astonishingly good.
1986
Lonesome Dove
McMurty, Larry
1983
The Color Purple
Walker, Alice
2009
Such talent.
1981
A Confederacy of Dunces
Toole, John Kennedy
2013
This book is in a category of its own. Love it!
1977
Roots (Special Pulitzer)
Haley, Alex
1977
This book was a cultural phenomenon
1973
The Optimist’s Daughter
Welty, Eudora


1972
Angle of Repose
Stegner, Wallace
1995
 I love this author!
1961
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lee, Harper
2008
Can believe I waited so long to read this classic
1953
The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest
1972
Read in junior high
1948
Tales of the South Pacific
Michener, James
May ‘17
Outdated. Themes don’t play well in today’s society.
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John


1939
The Yearling
Rawles, Marjorie Kinna
Jan ‘16
Brilliant!
1937
Gone with the Wind
Mitchell, Margaret
1974
For many years this was my favorite book
1932
The Good Earth
Buck, Pearl S.
1973
Read in high school
1928
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wilder, Thorton


1925
So Big
Ferber, Edna


1921
Age of Innocence
Wharton, Edith
Apr ‘16
A delight


2 comments:

  1. Wow, these are great lists. You've accomplished a lot! I will definitely look into some of these for 2012.

    Sue

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  2. Seeing your list of Pulitzer books inspires me to fill in the gaps. Lots of classics there! Good luck with your reading.

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