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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Reading Lists and Challenges


My 2019 Reading Projects and challenges. 
Updated: 11/18/19


I.
Read the current Pulitzer Prize winner for literature. Read past books that interest me.


Year
Title
Author
Read




2019
The Overstory
Powers, Richard
Aug. ‘19
2019
There There (finalist)
Orange, Tommy
Feb. ‘19
2019
The Great Believers (finalist)
Makkai, Rebecca
Apr. ‘19
2018
Less
Greer, Andrew
Mar ‘18
2017
The Underground Railroad
Whitehead, Colin
Jul ‘17
2016
The Sympathizer
Nyugen, Viet
Sep ‘16
2015
All the Light We Cannot See
Doerr, Anthony
Aug '15
2014
The Goldfinch
Tartt, Donna
Dec '14
2013
Orphan Master's Son
Johnson, Adam

2013
The Snow Child (Finalist)
Ivey, Eowyn
May ‘12
2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Egan, Jennifer

2010
Tinkers
Harding, Paul

2009
Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth
Mar '10
2008
A Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Diaz, Junot
Jan ‘16
2007
The Road
McCarthy, Cormac

2006
March
Brooks, Geraldine
Apr '08
2005
Gilead
Robinson, Marianne
Apr ‘19
2004
The Known World
Jones, Edward

2004
Evidence of Things Unseen (Finalist)
Wiggins, Marianne
Mar ‘11
2003
Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Oct '06
2002
Empire Falls
Russo, Richard
Apr '05
2001
The Amazing Kavalier and Clay
Charbon, Micahel

2000
Interpreter of Maladies
Lahiri, Jhumpa

2000
Close Range: Wyoming Stories (Finalist)
Proulx, E. Annie
2015
1999
The Hours
Cunningham, Michael

1999
The Poisonwood Bible (Finalist)
Kingsolver, Barbara
1999
1995
Stone Diaries
Shields, Carol
1995
1994
Shipping News
Proulx, Annie
1997
1992
A Thousand Acres
Smiley, Jane
1993
1991
The Things They Carried (Finalist)
O’Brien, Tim
2009
1989
Breathing Lessons
Tyler, Ann

1988
Beloved
Morrison, Toni
2010
1986
Lonesome Dove
McMurty, Larry

1983
The Color Purple
Walker, Alice
2009
1981
A Confederacy of Dunces
Toole, John Kennedy
2013
1977
Roots (Special Pulitzer)
Haley, Alex
1977
1973
The Optimist’s Daughter
Welty, Eudora

1972
Angle of Repose
Stegner, Wallace
1995
1961
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lee, Harper
2008
1953
The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest
1972
1948
Tales of the South Pacific
Michener, James
May ‘17
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John

1939
The Yearling
Rawles, Marjorie Kinna
Jan ‘16
1937
Gone with the Wind
Mitchell, Margaret
1974
1932
The Good Earth
Buck, Pearl S.
1973
1928
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wilder, Thorton

1925
So Big
Ferber, Edna

1921
Age of Innocence
Wharton, Edith
Apr ‘16

 

II.
My National Book Award Challenge (click hyperlink)
My goal is to read two books for the award years by the end of 2019. (Covering the last ten years.) And to read the 2019 books when they are announced.

1. Great House by Nicole Krauss (2010 finalist fiction)
2. Incarnadine by Mary Szybist (2013 winner poetry)
3. Lighthead by Terrance Hayes (2010 winner poetry)
4. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose (2009 Young People's Literature)
5. Redeployment by Phil Klay (2014 winner fiction)
6. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (2011 finalist fiction)
7. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (2013 Young People's Literature)


III.
'My Own Books' Challenge (click hyperlink for details)
Read 1-10 books I own before May 15th and decide what to do with the book.

1. La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith (3/20/19; gave to my mother)
2. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Mitch Albom (3/26/19; will give to my sister)
3. Gilead by Marianne Robinson (4/3/19; added to my church library)
4. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (4/5/19; will circulate as part of mini-book club selection)
5. Redeployment by Phil Klay (4/9/19; book belongs to my husband and he wants to keep)
6. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (4/12/19; will give away)
7. The Four Things that Matter Most by Ira Byock (4/14/19; will keep)


 

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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