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Challenges



My 2020 Reading Projects and challenges. 
Updated: 09/1/20
I.
On-going challenge: Read the current Pulitzer Prize winner for literature. Read previous books that interest me.

Year
Title
Author
Read
2020
The Dutch House (finalist)
Patchett, Ann
Nov. '19
2020
Whitehead, Colson
Sep. '19
2019
Powers, Richard
Aug. ‘19
2019
There There (finalist)
Orange, Tommy
Feb. ‘19
2019
Makkai, Rebecca
Apr. ‘19
2018
Greer, Andrew
Mar ‘18
2017
Whitehead, Colson
Jul ‘17
2016
Nyugen, Viet
Sep. ‘16
2015
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
Aug '20
2009
Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth
Mar '10
2008
Diaz, Junot
Jan ‘16
2007
The Road
McCarthy, Cormac

2006
March
Brooks, Geraldine
Apr '08
2005
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
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
O’Brien, Tim
2009
1989
Breathing Lessons
Tyler, Anne

1988
Morrison, Toni
2010
1986
McMurty, Larry
Apr 2020
1983
The Color Purple
Walker, Alice
2009
1981
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
Lee, Harper
2008
1953
The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest
1972
1948
Michener, James
May ‘17
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John

1939
Rawles, Marjorie K.
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
May '20
1921
Wharton, Edith
Apr ‘16

II.
My goal is to read two books for each award year
2019 completed



III.
Read the Printz Award and honor books each year
Highlighted titles=READ
2020 Awards go to: 

  Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 2020
  • Dig by A.S. King- Award
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi- Honor
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki- Honor
  • Ordinary Hazards: a Memoir by Nikki Grimes-Honor
  • Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean- Honor


IV.
2020 Audiobook Challenge
My goal is to listen to more books than last year, which was 42.
1. Blowout by Rachel Maddow, read by the author
2. Normal People by Sally Rooney, read by Aoife McMahan
3. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, read by Steve West
4. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Letham, read by Geoffrey Cantor
5. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart, read by Christina Moore
6. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck, read by Richard Poe
8. Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart, read by Christina Moore
9. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen
10. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle
11. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, read by Derek Jacobi, Mae Whitman, Tantoo Cardinal, and Bryce Dallas Howard
12. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, read by Allyson Ryan
13.  Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais, read by Katherine Lee McEwan and Bahni Turpin
14. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
15. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, read by Peter Coyote
16. The Restaurant at the End of the World by Douglas Adams, read by Martin Freeman
17. Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart, read by Christina Moore
18. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coats, read by Joe Morton
19. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
20. Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, read by Nadia May
21. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, read by Rebecca Lowman and Abigail Levasch
22. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore, read by Brittany Pressley
23. Weather by Jenny Offill, read by Cassandra Campbell
24. Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore, read by Cassandra Campbell
25. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
26. Finders Keepers by Stephen King, read by Will Patton


 

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