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Jan 2, 2019, 11:49am

Happy New Year!

I'm in the process of reading my first two books for the year and hope to start listing soon!


Jan 2, 2019, 12:34pm

Welcome back!

Jan 2, 2019, 4:37pm

Happy reading in 2019, Greg!

Edited: May 11, 4:46pm

Completed in January

1. The Ladies by Doris Grumbach λ
2. Pan by Knut Hamsun NL
3. Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
6. The Entity by Frank De Felitta
7. The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson λ
8. The Sun Dog by Stephen King *

Completed in February

9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
10. Passing by Nella Larsen
11. Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton
12. Rat Bohemia by Sarah Schulman λ
13. Fox 8 by George Saunders
14. Under a Glass Bell by Anaïs Nin

Completed in March

15. Ulysses by James Joyce
16. Cut by Patricia McCormick
17. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
18. The Pearl by John Steinbeck * NL
19. Queer Fish, Volume 2 edited by Margarita Bezdomnya and Rose Mambert λ
20. Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos
21. The White Book by Han Kang

Completed in April

22. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
23. A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman
24. Savrola by Sir Winston Churchill NL
25. Meg by Steve Alten
26. Liberty Square by Katherine V. Forrest λ
27. It Took Billy by Miguel Lopez de Leon
28. Jenny by Sigrid Undset NL
29. Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
30. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
31. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

Completed in May

32. Canary by Nathan Aldyne λ
33. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
34. At the Ghost Hour: The House of the Unbelieving Thomas by Paul Heyse NL
35. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
36. Le Petit Prince by Antonie de Saint-Exupéry *
37. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
38. Trust by David Moody

Completed in June

39. Mountain Wolf Woman, Sister of Crashing Thunder: The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian edited by Nancy Oestreich Lurie
40. Third Eye by Rick Reed λ
41. The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
42. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk NL
43. The Missing by Sarah Langan
44. Hunted Past Reason by Richard Matheson
45. Quicksand by Nella Larsen
46. Malagash by Joey Comeau

Completed in July

47. Post Office by Charles Bukowski
48. Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto
49. Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig λ
50. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim λ
51. Trap by Lilja Sigurðardóttir λ
52. Maigret and the Nahour Case by Georges Simenon
53. The Woman and the Priest by Grazia Deledda NL
54. Journey by James Michener
55. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Completed in August

56. Luchador by Erin Finnegan λ
57. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
58. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
59. The Bridal March and One Day by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson NL
60. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
61. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison NL
62. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
63. The Shape of Things edited by Damon Knight
64. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Completed in September

65. La Peste by Albert Camus * NL
66. The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin λ
67. The Bird's Nest by Shirley Jackson
68. Paper Money by Ken Follett
69. An Experiment in Misery by Stephen Crane
70. Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
71. The Satan Factory by Thomas E. Sniegoski
72. Sleep of Memory by Patrick Modiano NL

Completed in October

73. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
74. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro NL
75. Elevation by Stephen King λ
76. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
77. Dispatch by Bentley Little
78. Mona and Other Tales by Reinaldo Arenas λ

Completed in November

79. Antwerp by Roberto Bolaño
80. Haunted Castles by Ray Russell
81. The Terror by Dan Simmons λ
82. The Certificate by Isaac Bashevis Singer NL
83. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Completed in December

84. The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch
85. Sky Saw by Blake Butler
86. The Invisible Giant by Bram Stoker
87. Flash Fiction Forward edited by James Thomas & Robert Shapard
88. The Body in Question by Jill Ciment
89. Hold Tight by Christopher Bram λ

* = re-read
λ = lgbtqia+
NL = Nobel Laureate

Jan 5, 2019, 3:30am

Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Greg, this year.

Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 1:12am

I've also started my own challenge of reading at least one book (play, novel, poetry, essays, etc.) from each of the Nobel Prize for Literature winners, dating back to René-François Sully Prudhomme (1901).

1901 Sully Prudhomme -- Yes
1902 Theodor Mommsen
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson -- Yes
1904 Frédéric Mistral and José Echegaray y Eizaquirre
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz -- Yes
1906 Giosuè Carducci
1907 Rudyard Kipling -- Yes
1908 Rudolf Christoph Eucken
1909 Selma Lagerlöf
1910 Paul Heyse -- Yes
1911 Count Maurice Maeterlinck
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann -- Yes
1913 Rabindranath Tagore -- Yes
1915 Romain Rolland
1916 Verner von Heidenstam
1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan
1919 Carl Spitteler
1920 Knut Hamsun -- Yes
1921 Anatole France -- Yes
1922 Jacinto Benavente
1923 William Butler Yeats -- Yes
1924 Wladyslaw Reymont
1925 George Bernard Shaw -- Yes
1926 Grazia Deledda -- Yes
1927 Henri Bergson
1928 Sigrid Undset -- Yes
1929 Thomas Mann -- Yes
1930 Sinclair Lewis -- Yes
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1932 John Galsworthy
1933 Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
1934 Luigi Pirandello
1936 Eugene O'Neill -- Yes
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1938 Pearl S. Buck -- Yes
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1945 Gabriela Mistral
1946 Hermann Hesse -- Yes
1947 André Gide -- Yes
1948 T.S. Elliot -- Yes
1949 William Faulkner -- Yes
1950 Bertrand Russell
1951 Pär Lagerkvist -- Yes
1952 François Mauriac
1953 Sir Winston Churchill -- Yes
1954 Ernest Hemingway -- Yes
1955 Halldór Laxness -- Yes
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez
1957 Albert Camus -- Yes
1958 Boris Pasternak (declined the prize)
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo
1960 Saint-John Perse
1961 Ivo Andric
1962 John Steinbeck -- Yes
1963 Giorgos Seferis
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre (declined the prize) -- Yes
1965 Michail Sholokhov
1966 Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Nelly Sachs
1967 Miguel Ángel Asturias
1968 Yasunari Kawabata -- Yes
1969 Samuel Beckett -- Yes
1970 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -- Yes
1971 Pablo Neruda
1972 Heinrich Böll
1973 Patrick White -- Yes
1974 Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson
1975 Eugenio Montale
1976 Saul Bellow -- Yes
1977 Vincente Aleixandre
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer -- Yes
1979 Odysseas Elytis
1980 Czeslaw Milosz
1981 Elias Canetti
1982 Gabriel Garciá Márquez -- Yes
1983 William Golding -- Yes
1984 Jaroslav Seifert
1985 Claude Simon
1986 Akinwande Ouwoe Soyinka
1987 Joseph Brodsky
1988 Naguib Mahfouz -- Yes
1989 Camilo José Cela -- Yes
1990 Octavio Paz
1991 Nadine Gordimer -- Yes
1992 Derek Walcott
1993 Toni Morrison -- Yes
1994 Kenzaburo Oe
1995 Seamus Heaney
1996 Wislawa Szymborska
1997 Dario Fo -- Yes
1998 José Saramago -- Yes
1999 Günter Grass
2000 Gao Xingjian
2001 Vidiadhar Surjprasad Naipaul
2002 Imre Kertész
2003 John Maxwell Coetzee -- Yes
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
2005 Harold Pinter
2006 Orhan Pamuk -- Yes
2007 Doris Lessing -- Yes
2008 J.M.G. Le Clézio
2009 Herta Müller
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa
2011 Tomas Tranströmer
2012 Mo Yan
2013 Alice Munro
2014 Patrick Modiano -- Yes
2015 Svetlana Alexievich
2016 Bob Dylan -- Yes
2017 Kazuo Ishiguro -- Yes
2018 Olga Tokarczuk
2019 Peter Handke

Apr 25, 2019, 6:43pm

I finally made it a third of the way, with It Took Billy by Miguel Lopez de Leon, which I picked up at the L.A. Times Festival of Books (and met the author)!!

Oct 9, 2019, 12:18pm

I finally reached 75 books, with Elevation by Stephen King!! Great book, by the way, about a man experiencing a strange form of weight loss. I think it's one of his best books.

Oct 10, 2019, 9:40am

Congratulations on reaching 75, Greg!

>6 ocgreg34: Today you can add Olga Tokarczuk (2018) and Peter Handke (2019) to the list.

Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 12:17pm

>9 FAMeulstee: FAMeulstee Thank you! I just updated my list. :)

Oct 10, 2019, 9:12pm