Tuesday, December 01, 2009

100 Books in 2009

This is the post I'll be updating all year... Please remember to leave book suggestion comments!

Rules: New books will be at the top. The date I finished them and very small details of the books or how I found them. They have to be, you know, not vapid shitty books. I welcome suggestions for new books.

79. Factotum by Charles Bukowski. November 30.
78. Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. November 28.
77. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. November 27.
76. The Sirens of the Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. November 27.
75. The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt. November 26.
74. After Dark by Haruki Murakami. November 21.
73. That Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. November 20.
72. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. November 18.
71. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson. November 16.
70. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. November 15.
69. Invisible by Paul Auster. November 11.
68. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace. November 10.
67. Taxi Confessional by Amy Braunschweiger. November 8.
66. Book of Illusion by Paul Auster. November 6.
65. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami. November 3.
64. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. October 31.
63. White Noise by Don DeLillo. October 24.
62. Liliane by Ntozake Shange. October 21.
61. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. October 14.
60. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende. October 10.
59. The End of Alice by A.M. Holmes. October 7.
58. The Hakawati by Rahib Alameddine. October 5.
57. 10c Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America by David Hajdu. October 1.
56. The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. September 26.
55. Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto. September 25.
54. Operation Shylock by Philip Roth. September 18.
53. Mortal Friends by Jane Stanton Hitchcock. August 27.
52. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. August 19.
51. A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark. August 9.
50. The Counterlife by Philip Roth. August 6.
49. The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway. July 28.
48. Watchmen by Alan Moore. July 22.
47. Leviathon by Paul Auster. July 19.
46. All the Names by Jose Saramago. July 19.
45. City of Thieves by David Benioff. July 17.
44. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace. July 14.
43. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. June 28.
42. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. June 21.
41. Light Years by James Salter. June 9.
40. The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester. May 31.
39. The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy. May 28.
38. The Peking Man is Missing by Claire Taschdjian. May 27.
37. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. May 25.
36. Lush Life by Richard Price. May 23.
35. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. May 23.
34. The Woman who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle. May 19.
33. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. May 17.
32. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. May 11.
31. Cathedral by Raymond Carver. May 9.
30. A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter. May 6.
29. The Nick Adams Stories by Earnest Hemingway. May 3.
28. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney. Apr 29.
27. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Apr 27.
26. Oracle Night by Paul Auster. Apr 23.
25. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Apr 20.
24. Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson. Apr 15.
23. Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore. Apr 11.
22. Oil! by Upton Sinclair. Apr 10.
21. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Apr 5.
20. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Apr 5.
19. Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. Mar 25.
18. Best American Essays, 2007 ed. DFW. Mar 17.
17. The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic. Mar 12.
16. The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. Mar 9.
15. Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Mar 7.
14. Consider the Lobster by DFW. Mar 3.
13. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik. Mar 1.
12. Baudlino by Umberto Eco. Feb 27.
11. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Feb 8.
10. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. Feb 6.
9. White Tiger by Aravid Adiga. Feb 2.
8. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver. Jan 30.
7. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace. Jan 25.
6. The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus. Jan 19.
5. The Great American Novel by Philip Roth. Jan 16.
4. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. Jan 12.
3. The Sound of Butterflies by Rachael King. Jan 5.
2. Away by Amy Bloom. Jan 3.
1. Mr Dixon Disappears by Ian Sansom. Jan 1.


rebekah at ead living said...

Just started The Saffron Kitchen. It is most excellent.

Anonymous said...

Am learning a lot of science as I read The Canon by Natalie Angier. and having fun doing it.

Jay said...

Have you read "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole? Most people get around to it in college, but if you missed out it should DEFINITELY be on this list.

Katy & Chris said...

Couple more to consider:

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander - Fantastic collection of short-stories. Englander's first book, and DEFINITELY worth reading if you haven't.

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan - Alright, it's dense. It's a lot of information. But it's fascinating and well-written.

Ellen K. said...

Love, LOVE the Monks of New Skete.

Another vote for "A Confederacy of Dunces."

We read "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami in book club last year, and it rocked my world.

Right now I'm reading "American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld.

Jill said...

You have total inspired me! While I'm not even trying to read close to a hundred books I'm definitely trying for a personal best.

I love consulting your list to see what I might read next.

Have you thought about reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan at all? I really enjoyed that one.

Katy & Chris said...

You should join in on this: MotherReader: The Fourth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge Looks like it could be right up your alley!

belinda said...

Love your book list! I'm a voracious reader and I will try them too - Thanks !www.adobolife.typepad.com

diane s said...

Hi Marcia,

I am trying to keep pace with you, and so far slipping behind! ;) I've read 24 books and am not sure I'll make 100 this year... we'll see.

I'm reading One Mississipi at the moment - it's good, but not great - and have Away lined up next. Have you read any Siri Hudsfelt (sp?) - I have her latest, Sorrows of an American on my TBR pile too (she's Auster's wife, as I'm sure you know).

diane s said...

ps Ellen K, how is American Wife? Am v keen to read that

Emilie said...

I agree with the Loving Frank suggestion. Read it for book club -- very interesting!

elizabeth said...

I too have been inspired by your list. I'm going to keep track next year on my blog. I really have no idea how many books I read a year. I've been reading adolescent lit recently. I recommend the Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

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