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Who Wants to Read 50 Books in 2009?

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Inspired by hurricanejeanne and a few friends who are undertaking a similar challenge, I'm going to try to read 50 books in 2009. I'm obsessive about keeping track of books I've read and movies I've seen, etc., so this sounds like a lot of fun. Does anyone want to join me?

I'm taking a children's literature review class right now that I've already read 30 or so books for, so for the purposes of this undertaking, if I read a children's book that was under 100 pages, I'm not going to count it.

So far in 2009:

1. The Murder of Abraham Lincoln: A Chronicle of 62 Days in the Life of the American Public by Rick Geary
2. I Am America (and So Can You) by Stephen Colbert

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4. Tennis Confidential II: More of Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies by Paul Fein
5. Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky by John Moe

6. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

7. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
8. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
9. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
10. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
11. Neuromancer by William Gibson
12. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
13. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
14. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
15. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
16. Portnoy's Complaint by Phillip Roth
17. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
18. Valley of Wild Horses by Zane Grey

19. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
20. Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
21. Oblivion by Peter Abrahams
22. Test by William Sleator
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
24. John Steinbeck by Catherine Reef
25. Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life by Candace Fleming
26. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
27. David Boring by Daniel Clowes
28. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Update #1 (June 1, 2009)

29. Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played by L. Jon Wertheim
30. The Fatal Bullet: The True Account of the Assassination, Lingering Pain, Death, and Burial of James A. Garfield, Twentieth President of the United States by Rick Geary
31. Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon
32. Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

Update #2 (June 17, 2009)

33. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
34. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
35. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Update #3 (July 11, 2009)

36. Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis
37. D.A. by Connie Willis
38. The Adventures of Huckleberrry Finn by Mark Twain
39. Preacher Vol. 2: Until the End of the World by Garth Ennis
40. Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
41. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vols. 1-4 by Joss Whedon, Karl Moline and Jeph Loeb (let's just count all of these collections as one book.
42. Planet Simpson by Chris Turner

Update #4 (July 27, 2009)

43. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
44. Carrie by Stephen King
45. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
46. Preacher Vol. 3: Proud Americans by Garth Ennis
47. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
48. Angel: After the Fall, Vols. 1-3 by Joss Whedon, et al.
49. Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich

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Updated 07-27-2009 at 12:46 PM by munchin



  1. Moose's Avatar

    You have a couple of books I love on your finished list, Munchin. "Pride and Prejudice", obvioiusly. "Portnoy's Complaint is a big personal fave. And "The Wind In The Willows" is probably a top 10 all timer for me.

    If I can rec an author, I'd encourage you to pick up something from Tom Robbins, for the laugh factor, for some fun musings on philosophy, government and religion, and because he is a fellow Washingtonian, and you will likely recognize many things in his writings. Look for a book called "Still Life With Woodpecker" if you suddenly decide you want to read one of the funniest books ever written.
  2. mrjiggyfly2's Avatar

    What did you think of Tennis Confidential II?
  3. munchin's Avatar
    Not quite as good as the first, jiggy. A ton of the essays in the book were kinda...overly preachy. I guess I thought the writing wasn't as good.
  4. munchin's Avatar
    Tom Robbins, huh? He came up in one of my classes last week and I wrote him down. I'll definitely check him out this summer. I'm all for funny after reading No Country for Old Men last week.
  5. mrjiggyfly2's Avatar
    You're more diplomatic than I am. I thought it was really boring. I was surprised. Even though I didn't read the first one, I had high hopes. Those hopes were smashed.
  6. ptmcmahon's Avatar
    I'd like to read 50 books, but there just is so little time. I think I'm at about #5 or #6.

    Can my Sports Illustrated count as books?
  7. morct's Avatar
    I'll easily read 50 books, but will never manage to keep a list for a full year!

    I just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, funny it ain't but it was unputdownable.
  8. hurricanejeanne's Avatar
    Woot shoutout!

    I hope I hit around 50 books by the end of the year, but I have this habit of rereading certain books. I plan on rereading The Historian again soon and obviously The Twilight Saga before the second film comes out this coming winter. I will say that my master book list is over 200 books and I've only read maybe 20 of them so far.
  9. winston's Avatar
    If I actually finish reading War and Peace, does that count as 25 books?
  10. munchin's Avatar
    War and Peace? That novella!?! That counts as half a book.
  11. JTContinental's Avatar
    I wish I would have seen this earlier, and I would have done it, too. In fact, I still might.