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Reading Challenge [Sep. 20th, 2010|10:07 pm]
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Inspired by protodisco's similar 50 book challenge, I'll be attempting (and in all likelihood failing) to read 52 books in as many weeks. I'll be starting September 20th, 2009 and updating this entry as I proceed.

Here's my tentative list... any suggestions or replacements appreciated:


(bolded authors = the first time reading that particular author)
(italicized titles = books stolen from protodisco's list)
(underlined titles = selections that were added to replace earlier titles, for various reasons)

Auster, Paul:
1. The New York Trilogy (6/29/10-7/1/10)

Bangs, John Kendrick:
2. A House-Boat on the River Styx (7/16/10)

Barth, John:
3. The Sot-Weed Factor (9/20/9-9/29/9)

Bellos, David:
4. Georges Perec: A Life in Words (12/16/9-1/6/10)

Bulgakov, Mikhail:
5. The Master and Margarita (Burgin/O'Connor translation) (7/16/10-7/26/10)

Burton, Richard (translator):
6. Vikram and the Vampire (11/20/9-11/25/9)

Campbell, Joseph:
7. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (6/22/10-6/28/10)

Caro, Robert:
8. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power (10/16/9-10/26/9)
9. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent (10/26/9-10/30/9)
10. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate (10/30/9-11/20/9)

Chabon, Michael:
11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (8/4/10-8/11/10)

Eliot, T.S.:
12. The Wasteland and Other Poems (9/15/10-9/16/10)

Ellmann, Richard:
13. James Joyce (4/13/10-5/11/10)

Faulkner, William:
14. The Sound and the Fury (6/11/10-6/16/10)

Gaddis, William:
15. Agape Agape (4/7/10)

Gass, William:
16. In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (8/3/10-8/15/10)
17. Omensetter's Luck (4/8/10-4/15/10)

Hemingway, Ernest:
18. A Farewell to Arms (8/19/10-8/23/10)

Herodotus:
19. The Histories (Greene translation) (6/16/10-7/16/10)

Homer:
20. The Odyssey (Lawrence translation) (5/11/10-6/4/10)

Joyce, James:
21. Dubliners (4/26/10-4/28/10)
22. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (5/1/10-5/5/10)
23. Ulysses (5/11/10-6/11/10)

Kundera, Milan:
24. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (7/26/10-7/28/10)

Lansing, Alfred:
25. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (10/9/9-10/12/9)

Le Couteur, Penny and Burreson, Jay:
26. Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History (8/23/10-9/3/10)

Markson, David:
27. Wittgenstein's Mistress (9/12/10-9/14/10)

Mathews, Harry:
28. Tlooth (8/2/10-8/16/10)

Maugham, Somerset:
29. The Razor's Edge (7/28/10-8/2/10)

Melville, Herman:
30. Moby Dick (9/30/9-10/8/9)

Nabokov, Vladimir:
31. Lolita (1/10/10-1/15/10)
32. The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (6/27/10-7/12/10)

Niffenegger, Audrey:
33. The Time Traveler's Wife (12/14/9-12/16/9)

O'Connor, Flannery:
34. The Complete Stories (9/19/10-9/27/10)

Ovid:
35. Metamorposes (Garth translation) (11/25/9-12/8/9)

Pears, Iain:
36. Stone's Fall (3/31/10-4/6/10)

Pynchon, Thomas:
37. V (8/24/10-9/19/10)

Selby, Hubert:
38. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1/6/10-1/8/10)

Shakespeare, William:
39. Complete Sonnets (1/8/10-1/10/10)
40. Othello (12/8/9)

Simmons, Dan:
41. The Terror (10/12/9-10/16/9)

Swift, Johnathan:
42. Gulliver's Travels (8/11/10-8/18/10)

Vatsayana:
43. Kama Sutra of Vatsayana (Burton translation) (12/11/9-12/14/9)

Vollmann, William:
44. Rising Up and Rising Down, moral calculus (3/12/10-3/13/10)
45. Rising Up and Rising Down, volume I (1/15/10-1/21/10)
46. Rising Up and Rising Down, volume II (1/21/10-2/16/10)
47. Rising Up and Rising Down, volume III (2/17/10-3/4/10)
48. Rising Up and Rising Down, volume IV (3/4/10-3/11/10)
49. Rising Up and Rising Down, volume V (3/13/10-3/23/10)
50. Rising Up and Rising Down, volume VI (3/23/10-3/31/10)

Walter, Eugene:
51. Hints & Pinches: A Concise Compendium of Aromatics, Chutneys, Herbs, Relishes, Spices, and Other Such Concerns (9/7/10-9/28/10)

Wilde, Oscar:
52.The Portrait of Dorian Gray (12/9/9-12/11/9)
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: dudeuhman
2009-09-15 06:09 am (UTC)
wow, quite a few of those aren't exactly page-turners
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[User Picture]From: polarisdib
2009-09-15 10:12 am (UTC)
Good luck with that. It's a great book list, but frankly there's a lot of them on there that I think would be less fun to read under the stress of trying to read them in a week.

--PolarisDiB
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[User Picture]From: knick_knack
2009-09-15 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ya, I think the subtitle to this list might be:

"52 Books in 52 Weeks" or "However Long it Takes Me at a Comfortable Yet Rapid Pace" or "How to Destroy One's Social Life in 52 Steps"
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[User Picture]From: evienelson
2009-09-15 03:56 pm (UTC)
Flannery O'Connor is fun to read but be prepared to get sort of bummed out.
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[User Picture]From: protodisco
2009-09-15 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh man. You're going to LOVE "The Sot-Weed Factor". So good.
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[User Picture]From: knick_knack
2009-09-30 05:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, you weren't kidding! I think I'll need to have at least three Barths on my list should I attempt a second similar challenge next year
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[User Picture]From: protodisco
2010-04-01 03:52 pm (UTC)
Whoa. If I were anywhere in your vicinity I'd give you the biggest high five of all time for finishing Rising Up and Rising Down. That's an accomplishment. Now Bring On The Proust!
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[User Picture]From: knick_knack
2010-04-01 03:56 pm (UTC)
If your local library has a copy of the unabridged or a reasonably priced (~$100? All I know is that the $400 price tags on half are outrageous) copy turns up on ebay (assuming you don't already own it), I'd highly recommend checking out volumes V and VI. The earlier, theoretical volumes were a bit dry for my taste (it didn't help that I'm not well versed in philosophy/sociology), but the case studies were fascinating and, quite frankly, page turners!
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