So... I've decided to take up a challenge that I found here. It's an A-to-Z reading challenge for 2009. I'll be reading books titled from A to Z. That'll give me two weeks per book. If I finish that, I'm going to move on to Authors from A to Z. Here's my titled reading list...
the Appeal by John Grisham - I just happened to pick this one up at the grocery store for $4, so I put this first on the list...
Blood Sins by Kay Hooper - This one was recommended by Barnes & Nobel as one of it's top 100 books of the year. Looked interesting.
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck - Here's where we start to diversify our reading. Since this will still be January, I couldn't resist one of the best Christmas books of the year.
Dangerous Laughter - Thirteen Stories by Steven Millhauser - This is a compilation of short stories. It was recommended by a list of the top 10 Independent Books of 2008.
Ever After by Karen Kingsbury - This book won the Christian Book Awards overall Book of the Year award. I haven't read anything that she's written yet, so I'm looking forward to this novel.
Fireproof by Eric Wilson - The movie version of this book came out this year with Kirk Cameron playing the lead. I heard that he VOLUNTEERED his time for this movie! Awesome!!! I can't wait to see the movie, but as usual, I want to read it first and form my own vision before I watch the movie.
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane - This was also on Barnes & Nobel's top 100 book list.
The Hour I First Believed - by Wally Lamb - This is supposed to be an amazing novel. This is the same guy who wrote She's Come Undone. What a fantastic author! I'm looking forward to another book by this guy.
In the Woods by Tana French
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
A Kiss before Dying by Ira Levin
The Lucky One - the Nicholas Sparks
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
Outliers - the Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell - This is a nonfiction book about the successes of the best, brightest, most famous and successful overachievers. He focuses on their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - And... Getting back to the classics.
Quiet Strength : The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy - Tony Dungy. What a classy guy!
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - So how many other people have had this on their "to read" list for years and years and years.
Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
2666 by Roberto Bolano, translated by Natasha Wimmer
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child by Robert Sears - Okay, so I was just curious. Not that I've turned down many vaccines for my kids, but I thought I'd educate myself in 2009.
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - Another classic that I haven't gotten around to yet.
STILL LOOKING FOR AN X IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig - Greg has been hasseling me for years about reading this book, and I still haven't gotten around to it. We have it somewhere in the attic, though, so I'm going to track it down and see what I can do.
Well, I hope some of you will join me on my reading madness in 2009. You don't have to read my books, but if you want to sign up for the challenge, go to http://atozchallenge.blogspot.com and sign up with me! :-) There are 5 different challenges. I think I may sign the girls up for the kids' challenge - 26 different A-Z children's books! :-)