Join this challenge?
Heck yeah! And thanks to Nancy, NP.
Since I'm a die-hard reader anyway, I might as well shoot for some quality, right? I have an Excel spreadsheet of books I've read and books I want to read and I thought this would be a great way to whittle that list down a bit.
My plan is to start with books I own. Since I got a late start--and--I did read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer, 2003) in July--I'll count that as book one. Last night, I started Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (National Book Award, 1997) and in the queue are the following:
- Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (Gold Dagger Award, 2000 and National Book Critic's Circle, 1999)
- Lisey's Story by Stephen King (Bram Stoker Award, 2006)
- War Trash by Ha Jin (PEN/Faulkner Award, 2005)
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke (Hugo Award, 2005 & World Fantasy Award 2005)
- One Thousand Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Author, Nobel Prize, 1982)
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Royal Society Prize, Science, 2004)
- The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley ( Spur Award, 1999)