10/10/10 Challenge

[Originally posted at the beginning of 2010.]

For my New Year’s “resolution” I decided to complete the 10/10/10 challenge—ten books in ten different genres in 2010—and I am really excited to do it. My friends Megan and Lindsey expressed an interest in it as well, so we’ve been discussing possible categories with each other. For right now, here is my tentative list.

  • books I own but haven’t read yet
  • recommended by others
  • adult fiction
  • nonfiction
  • self-improvement
  • international authors
  • authors I’ve never read
  • genres I don’t usually read
  • Megan/Lindsey/me category (a predetermined list of ten books that all three of us will read)
  • award-winners (?)
    or books adapted to movies (?)

I like the idea of books that have been adapted to movies (which came from Lindsey) because it adds the extra element of watching those movies and comparing them with the books, and I’m sure that would be interesting; however, that also means I have to find the movies, and that isn’t always easy.

Reading List So Far:

Books I Own but Haven’t Read:

  1. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  4. The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf
  5. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  6. Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
  7. The Winds of War, Herman Wouk
  8. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis
  9. Howard’s End, E.M. Forster

Adult Fiction:

  1. The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson [finished]
  2. possibly one of the Dresden files, by Jim Butcher
  3. The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  5. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  6. The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho
  7. Serena, Ron Rash
  8. The Postmistress, Sarah Blake

Recommendations:

  1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer (Megan)
  2. Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Mike)
  3. Abarat, Clive Barker (Joseph) [finished]
  4. The Alchemyst, Michael Scott (Nathalie) [finished]
  5. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown (Dan)

I can’t believe I’ve never read this / Unfinished Business:

  1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  2. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred C. Taylor
  4. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
  5. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  6. The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
  7. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  8. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  9. The Glass Castle, Jeanette Wells
  10. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  11. The Rise of Silas Lapham, William Dean Howells

Authors I’ve Never Read:

  1. Neil Gaiman
  2. Norman Mailer
  3. Cormac McCarthy
  4. Ken Follett
  5. John Milton

Award-Winners:

  1. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  2. March, Geraldine Brooks
  3. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  4. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  5. Ironweed, William Kennedy
  6. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

International Authors:

  1. The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Amy Tan
  2. Pandora in the Congo, Albert Sanchez Pinol
  3. Arrow of God, Chinua Achebe
  4. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Self-Improvement:

  1. Forced to be Family, Cheryl Dellasega [finished]
  2. Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, Karol Truman
  3. The Four Agreements Companion, Miquel Ruiz
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