50 Books Project

Wherein I try, and usually fail, to read 50 books each year.  Book lists from previous years can be found here.

2016 List (31 books this year)

Wild Ginger: A Novel
Nothing to Grasp
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story
The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Dark Places
Housekeeping: A Novel
She Is Me: A Novel
Everything I Never Told You
Stardust

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy
Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering
The Invention of Wings
Life Class
Toby’s Room

Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
Nemesis
The Liars’ Club: A Memoir
Revival: A Novel
The Language of Flowers: A Novel
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Vintage Contemporaries)
Cherry

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children)
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
The Gemini Contenders: A Novel
Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)
End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy)

Euphoria
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Sycamore Row (The Jake Brigance)

 

2015 List (38 books this year… woo-hoo!)
Where Have I Been All My Life?: A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)
A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel
The Broker: A Novel
The Wind in the Willows

The Vegetarian: A Novel
In the Lake of the Woods
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics)
The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)

The Longings of Wayward Girls: A Novel
Autumn Light (Miracles of Marble Cove, 5)
The Magician King: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)
Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)

The Casual Vacancy
Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
2Br02B

The Snow Child: A Novel
Shaman
Assassination Vacation
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Finders Keepers: A Novel
The Samurai’s Garden: A Novel

Jumping the Queue: A Novel
The Abominable: A Novel
An Imaginative Experience
Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food–The Ultimate Diet
Gift from the Sea (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Signature of All Things: A Novel
A Spot of Bother
The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Moonheart

Doctor Sleep
In a Dark, Dark Wood
The Juniper Tree: And Other Tales from Grimm

 

2014 List (30 books)

11/22/63: A Novel
The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the World without Concealer, and Learned to Love the Real Me
The Eternal Wonder: A Novel
Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Shock
The Daylight Gate
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table (Random House Reader’s Circle)
A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five
The Way to the Salt Marsh: A John Hay Reader

The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time)
Lemonade Revealed
The Da Vinci Legacy
Mr. Mercedes: A Novel
Misty of Chincoteague

Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time)
Seaside Summer (Miracles of Marble Cove, 3)
Plain Truth
Drinking: A Love Story
The World Without Us

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope: A Novel
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace
The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom
Salem Falls

Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
The Dovekeepers: A Novel

2013 List (32 books)

A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life

Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life’s Just Too Much

Small Island: A Novel

Dead And Gone (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 9)

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Clean — Expanded Edition: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself

The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat–and Lose Weight Fast

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 10)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice & Fire)

Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life

Flight Behavior: A Novel

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Balance Of Power (An inherited from a family member book. Not my usual style, but it was okay.)

The Blood Countess

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 11)

A Survival Guide for Life: How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

The Hippopotamus

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Osterman Weekend

Sisterland: A Novel

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 12)

World Without End

Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience

Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Full Dark, No Stars

The Tree

The View From the Lighthouse (The Miracles of Marble Cove, Volume 1)

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

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9 thoughts on “50 Books Project

  1. I have read Anne Frank, A Thousand Spledid Suns and Small Island, all of which I found absorbing and moving. I don’t read enough these days.

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    1. I felt the same about all three, Nickie. They were some of the best books I read throughout last year. I don’t read enough, either, but it seems to be picking up now that I have this slow internet connection. I get tired of it, and go read. 🙂

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    1. I just finished “The Daylight Gate” by Jeanette Winterson. I really liked it. It’s a short read, but interesting. It’s a bit of history that you’re probably more familiar with than I am, so might not be as interesting. I’ve read one or two other books by Winterson. I like her writing, the way she uses words. There are surprises in her sentences from time to time.

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        1. Do you like books about food, Nickie? I’m currently reading “Comfort Me With Apples,” a sequel to “Tender at the Bone.” I really enjoyed the first book, and am enjoying the second as well. They’re memoirs written by a woman who became a food critic. She’s had an interesting life, and the books include recipes.

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