2011 Reading Challenge


I’ve taken on a reading challenge for the year 2011 – 100 Books in a Year and I have the mind and heart to go through with this (even if it means staying up into the wee hours of the day just to reach my goal – that would probably be fun…been a long time since I did that!).
So, just to keep track of it, I’m going to devote a page wholly to this purpose. 



Update: mid-October - So, a 100 books may not be possible this year, unless I read every waking hour. Considering I actually signed up for the challenge in the end of March, I already lost three months of good reading though I did read. To console myself, I've updated my personal challenge to 65 books this year, which is definitely realistic. I'll do a 100 starting Jan 1st 2012.
  1. The Stranger - Albert Camus: January
  2. The Lady and the Poet - Maeve Haran: January
  3. Animal Farm - George Orwell: January
  4. Twilight's Serenade - Tracie Peterson: February
  5. 2 States - Chetan Bhagat: February
  6. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre - Amanda Grange: February
  7. Searching for Pemberly - Mary Lydon Simonsen: March
  8. Mr Darcy: The Last Man in the World - Abigail Reynolds: March
  9. A Sea of Troubles - Donna Leon: March
  10. The Flame and the Shadow - Denise Rossetti
  11. Suffer the Little Children - Donna Leon: March
  12. About Face - Donna Leon: April
  13. A Bride in the Bargain - Deeanne Gist
  14. The Girl of his Dreams - Donna Leon: April
  15. The Death of the Adversary - Hans Keilson: April
  16. The Mists of Time - Susan Squires: April
  17. Drawing Conclusions - Donna Leon: April
  18. The Spies of Sobeck - P. C. DohertyApril
  19. Dear Money - Martha McPheeApril
  20. The Magician's Death - P. C. Doherty: May
  21. Perfect Poison - Amanda Quick: May
  22. Captain Wentworth's Diary - Amanda GrangeMay
  23. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larson (BOOK CLUB)
  24. Quietly in their Sleep - Donna Leon
  25. Loving Will Shakespeare - Carolyn Meyer
  26. The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter
  27. To Sir Philip, With Love - Julia Quinn
  28. The Perfect Stranger - Annie Gracie
  29. The Perfect Rake - Annie Gracie
  30. Dracula in Love - Karen Essex
  31. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler
  32. The Duke & I - Julia Quinn
  33. North & South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  34. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (BOOK CLUB)
  35. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (BOOK CLUB)
  36. One Day - David Nicholls
  37. The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
  38. His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester - Jeanne Westin
  39. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
  40. Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers
  41. Darcy and Fitzwilliam: The Tale of an Officer and a Gentleman - Karen V. Wasylowski
  42. The Naval Treaty - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  43. The Adventure of the Last Problem - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  44. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  45. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
  46. Dracula, the Un-dead - Dacre Stoker
  47. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  48. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  49. Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  50. Jack Kennedy - Chuck Wills
  51. Darcy's Story - Janet Aylmer
  52. The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  53. An Assembly Such As This - Pamela Aidan
  54. Duty and Desire - Pamela Aidan
  55. These Three Remain - Pamela Aidan
  56. Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  57. First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  58. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling
  59. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing - Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  60. Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) - Jerome K. Jerome
  61. The Host - Stephanie Meyer
  62. A Wealthy Widow - Anne Heries
  63. How To Marry a Marquis - Julia Quinn
  64. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
  65. Living Dead In Dallas - Charlaine Harris
Most (nearly all, to be honest) of the books I read, I borrow from the amazing Chicago Public Library, and I saw this sign (below) in the Sox stop on the 'L'. I had to share it because it's 1) Funny and 2) It's a library :P
This is my tribute to this wonderful city, whose marvels I continue to discover everyday, and the libraries that make my life so much better!! :)

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