40 Books in 2011

So I’m guessing most of you haven’t noticed; but its only February, and I’ve already failed on my Post a Week Challenge. Oops. I’m not giving up though, I’m going to give it my best from here on out. And to make up for failing on blogging once per week in 2011, I’m taking on an additional challenge: The GoodReads Reading Challenge. I’m going to read 40 books this year. And I’ve already read two, so I’m off to an ok start.

I’m giving myself some rules where this challenge is concerned; books I read with The Kid don’t count, and if a book is too boring/crappy/dissappointing to finish it doesn’t count. Hopefully there won’t be any of those (I’m looking at you Millenium Trilogy). If you’re feeling a little bookish, why don’t you sign up too? We could all stand to do a little more reading right?

I’ll list the books on this blog as I finish them, and will post reviews on GoodReads; which will also update to this blog, provided technology works with me on that. I’ll also put the star rating that I give each book on GoodReads on this list too, so you know how they rate on my awesomeness scale of 1 to 5. Ok, here goes… reviews to come soon!

1. The Memory Palace – Mira Bartok (4 stars)

2. Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain (2 stars)

3. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen (3 stars)

4. The Gangster We Are All Looking For – le thi diem thuy (4 stars)

5. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (4 stars)

6. Maroussia: a Maid of Ukraine – Marko Vovchok (5 stars)

7. The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World’s Most Astonishing Number – Mario Livio (1 star)

8. We the Drowned – Carsten Jensen (3 stars)

9. Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, a Father and Son’s Story – Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn (4 stars)

10. The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring – Richard Preston (4 stars)

11. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett (3 stars)

12. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson (3 stars)

13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson (3 stars)

14. My Sweet Mexico – Fany Gerson (4 stars)

15. Bossy pants – Tina Fey (5 stars)

16. The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly (3 stars)

17. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese (4 stars)

18. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay (5 stars)

19. This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, 60 Acres, and a Family Undone – Melissa Coleman (5 stars)

20. Happy Homes And How To Make Them: Or Counsels On Love, Courtship And Marriage – J.W. Kirton (2 stars)

21. The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie – Wendy McClure (4 stars)

22. Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles – Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (4 stars)

23. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne (4 stars)

24. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (5 stars)

25. Carmilla – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (3 stars)

26. The Solitaire Mystery – Jostein Gaarder (4 stars)

27. Food Rules – Michael Pollan (4 stars)

28. The House of Tomorrow – Peter Bognanni (3 stars)

29. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

30. Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

31. Club Dead – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

32. Dead to the World – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

33. Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

34. Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell (4 stars)

35. Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn (2 stars)

36. Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

37. All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

38. From Dead to Worse – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

39. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford (3 stars)

40. Animal Dreams – Barbara Kingsolver (4 stars)

41. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

42. The Paris Wife – Paula McLain (4 stars)

43. Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris (3 stars)

44. The Giver – Lois Lowry (4 stars)

45. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway (4 stars)

About PGMG

Mama. Bookworm. Hiker. Music lover. Retro enthusiast. Eater of nachos.
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  3. Iris Gimbel says:

    Impressive goal mastery Tricia. Ironically our book club is reviewing A Paris Wife this week and I was planning on reading Hemingway’s Movable Feast next. Glad you concur. Hemingway’s Movable Feast was the name of the deli on the corner across from our first apartment in Chicago where we would go to get our favorite ice cream even in the dead of winter. I was pregnant with your boyfriend and working in a mental hospital at the time. Does that tell you anything. David is listening to Water For Elephants on audio on my recommendation. Both are great for their visual imagery.

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