Tuesday, October 31, 2006

50 Book Challenge

Apparently on Livejournal and various other sites, there's this 50book Challenge thing going on where the basic premise is to read 50 books and blog about them.

Well since I have been reading an awful lot lately I thought that I could play this game and document everything I read. I've tried to only count books that I've finished since May. So here's what I can remember, in no particular order.

Later on I'll probably list them 5 or 10 at a time, with some quick summarizations of what I thought. Sry this is pretty boring, its really for me to keep track.

*I gave asterisks to those books that I would highly recommend

1. Magic Toyshop - Angela Carter
2. On Beauty - Zadie Smith*
3. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
4. Viriconium - M. John Harrison*
5. Complicity - Iain Banks
6. Looking to Windward - Iain M. Banks
7. Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks*
8. The Baby Merchant - Kit Reed
9. Etched City - K.J. Bishop*
10. The Chess Garden - Brooks Hansen*
11. Shriek - Jeff Vandermeer*
12. Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol. 1 - Diana Wynne Jones
13. Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
14. Fuzzy Dice - Paul Di Filippo
15. Tumbling After - Paul Witcover
16. Gun, With Occasional Music - Jonanthan Lethem
17. Hidden Camera - Zoran Zivkovic
18. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
19. Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
20. Anne of Avonlea - Lucy Maud Montgomery
21. Turn of the Screw - Henry James
22. The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman*
23. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro*
24. Light - M. John Harrison*
25. The Stormwatcher - Graham Joyce
26. Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh
27. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Wolfe
28. The Summer Isles - Ian R. MacLeod
29. The Drawing of The Three - Stephen King
30. Flora Segunda - Ysabeau S. Wilce*
31. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - Philip K. Dick

1. Things That Never Happen* (my favorite short story collection) - M. John Harrison
2. Course of the Heart - M. John Harrison
3. Alabaster* (short story collection) - Caitlin Kiernan
4. Empire of Ice Cream* (short story collection) - Jeff Ford
5. Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories (short story collection) - Greg Frost
6. The Bloody Chamber (short story collection) - Angela Carter
7. The Last Witchfinder - James Morrow
8. The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
9. Looking For Jake* (short story collection) - China Mieville
10. Magic For Beginners* - Kelly Link
11. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville

Discarded for Now (things that I just couldn't finish)

1. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - David Eggers

I explained in a previous post why I just couldn't read this, one of those things that I may never pick up unless there's nothing left in the house to read.

2. We Were The Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
Classic Oates, which is why I don't really care to finish it after 60 or so pages in. Don't get me wrong I appreciate her stuff...maybe it's because I've read too many novels about the breakdown of the family?

3. Threshold - Caitilin Kiernan
Picked this up because I was loving Alabaster, and wanted to read more about the fascinating character that is Dancy Flammarion. However, I think the author has come a long way from the writing of this novel. After several tries, I still found it incredibly hard to concentrate everytime I picked up this novel.


Anonymous said...

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CChen said...

Sure, thanks for the heads up.