Thursday, June 23, 2011

State of the Blog: Part One, the Lists

Summer is here -- at least on the calendar -- so it is time for me to check in and see what kind of progress I've made on my lists.  There's no point in being a compulsive "list" reader if you don't play with the lists on occasion.

This is the first of my quarterly blog assessment posts.  This first part addresses the book lists. Part Two, coming soon, will take a look at the author lists.  Part Three will deal with the challenges I joined this year.

My book lists are over in the right-side column. These are now divided into Prize Winners and "Must Reads" and include lists of books I have read or intend to read for some reason or another. Also in the right-side column are lists of my favorite authors. I add to these lists of lists from time to time.

NOTE: If you are working on any of these lists, please leave a comment here or on the post for the list (click on the title below or in the right-hand column) and leave a link to any related post. I will add the links on the list post. 

I am simplifying the format of this post from the way I used to do it.  Now, all that is included below are the lists themselves and any books I have read this year that are on those lists. 

So far in 2011, I've read 24 books from my book lists. 

THE PRIZE WINNERS



Books read in 2011: none so far.


Books read in 2011: The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook (reviewed here).


Books read in 2011:



Books read in 2011:

  1. G by John Berger (reviewed here; read for my 2010 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge);
  2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge)


Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011:one, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge).


Books read in 2011: none so far.



Books read in 2011: none so far.


Books read in 2011: one, The Human Stain by Philip Roth (reviewed here)


Books read in 2011: one, Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, American Version, challenge)

THE "MUST READS"


Books read in 2011: none so far.


Books read in 2011: none so far.


This list is from 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 by Anthony Burgess, which I finally read this year. My review is here

Books read in 2011: 

Books read in 2011: one, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.


Books read in 2011: one, Honolulu by Alan Brennert.


Books read in 2011: one, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James.


Books read in 2011:

Books read in 2011: one, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James.



Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011:

    LT EARLY REVIEWERS

    Books read in 2011: one, Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes by Ed Butts (reviewed here).


    Books read in 2011: none so far.


    Books read in 2011: zero (finished this list a couple of years ago).


    Books read in 2011:
    1.  The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; and
    2.  Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor.


    Books read in 2011: none so far.


    Books read in 2011:


    Books read in 2011: none so far. Who knows if the list will change this year.


    This is a new list that I just created in February.

    Books read in 2011: one, Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon.



    Books read in 2011: none so far.


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