Thursday, September 20, 2012

State of the Blog: Part One, The Lists



Four times a year, I take a look at what books I've read to that point and see what kind of progress I've made on my books lists and reading projects.  I do it mostly to force myself to update my lists, not because these are particularly interesting posts.

This is the first of three 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.

I only listed a list below if I read a book from it this year.


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. 

THE PRIZE WINNERS



Books read in 2012: A Case of Need by Micheal Crichton (as Jeffery Hudson)



Books read in 2012: The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge).  I need to get chopping on this to read two for the 2012 Battle.


Books read in 2012: The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (reviewed here)


Books read in 2012: three, two for for the 2012 Battle of the Prizes, American Version

Books read in 2012: Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow (reviewed here)


Books read in 2012: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun


Books read in 2012: two, both for for the 2012 Battle of the Prizes, American Version

THE "MUST READS"


This list is from 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 by Anthony Burgess, which I reviewed here

Books read in 2012: The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge).


Books read in 2012: two


Books read in 2012: two


Books read in 2012:


Books read in 2012: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré (reviewed here)


This is a new list that I just created in 2011. I made more progress in 2012 when I participated in the Venice in February Challenge.

Books read in 2012:


Books read in 2012: one, The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren

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