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Books for 2008 and 2009...

Final list of books read in 2008

January

1. Dante - Inferno (6/10)
2. Dante - Purgatorio (6/10)
3. Dante - Paradiso (2/10)
4.
Milton - Paradise Lost (the January required reading - 6.5/10)
5. Matthew Pearl - The Dante Club (8/10)

February

6. Machiavelli - The Prince (the February required reading - 8.5/10)
7. Allan Folsom - The Machiavelli Covenant (8.5/10)
8. Sarah Dunant - The Birth of Venus (7.5/10)
9. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - The Palace (8/10)

March
10. Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the March required reading - 7/10)
11. Claudio Angelini - The Mystery of Simonetta (9/10)
12. Sarah Dunant - In the Company of the Courtesan (7.5/10)
13. Robin Maxwell - To the Tower Born (8.5/10)

April
14. Mark Twain - The Prince and the Pauper (the April required reading - 8.5/10)
15. Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland (7.5/10)
16. Lewis Carroll - Through the Looking Glass (5/10)
17. Neil Gaiman + Terry Pratchett - Good Omens (9.5/10)
18. Gina Buonaguro + Janice Kirk - The Sidewalk Artist (6.5/10) (I'm still greatly irked by this novel though!!!)
19. Gregg Loomis - The Julian Secret (6.5/10)
20. Sophy Burnham - The Treasure of Montsegur (6/10)
21. Wendy Orr - Nim's Island (7.5/10)
22. C.S. Lewis - Prince Caspian (8/10)

May
23. Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island (8/10)
24. Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travel (the May required reading – 8.5/10)
25. Paul Block & Robert Vaughan – The Masada Scroll (6.5/10)
26. Ki Longfellow – The Secret Magdalene (7/10)

June
27. William Golding – Lord of the Flies (the June required reading) (8.5/10)
28. Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe (8.5/10 even though it was a little slow in places)
29. Stephenie Meyer – Twilight (9/10)
30. Stephenie Meyer – New Moon (9/10)
31. Stephenie Meyer – Eclipse (9/10)

July
32. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights (8/10)
33. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (the August required reading - 9/10)
34. William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (9/10)

August - December
35. Stephenie Meyer – Breaking Dawn (9/10)
36. Jack Whyte – Standard of Honour (10/10) (brilliant as always)
37. David Gibbins – The Last Gospel (7/10)
38. Raymond Khoury – The Sanctuary (8/10)
39. Kate Mosse – Sepulchre (9/10 and better than Labyrinth IMO)
40. Marie Phillips – Gods Behaving Badly  (6/10 – a disappointment)
41. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol (8/10)
42. Steve Berry – The Venetian Betrayal (9/10)
43. Matthew Reilly – Seven Deadly Wonders (10/10 – a reread)
44. Matthew Reilly – Six Sacred Stones (8.5/10 – wtf??? I have to wait until 2010 to find out what happens!!!)

Well I completed the 36 that was my goal but I didn't quite make it to 50. Nor did I finish all the 'required' books on my 2008 list :-(

I really slacked off in the summer. Next year I won't be so lazy so I will go with a 50 books goals for 2009. Here is the proposed reading list for 2009 and it has a decidedly science fiction slant...


2009 Proposed Reading List

January
1.Alexander Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo (in progress)
2. Boris Pasternak – Dr. Zhivago

3. Julio NavarroBible of Clay

February

4. H.G. Wells - The Time Machine
5. George Orwell - 1984

March
6. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
7. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
8. Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle In Time

April
9.Kathleen O’Neal Gear - The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus
10. Nikos Kazantzakis - The Last Temptation of Christ

May
11. Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
12. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

June
13. Tales from the Thousand and One Nights
14.Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth

July
15. Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind
16. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

August
17. Frances H. Burnett – The Secret Garden
18. James Hilton – Lost Horizon

September
19. Edgar Allen Poe – The Pit and the Pendulum
20. Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter

October
21. Robert Lewis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
22. H.G. Wells – The Island of Dr. Moreau

November
23. H.G. Wells – The War of the Worlds (reread)
24. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray  (reread)
25. Ray Bradbury – The Martian Chronicles

December
26. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
27. Charles Dickents – Great Expectations

Other possible reads to take me up to 50 include:

A Room with a View, I Capture the Castle, Little Women, Vanity Fair, Moby Dick, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (reread), The Amber Spyglass, The Golden compass, The Subtle Knife, La Reine Margot, The Screwtape Letters, The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, Dracula (reread), Frankenstein, the Marion Zimmer Bradley collection (some are rereads), the George R.R. Martin series, The Historian (reread), The Once and Future King, Tarzan of the Apes, Metamorphoses and pretty much any new release paperback of interest (including The Charlemagne Pursuit which I assume will be out in pb by next December) and, of course, the Jane Austen collection, if and whenever I am so inclined.

 

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Gods I'd never get to 50 books in a year as there just isn't enough time but on the plus side I have read 19 of those on your 2009 list already so I don't feel so useless...

As for your 2008 list I've only read 14 of those plus I'm in progress of reading The 7 Deadly Wonders...oh well.
Hurry up with 7 Deadly Wonders. I can't believe you haven't go to the back story yet!!! I couldn't put that book down.
Wow...that's a big list. I love reading, but I dont always find the time, and I doubt I'll be able to read 20 books in a year, maybe not even 15 :P
Hehe...
It is actually difficult to find the time. I tend to read in spurts here and there when I do have free time. When I start reading a really good book I just can't put it down so I tend to finish a lot of them quickly.