Goal #5: Read one book every week for a year

September 2007-September 2008

  1. Sept. 2: Daughter of Fortune, Isabelle Allende 3/5 stars
  2. Sept. 5: Franny & Zooey, J.D. Salinger 5/5 stars
  3. Sept. 12: The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd 1/5 stars
  4. Sept. 13: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides 3/5 stars
  5. Sept. 16: Dave Barry Does Japan, Dave Barry 2/5 stars
  6. Sept. 19: Collages, Anais Nin 4/5 stars
  7. Sept. 21: Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon 3/5 stars
  8. Sept. 25: Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser 3/5 stars
  9. Sept. 30: Bel Canto, Ann Patchett 2/5 stars
  10. Oct. 2: Life of Pi, Yann Martel 4/5 stars
  11. Oct. 9: Confessions of an Economic Hitman, John Perkins 5/5 stars
  12. Oct. 9: Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov 4/5 stars
  13. Oct. 14: A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess 4/5 stars
  14. Oct. 18: The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith 2/5 stars
  15. Oct. 21: A History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters, Julian Barnes 2/5 stars
  16. Oct. 27: Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami 4/5 stars
  17. Oct. 30: Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky 5/5 stars
  18. Nov. 5: Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut 3/5 stars
  19. Nov. 13: Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder 3/5 stars
  20. Nov. 19: Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf 3/5 stars
  21. Nov. 26: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, Nathan Englander
  22. Nov. 31: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams 3/5 stars
  23. Dec. 6: The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx 3/5 stars
  24. Dec. 13: A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines 3/5 stars
  25. Dec. 15: The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie 5/5 stars
  26. Dec. 24: Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom 3/5 stars
  27. Dec. 29: How to Grow Fruit Trees —
  28. Jan. 2: God’s Bits of Wood, Ousmane Sembène 4/5 stars
  29. Feb. 26: In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan 4/5 stars
  30. Mar. 2: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers 3.5/5 stars
  31. Mar. 29: Catch-22, Joseph Heller 4/5 stars
  32. Apr. 6: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut 3/5 stars
  33. Apr. 7: Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri 3/5 stars
  34. Apr. 23: Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 4/5 stars
  35. Apr. 28: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006, Edited by Dave Eggers 4/5 stars
  36. May 2: A Friend of the Earth, T. C. Boyle 3.5/5 stars
  37. May 6: Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin 4/5 stars
  38. May 15: What Now? Ann Patchett 3/5 stars
  39. May 15: Mary, Vladimir Nabokov 4/5 stars
  40. May 23: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race & Inheritance, Barack Obama 3.5/5 stars
  41. May 27: Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough & Michael Braungart 4/5 stars
  42. June 1: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad 3.5/5 stars
  43. June 3: Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart 4/5 stars
  44. June 6: Always Running, Luis J. Rodriguez 5/5 stars
  45. June 15: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath 5/5 stars
  46. June 17: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe 2.5/5 stars
  47. July 26: A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut 3.5/5 stars
  48. July 29: The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch 3/5 stars
  49. Aug. 1: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer 5/5 stars
  50. Aug. 11: Without Feathers, Woody Allen 4/5 stars
  51. Aug. 14: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan 4/5 stars
  52. Aug. 24: Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris 4/5 stars

Unfinished Books

  1. The Archaeology of War: Human Conflict Since the Dawn of Civilization, Archaeology Magazine
  2. Cosmos, Witold Gombrowicz
  3. Destination: Morgue! LA Tales, James Ellroy
  4. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir Nabokov
  5. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
  6. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

1/5 stars: Just plain awful
2/5 stars: Not worth reading
3/5 stars: It’s okay
4/5 stars: Notable
5/5 stars: Must read

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