?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Alrighty, so I've finished my 2007 challenge of reading 70 books! 

My most recent read was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. Definitely entertaining, especially the part about the dodo. Just kidding, that wasn't the most entertaining part..but it ranks up there with the electric monk and the four-billion year old ghost.

I think my next reading project, in honor of the fight against censorship, is to tackle the 100 most challenged books of 1990-2000 and the most challenged books from the Racliffe Publishing Course which lists what they feel are the top 100 novels of the 20th century.

It's a lot of books (around 153), so I'm giving myself a year and a half to complete the challenge. I'll start this challenge in November of 2007 and give myself until May-June of 2009 to complete it. Since I probably will read other books in addition to my anti-censorship challenge, I'll keep tabs of those too. :) Yay books! I'm  not guaranteeing I'll finish all of these books, but I'll give each one a valiant attempt.

Under the cut is the main list, I've crossed out books I've already read. Some I may re-read, I'm not sure.

  1. Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  4. Forever by Judy Blume
  5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  6. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  (20 books)

    • The Agony of Alice - 6th Grade (Alice moves to Silver Spring and struggles to make friends in her new school.)
    • Alice in Rapture, Sort of - Summer before 7th Grade (Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth all get boyfriends.)
    • Reluctantly Alice - Fall of 7th Grade
    • All but Alice - Winter of 7th Grade
    • Alice in April - Spring of 7th Grade
    • Alice In-Between - End of 7th Grade (Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth get to take a trip to see Aunt Sally.)
    • Alice the Brave - Summer before 8th Grade (Alice is afraid her friends will notice her fear or deep water.)
    • Alice in Lace - Beginning of 8th Grade (Alice and Patrick pretend to be married as part of a school project.)
    • Outrageously Alice - Fall of 8th Grade (Alice is tired of the monotony of life.)
    • Achingly Alice - Winter of 8th Grade
    • Alice on the Outside - Spring of 8th Grade (Alice explores the idea of prejudice.)
    • The Grooming of Alice - Summer before 9th Grade
    • Alice Alone - First semester of 9th Grade (Alice struggles with the idea of being single.)
    • Simply Alice - Second semester of 9th Grade
    • Patiently Alice - Summer before 10th Grade (Alice, Pamela, Elizabeth, and Gwen volunteer to be counselors together and a camp for troubled kids.)
    • Including Alice - First semester of 10th Grade (Alice contemplates the value of social customs.)
    • Alice on Her Way - Second semester of 10th Grade (Alice struggles to get a driver's license.)
    • Alice in the Know - Summer before 11th Grade (Alice gets a part-time job at the mall.)
    • Dangerously Alice - First semester of 11th Grade
    • Almost Alice - Presumably second semester of 11th Grade (Announced by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor in fan mail.)
  7. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  8. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  10. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  11. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  12. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  13. Sex by Madonna
  14. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  15.  Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  16. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  17. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  18. The Stupids Die, Harry Allard
  19. The Stupids Have a Ball,
  20. The Stupids Step Out,
  21. The Stupids Take Off,
  22. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  23. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
  24. The Goats by Brock Cole
  25. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  26. Blubber by Judy Blume
  27. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
  28. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
  29. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
  30. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  31. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  32. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  33. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
  34. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  35. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  36. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  37. Deenie by Judy Blume
  38. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  39. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
  40. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
  41. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) (3 books)
  42. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
  43. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  44. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
  45. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  46. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  47. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  48. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
  49. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
  50. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  51. Fade by Robert Cormier
  52. Guess What? by Mem Fox
  53. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  54. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  55. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  56. Native Son by Richard Wright
  57. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
  58. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
  59. Jack by A.M. Homes
  60.  Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
  61. Carrie by Stephen King
  62. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  63. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  64. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
  65. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
  66. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
  67. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  68. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  69. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
  70. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  71.  Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
  72. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  73. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
  74. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
  75. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
  76. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  77. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  78. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  79. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  80. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
  81. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

    2006 MOST CHALLENGED
  82. “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell,
  83. “Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar (currently 12 books)
    1. Gossip Girl
    2. You Know You Love Me
    3. All I Want Is Everything
    4. Because I'm Worth It
    5. I Like It Like That
    6. You're the One That I Want
    7. Nobody Does It Better
    8. Nothing Can Keep Us Together
    9. Only In Your Dreams
    10. Would I Lie to You?
    11. Don't You Forget About Me
    12. It Had To Be You (Set to be released October 2, 2007)

  84. “Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  85. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler
  86. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
  87. “Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher 
  88. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
  89. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier 

    RADCLIFFE PUBLISHING TOP 100 NOVELS OF 20TH CENTURY MOST CHALLENGED (NOT ON MAIN LIST)
  90. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  91. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  92. Ulysses - James Joyce
  93. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  94. Catch-22  by Joseph Heller
  95. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
  96. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  97. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  98. Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  99. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  100. Gone with the Wind -  Margaret Mitchell
  101. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  102. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  103. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
  104. All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
  105. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  106. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  107. Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence
  108. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  109. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  110. Satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
  111. Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
  112. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  113. Women in Love, DH Lawrence
  114. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
  115. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
  116. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
  117. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  118. Rabbit Run, John Updike
Already Read:
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
1984 - George Orwell
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Cujo by Stephen King
 
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Beloved by Toni Morrison
 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine 
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford  (I'm baffled by this one)
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
 
Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
The Sun also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

 





 

Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
wirenth
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
that's an awesome goal! i need to read more banned books.
zita_skyandano
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised by how many of the books on those lists I've read o.o

I've read:
The Giver by Lois Lowry (amazing book)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (another amazing book)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (awesome beyond awesome)
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison (though if you take my advice you'll not torture yourself with this one ^^;; one of the few books I've never been able to finish)
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (I'm in the middle of these actually)
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
1984 - George Orwell (this one was freaky o.o)
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (every girl should read this)
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (Shel Silverstein is love!)
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
and Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz (I have a fascination with horror stories even though they scare the crap out of me ^^;; ))

The Where's Waldo baffles me too O.o I mean they're kewl and all but there are like no words in those books. At least I don't remember there being words XD

Good luck in your goal to read them all :) Let me know which ones are awesome so I know which ones to invest the money in :p

~Striker
( 2 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

October 2012
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com