I saw Cathy746books’s 20 Books of Summer reading challenge on FictionFan’s site. Happily, she provided a lovely graphic to share for the challenge, because I lack the tech skills to create one myself. I know, I know… the thought of my posting regularly over the summer is laughable as I just took a two month break from this page, but time to read/post comes more easily in the summer. The challenge officially runs from June 1 thru September 4. The last couple weeks will be sticky, but it’s technically possible. I’d originally planned to spend a fair chunk of the summer with Infinite Jest, but I wouldn’t have time for 19 books after. Rumor has it that IJ‘s density is more serious than it’s length. I don’t usually fret book length, but it was the first thing I checked when all 20 books were in a pile.
Sorry to disappoint by not including anything new or “hip”! This seems like a good chance to move some books around on my bookcase and get through some that I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while.
In alphabetical order (who can predict reading order?):
1. Ballad of the Sad Cafe, The — Carson McCullers (140 pages)
2. Black Swan Green — David Mitchell (294 pages)
3. Brief History of the Dead, The — Kevin Brockmeier (252 pages)
4. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The — Junot Diaz (335 pages)
5. Catcher in the Rye, The — J.D. Salinger (214 pages)
6. Coraline — Neil Gaiman (162 pages)
7. Cosmopolis — Don DeLillo (209 pages)
8. Drown — Junot Diaz (208 pages)
9. Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card (324 pages)
10. General in His Labyrinth, The — Gabriel Garcia Marquez (268 pages)
11. Gilead — Marilynne Robinson (247 pages)
12. Grendel — John Gardner (174 pages)
13. Handful of Dust, A — Evelyn Waugh (308 pages)
14. Imperfectionists, The — Tom Rachman (272 pages)
15. Jurassic Park — Michael Crichton (399 pages)
16. Martin Dressler — Steven Millhauser (293 pages)
17. Separate Peace, A — John Knowles (204 pages)
18. Shipping News, The — E. Annie Proulx (335 pages)
19. Unnamed, The — Joshua Ferris (310 pages)
20. White Noise — Don DeLillo (326 pages)
That’s a total of 5,274 pages, which seems… doable. Surprisingly so. 😀
I hope it’s not cheating that I’ve sorta read Catcher in the Rye before. I say “sorta” because frantically skimming a book in high school is not the same as reading it.
June 1 isn’t here yet. Anyone else want in?
Happy Reading, All!