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100 Books!

I did it, with not even an hour left to spare!

Whew. I wasn’t sure I’d make it as I spent the entire day finishing up the half dozen books I had started.

For 2010, I’m going to try to read 50 books as the 100 books was a little too ambitious and it caused me to reconsider thicker books I really wanted to read.

Happy New Year!


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2009 Books

The 100 books I read in 2009 have been moved here.

1. Lafcadio the Lion by Shel Silverstein {x} *****

2. Houston we have a problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda {x} *****

3. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck {x} *****

4. Know it All by Susan Aldridge, Elizabeth King Humphrey and Julie Whitaker {x} *****

5. The Border: Exploring the U.S. – Mexican Divide by David J. Danelo {x} ***

6. The Tree is Older Than You Are by Naomi Shihab Nye {x} ****

7. I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature by Jennifer Ward {x} ***

8. Tao te Ching by Lao Tse {x} ***

9. The Recently Deflowered Girl by Hyacinthe Phyppe {x} *

10. Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez {x} ***

11. The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari {x} *****

12. Undress me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman {x} *****

13. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi {x} *****

14. Letters From The Earth by Mark Twain {x} *****

15. Dear Exile by Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery {x} *****

16. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros {x} *****

17. Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan {x} **

18. Tomorrow They Will Kiss by Eduardo Santiago {x} *****

19. New Penguin Parallel Text: Short Stories in Spanish – Edited by John R. King {x} **

20. Unpublished Manuscript by A.S. {x} *****

21. The Killing Tree by Rachel Keener{x} *****

22. The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle {x} ***

23. Orange County by Gustavo Arellano {x} ****

24. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald {x} ****

25. Handbook for boys (a novel) by Walter Dean Myers {x} *****

26. Shadow of the Red Moon by Walter Dean Myers {x} ***

27. Flight by Sherman Alexie {x} *****

28. Art Against the Odds by Susan Goldman Rubin {x} ***

29. La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon {x} *****

30. B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras {x} *****

31. The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd {x} *****

32. Swift as Desire by Laura Esquivel{ x} ****

33. Under the Texas Sun by Conrado Espinoza {x} ****

34. Chewing Gum in Holy Water by Mario Valentini and Cheryl Hardacre {x} *****

35. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz {x} ****

36. On Writing by Stephen King {x} *****

37. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein {x} *****

38. Teenagers Suck by Joanne Kimes and R.J. Colleary {x} **

39. The Islamist by Ed Husain {x} ***

40. Get Off Your “But” by Sean Stephenson{x} ****

41. When you Lie About your Age, The Terrorists Win by Carol Leifer {x} ***

42. The Shack by William P. Young {x} ***

43. Obama’s Blackberry by Kasper Hauser {x} *****

44. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale {x} *****

45. Londonstani by Gautam Malkani {x} *****

46. Translation Nation by Hector Tobar {x} ****

47. The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle {x} *****

48. Life of Pi by Yann Martel {x} *****

49. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney {x} *****

50. The Lie by Fredrica Wagman {x} ***

51. America Libre by Raul Ramos y Sanchez {x} *****

52. Amigoland by Oscar Casares {x} ****

53. Damas, Dramas, and Anna Ruiz by Belinda Acosta {x} *****

54. Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel {x} ***

55. Mexican High by Liza Monroy {x} ****

56. I Used to Know That: Stuff you forgot from school by Caroline Taggart {x} ****

57. The Divorce Party by Laura Dave {x} ***

58. My Grammar and I… Or Should That Be Me? by Caroline Taggart, J.A. Wines {x} ****

59. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea {x} *****

60. Spanish Summer by Jana Hege {x} ***

61. The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis {x} *****

62. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee {x} ****

63. The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer { x} ****

64. For Grace Received by Valeria Parrella { x} ****

65. Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick {x} **

66. The Writer’s Digest Guide to Manuscript Formats by Dian Dincin Buchman and Seli Groves {x} *

67. A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve {x} ***

68. The Jumping Tree by René Saldaña, Jr. {x} *****

69. The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas {x} ***

70. Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange by Amanda Smyth {x} *****

71. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell {x} ****

72. ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley {x} ***

73. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary {x} *****

74. Zumba by Beto Perez {x} ***

75. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech {x} ***

76. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine {x} *****

77. Dear Professor Einstein by Alice Calaprice {x} ***

78. Evenings at the Argentine Club by Julia Amante {x} ****

79. Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich{x} ***

80. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie {x} *****

81. Ramona and her Mother by Beverly Cleary {x} ****

82. Across the Endless River by Thad Carhart {x} ****

83. The Complete Titanic by Stephen J. Spignesi {x} ***

84. Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz {x} ****

85. Abel’s Island by William Steig{x} ****

86. Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo{x} ****

87. Look at the Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut {x} ***

88. Silent Wing by Jose Raul Bernardo {x} ****

89. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer {x} ****

90. Wayside Stories from Wayside School {x} ****

91. Hombres y machos: masculinity and Latino culture by Alfredo Mirandé{x} ****

92. The Latino male: a radical redefinition by David T. Abalos{x} ****

93. Passing for Thin by Frances Kuffel {x} ****

94. Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park {x} ****

95. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park {x} *****

96. Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez{x} *****

97. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen{x} ****

98. The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini{x} **

99. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney{x} ***

100. There is an Urgency by Gregrhi Love{x} *****


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100 books in 2009 progress, etc.

Life has been insanely busy. I have barely had time to read because when I’m not busy writing, (meaning I have somehow been convinced or pulled by force away from the laptop), I am attending to household/family/life duties.

I did not “win” Nanowrimo this year, but that’s okay. I’ve got a good start on another novel so I’m content.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to 100 books this year. I am on book #86 right now, I believe. This is still the most books I’ve read in one year and it has been such a rewarding experience that I intend to do it again in 2010. I’ve already got quite a list going, (my 2009 list of books to read extends far beyond 100). Did you read any this year that you recommend to me for 2010? If you also took on this challenge, how are you doing?

Who is going to join me in challenging themselves to read more next year? It doesn’t have to be 100 books – it could be 75, 50, 25, or even 1 book a month. Whatever you like! Leave a comment if you’ll be joining me and if there’s enough interest, maybe I’ll do something special like create a cute graphic to post on your blog.

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