Sunday, July 17, 2005


About fourteen weeks ago I silently accepted the popular book reading challenge: to read 50 books in a year (works out to be about a book a week). My decision was really inspired by Sarah and Robin and their announcements to being apart of this growing force. So this is what I've read since the challenge began back in April.

1 God in the Alley –Greg Paul
2 Last Juror –John Grisham
3 Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
4 The Bad Beginning –Lemony Snicket
5 The Reptile Room –Lemony Snicket
6 The Wide Window –Lemony Snicket
7 The Miserable Mill –Lemony Snicket
8 The Austere Academy –Lemony Snicket
9 The Ersatz Elevator –Lemony Snicket
10 The Vile Village –Lemony Snicket
11 The Hostile Hospital –Lemony Snicket
12 The Carnivorous Carnival –Lemony Snicket
13 The Slippery Slope –Lemony Snicket
14 The Da Vinci Code –Dan Brown
15 Cracking Da Vinci’s Code –James L. Garlow and Peter Jones
16 What’s so amazing about Grace? –Phillip Yancey
17 Monster –Frank Peretti

Next on my list is something by CS Lewis, maybe Mere Christianity. After that I am not really sure. Do you have a good suggestion, something that you would recomment?


matthew said...

I've heard good things about Lemony Snicket...try one of them!

Garwik said...

Ever read any of Brian Jacque's Redwall series? Those are always a fun romp!

Evan said...

You should read The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemmingway. Short but sweet. :)

Steph said...

Blue Like Jazz, i forget the author, but it's an amazing book

elizabeth said...

Matthew, I decided to take you up on your Lemony Snicket suggestion and began the 11th in a Series of Unfortunate Events today. We'll see how it goes.

Cousin it's good to have you stop by! I remember reading Redwall a few years back but haven't picked on one of Jacque's since. Is the a particular order that they should be read in?

Evan, for you Hemmingway is now on the list. Thanks

Steph. Your the third person this year to mention Blue Like Jazz as something I should read, therefore I think I should make the attempt to find a copy.

And Robin, I know you haven't commented yet, but for you CS Lewis' sci-fi trilogy made my must read list. (I know, I know...its about time) :)

Garwik said...

I guess start at the begining.
The first story is Martin the Warrior. They're all listed chronologically in the inside cover I think, so that'll give you a good idea of where to go from there.
If you can find it, Olympiad by Tom Holt is one of my favorite books. A slightly comical (and theoretical) version of how the Olympics got started in ancient Greece.

Xaven said...

Hey Friend,

I unfortunately suck at the self-discipline of read, but I have read some good books (believe it or not):

Till We Have Face by C.S. Lewis

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller (In the process of reading)

anything Tolkien (but you already knew that)

The Pendragon Cycle Series by Stephen Lawhead

East of Eden by John Steinbech

Just some suggestions... take them for what they're worth.

Xaven said...

Oh and if you want to read a ridiculously funny series of books about a Morman family - The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald

elizabeth said...

Just finished The Grim Grotto, Lemony's 11th book. So I am off to the library to get a new book to read. I think I'll go with Martin the Warrior but I am not sure.

Damien, thanks for the suggestions. Sounds like i really need to read Blue Like Jazz. As much as I like Tolkin, there are a few epic tales of his that I have found very dry and hard to finish, one such I've been trying to get through for about four might never be finished.

Till We Have Faces is in my top five favourite books, but it should be noted that like my other top five favourite lists...there is always more then five.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely vouch for Lewis' Space Trilogy. Once I picked em up I couldn't put em down. Go for it.

And I also recommend Grace Rules by Steve McVey.

Robin said...

I'm sucking at the whole 50 book thing... But I'm proud of you. Read my blog for my latest recommendation. Oh, and since your going to Japan... you should read something about Japan, or by a Japanese guy. Like "Musashi".

William said...

Reading? Blah, watch 50 good movies instead. But I will admit that this year I've reread all of Christopher Stasheff's "Warlock Series", "Heirs to the Warlock Series" and currently working on his "Wizard in Rhyme Series" for a 5th time so that's just over 30 books, and I hate reading!

Garwik said...

Bill! I didn't know you could read!
Oh yeah, and read anything by Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson, or Joel Rosenberg.
"Joel Rosenberg" is not to be confused with "Joel C. Rosenberg". He is a different Rosenberg all together.

Minkey Girl said...

Harry Potter, all of them :)

Ryan said...

My Favorite Books:
The Godfather - Mario Puzzo

About a boy
Hi Fidelity
How to be Good - Nicolas Hornsby

Fight Club
Choke - Chuch Phalanuk

The Beach
The Tesseact - Alex Garland

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:A savage journey into the heart of the american dream.
Hell's Angels
Better Then Sex: On the campaign trail 1992 - Hunter S Thompson

I, Robot
The Foundation Trilogy - Issac Assamov

Ender's Game and all of it's sequles - Orson Scott Card (I think?)

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series - Douglas Adams

All of Clancy's works

Animal Farm - George Orwell

A Brave New World - Adlus Huxley

Ferienheight 451 - Ray Bradburry

That's a pretty good representation of my favorites.

Ryan said...

Oh, and I apologyze for the fact that my spelling sucks.

Sarah Gomez said...

I'm sucking at my reading right now too.. Haven't read anything for awhile. But you've inspired me to start up when I get home on Saturday