Here it is: my year-long literary gauntlet. Are you up to the challenge?
I tried my best to make each month well rounded with short stories/essays, novels, and poetry in the hopes that I won’t feel ridiculously overwhelmed by February and quit. There are a couple “themes” (excited for October!) through which I will filter my reviews. Other themes may emerge more organically. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Not all of the books made the cut. I think a book a week is as lofty a goal as I should set myself. If you see that I’ve slashed a great one from the list, let me know and I’ll find a way to fit it in.
If there is anyone crazy enough to read along with me, even if it’s one or two books each month, leave a comment below. Would love to have some guest reviewers help me talk about all of this new literature.
Whatever your reading and writing plans in 2014, I hope you make the best of them. Happy New Year!
In case you missed why the heck I’m doing this to myself, here’s the original post.
2014 BOOK CHALLENGE SCHEDULE- Read along with me!
EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA. By Jung Chang (Not on the NY Times list; a choice for my personal book club with a friend.)
THE FARAWAY NEARBY. By Rebecca Solnit.
A GUIDE TO BEING BORN: Stories. By Ramona Ausubel.
WOKE UP LONELY. By Fiona Maazel.
February – Black History Month
THE CIRCLE. By Dave Eggers.
THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE. By Ayana Mathis.
THE GOOD LORD BIRD. By James McBride.
AMERICANAH. By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
March – Women’s History Month
THE LOWLAND. By Jhumpa Lahiri.
THE COLOR MASTER: Stories. By Aimee Bender.
SOMEONE. By Alice McDermott.
MISS ANNE IN HARLEM: The White Women of the Black Renaissance. By Carla Kaplan.
SCHRODER. By Amity Gaige.
DIRTY LOVE (stories). By Andre Dubus III.
CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT. By Edwidge Danticat.
THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING. By Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
OUR ANDROMEDA: poems. By Brenda Shaughnessy.
THE SON. By Philipp Meyer.
THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS. By Claire Messud.
A MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT. By Alexander Maksik.
THE END OF THE POINT. By Elizabeth Graver.
A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA. By Anthony Marra.
ALL THAT IS. By James Salter.
CHILDREN ARE DIAMONDS: An African Apocalypse. By Edward Hoagland.
THE LUMINARIES. By Eleanor Catton.
METAPHYSICAL DOG (poems). By Frank Bidart.
TENTH OF DECEMBER: Stories. By George Saunders.
MADNESS, RACK, AND HONEY: Collected Lectures. By Mary Ruefle.
DISSIDENT GARDENS. By Jonathan Lethem.
WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES. By Karen Joy Fowler.
THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT. By Amy Tan.
THE FLAMETHROWERS. By Rachel Kushner.
WE NEED NEW NAMES. By NoViolet Bulawayo.
SUBMERGENCE. By J. M. Ledgard.
BLEEDING EDGE. By Thomas Pynchon.
DUPLEX. By Kathryn Davis.
October – Spooky stuff
DOCTOR SLEEP. By Stephen King.
THE ACCURSED. By Joyce Carol Oates.
THE DINNER. By Herman Koch.
SUBTLE BODIES. By Norman Rush.
THE GOLDFINCH. By Donna Tartt.
I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE: Stories. By Jamie Quatro.
LIFE AFTER LIFE. By Kate Atkinson.
LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH. By David Rakoff.
WAVE. By Sonali Deraniyagala.
HALF THE KINGDOM. By Lore Segal.
THE IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS. By Andrew Sean Greer.
LOCAL SOULS: Novellas. By Allan Gurganus.