my list of books for the rory gilmore reading challenge

Here’s the full list of books I’ll be reading. (Read about the Challenge here.) I’ll update the list as I complete titles, and link to the blog post summary of each reading experience in the “Books Read” section below.

And I’m gonna try to get them all read within one year, by September 14, 2014.

Books Read

  1. Henry James – Roderick Hudson
  2. Henry James – Watch and Ward
  3. Simone de Beauvoir – Selected Works/Second Sex
  4. Voltaire – Candide

Books In Progress:

  1. The Complete Works of Henry James** 
  2. Nikolai Golgoi – Dead Souls
  3. Theodore Dreiser – An American Tragedy
  4. Hobart Chatfield Taylor – Moliere, a Biography

** – Complete Works of Henry James is a special entry on the list. James was hella prolific, and this book is friggin’ HUGE, including over 60 novels and plays, plus travel writing, essays, and criticism. I’ll be working my way through it together with other titles (I usually do best when I’ve got 2 or 3 titles in progress at a time). So expect to see this title in the “In Progress” portion of the list for – well, probably the entire year.

The Whole List

(in no particular order):

  1. Henry Farrell – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
  2. Anne Colet – Swimming With Giants
  3. Vladimir Nabokov – Speak, Memory
  4. Ann Patchett – Truth and Beauty
  5. Judith Thurman – Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette
  6. John Knowles – A Separate Peace
  7. The Selected Letters of Dawn Powell 1913-1965
  8. Dawn Powell Complete Novels (subsumes a smaller collection of novels that’s also on the list)
  9. Carlos Ruiz Zapon – The Shadow of the Wind
  10. Henry Miller – Sexus
  11. Norman Lebrecht – The Song of Names
  12. Barrington Moore, Jr. — Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
  13. Lisa Tucker – The Song Reader
  14. Nick Hornby – Songbook
  15. Julia De Burgos – Song of the Simple Truth
  16. Julie Otsuka – When the Emperor Was Divine
  17. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  18. Donald Kagan – The Archidamian War
  19. Donald Kagan – The Fall of the Athenian Empire
  20. Donald Kagan – The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition
  21. Elizabeth Robinson – The True and Outstanding  Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
  22. Gregory Maguire – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  23. Jacqueline Susann – Valley of the Dolls
  24. Carol Shields – Unless
  25. William Mackepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair
  26. Philip Meyer – The Vanishing Newspaper
  27. Joe Harvard – The Velvet Underground and Nico
  28. Ann Patchett – bel canto
  29. Lucy Grealy – Autobiography of a Face
  30. Jeffrey Eugenides – The Virgin Suicides
  31. Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
  32. Peter Duffy – The Bielsky Brothers
  33. Susan Faludi – Backlash
  34. Elizabeth Wurtzel – Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women
  35. William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying
  36. Wiliam Faulkner – Sanctuary
  37. Nancy Mildord: Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St Vincent
  38. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
  39. Mary McCarthy – A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
  40. Mary McCarthy – The Group
  41. Joseph Heller — Catch 22
  42. J.D. Salinger — The Catcher in the Rye
  43. J. D. Salinger – Franny and Zooey
  44. Monica Ali – Brick Lane
  45. Complete Stories of Dorothy Parker
  46. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  47. Isabel Allende – Daughter of Fortune
  48. Isabel Allende – Eva Luna
  49. Michel Faber – The Crimson Petal and the White
  50. Erik Larson – The Devil in the White City
  51. Hunter S Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  52. Gary Krist – Extravagance
  53. James Joyce – Finnegans Wake
  54. James Joyce – Ulysses
  55. Jonathan Lethem – The Fortress of Solitude
  56. Elaine Pagels – The Gnostic Gospels
  57. Judith Butler — Gender Trouble
  58. Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
  59. Nick Hornby – High Fidelity
  60. Nick Hornby – The Polysyllabic Spree
  61. William Shakespeare – Henry IV Part I and II
  62. William Shakespeare – Henry V
  63. Lawrence Lipton — The Holy Barbarians
  64. David Sedaris – Holiday on Ice
  65. M. J. Hyland – How the Light Gets In 
  66. Julie Orringer – How to Breathe Underwater
  67. Upton Sinclair – The Jungle
  68. William Kennedy – Ironweed
  69. Robert Alexander – The Kitchen Boy
  70. Katharine Butler Hathaway – The Little Locksmith
  71. Gore Vidal – The Last Empire
  72. Robertson Davies – The Manticore
  73. Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary
  74. Tony Vigorito – Just a Couple of Days
  75. Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
  76. William Goldman – The Marathon Man
  77. Simone de Beauvoir – Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
  78. Julie Mars – A Month of Sundays
  79. Celeste Albaret – Monsieur Proust
  80. Friedman and Schwartz – A Monetary History of the United States
  81. Ernest Hemingway – A Moveable Feast
  82. Tim Guest – My Life in Orange
  83. HL Mencken – My Life as Author and Editor
  84. A Mencken Chrestomathy
  85. Jhumpa Lahiri – The Namesake
  86. Norman Mailer – The Naked and the Dead
  87. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
  88. Elie Wiesel – Night
  89. Neil Ardley — The New Way Things Work
  90. Jan Lars Jansen — Nervous System: Or Losing My Mind in Literature
  91. Tobias Wolff – Old School
  92. Paul Auster – Oracle Night
  93. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
  94. Charles Bukowski – Notes of a Dirty Old Man
  95. The Portable Dorothy Parker
  96. The Portable Nietzsche
  97. Grace Metalious – Peyton Place
  98. T.J. Binyon — Pushkin: A Biography
  99. Rachel Howzell Hall – A Quiet Storm
  100. James McKean – Quattrocento
  101. Anita Diamant – The Red Tent
  102. Virignia Holman – Rescuing Patty Hearst
  103. Edith Wharton – Roman Fever and Other Stories
  104. Sue Grafton – R is for Ricochet
  105. Nancy Mildord — Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St Vincent
  106. Ursula Hegi – Sacred Time
  107. Helen Keller – The Story of My Life
  108. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender is the Night
  109. Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  110. Franz Kafka – The Trial
  111. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  112. Walter Besant – The Art of Fiction
  113. Theodore Dreiser – An American Tragedy
  114. Honore de Balzac – Cousin Bette
  115. Azar Nafisi — Reading Lolita in Tehran
  116. Nikolai Gogol — Dead Souls
  117. Donald Kagan — The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
  118. Edward Gibbon — The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  119. Oscar Wilde — The Picture of Dorian Gray
  120. Dostoyevsky — Demons
  121. Ford Madox Ford — The Good Soldier
  122. Hobart Chatfield Taylor — Moliere – A Biography
  123. Aristotle — Ethics
  124. Joseph Conrad — Heart of Darkness
  125. Henry James – Roderick Hudson*
  126. Henry James – Watch and Ward*
  127. Simone de Beauvoir – Selected Works/Second Sex*
  128. Voltaire — Candide*

*NOTE:

Strikethrough Text = have completed the book, though not necessarily written a post about it

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