Monday, October 24, 2016

On TBR, Rereading, and a (Hypothetical) Challenge - Part 2

In my last post, I started to discuss a reading challenge - only rereading the same books for the rest of time.  The originator of this idea, a booktuber named Paige, limited her list of books to 30.  I tend to read quickly, and therefore I've decided to increase my list to 50 books.  Because this is such a diversion from my normal reading pattern, which includes very little rereading, I'm treating this as a hypothetical challenge.  Below are my self-imposed conditions for this challenge, and the 50 books that would make the (initial) cut.

Terms & Conditions

  • The term "book" shall refer to either an individual tome, or a series of related tomes from the same author.  A "book" may also be a collection of an author's work, published in a single volume.
  • The initial reading list shall consist of 50 books, regardless of genre or type.
  • Rereading shall take place for a period of no less than three consecutive years.  After that period has passed, the reader will be able to reevaluate the list and make changes as necessary.

The Books (in no particular order)
  1. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  2. Gilead/Home/Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  3. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  4. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  6. Sula by Toni Morrison
  7. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Greenberg
  8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  9. My Brilliant Friend/The Story of a New Name/Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay/The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
  10. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  11. Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  12. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  13. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  14. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
  15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  16. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  17. Voyage of the Sable Venus: And Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis
  18. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  19. A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan
  20. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  21. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  22. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  23. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
  24. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  25. Human Acts by Han Kang
  26. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  27. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  28. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  29. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  30. Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
  31. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  32. The "Harry Potter" Septology by J.K. Rowling
  33. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  34.  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  35. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  36. The Persephone Book of Short Stories by Persephone Books
  37. Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
  38. Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple
  39. London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes
  40. One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes
  41. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  42. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  43. The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer
  44. The Healing/Corregidora/Eva's Man by Gayl Jones
  45. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  46. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  47. Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  48. How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  49. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  50. 1984 by George Orwell

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