Thursday, January 3, 2008

Priority Reading for 2008

The following books are a small selection of the total number of books on my TBR pile. These are my 'top priority' books: the books that I would most like to read this year. I won't get through them all (I expect I'll be buying others and reading them, or jumping to others on my TBR pile if they come up for reading circles), but I certainly hope to put a big dent in this lot by the end of the year!

I've listed which challenges each book is eligible for in brackets, except for the RD challenge, because they're all eligible for that one! Books that have been read have a rating out of 10 next to them. Then there are the books that I'm currently reading, books that have been borrowed and, unless otherwise stated, I'll be reading hard copies of all books.

Richard Adams: Watership Down (CL, YA)
Isaac Asimov: I, Robot (1K, CL, SF)
Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake (DY, SF) 9/10
Jane Austen: Mansfield Park (1K, BF, CL) 8/10
Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey (1K, BF, CL)
Jane Austen: Persuasion (1K, BF, CL)
Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility (1K, BF, CL) 9/10
Judy Bernard-Waite: The Riddle of the Trumpalar (AU, YA)
Graeme Blundell: King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy (AU)
Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes (CL?, SF)
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre (1K, CL) 10/10
Bill Bryson: Neither Here Nor There
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden (CL, YA) 9/10
Truman Capote: In Cold Blood (1K, CL, RD) 10/10
Arthur C Clarke & Gentry Lee: The Garden of Rama (SF) 8/10
Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White (1K, CL)
Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (YA) 7/10
Roald Dahl: Fantastic Mr Fox (YA)
Charles Dickens: The Old Curiosity Shop (CL)
Daphne Du Maurier: Rebecca (1K, CL)
Kim Edwards: Memory Keeper's Daughter
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man (1K, CL)
AB Facey: A Fortunate Life (AU) 9/10
Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair (SF) 8/10
Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones' Diary
Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (1K, CL)
May Gibbs: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (AU, CL, RD, YA) 7/10
Julia Gray: The Guardian Cycle #1: The Dark Moon (SF)
Thomas Hardy: Far from the Madding Crowd (1K, CL)
Frank Herbert: Dune (CL, SF)
Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game (1K, CL)
Anne Holm: I Am David (YA)
James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1K, CL)
Kathryn Kenny: Trixie Belden (various) (YA)
Stephen King: The Stand (BF, SF)
Tim LaHaye: Left Behind #7 (SF)
Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time (BB, CL, DY, SF, YA) 8/10
CS Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (BB, CL, SF, YA) 8/10
Yann Martel: Life of Pi (1K, BF) 7/10
Richard Matheson: I am Legend (CL, DY, RD, SF) 9/10
Ian McEwan: Enduring Love (1K)
Vladimir Nabokov: Pnin (1K, CL)
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife (BF)
Robert O'Brien: Z for Zachariah (DY, RD, SF, YA) 7/10
Maggie O'Farrell: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (BF)
Ruth Park: Playing Beatie Bow (AU, YA) 8/10
Jodi Piccoult: Vanishing Acts
Terry Pratchett: The Colour of Magic (RD, SF) 7/10
Diane Setterfield: The Thirteenth Tale 9/10
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1K, BB, BF, CL, SF) 10/10
John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath (1K, CL)
Donna Tartt: The Secret History (1K)
William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair (1K, CL)
Hunter S Thompson: The Rum Diary
John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces (1K, CL)
Kurt Vonnegut: Timequake (SF)
Charles Webb: The Graduate (1K, CL) 7/10
Nathaniel West: The Day of the Locust (CL, RD) 7/10
Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth (1K, CL)
Tim Winton: Cloudstreet (AU)
Jonathan Wylie: Island and Empires #1: The Last Augury (SF)
John Wyndham: The Chrysalids (CL, SF)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind

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