For those interested, I am halfway to my goal of reading fifty books this year. If I continue to read at the same pace, I am on schedule to make my goal. Here is a list of the twenty five books I've read since starting this project, in no particular order.
*Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
*The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
*About Alice by Calvin Trillin
*Sleepwalk and Other Stories by Adrian Tomine
*Good-Bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
*Maus I: A Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
*Maus II: A Survivors Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
*Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
*Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
*The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel
*She got up off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
*The Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso
*A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
*The Safety of Objects by A.M. Homes
*The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show by Ariel Gore
*The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
*But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girls Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn
*Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
*Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
*The Fruit Cocktail Diaries by Brian Carmody
*Big Baby by Charles Burns
*Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
*Cruddy by Lynda Barry
*I was a Really Good Mom Before I had Kids by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Books I started but couldn't finish:
*Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer--I once saw a picture in an entertainment magazine of Lindsay Lohan carrying this book. When I saw it in the library my first thought was, "If that bimbo Lohan can read it, surely I can." I am now convinced Lohan was only pretending she reads books.
*Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky---I wanted so badly to like this book about the Holocaust.
* The World According to Garp by John Irving---I have found that I don't love Irving's books right off the bat. It takes me a while. Having only read a few pages, I know I didn't give this one a fair shot, but I just wasn't in the mood for a 600 page book. I may revisit it when less pressed for time.
*The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen---Boring. Six Hundred pages of boring. Also, no chapter breaks. Just page after page after page after page.............I read three hundred pages before giving up. I feel as if I wasted three weeks of my life and fifteen dollars of my husbands hard earned money.
Included in the list are graphic novels. These usually take only a day or two to read so I tried not to include too many of them. But considering I also read more substantial books, I don't feel guilty about the graphic novels I added.
Not included in the list are books I read to/with the kidlets. I also don't plan on including anymore cook books. I've included Vegan with a Vengeance because I feel it's more of a "lifestyle" book with recipes included. Plus, I pretty much read it cover to cover. I don't feel like it's a cheat.
The next twenty five will probably be more of the same types of books. David Sedaris has a new book coming out next week and he really turns my crank so I know that will be an easy read. Plus, I have a nightstand full of novels that I need to start reading. I would also like to try reading some manga. I've gotten manga books at the library and have attempted to read them, but I keep getting scared off by that crazy Japanese right to left format. What can I say, I'm simple.