2011 Reading Challenge

Update: mid-October – So, a 100 books may not be possible this year, unless I read every waking hour. Considering I actually signed up for the challenge in the end of March, I already lost three months of good reading though I did read. To console myself, I’ve updated my personal challenge to 65 books this year, which is definitely realistic. I’ll do a 100 starting Jan 1st 2012.


  1. The Stranger – Albert Camus: January
  2. The Lady and the Poet – Maeve Haran: January
  3. Animal Farm – George Orwell: January
  4. Twilight’s Serenade – Tracie Peterson: February
  5. 2 States – Chetan Bhagat: February
  6. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre – Amanda Grange: February
  7. Searching for Pemberly – Mary Lydon Simonsen: March
  8. Mr Darcy: The Last Man in the World – Abigail Reynolds: March
  9. A Sea of Troubles – Donna Leon: March
  10. The Flame and the Shadow – Denise Rossetti
  11. Suffer the Little Children – Donna Leon: March
  12. About Face – Donna Leon: April
  13. A Bride in the Bargain – Deeanne Gist
  14. The Girl of his Dreams – Donna Leon: April
  15. The Death of the Adversary – Hans Keilson: April
  16. The Mists of Time – Susan Squires: April
  17. Drawing Conclusions – Donna Leon: April
  18. The Spies of Sobeck – P. C. Doherty: April
  19. Dear Money – Martha McPhee: April
  20. The Magician’s Death – P. C. Doherty: May
  21. Perfect Poison – Amanda Quick: May
  22. Captain Wentworth’s Diary – Amanda Grange: May
  23. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larson (BOOK CLUB)
  24. Quietly in their Sleep – Donna Leon
  25. Loving Will Shakespeare – Carolyn Meyer
  26. The Valcourt Heiress – Catherine Coulter
  27. To Sir Philip, With Love – Julia Quinn
  28. The Perfect Stranger – Annie Gracie
  29. The Perfect Rake – Annie Gracie
  30. Dracula in Love – Karen Essex
  31. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict – Laurie Viera Rigler
  32. The Duke & I – Julia Quinn
  33. North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  34. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (BOOK CLUB)
  35. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (BOOK CLUB)
  36. One Day – David Nicholls
  37. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  38. His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester – Jeanne Westin
  39. Whose Body? – Dorothy L. Sayers
  40. Gaudy Night – Dorothy L. Sayers
  41. Darcy and Fitzwilliam: The Tale of an Officer and a Gentleman – Karen V. Wasylowski
  42. The Naval Treaty – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  43. The Adventure of the Last Problem – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  44. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  45. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  46. Dracula, the Un-dead – Dacre Stoker
  47. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  48. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  49. Lost in a Good Book – Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  50. Jack Kennedy – Chuck Wills
  51. Darcy’s Story – Janet Aylmer
  52. The Well of Lost Plots – Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  53. An Assembly Such As This – Pamela Aidan
  54. Duty and Desire – Pamela Aidan
  55. These Three Remain – Pamela Aidan
  56. Something Rotten – Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  57. First Among Sequels – Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  58. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  59. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing – Jasper Fforde (BOOK CLUB)
  60. Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) – Jerome K. Jerome
  61. The Host – Stephanie Meyer
  62. A Wealthy Widow – Anne Heries
  63. How To Marry a Marquis – Julia Quinn
  64. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
  65. Living Dead In Dallas – Charlaine Harris

Most (nearly all, to be honest) of the books I read, I borrow from the amazing Chicago Public Library, and I saw this sign (below) in the Sox stop on the ‘L’. I had to share it because it’s 1) Funny and 2) It’s a library 😛

This is my tribute to this wonderful city, whose marvels I continue to discover everyday, and the libraries that make my life so much better!! 🙂


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