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Day 2: "I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things."

-- George Robert Gissing




After three years of trying, I finally did it. Fifty books in one year. Some were re-reads, some were flashbacks to middle school, a few were recommendations, and a couple were random pick-ups. Favorites and recommendations appear in bold.


1. Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

2. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

3. Beautiful Stranger, Hope Donahue

4. Dracula, Bram Stoker

5. Women in the Shadows, Ann Bannon

6. Love That Dog, Sharon Creech

7. Why Marriage?, George Chauncey

8. She's Not There, Jennifer Finney Boylan

9. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Turn Me On, Cherie Jeffrey

11. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

12. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink

13. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

14. Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking, Aoibheann Sweeney

15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

16. Loose Girl, Kerry Cohen

17. Steal This Book, Abbie Hoffman

18. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

19. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach

20. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote

21. Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk

22. P.S., I Love You, Cecelia Ahern

23. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Handler

24. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison

25. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas, Louise Rennison

26. Certain Girls, Jennifer Weiner

27. Beautiful Boy, David Sheff

28. Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants, Louise Rennison

29. Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary

30. Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

31. Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy, Geralyn Lucas

32. Smashed, Koren Zailckas

33. Beginning the End, Brigid Marz

34. Ecstasy, Miriam Joseph

35. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich

36. Cunt, Inga Muscio

37. Walden Two, B.F. Skinner

38. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

39. Smack, Melvin Burgess

40. The Last Time I Wore a Dress, Daphne Scholinski

41. Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel

42. The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti

43. Marley and Me, John Grogan

44. Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk

45. Gender and Culture, Melford Spiro

46. Americans Abroad, Arnold Dashefsky

47. Flat Broke with Children, Sharon Hays

48. As I Sat on the Green: Living without a Home in New Haven, Alice Mattison

49. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

50. Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary


Oh and as far as books I would never touch again and you probably shouldn’t either?: Walden II, Among Other Things I’ve Taken Up Smoking, and Turn Me On. One was read for a Sociology class and the other two were all I had on me during a plane ride to California. Otherwise, they would have been chucked after the first few pages & sent to the library donation box.


And as far as this year’s reading? Well, I’m not sure. I’m going to try for 50+ but am not going to stress over it if I realize I don’t have time. We’ll see.


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Taken in January 2010