Sunday, January 2, 2011

101 Books Challenge

Back in October, I discovered the 101 in 1001 project (full credit for the brilliant 101 in 1001 idea goes to Day Zero) and was completely captivated. Here was a plan both cool and practical. I started tweaking the idea to fit my own needs.

While Rachel from Balance and Blueberries and I started the 101 Recipes Challenge, I also started compiling a list of 101 books.

The list for my 101 Books Challenge includes books that I've always wanted to read and never had time to tackle, books that I started and never finished, books recommended by friends and family, books by authors that just seem important, books on business, books on writing, novels, non-fiction, and poetry.

Essentially, it's a massive random conglomeration of titles that are linked only by their participation in this project. I'll probably drop a few current titles as time goes on and I find other books that I want to add.

My starting line is a bit fuzzy, but I'm setting an arbitrary goal of August 12, 2013 (a convenient date, since that is also the 101 Recipes Challenge deadline). Join the challenge! (If you would like to be added to the 101 Books Challenge blogroll, e-mail your link to emilyadams829 at hotmail dot com and place a link to this page on your home-page..)

Any suggestions for my list? What's on your book list?

The List
  1. 1984 - George Orwell
  2. 4 – Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  3. 44 Scotland Street - Alexander McCall Smith
  4. 48 Days to the Work You Love – Don Miller
  5. A Chance to Die - The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael - Elisabeth Elliot
  6. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  7. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  8. A Room with a View - E.M. Forster
  9. A Streetcar Named Desire - Thornton Wilder
  10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn -- Betty Smith
  11. An American Childhood – Annie Dillard
  12. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  13. As I lay dying – William Faulkner
  14. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
  15. At the Back of the North Wind - George MacDonald
  16. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  17. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  18. City of God by Augustine
  19. Chicago Poems - Carl Sandburg
  20. Confessions by Augustine
  21. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  22. Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
  23. Death by Love - Mark Driscoll
  24. Desiring God – John Piper
  25. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  26. Essays of E.B. White - E. B. White
  27. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  28. Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography - Hans Christian Anderson
  29. Father Fiction - Donald Miller
  30. Fire by Sebastian Junger
  31. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate -- Alexander McCall Smith
  32. Good to Great- Jim Collins
  33. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinback 
  34. Great Son - Edna Ferber
  35. Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in a Digital Age - William Power
  36. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  37. Holy the Firm – Annie Dillard
  38. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  39. Ice Palace - Edna Ferber
  40. In the Grip of Grace - Max Lucado 5/18/11
  41. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
  42. Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 6/5/11
  43. Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
  44. Let Me Be A Woman- Elisabeth Elliot
  45. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  46. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  47. Living by Fiction – Annie Dillard
  48. Love is a Wild Assault -- Elithe Hamilton Kirkland
  49. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
  50. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  51. Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  52. No Room at the Inn - Edna Ferber
  53. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  54. Our Town - Thornton Wilder
  55. Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis 
  56. Perelandra - C.S. Lewis
  57. Peril at End House - Agatha Christie
  58. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard 4/17/11
  59. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  60. Renovations of the Heart – Dallas Willard
  61. Rivers to the Sea - Sara Teasdale
  62. Sandition - Jane Austen
  63. Sarah’s Key - Tatiana de Rosney
  64. Saratoga Trunk - Edna Ferber
  65. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
  66. Silas Mariner- George Eliot
  67. Show Boat - Edna Ferber
  68. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  69. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  70. The Beautiful and the Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  71. The Bridge of San Luis – Thornton Wilder
  72. The Brothers Karamakazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  73. The Forsythe Saga – John Galsworthy
  74. The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
  75. The Go-Getter - Peter Kyne
  76. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
  77. The Joys of Love - Madeleine L’Engle
  78. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  79. Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
  80. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
  81. The Murder of Roger Ackaroyd by Agatha Christie
  82. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  83. The Question Behind the Question – John Miller
  84. The Right Attitude to Rain -- Alexander McCall Smith
  85. The Skin of our Teeth – Thonrnton Wilder
  86. The Spirit of the Disciplines –Dallas Willard
  87. The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith
  88. Integrity - Henry Cloud
  89. The Writing Life – Annie Dillard
  90. Theodore Rex - Edmund Morris
  91. This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  92. Tribes - Seth Godin
  93. Velvet Elvis - Rob Bell
  94. Walden Pond - Henry Thoreau
  95. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  96. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  97. When I don’t Desire God - John Piper
  98. William and Mary Trilogy, Volume I: I will Maintain - Marjorie Bowen
  99. William and Mary Trilogy, Volume II: Defender of the Faith - Marjorie Bowen
  100. William and Mary Trilogy, Volume III: For God and the King - Marjorie Bowen
  101. Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury


Anonymous said...

A challenge involving books? Are you kidding me? I'm in!

Emily said...

I'm really excited about this.:-D Writing the list was so much fun.

John G. Miller said...

This author is honored to see my "QBQ! The Question Behind the Question" book on your list. Thanks! John G. Miller,,

Emily said...


It was recommended by Dave Ramsey on his radio show one day...I'm looking forward to reading it! Thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

You're my hero.