BookList for 2015

I took a look at my Book List/Schedule for the Year of Growing Personally.  SUPER jazzed that the next two weeks are on the shorter side.   Speaking of which, let me explain how to gauge a book’s length on this list:

The numerical value listed under “length” is the number of locations on the kindle file.  For example:  Next week I’m reading Slaughterhouse Five, which is 215 pages in the mass market paperback format.  It’s 2,612 locations on Kindle.  This week’s Unbroken is 528 pages mass market paperback amounting to 8,990 locations on Kindle.  I clearly gave myself the shorter documents a week after a book that was on the rather lengthy side.

But then, shit went completely off the rails.  I’ve signed myself up to read Crime and Punishment in one week?  What was I thinking?  Am I a complete masochist?  

At the outset, I wanted to get a mix of modern and classics.  I wanted to be able to say I’d read pop-lit like Dexter and classics like Hemingway (because, I blush to disclose, I have never read Hemingway).  But now I’m starting to fear I’m biting off more than I can chew.

So...I might re-work this a little bit (emphasis on the little bit).  My mother has already vehemently suggested, nay COMMANDED that I read Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  I’m opening up the table for discussions on the matter.  If you’ve read something on this list and you think it totally deserves to be there, let me know that I should not axe it.  On the flip, if you’ve read something on this list and you think it’s completely expendable, I’d love to trim the fat.

And feel free to throw in new suggestions you don’t see present, just in case too much fat is trimmed.

(sorry for the wonky format on the list, it’s cut and paste from a Word table)

Title Author Length Genre Week
The Passage Cronin 14,896 Horror/Zombie/Modern 1: 1/5
The Andromeda Strain Crichton 3,761 Plague/Classic 2: 1/12
Blindness Saramago 4,332 Plague/Modern 3: 1/19
Unbroken Hillenbrand 8,990 NonFic/War/Modern 4: 1/26
Slaughterhouse Five Vonnegut 2,612 War/Classic 5: 2/2
Heart of Darkness Conrad 1,451 Thriller/Classic 6: 2/9
The Poisonwood Bible Kingsolver 7,484 Religion/Modern 7: 2/16
Gullivers Travels Swift 5,287 Adventure/Classic 8: 2/23
Wicked Maguire 7,683 Fantasy/Modern 9: 3/2
Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury 2,190 Dystopia/Classic 10: 3/9
The Shining King 8,292 Horror/Modern 11: 3/16
Heart Shaped Box Hill 5,248 Horror/Modern 12: 3/23
Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky 9,916 Classic 13: 3/30
The Brethren Grisham 5,586 Thriller/Modern 14: 4/6
The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck? 6,547 History/Classic 15: 4/13
Less Than Zero Ellis 2,494 Drugs/Modern 16: 4/20
Great Expectations Dickens 9,028 Coming of Age/Classic 17: 4/27
Time Travelers Wife Niffenegger 6,900 Romance/SyFy/Modern 18: 5/4
A Farewell to Arms Hemingway 3,138 Romance/War/Classic 19: 5/11
Catch 22 Heller 8,677 War/Classic 20: 5/18
Jurassic Park Crichton 7,879 Fantasy/Modern 21: 5/25
The Lost World Crichton 7,220 Fantasy/Modern 22: 6/1
Brave New World Huxley 3,322 Dystopia/Classic 23: 6/8
1984 Orwell 4,858 Dystopia/Classic 24: 6/15
The Golden Compass Pullman 5,610 YA/ Religion/Modern 25: 6/22
Never Let Me Go Ishiguro 4,019 Dystopia/Modern 26: 6/29
My Sister’s Keeper Picoult 6,130 Drama/Modern 27: 7/6
Room Donoghue 4,533 Family/Modern 28: 7/13
Coraline/Graveyard Gaiman 5,000 Child/Fantasy/Modern 29: 7/20
Common Sense/The Prince Paine/

Macchiavelli

1,000ish Political/Classic 30: 7/27
The Tipping Point Gladwell 3,639 NonFic/Modern 31: 8/3
Cosmos Sagan 5,509 NonFiction/Classic 32: 8/10
Packing  for Mars Roach 4,179 NonFiction/Modern 33: 8/17
Survivor Palahniuk 4,467 Religion/Modern 34: 8/24
Lady Chatterly’s Lover Lawrence 6,000 Romance/Classic 35: 8/31
Lolita Nabukov 4,468 Romance/Classic 36: 9/7
Requiem for a Dream Selby 3,924 Drugs/Modern 37: 9/14
Into the Wild Krakauer 3,250 NonFic/Bio/Modern 38: 9/21
I Am Legend Matheson 2,382 Horror/Zombie/Classic 39: 9/28
World War Z Brooks 5,638 Zombie/Modern 40: 10/5
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Graham Smith 4,982 Humor/Zombie/Modern 41: 10/12
True Blood- Dead Until Dark Harris 4,489 Vampire/Horror/Modern 42: 10/19
Ghost Story Straub 9,790 Horror/Classic 43: 10/26
Odd Thomas Koontz 6,389 Horror/Modern 44: 11/2
Dexter Lindsay 3,619 Thriller/Modern 45: 11/9
Devil in the White City Larson 6,484 NonFic/Thriller/Modern 46: 11/16
Let the Right One In Lindqvist 7,850 Vampire/Modern 47: 11/23
100 Years of Solitiude Marquez 5,961 Latino/Modern Classic 48: 11/30
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Diaz 4,104 Latino/Modern 49: 12/7
Middlesex Euginedes 8,921 Family/Modern 50: 12/14
Oryx and Crake Atwood 5,350 Dystopia/Modern 51: 12/21
Atlas Shrugged Rand 20,753 Dystopia/Classic 52: 12/28
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