Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Project 100 update

Almost a year ago, I joined the Fill in the Gaps, Project 100 Challenge, hoping to read 100 books I've had on my TBR list for a long, long time. A lot of other participants focused on classics or books that everyone "should read" in their lifetimes, but I just wanted to knock books off my list that have been sitting on it, without attention for a months or years.

Below is my list, with strike-throughs on the ones I've gotten through this last 10 months and in red are the ones that I just gave up on after giving them at least 50 pages worth of reading effort.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
5. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
6. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
7. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
8. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
9. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
10. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
11. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
12. The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti
13. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
14. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
15. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
16. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
17. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
18. My Recycled Pets by Randi Berger
19. Fifteen Legs by Bonnie Silva
20. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacie O'Brien
21. Pawprints of Katrina by Cathy Scott
22. Not Left Behind: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans by Best Friends Animal Society
23. Dog Culture: Writers on the Character of Canines by Ken Foster
24. Bandit by Vicky Hearne
25. Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
26. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Weiss
27. Leftovers by Laura Weiss
28. Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley
29. Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley
30. Tales From the Hood by Michael Buckley
31. The Everafter War by Michael Buckley
32. The Letters by Sean Hanzelik
33. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
34. Alabama Moon by Watt Key
35. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
36. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
36. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
38. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
39. Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
40. Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements
41. Things That Are by Andrew Clements
42. Frindle by Andrew Clements
43. Mercy by Jodi Picoult
44. Memoirs from a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
45. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
46. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
47. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
48. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
49. Hoot by Carl Hiaason
50. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
51. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
52. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
53. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
54. Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
55. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
56. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
57. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
58. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
59. So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
60. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
61. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
62. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
63. Living Like Ed by Ed Begley
64. Green Christmas by Jennifer Basye Sander
65. Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano
66. Wake up and Smell the Planet by Grist Magazine
67. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Gelman
68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
69. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
70. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
71. A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict by John Baxter
72. The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
73. Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner
74. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
75. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
76. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
77. The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
78. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
79. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
80. Ever by Gail Carson Levine
81. Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
82. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
83. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
84. Letters from the Inside by John Marsden
85. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
86. Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
87. Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
88. A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin
89. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
90. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
91. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
92. The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
93. The Magician: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
94. The Sorceress: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

95. One Month to Live: 30 Days to a No-Regrets Life by Kerry and Chris Shook
96. One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds
97. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
98. America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money by Steve and Annette Economides
99. A Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
100.An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

 So far I've read 21 of the books and given up on 2. Not too bad! 


Sean Hanzelik said...

Hey Amanda,

This is interesting. I got a Google Alert today that had my name in it, and it directed me to your blog post about your Project 100.

My name is Sean Hanzelik, and my first novel is on your list. I'm assuming since it isn't crossed through, that means you haven't read it, and I'm assuming since it isn't in red, this means you haven't read 50 pages and given up. So, since I found your blog, I'd like to encourage you to read "The Letters" soon!! :)

Also, I'd like to share with you and your followers a new online ministry I began back on February 1. It is a website/blog devoted to teaching the truths God is revealing to me and applying those truths to Christian marriage. I'd love for everyone here to check it out.

The address is:


I'm glad I found your blog, and I look forward to your thoughts and comments when you get around to book #32 on your list.

By the way, I'm curious how you heard about my book.

In Christ,


Amanda said...

Sean, thanks for stopping by! I plan to get to your book ASAP, as soon as I can find a copy! I've requested both libraries I frequent to order copies, so hopefully they'll come through for me.

I'm not exactly sure how I heard about your book, but I can almost guarantee it was a review on a blog somewhere. That's where I get most of my recommendations!