Posted by: JulieAloha | October 31, 2018

Admissions Reading Challenge 3: Getting ready!

For the last two years our department has held a Reading Challenge – a list of 100 books covering many genres, topics, ages, genders, fiction and non-, fantasy and alternative reality, stories from all over the world. Each book is designated a point value based on the Accelerated Reading system, length of the book and reading level. We begin the challenge November 1 and continue through January 31, logging our books on a Master List as we complete them and tracking our points. I’ve…ahem…won the last two Challenges – so everyone’s poised to out-read me this year. I haven’t decided if I’m going to enter the Challenge officially, but I’ll be tracking the books here on my Blog at the very least. I’m close to completing my GoodReads Reading Challenge of 100 books over the course of 2018; to date I’ve read 76 this year, though I stopped blogging about them last May when I tore my anterior tibialis tendon and life got more complicated than usual.

For your edification, here’s the whole list for this year’s Challenge and their point values:

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1615) 91.0
2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880) 74.0
3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991) 60.0
4. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce (1939) 45.0
5. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (1977) 39.0
6. The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner (1943) 35.0
7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (1848) 33.0
8. Swing Time by Zadie Smith (2016) 30.0
9. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1940) 28.0
10. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (1981) 28.0
11. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1869) 28.0
12. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962) 27.0
13. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1967) 27.0
14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938) 26.0
15. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905) 26.0
16. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (1984) 25.0
17. The Iliad by Homer (750) 25.0
18. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (1928) 25.0
19. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (2003) 25.0
20. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) 25.0
21. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (1998) 24.0
22. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013) 24.0
23. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (1985) 24.0
24. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros (2002) 23.0
25. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011) 23.0
26. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (1996) 23.0
27. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851) 22.0
28. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (2018) 22.0
29. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (2017) 22.0
30. Black Boy by Richard Wright (1945) 22.0
31. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (2000) 21.0
32. The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (2009) 21.0
33. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2012) 21.0
34. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (1988) 20.0
35. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (2007) 20.0
36. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (2015) 20.0
37. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (1991) 20.0
38. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817) 19.0
39. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016) 18.0
40. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos(1989) 18.0
41. Misery by Stephen King (1987) 18.0
42. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (1999) 18.0
43. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (1968) 18.0
44. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (2000) 17.0
45. The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich (1986) 17.0
46. Paradise by Toni Morrison (1997) 17.0
47. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (2014) 17.0
48. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (2009) 16.0
49. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) 16.0
50. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (1993) 16.0
51. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002) 16.0
52. The Martian by Andy Weir (2012) 16.0
53. Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory (2008) 15.0
54. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2013) 15.0
55. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2001) 15.0
56. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969) 15.0
57. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2012) 15.0
58. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous (1750) 14.0
59. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (2014) 14.0
60. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (2017) 14.0
61. My Son’s Story by Nadine Gordimer (1990) 14.0
62. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006) 14.0
63. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2004) 14.0
64. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (1991) 13.0
65. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (1968) 13.0
66. Red Azalea by Anchee Min (1993) 13.0
67. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017) 13.0
68. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2011) 13.0
69. Shrill by Lindy West (2016) 13.0
70. Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman (2007) 12.0
71. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (1937) 12.0
72. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (2011) 12.0
73. Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh (2005) 12.0
74. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes (1959) 12.0
75. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927) 12.0
76. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (2011) 11.0
77. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908) 11.0
78. Quicksand by Nella Larsen (1928) 11.0
79. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (2004) 11.0
80. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel(2007) 10.0
81. Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks (1963) 10.0
82. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro (1982) 10.0
83. Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya (1954) 10.0
84. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky(1999) 9.0
85. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1989) 9.0
86. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930) 9.0
87. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958) 8.0
88. Flying Home and Other Stories by Ralph Ellison (1996) 8.0
89. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961) 7.0
90. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid (1985) 7.0
91. Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali (1943) 6.0
92. The Flick by Annie Baker (2014) 6.0
93. My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris(2018) 5.0 (+1.0/additional ending read)
94. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843) 5.0
95. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002) 5.0
96. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (1993) 5.0
97. Ruined by Lynn Nottage (2009) 4.0
98. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895) 3.0
99. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda NgoziAdichie (2014) 2.0
100. Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss (1965) 0.5

Feel free to read along!


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