My 50 Book Challenge!

There is nothing I love more than curling up on a lazy day off and reading a whole book in one go. But admittedly, my reading game has been pretty slack due to traveling for a year – sad but true.

So in an attempt to get my library back up to scratch, I have conducted a list of books I am going to complete in the first year after I get home (I know that doesn’t sound too quick, but around an average of one book a week is definitely a challenge when life gets in the way). Let me know your thoughts on any of these books you’ve read already or any others you think I should add to the list! I know it’s a bit soon, but I am giving myself enough time to make any alterations via friendly recommendations and want to be sure I won’t get distracted with beaches and kangaroos.

I’ll be sure to let you know when I start, and give you weekly feedback on them as I go along.Don’t worry though, I’ve not stopped reading altogether, I am currently reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and can’t wait to review it once I am done!

1. To Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne (Since this guy got an honorary doctorate at my graduation, I feel as though it’s a must read).

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2. The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank.

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3. 1984, by George Orwell.

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4. How To Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran.

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5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.

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6. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (a classic I never had the pleasure of reading at GCSE).

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7. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

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8. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.

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9. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

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10. Catch 22, by Joseph Heller.

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11. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier.

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12. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (because, you know – who isn’t curious about the original story behind this awesome show?!) This one’s a collection, but for this purpose I am sticking to the first one for now.

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13. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

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14. And When Was The Last Time You Saw Your Father, by Blake Morrison.

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15. The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe (probably one of my favourite authors of all time, so ready for this one).

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16. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.

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17. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffennegger.

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18. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.

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19. A Night at the Circus, by Angela Carter.

 

20. The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing.

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21. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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22. Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift.

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23. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

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24. We’re all completely beside ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler.

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25. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert – a classic.

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26. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.

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27. Disgrace, by J.M Coetzee.

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28. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.

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29. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville (I can’t believe I haven’t read this one already to be honest).

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30. Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.

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31. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink.

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32. The End of the Affair, by Graham Green.

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33. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding – is there any reason to ask why, really?

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34.Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (a very important piece in terms of history).

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35. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath.

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36. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie.

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37. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I find it hard to believe this man could produce anything not spectacular to be honest, very excited for this one).

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38. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.

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39. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.

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40. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov.

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41. Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit. 

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42. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay (given that I am a huge feminist, I am really looking forward to reading this collection of essays).

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43. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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44. An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde (I am obsessed with his play, The Importance of Being Earnest, so have high hopes for this one).

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45. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare (plays definitely count).

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46. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (sorry, I have a slight obsession with Charles Dickens at the moment).

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47. The Way we Live Now, by Anthony Trollope.

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48. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes.

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49. The Invisible Man, by H.G.Wells.

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50. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (a bit weary given that the film was a tad strange, but a friend has convinced me to give it a go).

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One thought on “My 50 Book Challenge!

  1. Some really awesome books here. There are a lot I really like and a lot I want to read. Have you thought of tracking them on GoodReads? Check it out, thats where I have been tracking my reads and it has changed my life a little. haha. happy reading!

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