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Tuesdays with Linden’s Favorite Links: Book Challenge 24 in 20-10

Today’s link post is going to share just a few links. The first is to GoodReads.com. If you are a book lover, you need to be a member of this site. Good Reads helps you track the books that you have on you “to read” list, the books that you have already read, and even the books you are currently reading (if you keep up with it). Even more, Good Reads keeps you connected with your friends and what they are reading. I love getting book recommendations from Lyndsay, and Alex always posts great summaries of books he’s read! If you join (or already on the site), feel free to send me a friend request by viewing my profile.

My second link is to a Google Docs spreadsheet containing my reading goals for the year. I’ll be continuing work on my Ph.D., teaching online composition at OTC, running, and playing housewife and auntie this year, so I figure that I should be able to manage two leisure titles on average per month, making my book challenge is “24 in 20-10*.”

Here’s the current list, although since I reserve the right to change it at whim, you can always check the Google Doc where I’ve organized my list by clicking here. This spreadsheet also shows who recommended or gave the book to me, and I will be recording the dates I start and finish the book there.

24 in 20-10

  1. Is the Mormon My Brother? (James R. White) Done! Completed 16. Jan
  2. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami)
  3. The Five Love Languages (Gary Chapman)
  4. Collected Novellas (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  5. Der Vorleser (Bernhard Schlink)
  6. Dead Until Dark (Charlaine Harris)
  7. Dancing on My Ashes (Heather Gilion and Holly Snell)
  8. Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
  9. Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (Dr. F. Batmanghelidj)
  10. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (Walter Isaacson)
  11. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (John Piper)
  12. 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days (Dean Karnazes)
  13. Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
  14. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  15. The Host (Stephanie Meyer)
  16. The Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
  17. The Black Book (Middleton A. Harris)
  18. Les Miserables (unabridged) (Victor Hugo)
  19. Wishful Drinking (Carrie Fisher)
  20. Going Rogue: An American Life (Sarah Palin)
  21. Der, die, was?: Ein Amerikaner im Sprachlabyrinth (David Bergmann)
  22. Everything that Rises Must Converge (Flannery O’Connor)
  23. Siddartha (Herman Hesse)
  24. Walden (Henry David Thoreau)

What measurable goals have you set for yourself this year? Share in the comments!

Notes
* I’ve never called a year in this millennium “twenty-three” or “twenty-oh-four,” but this time, “twenty-ten” works and fits the rhythm.


9 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Linden’s Favorite Links: Book Challenge 24 in 20-10

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  2. Deanna

    01 Feb on 2010 at 8:23

    I think you should include time to read the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I love that series!

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  6. Beth Mildren

    06 Jan on 2010 at 18:33

    Linden, you’re always so inspiring! I love the idea of pre-selecting the books you’re going to read, and your choices look great (I think; not sure about those German titles! hehe!). I also love goodreads, though I haven’t been on as frequently as I would have hoped…currently reading Duma Key by Stephen King, and it’s excellent as always. Next up: a double-header of books lent to me by a friend…The Tenth Circle and Vanishing Acts, and I’m “reading” (during my commute, anyway) Tess of d’Urbervilles. Pretty good thus far.

    • xgravity23

      15 Jan on 2010 at 19:02

      @Beth: I added a Stephen King to my list. I want to read them in the order he wrote them. I started with Carrie, couldn’t find two, then read The Shining. So this year, it’s ‘Salem’s Lot. Rob and I are also listening to Under the Dome together. :) I’m almost finished with Is the Mormon My Brother? and we are going to have to chat about that one!

  7. Sabre

    05 Jan on 2010 at 14:11

    I’ve decided to read one fiction book and one non-fiction book per month this year; that equates to 24! (Right?)

    I haven’t charted the books or the year out completely; it’ll be more of a month-to-month thing. I use the Kindle app on my iPhone to try out samples of books, so my selections will be more spontaneous, based on my impression of the first few free chapters. It’s a neat way to do it, I think; I get to sample different styles of writing to help shape my own writing voice, and I can also determine who is worth my time and who isn’t (after reading the first five chapters of The Lost Symbol, I’m fairly certain my first encounter with Dan Brown will be my last. Thanks, free sample!)

    For January, I’m leaning towards Under the Dome by Stephen King and The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. (I also just bought Cook This, Not That, but that’s more of a using-book than a reading-book, me thinks.)

    Good luck with your challenge!

    • xgravity23

      15 Jan on 2010 at 19:03

      @Sabre: Thanks! Rob also put down The Lost Symbol, but he’s read Angels and Demons and The Davinci Code. Felt like they were all too similar and didn’t need to read yet another Davinci Code. :) I need to read The 4-Hour Workweek. Oh, and Getting Things Done! Have you read that?