First, here is a list of what I’ve read in August so far, not counting the four books to be finished here shortly (see below):
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission To Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin 4/5
- Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (a compilation of 14 Batman comics)
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
- Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller
- The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri 4/5
- The Triumph of Caesar by Steven Saylor 4/5
Second, about what’s on my nightstand for September, this wasn’t hard, since it was mainly a cut and paste from last time.
By the time September rolls in on Monday, my goal is have completed four of the books here, including:
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for 1% Well-Read Challenge and Classics Challenge 2008
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for Orbis Terrarum Challenge
- The Giver by Lois Lowry for Book Awards II Reading Challenge
- The Prophet by Khalil Gibran for Orbis Terrarum
I’m a good halfway through the Dickens tome, and the other three are short, all under 200 pages– but also over 100 pages (which is the only way I’ll count them). I’m planning on starting (and most likely finishing) the Coelho book today. If I meet this goal, I’ll have read 51 books for the year, with 10 books for the month of August.
The rest (with the four aforementioned taken out of the equation) are:
- A Fable by William Faulkner for Book Awards II Challenge and The Pulitzer Project
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky for 1% Well-Read and Classics challenge
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman for Book Awards II
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe for Orbis Terrarum Challenge
- A Death in the Family by James Agee for The Pulitzer Project and Book Awards II
- Middlemarch by George Eliot for 1% Well-Read and Classics challenges
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver for Herding Cats Challenge
- The Wisdom Teachings of the Dalai Lama by the Dalai Lama with Matthew Bunson for Orbis Terrarum
- Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust for Orbis Terrarum Challenge
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston for 1% Well-Read and Southern Reading challenges
- The Known World by Edward P. Jones for The Pulitzer Project and Book Awards II
- The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster for the 1% Well-Read
- A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar for Book Awards II Challenge
All will count toward the 100+ Book Challenge, which may or may not happen at this point.
I didn’t finish the Zora Neale Hurston book and the Southern Reading Challenge ended Friday, Aug. 15, but I did begin it and was enjoying it somewhat (if not– or maybe because of– the dialect in it). So I’ll most likely tackle it again here this upcoming month.
The question last month I asked myself was whether or not, I would get to all of the books listed. At that point, I said I don’t think so, and speculated as to which books I most likely would finish. This time, the only speculation I have is that I will read either Dostoevsky or Eliot this month, but definitely not both. Hurston and Proust are good bets, since I already have begun both of those. However, like last month, beyond that, it’s all up in the air– although I’m leaning toward the Gaiman book, as most likely the lighter out of the 13 books listed.