Here are all of the reading and writing challenges that I am currently attempting and/or have conquered.  We're just going to pretend that all of those ones that I never completed just don't exist, kay?

  1. Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park
  2. Austen, Jane: Persuasion
  3. Austen, Jane: Lady Susan
  4. Bronte, Charlotte: Villette
  5. Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange
  6. Butler, Octavia, E.: Kindred
  7. Calvino, Italo: If on a winter’s night a traveler
  8. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
  9. Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
  10. Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations
  11. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Best Short Stories
  12. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
  13. Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie
  14. Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose 
  15. Faludi, Susan: Backlash
  16. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury
  17. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
  18. Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary
  19. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
  20. Hardy, Thomas: The Mayor of Casterbridge
  21. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlett Letter
  22. Homer: The Odyssey
  23. Irving, John: A Prayer for Owen Meaney
  24. Kafka, Franz: The Trial
  25. Kerouac, Jack: On the Road
  26. Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon
  27. London, Jack: The Call of the Wild
  28. Lovecraft, H.P.: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
  29. Lowry, Lois: The Giver
  30. Mitchell, Margaret: Gone With the Wind 
  31. O’Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried
  32. Orwell, George: Animal Farm
  33. Paton, Alan: Cry, the Beloved Country
  34. Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way
  35. Pynchon, Thomas: Gravity’s Rainbow
  36. Radcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of Udolpho
  37. Shakespeare, William: Henry VIII
  38. Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath
  39. Styron, William: Sophie’s Choice
  40. Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
  41. Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Hobbit
  42. Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings
  43. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  44. Updike, John: Rabbit, Run
  45. Wallace, David Foster: Infinite Jest
  46. Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited
  47. Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
  48. Woolf, Virginia: The Waves
  49. Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room
  50. Wright, Richard: Eight Men
Completion Date: August 24, 2017

I'm a winner, coming in at a whopping 50,174 words.  Read about it:
The Decision
One Week In
I win!  Woot!
Wrapping Up


  1. Thanks for joining the Classics challenge! You've got a great list going... I am really enjoying the wide variety of titles people are choosing! I am also doing the Victorian Lit Challenge, though only the 5-9 book level. Good Luck with them both!

  2. Thanks for taking the 2011 TBR Challenge with me! I am super excited about your choices! Anna Karenina was fantastic - one of my favorites - but definitely allow yourself time for it. Sound and the Fury was odd, but good. And a bunch of the others (Bronte, Nabokov, Woolf), I have always wanted to read, too. On the Road was not a great read for me, but obviously a lot of people love it - so I hope you enjoy it. The Scarlet Letter was interesting - particularly the prologue ("The Customs House"), be sure to read it! (My favorite Hawthorne is still The Blithedale Romance, but Scarlet Letter was good too - I hear it's been enjoying a big revival since the movie "Easy A" came out). Thanks again - can't wait to see how things progress!

  3. I'm taking the 2011 TBR challenge too! I also have A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius on my list. Have fun with your challenges.


  4. I know where you got The Edible Woman! Hope you enjoy Anna Karenina--that's one of my favorites. This makes two challenges we're both doing (I've signed up for the Victorian Challenge as well.) Have fun!

  5. Just checking-in on your progress for the 2011 TBR Pile Challenge - nice job, so far!

    Keep up the good work! BIG Giveaways are happening next week, and TBR Pile Challenge participants earn extra entries for linking to their lists, so be sure to visit my Giveaways section soon. ;)

  6. Welcome to the challenge! You've got a great list!