Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Classics Challenge

Joann from Lost in a Good Story is hosting the New Classics Challenge. One thing I noticed from this list is that I haven't read hardly (as you'll see with my list) any of these so called "new" classics. Which is partly what motivated me to participate in this challenge.

You can find the info on her blog (linked above), but for simplicity, here's the gist of the challenge along with my own participatory info below:

Deb from the A Novel Challenge yahoo group posted a link to this list of Entertainment Weekly's list of new classics, what they call the best reads from 1983 to 2008. I loved the list - many of my recent favorites are on it so I'm intrigued to see what some of the ones I haven't read yet will be like.
So the challenge rules are:
  1. Copy the list (which I have pasted here, just in case that link ever disappears) and bold the titles that you have already read.
  2. Choose at least 6 other books from the list , read and review them between 1 August 2008 and 31 January 2009.
  3. Come back here and post links to your reviews.
  4. In January 2009, cast your vote for which one of the 100 books on the list is your favorite (and write a post on why). The winning book will be sent to a lucky winner chosen by the scientific method favored here in the blogosphere, i.e. names in a hat. Other contests are very probable too, I have some ideas, but they need planning.
  5. Have fun! :-)

  1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
  3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
  4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
  5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
  6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
  7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
  8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
  9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
  10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
  11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
  12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
  13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
  14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
  15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
  16. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
  17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
  18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
  19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
  20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
  21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
  22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
  23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
  24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
  25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
  26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
  27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
  28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
  29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
  30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
  31. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990)
  32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
  33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
  34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
  35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
  36. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
  37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
  38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
  39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
  40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
  41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
  42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
  43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
  44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
  45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
  46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
  47. World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
  48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
  49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
  50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
  52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
  53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
  54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
  55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
  56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
  57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
  58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
  59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
  60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
  61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
  62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
  63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
  64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
  65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
  66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
  67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
  68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
  69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
  70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
  71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
  72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
  73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
  74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
  75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
  76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
  77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
  78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
  79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
  80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
  81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
  82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
  83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
  84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
  85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
  86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
  87. Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
  88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
  89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
  90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
  91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
  92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
  93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
  94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
  95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
  96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
  97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
  98. The Predators' Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
  99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
  100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

The 6 books I've added to my reading list for between now and the end of January 2009 are:
  1. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
  2. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
  3. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
  4. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
  5. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
  6. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)

This is a pretty intriguing list and I'm going to have to do some searching to find out more about the other books on there. In the meantime, I need to finish the other books I'm currently reading so I can move on to this challenge. :)


Jaerixon said...

For your next list of books, I would suggest you read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and the Speaker for the Dead series by Orson Scott Card. I've learned a lot from these books, especially Card's, who I feel justified to say, have greatly changed my life for the better

Kelvin Oliver said...

Some of the books that are listed I have read and others I have heard the titles of either from the novel or movie version. The familiar titles that I do see on here are really good. It's good to see someone else to have the interest of reading. Also, thanks for being a a new follower of my blog!