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I’ve signed up for the 999 Challenge on Library Thing for 2009. If I do each category without any overlaps, that will put me at 81 books for the year. So I figured, why not go for it and complete a full 100?

As a public library employee, it’s vitally important that I’m aware of what’s going on in the book world. I’m regularly asked to make recommendations to customers, and I regularly put in my two cents for books that we order (whether or not those two cents are welcome is another matter entirely, but we have ordered some books at my request). So I try to read as much as I can (mostly fiction, as non-fiction tends to recommend itself when it’s needed)

Since 2009 will be the first year that I am not enrolled in school at all (what a wonderful feeling!) I decided it would be the perfect time to take on the 999 Challenge, and so the 100 book challenge naturally follows suit.

Beneath the cut, I’ve listed all the books I plan to read for the 999 Challenge, and left some blank for the remaining 19 books it will take to reach 100. If you’re interested in participating, see J. Kaye’s blog post here. I will be updating this post throughout the year with any changes to the list, and I will also be adding links to all my reviews as the year goes on.

1001 Books:
1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
2. The Sea by John Banville
3. Drop City by T.C. Boyle
4. Possession by A.S. Byatt
5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
6. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
7. Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
8. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
9. American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Historical Fiction
1. The Rose of York: Love and War by Sandra Worth
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Young Adult Literature
1. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
2. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
3. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
4. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
5. Lovesick by Jake Coburn
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
7. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
8. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Chunksters
1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
3. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
4. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
5. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
6. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
7. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
9. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Classics
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
2. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
3. Cecilia by Fanny Burney
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
7. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
8. The Ambassadors by Henry James
9. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

From the TBR Pile
1. March by Geraldine Brooks
2. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
3. Goldengrove by Francine Prose
4. The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
5. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
6. The Gathering by Anne Enright
7. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
8. The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
9. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Women in Fiction
1. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
3. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
4. The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
5. Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
6. The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
7. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
8. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
9. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

ARC/Review Copies
1. Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane
2. Canvey Island by James Runcie
3. Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
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2009 Releases
1. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
2. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
3. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
4. Tap and Gown by Diana Peterfreund
5. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
6. Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
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Nineteen Uncategorized Books
1. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
2. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
3. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
4. Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
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So my goals for 2009 are:
-100 books
-30000 pages
-30 books from the 1001 Books list (1st or 2nd edition- doesn’t matter)
-Reviews for all 100 books!

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