The Challenge

The challenge is to read the following 100 books (in no particular order) over the course of the year 2012. As the year progresses, I might edit the list, omitting books and adding others, but the goal is to have read 100 books by December 31st, 2012.

Note: I’ll put a line through each book as I read it.

1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. A Mormon in the White House? – Hugh Hewitt

3. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

4. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien

5. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

7. The Iliad and Odyssey – Homer

8. Walden – Henry David Thoreau

9. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (2nd time)

10. The Rough Riders – Theodore Roosevelt

11. A Voice in the Wind – Francine Rivers

12. The Politics – Aristotle

13. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand

14. Famous Men of Greece – Poland & Haaren (edited by Rob & Cyndy Shearer)

15. The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison

16. Moby Dick – Herman Melville (2nd time)

17. The Tragedy of Hamlet – Shakespeare (2nd time)

18. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

19. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Dafoe (2nd time)

20. An Echo in the Darkness – Francine Rivers

21. Rosencranzt and Guildenstern – Tom Stoppard

22. Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris

23. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

24. Oedipus Rex – Sophocles

25. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (4th time)

26. How the Scots Invented the Modern World – Arthur Herman

27. The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara (3rd time)

28. Voices of Renaissance and Reformation – original source readings

29. The Histories – Herodotus

30. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (2nd time)

31. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (2nd time)

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (2nd time)

33. Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

34. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe (2nd time)

35. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson (2nd time)

36. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

37. Greyfriar’s Bobby – Eleanor Atkinson (2nd time)

38. The Proud Servant – Margaret Irwin

39.

40.

41. Little Women – Louis May Alcott (3rd time)

42. Washington Burning – Les Standiford

43. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

44. The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

45. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2nd time)

46. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

47. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

48. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

49. Tales – Edgar Allen Poe

50. Julie & Julia – Julie Powell

51. Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada – Frances Winwar

52. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

53. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

54. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

55. The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke: 1552-1634 – Catherine Drinker Bowen

56. Masquerade – Nancy Moser

57. The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume – Francis Schaeffer

58. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

59. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

60. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

61. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

62. Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitution Convention May-September 1787 – Catherine Drinker Bowen

63. 1776 – David McCullough

64. The Story of Scotland Yard – Laurence Thompson

65. Martin Luther in Wittenburg – Martin Treu

66. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling – Ross King

67. Leonardo’s Swans: A Novel – Karen Essex

68. An Unlikely Suitor – Nancy Moser

69. The Birth of Absolutism: A History of France, 1598-1661 – Yves-Marie Berce

70. Famous Men of the Middle Ages – John H. Haaren

71. Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation – Robert G. Shearer

72. 50 Battles That Changed the World – William Weir

73. Elizabeth the Queen – Sally Bedell Smith

74. Condi – Mary Beth Brown

75. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty – Robert K. Massie

76. Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings – Alison Weir

77. The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy – Mark Logue

78. As Sure as the Dawn – Francine Rivers

79. A Walk Across America  – Peter Jenkins (3rd time)

80. Ecclesiastical History of the English People – Bede

81. Beowulf – Unknown

82. Antigone – Jean Anouilh

83. The Epic of Gilgamesh

84. The Marquis de Lafayette: Bright Sword for Freedom – Hodding Carter

85. John Adams – David McCullough

86. The Princess Bride – William Goldman

87. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

88. Martin Luther – Harry Emerson Fosdick

89. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

90. The Lives & Times of The Great Composers – Michael Steen

91. Wayne of Gotham – Tracy Hickman

92. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

93. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

94. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling

95. Broke – Glenn Beck

96. A Pictorial History of Music – Norton

97. Six Wives – David Starkey

98. At First Sight – Nicholas Sparks

99. The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History – Rob & Cyndy Shearer

100. The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren

2 thoughts on “The Challenge

  1. Lizzie says:

    Lydia, you’re so inspiring! What a great list you’ve put together, and I can’t wait to follow along. Happy reading from one bookworm to another!

  2. Lydia, You are a girl after my own heart 🙂 I love your list! Several of these are favorites of mine! After you’ve read Pride and Prejudice….follow with Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy 🙂 It isn’t as great as P and P….but it is a follow up and therefore a must read 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: