50 Books

This is a challenge I do every year and since I’m doing the 365 Films Challenge and sharing it with you all I decided to share this too.

My favorites are starred*.
Re-reads are italicized.

I began this challenge on February 20, 2017:

  1. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
  2. Elephant Bucks by Sheldon Bull
  3. Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty*
  8. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  9. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

I began this challenge on January 1st, 2016:

  1. God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m Fucked by Darrell Hammond
  2. Almost Interesting by David Spade*
  3. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne*
  5. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  6. The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac
  7. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I began this challenge on January 1st, 2015.
1. So Anyway…by John Cleese
2. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
3. Even the Best Hookers Need Pimps… by Sara Mornell
4. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
5. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
6. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
7. Slimed by Mathew Klickstein
8. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? By Dave Eggers
9. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
10. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh*
11. Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow*
12. Palo Alto by James Franco
13. I Must Say by Martin Short*

I began this challenge on January 1st, 2014.
1. Actors Anonymous by James Franco
2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
3. Every Day by David Levithan
4. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
7. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
8. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
11. Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
12. Your First Year in Hollywood: An Actor’s Guide by Michael Saint Nicholas
13. Wish It, Dream It, Do It by Leslie Levine
14. Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern and Del Close*
15. I’m Dying Up Here by William Knoedelseder
16. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls*
17. Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder
18. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
19. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
20. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
21. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
22. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
23. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
24. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
25. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
26. Secrets to the Grave by Tami Haog
27. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
28. Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney
29. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
30. Where’d You Go Bernadette? By Maria Semple
31. Jaws by Peter Benchley
32. The Todd Glass Situation by Todd Glass
33. Step by Step to Stand Up Comedy by Greg Dean*
34. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson*
35. Bouncing Back by Joan Rivers
36. The Art of Doing by Camille Strivers
37. Windblown World by Jack Kerouac*
38. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
39. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
40. On Writing by Stephen King
41. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
42. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith*
43. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
44. Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia
45. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
46. Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin*
47. I Hate This Place: The Pessimist’s Guide to Life by Jimmy and Gloria Fallon

2013 List:
1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis*
2. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher
3. Breathers: a Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
9. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
10. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
11. Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard*
12. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
13. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare*
14. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
15. Pure Drivel by Steve Martin*
16. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
17. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
18. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
19. Shades of Grey By Jasper Fforde
20. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
21. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline*
22. On the Road by Jack Kerouac*
23. Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
24. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
25. Squirrel seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
26. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion*
27. Wither by Lauren DeStefano*
28. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
29. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk*
30. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
31. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray*
32. Zen and the Art of Stand Up Comedy by Jay Sankey
33. An Improvised Life by Alan Arkin
34. How to Sell Yourself As An Actor by K.Callan
35. The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis
36. Gasping for Airtime by Jay Mohr
37. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
38. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
39. The Original Chicken Soup for the Soul
40. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
41. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
42. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling*
43. The Witches by Roald Dahl
44. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
45. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
46. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
47. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
48. It Came From Ohio: My Life as Writer by RL Stine
49. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling*
50. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver*
51. This is How by Augusten Burroughs
52. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
53. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
54. I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me by Joan Rivers
55. The Comedy Bible by June Carter
56. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
57. The Hunger Games Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins*
58. Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer
59. Feed by MT Anderson
60. The Body Artist by Don Delillo
61. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
62. Chicken soup for the Soul: Reader’s Choice
63. Looking for Alaska by John Green
64. A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

65. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
66. Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith
67. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
68. The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales
69. Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas

2012 List:
1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins*
2. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fischer
3. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
4. The Elephant to Hollywood by Michael Caine
5. 1984 by George Orwell
6. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
7. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
8. Candy Girl by Diablo Cody*
9. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
11. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
13. World War Z by Max Brooks
14. The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells
15. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
16. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
17. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien*
18. Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio
19. Crash by JG Ballard
20. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*

21. Legend by Marie Lu*
22. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
23. Unwind by Neal Shusterman*
24. The Help by Kathryn Stockett*
25. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
26. Chrome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
27. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
28. The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
30. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan
31. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
32. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
33. A Tolkien Miscellany by J.R.R. Tolkien
34. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
35. The Smith of Wootton Major by JRR Tolkien
36. I Captured the Castle by Dodie Smith
37. The Hiking Companion by Michael W. Robbins
38. Trainspotting by Irvine Welch
39. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*
40. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
41. The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
42. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
43. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
44. Coralline by Neil Gaiman*
45. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
46. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
47. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
48. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
49. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
50. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien*


3 responses to “50 Books

  1. Pingback: 50 Books Challenge. | State of Motion

  2. I loved 1984. You might want to try Animal Farm as well. I actually preferred it. 🙂

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