Obsession In the Eighth Year

So. Here we are. Year Eight of the Book Lust Challenge. I haven’t even read 1,000 books yet. Sometimes I ask myself why I even bother (because I’ll probably be dead before I ever finish this thing), but then I think about all the great books I have picked up simply because of the challenge; books that would have remained a mystery. So. Drum roll…here are the books of Year Eight:

  1. After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
  2. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin*
  3. Andorra by Peter Cameron
  4. Any Four Women Can Rob the Bank of Italy by Ann Cornelisen
  5. Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
  6. Art Student’s War by Brad Leithauser
  7. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
  8. Beaufort by Ron Leshem*
  9. Beirut Blues by Hanan al-Shaykh
  10. Benjamin Franklin: an American Life by Walter Isaacson
  11. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks*
  12. Black Lamb and Gray Falcon by Rebecca West
  13. Bluebird Canyon by Dan McCall
  14. Bring Me a Unicorn by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  15. Cabin Fever by Elizabeth Jolley
  16. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
  17. Captain Sir Richard Burton by Edward Rice
  18. Careless Love by Peter Gurlink
  19. Caroline’s Daughters by Alice Adams
  20. Cradle of Gold by Christopher Heaney
  21. Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter
  22. Dancer with Bruised Knees by Lynne McFall
  23. Dark Sun by Richard Rhodes
  24. Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan*
  25. Earthly Possessions by Anne Tyler
  26. Eye of the World by Robert Jordan*
  27. Faith Fox by Jane Gardam*
  28. Feast of Love by Charles Baxter*
  29. First Man by Albert Camus
  30. Fordlandia by Greg Gandin
  31. Georges’ Wife by Elizabeth Jolley
  32. Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee
  33. Good Life by Ben Bradlee
  34. Grass Dancer by Susan Power
  35. Hall of a Thousand Columns by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
  36. History Man by Malcolm Bradbury
  37. Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  38. House of Morgan by Ron Chernow
  39. Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman
  40. In a Strange City by Laura Lippman
  41. Inside Passage by Michael Modselewski
  42. Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg by H.R.F. Keating
  43. It Looked Like Forever by Mark Harris
  44. Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott*
  45. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
  46. Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralink
  47. Long Way From Home by Frederick Busch
  48. My Father’s Moon by Elizabeth Jolley
  49. Now Read This II by Nancy Pearl
  50. Ocean of Words by Ha Jin
  51. Palladian Days by Sally Gable*
  52. Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  53. Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy
  54. Raw Silk by Janet Burroway
  55. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro*
  56. Rose Cafe by John Hanson Mitchell
  57. Rose of Martinique by Andrea Stuart
  58. Thousand Ways to Please a Husband by Weaver/LeCron
  59. Wheels Within Wheels by Dervla Murphy
  60. Winners and Losers by Martin Quigley
  61. You Get What You Pay For by Larry Beinhart

*Planned as Audio books

Here are the three books that are on the list for this December:

  1. Eighth Day, the by Thornton Wilder
  2. Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
  3. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff


  1. “Romance” from the Anthology of Modern Verse edited by W.J. Turner
  2. “War” from the Poems of Siegfried Sassoon by Siegfried Sassoon

Of course, I will read more than 60+ books and two poems and. And! And, I haven’t included the short stories. I am keeping the list modest for now. Five books a month sounds about right…we shall see, won’t we?

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