100 Books. 100 Years

100 Years. 100 Books. November Update

Here it is, almost December. Not entirely confident I’ll reach my goal of 100 books from 1911-2011, but I’m still trying. Here’s the latest update:

  1. 1981 – Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving – I know this is considered a modern classic, but man, I *really* disliked Irving’s characters.
  2. 1982 – The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum – A good, solid spy adventure.
  3. 1983 – The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – The first in Pratchett’s Discworld books. Funny fantasy at its best.
  4. 1984 – Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich – Beautiful. Nothing more to say.
  5. 1985 – Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley – A sweet and heartbreaking memoir. A little cheesy, though.
  6. 1986 – Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – Good, solid fantasy. Fun from start to finish.
  7. 1987 – The Commitments by Roddy Doyle – I picked this one because I *loved* the movie. I wasn’t disappointed.
  8. 1988- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – An odd little fable involving a shepherd searching for treasure and the unusual people he meets along the way.
  9. 1989 – Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – LONG, but fascinating. A must-read for anyone who loves history and architecture.
  10. 1990 – Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George – An Inspector Lynley mystery. Good stuff.
  11. 1991 – Possession by A.S. Byatt – a romantic mystery wrapped in poetry. Lovely.
  12. 1992 – The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller – I know this was *the* books to read in 1992, but it kind of left me cold.
  13. 1993 – Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh – The world according to heroin addicts. Hard to read but compelling nonetheless.