The Countdown Challenge

Another challenge that seems fun and easy! This one requires participants to read nine books published in 2009, eight published in 2008, etc., back to one from 2001. It runs from 8 August 2008 to 9 September 2009, so I’m getting in a bit late, but I think I can handle it since I mostly read newer books anyway!

My list (45/45)

2009 (9/9)
1. The Pluto Files, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Review)
2. Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell (Review)
3. We’ll Always Have Paris, by Ray Bradbury (Review)
4. The Composer is Dead, by Lemony Snicket (Review)
5. The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry (Review)
6. Fool, by Christopher Moore (Review)
7. The City and The City, by China Miéville (Review)
8. Free Agent, by Jeremy Duns (Review)
9. Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke (Review)

2008 (8/8)
1. Dictation, by Cynthia Ozick (Review)
2. Superior Saturday, by Garth Nix (Review)
3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski (Review)
4. The Likeness, by Tana French (Review)
5. Zoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi (Review)
6. Just After Sunset, by Stephen King (Review)
7. When We Were Romans, by Matthew Kneale (Review)
8. Pandemonium, by Daryl Gregory (Review)

2007 (7/7)
1. In the Woods, by Tana French (Review)
2. First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde (Review)
3. The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond (Review)
4. The Last Colony, by John Scalzi (Review)
5. The Book of Murder, by Guillermo Martínez (Review)
6. Bookhunter, by Jason Shiga (Review)
7. Captain’s Fury, by Jim Butcher (Review)

2006 (6/6)
1. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl (Review)
2. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (Review)
3. The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult (Review)
4. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne (Review)
5. The Adventuress, by Audrey Niffenegger (Review)
6. Cursor’s Fury, by Jim Butcher (Review)

2005 (5/5)
1. The Twelfth Card, by Jeffery Deaver (Review)
2. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (Review)
3. Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Review)
4. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi (Review)
5. Academ’s Fury, by Jim Butcher (Review)

2004 (4/4)
1. Afterlife, by Douglas Clegg (Review)
2. Something Rotten, by Jasper Fforde (Review)
3. Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher (Review)
4. Cadillac Beach, by Tim Dorsey (Review)

2003 (3/3)
1. The Well of Lost Plots, by Jasper Fforde (Review)
2. Out, by Natsuo Kirino (Review)
3. The Weatherman’s Daughters, by Richard Hoyt (Review)

2002 (2/2)
1. Lost in a Good Book, by Jasper Fforde (Review)
2. Coraline, by Neil Gaiman (Review)

2001 (1/1)
1. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (Review)

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4 thoughts on “The Countdown Challenge

  1. Mary says:

    I would be terrible at this. . .I rarely read new books unless they’re written by Chuck Klosterman, David Sedaris, or Nick Hornby. . .and I haven’t read a book in full since I finished Naked (by Sedaris) in the middle of September. . .And most of my favorite authors are dead. Awesome 😛

  2. Laura Ansley says:

    I have a 2009 book suggestion – I just finished reading “The Finishing Touches” by Hester Browne, which I found recommended in Time. It ended up being very good, about a girl who is adopted by a family that runs a finishing school who returns after her adopted mother's death to revamp it into the 21st century. Like changing food lessons on eating bananas properly into learning to eat sushi correctly. It was pretty good, and I read it all in one day (in which I obviously did very little else). Enjoy!

  3. 3m.michelle says:

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!! It was daunting, but I had fun with this one.

    I will be hosting another one for 9/9/09 through 10/10/10 and should have a post up soon about it.

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