Notable Book Perpetual Challenge

A perpetual challenge organized by Wendy and Michelle.  Links are to reviews, bold titles are books read but not reviewed.

A list of 2009 notable books:


A Short History of Women – Kate Walbert

Far North – Marcel Theroux

Half Broke Horses – Jeanette Walls

Lark and Termite – Jayne Anne Phillips – DNF

Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker

The Big Machine – Victor LaValle

The Children’s Book – A.S.Byatt (CSM Best of 2009)

The Golden Mean – Annabel Lyon

The Help – Kathryn Stockette

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tinkers – Paul Harding

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco X. Stork


A Paradise Built in Hell – Rebecca Solnit

Columbine – Dave Cullen

Dancing in the Dark – Morris Dickstein

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor – Brad Gooch

The Age Of Wonder – Richard Holmes

The Forever War – Dexter Filkins

The Invention of Air: A Story of Science –  Steven Johnson

Some books from the NYT 2010 Notable Book list:


The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. By Stieg Larsson. -Read but didn’t review.

Great House. By Nicole Krauss.

How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. By Charles Yu.

How To Read The Air. By Dinaw Mengestu.

I Curse The River of Time. By Per Petterson. Translated by Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson...

The Imperfectionists. By Tom Rachman.

The Invisable Bridge. By Julie Orringer.

The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010. By Edward Hirsch.

The Long Song. By Andrea Levy.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey. By Zachary Mason.

The Lotus Eaters. By Tatjana Soli.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. By Karl Marlantes.

Memory Wall: Stories. By Anthony Doerr.

The Nearest Exit. By Olen Steinhauer.

Room. By Emma Donoghue.

The Same River Twice. By Ted Mooney.

Selected Stories. By William Trevor.

The Surrendered. By Chang-rae Lee.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet.By David Mitchell.

To The End Of The Land. By David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen.

White Egrets: Poems. By Derek Walcott.



CHRISTIANITY: The First Three Thousand Years.By Diarmaid MacCulloch.

CLEOPATRA: A Life. By Stacy Schiff.

COMMON AS AIR: Revolution, Art, and Ownership.By Lewis Hyde.

EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. By S. C. Gwynne.


THE LAST STAND: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. By Nathaniel Philbrick.

LIFE. By Keith Richards with James Fox.

THE MIND’S EYE. By Oliver Sacks.

POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong. By Terry Teachout.


THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. By Isabel Wilkerson.

THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. By Susan Casey.

From the ALA 2011 Notable Books for Adults list:

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

Next by James Hynes.

The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes.


Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.

The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman.

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Just Kids by Patti Smith.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

From the New York Times 2011 Most Notable list:


The Art of Fielding  By Chad Harbach.

The Barbarian Nuseries By Héctor Tobar.

The Buddha In The Attic By Julie Otsuka.

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.

11/22/63 By Stephen King.

Ghost Lights By Lydia Millet.

The Leftovers by Tom Perotta.

The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks.

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles.

Mr. Fox By Helen Oyeyemi.

Say Her Name By Francisco Goldman.

The Sense of an Ending By Julian Barnes.

Shards By Ismet Prcic.

Space, In Chains By Laura Kasischke. (Poetry)

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Taller, When Prone By Les Murry (Poetry)

The Stranger’s Child By Alan Hollinghurst.

The Tiger’s Wife By Tea Obreht

Train Dreams By Denis Johnson


The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning By Maggie Nelson.

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World. By David Deutsch.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. By Jonathan Lethem.

1861: The Civil War Awakening. By Adam Goodheart.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. By Charles C. Mann.

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India. By Joseph Lelyveld.

In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. By Erik Larson.

The Information: A History. A Theory. A Flood. By James Gleick.

Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion. By Janet Reitman.

Is That A Fish In Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. By David Bellos.

The Memory Chalet By Tony Judt.

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. By Tony Horwitz.

One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir. By Binyavanga Wainaina.

Pulphead. By John Jeremiah Sullivan.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. By Stephen Greenblatt.

To A Mountain In Tibet By Colin Thubron.


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