The 50 Book Challenge

A friend from the office said she’s pursuing a project popularized in Tumblr called the 50 book challenge wherein you should read 50 (or more) books in 12 months. Not only it will broaden your literary knowledge, it will also broaden your perspective and vocabulary so going up for the challenge would definitely be a win-win situation. And so I made it count as one of my New Year’s Resolution for 2011. I’m hoping to finish it sooner than the 12 month period to, if possible, read more than the 50 book benchmark.

By the way, to make the reading more fun, I’m writing on a journal about how long did it take me to finish a book. I included: Date Started Reading, Date Finished Reading, How long did it take (for you to finish it)?, and Remarks. This is not necessary but I find it interesting to add these points in order to keep track of how long am I reading a particular book for future references.

So without further ado, here’s my list: (I will update this from time to time, once I get hold of the books that I will read)



bold – wishing to have

italicized – currently reading

strikethrough – done reading

regular – currently have and will read soon


1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. The Traveller by Darren Simkin

4. Bull From The Sea by Mary Renault

5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

7. Para Kay B by Ricky Lee

8. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

9. On Writing by Stephen King

10. Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

11. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

12. Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

14. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

15. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

16. Atonement by Ian McEwan

17. The Book Thief by Markus Zussak

18. Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

19. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

20. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

21. 1984 by George Orwell

22. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

23. Animal Farm by George Orwell

24. For One More Day by Mitch Albom

25. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

26. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

27. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

28. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

29. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

30. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

31. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

32. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

33. Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew

34. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

35. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

36. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

37. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

38. Dracula by Bram Stoker

39. Middle Sex by Jeffey Eugenides

40. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

41. Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger

42. Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

43. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

44. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

45. Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

46. Thriteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

47. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

48. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

49. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

50. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

And since possibilities are endless, here’s some add-ons to my 50 book challenge:

51. The Giver by Lois Lowry

52. Gathering Blue by Loise Lowry

53. Messenger by Lois Lowry

54. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

55. Stainless Longganisa by Bob Ong


About Shayne Zalameda

Shayne Zalameda is Misstache. She adores eating, traveling, attending events, and watching films. She likes to omit adjectives and is fascinated with ironies. As much as possible, she tries to avoid the word "very". Sometimes she easily forget things. More on
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