what is fiftytwoin52?

Short answer: It’s a blog about the 52 novels I’ll be reading in 2011.

Not so short… I’m motivated by lists and I’m big on novels, so when I saw TIME Top 100 All-Time Novels while trawling the net a few years back, it was kismet – a bonafide list of great novels to read. I needed other constraints, like a time frame, or I’d never get to it, and it wasn’t until watching Julie & Julia on showtime a couple of weeks ago that it came to me –

one book per week for a year.

Here are the novels from The TIME Complete List I most want to read:

  1. 1984-1948-George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Augie March-1953-Saul Bellow
  3. All The King’s Men-1946-Robert Penn Warren
  4. American Pastoral-1997-Philip Roth
  5. An American Tragedy-1925-Theodore Dreiser
  6. Animal Farm-1946-George Orwell*
  7. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret-1970-Judy Blume
  8. At Swim-Two-Birds-1938-Flann O’Brien
  9. Atonement-2002-Ian McEwan
  10. Beloved-1987-Toni Morrison*
  11. The Big Sleep-1939-Raymond Chandler
  12. The Blind Assassin-2000-Margaret Atwood
  13. Blood Meridian-1986-Cormac McCarthy
  14. Catch-22-1961-Joseph Heller
  15. The Catcher in the Rye1951-J.D. Salinger*
  16. A Clockwork Orange-1963-Anthony Burgess
  17. The Corrections-2001-Jonathan Franzen
  18. The Death of the Heart-1958-Elizabeth Bowen
  19. The French Lieutenant’s Woman-1969-John Fowles
  20. Go Tell It On The Mountain-1953-James Baldwin*
  21. The Grapes of Wrath-1939-John Steinbeck
  22. The Great Gatsby-1925-F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. A Handful of Dust-1934-Evelyn Waugh
  24. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter-1940-Carson McCullers
  25. The Heart of the Matter-1948-Graham Greene
  26. Herzog-1964-Saul Bellow
  27. Housekeeping-1981-Marilynne Robinson
  28. I, Claudius-1934-Robert Graves
  29. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe-1950-C. S. Lewis
  30. Lolita-1955-Vladimir Nabokov*
  31. Lord of the Flies-1955-William Golding
  32. Lucky Jim-1954-Kingsley Amis
  33. The Man Who Loved Children-1940-Christina Stead
  34. Midnight’s Children-1981-Salman Rushdie
  35. Mrs. Dalloway-1925-Virginia Woolf
  36. Naked Lunch-1959-William Burroughs
  37. Never Let Me Go-2005-Kazuo Ishiguro
  38. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-1962-Ken Kesey
  39. The Painted Bird-1965-Jerzy Kosinski
  40. A Passage to India-1924-E. M. Forster
  41. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie-1961-Muriel Spark
  42. Snow Crash-1992-Neal Stephenson
  43. The Sound and the Fury-1929-William Faulkner
  44. The Sun Also Rises-1926-Ernest Hemingway
  45. Things Fall Apart-1959-Chinua Achebe*
  46. To the Lighthouse-1927-Virginia Woolf
  47. Ubik-1969-Phillip Dick
  48. Under The Net-1954-Iris Murdoch
  49. Under The Volcano-1947-Malcolm Lowry
  50. Watchmen-1986-Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons*
  51. White Teeth-2000-Zadie Smith*
  52. Wide Sargasso Sea-1966-Jean Rhys*

There’s a healthy mix of genre, author gender, nationality, books I’ve never heard of, as well as old favourites. I’m reading Ulysses-1922-James Joyce next month (Dec, 2010) because it’s criminal that it’s ineligible, and Super Sad True Love Story-2010-Gary Shteyngart in January 2012 to balance it. 54inalittleoverayear didn’t have the same ring to it though.

Struck through titles have been completed
Bolded titles are presently being read
and * indicates reread

Read wid me, nuh… :)

lili solomon, nov 2010

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