Life...The Most Complicated Thought

The unexamined life is not worth living. ~Socrates

The Countdown Challenge

The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.

This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09. Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!

Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.

Have fun reading!


I will add to the list as the days go by...

Year 2009:

Year 2008:

  1. The Crazy School by Cornelia Read
  2. One in a Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  3. Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #2) by Jeff Kinney
  4. 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna: The Life & Times of a Fat, Furry Legend! (Garfield) by Jim Davis
  5. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
  6. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
  7. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale and Chelsea Mixon (Narrator) (Audio CD)
  8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
  9. The Darwin Awards Next Evolution by Wendy Northcutt
  10. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Audio CD)
  11. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Audio CD)
  12. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (Author), Josephine Bailey (Reader) (Audio CD)

Year 2007:

  1. The Ultimate Life by Jim Stovall
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  3. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Year 2006:

  1. Secret of Lost Things by Sheriden Hays
  2. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  3. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, Katherine Kellgren (Reader) (Audio CD)
  4. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  5. For One More Day by Mitch Albom (Author) (Audio CD)
  6. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Author), Sarita Choudhury (Reader) (Audio CD)
Year 2005:

  1. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire and John Mcdonough (Audio CD)
  2. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (Audio CD), Josephine Bailey (Reader)

Year 2004:

  1. Holiday on Ice by David Sedaris (Audio CD)
  2. Tales From The Arabian Nights: Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves And Other Stories by Sarah Butcher (Audio CD)
  3. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (Audio CD)
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Audio CD), Josephine Bailey (Reader)

Year 2003:

  1. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  2. Live at Carnegie Hall by David Sedaris (Audio CD)
  3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Audio CD)
Year 2002:
  1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  2. Secret Life of Bees: by Sue Monk Kidd (Audio CD)

Year 2001 (I got more than one):

  1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Audio CD)