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What books didn’t make the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge list of 50 books?

Ever since I began the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge, a read-a-thon fundraiser for RAINN.org, folks have asked me which authors almost made the list of 50 books. Excellent question! It took about a month to settle on the 50 books, because I wanted to create a literary journey for myself. But with space being limited, I had to cut Updike, Rushdie, Roth, The Color Purple, and more. So here is a list of 50 books that didn’t make the cut for one reason or another.

But real quick: there’s 10 days left in this read-a-thon fundraiser!

To sponsor me and pledge a $ amount per book read, please go HERE.

To make a one-time donation, please go HERE.

For more info, go to the post pined to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page. You can find the original list of 50 books there too!

To see all the 50 in 52 blog posts, go HERE.

The list of books that did not make the cut follows the same rules as the master list:

1. Only modern fiction, 1800-present: novels, novellas, short stories, short story collections, plays, & screenplays.
2. Only works written in English.
3. Only one work per author.

  1. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (1819)
  2. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (1826)
  3. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1848)
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)
  5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (1892; a short story collection)
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
  7. Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (1911)
  8. The Moon and the Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham (1919)
  9. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (1919; a short story cycle)
  10. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe (1929)
  11. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (1939)
  12. Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)
  14. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946)
  15. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (1950)
  16. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (1953)
  17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)
  18. A Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill (1956; a play)
  19. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
  20. The Bell by Iris Murdoch (1958)
  21. The Once and Future King by T. H. White (1958; novels originally published 1938-1940)
  22. Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960)
  23. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (1961)
  24. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  25. Revolutionary Road (1961)
  26. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee (1962; a play)
  27. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
  28. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré (1963)
  29. The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter (1965; a short story collection)
  30. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (1970)
  31. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor (1971; a collection of short stories)
  32. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (1978; a short story collection)
  33. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
  34. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)
  35. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)
  36. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985)
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  38. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller (1986; a graphic novel)
  39. It by Stephen King (1986)
  40. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (1993)
  41. Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (1994; a screenplay)
  42. American Pastoral by Phillip Roth (1997)
  43. Underworld by Don DeLillo (1997)
  44. The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (1999)
  45. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  46. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro (2001; a short story collection)
  47. Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001)
  48. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002)
  49. Little Children by Tom Perrotta (2004)
  50. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)

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The 50 in 52 Project: 17 days left!

There are 17 days left in The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge Fundraiser for RAINN.org! Won’t you please sponsor me? Click here to join in: http://bit.ly/50in52Project! Info after the question below!

A QUESTION FOR READERS: The list of the 50 books in The 50 in 52 Project is pasted below. If you had made this reading list, which books would you add & remove, keeping it at 50 titles?

INFO: The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a dollar amount per book I read. You choose the amount. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To make a one-time donation, go HERE.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

 

THE READING LIST

Rules of the Reading List:

  1. Only modern fiction (from 1800 to present): novels, novellas, short stories, short story collections, plays, screenplays, or graphic novels
  2. Only books written in English
  3. Only one work per author

All the books listed are novels or novellas unless otherwise indicated.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818)
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)
  5. 25 selected short stories by Edgar Allan Poe (1832-1849)
  6. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)
  7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
  11. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1872)
  12. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881)
  13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
  14. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)
  15. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899)
  16. Howards End by E. M. Forester (1910)
  17. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)
  18. My Ántonia by Willa Cather (1918)
  1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  3. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)
  4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
  5. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by T. H. Lawrence (1928)
  6. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)
  7. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
  9. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947; a play)
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951)
  11. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)
  12. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952 – NOT the science-fiction novel)
  13. The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953; a play)
  14. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  15. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (originally published in 3 volumes 1954-1955)
  16. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
  17. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  18. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1966)
  19. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
  20. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977)
  21. Sophie’s Choice by William Stryon (1979)
  22. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver (1988; short story collection)
  23. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (1988; a graphic novel)
  24. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (1989)
  25. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)
  26. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1995)
  27. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott (1997)
  28. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998)
  29. Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (1998; a screenplay)
  30. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates (2000)
  31. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2003)
  32. Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)

 

Just 1 month left to sponsor me in the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge!

Hello!

I just need a few more people to sponsor me in my read-a-thon fundraiser for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)? I am $200 away from my goal!

There is 1 month left to sponsor me in the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge! You can pledge or make a one-time donation up until May 31st – the links are below! BE THE HERO IN SOMEONE ELSE’S STORY!

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year, and I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a dollar amount per book read. You won’t be invoiced until after June 1st.

To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE.

If you would like to make a one-time donation instead, click HERE.

Thank you so much!

Michael-Patrick Harrington

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

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The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge – All the Covers

Here are the covers of the 50 books I read in the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge, a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network).

THERE’S STILL TIME! You can sponsor me or one make a one-time donation up till May 31st.

To sponsor me and make a pledge, click HERE.

I’m asking folks to pledge a $ amount per book read—you won’t be invoiced until June 1st.

If you want to make a one-tome donation, click HERE.

For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.
Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

#RAINN
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I FINISHED THE 50 IN 52 PROJECT! – A MONTH & A HALF EARLY! – I’ve read 50 books in less than one year!

I’M FINISHED THE 50 IN 52 PROJECT! – A MONTH & A HALF EARLY!

I’ve read 50 books in less than one year, as part of the 50 in 52 Project, a read-a-thon fundraiser for RAINN.org (the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

You still have time to sponsor me or make a donation! The deadline is May 31, 2019.

Be the Hero in Someone Else’s Story! PLEASE HELP!

 

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asked folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE.

Or to make a one-time donation, click HERE.

For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN


 

 

The 50 in 52 Project…FINAL BOOK: Room by Emma Donoghue

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge: THE FINAL BOOK!

 

I’ve just finished the 49th book, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver…1 MORE BOOK TO GO!

Final book: Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)

This is book #49 (of 50)—days remaining: 50

 

Be the Hero in Someone Else’s Story!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE.

NEW! NEW! Instead of sponsoring me, you could make a ONE TIME donation to the official 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge fundraising page on RAINN’s web site by going HERE.

For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

A 50 in 52 Project Quote from We Need to Talk About Kevin

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“…I was mortified by the prospect of becoming hopelessly trapped in someone else’s story.”

from We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (that’s her in the photo)

 

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

NEW! NEW! Instead of sponsoring me, you could make a ONE TIME donation to RAINN by clicking HERE.

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project Continues!…I’ve finished Blonde…coming up: We Need to Talk About Kevin

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues!

I’ve just finished the 48th book, Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates…JUST * 2 * MORE BOOKS TO GO!

Next up: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2003)

This is book #49 (of 50)—days remaining: 63

 

Be the Hero in Someone Else’s Story!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE.

NEW! NEW! Instead of sponsoring me, you could make a ONE TIME donation to the official 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge fundraising page on RAINN’s web site by going HERE.

For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

#50-in-52
#RAINN

A 50 in 52 Project Quote from Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“For acting is the solving of a succession of puzzles of which no single puzzle can explain the others. For the actor is a succession of selves held together by the promise that in acting all losses can be restored.”

from Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates (that’s her in the photo)

 

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

NEW! NEW! Instead of sponsoring me, you could make a ONE TIME donation to RAINN by clicking HERE.

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

the 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished Shakespeare in Love…up next: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues!

I’ve just finished the 47th book, Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard…WOW! JUST 3 MORE BOOKS TO GO!

Next up: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates (2000)

This is book #48 (of 50)—days remaining: 64

 

 

Be the Hero in Someone Else’s Story!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org

(Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE.

NEW! Instead of sponsoring me, you could make a ONE TIME donation to the official 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge fundraising page on RAINN’s web site by going HERE.

For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for all the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

#50-in-52
#RAINN