The 50 in 52 Project – Reading Challenge Fundraiser for

This is the original blog post from 5-14-17.

Link to the next 50 in 52 Project blog post from 5-17-18:


I started a fundraiser called The 50 in 52 Project, with all proceeds going to (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I challenged myself to read 50 books in one year, starting on June 1st, 2018. (Visit the 50 in 52 Facebook Page:


It works just like those reading drives many of us had in grade school. I am asking folks if they would like to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book that I complete in one year. You could pledge $1 per book, $2, $5, whatever amount you like! To pledge, just click here: MAKE A PLEDGE. You can pledge anytime between now and May 31st of next year.

At the end of my reading year (June 1st, 2019), I will send each sponsor an invoice payable via PayPal or credit/debit card. You can also pay by check. I will send you a receipt afterward.

All proceeds go to (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network), an organization that helps those whose voices are often silenced or ignored. All funds go into a bank account specifically set up for The 50 in 52 Project, PO Box 31, 19002. Just click HERE to pledge and become one of my sponsors.


You can track my progress on this blog, on my GoodReads page, or on the Facebook pages listed below. You can also visit my fundraiser page on


If you have any questions, contact me at or through my Facebook pages:


If you’re curious about my list of 50 books, I pasted it below. It comes to around 18,274 pages!

Michael-Patrick’s List of Books for The 50 in 52 Project 2018

Rules of the List:

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

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; the list of stories is posted at the bottom)
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)
19. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)
20. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
21. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)
22. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
23. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by T. H. Lawrence (1928)
24. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)
25. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
26. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
27. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947; a play)
28. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951)
29. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)
30. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952 – NOT the science-fiction novel)
31. The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953; a play)
32. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
33. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (originally published in 3 volumes 1954-1955)
34. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
35. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
36. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1966)
37. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
38. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977)
39. Sophie’s Choice by William Stryon (1979)
40. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver (1988; short story collection)
41. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (1988; a graphic novel)
42. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (1989)
43. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)
44. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1995)
45. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott (1997)
46. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998)

47. Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (1998; a screenplay)
48. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates (2000)
49. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2003)
50. Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)


Edgar Allan Poe: 25 Selected Short Stories

1. “Metzengerstein”
2. “Ms. Found in a Bottle”
3. “Berenice”
4. “Morella”
5. “Ligeia”
6. “The Man that Was Used Up”
7. “The Fall of the House of Usher”
8. “William Wilson”
9. “The Man of the Crowd”
10. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
11. “A Descent into the Maelström”
12. “The Oval Portrait”
13. “The Masque of the Red Death”
14. “The Mystery of Marie Roget”
15. “The Pit and the Pendulum”
16. “The Tell-Tale Heart”
17. “The Gold-Bug”
18. “The Black Cat”
19. “The Premature Burial”
20. “The Purloined Letter”
21. “The Imp of the Perverse”
22. “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”
23. “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”
24. “The Cask of Amontillado”
25. “Hop-Frog”



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