Countdown Challenge

countdownchallsmallIf I complete 3m’s Countdown Challenge, I’ll have gotten through a lot of books that have been languishing on my shelf. The goal 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. Lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09. Here’s what I’ve read and plan to read



  1. Dating Jesus by Susan Campbell
  2. Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg (completed May 24, 2009)
  3. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (completed May 31, 2009)
  4. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist (completed June 7, 2009)
  5. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (completed June 11, 2009)
  6. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (completed June 21, 2009)
  7. In the Kitchen by Monica Ali (completed June 28, 2009)
  8. The Gifts of War by Mackenzie Ford (completed July 2, 2009)
  9. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha (completed July 7, 2009)


  1. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
  2. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  3. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  4. Touchstone by Laurie R. King
  5. Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall
  6. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  7. The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretzer
  8. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie


  1. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  2. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
  3. Slam by Nick Hornby (completed November 4, 2008)
  4. Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda (completed November 11, 2008)
  5. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver (completed November 23, 2008)
  6. 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization by Sam Stall (completed December 9, 2008)
  7. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (completed December 19, 2008)


  1. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
  2. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  3. What Is the What? by Dave Eggers
  4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  5. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon (completed Jan. 28, 2009)
  6. The Great Starvation Experiment


  1. Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
  2. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
  3. The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz
  4. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  5. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (completed Apr. 5, 2009)


  1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (completed Mar. 28, 2009)
  2. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors (completed April 10, 2009)
  3. Swallowing the Sun by David Park (completed July 31, 2009)
  4. Mistress of the Elgin Marbles


  1. The Bounty by Caroline Alexander (completed December 20, 2008)
  2. Love and Hate in Jamestown
  3. The Meaning of Everything


  1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (completed Jan. 9, 2009)
  2. Almost French by Sarah Turnbull (completed February 20, 2009)


  1. The Constant Gardener
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