The 2014 Reading Challenge for the Morning Reader

This year I have challenged myself to read 7 'classic' authors who are new to me, 50 books in sum, a set list of foreign language books, and re-read some of my favorite books from when I was a child. In this post I will keep track of these, and also link to reviews as I read them. The lists are far from final, but I thought I'd put them out there already.

'Classic' authors shall be defined as authors both my parents have heard of and shall only include authors who are no longer living. Stipulation: if they are familiar with a book they have written, but not the author by name, it counts. Short stories will not count toward any of these challenges.* Children's books may be 'short' in comparison to books I read regularly today, but they still count toward these challenges.

All books read this year, in order read:


  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank. L. Baum, Narrated by Anne Hathaway
    (Shoggoth's Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman)
  2. Rhythm of Three by Kelly Jamieson
  3. Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
  4. Daughter of Camelot by Glynis Cooney
  5. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  6. Catch My Breath by M.J. O'Shea
  7. College Boys by Daisy Harris
  8. Unteachable by Leah Raeder
  9. Artificial Moonlight by  D.J. Manly and A.J. Llewellyn
    (First Impressions by Josephine Myles)
  10. Sibling Rivals by Summer Devon
  11. Dark Edge of Honor by Aleksandr Voinov and Rhianon Etzweiler, Narrated by Jack LeFleur
  12. Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad
  13. Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino
  14. Katherine by Anya Seton, Narrated by Wanda McCaddon

Seven 'classic' authors whom I have never read before:
  1. Leo Tolstoy
  2. Gustave Flaubert
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Some of my favorite children's books, to be re-read:
  • Blitzcat 
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  • Unicorns of Balinor: Sunchaser's Quest by Mary Stanton
  • Sort of Forever 
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman 
  • Witch Quest

Foreign language books:
  • Chéri by Colette
  • Austerlitz by Sebald
  • Der Vorleser by Bernard Schlink (The Reader)
*I may review these none-the-less.