September 6, 2010 by jessperriam
So I haven’t achieved anything else on my Thirty before 30 list recently. There’s still time. Heeeeeeeeeaps of time.
But number 19 on the list is a long term project: Read all the Popular Penguin books.
FYI, there are 174 Popular Penguin books.
There will probably be more by the time 2015 rocks up.
I’ve read ooooooh about 12 of them. And I own but haven’t read (or finished) a similar amount.
So Popular Penguin books come at about $9.95 a pop. That’s at least a $1500 investment over 5 years.
But you can help!
You can donate one of the books to me in the form of birthday, Christmas, merry flight/train ride / bus trip times, or just because gifts.
I’ll give you a lovely review of the book, and when I’m done with it, I’ll donate the paperback to the local charity shop so the love is shared all around.
Warm, fuzzy hey?
Here’s what I’ve read so far:
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
Going Solo – Roald Dahl
Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
One Hundred Great Books in Haiku – David Bader
Journey from Venice – Ruth Cracknell
The Bodysurfers – Robert Drewe
Hell’s Angels – Hunter S Thompson
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Here are the books I have but haven’t read yet:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Regeneration – Pat Barker
South: The Endurance Expedition – Sir Ernest Shackleton
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
Book of Longing – Leonard Cohen
From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming
Holding the Man – Timothy Conigrave
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D H Lawrence
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
Summer Crossing – Truman Capote
The rest are all waiting to be read…