My 999 book list ~ a work in progress!

9 books in 9 categories for 2009.

I first saw this idea here in 2008, last summer, and never got around to putting my list together. This year I am more prepared. I am still missing quite a few but I think it is a good start anyway. The list is for the entire year, and mostly for me, besides the one category called "read aloud". I let the kids pick those books, straight from our shelves.

I added the initials of the book clubs next to the selection related to them (SM is for Sound Mind, Sound Mom Club; WRL for the Well-Read Ladies, NC for Next Chapter).

Here are my selections so far:


  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Covey (SM)
  • For Women Only by Feldhahn (SM)
  • Last Child in the Woods by (SM)
  • The Creative Family (SM)
  • Playful Parenting by Cohen (SM)
  • Above All, Be Kind by Weil (SM)
  • Your Money or Your Life by Dominguez (SM)
  • It's All Too Much by Walsh (SM)

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew


  • Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol
  • 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail Meekin (NC)
  • Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae
  • Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
  • Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects
  • Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray
  • Amy Butler's Midwest Modern: A Fresh Design Spirit for the Modern Lifestyle

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens


  • Dewey by V. Myron
  • Lust for Life by Irving Stone
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (WRL)

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky
  • Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • something by Jodi Picoult (any suggestions?)
  • First Light by C. Baxter
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (WRL)

Read Aloud

  • One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • The People of Sparks By Jeanne Duprau

Youth Novels

  • Eldest
  • Brisingr

??? (I haven't decided what other category to pick)


  1. I loved doing the 888 challenge last year. I think you'll be amazed at how many more books you read because of the challenge.

    I plan to read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

    I'm currently reading Animal Vegetable Miracle.

    I have several of the same titles on my list... Fun that you're doing this too! :)

  2. Hey Alex...I love this idea too! What about a "Canadian" category...some great choices to choose from!

  3. I read The Catcher In The Rye for the first time a few years ago and I loved it. It made me laugh out loud (always a good thing) but the best thing is that Holden's story is just as relevant today as it was when it was first written, maybe more so.

    I've read The Golden Compass too, and I am impressed that you will be reading it aloud - it is a pretty hefty book!

    I've only read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. It was okay, but I didn't really like her writing so I probably won't read any more of her books. Sorry I can't be of more help there!

    Happy reading!


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