Sandy's 56 for 2006

She doesn't want to make a big stink about her own private participation in the 50 books challenge, but I have to make one here. Not only did she read 56 books, but many of them are very impressive books, including The Iliad and The Odyssey! Check it out!

Instead of writing a review of each book, she has created a simple rating system:
F=how did this even get published?
D=not recommended
A=this book rocks

1. Until I find you by John Irving (A: maybe my second favorite Irving book)
2. The God of Small Things by Arundati Roy (B: this book is too sad)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (A)
4. Finbar's Hotel by a consortium of Irish writer (C)
5. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (A: a repeat)
6. How to Practice by The Dalai Lama (C)
7. More Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg (B)
8. Morning, Noon and Night by Spalding Grey (B)
9. Border Passages by Leila Ahmed (B-I learned a lot)
10. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (D: good idea, bad writing)
11. Persepolis by Marjan Satrapi (C)
12. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (C)
13. Interpreter of Maladies by J. Lahiri (B)
14. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (A: best book ever. a repeat)
15. The Known World by E. Jones (B)
16. Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic (B)
17. Jarhead by A. Swofford (C)
18. A Parrot in the Oven by V. Martinez (C)
19. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan (B: I learned a lot)
20. Don't Play in the Sun by M. Golden (B)
21. Chickamagua by S. Foote (C)
22. Ladies Night at Finbar Hotel (C)
23. The Bluest eye by Toni Morrison (B: a repeat)
24. Sundiata by D. T. Niane (D)
25. Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoff Canada (A: an inspiration)
26. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Natisi (C: writing is too academic)
27. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (B: it's growing on me. a repeat.)
28. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (C)
29. The Iliad by Homer (A)
30. Fires in the Mirror by Anna Devear Smith (C)
31. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (B: a repeat)
32. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah (B)
33. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (B)
34. Snakes and Earrings by H. Kanehara (D)
35. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (A)
36. The Giant's House by E. McCracken (C)
37. I Capture the Castle by D. Smith (B)
38. Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol (B: this one is too sad)
39. Flying with the Eagle, Racing with the Great Bear by J. Bruchac (A-)
40. Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (A-)
41. Doctors Cry Too by F. Boehm (D: kind of corny)
42. Farewell to Manzanar by J. Wakatsuki-Houston (B+)
43. The Odyssey by Homer (A)
44. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt (B+)
45. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck (C)
46. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (B)
47. Lord of the Rings I (B)
48. Lord of the Rings II (B)
49. Lord of the Rings III by J.R.R. Tolkein (B)
50. 'Tis by Frank McCourt (B-)
51. Animal Farm by George Orwell (C)
52. The Miner by N. Soseki (A-)
53. Wholly Communion by assorted poets (B)
54. Satanic Verses by Salaman Rushdie (B+)
55. The Crucible by Arthur Miller (C)
56. Rabbit Proof Fence by D. Pilkinton (C-)



Anonymous said...

B's for Lord of the Rings, and a D for Pedagogy of the Oppressed????

Sandy, you're breaking my heart!!!!!

Anonymous said...


Olman Feelyus said...

Really impressive. You guys need to get cable or the internet or something. We need a handicap!

I haven't read most of the books on her list, but her grades for the ones I have read surprise me. A C for Animal Farm?!

dsgran said...

sorry- didn't mean to post those two first quotes anonomously. That was me :). Sorry I missed you guys while we were in town. hope to see you over the summer, or maybe in china! :)


Jarrett said...


nice work.