Perpetual Challenges


A Non-Fiction Adventure 
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Time frame/Goal Dates: January 3, 2016 - January 3, 2026

The List
Categorized, but in no particular order. I own every book on this list.

1. Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust without Reason by Anne Roiphe
2. David Bowie: Starman by Paul Trynka
3. Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan
4. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
5. John Adams by David McCullough
6. King Arthur by Norma Lorre Goodrich
7. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Riesen Read 2015 - not reviewed
8. Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford
Alison Weir
9. Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings (Weir)
10. Queen Isabella (Weir)
11. The Princes in the Tower (Weir)
12. Marie Antoinette by Evelyne Lever
13. Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd
15. Vincent Price by Victoria Price
16. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade Read February 2019
17. Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
18. The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy by Donald R. Hettinga Read 2015 - not reviewed
19. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
20. The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis-A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
21. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
22. A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins
23. Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford
24. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch
25. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
26. All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith
27. Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
28. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
29. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

30. Sagas of Icelanders
31. In Search of Dracula: History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu
32. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

33. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
34. The Burning of Bridget Cleary by Angela Bourke
35. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
36. In the Footsteps of Alexander by Michael Wood
37. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
38. The Murder of Helen Jewitt by Patricia Cline Cohen
39. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
40. The Queen's Necklace by Frances Mossiker
41. Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen Read 2015 - not reviewed
42. She-Wolves by Helen Castor
43. The Vikings by Robert Ferguson
44. The Life and Death of a Druid Prince by Anne Ross and Don Robins
45. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
46. The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
47. Royal Panoply: Brief Lives of the English Monarchs by Carolly Erickson
48. The Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe
49. Chronicle of the Roman Republic by Philip Matyszak
50. Chronicle of the Pharaohs by Peter A. Clayton
51. Imagining Atlantis by Richard Ellis
52. Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World by David King
53. The Vanished Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World by Luciano Canfora
54. The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
55. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
56. Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
57. The Enemy Within: 2000 Years of Witch Hunting in the Western World by John Demos
58. The Salem Witch Trials: A Day by Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege by Marilynne K. Roach
59. The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly
60. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
61. The Histories by Herodotus  Finished April 2020
62. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
63. Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
64. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

65. A History of Ghosts by Peter Ackroyd
66. On Haunted Ground: The Green Ghost and Other Spirits of Cemetery Road by Lisa Rogers
67. Grave's End by Elaine Mercado

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Lectures on the History of Philosophy
68. Greek Philosophy to Plato (Hegel)
69. Plato and the Platonists (Hegel)
70. Medieval and Modern Philosophy (Hegel)
71. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
72. Writings by Thomas Jefferson

73. Living the Secular Life by Phil Zuckerman
74. Forged: Writing in the Name of God by Bart D. Ehrman
75. God's Problem by Bart D. Ehrman
76. Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Harry Lincoln
77. The Jesus Mysteries by Tim Freke and Peter Gandy
78. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
79. Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin
80. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture by John Shelby Spong
81. Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong

82. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder by Holly Tucker
83. Gods, Graves, and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology by C.W. Ceram
84. The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
85. The Illustrated Origin of Species by Charles Darwin--Abridged and Introduced by Richard E. Leakey (will read in conjunction with the original Origin of Species)
86. Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller
87. The Lost Tomb by Kent R. Weeks, Ph.D.
88. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
89. Neanderthal: Neanderthal Man and the Story of Human Origins by Paul Jordan
90. Dinosaur Hunters: Eccentric Amateurs and Obsessed Professionals by David A.E. Spalding

91. Venice: Pure City by Peter Ackroyd

Women's Studies
92. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
93. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
94. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

95. 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
96. The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth
97. History of American Literature by Reuben Post Halleck, MA (my edition was printed in 1911! It's a wonderful old book.)

Additions or Alternates
98. Werewolf by Montague Summers
99. Vampires and Vampirism by Montague Summers
100. The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius  April 2019
101. Gospel Fictions by Randall Helms
102. Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
103. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The Fantasy Project: 101 Books in 10 Years
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Time frame/Goal Dates: August 15, 2013 - August 15, 2023 Starting over with a revised list and new dates - January 15, 2019 - January 15, 2029

Titles in red are rereads.

1. The Smoke Thief, Shana Abe
2. The Dream Thief, Shana Abe
3. Queen of Dragons, Shana Abe
4. The Treasure Keeper, Shana Abe
5. The Darkness That Comes Before, R. Scott Bakker
6. The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks
7. The Wishsong of Shannara, Terry Brooks
8. Magic Kingdom for Sale...Sold, Terry Brooks
9. The Black Unicorn, Terry Brooks
10. Wizard at Large, Terry Brooks
11. The Tangle Box, Terry Brooks
12. Witches' Brew, Terry Brooks
13. A Princess of Landover, Terry Brooks
14. The Mirror of her Dreams, Stephen R. Donaldson
15. A Man Rides Through, Stephen R. Donaldson
16. Pawn of Prophecy, David Eddings
17. Magician's Gambit, David Eddings
18. Queen of Sorcery, David Eddings
19. Guardians of the West, David Eddings
20. King of the Murgos, David Eddings
21. Demon Lord of Karanda, David Eddings
22. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
23. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
24. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
25. Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
26. Good Omens, Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett  May 2019
27. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, Amanda Grange
28. Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
29. Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris
30. Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
31. Club Dead, Charlaine Harris
32. The Briar King, Greg Keyes
33. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
34. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin
35. The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. LeGuin
36. The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. LeGuin
37. Voices, Ursula K. LeGuin
38. Lavinia, Ursula K. LeGuin  September 2019
39. Child of the Prophecy, Juliet Marillier
40. Son of the Shadows, Juliet Marillier
41. Heir to the Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier
42. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
43. A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin
44. A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
45. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R.R. Martin
46. Fevre Dream, George R.R. Martin
47. Beauty, Robin McKinley
48. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
49. Spindle's End, Robin McKinley
50. Deerskin, Robin McKinley
51. Dragonhaven, Robin McKinley
52. The Wiseman's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
53. The Doors of Stone, Patrick Rothfuss
54. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
55. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede
56. Searching for Dragons, Patricia Wrede
57. Calling on Dragons, Patricia Wrede
58. Talking to Dragons, Patricia Wrede
59. Prophecy of the Sisters, Michelle Zink
60. Song for the Basilisk, Patricia McKillip
61. The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip
62. The Tower at Stony Wood, Patricia McKillip
63. Winter Rose, Patricia McKillip 
64. Geist, Philippa Ballantine
65. Spectyr, Philippa Ballantine
66. Wrayth, Philippa Ballantine
67. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke  June 2019
68. Grendel's Mother, Diana Stout
69. Seventh Son/The Last Apprentice (Book 1, Revenge of the Witch, and Book 2, Curse of the Bane), Joseph Delaney
70. Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
71. The Greyfriar, Clay/Susan Griffith
72. The Riftwalker, Clay/Susan Griffith
73. The King Makers, Clay/Susan Griffith
74. The Twelve, Justin Cronin
75. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods, A.S. Byatt
76. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
77. The Magician King, Lev Grossman
78. The Fall, Bethany Griffin
79. The King of Bones and Ashes, J.D. Horn  April 2019
80. Prospero Lost, L. Jagi Lamplighter
81. Prospero in Hell, L. Jagi Lamplighter
82. Prospero Regained, L. Jagi Lamplighter
83. Circe, Madeline Miller
84. The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
85. Slade House, David Mitchell
86. The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
87. The White Mare, Jules Watson
88. The Dawn Stag, Jules Watson
89. The Swan Maiden, Jules Watson
90. Hotel Transylvania, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
91. The Map of Time, Felix J. Palma
92. The Map of the Sky, Felix J. Palma
93. The Giver, Lois Lowry  April 2019
94. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley  February 2019
95. Necroscope, Brian Lumley  April 2019
96. Arthur the King, Allan Massie
97. The Lives of the Monster Dogs, Kirsten Bakis
98. Ice, Sarah Beth Durst
99. Dragonlance Chronicles (1-3 omnibus), Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman
100. The River of No Return, Bee Ridgway
101. Something Red, Douglas Nicholas

The Never-Ending Anne Rice Challenge (perpetual challenge)
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Read all the Anne Rice books! Books I've read are in red. (Shocking that I have not read them all since she's my favorite author.)

Vampire Chronicles
Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Memnoch the Devil (1995)

The Vampire Armand (1998)
Merrick (2000)
Blood and Gold (2001)
Blackwood Farm (2002)
Blood Canticle (2003)
Prince Lestat (2014)
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
Blood Communion (2018)

New Tales of the Vampires
Pandora (1998)
Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

The Mayfair Witches
The Witching Hour (1990)
Lasher (1993)
Taltos (1994)

The Life of Christ Books
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)

Songs of the Seraphim
Angel Time (2009)
Of Love and Evil (2010)

Wolf Gift Chronicles
The Wolf Gift (2012)
The Wolves of Midwinter (2013)

Sleeping Beauty Stories (since these are erotica, I may never read them)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
Beauty's Punishment (1984)
Beauty's Release (1985)
Beauty's Kingdom (2015)

Standalone Novels
The Feast of All Saints (1979)
Cry to Heaven (1982)
Exit to Eden (1985)
Belinda (1986)
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (1989)
Servant of the Bones (1996)
Violin (1997)
The Passion of Cleopatra (2017)

Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (2008)

The Stephen King Challenge (perpetual challenge)
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Books I plan to read (have read) for this challenge. Titles in red are books I have read.

Billy Summers - 2021
Later - 2021
If It Bleeds - 2020
The Institute - 2019
Elevation - 2018
The Outsider - 2018
Sleeping Beauties (w/ Owen King) 2017
Gwendy's Button Box (novella written w/ Richard Chizmar) February, 2017
End of Watch - June, 2016
Finders Keepers - June, 2015
Revival - November, 2014
Mr. Mercedes - June, 2014
A Good Marriage - 2014
Joyland - June, 2013
Doctor Sleep - 2013
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole - April, 2012
11/22/63 - November, 2011
Under the Dome - November, 2009
Duma Key - January, 2008
Lisey's Story - October, 2006
Cell - January, 2006
The Colorado Kid - October, 2005
The Dark Tower - September, 2004
The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah - June, 2004
The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla - November, 2003
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three - June, 2003
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - June, 2003
The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands - June, 2003
The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass - June, 2003
From A Buick 8 - 2002
Black House - September, 2001
Dreamcatcher - March, 2001
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel - 2000
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - April, 1999
Bag of Bones - September, 1998

Desperation - 1996
Rose Madder - 1995 (I marked this as read, but I never finished so will go back to it)
Insomnia - 1994
Dolores Claiborne - 1993
Gerald's Game - 1992
Needful Things - 1991
The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition - May, 1990
The Dark Half - November, 1989
The Tommyknockers - November, 1987
Misery - June, 1987
The Eyes of the Dragon - February, 1987 (currently reading)
IT - September, 1986
Cycle of the Werewolf - April, 1985
The Talisman - November, 1984
Christine - April, 1983
Pet Sematary - 1983
Cujo - September, 1981

Firestarter - September, 1980
The Dead Zone - August, 1979
The Shining - 1977
'Salem's Lot - October, 1975
Carrie - April, 1974

Bachman Novels
The Bachman Books - October, 1985
Blaze - 2007
The Long Walk - 1979
Rage - 1977

The Regulators - 1996
Roadwork - 1981
The Running Man -1982
Thinner - November, 1984

Short Story CollectionsFlight or Fright - 2018
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams - November, 2015
Different Seasons - August, 1982
Everything's Eventual - March, 2002
Four Past Midnight - September, 1990
Full Dark, No Stars - November, 2010
Hearts in Atlantis - September, 1999
Just After Sunset - November, 2008
Night Shift - 1978
Nightmares & Dreamscapes - October, 1993
Skeleton Crew - June, 1985
Stephen King Goes to the Movies - January, 2009
Creepshow (graphic novel/short stories) 1982

Non-FictionDanse Macabre - 1981
GUNS - January, 2013
Nightmares in the Sky - 1988
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - 2000
Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing - 2000

Sorry, Right Number - October, 1993
Storm of the Century - February, 1999

The Michener Challenge (perpetual challenge)
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Books I plan to read (have read) for this challenge. Titles in red are books I have read.

Hawaii (1959)
The Source (1965)
Centennial (1974)
Chesapeake (1978)
The Covenant (1980)
 (attempted - will return to it at a later date)
Poland (1983)
Texas (1986)
Legacy (1987)
Alaska (1988)
Journey (1988)
Caribbean (1989)
Mexico (1992)
Miracle in Seville (1995)

The Novel (1991)
James A Michener's Writers Handbook (1992)
The World is My Home (1992)
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