I have taken part in the GLBT Challenge 2010 after reading about it on Portrait of a Woman.

The Rules and Guidelines, which can be read on the GLBT-Reading Blog, are as follows:
Rules/Guidelines:

The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors.

The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:

Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.

You don’t need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

I chose the Rainbow Level.  I will post my books as regular reviews, but tagged with “GLBT Challenge” for ease of reference/research.
Completed (Prior to Joining Challenge):
1. Marc Acito – How I Paid for College (01/08/2010)
2. Lev Grossman – The Magicians (01/22/2010)
3. Bret Easton Ellis – The Rules of Attraction (01/25/2010)
4. William S. Burroughs – The Soft Machine (01/29/2010)
5. Arthur Rimbaud – A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat (02/16/2010)
6. Edmund White – The Beautiful Room is Empty (02/21/2010)
7. Christopher Isherwood – A Single Man (04/01/2010)
8. Anthony Burgess – Nothing Like the Sun (04/16/2010)
9. Dennis Cooper – The Dream Police (04/23/2010)
10. Dennis Cooper – Jerk (05/01/2010)
11. Dennis Cooper – Idols (05/01/2010)

Completed (After Joining Challenge):
1. Burroughs, William S. – Junky (08/01/2010)
2. Cooper, Dennis – Safe (08/22/2010)
Total Completed So Far: 13

2010 To Be Read (TBR) Challenge:
The Goal:
To read 12 books in 12 months.
Specifics:
Each of these 12 books must have been on my bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year.
Caveat:
Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.
The Twelve Chosen:
01. Marc Acito – How I Paid for College (Completed 1/8/2010)
02. William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair (Completed 7/23/10)
03. Richard Adams – Watership Down (Completed 6/20/2010)
04. Ernest Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls (Completed 1/17/2010)
05. Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Idiot (Completed 2/14/2010)
06. Kurt Vonnegut – Sirens of Titan (Completed 5/30/2010)
07. Bret Easton Ellis – Rules of Attraction (Completed 1/24/2010)
08. Edmund White – The Beautiful Room is Empty (Completed 2/21/2010)
09. Graham Greene – Brighton Rock
10. John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath (Completed 4/30/2010)
11. Elizabeth Bowen – The House in Paris (Completed 3/28/2010)
12. T.A. Barron – The Wings of Merlin (Completed 1/10/2010)
The Two Alternates:
1. Dennis Cooper – Dream Police (Completed 4/23/2010)
2. Charles Dickens – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die:

Most book bloggers are probably familiar with the infamous: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. I picked up a copy of this compilation a few years ago, and I have been plugging away at the list ever since. As I am getting close to scratching off my first set of “100 completed,” I thought I would compile and post my list in an easily accessible place.
FYI: I am working through the 2006 edition, as that was the edition I bought, and from which I have been pulling from.  I am not going to adjust my list with each new edition, becuase that would mean continually adding new books and losing books I’ve already completed.  Which is insane.
My List (Progress: 96 of 1,001)
2000s
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
33. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
54. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
1900s
87. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
97. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
116. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
180. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
183. Possession – A.S. Byatt
195. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
201. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
254. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
256. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
271. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
288. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
301. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
303. The World According to Garp – John Irving
340. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
360. The Wild Boys – William S. Burroughs
375. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
411. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
413. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
427. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
433. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
436. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
437. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
445. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
452. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
456. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
461. Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs
477. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
484. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
494. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
508. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
515. Junkie – William S. Burroughs
516. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
521. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
563. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
564. Animal Farm – George Orwell
574. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
587. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
589. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
592. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
608. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
609. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
610. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
623. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
629. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
636. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
638. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
663. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
667. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
671. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
673. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
686. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
689. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
750. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
752. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
768. Young Törless – Robert Musil
780. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
784. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
1800s
788. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
801. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
809. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
821. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
829. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
840. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
861. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
866. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
876. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
879. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
889. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
894. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
896. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
932. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
938. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1700s
959. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
970. Candide – Voltaire
987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
Pre-1700
994. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly