Monday, July 01, 2013



This past weekend I read the last book on the 1960 list for My Big Fat Reading Project. It took me 10 months to complete the list of 33 books not read before (of course I also read current releases, reading group picks and the books I reviewed.) I definitely got the feel of a new decade. Sex! Psychology. Except for a couple exceptions, religion was distinctly missing. Here is the list. Books with a * are reviewed here on the blog. You can use the search function to find them.

Advise and Consent, Allen Drury*
Hawaii, James A Michener
The Leopard, Guiseppe di Lampedusa*
The Chapman Report, Irving Wallace*
Ourselves to Know, John O'Hara*
The Constant Image, Marcia Davenport*
The Lovely Ambition, Mary Ellen Chase*
The Listener, Taylor Caldwell*
Trustee From the Toolroom, Nevil Shute*
Sermons and Soda Water, John O'Hara*

PULITZER PRIZE: Advise and Consent, Allen Drury*
NEWBERY AWARD: Onion John, Joseph Krum*
CALDECOTT AWARD: Nine Days to Christmas, Marie Hall & Aurora Labastida*
NBA: Goodbye Columbus, Philip Roth*
HUGO AWARD: Starship Troopers, Robert A Heinlein*
EDGAR AWARD: The Hours Before Dawn, Celia Fremlin*
The Bachelors, Muriel Spark*
The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Muriel Spark*
A Burnt Out Case, Graham Greene*
The Child Buyer, John Hersey*
Clea, Lawrence Durrell*
The Country Girls, Edna O'Brien
The Dean's Watch, Elizabeth Goudge
The Kingdom and the Cave, Joan Aiken*
The Last Temptation of Christ, Nikos Kazantzakis*
The Magician of Lublin, Isaac Bashevis Singer*
Meet the Austins, Madeleine L'Engle*
No Longer at Ease, Chinua Achebe*
The Picturegoers, David Lodge*
The Prime of Life, Simone de Beauvoir*
Rabbit Run, John Updike*
Set This House on Fire, William Styron*
The Sot-Weed Factor, John Barth*
South of the Angels, Jessamyn West*
Two Weeks in Another Town, Irwin Shaw*
The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O'Connor*
Welcome to Hard Times, E L Doctorow*

Do you have a favorite book from 1960 that I missed?


  1. Way to go! Another year down and you read so many other wonderful books in between. I think your site should be my next reading list. I just drool over all the great books you've been reading. I may have to just take whatever is in the pile from the library, scratch it and start over with better choices.

    So, how many books on your 1961 list?

  2. Thanks! That's what I love about libraries. I can go in there and satisfy huge amounts of book lust without spending a dime. If I don't ending up reading them all, I can just take them back. I've been known to check out books numerous times before I ever read them.
    1961 has 35 books I have not yet read on the list. If I read two a week I could get through the list in 4 months. But that never happens!

  3. Wow...what a great accomplishment.

    Libraries are the best. :)

    THANKS for stopping by my blog and commenting.

    Love your blog. New GFC Follower.

    Is there a way to follow by e-mail?

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  4. Thanks Elizabeth. Hope to have a way for you to follow by email sometime this week.

  5. THANKS. Can you e-mail me when that is possible please?


    E-mail is on my blog.