Title: Flowers for Algernon
Author: Daniel Keyes
Finished: November 7
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publish Year: 1959
It’s been a very long time since I read this, so I don’t really consider it a re-read.
It’s such an amazing story. Charlie was born with mental defects and a group of scientists arrange for him to have a surgery they believe will make him smarter. It is an amazing journey of a man who knew so little and was always happy, becoming smarter than even the doctors without understanding how or why things are.
Charlie’s intelligence increases at such a rapid speed he can’t keep up with the progress and becomes confused as to why certain things are the way they are. It takes courage for Charlie to finally stand up to the people who have treated him terrible in the past and show them that he has been a human being all along, with feelings, and they have been treating him only as a test subject.
The emotional roller coaster Charlie faces increases as he learns that maybe the operation only has a temporary effect and he may return to his previous mental state, or even worse.
Absolutely loved this book.
The goal is to read 50 (or as many as you want) new authors in the year 2009. Since I already know a majority of my list next year consists of authors I have already read, 50 may be pushing it. We’ll see.
- Rhonda Byrne – The Secret
- Adair Lara – You Know You’re a Writer When
- Herman Melville – Moby Dick
- Candace Bushnell – One Fifth Avenue
- Holly Black - Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide
- Aesopus – Aesop’s Fables
- Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
- Bernhard Schlink – The Reader
- Brenda Ueland – If You Want to Write
- Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis I
- C.S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew
- David Thomson – Have You Seen…?
- Jane Smiley – A Thousand Acres
- Thomas Hardy - Tess of the D’Urbervilles
- Art Spiegelman – Maus
- Richard Nelson Bolles – the 1996 What Color is Your Parachute?
- J.D. Robb – Naked in Death
- Jack Heffron – The Writer’s Idea Book
- Charlaine Harris – Dead Until Dark
- Frank Miller – Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Vol. 1)
- Christopher Moore – Fool
- Catherine Hardwicke – Twilight Director’s Notebook
- Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
- Amy Sohn – Sex and the City: the Movie
- Katherine Center – Everyone is Beautiful
- John C. Kirkland – Love Letters of Great Men Vol. 1
- Ken Follett – The Pillars of the Earth
- Steve Niles – 30 Days of Night
- Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet
- Kaye Gibbons – Ellen Foster
- Andrea Buchanan – The Daring Book for Girls
- Meg Gardiner – The Dirty Secrets Club
- Meg Cabot – Size 12 is Not Fat
- Alan Moore – Watchmen
- Fannie Flagg – Fried Green Tomatoes
- Ian McEwan – Atonement
- Scott Westerfled – Uglies
- Charles Frazier – Cold Mountain
- Jerry Bridges – Transforming Grace
- Nancy Balbirer – Take Your Shirt Off and Cry
- Norman Maclean – A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
- Seth Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- John Grogan – Marley and Me
- Carol Higgins Clark – Decked
- Tom Rath – Strengths Finder 2.0
- Andy Andrews – The Noticer
- Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha
- Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love
- James Allen – As Man Thinketh
- Sam Parker – Smile and Move
I ran across some Mini-Challenges over at a blog hosted by Becky – HERE. What I like most about these is that you only have to read 2 books from the authors she has listed. I’ve chosen three of these so far for next year.
Scott Westerfeld Mini-Challenge
1. Uglies – finished JUNE 9
2. Pretties – finished NOV 14
Daniel Defoe Mini-Challenge
1. Robinson Crusoe – finished JAN 23
2. Roxana – finished OCT 22
John Steinbeck Mini-Challenge
1. East of Eden – finished MAR 15
2. Tortilla Flat – finished MAR 19