Friday, January 2, 2009

Finding those Card-Recommended Titles

I have tried to be as helpful as possible. But this is very exhausting work. So be kind. Be patient. Be understanding. And especially be forgiving if I've misspelled an author's name.

Practically all 'eligible' books (98.5%) can be found by browsing the list below AND by browsing the August archives. There will be some overlap. But there are some in the archives that I was just too tired to retype and alphabetize. There were some titles on OSC's site I didn't bother with. For example, I didn't think "History of Locusts" would top anyone's challenge list. But if you want to scan his site yourself, you may.

Authors A-to-Z for Cardathon Challenge

Alcott, Louisa M. Little Women.
***New*** Alexander, Lloyd. All of his books.
Alpert, Michael. London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story.
Alterman, Eric, It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen
Ambrose, Stephen. To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian
Asimov, Isaac. All.
Austen, Jane. All of her books.
Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead. Midnight Magic.
Babbit, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting.
Barber, Richard. King Arthur: Hero and Legend.
Barnard, Robert. Death of a Mystery Writer.
Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan.
Barry, Dave and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatchers. Peter and the Shadow Thieves.
***New*** Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn.
***New***Beaton, M.C. any of the Haimish Macbeth novels.
***New***Beckett, Galen. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent.
Bell, Hilari. The Wizard Test. The Goblin Wood.
Birzer, Bradley J. J.R.R. Tolien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle Earth.
Block, Lawrence. All of his books.
Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Millions.
Bradbury, Ray. All.
Brennan, Herbie. Faerie Wars.
Bronte sisters. All.
Brooks, Terry. Sword of Shannara. New
Burke, James Lee. All.
Burke, Jan. All.
Burridge, Kate. Blooming English.
Chandler, Raymond. All.
Channing, Carol. Just Lucky I Guess
Churchill, Winston. History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
Christie, Agatha. All.
Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy's Little Girl. Kitchen Privileges.
Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
Coben, Harlan. Tell No One. No Second Chance.
Cohen, Eliot A. Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime.
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander.
Colón, Raúl. Orson Blasts Off!
Connelly, Michael. All of his books.
Coville, Bruce. William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Crais, Robert. All.
Crichton, Michael. State of Fear.
Crystal, David. The Stories of English.
Cussler, Clive. Sahara.
de Lint, Charles. All.
de Vries, Hilary. So Five Minutes Ago.
diCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn Dixie.
Dickens, Charles. All.
Dickinson, Peter and Robin McKinley. Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits.
***New*** Dickinson, Peter. Some Deaths Before Dying.
Dodge, David. Plunder of the Sun.
***New*** Donaldson, Stephen R. Thomas Covenant books.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. All.
***New*** Downie, Ruth. Medicus. Terra Incognita.
Elliot, Kate. All.
Ellison, Harlan. (ed?) Dangerous Visions.
Evanovich, Janet. All.
Everitt, Anthony. Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician.
Farland, David. All. [Especially Runelords series]
Fatsis, Stefan. Word Freak.
Ferrnandez-Armesto, Felipe. Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food
Flewelling, Lynn. The Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior, The Oracle's Queen.
Flynn, Michael F. Eifelheim.
Fonda, Jane. My Life So Far.
Gaiman, Neil. All of his works.
Gemmell, David. All. But especially: Sword in the Storm; Midnight Falcon; Ravenheart; Stormrider
Grafton, Sue. All of her works.
Graves, Robert. I, Claudius. Claudius the God.
Grisham, John. All.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. All. (His review of the Found.)
Hale, Shannon. Goose Girl. Enna Burning. Princess Academy.
Hammett, Dashiell. All.
Harrison, Mette Ivie. Mira, Mirror. The Princess and the Hound.
Heinlein, Robert A. All.
Herbert, Frank. All. But Especially Dune.
Herman, Arthur. How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything In It
Hiaasen, Carl. Nature Girl.
Heinlein, Robert. All.
***New*** Higgins, Jack. Sure Fire.
Hillerman, Tony. All.
Hobb, Robin. All.
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner.
Jones, Diana Wynne. All.
Keizer, Gregg. The Longest Night
Kellerman, Jonathan. All.
Kent, Cameron. When the Ravens Die.
***New*** Konigsburg, E.L. The Mysterious Edge of The Heroic World.
Koontz, Dean. All.
Lee, Tanith. Wolf Tower series. (Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, ???)
Leonard, Elmore. All.
Levine, Gail Carson. All of her books.
Lewis, C.S. All of his books.
Leiber, Fritz. All of his books. New
Linden, Eugene. The Octopus and the Orangutan: More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, intelligence, and Ingenuity.
Lindskold, Jane. The Buried Pyramid.
Liss, David. A Conspiracy of Paper.
***New*** Lobel, Arnold. Any of the Frog and Toad books.
Long, Melinda and David Shannon. How I Became A Pirate. (picture book)
Lubar, David. All.
McBride, James. Miracle at St. Anna
McCaffrey, Anne. All.
McCarthy, Susan. Becoming A Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild.
McCammon, Robert. Gone South. Speaks the Nightbird.
McCrumb, Sharyn. All.
MacDonald, Ross. All.
Manchester, William. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940. and The Arms of Krupp.
Maron, Margaret. All.
Martin, George R.R. All.
Maxey, James. Bitterwood. Dragonforge. New!!!!
Meyer, Stephenie. The Host. New!!!!
Michener, James. The source.
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With The Wind.
Mortimer, John. All.
Mosley, Walter. All.
Mull, Brandon. Fablehaven.
Muller, Marcia. All.
Nichols, Lee. Hand-me-down.
Niven, Larry. All.
Paradi, Valerie. Clever Maids: The Secret History of Grimm Fairy Tales
***NEW*** Park, Paul. A Princess of Roumania.
Parker, Robert. All of his books.
Parker, T. Jefferson. Silent Joe.
Pearson, Ridley. Cut and Run.
Peck, Richard. Invitations to the World.
Pierce, Tamora. All.
***New*** Pilkey, Dav. Captain Underpants series.
Pratchett, Terry. The Eyre Affair.
Prerau, David. Seize the daylight.
Rankin, Ian. Resurrection Men.
Ravitch, Diane. Left Back: A Centure of Battles Over School Reform.
Rehak, Melanie. Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. For the record, ANY Nancy Drew would also qualify.
Roberts, John Maddox. All ***New***
Rowling, J.K. All of the Harry Potter series.
Russell, Sean. the One Kingdom. The Isle of Battle. the Shadow Roads.
Sachar, Louis. Holes. Someday Angeline. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes. Sixth Grade Secrets. Marvin Redpost, Kidnapped At Birth.
Sanderson, Brandon. Elantris.
Saylor, Steven. All of his books.
Schama, Simon. A History of Britain. three volumes.
Schnakenberg, Robert. Ed., Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults.
Schwartz, Jonathan. All in Good Time.
Setterfield, Diane. Thirteenth Tale.
Severgnini, Beppe. Ciao, America!
Shusterman, Neal. Everlost. ***NEW*** Also Unwind. Also Antsy Does Time.. .
Siegel, Jan. Prospero's Children.
Slater, David Michael. The Ring Bear.
Sleater, William. All.
Smith, Alexander McCall. All.
Smith, Sherwood. Inda. Fox.
***NEW*** Spence, Jon. Becoming Jane Austen.
***New***Sonnenblick, Jordan. Zen and the Art of Faking It.
Stauffacher, Sue. Donuthead. Donutheart.
Stewart, Mary. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and the Last Enchantment
Stout, Rex. All of his books.
Thane, Elswyth. Williamsburg series. (Dawn's Early Light, Yankee Stranger, etc.)
NEW*** Thompson, Colin. The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley.
Tolkien, J.R.R. All of his books.
Tolkien, Simon. Final Witness.
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina.
Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
Turner, Megan Whalen. Attolia Series. (The Thief, Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia)
Twain, Mark. All.
Tyler, Anne. All.
Underhill, Paco. the Call of the Mall.
Van Allsburg, Chris. Polar Express.
Verne, Jules. ARound the World in 80 Days.
Vidal, Gore. Julian.
Vinton, Victoria. The Jungle Law
Walker, Gabrielle. Snowball Earth.
Weir, Alison. The Children of Henry Viii. The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Weller, Sam. The Bradbury Chronicles.
Wells, H.G. All.
White, Kate. If Looks Could Kill. 'Til Death Do Us Part.
White, E.B. Charlotte's Web.
White, T.H. The Once and Future King.
Whyte, Jack. Camulod Chronicles.
Wiesner, David. Flotsam.
Wilhelm, Kate. The Price of Silence.
New!!!!! Willems, Mo. All. (Especially Elephant and Piggie early readers and Pigeon picture books)
Winspear, Jacqueline. All.
Wolff, Tobias. All.
Wolfe, Thomas. All.
Yolen, Jane. Sword of the Rightful King.

Miscellaneous Notes:
For that you need Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions, now back in print. This anthology and its sequel redefined science fiction when they first came out in the 1960s.

If you combine them with Isaac Asimov's series of anthologies of the Hugo winners -- and maybe my own anthologies, Future on Fire and Future on Ice (with stories from the 1980s) and Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century -- then you'll get an idea of the breadth and scope of science fiction, as shown by the short stories, which have always led the way into new literary terrain.


Kailana said...

wow, you did an awesome job!

Chris said...

This is amazing Becky! Thanks so much for all of your work in doing this. You've just made an incredible reading list for me ;) I've already read plenty of these as I tend to pick up anything he recommends. But there are plenty that I've missed too! This is cool!

Becky said...

Thanks for the feedback :) I'll try to incorporate the August archives into this posting. As well as keeping it up to date. But it may be a slow process. :) Regardless, through 2007-2008, I'll update the site if he reviews a book and post about the *new* eligible book.

Booklogged said...

Thanks so much for all the effort you've put into this challenge, Becky. Sure has made it easier for us. Appreciate it.

Booklogged said...

Again, I want to say thanks for compiling this list. I have spent hours reading Card's blog trying to discover if he ever reviewed Anne Perry's books. Then I remembered you had this list. Made short work of my search.

The time reading Card's reviews was time well spent. I enjoyed them, but it did sidetrack me for several hours.

Mary said...

Great job in compiling this list. Thank you for doing this. I am an avid reader and want to share reading with my niece. I'm always looking for great reads that we can talk about. Now I have more recommendations for her.

I didn't see on your list a book that I just bought for my niece called, Queen Geeks In Love. It's a fun, funny, smart and interest holding (not easy for a teen girl with boys on her mind). Laura Preble is the author. This book is part of her "The Queen Geek Social Club" writing. Please check it out, my niece and I recommend it.

Thank you again so much for the list. Great work!

Aunt Mary

Booklogged said...

Becky, I noticed that you added Stephanie Meyer's HOST to the list. I wanted to read what OSC had to say about this book but couldn't find anything on his website. If it's not too much trouble could you let me know where I can find it?

My email is

Really don't spend a lot of time looking for it. I know you are busy.

Becky said...

OSC was one of the authors who did a blurb on the back of the book:

Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon--out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope.

I don't know if you've read the book or are wanting to read the book. But The Host will be the group read for the month of July for my online reading group.