Project Read All Of Atwood

So, earlier I mentioned that I would be starting a new project on the blog based on James Smythe’s mission to read all of Stephen King’s books in chronological order. Well, I thought the idea was fantastic so have brazenly stolen the concept, but I will be exploring an author that I have never actually read. She is one of the best living writers and has a plethora of books behind her. It is, of course (as the blog post title suggests) Margaret Atwood.

I’m not all that sure why I haven’t read any of Margaret’s books before. I only got back into reading (after a very long break) at the end of 2010 and before that I led a very sheltered bookish existence. I didn’t know of such wonderful authors or never had the chance to experience amazing classics. I chose Atwood for this project because her work has intrigued me for the last couple of years. I, in fact, own five of her books and have always thought of saving them for just the right moment.

The way Margaret explores so many differing themes throughout her writing is another thing that appeals to me and she delves within one of my favourite genres – speculative fiction. Of course, it will take me some time to read all of her work so I have some rules.

  • I will only be reading her fiction – novels and short story collections.
  • I will only read one book per month, so as not to get in the way of the rest of the TBR and review copies.
  • I will talk about each book here once I’ve read them.
  • I will, of course, be starting with her debut and ending on her most current work at that moment.

I urge you to join in if you want to. I will be keeping a tally of the books in the sidebar on the right –> So if you fancy reading along with that month’s book then please feel free. I’m not an expert on Atwood or her work, obviously, so the list below (those in bold, I already own) that I’m attempting to read is taken from the ever (un)reliable Wikipedia – if any die hard Atwood fans want to correct my list, then please feel free to comment below.

  1. The Edible Woman (1969)
  2. Surfacing (1972)
  3. Lady Oracle (1976)
  4. Dancing Girls (1977) [Short Stories]
  5. Life Before Man (1979)
  6. Bodily Harm (1981)
  7. Murder in the Dark (1983) [Short Stories]
  8. Bluebeard’s Egg (1983) [Short Stories]
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) 
  10. Cat’s Eye (1988) 
  11. Wilderness Tips (1991) [Short Stories]
  12. Good Bones (1992) [Short Stories]
  13. The Robber Bride (1993)
  14. Good Bones and Simple Murders (1994) [Short Stories]
  15. Alias Grace (1996)
  16. The Labrador Fiasco (1996) [Short Stories]
  17. The Blind Assassin (2000) 
  18. Oryx and Crake (2003) 
  19. The Penelopiad (2005)
  20. The Tent (2006) [Short Stories]
  21. Moral Disorder (2006) [Short Stories]
  22. The Year of the Flood (2009)

Depending on the success of this reading project I would love to explore Margaret’s non-fiction, but as fiction is more my bag I thought I’d dedicate my time to that, first. I have ordered the first book from [A POPULAR ONLINE BOOK RETAILER] and hope to read it in the next couple of weeks as the book for May.

You can follow Margaret Atwood on Twitter HERE and if you do feel like joining in with this utterly bonkers but probably amazing journey through Margaret’s fiction writing career, then do let me know in the comments below.


25 thoughts on “Project Read All Of Atwood

  1. Brenna (@LitMusings)

    Fantastic project! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with her work. I made it a personal challenge to read all her novels eventually, and I usually average 2-3 per year. I’m actually reading Alias Grace right now. So far my favorite of hers is CATS EYE, but I haven’t read anything I’ve disliked. Are you going to start in June?

    1. Dog Ear Post author

      Thanks Brenna! I’m really looking forward to it. As long as The Edible Woman shows up fast enough from Amazon then I’ll be starting this month.

  2. Heather

    Oh, oh, oh! This is great! Atwood is one of my favorites, and I’ve been wanting to re-read her novels for quite some time. I’ve not read any of her short fiction, as yet. I think I’ll try to work out a schedule and do this “with” you.

    1. Heather

      Wait, there is a falsehood in that comment–looking over your list again reminded me that I have read a couple of her short fiction collections, but only a couple.

      1. Dog Ear Post author

        Hi Heather! I’ll be putting a list of the books in the sidebar and including the months I’ll be reading them. It would be great if you joined in, even if it’s only for a few books 🙂

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  4. Amritorupa Kanjilal

    I have read pitifully few Atwoods, and this is a great opportunity to correct that. I’m in!

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  5. thetruebookaddict

    My good friend, Heather, turned me on to this and I’m in. I own several of her books, but not the first ones on the list. I was able to request Edible Woman from my library. Hope I can read it by the end of the month! Great idea!

    1. Dog Ear Post author

      Great to have you on board. Don’t worry if you can’t stick to the schedule too much, it’s all about the reading 🙂

  6. ForTheLoveOfBooks

    I read Oryx & Crake two years ago for one of my English Classes in University! It was actually my first Atwood novel and I was surprised at how much I liked it because I’ve heard mixed things about her work. I definitely do want to read The Year Of The Flood because it’s like a sequel to Oryx & Crake. And Atwood’s Canadian too, which makes me proud :). I really hope you enjoy Oryx & Crake! Good Luck with your project! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on her books.

  7. thetruebookaddict

    Thanks for adding the email subscribe option! I’m all subscribed and I have my library copy of The Edible Woman. Going to try to get it read in the next couple of days. 🙂

  8. buriedinprint

    What a great idea! There are definitely a few here that I’d like to read/re-read; I’ll try to keep an eye on your side-bar to jump in here and there. (I remember nothing of Lady Oracle or Bodily Harm, for instance.) My current re-read is The Penelopiad, and I’m reminded that I could probably read each of her books a dozen times and still find myself noticing “new” things. (In other reading, I’m working my way through Alice Munro’s stories chronologically, so I really do appreciate this kind of long-term project: right up my proverbial reading alley!)

    1. Dog Ear Post author

      It would be great to see you join in, even if it’s just on selected books 🙂

      I really must read some Alice Munro, I’ve not read any but I’m always hearing good things and her last short story collection intrigued me.

  9. Roos

    I cannot wait until you get to Cat’s Eye. I have just started writing my Bachelor thesis on gender stereotype in Cat’s Eye and the Handmaid’s Tale and I will definitely follow you during this project. 🙂 Very interesting and I would like to complete the same challenge one day.

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  11. emmawolf

    I’ve read three books by Atwood and loved all of them. But for two of them, I kind of wanted to kill myself after reading them. So because of that, I’ll think I’ll just watch this from the sidelines.


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