Current Reading Challenge – 1001

1001

I’ve heard, from several people, about the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall, but, surprisingly enough for a self-professed bibliophile, I do not own a copy myself. However, I came across a very handy list of the books mentioned within and since I can never resist a challenge, I have decided to add this one to my others (the list is ever growing!

I had already read 38 books from the list as I started in May 2007 (some of them many years ago), and had more on Mount To-Be-Read, so I got off to a decent start.

To see the spreadsheet (and download it for yourself if you fancy joining me and countless others in this challenge) click HERE.

BOOKS READ:

  1. Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go (1)
  2. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (19)
  3. Yann Martel – Life of Pi (49)
  4. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha (93)
  5. Irvine Welsh – Trainspotting (134)
  6. Lewis Grassic Gibbon – Sunset Song (A Scots Quair)UNFINISHED (647)
  7. Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island – UNFINISHED (831)
  8. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho (166)
  9. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale (242)
  10. Patrick Suskind – Perfume (243)
  11. Alice Walker – The Color Purple (272)
  12. Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (301)
  13. Anne Rice – Interview with the Vampire (320)
  14. John Wyndham – Chocky (396)
  15. Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar (433)
  16. Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (436)
  17. John Wyndham – The Midwich Cuckoos (481)
  18. Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita (496)
  19. John Wyndham – Day of the Triffids (526)
  20. George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four (547)
  21. George Orwell – Animal Farm (564)
  22. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men (608 )
  23. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (649)
  24. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (699)
  25. H. G. Wells – The War of the Worlds (790)
  26. H. G. Wells – The Invisible Man (791)
  27. Bram Stoker – Dracula (794)
  28. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (809)
  29. H. Rider Haggard – She (819)
  30. H. Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines (823)
  31. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (825)
  32. Lewis Carroll – Through the Looking Glass (854)
  33. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women (863)
  34. Lewis Carroll – Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland (868 )
  35. Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers (908 )
  36. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (931)
  37. Jane Austen – Emma (936)
  38. Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey (932)
  39. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (938 )
  40. John Cleland – Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (974)
  41. Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre (904)
  42. J. D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye (529)
  43. J. M. Coetzee – Disgrace (77)
  44. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles (781)
  45. Margaret Atwood – The Robber Bride (145)
  46. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince (574)
  47. Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (820)
  48. Michael Ondaatje – The English PatientUNFINISHED (156)
  49. Voltaire – Candide – UNFINISHED (970)
  50. James Ellroy – The Black Dahlia (213)
  51. D. H. Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover (676)
  52. Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (450)
  53. Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose (293)
  54. Jane Austen – Mansfield Park (937)
  55. H. G. Wells – The Time Machine (797)
  56. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (456)
  57. Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights (902)
  58. Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels (983 )
  59. Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (901)
  60. Charles Webb – The Gradute (428 )
  61. Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper (801)
  62. E. M. Forster – Howards End (754)
  63. Patricia Highsmith – The Talented Mr. Ripley (495)
  64. E. M. Forster – A Room with a View (761)
  65. Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca (603)
  66. Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White (880)
  67. Edgar Rice Burroughs – Tarzan of the Apes (747)
  68. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol (913)
  69. Virginia Woolf – Orlando – UNFINISHED (675)
  70. Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd (846)
  71. Charles Kingsley – The Waterbabies (872)
  72. H. G. Wells – The Island of Dr. Moreau (796)
  73. Joseph Conrad – The Heart of Darkness (780)
  74. Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth (866)
  75. Choderlos De Laclos – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (956)
  76. Charlotte Bronte – Villette – UNFINISHED (891)
  77. Karen Blixen – Out of Africa – UNFINISHED (614)
  78. Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man UNFINISHED (520)
  79. Mario Puzo – The Godfather (379)
  80. Margaret Atwood – Surfacing – UNFINISHED (354)
  81. Hanif Kureishi – The Buddha of Suburbia (184)
  82. Sarah Waters – Fingersmith (24)
  83. Louis de Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (129)

ON THE SHELF:

  1. Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace (109)
  2. Jane Austen – Persuasion (933)
  3. Jane Austen – Sense & Sensibility (940)
  4. Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey (903)
  5. Joseph Conrad – Lord Jim (785)
  6. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities (883)
  7. Charles Dickens – Bleak House (890)
  8. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist (918 )
  9. Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo (906)
  10. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender is the Night (638 )
  11. Romain Gary – The Roots of Heaven (491)
  12. Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure (799)
  13. Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge (821)
  14. Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (808 )
  15. Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (897)
  16. Barry Hines – A Kestral for a Knave / Kes (394)
  17. Victor Hugo – The Hunchabckof Notre-Dame (922)
  18. Victor Hugo – Les Miserables (Vol. 1 and 2) (873)
  19. Barbara Kingslover – The Poisonwood Bible (86)
  20. Rudyard Kipling – Kim (783)
  21. D. H. Lawrence – Women in Love (728 )
  22. Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook (440)
  23. Henry Miller – Tropic of Cancer (636)
  24. Philip Roth – The Human Stain (62)
  25. Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina (840)
  26. Lew Wallace – Ben Hur (835)
  27. Tom Wolfe – Bonfire of the Vanities (218 )

2 Comments

  1. kell1976 said,

    Well, I had read 38 books prior to officially starting this challenge in May, and by the end of 2007, I had read 69 – that’s 31 books from the list over the course of 8 months! Considering I need to read them at the rate of 19 per year if I want to read every book on the list before I die, I’m pretty chuffed with my progress!

    I’m looking forward to continuing with this challenge and would like to think that I’ll read a minimum of 20 more books from the list over the course of 2008 (I’m taking part in quite a few challenges this year, so I won’t commit to any more than that – I’d like to have a chance of living up to what I’ve set for myself!) which is one more than required to stay on track…

  2. kell1976 said,

    Only 13 of these attempted in 2008, taking me to 82 total. My reading capacity has shrunk significantly as whilst pregnant I couldn’t concentrate and now that I have a baby, I don’t get the time to read that I used to. Still, I’d like to cross a few more off in 2009 – let’s see how I get on!

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