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Reading from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die


Last week two readers decided to host similar challenges revolving around the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. I’ve been slowly picking off books on this list, and these two challenges will give me some added incentive.

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UPDATE DECEMBER 26, 2008: CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!

I completed this challenge on December 25, 2008. My favorite book of the challenge was a tie between The Poisonwood Bible, The Colour, Rebecca and The Robber Bride – all of which I rated a 5 stars out of 5. My least favorite (and one I could have skipped) was The Reader which garnered a 1.5 stars – lousy.

Many thanks to Michelle for hosting this fun challenge. There will be a 1% Well Read challenge for 2009 as well…and I’ll be joining in!

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Michelle’s 1% Well-Read Challenge runs from May 1, 2008 – February 28, 2009. The goal is to read 10 books (or 1% of the books) from the list.

  1. Independent People, by Hallodor Laxness – #625 on the list (COMPLETED May 5, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  2. Atonement, by Ian McEwan – #42 on the list (COMPLETED June 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel – #49 on the list (COMPLETED June 23, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  4. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver – #86 on the list (COMPLETED July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink – #116 on the list (COMPLETED August 15, 2008; rated 1.5/5; read my review)
  6. The Colour, by Rose Tremain – #15 on the list (COMPLETED August 25, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier – #603 on the list (COMPLETED November 7, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  8. The Robber Bride, by Margaret Atwood – #145 on the list (COMPLETED November 23, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  9. Regeneration, by Pat Barker – #170 on the list (COMPLETED December 21, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  10. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker – #105 on the list (COMPLETED December 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

Possibilities (for Michelle’s challenge):

  • (#18) What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt
  • (#19) The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  • (#24) Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
  • (#31) In the Forest, by Edna O’Brien
  • (#43) The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
  • (#50) The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargos
  • (#52) The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coelho
  • (#82) Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks
  • (#93) Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
  • (#99) American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
  • (#105) The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker
  • (#116) The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
  • (#117) A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
  • (#135) Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks
  • (#145) The Robber Bride, by Margaret Atwood
  • (#170) Regeneration, by Pat Barker
  • (#205) Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey
  • (#223) Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • (#297) A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipaul
  • (#365) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • (#387) Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • (#399) One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • (#440) The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
  • (#588) Native Son, by Richard Wright
  • (#603) Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
  • (#609) Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • (#625) Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
  • (#717) Siddharth, by Herman Hesse
  • (#741) Of Human Bondage, by William Somerset Maughan
  • (#770) House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
  • (#788) The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • (#810) The Kruetzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy
  • (#837) The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostovsky
  • (#880) The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
  • (#890) Bleak House, by Charles Dickens

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UPDATE October 31, 2008: I did not  manage to complete the 10 out of 100 Out of 1001 Challenge. I did read 7 books from the top  100 books listed on the 1001 Books List…not too bad, actually. I’ll keep reading from the list for Michelle’s challenge (above).

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Mee’s 10 Out of 100 Out of 1001 Challenge runs from May 1 – October 31, 2008 and requires reading 1 book from each block of 10 in the top 100 books on the list. She allows participants to skip a block of 10 if they’ve already read one book in that grouping.

I’ve decided to combine these challenges. Below are the books from which I will choose my reading for these challenges.

Block 1-10 (skip) I’ve already read Slow Man, by J.M. Coetzee (read my review)

Block 11-20

  • (#15) The Colour, by Rose Tremain (COMPLETED August 25, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • (#18) What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt
  • (#19) The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

Block 21-30

  • (#24) Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

Block 31-40

  • (#31) In the Forest, by Edna O’Brien

Block 41-50

  • (#42) Atonement, by Ian McEwan (COMPLETED June 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • (#43) The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
  • (#49) Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (COMPLETED June 23, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • (#50) The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargos

Block 51-60

  • (#52) The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coelho

Block 61-70 (skip) I’ve already read The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (read my review)

Block 71-80 (skip) I’ve already read Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee (read my review)

Block 81-90

  • (#82) Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks
  • (#86) The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (COMPLETED July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

Block 91-100

  • (#93) Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
  • (#99) American Pastoral, by Philip Roth


11 Comments

  1. May 5, 2008    

    I’m so happy to see all the people participating in these two challenges. I just love the 1001 List!

    Lezlie

  2. May 5, 2008    

    I received this book for Christmas two years ago and have the excel document on my desktop (7% well-read…so this could make me 8%?). :) I’ll probably do this one as well–although I’ll have to see about the whole “block” thing.

  3. May 6, 2008    

    Great list! I happen to be in the middle of What I Loved right now and it is terrific.

  4. May 6, 2008    

    Lezlie: It is fun to have a challenge for everyone who has been chipping away at this list, isn’t it?

    Trish: I decided to do the “blocks” because that challenge allows you to skip blocks you’ve already read from – and when I looked at groups of 10 I found plenty that were already on my shelves for the blocks I hadn’t yet read…

    Julie: I’ve heard that book is fabulous…and I intend to read it this year!

  5. 3m's Gravatar 3m
    May 6, 2008    

    I only had to 3 books for the 10 out of 100 out of 1001, so I’m doing it as well!

  6. May 6, 2008    

    Michelle: I saw that! You’ll have an easy time of it :) I have seven…but some will be the same as what I’m doing for yours, so if I pull it off, I’ll be almost done with the 1% by October!

  7. mee's Gravatar mee
    November 2, 2008    

    Great effort! Better than me anyway :D

  8. November 3, 2008    

    Thanks, Mee!!

  9. 3m's Gravatar 3m
    January 6, 2009    

    Congrats, Wendy!

  10. January 9, 2009    

    Thanks, Michelle :)

  11. Kir's Gravatar Kir
    August 22, 2009    
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