Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Hayley

      Signing Up   11/06/2018

      Signing Up is once again available. New members are very welcome
    • Hayley

      Special Christmas Giveaway!   12/01/2018

      I am very, very excited to announce a special Christmas giveaway for supporting members! Thanks to https://www.secretbookclubuk.co.uk/ one supporting member will win a Secret Book Club Book Box on December 25th!      The winner will be able to choose between six great genres for their book box: Crime & Thriller Mind, Body & Soul Debut Novel or Self Published History Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy    See the 'Giveaways' thread for more details   
frankie

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - challenge

Recommended Posts

Welcome to the forum EmmaWhite! :)  I hope you will have fun with the challenge! Have you counted how many books you've read so far off the list? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got '1001 books...' and I tend to see what frame of mind I'm in and read accordingly.  I order them from the library or buy them secondhand but I know for a fact that age will catch up with me.  I've read a very small fraction of them which is a very small consolation but, as someone who lines the walls with books, I know I'll never read half of what I've already got let alone titles that I don't own.  A glorious reading mess and I love it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking forward to reading some of these books. I can see I’ve got a lot of catching up to do as I’ve only read about 100 on the list.

 

Surprised not to see Homer’s The Odyssey, Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso or Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin on the list.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

According to my notes I am now up to 64. Still a long way off completing this before I die :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've read 23, as follows:

 

797. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells

790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

650. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

610. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

599. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

547. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

539. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov

526. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

521. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

494. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

481. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham

467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

451. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

430. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré

396. Chocky – John Wyndham

390. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

389. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke

375. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

301. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

227. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons

207. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks

78. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

64. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami

 

Got a lot more of them on the shelf!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My list from early 2011. I've only managed to add 6 since then (the ones in blue)

* are ones I particularly enjoyed.

61 in total.

 

1800s

940. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen *

938. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen *

937. Mansfield Park Jane Austen *

936. Emma Jane Austen *

922. The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo *

906. The Count of Monte-Cristo Alexandre Dumas

905. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray *

904. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

902. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

892. Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell *

887. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

879. The Mill on the Floss George Eliot

873. Les Misérables Victor Hugo

872. The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley

863. Little Women Louisa May Alcott

859. Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope

846. Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy

794. Dracula Bram Stoker

1900s

772. Where Angels Fear to Tread E.M. Forster

769. The Forsyte Sage John Galsworthy *

761. A Room With a View E.M. Forster *

754. Howards End E.M. Forster *

708. A Passage to India E.M. Forster *

699. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald *

695. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie *

650. Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons *

649. Brave New World Aldous Huxley

642. Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers *

639. Thank You, Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse *

632. The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers *

619. Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell *

614. Out of Africa Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) *

610. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien *

608. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck *

603. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier *

601. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Winifred Watson

592. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck *

566. The Pursuit Of Love - Nancy Mitford *

564. Animal Farm George Orwell

563. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh *

552. Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton *

547. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

542. Love in a Cold Climate Nancy Mitford *

526. Day of the Triffids John Wyndham *

510. The Go-Between L.P. Hartley *

508. Lord of the Flies William Golding

486. Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak *

477. The Once and Future King T.H. White

470. A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute *

467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote

459. Cider With Rosie Laurie Lee *

456. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee *

436. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey *

408. In Cold Blood Truman Capote *

303. The World According to Garp John Irving *

272. The Color Purple Alice Walker *

190. Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

156. The English Patient Michael Ondaatje *

116. The Reader Bernhard Schlink *

2000s

42. Atonement Ian McEwan

19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon *

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The publishers have brought out a new edition.  It's really just an update, adding 10 books published since the last edition, and commensurately removing 10 earlier ones.

 

It's a bit of an odd list to me, not least because one of the books isn't fiction, being Helen Macdonald's memoir, H is for Hawk.  I can't imagine why they've included it, much as it's a decent book, and think they've simply made a mistake, although they have previously included Jung Chan's Wild Swans, a family history. To a lesser extent, as this is just a matter of judgement, I'm also flummoxed by the selection of The Circle, which was on my short list for Duffer of the Year last year, and I found pretty awful both as a book and as a piece of writing.  Winter looks to be a straight swap for the author's earlier book, There But For The.

 

However, I'm probably not the best person to comment, as few of the books listed for the last 30-40 years hold much attraction for me, although I've got both the Adichie and the Tartt on my to read list. The editors obviously think very differently about to the judging panels of the major literary prizes: from the six-year period since the last edition, not a single Man-Booker winner, just one Bailey's Women's Prize winner (McBride), and just one Pulitzer winner (Tartt), although, of course, Macdonald won the Samuel Johnson for Non-Fiction!  

 

The full ten new books are:

H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

Winter by Ali Smith

10:04 by Ben Lerner

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 

The books removed from the list are:

There But For The by Ali Smith

The Children's Book by AS Byatt

Kieran Smith, boy by James Kelman

The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck

Your Face Tomorrow by Javier Marias

The Successor by Ismail Kadare

Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas

Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutierrez

The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin

Forever a Stranger by Helle Haase

 

Edited by willoyd

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎15‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 10:55 PM, willoyd said:

The publishers have brought out a new edition.  It's really just an update, adding 10 books published since the last edition, and commensurately removing 10 earlier ones.

 

It's a bit of an odd list to me, not least because one of the books isn't fiction, being Helen Macdonald's memoir, H is for Hawk.  I can't imagine why they've included it, much as it's a decent book, and think they've simply made a mistake, although they have previously included Jung Chan's Wild Swans, a family history...

 

To my mind, this is just a big list of books, and nothing more.

 

The Murakami books listed - for example - are good, but they are not his best (in my opinion) and as much as I like John Wyndham, Chocky shouldn't be anywhere near the list (The Chrysalids is a much better, more thought provoking story, should another Wyndham book be required after Triffids and Midwich - and given he already has two books on the list how about featuring someone else?).

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

14 hours ago, Raven said:

 

To my mind, this is just a big list of books, and nothing more.

 

It is, of course, meant to be more focused than that, but I do think the editor(s) have lost sight of that focus. It's effectively promoted as a list of novels, but it isn't, with too many non-fiction books included, whilst there are not enough to make it a genuine attempt at a list covering both fiction and non-fiction.  There's a whole fistful of books that simply shouldn't be on the list, by definition.

 

Quote

The Murakami books listed - for example - are good, but they are not his best (in my opinion) and as much as I like John Wyndham, Chocky shouldn't be anywhere near the list...

 

 

I agree that they often don't list an author's best book(s).  It's interesting to compare this list with Robert McCrum's tighter list of 100 Best Novels in English (which in itself is, as they all are, controversial), where he limits himself to one book per author, and where one will often find that the book he rates isn't in the Boxall list, whilst others from the same author are. 

 

On the specifics, though, Chocky isn't actually on the current list, it only appearing in the first, 2006, edition.  I do agree, though, that Chrysalids would have been a better choice then.

 

I have to say that I'm a complete sucker for book lists, but this one has started to irritate me of late as I've gone into it a bit more.  The latest additions haven't helped: I've read two of them, one of which isn't a novel, and the other is one of the worst I've read in recent years (The Circle).  Not an inspiring start!

 

 

Edited by willoyd

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/16/2018 at 11:09 PM, Raven said:

 

To my mind, this is just a big list of books, and nothing more.

 

I agree with this.

 

After a certain number, a list (for me) just loses its' significance. I'd rather have a list of 'Top Five Books' (with the writers' reasons why) rather than a ream of bullet points that go on and on and on. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×