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#41 Habeebi

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:44 AM

What is this list exactly and who produced it?! X

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:31 AM

Habeebi, there is a book called 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall. It has been compiled by a group of people and contains short summaries of the books. It originally came out in 2006, but a revised edition came out in 2008 with a couple of hundred changes, and then another edition came out in 2010 with only about a dozen changes.

Frankie has kindly posted a complete list of the books on the first page of this thread.

I'd love to see which books you've read. :) Of course, you don't have to participate in the challenge if you don't want to. I have no intention of reading all 1001 books, but I *love* lists and I like crossing things off so I'm playing along for a while. If you're stuck for something to read, you could always use this list (or any of the other lists floating around the internet) to perhaps find your next read. :)

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:43 PM

Ooo I shall have a perusal when I finish work..at the risk of making my tbr pile even greater x

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:26 PM

I'd be happy to send you a copy of the spreadsheet I have. It's rather fancy and very nicely set up (not by me though!) It has all 3 versions of the list, separate and combined, plus other nifty features. You can PM me your email address if you like and I can send it to you.

Bless you, Kylie - you're a star. :friends3: A PM is wending its way to you! :)

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 06:00 PM

Kylie do you have the updated 2010 list? I would be most grateful if you could email me! ta x

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:56 PM

No worries Habeebi. Just PM me your email address when you're ready. :)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:36 AM

I'm happy to announce that I acquired 4 more books on this list for myself yesterday when I was bookshopping:
960. The Sorrows of Young Werther - J. W. von Goethe
689. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
526. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
484. On the Road - Jack Kerouac

I'm so pleased! I've wanted a copy of The Sorrows of Young Werther for ages, I think it'll be a great read. And the copy I found was rather cheap, and absolutely gorgeous! I can't get over it :mrgreen: I'm also really happy about finding The Day of the Triffids, in English I might add. The Kerouac book was a find as well but it's in Finnish so I'm not totally satisfied. I think I'll read it anyways and if I like it, I'll buy myself a nice English copy and pass the Finnish one on to someone else.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:11 AM

Oh my word - this is amazing!!

Mind you, it's a bit scary knowing I will die before I finish it unless I up my rate substantially! :P

I love the new features. Thank you so much, Kylie. :hug:

I really enjoyed The Day of the Triffids, Frankie - I hope you do. :)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:44 AM

Mind you, it's a bit scary knowing I will die before I finish it unless I up my rate substantially! :P


Well in that case you can always ask for your money back! Well, if you've bought a book version, that is. And of course, if you de-die somehow. In which case you can continue with the challenge. Hm, I don't think this helped.
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Thanks Janet, I think I will enjoy The Day of the Triffids, I knew nothing about the novel beforehand but read the blurb at the shop and really liked the sound of it :)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:55 PM

Well in that case you can always ask for your money back! Well, if you've bought a book version, that is. And of course, if you de-die somehow. In which case you can continue with the challenge. Hm, I don't think this helped.

:giggle2: I do have the book! If I de-die I'll be sure to ask for a refund!

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 03:22 PM

I've now read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, making my total 84. I really liked the novel, I gave it a 5/5 :)

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 05:16 PM

I've now read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, making my total 84. I really liked the novel, I gave it a 5/5 :)


Well done hen :)

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 02:40 PM

Thanks Weave :smile2:

I bought a copy of The Poisonwood Bible today, and when I came home and listed it on my TBR list, I also realised that it's on the 2006 edition of 1001 Books, so a great buy in that way too, by chance :mrgreen:

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:43 PM

I picked up a copy of list a few months ago and started working my way through it - I have managed to read 49 books so far, and will keep going!

Heres a link to what I have managed to get to so far: 1001 Books You Must...

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:50 AM

I just finished Kerouac's On the Road -> 85.

Edit: And found a copy of Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:22 PM

I'm currently readin The Little Prince and I bought Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh while I was away.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:58 PM

I'm currently readin The Little Prince and I bought Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh while I was away.


Hooray for The Little Prince! I do hope you like it. :smile2:

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:23 PM

I found a free copy of Neuromancer by William Gibson today :smile2:

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:15 AM

Hooray for The Little Prince! I do hope you like it. :smile2:


Let the records show that I enjoyed it very much. :)

I found a free copy of Neuromancer by William Gibson today :smile2:


Excellent! I've had this for a while and really want to read it. It's also part of my dystopian challenge.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:24 AM

The one's I've read, with a note of whether I loved it, liked it, thought it was OK, or hated it. Where they're marked "partial", I intend to go back to them and try again at some point, unless they also have "hate" next to them, in which case I was put off enough to never touchthem again!

996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous (PARTIAL)
983. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift (LIKE)
975. Fanny Hill – John Cleland (LOVE)
971. Candide – Voltaire (HATE)
957. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (LOVE)
940. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (PARTIAL)
938. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (LOVE)
937. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (LOVE)
936. Emma – Jane Austen (LIKE)
933. Persuasion – Jane Austen (OK)
932. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (LOVE)
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (LIKE)
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe (HATE)
913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (OK)
911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe (HATE)
908. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (LOVE)
905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (PARTIAL)
904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë (LOVE)
902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë (LOVE)
901. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë (LIKE)
897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne (PARTIAL)
891. Villette – Charlotte Brontë (OK)
880. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (OK)
872. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley (HATE)
868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (LIKE)
866. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne (LIKE)
863. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (OK)
846. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (OK)
831. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson (HATE)
825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (LIKE)
823. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard (LIKE)
820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (LIKE)
819. She – H. Rider Haggard (LIKE - I SUSPECT IT WAS ABRIDGED AS I WAS A KID AT THE TIME)
809. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (LOVE)
804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (LIKE)
801. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (OK)
797. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (OK)
796. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells (OK)
794. Dracula – Bram Stoker (LOVE)
791. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells (LIKE)
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells (LIKE)
789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (PARTIAL)
781. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (LIKE)
780. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (HATE)
761. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster (LOVE)
754. Howards End – E.M. Forster (LIKE)
747. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs (LIKE)
699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (LOVE)
676. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence (LIKE)
675. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (HATE)
649. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (HATE)
647. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon (PARTIAL - HATE)
619. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (LOVE)
614. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) (PARTIAL)
608. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (LOVE)
603. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (LOVE)
599. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (PARTIAL)
574. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (OK)
564. Animal Farm – George Orwell (LOVE)
547. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell (LIKE)
529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (OK)
526. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham (LOVE)
520. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (HATE)
496. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (LOVE)
495. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith (LOVE)
481. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham (LIKE)
456. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (LOVE)
450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (HATE)
436. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (LOVE)
433. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (HATE)
428. The Graduate – Charles Webb (LOVE)
396. Chocky – John Wyndham (LIKE)
394. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines (PARTIAL)
379. The Godfather – Mario Puzo (LOVE)
354. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (PARTIAL - HATE)
320. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice (OK)
312. The Shining – Stephen King (OK)
301. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (LOVE)
293. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (LIKE)
274. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro (PATIAL - HATE)
272. The Color Purple – Alice Walker (LIKE)
243. Perfume – Patrick Süskind (LIKE)
242. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (LIKE)
227. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons (LIKE)
213. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy (HATE)
184. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi (LIKE)
166. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (LIKE)
156. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje (PARTIAL)
145. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood (OK)
134. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (OK)
129. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (PARTIAL)
116. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink (LIKE)
93. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (LIKE)
77. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee (HATE)
49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (LOVE)
24. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters (LOVE)
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon (LOVE)
1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (LOVE)

Ones I intend to read (where I've already marked "partial previously, I've left them off this list) - I've marked the ones I have on my shelf, waiting to be read:

1001. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
992. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
991. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe (GOT)
985. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe (GOT)
976. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
965. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
954. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
949. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
947. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
944. The Nun – Denis Diderot
935. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
930. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
925. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
922. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo (GOT)
918. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (GOT)
917. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
910. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
907. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
906. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (GOT)
903. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë (GOT)
899. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
898. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
896. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville (GOT)
893. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
890. Bleak House – Charles Dickens (GOT)
888. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
887. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
886. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (GOT)
879. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
876. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
873. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo (GOT)
870. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
869. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
862. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
853. Middlemarch – George Eliot
848. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
835. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace (GOT)
821. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
819. She – H. Rider Haggard (UNABRIDGED VERSION)
808. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (GOT)
799. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (GOT)
783. Kim – Rudyard Kipling (GOT)
772. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
749. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
743. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
738. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
728. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence (GOT)
708. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
687. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
672. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
660. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
650. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
639. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (GOT)
638. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
620. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
592. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
563. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (GOT)
561. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
539. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
537. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
508. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
506. The Story of O – Pauline Réage
486. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
477. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
451. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
440. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing (GOT)
438. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
437. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
411. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
390. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
375. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
352. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
303. The World According to Garp – John Irving
275. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
253. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
222. Beloved – Toni Morrison
210. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
209. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
190. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
1187. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
163. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
86. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (GOT)
85. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
63. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
62. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
33. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides




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