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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - challenge

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Books that are bold are ones I have read. Italics are ones I own but not read.

 

 

Pre-1700

 

1001. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

1000. Metamorphoses – Ovid

999. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton

998. Aithiopika – Heliodorus

997. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius

996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous

995. Gargantua and Pantagruel – François Rabelais

994. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly

993. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe

992. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

991. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

990. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette

989. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn

 

 

 

1700s

988. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift

987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

986. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood

985. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe

984. Roxana – Daniel Defoe

983. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

982. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift

981. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding

980. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift

979. Pamela – Samuel Richardson

978. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson

977. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett

976. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding

975. Fanny Hill – John Cleland

974. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett

973. Amelia – Henry Fielding

972. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox

971. Candide – Voltaire

970. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson

969. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

968. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot

967. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

966. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

965. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith

964. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne

963. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne

962. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie

961. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett

960. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

959. Evelina – Fanny Burney

958. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

957. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

956. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

955. Cecilia – Fanny Burney

954. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade

953. Vathek – William Beckford

952. Justine – Marquis de Sade

951. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin

950. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano

949. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe

948. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

947. The Monk – M.G. Lewis

946. Camilla – Fanny Burney

945. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot

944. The Nun – Denis Diderot

943. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin

 

1800s

942. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth

941. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

940. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

939. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth

938. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

937. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

936. Emma – Jane Austen

935. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott

934. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth

933. Persuasion – Jane Austen

932. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

930. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott

929. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott

928. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin

927. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin

926. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg

925. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

924. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni

923. The Red and the Black – Stendhal

922. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

921. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac

920. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac

919. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol

918. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

917. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens

916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe

915. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal

914. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

912. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac

911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe

910. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens

909. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe

908. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

907. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas

906. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

903. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë

902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

901. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë

900. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell

899. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë

898. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

896. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville

895. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne

894. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne

893. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe

892. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell

891. Villette – Charlotte Brontë

890. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

889. Walden – Henry David Thoreau

888. Hard Times – Charles Dickens

887. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

886. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

885. Adam Bede – George Eliot

884. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov

883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

882. Max Havelaar – Multatuli

881. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne

880. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

879. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot

878. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope

877. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev

876. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

875. Silas Marner – George Eliot

874. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev

873. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

872. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley

871. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky

870. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu

869. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens

868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

867. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

866. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne

865. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope

864. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola

863. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

862. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

861. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky

860. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont

859. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope

858. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert

857. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

856. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope

855. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev

854. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll

853. Middlemarch – George Eliot

852. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev

851. Erewhon – Samuel Butler

850. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky

849. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu

848. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne

847. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov

846. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

845. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert

844. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy

843. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot

842. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev

841. Drunkard – Émile Zola

840. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

839. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy

838. The Red Room – August Strindberg

837. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

836. Nana – Émile Zola

835. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace

834. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert

833. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

832. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga

831. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

830. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant

829. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy

828. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans

827. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater

826. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant

825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

824. Germinal – Émile Zola

823. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard

822. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson

821. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy

820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

819. She – H. Rider Haggard

818. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy

817. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg

816. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés

815. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant

814. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson

813. Hunger – Knut Hamsun

812. By the Open Sea – August Strindberg

811. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola

810. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy

809. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

808. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

807. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf

806. New Grub Street – George Gissing

805. News from Nowhere – William Morris

804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

803. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith

802. Born in Exile – George Gissing

801. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

800. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross

799. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

798. Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane

797. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells

796. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells

795. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz

794. Dracula – Bram Stoker

793. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide

792. What Maisie Knew – Henry James

791. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

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

789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

788. The Awakening – Kate Chopin

787. The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane

786. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross

 

1900s

 

785. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad

784. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser

783. Kim – Rudyard Kipling

782. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann

781. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

780. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

779. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James

778. The Immoralist – André Gide

777. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers

776. The Ambassadors – Henry James

775. The Golden Bowl – Henry James

774. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe

773. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad

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

771. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann

770. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

769. The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy

768. Young Törless – Robert Musil

767. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

766. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

765. Mother – Maxim Gorky

764. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson

763. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett

762. The Iron Heel – Jack London

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

760. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse

759. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells

758. Strait is the Gate – André Gide

757. Martin Eden – Jack London

756. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein

755. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel

754. Howards End – E.M. Forster

753. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre

752. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

751. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens

750. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann

749. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence

748. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell

747. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs

746. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse

745. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel

744. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki

743. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan

742. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence

741. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham

740. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf

739. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

738. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke

737. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse

736. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

735. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton

734. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen

733. Summer – Edith Wharton

732. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad

731. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West

730. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis

729. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf

728. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence

727. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis

726. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

725. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley

724. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence

723. Ulysses – James Joyce

722. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis

721. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence

720. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus

719. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair

718. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton

717. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

716. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf

715. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings

714. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield

713. Amok – Stefan Zweig

712. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley

711. Cane – Jean Toomer

710. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo

709. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet

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

707. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

706. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann

705. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen

704. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville

703. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather

702. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky

701. The Trial – Franz Kafka

700. The Counterfeiters – André Gide

699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

698. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

697. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos

696. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein

695. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

694. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello

693. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence

692. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek

691. The Castle – Franz Kafka

690. Blindness – Henry Green

689. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

688. Amerika – Franz Kafka

687. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson

686. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

685. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust

684. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse

683. Nadja – André Breton

682. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford

681. Quicksand – Nella Larsen

680. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh

679. Quartet – Jean Rhys

678. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis

677. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall

676. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence

675. Orlando – Virginia Woolf

674. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille

673. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe

672. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau

671. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

670. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West

669. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen

668. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin

667. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

666. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia

665. Living – Henry Green

664. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett

663. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

662. Passing – Nella Larsen

661. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico

660. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett

659. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh

658. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning

657. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis

656. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham

655. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett

654. The Waves – Virginia Woolf

653. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth

652. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett

651. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen

650. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

649. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

648. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline

647. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon

646. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil

645. A Day Off – Storm Jameson

644. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain

643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein

642. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers

641. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West

640. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth

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

638. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald

637. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh

636. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller

635. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain

634. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev

633. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht

632. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers

631. Burmese Days – George Orwell

630. England Made Me – Graham Greene

629. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen

628. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy

627. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood

626. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti

625. Independent People – Halldór Laxness

624. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes

623. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft

622. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner

621. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson

620. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell

619. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

618. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West

617. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley

616. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner

615. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway

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

613. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis

612. In Parenthesis – David Jones

611. The Years – Virginia Woolf

610. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

609. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

608. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

607. Murphy – Samuel Beckett

606. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos

605. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

604. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler

603. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

602. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre

601. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson

600. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner

599. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

598. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys

597. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller

596. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood

595. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell

594. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien

593. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce

592. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

591. Party Going – Henry Green

590. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati

589. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene

588. Native Son – Richard Wright

587. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

586. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler

585. The Hamlet – William Faulkner

584. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf

583. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

582. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White

581. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien

580. Conversations in Sicily – Elio Vittorini

579. The Outsider – Albert Camus

578. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner

577. Embers – Sandor Marai

576. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse

575. Caught – Henry Green

574. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

573. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow

572. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges

571. Transit – Anna Seghers

570. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham

569. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi

568. Arcanum 17 – André Breton

567. Loving – Henry Green

566. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford

565. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

564. Animal Farm – George Orwell

563. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

562. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andric

561. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

560. Back – Henry Green

559. The Plague – Albert Camus

558. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino

557. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry

556. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi

555. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau

554. The Victim – Saul Bellow

553. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann

552. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

551. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene

550. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot

549. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia

548. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani

547. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

546. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren

545. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier

544. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen

543. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge

542. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford

541. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk

540. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese

539. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov

538. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing

537. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake

536. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber

535. The Third Man – Graham Greene

534. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz

533. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille

532. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

531. Molloy – Samuel Beckett

530. The Rebel – Albert Camus

529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

528. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq

527. Foundation – Isaac Asimov

526. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

525. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett

524. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar

523. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson

522. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor

521. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

520. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

519. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt

518. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

517. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin

516. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow

515. Junkie – William Burroughs

514. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

513. Watt – Samuel Beckett

512. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett

511. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

510. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

509. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch

508. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

507. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia

506. The Story of O – Pauline Réage

505. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis

504. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch

503. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

502. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini

501. The Recognitions – William Gaddis

500. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis

499. The Quiet American – Graham Greene

498. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett

497. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen

496. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

495. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

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

493. The Floating Opera – John Barth

492. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow

491. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary

490. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon

489. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

488. Justine – Lawrence Durrell

487. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber

486. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

485. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov

484. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

483. Homo Faber – Max Frisch

482. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille

481. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham

480. Voss – Patrick White

479. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet

478. The Bell – Iris Murdoch

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

476. The End of the Road – John Barth

475. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan

474. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico

473. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe

472. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

471. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon

470. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

469. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe

468. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

466. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll

465. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark

464. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow

463. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes

462. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass

461. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs

460. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

459. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee

458. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary

457. Rabbit, Run – John Updike

456. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

455. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien

454. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino

453. How It Is – Samuel Beckett

452. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor

451. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

449. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass

448. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem

447. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame

446. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch

445. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger

444. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein

443. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani

442. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien

441. Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges

440. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

439. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard

438. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov

437. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

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

435. The Collector – John Fowles

434. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

433. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

432. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess

431. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark

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

429. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol

428. The Graduate – Charles Webb

427. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

426. V. – Thomas Pynchon

425. Herzog – Saul Bellow

424. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras

423. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe

422. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson

421. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme

420. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey

419. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector

418. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor

417. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut

416. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien

415. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

414. Things – Georges Perec

413. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon

412. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth

411. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

410. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras

409. The Magus – John Fowles

408. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

407. Trawl – B.S. Johnson

406. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West

405. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec

404. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien

403. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson

402. The Joke – Milan Kundera

401. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson

400. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

399. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

398. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa

397. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe

396. Chocky – John Wyndham

395. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf

394. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines

393. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan

392. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz

391. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry

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

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

388. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

387. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

386. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen

385. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch

384. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal

383. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen

382. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec

381. Them – Joyce Carol Oates

380. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov

379. The Godfather – Mario Puzo

378. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth

377. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis

376. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

375. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

374. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines

373. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover

372. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado

371. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard

370. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson

369. Troubles – J.G. Farrell

368. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett

367. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

366. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke

365. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

364. The Ogre – Michael Tournier

363. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

362. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima

361. Rabbit Redux – John Updike

360. The Wild Boys – William Burroughs

359. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll

358. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

357. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow

356. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul

355. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson

354. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood

353. G – John Berger

352. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

351. The Breast – Philip Roth

350. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

349. Sula – Toni Morrison

348. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch

347. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

346. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene

345. Crash – J.G. Ballard

344. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino

343. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell

342. A Question of Power – Bessie Head

341. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong

340. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

339. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré

338. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll

337. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee

336. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle

335. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow

334. Correction – Thomas Bernhard

333. Dead Babies – Martin Amis

332. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow

331. High Rise – J.G. Ballard

330. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan

329. Fateless – Imre Kertész

328. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme

327. Grimus – Salman Rushdie

326. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell

325. W, or the Memory of childhood – Georges Perec

324. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez

323. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf

322. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme

321. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg

320. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice

319. The Public Burning – Robert Coover

318. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo

317. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke

316. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector

315. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison

314. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

313. Dispatches – Michael Herr

312. The Shining – Stephen King

311. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin

310. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter

309. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee

308. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt

307. Yes – Thomas Bernhard

306. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell

305. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch

304. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec

303. The World According to Garp – John Irving

302. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan

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

300. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino

299. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll

298. Burger’s Daughter - Nadine Gordimer

297. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul

296. Shikasta – Doris Lessing

295. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré

294. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera

293. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

292. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard

291. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

290. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom

289. Rites of Passage – William Golding

288. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

287. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee

286. Broken April – Ismail Kadare

285. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin

284. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer

283. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan

282. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray

281. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike

280. The Names – Don DeLillo

279. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard

278. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin

277. The Newton Letter – John Banville

276. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

275. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

274. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro

273. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard

272. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

271. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White

270. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi

269. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus

268. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek

267. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing

266. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee

265. Waterland – Graham Swift

264. La Brava – Elmore Leonard

263. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor

262. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett

261. Shame – Salman Rushdie

260. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis

259. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes

258. Neuromancer – William Gibson

257. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker

256. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

255. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter

254. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

253. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard

252. The Lover – Marguerite Duras

251. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago

250. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman

249. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?

248. Legend – David Gemmell

247. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd

246. Queer – William Burroughs

245. White Noise – Don DeLillo

244. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard

243. Perfume – Patrick Süskind

242. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

241. Contact – Carl Sagan

240. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis

239. A Maggot – John Fowles

238. The Cider House Rules – John Irving

237. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

236. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez

235. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann

234. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel

233. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi

232. Foe – J.M. Coetzee

231. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard

230. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro

229. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt

228. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis

227. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons

226. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates

225. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

224. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore

223. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae

222. Beloved – Toni Morrison

221. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul

220. World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle

219. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster

218. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

217. Cigarettes – Harry Mathews

216. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan

215. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind

214. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson

213. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy

212. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke

211. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble

210. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams

209. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams

208. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga

207. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks

206. Libra – Don DeLillo

205. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey

204. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst

203. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

202. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson

201. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White

200. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

199. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

198. The Book of Evidence – John Banville

197. London Fields – Martin Amis

196. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

195. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

194. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago

193. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway

192. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker

191. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai

190. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

189. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow

188. Moon Palace – Paul Auster

187. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson

186. A Disaffection – James Kelman

185. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle

184. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi

183. Possession – A.S. Byatt

182. Like Life – Lorrie Moore

181. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham

180. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

179. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster

178. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge

177. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald

176. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon

175. Amongst Women – John McGahern

174. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard

173. Wise Children – Angela Carter

172. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres

171. Downriver – Iain Sinclair

170. Regeneration – Pat Barker

169. Typical – Padgett Powell

168. Mao II – Don DeLillo

167. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis

166. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

165. Wild Swans – Jung Chang

164. Arcadia – Jim Crace

163. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud

162. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan

161. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

160. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín

159. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates

158. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe

157. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg

156. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

155. Jazz – Toni Morrison

154. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson

153. The Crow Road – Iain Banks

152. Indigo – Marina Warner

151. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker

150. A Heart So White – Javier Marias

149. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch

148. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar

147. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

146. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald

145. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood

144. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd

143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

142. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields

141. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

140. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe

139. On Love – Alain de Botton

138. Complicity – Iain Banks

137. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth

136. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy

135. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

134. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh

133. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

132. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm

131. Disappearance – David Dabydeen

130. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor

129. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

128. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman

127. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol

126. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi

125. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

124. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee

123. Land – Park Kyong-ni

122. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq

121. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst

120. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster

119. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis

118. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose

117. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

116. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

115. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald

114. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth

113. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie

112. The Information – Martin Amis

111. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner

110. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro

109. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

108. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin

107. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

106. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse

105. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker

104. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

103. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker

102. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard

101. Silk – Alessandro Baricco

100. The Untouchable – John Banville

99. American Pastoral – Philip Roth

98. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin

97. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey

96. Underworld – Don DeLillo

95. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

94. Great Apes – Will Self

93. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

92. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

91. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon

90. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

89. The Hours – Michael Cunningham

88. Another World – Pat Barker

87. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis

86. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

85. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters

84. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon

83. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom

82. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks

81. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan

80. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi

79. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq

78. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

77. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee

76. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie

75. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb

74. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy

73. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakulic

72. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson

71. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra

70. Timbuktu – Paul Auster

 

2000s

 

69. Pastoralia – George Saunders

68. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

67. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

66. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard

65. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande

64. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami

63. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

62. The Human Stain – Philip Roth

61. How the Dead Live – Will Self

60. City of God – E.L. Doctorow

59. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy

58. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace

57. Ignorance – Milan Kundera

56. Under the Skin – Michel Faber

55. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda

54. White Teeth – Zadie Smith

53. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare

52. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho

51. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma

50. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa

49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

48. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk

47. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill

46. Fury – Salman Rushdie

45. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo

44. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini

43. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

42. Atonement – Ian McEwan

41. Schooling – Heather McGowan

40. Platform – Michael Houellebecq

39. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald

38. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi

37. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster

36. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon

35. Dead Air – Iain Banks

34. Youth – J.M. Coetzee

33. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

32. Shroud – John Banville

31. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien

30. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern

29. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor

28. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

27. Unless – Carol Shields

26. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

25. The Double – José Saramago

24. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters

23. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry

22. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair

21. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee

20. Islands – Dan Sleigh

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

18. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt

17. The Light of Day – Graham Swift

16. Thursbitch – Alan Garner

15. The Colour – Rose Tremain

14. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle

13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

12. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair

11. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd

10. Vanishing Point – David Markson

9. The Master – Colm Tóibín

8. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth

7. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble

6. The Sea – John Banville

5. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson

4. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee

3. On Beauty – Zadie Smith

2. Saturday – Ian McEwan

1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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Stealing the update idea from Frankie, heres mine biggrin.gif

 

Read

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

 

That must be a relief, it's one hefty book :D

 

An interesting challenge Frankie - one I've only recently picked up from the posts on your reading thread. I'm tempted, but there's quite a lot on here that I've tried and really, really don't want to have to read (Samuel Richardson and Marcel Proust jump immediately to mind - I really do want to have a life!!): what are the rules (if any) about incompleted books?

 

Welcome willoyd :) To put it very frankly, it's one helluva challenge so I believe in the ”dealeth with the challenge as thou wishest thouself” -method :lol: I fancy reading all the books on the list myself, but let's face it, I fear my days will be numbered way before I reach no 1001. I can promise I'll buy a cup of coffee, and maybe even a doughnut to anyone on the forum who manages to finish the challenge.

Haha, why am I not surprised that there are a few Woolfs amongst your most favored reads on the challenge? :wink:

 

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.

 

This takes my totals to 47 of the original 1001 list and 50 of the 1294 combined list!

 

 

How was The Mayor of Casterbridge? Was this not a serious contender in a nominations thread for some reading circle? Maybe the one that ended in the victory of Vanity Fair? I always thought TMoC might make a nice read.

 

wow I just had a quick look at the list and yeah I seen couple of them in a film but thats it! so looks like I have..... lets see... 1001 books to read still!!! oh well I am sure I will get there smile.gif

 

Hehe, I like your optimism! Welcome to tackle the challenge! :)

 

 

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Welcome willoyd :) To put it very frankly, it's one helluva challenge so I believe in the ”dealeth with the challenge as thou wishest thouself” -method :lol: I fancy reading all the books on the list myself, but let's face it, I fear my days will be numbered way before I reach no 1001. I can promise I'll buy a cup of coffee, and maybe even a doughnut to anyone on the forum who manages to finish the challenge.

Whilst I'm not going to go for the full 1001 - there are seriously some books on here that I've tried but really don't want to drain my life away reading (I'm thinking of Proust as I write, which must have set a new record at how soon I wanted to throw the book at something) - it'll be fun keeping a track, and a help in finding new reading (at least new for me!).

So, which list is the one for the challenge? I'm assuming 2006, as that's the one set out at the start, and it's not been replaced at any stage.

 

Haha, why am I not surprised that there are a few Woolfs amongst your most favored reads on the challenge? :wink:

 

A very recent discovery (past couple of years anyway), but what an impact!! She's sooooooo brilliant!

 

BTW, have just finished my 100th book on the list - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - a small but motivating milestone.

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Whilst I'm not going to go for the full 1001 - there are seriously some books on here that I've tried but really don't want to drain my life away reading (I'm thinking of Proust as I write, which must have set a new record at how soon I wanted to throw the book at something) - it'll be fun keeping a track, and a help in finding new reading (at least new for me!).

 

That's funny, because Proust is one of the authors I'm most looking forward to reading :D But I think that's also due to the fact that it's on the Rory Gilmore reading challenge and Proust is mentioned quite often in the series, the Gilmore Girls :)

 

So, which list is the one for the challenge? I'm assuming 2006, as that's the one set out at the start, and it's not been replaced at any stage.

 

Well I personally only have the 2006 list and because I started the thread, that's what I had to go with. I also own the book so personally I'm going with that and as they change too much over each new edition, I can't be bothered to try and adjust the list in the first post. If anyone wishes to provide the later editions (2008, 2010, I suppose they're going to come up with a new one next year?) they are definitely welcome to do it on this thread or in their own privacy :) There's this nifty website dedicated to the challenge where you can download all the different editions as spreadsheets on your computer, but I think they charge some small sum if you want all the different lists. Kylie knows more about that website than I do, if you have any questions you should ask her, or perhaps Janet :)

 

BTW, have just finished my 100th book on the list - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - a small but motivating milestone.

 

Wow, that's definitely a milestone! And 10% :cool: And what a great choice from the list too! :smile2:

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I'm happy sticking to the 2006 list: I have the newer ones (there's a lite version which is free), but am not overly impressed with the books introduced compared to what was removed.

I do think the author choice could have been spread out more - there are a quite a few that could/should be on the list, whilst others are somewhat overloaded (and one or two make me wonder why they are included), but that's always the same with lists, and, indeed, half the fun!.

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How was The Mayor of Casterbridge? Was this not a serious contender in a nominations thread for some reading circle? Maybe the one that ended in the victory of Vanity Fair? I always thought TMoC might make a nice read.

Yes, I nominated it when Vanity Fair won. :) I had TMoC on my 'to read' pile (it had been there some time, I think) and then Peter and I had a few days away, ending up in Dorchester (which is Casterbridge) so I read it then. I really enjoyed it. It's the first Hardy I've ever read but I thought it was great and I want to read more of his works now. :)

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Yes, I nominated it when Vanity Fair won. :) I had TMoC on my 'to read' pile (it had been there some time, I think) and then Peter and I had a few days away, ending up in Dorchester (which is Casterbridge) so I read it then. I really enjoyed it. It's the first Hardy I've ever read but I thought it was great and I want to read more of his works now. :)

 

What an apt place to read the book in :D I saw the pics in the Literary Landmarks thread, beautiful shots! :)

 

I've only read one Hardy book, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, it was for an English lit course some (many) years ago. It's my most hated book ever :giggle: It was so weird because I really liked all the other English lit books in general (well apart from Tess and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). But I know people who've loved Tess, so fear not. Who knows, maybe I would enjoy it too, on a second time round. And it hasn't put me off trying another Hardy.

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I imagine Tess must be fairly hard-going. I remember watching the Roman Polanski (I think) version years ago - it was one of the first videos my parents rented on Betamax - and finding it rather dull, but the BBC did an excellent adaptation a year or two ago which I really enjoyed.

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That must be a relief, it's one hefty book :D

 

 

I did read it in the three parts so I had it a bit easier too! but I really enjoyed them, I was a bit worried I wouldnt!

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I'm not really inclined toward undertaking challenges as they give me the reading wobblies, and when I originally posted on this thread is was more out of astonishment then anything else. There are too many books on the list that I just do not want to read, so I think I will be keeping the list as a guide rather than a must read list.

 

*gulp*

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I bought the following books today, all are on the list:

 

 

The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy

 

What Maisie Knew – Henry James

 

Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin

 

 

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I bought the following books today, all are on the list:

The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy

You are giving him another chance .. good girl. I liked this one, hope you do too.

 

What Maisie Knew – Henry James

Good luck with this .. hope it's absolutely nothing like The Ambassadors :biggrin:

 

Since my last update I've read ....

 

931. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

820. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

794. Dracula - Bram Stoker

776. The Ambassadors - Henry James

698. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

695. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

686. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

656. Cakes and Ale - Somerset Maugham

643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein

526. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

481. The Midwich Cuckoo's - John Wyndham

365. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

274. A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro

260. Money: A Suicide Note - Martin Amis

237. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson

69. Pastoralia - George Saunders

 

That brings my total to 109

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You are giving him another chance .. good girl. I liked this one, hope you do too.

 

So that's two *likes* already, vs the non-existent *dislikes* so far, the odds are looking good :)

 

Good luck with this .. hope it's absolutely nothing like The Ambassadors :D

 

Uh oh... :D Well at least it's a short book!

 

 

Since my last update I've read ....

 

883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

820. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

776. The Ambassadors - Henry James

698. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

686. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein

526. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

365. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

274. A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro

260. Money: A Suicide Note - Martin Amis

69. Pastoralia - George Saunders

 

Heck, you've been really busy! How do you feel going over the 100 limit? Good? Not feeling overwhelmed by the thought that there are 9 more 100s to go? :giggle:

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So that's two *likes* already, vs the non-existent *dislikes* so far, the odds are looking good :)

I'm not saying that it doesn't have it's dull moments, but I thought it was a great improvement on Tess :)

Uh oh... :D Well at least it's a short book!

I think he wrote in different styles ... hopefully What Maisie Knew will be one of his good ones. I was listening to a radio adaptation of The Turn of the Screw today and what I heard was gripping so I'm not writing him off as unreadable yet (he owes me mind you :D)

 

Heck, you've been really busy! How do you feel going over the 100 limit? Good? Not feeling overwhelmed by the thought that there are 9 more 100s to go? :giggle:

No :giggle2: I know there's some I'll never probably read but it's good to have a challenge, even if you do pick and choose.

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I'm not saying that it doesn't have it's dull moments, but I thought it was a great improvement on Tess :)

 

I don't mind a few dull moments. But I'd say anything is a great improvement on Tess :D

 

[/b]I think he wrote in different styles ... hopefully What Maisie Knew will be one of his good ones. I was listening to a radio adaptation of The Turn of the Screw today and what I heard was gripping so I'm not writing him off as unreadable yet (he owes me mind you :D)

 

I feel like I need to read The Ambassadors and see what it was like, I'm getting quite curious! :D But yes, do give him another chance if you have time, who knows :) Maybe his next book will make amends!

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Just adding The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie taking my total up to 11, such a long long long way to go!

 

What? It's on the list? :huh: Excellent :D

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its on the copy of the list I have, not sure which year I'm using though, but thats another one down :)

 

It's at least on the 2006 edition, the one that's listed on the first post of this thread. That's another one down for me as well :smile2:

 

91 down, 910 to go :rolleyes::D

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It's at least on the 2006 edition, the one that's listed on the first post of this thread. That's another one down for me as well :smile2:

 

91 down, 910 to go :rolleyes::D

 

I think thats the one I'm using then :)

 

Your nearly at the 100 mark, keep on reading :)

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Wow, congrats on making 100, Poppyshake! And Frankie, you're so close! I think I'm still 15-20 books away. I haven't updated my lists in ages, but while I've probably added loads to my TBR pile, I'm certain I haven't read many (or probably any).

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