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1001 Books to read before you die

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Nov 29, 2007, 12:55am Top

I realise there isn't really a thread dedicated to asking people how many they've read, which can be quite an interesting question to ask for such a large amount of books.

If you are unsure you can download the spreadsheet here http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?page_id=42

I have read 43 books so far, in my almost 18 years of life.
I had only read 12 early last year, so I've made quite a bit of progress.

Nov 29, 2007, 1:02am Top

I've also read 43. I'm just a bit older than 18 though ;)

There is a thread about how many we've each read here... http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=18731

Nov 29, 2007, 5:14am Top

I'm going to join this thread, just to be perverse ;-) I've read 81 so far. 9 this year, although two were re-reads, so don't really count. I'm half way through another two now though, so that makes up for it!

I must confess, I'm not really using it as a list of books I must read, more of a gentle guideline. So I never expect to reach 1001!

Nov 29, 2007, 7:46am Top

I'm joining in the perversity!

I've read about 130, but the majority of those are just books that I read by chance (or for school) before the book came out.

Nov 29, 2007, 10:15am Top

I've read 18 so far. 2 of them I read this year and have one waiting to be read in my immediate TBR pile. I'm not making it a priority to read those books, but have found myself looking for those books to put in my TBR pile.

I have way too many other books I want to read that are not on that list so I continue to read as I please.

I find it kind of disturbing that a group of people have made a list of books that I MUST read before I die. Who can tell me what I MUST or MUST NOT read before I die?

Nov 29, 2007, 12:44pm Top

I've only read 31. It was almost 32 but I couldn't get past page 1 of Humphrey Clinker by Smollett. I'll hit 32 when I finish The Grapes of Wrath.

Nov 29, 2007, 2:28pm Top

101 that I know for sure - a few more 'I think I might have reads' that I didn't count. Only 24 books per year if I want to finish before I die! What an uplifting thought.

Nov 29, 2007, 3:12pm Top

182 so far. About 9 of those in the last month or so since I started keeping track. It'll be 183 as soon as I finish Get Shorty and I'm still working my way through Tristram Shandy little by little. That puts me at 15/year though like may others, I don't think I am likely to actually read all of them, since a few hold little or no interest to me.

Nov 29, 2007, 4:34pm Top

When I started in May, I had read 37 already. I'm currently on No's 66 and 67, so I think I'm doing very well, considering I need to read them at a rate of 19 per year in order to read them all in an average female lifespan. (so far it's been 30, so I've beaten the requirement and there's still a month to go for this year, so I can still squeeze a couple more in before 2008!).

Here's the list of books I've read so far:
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 - Northanger Abbey (932)
38. Jane Austen - Emma (936)
39. Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (938)
40. John Cleland - Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (974)
41. Charlotte Brontë - Jane 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 Patient - UNFINISHED (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) - CURRENTLY READING
67. Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan of the Apes (747) - CURRENTLY READING

And the ones I have waiting on the shelf:
1. Margaret Atwood - Surfacing (354)
2. Jane Austen - Persuasion (933)
3. Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (940)
4. Charlotte Bronte - Villette (891)
5. Louis de Bernieres - Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (129)
6. Karen Blixen - Out of Africa (614)
7. John Bunyan - The Pilgrim’s Progress (991)
8. Joseph Conrad - The Heart of Darkness (780)
9. Joseph Conrad - Lord Jim (785)
10. Daniel Defoe - Moll Flanders (985)
11. Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe (987)
12. Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol (913)
13. Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities (883)
14. Charles Dickens - Bleak House (890)
15. Charles Dickens - Hard Times (888)
16. Charles Dickens - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (910)
17. Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist (918)
18. Charles Dickens - Our Mutual Friend (869)
19. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (804)
20. Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo (906)
21. Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man (520)
22. F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tender is the Night (638)
23. Elizabeth Gaskell - North and South (887)
24. Oliver Goldsmith - The Vicar of Wakefield (964)
25. Thomas Hardy - Far from the Madding Crowd (846)
26. Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure (799)
27. Thomas Hardy - The Mayor of Casterbridge (821)
28. Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d’Urbervilles (808)
29. Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter (897)
30. Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (Vol. 1 and 2) (873)
31. Charles Kingsley - The Waterbabies (872)
32. Barbara Kingslover - The Poisonwood Bible (86)
33. Rudyard Kipling - Kim (783)
34. Hanif Kureishi - The Buddha of Suburbia (184)
35. Choderlos De Laclos - Les Liaisons Dangereuses (956)
36. D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow (742)
37. D. H. Lawrence - Women in Love (728)
38. Herman Melville - Moby Dick (896)
39. Philip Roth - The Human Stain
40. Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom’s Cabin (893)
41. Jonathan Swift - A Modest Proposal (982)
42. W M Thackeray - Vanity Fair (905)
43. Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina (840)
44. Lew Wallace- Ben Hur 835)
45. H. G. Wells - The Island of Dr. Moreau (796)
46. Tom Wolfe - Bonfire of the Vanities (218)
47. Virginia Woolf - Orlando (675)

As you can see, I've got some real doozies lined up!

Nov 29, 2007, 6:41pm Top

I find it really interesting to see which of the books people have read (and conversely, the ones that are more rare or that no one seems to have read). Anyone else care to show their list?

Nov 29, 2007, 7:13pm Top

Are you kidding me? I am way too busy reading to take the time to do what Kell just did ;)

Nov 29, 2007, 7:54pm Top

LOL - I copied and pasted it from my blog, which I update as I go along, so it took me all of two seconds flat. ;)

I've been thinking about which ones off the list I'll read next and have whittled it down to a choice between:

Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

I think the Dickens is a definite, what with Xmas fast approaching, but I can see myself having a tough time choosing between the others! Actually, if I set my mind to it, I suppose I might manage to read all of those choices over the next month or so - if I can find the time in between work and seasonal shopping!

Nov 29, 2007, 9:36pm Top

I keep track in my LT catalog and on my blog.
- In my catalog, I tag books "1001" and, if they are NOT tagged "tbr," then I've already read them. From the search page, I can enter "1001 -tbr" and see what I've read (64 so far).

- On my blog, I have an entry with the complete list, and I bold the ones I've read. If I read it this year, after I started writing reviews, I also link to my review.

Nov 29, 2007, 9:48pm Top

1. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
26. Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
52. The Devil and Miss Prym - Paolo Coelho
55. Austerlitz - W.G. Sebald
48. Choke - Chuck Palahniuk
49. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
57. Ignorance - Milan Kundera
78. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
90. Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
92. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
93. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
143. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
210. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams
240. Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis
213. The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy
262. White Noise - Don DeLillo
301. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
427. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
456. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
521. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
529. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
547. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
564. Animal Farm - George Orwell
574. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
579. The Outsider - Albert Camus (also known as The Stranger)
610. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
699. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
714. The Garden Party - Katherine Mansfield
738. Rashomon - Akutagawa Ryunosuke
761. A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
794. Dracula - Bram Stoker
797. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
809. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
819. The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
831. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
840. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
854. Through the looking glass - Lewis Carroll
863. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
868. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
929. The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe
982. A modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift
1001. Aesop's Fables - Aesopus

This is my list of read books from the list. It now stands at 44 as I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray this morning.

Nov 29, 2007, 10:45pm Top

Re: Message 10

Yikes! I though that might be interesting but the list is 5 pages long and I would hate to clutter up the list like that. I might try posting it somewhere else, like on my blog (since I have it and everything) but For now I've spent enough time already. I agree though, that I'd be curious to see what people have/haven't read, just to compare my ideas of "books everyone must have read" to reality.

Nov 30, 2007, 4:34pm Top

Kell, I highly recommend Invisible Man. One of my favourites. The novel is very deep and can be a little confusing at times, but it is so worth it. One of the greatest African American novels of all time in my opinion. I'd put it up there with any American novels actually. I know it's almost Christmas and everything, but it is infinitely better than A Christmas Carol.

Nov 30, 2007, 5:17pm Top

I have read the following so far:
1. Possessing the Secret of Joy Alice Walker
2.Beloved Toni Morrison
3.Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
5.Interview With a Vampire Anne Rice
6.Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
7.Herzog Saul Bellow
8.A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
9.To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
10.The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
11.Animal Farm George Orwell
12. Cannery Row John Steinbeck
13.The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
14.A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
15.A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
16.Nana Emile Zola
17.The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
18.The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe

Nov 30, 2007, 8:30pm Top

I've read 142, at age 22, so I've got to do 16 a year, according to the spreadsheet. I'm a graduate student in 19th (and some 18th) century literature, so while I'll probably read most of the books in those areas, I can't say I'm really concerned with reading all of the more contemporary works. Here's my list so far:
1. Atonement – Ian McEwan
2. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
3. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
4. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
5. Possession – A.S. Byatt
6. Foe – J.M. Coetzee
7. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
8. White Noise – Don DeLillo
9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
10. Neuromancer – William Gibson
11. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
12. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
13. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
14. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
15. The Shining – Stephen King
16. Sula – Toni Morrison
17. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
18. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
19. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
20. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
21. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
22. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
23. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
24. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
25. Herzog – Saul Bellow
26. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
27. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
28. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
29. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
30. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
31. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
32. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
33. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
34. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
35. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
36. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
37. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
38. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
39. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
40. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
41. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
42. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
43. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
44. Animal Farm – George Orwell
45. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
46. The Outsider – Albert Camus
47. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
48. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
49. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
50. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
51. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
52. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
53. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
54. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
55. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
56. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
57. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
58. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
59. The Trial – Franz Kafka
60. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
61. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
62. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
63. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
64. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
65. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
66. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
67. Howards End – E.M. Forster
68. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
69. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
70. The Immoralist – André Gide
71. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
72. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
73. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
74. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
75. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
76. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
77. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
78. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
79. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
80. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
81. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
82. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
83. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
84. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
85. Middlemarch – George Eliot
86. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
87. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
88. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
89. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
90. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
91. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
92. Silas Marner – George Eliot
93. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
94. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
95. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
96. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
97. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
98. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
99. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
100. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
101. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
102. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
103. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
104. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
105. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
106. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
107. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
108. Emma – Jane Austen
109. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
110. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
111. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
112. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
113. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
114. Vathek – William Beckford
115. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
116. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
117. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
118. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
119. Candide – Voltaire
120. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
121. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
122. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
123. A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift
124. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
125. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
126. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
127. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
128. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
129. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
130. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
131. Aithiopika – Heliodorus
132. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
133. Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
134. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
135. Caleb Williams - William Godwin
136. Billy Budd - Herman Melville
137. Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence
138. Dracula - Bram Stoker
139. In a Glass Darkly - J. Sheridan LeFanu
140. Time's Arrow - Martin Amis
141. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
142. Great Apes – Will Self

The books below the dash are ones I've read since I first saw the list (except for Self and Danielewski, which I had just forgotten about when I was writing things out at first).

Edited: Dec 1, 2007, 6:16pm Top

I have read 56 on the list.
At 22 y/o the spreadsheet tells me I need to read 16 books a year.
I have approximately 24 books from the list on my book shelf TBR, So I suppose that means I should have no trouble reading 16 in 2008 lol.

The List:
1 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
2 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 3 by Mark Haddon
4 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
5 Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
6 The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
7 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
8 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
9 Wild Swans by Jung Chang
10 The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
11 Possession by A.S.Byatt
12 Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
13 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
14 Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
15 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
16 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
17 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
18 Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
19 The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
20 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
21 The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
22 The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
23 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
24 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
25 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
26 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
27 Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
28 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
29 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
30 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
31 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
32 Animal Farm by George Orwell
33 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
34 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
35 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
36 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
37 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
38 A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
39 The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
40 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
41 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
42 A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
43 The Forsyte Sage by John Galsworthy
44 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
45 Dracula by Bram Stoker
46 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
47 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
48 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
49 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
50 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
51 The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
52 Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
53 Emma by Jane Austen
54 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
55 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
56 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Edited: Dec 16, 2008, 5:55pm Top

I just remembered that I have my list available too without having to retype it all. Here are the 71 that I've read to date:

1 Saturday -- Ian McEwan
2 Adjunct: An Undigest -- Peter Manson
3 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -- Mark Haddon
4 Unless -- Carol Shields
5 Atonement -- Ian McEwan
6 The Ground Beneath Her Feet -- Salman Rushdie
7 The Hours -- Michael Cunningham
8 Enduring Love -- Ian McEwan
9 A Fine Balance -- Rohinton Mistry
10 The English Patient -- Michael Ondaatje
11 Like Water for Chocolate -- Laura Esquivel
12 The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe
13 Love in the Time of Cholera -- Gabriel GarcÌa Marquez
14 The Handmaidís Tale -- Margaret Atwood
15 Shame -- Salman Rushdie
16 Confederacy of Dunces -- John Kennedy Toole
17 The Name of the Rose -- Umberto Eco
18 If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler -- Italo Calvino
19 The Shining -- Stephen King
20 Fear of Flying -- Erica Jong
21 The Godfather -- Mario Puzo
22 Eva Trout -- Elizabeth Bowen
23 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest -- Ken Kesey
24 To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
25 The Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R. Tolkien
26 Lord of the Flies -- William Golding
27 The Old Man and the Sea -- Ernest Hemingway
28 The Catcher in the Rye -- J.D. Salinger
29 Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell
30 The Plague -- Albert Camus
31 Animal Farm -- George Orwell
32 The Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-ExupÈry
33 Rebecca -- Daphne du Maurier
34 Of Mice and Men -- John Steinbeck
35 The Hobbit -- J.R.R. Tolkien
36 Out of Africa -- Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
37 Gone With the Wind -- Margaret Mitchell
38 All Quiet on the Western Front -- Erich Maria Remarque
39 Lady Chatterley’s Lover -- D.H. Lawrence
40 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd -- Agatha Christie
41 Mrs. Dalloway -- Virginia Woolf
42 The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
43 The Trial -- Franz Kafka
44 The Garden Party -- Katherine Mansfield
45 Siddhartha -- Herman Hesse
46 A Room With a View -- E.M. Forster
47 Heart of Darkness -- Joseph Conrad
48 The Turn of the Screw -- Henry James
49 The Yellow Wallpaper -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
50 The Picture of Dorian Gray -- Oscar Wilde
51 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Mark Twain
52 Treasure Island -- Robert Louis Stevenson
53 Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy
54 Around the World in Eighty Days -- Jules Verne
55 Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There -- Lewis Carroll
56 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -- Lewis Carroll
57 Wuthering Heights -- Emily Bronte
58 Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte
59 The Purloined Letter -- Edgar Allan Poe
60 The Pit and the Pendulum -- Edgar Allan Poe
61 A Christmas Carol -- Charles Dickens
62 The Fall of the House of Usher -- Edgar Allan Poe
63 The Nose -- Nikolay Gogol
64 Frankenstein -- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
65 Persuasion -- Jane Austen
66 Emma -- Jane Austen
67 Mansfield Park -- Jane Austen
68 Candide -- Voltaire
69 A Modest Proposal -- Jonathan Swift
70 Gulliver’s Travels -- Jonathan Swift
71 Oroonoko -- Aphra Behn


Update since my original post:

72. In Pursuit of Love -- Nancy Mitford
73. 13 Clocks -- James Thurber
74. French Lieutenant's Woman -- John Fowles
75. Bleak House -- Charles Dickens
76. Burger's Daughter -- Nadine Gordimer
77. The Reader -- Bernhard Schlink
78. Cranford -- Elizabeth Gaskill
79. Indigo -- Marina Warner
80. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- RL Stevenson
81. The Color Purple -- Alice Walker
82. Family Matters -- Rohinton Mistry
83. The Thirty-Nine Steps -- John Buchan
84. Never Let Me Go --
85. Wide Sargasso Sea --Jean Rhys
87. Middlemarch --
88. The Water-babies--Charles Kingsley
89. The Heat of the Day -- Elizabeth Bowen
90. Alias Grace -- Margaret Atwood
91. The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
92. Fugitive Pieces -- Anne Michaels
93. The Waves -- Virginia Woolf
94. Midnight's Children -- Salman Rushdie
95. High Rise -- JG Ballard
96. If This is a Man -- Primo Levi
97. Surfacing -- Margaret Atwood
98. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick -- Peter Handke

Dec 2, 2007, 2:25pm Top

As of this morning I am at 168 so according the spreadsheet that is 15 a year. I keep track on listology: http://www.listology.com/content_show.cfm/content_id.25174

Dec 2, 2007, 11:41pm Top

Unless I've missed one, I've only read 9 books on the list:

The Black Dahlia
Interview with a Vampire
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
The Little Prince
Brave New World

There were a couple that I know I've started, but I couldn't remember if I'd finished, such as Slaughterhouse 5 and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I was pleased to see that several books on my reading list were listed, so I would've naturally made progress, even if I hadn't stumbled onto this list. My dad is giving me a set of leather-bound classics, most of which will probably be on this list, too. I'm so excited to get started!

Dec 4, 2007, 9:17am Top

I'm half-way through my #132, "Pamela", by Samuel Richardson.
I didn't know about this author, until I read about him on some web-site, and then I found out he was on the list, so I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg and started reading.
And enjoying it so far!

Dec 4, 2007, 5:03pm Top

# 23 . . . so I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg and started reading.

Did you print it out, or are you curly up with your computer?
If you printed it out, how many pages did it come to?

Dec 4, 2007, 7:00pm Top

No, I read ebooks in my PDA. The books I download from Project Gutenberg respect the length of the lines on the original book, so I had join all the broken lines, and then convert it to a .lit file.
The .rtf file had 233 pages, I don't know how many that would be in a normal book.

Dec 7, 2007, 4:09am Top

I have the Dutch version of the 1001 books.
When I bought it last summer, I ofcourse checked how many I already read, it added up to a louse 42.
That number hasn't grown a lot, since I decided to first read all unread books on my shelf (which are about 50!). After I finish my shelf, I'll intend to start with my personal choice of the 1001 books.
Unfortunately they took a few good English books out of the list for the Dutch version, and ofcourse replaced them by Dutch writers.
So I can't count Memoirs of a Geisha and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Gallaxy... what a pity.

Dec 7, 2007, 4:12am Top

Oh my lord, how many spelling mistakes can one make in a message? That only proves that it is harder to write in a 2nd language when disturbed by collegues!

Dec 7, 2007, 4:50am Top

As of yesterday, I'm at 97. I'm looking forward to breaking the magic 100! I managed to read about 22 this year, so the 1001 books account for about a quarter of what I read.

Dec 7, 2007, 4:21pm Top

Since 20 October 2007 (when I started officially counting) I've read 18, and please iljafranken don't worry about your spelling mistakes, it is just such a pleasure to have some international input here.

My current obsession is Taebaek Mountains - do you know if this has been translated into Dutch?

Dec 9, 2007, 7:46am Top

In one of the other threads (I forget which - longest book I think) it appears that the Taebaek Mountains has been translated into French but never into English. I don't know about Dutch.

Dec 9, 2007, 11:47am Top

I don't know I need the list! LOL

Dec 11, 2007, 10:32am Top

clm25poetry did you find the link for the list of the books? (1st post in this thread)

I wonder if it would be possible for us to have a group list--maybe the spreadsheet posted elsewhere with everyone having the password to log on to it and marking the books they've read?

Dec 12, 2007, 9:20am Top

I have read 74 in total at this point. I'm working through a massive Poe anthology at the moment, so I'll be at 76 when I finish The Purloined Letter and The Fall of the House of Usher. This is definitely the way to make you work for those three Poe checkmarks, haha. I'm pretty sure this anthology has everything ever written by Poe. Included are all of his poems, essays, articles and letters on top of the familiar and not so familiar short stories.

Dec 12, 2007, 2:28pm Top

#33 - Then you'll be at 77 when you finish the Pit and the Pendulum.

Dec 12, 2007, 4:37pm Top

I don't have the book yet (though I have a feeling it may be under the Christmas tree), but according to the spreadsheet, I've read 92. They are:

1. The Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd
2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
3. Atonement by Ian McEwan
4. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
5. Fury by Salman Rushdie
6. The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
8. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
9. Underworld by Don DeLillo
10. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
11. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
12. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
13. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
14. Broken April by Ismail Kadare
15. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
16. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
17. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
18. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
19. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
20. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
21. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
22. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
23. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
24. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
25. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
26. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
27. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
28. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
29. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
30. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
31. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
32. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
33. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
34. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
35. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
36. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
37. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
38. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
39. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
40. Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
41. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
42. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
43. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
44. Remembrance of Things Past (4 of the 6 books) by Marcel Proust
45. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
46. The Trial by Franz Kafka
47. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
48. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
49. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
50. Dracula by Bram Stoker
51. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
52. Germinal by Emile Zola
53. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
54. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
55. Middlemarch by George Eliot
56. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
57. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
58. The Idiot by fyodor Dostoevsky
59. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
61. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
62. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
63. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
64. Slias Marner by George Eliot
65. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
66. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
67. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
68. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
69. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
70. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
71. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
72. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
73. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
74. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
75. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
76. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
77. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
78. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
79. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
80. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
81. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
82. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
83. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
84. Emma by Jane Austen
85. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
86. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
87. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
88. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
89. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
90. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
91. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
92. The Thousand and One Nights

I'm continually impressed with the variety of books on the list. I'd read most of these before finding it but it's a great reminder of books I've wanted to read and then forgotten.

Dec 13, 2007, 12:14am Top

#34- Nope, The Pit and the Pendulum was the first of the three to appear in the anthology. I'm already through a pretty good chunk in the book. I loved this story though. The Pit could seriously be turned into one of the games in a Saw movie. Also, I would definitely watch this movie. I may be a little sick, but this was a seriously awesome short story.

Edited: Dec 13, 2007, 9:01am Top

I've read 243 of the books on the list, but then I am quite old.

I was amused by the attribution of House on the Borderland to Arnold Bennett. It's a stunning book, but actually by William Hope Hodgson.

Dec 14, 2007, 1:19pm Top

>37 joehutcheon: Yeah, I noticed that, too. It was just a mistake the person who typed up the spreadsheet made in transcribing from the book. (I already pointed it out to them, being the obnoxious person I am...)

Dec 14, 2007, 4:23pm Top

So, I have to actually subtract one from my list, because I realized that I read Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby, not Choke.

Edited: Dec 15, 2007, 9:28pm Top

>38 SJaneDoe: Thanks for the correction. Another one I noticed is Diary of a Nobody which is by George & Weedon Grossmith (not 'Goldsmith') :)

Dec 15, 2007, 3:44pm Top

I found it quite interesting to look at the list and found that I had read 280; mainly for enjoyment and a few that were required reading at school and college. There are a lot that I don't think I will ever read (they just don't appeal) but the list has certainly whet my appetite to re-read some of my old favourites, particularly Zola.

Dec 24, 2007, 3:21am Top

going through this list, I feel like a bad bad holder of an English degree. I've only finished 19 of the books, but I own about 10 others, and have started but not finished another 10 (some of which are amongst the ones I own).

It will happen, slowly but surely. At least I know I won't have to break my book buying diet for a little while in order to complete the list.

Edited: Jan 3, 2008, 9:29am Top

Thanks for identifying the Arukiyomi's spread sheet. It's well done and even supports viewing sublists by author.

After an "unaudited" review, I've read 117. It may be more or less. I would guess that in the past 40 years I've averaged 25 books per year, so I've covered over 1,000 titles suggesting that I've read more "trash" and non-fiction than literature. But, I've read many of the works awarded the Pulitzer prize for fiction and many titles by authors who made the 1001 list without making much of a dent.

My objective for the time being is to reach 251 (25%) by continuously reading at least one book from the list. Like many of you, I read 2-3 books at once including usually one non-fiction title. Today's read from the 1001 is The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.

Edited: Dec 31, 2007, 12:53pm Top

I've just finished Wuthering Heights, which takes me up to 61 (in 23 years of life). I've nearly finished the penultimate volume of Proust's marathon In Search of Lost Time, so once I read the last volume I'll be up to 62.
By my reckoning, I read about 10 from the list in 2007. Roll on 2008!

Dec 31, 2007, 1:31pm Top

DLSmithies--how many pages is In Search of Lost Time?

Dec 31, 2007, 1:42pm Top

Well, it's 7 volumes - although the edition I'm reading rolls vols 5 and 6 together.
In this Vintage Classics edition, Swann's Way = 513 pages; Within a Budding Grove = 618 pages; The Guermantes Way = 691 pages; Sodom and Gomorrah = 615 pages; and The Captive; The Fugitive = 793 pages. So the first six volumes come to 3230 pages. I don't yet have a copy of Time Regained, so I don't know how long that is. I started volume 1 in summer 2004, so it's taken me a while to get this far. It's kind of frustrating that it only counts as one book on the 1001 list, but I can understand why. To break it up would be artificial.

Dec 31, 2007, 2:11pm Top

That's ridiculous, I think we have a new winner for longest book on the last. Seriously, kudos on getting as far as you have. You clearly have to finish it up now, what's another 6-7 hundred pages with 3230 in the rear view? I hope it's good, because that is a serious investment of time.

Jan 1, 2008, 9:45am Top

Thanks for the kudos! I spent the first two volumes being a terribly impatient reader - it's really not about the plot, you see, and Proust can easily spend 50 pages musing on one little thought that's occured to him whilst he was walking from the bed to the window... and it didn't help that the Narrator himself pisses me off, just because he's so self-absorbed and liable to feel sorry for himself. But it was only when I got to volumes 3 and 4 that I started settling into it - and those are the volumes where he starts describing dinner parties and salons and balls, which he does exquisitely. And finally, in volumes 5 and 6, I've learned to just go with the Proustian flow and stop hankering after some action.

It is quite simply a modernist masterpiece, but it takes an awful lot of perseverance.

Mar 6, 2008, 10:49am Top

I am current working on my 51st and 52nd book. Based on my age, I would have to read 32 books a year to finish the list according to Arukiyomi's spreadsheet of the 1001, which can be found online.

Mar 6, 2008, 8:57pm Top

I've read a paltry 18. Working on 19 now.

Edited: Apr 27, 2008, 1:34pm Top

I've read 162...........I just discovered the list and am about to turn 50..........You do the math!

Mar 10, 2008, 2:48pm Top

Just finished #51-53. On The Road by Jack Kerouac, The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow and Amsterdam by Ian McEwan. Plus found two more books I read but had not checked off, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Brings my total to 55.

Edited: Mar 10, 2008, 7:29pm Top

I have read 45 books and liked most of them! My favorite was Project Mulberry!

Mar 11, 2008, 9:11am Top

#53 Locococo

Project Mulberry? Are you sure it's on the list?

Mar 12, 2008, 3:37am Top

I've just completed my 50th a few days ago, which was something I was quite happy to achieved, due to having read only 20 of them just under a year ago.

Edited: Mar 13, 2008, 12:16pm Top

#56 was The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan. Was a very quick, as in maybe an hour, read. Now starting Atonement.

Mar 17, 2008, 11:55pm Top

I haven't counted how many in total I have read but I've read 46 published before 1900. I aim to read everything before 1900 listed in 1001

Mar 18, 2008, 10:01am Top

Finished Atonement and Black Dogs both by Ian McEwan to up my total to 58.

Mar 21, 2008, 6:49am Top

I only found out about the list today but I have read 43 books so far. Now I am reading The French lieutenant's woman and I think I will start searching for other books. This list is a great idea! As I am only 17 I think I have enough time to read as many as I can.

Mar 21, 2008, 8:54am Top

I've read 47 of the books on the list. I have heard of this list, but hadn't really checked it out. Some of the books on the list surprised me, as they are in my TBR pile, on my BookMooch wishlist, or on my library shelves. Some of them I think I've read but don't remember the book at all, so I didn't count those. Also, some of them I have started, but never finished, and I didn't count those either. I was surprised I didn't see any Ayn Rand on there, though, and a few others I would have included.

Edited: Mar 21, 2008, 11:48am Top

283 so far! Wow! pretty good, eh? Didn't realise that myself until I saw this thread and counted. Although I've also read 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (that IS the book we're talking about, isn't it? If it's something else I'll have to start counting all over again, will have to check the link above), so does that make it 284. And don't worry - I'm not going to list them all (though I may tag them one day when I get round to it). By the way, has anyone else got 501 Must-Read Books? Obviously shorter, though I don't think it includes nearly such a high percentage of ones I have read (haven't counted yet). Luckily, with all these books and lists there is a cross-over so I can usually tick off a good few to start with.
ETA - Just checked. Yes, it is.
E (again) TA - Does this mean I'm going to die sooner than people who have read fewer on the list?

Mar 21, 2008, 4:32pm Top

for me, an even 300....and this from someone who had read constantly since childhood. I am not in a literary profession so I just read for the joy of it. I do have to say that when I was 14 I made an extensive list of great books to read and over the years have followed that path (the actual list disappeared long ago). Many of those works did not appear on this list (1001 was compiled with a different criteria than my list). I commend all who are using this to read works that they may not have known about any other way,especially all the high school and college students.

Mar 21, 2008, 5:53pm Top

Now up to 59 after readiing The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson a gritty, chilling story about a pyschopath who also happens to be a deputy sheriff. Where this book was written in 1952, it must have been considered a very shocking book.

Mar 21, 2008, 5:53pm Top

Now up to 59 after readiing The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson a gritty, chilling story about a pyschopath who also happens to be a deputy sheriff. Where this book was written in 1952, it must have been considered a very shocking book.

Edited: Mar 28, 2008, 8:31pm Top

126 absolutely for sure but there were quite a few "might-have-reads." I didn't know about librarything OR the 1001 list until yesterday but the last book I finished was actually on the list - The Radiant Way
Am re-reading The Trial at the moment which unfortunately won't bring my score up.. Steppenwolf will probably be up next - never finished it.

Mar 29, 2008, 7:35am Top

#65 Which makes you a shiny new member! Welcome to LT!

Mar 29, 2008, 7:47am Top

#66 Thank you! and you're a shining example!

Edited: Feb 11, 2009, 11:31pm Top

I'm a 23-year-old graduate student, who started out in 19th Century (specifically the Gothic and British Romanticism) but recently started shifting gears towards the 20th Century, especially Modernism and contemporary fiction. I started keeping track of my selections from the list last year and actively use the list to pick up new books and find new authors when I start jonesing for something that's not reading for class.

Here are the books I've read so far:

1) Never Let Me Go -- Kazuo Ishiguro
2) Saturday -- Ian McEwan
3) Adjunct: an Undigest -- Peter Manson
4) The Master: A Novel -- Colm Tóibín
5) The Colour -- Rose Tremain
6) Thursbitch -- Alan Garner
7) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -- Mark Haddon
8) Fingersmith -- Sarah Waters
9) Everything Is Illuminated -- Jonathan Safran Foer
10) Middlesex -- Jeffrey Eugenides
11) The Corrections -- Jonathan Franzen
12) Choke -- Chuck Palahniuk
13) The Blind Assassin -- Margaret Atwood
14) after the quake: stories -- Haruki Murakami
15) Disgrace -- J. M. Coetzee
16) Amsterdam -- Ian McEwan
17) The Hours — Michael Cunningham
18) Veronika Decides to Die — Paulo Coelho
19) American Pastoral -- Philip Roth
20) The Virgin Suicides -- Jeffrey Eugenides
21) Black Dogs — Ian McEwan
22) American Psycho -- Bret Easton Ellis
23) Possession: A Romance -- A. S. Byatt
24) The Remains of the Day -- Kazuo Ishiguro
25) The New York Trilogy -- Paul Auster
26) Beloved -- Toni Morrison
27) Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
28) An Artist of the Floating World -- Kazuo Ishiguro
29) The Handmaid's Tale -- Margaret Atwood
30) White Noise -- Don DeLillo
31) Neuromancer -- William Gibson
32) Life & Times of Michael K -- J. M. Coetzee
33) A Pale View of Hills -- Kazuo Ishiguro
34) The Comfort of Strangers -- Ian McEwan
35) A Confederacy of Dunces -- John Kennedy Toole
36) If on a winter's night a traveler -- Italo Calvino
37) The Cement Garden -- Ian McEwan
38) Breakfast of Champions -- Kurt Vonnegut
39) Crash: A Novel -- J. G. Ballard
40) The Breast -- Philip Roth
41) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -- Hunter S. Thompson
42) The Atrocity Exhibition -- J. G. Ballard
43) Slaughterhouse-Five -- Kurt Vonnegut
44) Portnoy's Complaint -- Philip Roth
45) A Void -- Georges Perec
46) The Third Policeman -- Flann O'Brien
47) The Crying of Lot 49 -- Thomas Pynchon
48) God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater -- Kurt Vonnegut
49) Cat's Cradle -- Kurt Vonnegut
50) Pale Fire -- Vladimir Nabokov
51) Catch-22 -- Joseph Heller
52) To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
53) Breakfast at Tiffany's -- Truman Capote
54) Pnin -- Vladimir Nabokov
55) Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov
56) Lord of the Flies -- William Golding
57) Invisible Man -- Ralph Ellison
58) The Old Man and the Sea -- Ernest Hemingway
59) The Catcher in the Rye -- J. D. Salinger
60) 1984 -- George Orwell
61) Cry, the Beloved Country -- Alan Paton
62) Animal Farm -- George Orwell
63) Ficciones -- Jorge Luis Borges
64) Farewell, My Lovely -- Raymond Chandler
65) The Power and the Glory -- Graham Greene
66) The Big Sleep -- Raymond Chandler
67) Rebecca -- Daphne du Maurier
68) Of Mice and Men -- John Steinbeck
69) Tender Is the Night -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
70) Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
71) The Sound and the Fury -- William Faulkner
72) Orlando: A Biography — Virginia Woolf
73) Decline and Fall -- Evelyn Waugh
74) To the Lighthouse — Virginia Woolf
75) Amerika (The Man Who Disappeared) -- Frank Kafka
76) The Sun Also Rises -- Ernest Hemingway
77) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd -- Agatha Christie
78) Manhattan Transfer -- John Dos Passos
79) Mrs. Dalloway -- Virginia Woolf
80) The Trial -- Franz Kafka
81) Billy Budd, Foretopman -- Herman Melville
82) The Garden Party -- Katherine Mansfield
83) Tarzan of the Apes -- Edgar Rice Burroughs
84) Heart of Darkness -- Joseph Conrad
85) The Awakening -- Kate Chopin
86) The Yellow Wallpaper -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
87) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle
88) The Picture of Dorian Gray -- Oscar Wilde
89) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- Robert Louis Stevenson
90) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Mark Twain
91) The Death of Ivan Ilyich -- Leo Tolstoy
92) Treasure Island -- Robert Louis Stevenson
93) In a Glass Darkly -- Sheridan Le Fanu
94) Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There -- Lewis Carroll
95) The Moonstone -- Wilkie Collins
96) Little Women -- Louisa May Alcott
97) Crime and Punishment -- Fyodor Dostoevsky
98) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -- Lewis Carroll
99) Les Misérables -- Victor Hugo
100) The Scarlet Letter -- Nathaniel Hawthorne
101) The Purloined Letter -- Edgar Allan Poe
102) The Pit and the Pendulum -- Edgar Allan Poe
103) The Fall of the House of Usher -- Edgar Allan Poe
104) The Nose -- Nikolai Gogol
105) Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus -- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
106) The Castle of Otranto -- Horace Walpole
107) Candide, or Optimism -- Voltaire
108) A Modest Proposal -- Jonathan Swift
109) Gulliver's Travels -- Jonathan Swift
110) A Tale of a Tub -- Jonathan Swift
111) The Arabian Nights -- Anonymous


Update History

ORIGINAL: 4/6/08 -- #1-83 (in chronological order)
EDIT 1: 4/28/08 -- added #84-87
EDIT 2: 5/12/08 -- added #88-90
EDIT 3: 6/1/08 -- added #91-92
EDIT 4: 6/28/08 -- added #93-95
EDIT 5: 7/9/08 -- added #96-98
EDIT 6: 7/12/08 -- added #99-100
EDIT 7: 7/31/08 -- added #101-102
EDIT 8: 8/22/08 -- added #103-105
EDIT 9: 11/9/08 -- added #106-108
EDIT 10: 2/11/09 -- added #109-111

Apr 6, 2008, 5:39am Top

Wow - there are some beauties in that TBR list. I predict wonderful times ahead. Though I suggest you start with the smallest first and work up to W&P or you'll never get round to any of the others. Good luck!

Apr 6, 2008, 10:46am Top

I'm impressed that you've typed all that in with the Touchtones, too. Yikes! that's LT dedication... I just blogged my list of read 1001 books on my MySpace. The 1001 ones that are on my TBR pile are in bold on my profile page... I'm not focused on the 1001, I'm just reading what I want, but I've found that the ones I want are also sometimes on the list, too. When that happens, I feel a little prouder of my taste in books... silly, eh?

Apr 6, 2008, 11:30am Top

Not silly at all, thekoolaidmom! I've actually found that the list is really good for introducing me to authors I was unfamiliar with and have turned out to really love.

Kazuo Ishiguro, for instance. If it weren't for the list, I might never have given him the time of day. Now I've read two of his novels, am ready for a third, and hope to finish his other three over the summer.

It's always exciting to find great new authors, as far as I'm concerned!

Apr 6, 2008, 4:00pm Top

dczapka Until about 6 months ago, almost all I had ever read were classics. Almost all contemporary authors were unknown to me. A friend of mine gave me a Harlan Coben book, and I loved it. Then I saw the shortlists on the Borders website and read Bentley Little on the reccommendation of Stephen King, who I did know and like. And of course the wonderful people at LibraryThing, the reccommendation feature on BookMooch and LT, and I've now ended up with over 40 books on the TBR pile next to my desk... shrug... Then, to top it off, I found the 1001 books list. I'll never catch up now!

but, I love it...

Edited: Sep 11, 2008, 12:12pm Top

I thought I had read more than I actually have. I have a large chunk on my top priorities however. Here's what I've read:

Updated 9/11 (#35)

Originally Read
1) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (#434)
2) To Kill a Mockingbird (#456)
3) Memento Mori (#465)
4) The Grapes of Wrath (#592)
5) Of Mice and Men (#608)
6) The Great Gatsby (#699)
7) Heart of Darkness (#780)
8) The Scarlet Letter (#897)
9) The Pit and the Pendulum (#911)
10) The Fall of the House of Usher (#916)
11) Persuasion (#933)
12) Pride and Prejudice (#938)
13) Sense and Sensibility (#940)
14) Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (#854)
15) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (#358)
16) War and Peace (#857)
17) The Age of Innocence (#726)
18) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (#868)
19) A Modest Proposal (#982)
20) The Time Machine (#797)
21) The Mysteries of Udolpho (#949)
22) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (#820)
23) Jane Eyre (#904)
24) Orlando (#675)
25) Turn of the Screw (#789)
26) Gulliver's Travels (#983)
27) Frankenstein (#931)
28) Siddhartha (#717)
29) War of the Worlds (#790)
30) Great Expectations (#876)
31) Journey to the Center of the Earth (#866)
32) Ethan Frome (#752)
33) Notes From the Underground (#871)
34) Little Women (#869)
35) Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (#969)

Currently Reading: Treasure Island

Apr 7, 2008, 11:07pm Top

I'm at 44 books, but I'm only 19 years old, and summer is coming! I'm hoping to take a big chunk out of the list. I have about 20 waiting to be read on my bookcase. I'll probably never finish the list, but I figure I need something to push me along when I hit a reading slump.

Apr 8, 2008, 5:57am Top

I've read 95 but I know I won't read them all. Some I have no interest in. Ohers I have already read more than once.

Apr 8, 2008, 7:03am Top

#74 Actually, I think that's pretty amazing. Yes, I've read quite a lot of them now (as acardin says - some many times, others I'm never going to bother), but then I'm also extremely ancient (at least, I'm never going to be mistaken for 19 again). I doubt if I'd read more than 4 or 5 at that age. Don't mean this to sound patronising, which I suspect it might - I am truly impressed!

By the way - I think we should also ask - How many of us have actually read 1001 Books To Read Before You Die - as opposed to either flicking through it or just using the index as a reading list? I love all books about books and I am genuinely reading every word but so far it's taken me about a year to get halfway through. It's not really a book you read right through in one go. Has anyone read all of it yet? And can anyone recommend other similar ones? I already have The Little Black Book of Books,501 Must-Read Books, 1000 Books to Change Your Life, The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide and the Bloomsbury 100 Must-Read Classic novels but I'd love to hear about any others - can't resist book lists!

Apr 8, 2008, 8:57am Top

#76 - That's an interesting question. I have wondered that myself. I am reading the book as well, but at this point I am only reading the entries from the books I have completed. After I get through all those I will read an entry after I read a book. (I'm too worried about spoilers and people have mentioned that this sometimes happens. Not to mention that one person actually wrote the spoiler in his/her own post after complaining about it!) Anyway, after I finish reading all the books from the list that interest me and one by ever author, I will have to decide how to "read" the rest of the book. Somehow I think I'll have plenty of time to figure that out though!

Edited: Apr 8, 2008, 1:42pm Top

M 76: Hmm. I don't think I've actually ever even held the book itself. I'm just trusting all of you and the spreadsheet, which will hopefully excuse my occasional lapses. As for other books, I recently picked up Classics for Pleasure and it looks pretty good so far, though I've only read the first chapter and skimmed, flipped through the rest. I haven't always agreed with the author's reviews, but he does make the books sound interesting!

Oh, and since this is the 'how many have you read' thread, I'm up to 189- woot! If I meet my goals from the 50 book challenge, I'll break 200 this year.

Apr 8, 2008, 4:53pm Top

>76 Booksloth: I highly recommend 13 ways of looking at the novel by Jane Smiley. The first part is about the history of the novel, how we define a novel (what makes a book a novel) and about the writing of a novel. The second part is a list of a hundred books she read and her analyses of them. It's very insightful and the part about writing is very honest and very useful if you're an aspiring novelist.

Apr 8, 2008, 9:49pm Top

I love books about books and would like to mention The Top Ten. 125 authors have listed their top ten books. The resulting lists have been collated into other lists including top 10 fiction, top ten mysteries, top 10 american authors etc etc and the top top ten books. Anna Karenina came in at numero uno.
As for 1001 Books to read before you die, I only read the entry after I've finished the book because of the spoilers though I do trawl through it making lists of books to be read.

I'm up to 155 books, roughly 15% according to the spreadsheet. My goal for 2008 is to hit 200.

Apr 8, 2008, 11:14pm Top

#76- Although I own 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I would never consider reading it cover to cover. For me it's a reference book. I look things up in it, or when I'm in the mood I'll flip through and read anything that interests me. I do run into spoilers, but I always forget them before I read the actual book under discussion.

I too love books about books, which is what draws me back to 1001. Some of my favourite's include Nancy Pearl's Book Lust and More Book Lust, Reading Like a Writer, by Francine Prose, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, by Steve Leveen, and How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas Foster.

Apr 9, 2008, 2:32pm Top

#79 Thanks, Marvas - I've got that one!

And can I just point out how GREAT 1001 Novels smells! I've had my copy since it was first published (whenever that was) and it still smells good.

Apr 13, 2008, 11:42pm Top

After discovering this thread, I then discovered that I have 1001 Books to Read Before You Die tucked away as well. At first I had many reservations and of course we can argue ad nauseam about what does and does not belong on the list. I downloaded the spreadsheet tonight and went though it. I am at 303. Many of the ones I read I remember quite vaguely, but I also suspect I am older than most people here. I doubt I will read another 303 in my lifetime :-)

Apr 14, 2008, 10:57am Top

#83 - I then discovered that I have 1001 Books to Read Before You Die tucked away as well.


Oh, you make me laugh! That's a pretty big book to have "tucked away". I just imagine that you must have a huge library to lose that one amongst all the others.

Apr 14, 2008, 12:39pm Top

Yeah, Nickelini, I would guess there are somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 books in the house. Bookshelves groaning everywhere, piles on the floor everywhere driving my wife crazy, boxes and boxes full of books in closets and then I go out grocery shopping and return with just a few books from the local Goodwill or a garage sale and my long-suffering wife tries not to strangle me. I could easily misplace the full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, let alone a little 957 page book like 1001 Books. :-) What did Basbanes call it? A Gentle Madness? I do not know about gentle, but certainly madness.

Apr 15, 2008, 8:20pm Top

I've finished a paltry twenty-two.

Apr 17, 2008, 7:38am Top

I have finished reading Oscar and Lucinda, which brings my total to 72.
According to the spreadsheet I need to read 17 of the 1001 a year.

So far in 2008:
1. The Handmaid's Tale M Atwood
2. Dead Air, Iain Banks
3. Regeneration, Pat Barker

Apr 17, 2008, 10:01am Top

#87 What did you think of Oscar & Lucinda? It's still on my TBR pile at the moment and fairly near to the top. Should I move it up a bit higher?

Apr 18, 2008, 12:49am Top

I've red 109 so far, and will never get through 1001 - there are some titles I just am not interested in. What about favorite book read so far. It's hard (like picking a favorite child) but I do adore Everything is Illuminated.

Apr 18, 2008, 5:48am Top


I really enjoyed Oscar and Lucinda!

I think it's one where the piece about it in the 1,001 does it a bit of a dis-service- it keeps on going on about them trasporting a glass church across Australia, but in the book this isn't agreed until about page 388 of approx 500.

Apr 18, 2008, 8:03am Top

Thanks for that! I've moved it up the list for after my ER which arrived this morning. Looking forward to both of them now.

Apr 18, 2008, 8:29am Top

Socialpages, is The Top Ten out in book format or is it a site? Do you have any other info on it, like publisher or link? That sounds like something I'd like to see. Thanks.

Apr 19, 2008, 7:13pm Top

The Top Ten Writers Pick Their Favourite Books is a book edited by J. Peder Zane and published by W W Norton & Company in 2007 ISBN 13: 978-0-393-32840-0. This is a great book for people who love lists.

Apr 21, 2008, 1:43pm Top

Well, there are a couple that I can't remember if I've read or not (so I haven't counted them), but I think I've read 108 to date and own quite few more - although 1 or 2 are duplicated: http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?tag=1001 (I've read anything not tagged 'unread' strangely enough!).

This was all completely by chance though - I've just spent the last couple of hours going through the list, more out of curiosity than anything else... I'll probably only use it as a potential read guideline - I know there are books on the list I'm completely uninterested in andI've got a big enough 'unread' pile as it is!!

It's quite an odd list though in my opinion - I noticed a few books that I really wouldn't rate in comparison to other favourites of mine that didn't occur on the list, but then these things are all subjective I suppose! I think I'd probably be more interested in favourite books picked by my favourite authors... 93: socialpages, who's in The Top Ten Writers etc?

Apr 21, 2008, 6:12pm Top

#92 and #94 - I created a list awhile back about the top ten from the Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books over at list of bests. You might want to take a look.


Apr 21, 2008, 7:34pm Top

Thanks, Perlle.

Great list, very little controversy on it, unlike the 1001 list. And I see the Great Gatsby is on it :-). I was just waxing poetic about it earlier today on a related thread.

Edited: May 1, 2008, 5:07am Top

I've got the Norwegian edition of 1001 Books and some books by Norwegian authors are added. What about different editions in other languages?

I'll try to show a list of what I've read so far:
Robinson Crusoe
Julie, or the New Heloise
Tristram Shandy
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Last of the Mohicans (long time ago)
Dead Souls
Wuthering Heights
Fathers and Sons
Great Expectations
Notes from the Underground
Crime and Punishment
The Idiot
The Possessed
Anna Karenina
Germinal (long ago)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (long ago)
Sult (in English: "Hunger")
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (long ago)
Dracula (long ago)
Heart of Darkness
The Call of the Wild (long ago)
Growth of the Soil (in Norwegian: "Markens grøde")
Kristin Lavransdatter
Der Zauberberg
Der Prozess
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (long ago)
Den tapre soldaten Svejk
Alberte og Jakob
Steppeulven (long ago)

May 1, 2008, 6:54am Top

>>Message 97

Continuing the list:
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Brave New World (favorite)
Thank You, Jeeves
Salamanderkrigen (favorite)
Den afrikanske farm (Isak Dinesen, psevd. for Karen Blixen)
Of Mice and Men (long ago, favorite)
The Grapes of Wrath
Animal Farm (favorite)
La Peste
1984 (favorite)
The Grass is Singing (long ago)
Malone meurt
The Old Man and the Sea (long ago)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (long ago)
Lasso rundt fru Luna (one of the most outstanding novels by a Norwegian author)
Lord of the Flies (long ago, favorite, reread?)

(to be continued)

May 1, 2008, 12:04pm Top

I joined Library thing a little while ago, But only ventured into the Groups section a week-ish ago,
I did,'t know about the 1001 list, & I'm ashamed to say I have only read 4 books off the list, But have quite a few others, so will be working my way through them!

May 1, 2008, 12:33pm Top

Elphaba71- Just enjoy the process, no need to worry about the number:)

May 1, 2008, 5:16pm Top

I started with 9 books in November and finished my 101st of the list yesterday.

Edited: May 28, 2008, 6:55am Top

>>message 98

Continuing the list:
Master i Margarita
The German Lesson (long ago)
Fear of Flying
The Shining
If on a winter's night a traveler (favorite)
The name of the rose (favorite)
Memorial do Convento by Jose Saramago ("Klosterkrønike" in Norwegian)
The unbearable lightness of being
The Music of Chance
Out stealing horses (favorite)
Middlemarch (favorite)
END (for the time being)


Only 63 books out of 1001 :-( ..... But I think there are some books on my bookshelves (mostly Norwegian classics) that should have been mentioned in "1001 Books...".

Especially at the end of the book there are titles and authors I haven't even heard about. Maybe they aren't translated into Norwegian???

May 2, 2008, 5:14am Top

Death in Venice was my 73rd on the list, and 5th of the 1,001 for the year.

Next is The talented Mr Ripley, 6th for 2008; but is actually a re-read so my overall total will remain at 73

So far in 2008:
1. The Handmaid's Tale M Atwood
2. Dead Air, Iain Banks
3. Regeneration, Pat Barker
4. Oscar & Lucinda, Peter Carey
5. Death in Venice, Thomas Mann

May 2, 2008, 12:32pm Top

My number moves up to 170 with my current read of The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Edited: May 9, 2008, 1:42pm Top

May 5, 2008, 5:06pm Top

I just added the last few to my spreadsheet, and I have read 174. My latest addition is the Dance to the Music of Time series by Anthony Powell - I finished movement 4 yesterday! Apparently, I need to read 16 books a year until I die to complete the list.

May 5, 2008, 5:36pm Top

How long did it take you to read Dance to the Music of Time? I'm really interested in that one (that four? twelves?). I've never seen it at a bookstore though.

May 5, 2008, 5:57pm Top

# 107 It took me about 3 months, although I was reading shorter stuff, too, along the way. I am easily distracted. I got the books out from the library - 4 volumes of 3 books each. If they aren't in your local bookstore, they are available on Amazon (I know this b/c they are on my wishlist now!)

If you can get ahold of them, read them! I thought the series was great - Powell is brilliant, and funny, and I'd say that the series is actually a better snapshot of British life from just after WWI to the '60s than a non-fiction history book could be.

May 7, 2008, 1:42am Top

Yay! I'm on number 5 now :o)
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

May 9, 2008, 12:56pm Top

#101 - Congratulations on that!

May 13, 2008, 6:34am Top

43 so far and counting!

May 27, 2008, 5:19am Top

87 thus far. It seemed like loads when I typed them into the spreadsheet and then it came out at just under 9%! Damn!

Edited: Jun 3, 2008, 10:45pm Top

Here's my list:

1. Cloud Atlas (13)
2. Life of Pi (49)
3. Disgrace (77)
4. Memoirs of a Geisha (93)
5. The Reader (116)
6. Hideous Kinky (163)
7. Like Water for Chocolate (195)
8. Rabbit is Rich (281)
9. Confederacy of Dunces (291)
10. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (300)
11. Breakfast of Champions (340)
12. Invisible Cities (350)
13. The Summer Book (352)
14. Rabbit Redux (361)
15. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (367)
16. The Bell Jar (433)
17. A Town Like Alice (470)
18. Things Fall Apart (472)
19. On the Road (484)
20. The Old Man and the Sea (521)
21. The Catcher in the Rye (529)
22. The Labyrinth of Solitude (534)
23. Cry, the Beloved Country (552)
24. Animal Farm (564)
25. Between the Acts (584)
26. The Grapes of Wrath (592)
27. Gone With the Wind (619)
28. The Great Gatsby (699)
29. The Age of Innocence (726)
30. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (736)
31. Heart of Darkness (780)
32. Gosta Berling's Saga (807)
33. Around the World in Eighty Days (848)
34. Silas Marner (875)
35. Great Expectations (876)
36. The Marble Faun (881)
37. A Tale of Two Cities (883)
38. Walden (889)
39. Uncle Tom's Cabin (893)
40. Moby Dick (896)
41. The Scarlet Letter (897)
42. The Purloined Letter (909)
43. A Christmas Carol (913)
44. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (922)
45. Pride and Prejudice (938)
46. A Modest Proposal (982)

That's 46 books each of which I'm positive I've read in their entirety (well, except for all that French in The Purloined Letter).

ETA: Books I've read that were included in the 2008 edition:

Vernon God Little
The Year of the Hare

Here are books I think I may have read (or I might have just seen the movie or read the Classics Illustrated edition) or books I tried to read and skimmed a lot or gave up on before the end:

1. The Red Queen (7)
2. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (19)
3. Cryptonomicon (72)
4. The Ground Beneath Her Feet (76)
5. The Bonfire of the Vanities (218)
6. Beloved (223)
7. The Handmaid's Tale (242)
8. The Color Purple (272)
9. The World According to Garp (303)
10. Fear of Flying (341)
11. Slaugterhouse-Five (375)
12. Portnoy's Complaint (378)
13. The Godfather (379)
14. Myra Breckinridge (384)
15. In Cold Blood (408)
16. To Kill a Mockingbird (456)
17. Breakfast at Tiffany's (467)
18. Doctor Zhivago (486)
19. Justine (488)
20. Lolita (496)
21. The Story of O (506)
22. Lord of the Flies (508)
23. For Whom the Bell Tolls (587)
24. The Power and the Glory (589)
25. Rebecca (603)
26. The Hobbit (610)
27. Out of Africa (614)
28. The Sun Also Rises (689)
29. A Passage to India (708)
30. Babbitt (722)
31. Main Street (727)
32. Three Lives (756)
33. The House of Mirth (770)
34. The Awakening (788)
35. The Picture of Dorian Gray (809)
36. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (825)
37. Little Women (863)
38. Crime and Punishment (867)
39. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (868)
40. Justine (951)
41. Don Quixote (992)

Books from the 2008 edition that I tried and didn't finish:

The Call of the Wild
Kristin Lavransdatter
Martin Fierro
Lazarillo de Tormes
La Celestina

Jun 2, 2008, 12:21pm Top

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Jun 2, 2008, 12:36pm Top

Yay I have read 10! 1 whole percent done!

Jun 2, 2008, 2:15pm Top

Hm. I thought I'd posted here months ago, but I guess not.

I'm currently up to 46 books off the list. I've only read three so far this year, but considering I didn't read *any* last year, this is progress.

Jun 2, 2008, 6:20pm Top

Easy does it, cyellow. You'll get there!

Jun 2, 2008, 11:22pm Top

I'm up to 59 and have at least 4 more I want to read in the next 12 months.

Jun 3, 2008, 12:47am Top

I'm up to 119 and have at least 4 more I want to read in the next 12 days.

Edited: Jul 8, 2008, 1:19pm Top

I've read only 39 0f 1001. This is my list:
1. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time - Mark Haddon
2. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
3.Memoirs of a geisha - Arthur Golden
4. Enduring love - Ian McEwan
5. Captain Corelli's mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
6. The virgin suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
7. The secret history - Donna Tartt
8. Discovery of heaven - Harry Mulisch
9. Foe - J.M. Coetzee
10. Love in time of cholera - G. G. Marquez
11. The unbearable lightness of being - Milan Kundera
12. The color purple - Alice Walker
13. The world according to Garp - John Irving
14. The hour of the star - Clarice Lispector
15. Sula - Toni Morrison
16. One hunderd years of solitude - G. G. Marquez
17. The bell jar - Sylvia Plath
18.Breakfast at tiffany's - Truman Capote
19. A town like Alice - Nevil Shute
20. Lord of the rings - Tolkien
21. Lolita - Nabakov
22. Bonjour tristesse - Francoise Sagan
23. The go-between - L. P. Hartley
24. The catcher in the rye - J. D. Salinger
25. 1984 - George Orwell
26. The little prince - Antoine de Saint Euxpery
27. Good morning, midnight - Jean Rhys
28. Nightwood - Djuna Barnes
29. Brave new world - A. Huxley
30. Amerika - Franz Kafka
31. One, none and a hunderd thousand - L. Pirandello
32. The picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
33. Crime and punishment - F. Dostojevski
34. Fathers and sons - Toergenjev
35. Madame Bovary - G. Flaubert
36. Uncle Tom's cabin - H. Beecher Stowe
37. Wuthering heights - E. Bronte
38. Candide - Voltaire
39. The golden ass - Lucius Apuleius

Edit: this is an update of books I'd forgotten to mention and book which I recently read (8th of July):
40. Veronika decides to die -Paulo Coelho
41.The name of the rose - Umberto Eco
42. Billy Liar - Keith Waterhouse
43. Nadja - Andre Breton
44. To the lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
45. The notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge - R. M. Rilke (only in revised edition of the list)
46. Against the grain - Joris-Karl Huysmans
47. The brothers Karamazow - Dostojevski

Jun 10, 2008, 8:26am Top

Completing The Floating Opera brought my total up to 76/ 1001, 7.59%

and 7 of the 18 I need to read this year in order to complete the 1,001 "before I die".

I have included 1,001 as one of my 888 Challenge categories to further spur me on.

Jun 11, 2008, 5:36pm Top

I've read 30. Currently trying to make that 31.

Jun 11, 2008, 7:00pm Top

Only 40 so far, but then I just found out about the list. I must have been living under a rock or something.

At any rate here's my list:

1. The Human Stain
2. The Hours
3. The Bonfire of the Vanities
4. Confederacy of Dunces
5. Breakfast of Champions
6. Slaughterhouse Five
7. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
8. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
9. In Cold Blood
10. Franny and Zooey
11. To Kill A Mockingbird
12. The Lord of the Rings
13. Lolita
14. Lord of the Flies
15. The Catcher in the Rye
16. Nineteen Eighty-Four
17. Animal Farm
18. Brave New World
19. A Farewell to Arms
20. The Sound and the Fury
21. The Great Gatsby
22. The Trial
23. Heart of Darkness
24. The Time Machine
25. The Picture of Dorian Gray
26. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
27. King Solomon’s Mines
28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
29. Treasure Island
30. Journey to the Center of the Earth
31. Silas Marner
32. The Mill on the Floss
33. The Count of Monte Cristo
34. The Three Musketeers
35. The Pit and the Pendulum
36. The Fall of the House of Usher
37. Frankenstein
38. Robinson Crusoe
39. The Pilgrim’s Progress
40. Aesop’s Fables

Jun 12, 2008, 7:49am Top

I've read 68 at age 25 - there are quite a few that I started but couldn't finish that I always mean to come back to, and some novels that are still on my shelves waiting to be read like the poisonwood bible There seems to be a lot of ian mcewan so maybe I should give him a go.

Jun 12, 2008, 9:34am Top

I've read 63 from the list so far so still some way to go. There's quite a few on the list that I've started but don't think I've finished and I've only gone through it quickly at work in my lunch-hour so I may have a few more when I go through it properly.

I think the thing that surprised me most is how few of the earlier works I'd read - I always think of myself as having spent my teens reading classics yet there weren't many that I could tick off and there weren't that many of my school texts on there either.

There's quite a few in my TBR pile that are on the list but I'm going to just pick them up as and when the mood takes me - I love book-lists but I try not to let them take over my reading. It's fun checking what I've read though and seeing all of the impressive efforts made by everyone else.

Jun 13, 2008, 1:37am Top

So far, I've finished 65 on the list. I have a whole long way to go to read all of them, but, at my age, I can pretty much guarantee it ain't gonna happen! Still, since I learned about 1001 Books To Read Before You Die on LT, I've read (and enjoyed) a few that I'd never have picked up otherwise, and have got a whole lot more on my wishlist. I'm keeping a list of those I've finished on my blog, which is at http://storeetllrsanythingblog.blogspot.com/.

Edited: Jun 13, 2008, 11:17am Top

OK so I just read Saturday Hmm. Not that good?

Jun 13, 2008, 11:18am Top

Sorry touchstone is not working, as in the novel by Ian McEwan

Jun 13, 2008, 3:34pm Top

I've read about 40. Going to pick two more over the weekend.

Jun 16, 2008, 5:00am Top

I finished book #77 Seize the Day, and started #78 Little Women. But I really want the new edition of the 1,001 !

Jun 16, 2008, 7:22am Top

There's a new edition? 1001 different books? Please tell me all about this somebody!

Jun 16, 2008, 7:53am Top

There's some discussion about the new edition here. Some additions, some deletions from the original 1001 ...

Jun 16, 2008, 9:25am Top

Thanks so much for that, lindsacl. I've just ordered it (probably a waste of money when I already have the first one but who cares?)

Jun 18, 2008, 3:17am Top

Yesterday, I finished The name of the rose, so that makes 40 out of 1001.

Jun 21, 2008, 7:56am Top

#102 continued
Finished War and Peace.
64 books out of 1001

Jun 21, 2008, 8:07am Top

Finished Fathers and Sons.......#170

Jul 3, 2008, 10:49pm Top

I've done a quick glance at the list for the 2008 edition, and I seem to have lost ground (however, I went through the list quickly, so I'm sure I missed some).

Original 1001 list:

read: 90
own, unread: 79

2008 list:
read: 77
own, unread: 63

Apparently there were 285 changes, so I now look at this as "1286 Books . . . "

On a positive note, I'm happy with some of the additions.

Jul 4, 2008, 10:35am Top

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Jul 4, 2008, 11:53am Top

Methinks I'm gonna stick with the old list first, and then make my way to the "additions" later on down the line. Mostly because I'm almost positive there will be an inevitable third, fourth, and umpteenth editions later on down the line -- to ensure, no doubt, that none of us ever accomplish this lofty goal!

My list (M68) has recently been updated, and will probably need another set of additions soon. Almost to 100!

Jul 8, 2008, 11:32am Top

Updating my list of 1001 books......I am up to 172. Woohooooo!

Jul 8, 2008, 12:38pm Top

Up to 35.

Jul 8, 2008, 1:20pm Top

I updated post 120; I've now read 47 of the list.

Edited: Jul 8, 2008, 3:12pm Top

Update: up to 46! Up six since Msg123. Not too bad, I think, for a single month, anyway.

By the way, I would like to say that updating the list is a sin. Not that the original was perfect, but it was a benchmark to shoot for. You can't just change the rules on us. Well, I've already ranted about this on my blog, so I'll go quietly.

Jul 9, 2008, 3:56pm Top

My turn :D

Have Read:

1. Never Let Me Go
2. Saturday
3. On Beauty
4. Slow Man
5. Adjunct, an Undigest
6. The Sea
7. The Red Queen
8. The Plot Against America
9. The Master
10. Vanishing Point
11. The Lambs of London
12. Dining on Stones
13. Cloud Atlas
14. Unless
15. Kafka on the Shore
16. Middlesex
17. The Body Artist
18. Choke
19. Life of Pi
20. After the Quake
21. Sputnik Sweetheart
22. The Poisonwood Bible
23. The Hours
24. Memoirs of a Geisha
25. A Fine Balance
26. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
27. The Stone Diaries
28. The English Patient
29. A Confederacy of Dunces
30. The Shining
31. Interview With the Vampire
32. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
33. The Bell Jar
34. To Kill a Mockingbird
35. On the Road
36. Lord of the Rings
37. Lolita
38. Lord of the Flies
39. 1984
40. Animal Farm
41. The Grapes of Wrath
42. Of Mice and Men
43. The Hobbit
44. Brave New World
45. The Great Gatsby
46. Siddhartha

Currently reading

The Corrections

On the shelf:

Everything is Illuminated
The Colour
Don't Move

Jul 11, 2008, 8:09am Top

79 which is pretty poor considering I have a degree in English Literature (although in my defence I did focus more on plays than novels in that).

I'm setting myself a target of reaching 100 by the end of the year. It shouldn't be too difficult if I concentrate on the contemporary stuff and there are plenty of things on the list that I want to read anyway.

Jul 13, 2008, 5:33pm Top

My goal for the summer has been reached!

Having finished A Confederacy of Dunces today, I've finally accumulated 100 books from the list! And my TBR stacks are finally starting to show signs of decreasing!

Updated my list (message 68) to reflect the accomplishment!

Aug 15, 2008, 9:54pm Top

I've just counted 227 - but that represents a LOT of years of reading. Most of the books read are "classics" from the first half of '1001." My parents had a library of complete sets of Tolstoy, Hugo, Dickens, Stevenson, etc. so i got a pretty good head start.

I can remember "The Golden Ass" by Apuleius being passed around in elementary school as a "hot" book. Also Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn' causing a sensation in high school underground reading.

This "1001 Books" is a great reference book. Another similar good reference book that I like is "Benet's Readers Encyclopedia" by William Rose Benet.

Aug 15, 2008, 9:56pm Top

I have read 21. That's pretty sad compared to everyone else.

Aug 15, 2008, 10:42pm Top

I've read 90 and that is all from that list that I will ever read. Only a handfull of these books are books that I actually wanted to read. Most were for school. I know that these books are "classics" but there are way too many books that I want to read.

Aug 16, 2008, 3:24am Top

12! But I only need to read 15 a year to finish, so I do feel pretty confident that when I am older I will have read a good chunk of the books. I like this list though because it is expanding what type of books I read.

Aug 16, 2008, 7:18am Top

#150 You know when you're going to die? That's amazing!

Come to think of it, what a stupid title anyway - when else could we read them? Or will the next edition be 1001 Books to Read After You Die?

Aug 16, 2008, 8:15pm Top

supertalya> we all started at 1

Aug 16, 2008, 11:06pm Top


That title probably isn't too far off, lol. From a LOT of the books on this current list, I'd like to rename it 1001 Books You're Made to Read in Hell.

But yeah, I've read 40.

Aug 16, 2008, 11:13pm Top

I've only read 26, but I have quite a few in the TBR pile, so I see that total going up by the end of the year.

Aug 17, 2008, 1:50pm Top

Good attitude, Spiraled Star!

Aug 17, 2008, 3:22pm Top

#151 Uh, I only know how many I need to read from that excel chart that has all the books. I would only be living to 83 to get them done............yeah that will take some serious perserverance and free time.

Edited: Aug 17, 2008, 3:34pm Top

#148 I've only read 20 and have 34 more that I own, just waiting to be read. But that's up from only 9 last December, so I'm making progress! Don't get down on yourself. Remember, reading's supposed to be fun!

Aug 17, 2008, 5:32pm Top

I think I am up to 173..............

Aug 18, 2008, 3:57pm Top

156 read
41 TBR
804 Do I really need to bother! Maybe one or two.

As I have a TBR pile of about 250 I doubt whether I will read many more on the 1001 list. I estimate that I will probably read one in 5 from the 1001 list over the rest of my span of years.


Aug 30, 2008, 4:17pm Top

Finishing Bleak House today brought me up to 200. I'm considering celebrating this milestone by buying a new book...

Aug 30, 2008, 5:53pm Top

#160 What a great idea! :)

Aug 31, 2008, 5:46am Top

Just passed my 300 mark. How can anyone (#159) dismiss a whole 800+ books like that? Even with the ones I know I never want anywhere near me, there are so many I've never even heard of before that have to be at least worth a bash. Checking back to jf's Bleak House (#160) I'm a bit disappointed that my 300th had to be the somewhat pointless Black Dogs. Those centenary books should always be something special and absolutely classic. Bleak House somehow seems very apt.

Sep 5, 2008, 12:42pm Top

255. Yay.

The coolest feature of St. Arukiyomi's new spreadsheet is an embedded instantaneous Wiki link ~ click once on a title and you're looking at the plot summary. Enabled me to quickly identify & add more than a dozen books I didn't quite recall from title alone, or wasn't 100% certain about. Takes some of the pain out of losing 39 books dropped in the new edition!

Sep 7, 2008, 1:41am Top

Exactly 100, once I finish Vanity Fair (4 chapters to go). But none from this century (the first 8 years of it), and most from the 19th century.

Sep 7, 2008, 11:34am Top

But that's a great 'centenary' book!

Sep 7, 2008, 8:15pm Top

According to the first edition, I've read 179. According to the new revised one, I'm only up to 150. (Which only goes to illustrate just how different the new book is!) Bah.

I fully expect that by the sixth or seventh edition, my tally will have gone right down to zero. And somewhere around the twenty-fifth, they'll have managed to fix it that I never read any books whatsoever, and have lost all language skills.

Sep 7, 2008, 8:57pm Top

12! I have all of you beat! Just kidding.
Really I am okay with my low number because I only have to read 15 or 16 a year to finish which does not seem that bad to me!

Sep 8, 2008, 3:00am Top

#167 - Hey cyellow30, I think *that's* the number that really counts (since we're counting!). I have 17 books to read a year, have read 127 on the old list, and 102 on the new list.

#166 - shearrob, I totally agree... I think Peter Boxall and company have been playing very cruel mind games with us all!

Did anyone's count actually go *up* as a result of the new list?

Sep 8, 2008, 8:59am Top

I must admit, I rather prefer the second edition. I think the list is more exciting and more diverse - far less space given to the complete works of any specific author - and as a whole the book is a better read. (And I was smugly pleased to find quite a few modern novels I'd been championing had made it into the list too!)

Sep 8, 2008, 10:26am Top

Am I the one being weird here? Everyone seems to be disappointed that there are more books they haven't already read in the 2nd edition but isn't that a good thing? Doesn't that mean there are more and more exciting new things for us all to find? I love both editions - the first so that I can smugly tick off titles, the second for lots of new reading ideas.

And please could someone explain to me all this talk about having (eg #168) '17 books to read a year'. Until when? What have I missed? I made a remark some time back about somebody apparently knowing when they're going to die but, seriously, what do you all mean?

Edited: Sep 8, 2008, 10:55am Top

The "17 books a year" thing comes from the spreadsheet. There is a box that tells you, based on your age, the number of books you need to read per year if you want to finish the list before you die. I assume he used standard Western life expectancies? Obviously if you get hit by a bus or whatever that number is no longer relevant.

And I agree, more books to read is very exciting!

Sep 8, 2008, 1:13pm Top

Thanks for explaining that. I haven't seen the spreadsheet but I may go and take a look (or do I really want to know?)

Sep 8, 2008, 10:32pm Top

#170 - Oh no, you're not alone at all! If anything, I was slightly disappointed that the second edition repeated so many of the same titles from the first - I was hoping I could put the books side by side and have 2002 Books You Really Had Better Find Some Way of Digesting Before You Die. The more reasons I have to buy up the libraries of the world and weigh my shelves down with them, the better!

Sep 9, 2008, 5:00am Top

#172 - I really like the spreadsheet - it's so satisfying to track your progress! And I can (on the new version, anyway) optimistically list all the books I really want to read, like, really soon :)

And yes, of course, the reading estimate is just that. I mean, it doesn't even ask if you smoke or drink much or anything :p

Having almost died in a car accident last year, I'm fully cognisant of the slightly morbid feeling the list can induce... I'm just happy to be here :)

#170 - I also like the greater variety of the 2008 edition. I just think it's a little ingenuous to say 'hey, these are the 1001 books you must read before you die', and then two years later to say 'wait! Just kidding - *here* are the 1001 books you must read etc' :)

And I have the slightly vertiginous feeling that the goalposts are going to *keep* on shifting!

Sep 9, 2008, 6:33am Top

Okay - I know I'm barely even half-witted when it comes to these things but I've now hit on several different spreadsheets, none of which are the ones you guys are talking about. Please could someone be ever so kind and point me to the right link. Thank you.

(Ducking her head and running away before Rob sees her, because she should be working right now. Okay, okay - I'm going back, I swear - just had to come on here to check how my 'short clue' is going.)

Edited: Sep 10, 2008, 3:58am Top

#175 - Booksloth, here's the link to the newest one (2008, revised edition)


Here's a link to the thread discussing some issues with the spreadsheet. Hope you don't encounter any of those technical problems!


Edited to fix typo... had a technical issue with the word 'technical'...

Sep 9, 2008, 8:02am Top

Many thanks for that Miss-Owl. Where do I find the bit that tells me how many I have to read per year before I die?

Sep 9, 2008, 12:26pm Top

The bit about how many to read is at the top of the list where you are asked your age. There's a calculation made based on how many books you mark read on the list. My goal is to get the number lower than my BMI!

Officially, I'm at 190 today, with three pending. I'm one of those English lit majors who is appalled at how many authors and works I haven't read--but I've discovered some really amazing reads in the list. I don't count any of those books I read in abridged form or really can't remember if I read (so I discounted Dumas, among others, because I know I've read shorter versions, but have I read the whole thing? Not that sure).

Since I'm something of a list reader, I'm tracking on the spreadsheet, and also on a "homemade" authors list (so I can find the books on shelves!). I'm also marking the ones as I find and add them to LT list as "1001 Must Read." I belong to a book club at work and read those; I'm very fond of several series works by various authors and read those; and now, there's this list. I initially started reading on the list "backwards" since I felt so bad about not reading those "classics" in my major. However, I found that I'm doing better reading up all over the list, but starting with the shorter works, especially of authors I've tried in the past and dropped. I'm also discovering that works I simply could not get through when I was younger are often far more appealing now.

Incidentally, I'm reading my way through the 1001 book at my local B&N while waiting for movies. I'm reading it sort of like I read dictionaries or cookbooks--I find an author or title I'm interested in, and then read the pages. It's been an education to read why authors or specific works were chosen.

Sep 9, 2008, 12:51pm Top

Many thanks again! I've just passed 300, and (this is the first year I've kept count of what I read) have read 134 books this year. Averaging that out at, say, 180 a year, it should take me another nearly 4 years to get through them. However - that's only if I only read books that are on the list. Working it out another way, I suppose I could say I've read 300 in the past 52 years. At that rate, it's going to take me until I'm around 250 (if I worked that out right). Now, if the number of books I read dictates the length of my life that's a good thing. If that's not how this works then I'm going to die with a fair number of these unread. If only I'd known that before I picked up Heart of Darkness.

Edited: Sep 9, 2008, 1:18pm Top

Well, it's a toss-up between Conrad and Hardy for me--I can't seem to get in either of them. Although Conrad is another of "I know I started the book--did I finish it," so I'm trying to be fair to myself and actually read the book cover to cover. I've discovered that by my own reading choices and trying to make sure I had choices available for my children to just pick up when they were in high school, I've got another 30 or 40 of the 1001 on my shelves at home.

And I love my local libraries--they have writers you can't find in the book stores any more.

Sep 9, 2008, 2:40pm Top

See, I love Hardy. Maybe we need to think more about reading the 1001 as a group. Someone else is welcome to the Conrads and I'll happily read the Hardys.

Sep 9, 2008, 2:59pm Top

I love the Hardy on film or in the British television specials (mostly done in the 70s or 80s. I absolutely loved The Woodlanders on film, and then had to stop reading the prose. It just got too heavy. However, I always try at least twice to get into a book--sometimes, I'm just not in the mood for that writer or that story.

Sep 9, 2008, 3:06pm Top

If you've got the same version of The Woodlanders as I have then it'll always be well worth watching just for the beautiful Rufus Sewell (though if you like him in that, you should see him in Middlemarch. Aaaah . . . . . . . )

Sep 9, 2008, 3:20pm Top

Saw him in Middlemarch (the library probably thinks I'm nuts for re-checking this one out for long weekends!), but first remember him in Dangerous Beauty with Catherine McCormack. In fact, Middlemarch started me reading Eliot again (although I have not tackled Middlemarch yet--it just looks daunting!). I love the interview with the Eliot Society on the DVD.

Sep 9, 2008, 4:18pm Top

Middlemarch may possibly be the most perfect book ever written (and having seen the film makes it a bit easier to take in the more confusing bits). Hope you love it as much as I do!

Sep 9, 2008, 4:46pm Top

I do, but for viewing it's a toss-up between Middlemarch and the positively fabulous production of Martin Chuzzlewit starring Paul Scofield. Those British productions of that era weren't always so great on sets, but wow! did they get the stories right!

By the same token, I tried to read Dickens's book shortly after watching and got bogged down. So maybe some clever spacing between watching and reading is in order.

Sep 9, 2008, 5:08pm Top

You have to remember that when we get the film over here it's usually split into hour long weekly episodes. There are quite a few books I've read more-or-less while watching the tv film (a few chapters per week, keeping track with the movie) which, in the case of Dickens, at least, is pretty much the way it was written. It's a great way to get through some of the harder stuff!

Sep 9, 2008, 6:51pm Top

Brilliant!! I didn't realize you were in Britain. My mother is in London over the Baker Street station, my sister works in downtown London, and we just recently buried my dad in Highgate cemetery, not too awfully far from both Karl Marx and George Eliot.

The films I've referred to started out in your country and then rolled around over this side of the Pond. So you got first views of them all. I do agree that is much easier to follow along with a great adaptation when you can see all those characters and have an idea of where the story is located. I wish we did as well with some of our writers.

Sep 10, 2008, 1:34am Top

Booksloth & Prop2gether

This Thread is named "How many have you read?" !

How about using a separate Thread, PM or Email for your completely off-topic personal Messages??!!??

Sep 10, 2008, 3:09am Top


How has your post contributed to the "How many have you read?" thread? Couldn't your complaint have been taken to PM? ;)

Sep 10, 2008, 3:38am Top


How has Your Post contributed to the "How many have you read?" thread The_Kat_Cache? Couldn't your complaint have been taken to PM? :(

To be On-Topic:I've read 156 books of the list.

Continue off-topic posting if you think personal messages are interesting for the public, I don't think so !

Sep 10, 2008, 4:27am Top


Ah yes, but I was not the one rallying against off-topic conversation, was I? I just thought it was a touch hypocritical. *shrug* You can't control other people's behavior and I find it's better for one's health if you don't try. My opinion, anyway. Carry on.

I've actually stalled on reading 1001 books at the moment. I've been trying my hand at non-fiction.

Sep 10, 2008, 8:01am Top

Well I've got about 282 more to read now Boxall has put out a new book : ) ... 1283 Books to read before I die ..... my job just became just that litttle bit harder ....

Sep 10, 2008, 11:19am Top

#189 Well, who died and made you god, bertybert? Tell, you what - I'll carry on messaging any way I please and you just don't read my messages, huh? Oh, and yes, since you ask, I do find conversations far more interesting than a list of numbers, which is what this thread would otherwise be.

Edited: Sep 10, 2008, 11:39am Top

Oh my! Golly gee whiz, bertybert--if you've actually read the rest of this thread, there are plenty of exchanges between people which are interesting but not necessarily about the "number" of books read. It may be only because they show what people think about their lives as well as the number of books they are reading. Since who we are and what we do affects our choices in everything, including reading, I find such exchanges pertinent in many ways.

But since you are asking--just posted officially on my list up to 192. If you check my LT list, the number is lower because I have not yet found matches for some of my reads from high school. It's also because I won't count an abridged version read in school, or a work that I can't remember if I finished it.

The last two finished were The Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd and Grimus by Salmon Rushdie. I'll post my opinions of the books on the 75 Books group listing.

Sep 10, 2008, 11:46am Top

I love to read the exchanges between members! If you guys take it to PM, I will pout in the corner and grumble!

I have read only 54 on the new list. It was 65 on the old.

There, those are my numbers.

Sep 10, 2008, 12:02pm Top

#188 Aaaanyway - as we were saying when we were so rudely interrupted - sorry to hear about your dad Prop2gether but he is in truly excellent compnay (though more for GE than KM, imo).

Sep 10, 2008, 2:36pm Top

I agree about the company, but wow! Did my brother look like that statue over the grave of KM. In any event, I'm hoping to top the 200 official reads this month with finishing this week: Mrs. Dalloway, Cakes and Ale, and Wide Sargasso (all currently reading), plus two from Douglas Adams (who, incidentally, is also in Highgate cemetery).

Sep 10, 2008, 2:38pm Top

I loved Wide Sargasso Sea! I'm sad that Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul was taken out, though. :(

Sep 10, 2008, 3:10pm Top

Well see, I figured the list just got a little longer, I'm giving a count here based on the 2006 spreadsheet (yea!), but I have just "added" the new 2008 books, instead of deleting the removals. (Except I could very easily do without Bret Easton Ellis.) Thanks for the encouragement on Wide Sargasso Sea.

Sep 10, 2008, 3:22pm Top

Didn't 270 or something titles get changed out?

Sep 10, 2008, 3:27pm Top

Something like that--but I figure that books show up on this list or another, so why not see if I can enjoy them. And my combined list is a personal list I keep in author order so I can find books on the shelves.

Sep 10, 2008, 3:41pm Top

That's true. I plan on reading both the old and new list. I was just chuckling at the phrase "a little longer". It's 27% longer! :)

Sep 10, 2008, 4:49pm Top

Yeah, well, math is not my best subject. Reading always wins.

Sep 10, 2008, 6:34pm Top

282 titles were removed. This will seriously reduce some of the claims here to have read 100+ on the list. I had my total cut by around 35 to a current 127. On the positive side, it means I can reach 150 twice!

more about the new and old lists at http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?page_id=160

Sep 10, 2008, 6:49pm Top

Again, depends on how you're counting--even with your divine spreadsheets! So I opted to simply ADD 282 titles. And I love your spreadsheets--thanks for the work putting them together.

Sep 11, 2008, 1:37pm Top

I've only read 32 so far but here they are:

1. Saturday (2), Ian McEwan
2. Atonement (42), Ian McEwan
3. Cat's Eye (199), Margaret Atwood
4. The Lost Language of Cranes (229), David Leavitt
5. Less Than Zero ( 240), Bret Easton Ellis
6. The Color Purple ( 272), Alice Walker
7. The World According to Garp (303), John Irving
8. Interview With the Vampire (320), Anne Rice
9. Slaughterhous Five (375), Kurt Vonnegut
10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (434), Alesksandr Solzhenitsyn
11. To Kill a Mockingbird (456), Harper Lee
12.Lord of the Flies (508) William Golden
13. The Old Man and the Sea (521), Ernest Hemingway
14. The Catcher in the Rye (529), J.D. Salinger
15. Nineteen Eighty-Four (547), George Orwell
16. Animal Farm (564), George Orwell
17. Cannery Row (565), John Steinbeck
18. The Grapes of Wrath (592), John Steinbeck
19. Of Mice and Men (608), John Steinbeck
20. The Hobbit (610), J.R.R. Tolkein
21. Tender is the Night (638), F. Scott Fitzgerald
22. A Farewell to Arms (663), Ernest Hemingway
23. The Sun Also Rises (689), Ernest Hemingway
24. The Great Gatsby (699), F. Scott Fitzgerald
25. Ethan Frome (752), Edith Wharton
26. The Jungle (767), Upton Sinclair
27. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (825), Mark Twain
28. Little Women (863), Louisa May Alcott
29.Crime and Punishment (867), Fyodor Dostoevsky
30. Oliver Twist (918), Charles Dickens
31. Candide, (970), Jean-Jaques Rousseau
32. Pilgrim's Progress (991), John Bunyan

Edited: Sep 11, 2008, 2:59pm Top

I agree with just adding them in. I will "merge" the two into a single spreadsheet when I get back into the full swing of reading off the list. (Right now I'm behind in my reviews and trying to catch up.)

Edited: Sep 18, 2008, 10:53am Top

I have merged the two lists and done a thorough count. I think I can now safely say that I have read 204 of the 1283.

edited to correct # of books on merged lists

Sep 17, 2008, 11:04pm Top

46 so far.

Sep 18, 2008, 3:33am Top

hemlokgang - I presume you meant to say 128*3* ;-)

Sep 18, 2008, 5:30am Top

Updating message 44... I've now read 71, with two more on the go at the moment (Anna Karenina and Mrs Dalloway). 10 since January isn't great, but hey, it's been a busy year so far!

Sep 18, 2008, 10:52am Top

Absolutely, arukiyomi!

Oct 29, 2008, 4:29pm Top

Year One of my 1001-books-challenge will end tomorrow.
I started with 9 books on Nov 1st 2007 and finished book no. 168 yesterday.
I don't think I will manage to read 159 books within one year again but I will try to read 100 books within the next 12 months.

Oct 29, 2008, 5:21pm Top

#214 Wow, you are making great progress! :) Keep up the good work!

Oct 30, 2008, 1:42am Top

Updating the post I made on Dec 1, 2007 in which I had read 56 books I have now read 63 or 69 if both lists are put together. It's slow progress but pretty good considering I haven't read much this year.

Oct 30, 2008, 7:40am Top

Last post, in September, I was at 204 and today I am at 210.

Oct 31, 2008, 5:21pm Top

Well, my current arukiyomi chart count is 177 on the new list plus 43 on the old list for a total of 220. For the charts, I need to read at least 3 books from the list each month. So far, so good. Although I think Proust and Stephenson may be issues.

Nov 10, 2008, 12:02am Top

Having completed both Orlando: A Biography and The Hours today, I feel I can finally make the long-awaited update to my original list. (See post #68.)

Nov 14, 2008, 11:50am Top

Okay, so last chart count--183 on the old list and 46 on the new list for a total of 229. Whew! Still a long way to go....

Nov 15, 2008, 1:50pm Top

Just checked my list and noticed that I had read more than I thought, a total of 107. Still a long way to go.

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
2. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
3. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
4. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
5. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
6. Perfume – Patrick Süskind
7. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
8. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
9. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
10. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
12. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
13. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
15. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
16. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
17. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
18. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
19. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
20. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
21. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
22. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
23. Homo Faber – Max Frisch
24. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
25. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
26. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
27. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
28. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
29. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
30. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
31. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
32. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
33. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
34. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
35. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
36. The Rebel – Albert Camus
37. The Third Man – Graham Greene
38. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
39. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
40. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
43. The Outsider – Albert Camus
44. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
45. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
46. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
47. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
48. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
49. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
50. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
51. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
52. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
53. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
54. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
55. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
56. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
57. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
58. The Castle – Franz Kafka
59. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
60. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
61. The Trial – Franz Kafka
62. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
63. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
64. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
65. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
66. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
67. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
68. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
69. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
70. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
71. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
72. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
73. Dracula – Bram Stoker
74. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
75. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
76. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
77. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
78. She – H. Rider Haggard
79. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
80. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
81. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
82. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
83. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
84. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
85. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
86. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
87. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
88. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
89. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
90. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
91. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
92. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
93. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
94. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
95. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
96. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
97. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
98. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
99. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
100. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
101. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
102. Justine – Marquis de Sade
103. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
104. Candide – Voltaire
105. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
106. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
107. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

Nov 15, 2008, 9:39pm Top

I must join the perversity!
I just recently reviewed the list of 1001, and found that I have read far too few! This is all I have so far:
1. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
2. The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
3. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
5. White Noise by Don DeLillo
6. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
7. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
9. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
10. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
11. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
13. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
14. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
15.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
16. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
17. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
18. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
19. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
20. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
21. The Outsider by Albert Camus
22. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
23. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
24. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
25.Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchel
26. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
27. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
28. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
30. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
31. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
33. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
34. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
35. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
36. Aesop's Fables by Aesop
37. A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift

Nov 19, 2008, 5:23pm Top

I've read 79 of the 1283. Have 4 more on my 999 Challenge and I have an opportunity to fill out a couple of categories and will try to add from the 1283.

I have to read 34 a year to get through; not sure I will pick that many from this list every year. But maybe I'll try to read only from this list some year (or almost only....!).

Edited: Nov 23, 2008, 2:10am Top

Combining the lists, I've read 302 of the 1,283. Only 981 to go, which translates to 41 books per year. Like that'll happen.

Nov 24, 2008, 5:45pm Top

I've read 29 from the original list so far, and I'm halfway through Pride and Prejudice and The Corrections I have about 50 more on my shelf TBR.

I'm 24 and my goal is to make a dent in the list this year with a lot of those books I own but haven't yet read.

Dec 7, 2008, 5:05am Top

On the original list it was just over 50, and on the updated version I'm up to 41. I'm going with the updated version because I actually like this list more than the previous one, I think it's a bit more true to its name.

Dec 27, 2008, 12:54pm Top

I've read atleast 31 of the books on the list. And considering that I'm only 16 I might have a fair chance of finishing them all.

Dec 28, 2008, 1:05am Top

Yea, me. I recently finished my 100th book from the list (Sense and Sensibility). I figure I'm about 1/3 of the way through the books that I'm interested in (no plans or interest in reading the whole list)

Dec 29, 2008, 11:24pm Top

I've only read 23 from the list. I just discovered the list about a month ago, so I have picked up a few books since that sound interesting. After I finish the book I'm currently reading (which is not on the list) I'm going to read Brave New World. It's been in my TBR pile for awhile so I can't wait!

Edited: Feb 16, 2009, 7:27pm Top

Latest count is:

194 from the 2008 list
48 removed from the 2008 list

So, a total of 242 so far. Still not counting anything I cannot recall having read in an unabridged version, so all that Dumas and Stevenson and some Dickens will have to wait for "official" count. Still--I have a category on the 999 Challenge just make sure I get at least 9 read this year.

February 16--Well, I made that goal! My current total is 254 read from the two lists, and counting....

Mar 3, 2009, 9:51am Top

After reading King Solomon's Mines and The Maltese Falcon over the last few days, it brings my total to a whopping 68 books from the original list.

Mar 4, 2009, 11:00am Top

Make that 69 as I finished All Quiet on the Western Front last night.

Edited: Mar 6, 2009, 12:00pm Top

I've read only 52 from the new list and 5 more that were deleted for the second edition of the 1001 books list.

I graduated from college over 25 years ago and, while I read a lot, I apparently have not read "good books" according to this list. I will have to sprinkle some in, periodically.

Mar 6, 2009, 11:06am Top

I have only read 64, but I'm not really trying to read all 1001. I like to sprinkle in a couple here and there. I just take it as one person's valuable opinion on "great" novels, so I like to read from so many other sources/areas as well. To just read 1001 books, I'd find that horribly limiting in life.

Mar 6, 2009, 12:17pm Top

And #40 is Great Expectations! I liked it so much more than Oliver Twist!

Mar 12, 2009, 2:51pm Top

#70 completed today, Rabbit is Rich by John Updike.

Mar 22, 2009, 10:59pm Top

So far i`ve read 108. I bought my copy last year and two weeks later discovered an updated copy which has several additions and deletetions to the previous edition. This is a bit annoying for those of you who were working there way through the list. There is a printable list at www.listology.com.For those who want a good thin read try The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum by Heinrich Boll.

Edited: Mar 23, 2009, 1:49pm Top

I have discovered, much to my shame, that I have read a piddling and embarrassing 12. (And that's even after making a concerted effort to add some classics to my reading cycle!) In my shame, I will lash out and partially blame my high school teachers, who for some reason didn't choose to assign us Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men when every other class seemed to be reading those. (Yeah, bad excuse, I know :)

To my slight redemption, there are 37 on my (ever optimistic) TBR pile.

The 12 is based off the 2008 list (I lost 4 from the 2006 list). I decided to use the 2008 list for a simple, and maybe slightly fickle, reason or two. Mostly the decision was made because The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (possibly my favorite book of all time) is on the 2008 list, but was unconscionably left off the 2006 list. To make matters worse, the 2006 list did include Never Let Me Go which I found mediocre, at best. That, coupled with the fact that I love the 'latest and greatest' has me looking more at the 2008 book.

Not that I won't use both books for sources of reading material. I just recently finished (without even knowing it was on the 1001 list) At Swim, Two Boys which was outstanding. Sad to see it dropped of the 2008 list, but am very glad I read it.

Plus, there's no way I'll be reading all 1001, or all 1250+. I have to set more realistic goals for myself then that. (In all honesty, I have no goal right now, quantitatively at least. The main goal of the moment is personal enrichment, or just to read some darn good books).

Now off to see if can find some more 1001 classics at Gutenberg Project for my Kindle.

(edited to fix the spelling of Gutenberg. Now that's not embarrassing!)

Mar 28, 2009, 3:41pm Top

Upon further review, I missed two I'd read on my first run through the list. And I've read two books from the list this week, so I'm now up to 16 off the list, woo! (still pathetic, but it's a 33% increase over 12!). Plus the four I've read from 2006 list that were removed.

My TBR pile keeps growing too, about 50 books from the 1001 list on my TBR list right now (and a lot more 1001 books I need to read about and consider reading). Let's see what kind of damage I can do to that number of read 1001 books!

Apr 5, 2009, 8:28pm Top

Handmaid's Tale, number 41!

Apr 6, 2009, 2:02am Top

Hm, I just had a quick count and have done 70 of these. There were some that I wasn't sure if I had read or not, so I didn't count them in. If I can't even remember it properly it doesn't count it guess. So I'm thirty, am I doing ok or is it pathetic?

Apr 6, 2009, 4:09am Top

Well ekebivibeke, I'm 31 and you're WAY ahead of me. (I'm still too ashamed to admit my total!)

Apr 6, 2009, 11:03am Top

I've read 351, but I'm pretty old, and became a serious reader pretty young. My last one was The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati in March.

Apr 7, 2009, 7:01pm Top

So two months later, my totals are 215 from the new list plus 51 from the old list for a grand total of 266 through the end of March. Whew! Now that official English Lit degree isn't quite so embarrassing!

Apr 9, 2009, 6:03pm Top

I've read 69 books from the new edition. I've also read 7 books from the old edition that were removed from the new one. Considering I'm only 24 I'm really happy with this total.

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Black Dogs by Ian McEwan
Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Virgin Suicide by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Like Water for Chocolate by Lauara Esquivel
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Hichicker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (What is so great about this book?)
The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesy
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Nineteen Eight-Four by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Rebecca by Daphne de Maurie
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A Farewell to Arms
All Quiet on the Western Front
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
A Room With a View by E.M. Forester
The Jungle by Upton Siclair
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Throught the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Alices Adventures in Wonderland by by Lewis Carroll
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
The Woman in White by Wilie Collins
Madame Bovery by Gustave Flaubert
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Emma by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Hyperion by Friedrich Holderlin
The Tale of Genji by Luo Guanzhong

Apr 9, 2009, 11:25pm Top

I've read 247 from the old list and 22 from the new picks. There are definitely some that I have no interest in ever reading, but both lists are great for finding new books for the TBR pile.

Apr 28, 2009, 7:43am Top

I have read around the 130 mark - and also feel that my English Degree should be stripped from me! When I first started reading from this list - 2006 I had only read about 80 so I guess it's some progress though not very fast compared to some people's reading rate on here!

Apr 29, 2009, 5:18am Top

I'm now up to 78 (using the old list - my poor little brain overheats otherwise. Think I've read a few from the new one too.)
Slow progress, but the day job leaves all too little time for reading, and I've read a couple that weren't on the list this year.

Apr 29, 2009, 11:19am Top

I just found this group and ordered Boxall's book from my library.

Why isn't Shakespeare on the list? Is it because he wrote plays? And why isn't there more nonfiction? I saw Walden and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but why not include The Autobiography of Malcolm X and something by David McCullough? (And why isn't there a touchstone for David McCullough?)

According to the spreadsheet, I've read 88 from the 2008 list and 15 that were on the 2006 list. I'm currently reading The Bell Jar, so I'll be up to 89.

I don't think I want to read half of what's on the list, and some of the titles I've never heard of before, so those will be interesting to check out.

Apr 29, 2009, 1:26pm Top

#249- It's supposed to be limited to novels, although there are several entries that are..not..hehe. Walden certainly not. And all the Poe short stories are not novels. The Yellow Wallpaper is only a few pages..it seems some criterion were stretched a bit to accomadate the wishes of the contributors.

Apr 29, 2009, 11:27pm Top

I've read 127 counting both lists. I have 47 books on the tbr list which keeps growing.

There's a book remainder place near my work and I'll always grab a 1001 book when I see one cheap.

Apr 30, 2009, 12:17am Top

I just found another one on the list that I had read, so I'm up to 89.

Edited: May 6, 2009, 6:50pm Top

May Day! And I've finished 223 from the old list, 54 from the new list, for a total of 277. Whew!

ETA: *mutter, mutter* I posted my list from my charts and there's three missing, so my total is either 274 or 277, but I'm working on it!

May 6, 2009, 6:32pm Top

May 22, 2009, 1:40pm Top

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is #43.

Jun 1, 2009, 2:30pm Top

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - #44.

Jun 1, 2009, 7:02pm Top

I've read 89, off the original list. I haven't looked at the new one. I am working on Agnes Gray by one of the Brontes and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

Jun 1, 2009, 7:30pm Top

I've read 57 from the original list and 52 from the 2008 list.
Made some great discoveries, overall I'm quite thankful for both lists, my reading's been expanded and enriched.

Jun 5, 2009, 10:56am Top

Up to number 74 with City Primeval by Elmore Leonard

Jun 7, 2009, 7:27am Top

I've read 44 and im almost 13. NO JOKE. H.A.G.S.

Jul 6, 2009, 2:18pm Top

Up to 76 after finishing LaBrava by Elmore Leonard.

Jul 6, 2009, 2:41pm Top

I finished War and Peace one week ago, which was number 200 on my List.

Jul 12, 2009, 8:31am Top

Read another 4 last weekend whilst on trains for two whole days - so up to 147 now.

Nov 15, 2009, 11:49am Top

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Nov 15, 2009, 12:01pm Top

Hm, so on april 6.th I wrote I had read 70 of them... now I've finally made the spread sheet work, and it tells me I've read 83... and that's from both lists together, and after going through it more thoroughly. It also tells me to read 23 ,6 books per year from the list to finish.... Bad stats. I'm thinking of trying to reach 100 before I turn 31 in february, but it seems a very lofty goal. Here's my list so far:

#25 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (everyone's read that one)
#29 Vernon God Little
#32 Kafka on the Shore (love Murakami)
#33 Everything is Illuminated
#38 Life of Pi
#49 White Teeth
#67 Veronica Decides to Die (I had a Coelho fase, but don't really agree that he belongs on such a list anymore)
#76 The God of Small Things
#99 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
#117 The Virgin Suicides
#134 Smilla's Sence of Snow
#140 Wild Swans
#167 Como agua para chocolate (read it in Latin-American Literature class, in Spanish when I was really bad at Spanish – not THAT sure what it was about...)
#168 A Prayer for Owen Meany
#172 Focault's Pendulum
#175 The Satanic Verses (Rushdie is genious)
#182 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (bought it from iTunes as a sound file for a long car journey I had to make. That counts, right?)
#191 Beloved
#209 Love in the Time of Cholera
#212 The Cider House Rules
#225 The Unbearable Lightness of Being
#240 Shame
#253 The Color Purple
#257 The House of the Spirits
#284 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
#367 The Godfather (brilliant)
#376 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
#386 One Houndred Years of Solitude (read it in Norwegian when I was a teenager, now slowly re-reading it in Spanish, but I count it as read anyway. Such a great book.)
#425 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (highly recommended)
#439 El coronel no tiene quién le escriba (also from Latin-American literature class. All I really remember clearly from this one is the use of subjuntivo in the title – but I know I read it!)
#474 The Birds (by Norwegian writer Tarjei Vesaas! Don't think I noticed this one the first time I counted. Love the spread sheet)
#482 On the Road
#491 The Lord of the Rings
#493 Lolita
#508 Lord of the Flies
#526 The Old Man and the Sea (this one's a classic and a quick read in one: Good for upping your cred quickly, hehe)
#534 The Catcher in the Rye
#546 The Grass is Singing
#554 Nineteen Eighty-Four
#583 Animal Farm
#585 Pippi Longstocking
#589 The Little Prince
#619 Of Mice and Men (read it in High School English class. So depressing.)
#621 The Hobbit
#657 The Man Without Qualities
#659 Brave New World
#708 Mrs. Dalloway
#709 The Great Gatsby
#738 The Growth of the Soil (another one I missed in the first count because I didn't recognize the English title of this Hamsun novel)
#785 The Hound of the Baskervilles
#797 The War of the Worlds
#802 Dracula
#805 The Time Machine
#810 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
#816 The Picture of Dorian Gray
#821 Hunger
#828 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
#832 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
#839 Treasure Island
#847 Martin Fierro (Latin-American Literature class of course. But this I remember well.)
#854 Around the World in Eighty Days
#872 Journey to the Center of the Earth
#897 David Copperfield
#902 The Count of Monte-Cristo
#905 The Three Musketeers
#916 La Père Goriot
#930 Emma
#932 Pride and Prejudice
#933 Sense and Sensibility
#977 Gulliver's Travels
#986 Don Quijote
#1001 The Thousand and One Nights

From the removed books, 2006-list
#3 On Beauty
#32 Fury
#41 After the Quake
#50 The Ground Beneath Her Feet
#65 The Moor's Last Sigh
#78 Jazz
#118 The World According to Garp
#170 The Third Man (I wouldn't mind some more Graham Greene on the list. Where's Aunt Augusta?)
#175 Ficciones
#205 The Sound and the Fury
#243 The Brothers Karamasov

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