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Sep 4, 2011, 8:00am Top

I first joined LT over 5 years ago when the first edition of the 1001 Books was released. I wish I'd started posting my progress back then when I'd started, as some of you have done here, but I've been reluctant to do so cos I post on my blog.

Then I thought, what the hell...

Now, I'm not going to post all the books cos I just reached 300... and although I'm proud of that, I don't have my head that far up.... so I'll just do the ones I've blogged cos then I can link to my reviews which some of you might enjoy reading... or not.

And I'll do them by year to start with so we can get up to the present day...

Sep 4, 2011, 8:27am Top

Cancer Ward | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=6
Cannery Row | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=7
Heart of Darkness | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=9
Crome Yellow | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=10
Breakfast of Champions | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3
The Glass Bead Game | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=13
Far From the Madding Crowd | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=14
Middlemarch | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=15
The Third Man | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=17
Naked Lunch | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=18
The Color Purple | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=19
Ethan Frome | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=20
The First Circle | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=21
Kafka on the Shore | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=22
Aesop's Fables | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=27
Herzog | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=28
The Voyage Out | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=29
Invisible Man | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=31
Jane Eyre | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=38
Of Mice and Men | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=40
The Robber Bride | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=45
Journey to the Interior of the Earth | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=47
2001 | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=50
Notes from the Underground | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=36
Middlesex | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=48
The Music of Chance | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=51
Crime and Punishment | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=55
Pride and Prejudice | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=58
The Poisonwood Bible | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=59
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=61
After the Quake | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=64
Cry, The Beloved Country | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=65
Never Let Me Go | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=66
The Castle of Otranto | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=67
The Time Machine | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=68
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=69
Cloudsplitter | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=71
England Made Me | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=70
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=76
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=79
Cider With Rosie | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=75
Unless | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=77
The Hours | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=80
Lady Chatterley's Lover | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=81
The Godfather | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=82
Uncle Tom's Cabin | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=72
Junky | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=83
Orlando | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=88
Metamorphoses | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=89
Underworld | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=91
Trainspotting | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=92
Walden | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=90
Enduring Love | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=93
The Invisible Man | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=94
Atonement | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=95
A Tale of Two Cities | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=96
The World According to Garp | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=97
A Fine Balance | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=98
Memoirs of a Geisha | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=99
Foundation | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=102

Sep 4, 2011, 8:44am Top

Captain Corelli's Mandolin | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=103
Steppenwolf | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=105
Jazz | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=104
A Suitable Boy | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=106
Wild Swans | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=111
Glamorama | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=109
The Monk | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=124
Dracula | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=123
The Idiot | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=122
Vathek | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=120
White Teeth | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=129
Small Island | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=127
The Moonstone | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=126
Frankenstein | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=125
The Singapore Grip | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=135
The Heather Blazing | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=134
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=132
The Satanic Verses | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=131
The Remains of the Day | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=149
The Virgin Suicides | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=147
Under the Net | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=146
The Reader | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=145
Hawksmoor | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=144
Cloud Atlas | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=143
Strait is the Gate | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=142
Agnes Grey | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=141
Vile Bodies | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=140
The Corrections | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=139
Gulliver's Travels | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=136
To The Lighthouse | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=137
Villette | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=170
Oblomov | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=150
Eugenie Grandet | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=220
American Pastoral | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=215
A Kestrel for a Knave | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=185
Indigo | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=179
Suite Francaise | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=255
The Unbearable Lightness of Being | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=258
Seize the Day | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=230
The Name of the Rose | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=225
Waterland | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=287
One Hundred Years of Solitude | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=283
The Magus | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=271
The Cider House Rules | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=262
The Newton Letter | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=385
Treasure Island | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=374
In Cold Blood | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=368
Oranges are not the Only Fruit | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=357
Christ Stopped at Eboli | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=337
Gone With the Wind | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=327

Sep 4, 2011, 12:48pm Top

Wow! You've given me some reading to do. Sorry, not reading any 1001 books because I'm too busy reading Arukiyomi's reviews.

Sep 4, 2011, 6:05pm Top

Congrats on reaching 300. That's a real milestone! Some great reviews in here. Sorry I can't read them all, but I'm trying to catch up with you. Thanks for the post.

Sep 5, 2011, 2:03am Top

I'm envious of the number of books you read in a year. Well done on 300.

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War and Peace | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=420
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=412
Perfume | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=400
The Sea | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=469
Don Quixote | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=467
Rebecca | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=456
Lord Jim | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=448
The Old Devils | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=655
The Long Goodbye | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=624
The Big Sleep | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=623
The Brothers Karamazov | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=612
Cat's Eye | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=604
Hard Times | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=486
Babbitt | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=716
A Modest Proposal | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=715
The Road | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=693
Decline and Fall | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=695
The House of the Spirits | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=678
The Grapes of Wrath | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=672
Possessing the Secret of Joy | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=663
Cryptonomicon | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=848
The New York Trilogy | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=824
Erewhon | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=832
Little Women | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=794
An Interesting Narrative | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=717
The Good Soldier Svejk | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=931
The Quiet American | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=938
Amsterdam | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1133
Thank You Jeeves | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1130
The Information | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=936
Embers | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1065
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=940
The House on the Borderland | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=826
To Have and Have Not | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1227
The Plot Against America | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1218
Silas Marner | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1211
The Radiant Way | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1208
August is a Wicked Month | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1190
Smiley's People | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1169
The Age of Innocence | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1253
Schindler's Ark | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1257
A Prayer for Owen Meany | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1254
The Things they Carried | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1243
Cakes and Ale | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1239
The Picture of Dorian Gray | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1234
The Woman in White | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1324
Fathers and Sons | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1320
What I Loved | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1292
Marks of Identity | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1467
Things Fall Apart | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1444
Mansfield Park | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1432
The Black Dahlia | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1429
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1400
Bunner Sisters | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1383
Candide | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1371
The War of the Worlds | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1365
The Postman Always Rings Twice | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1356
Another World | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1345
The Reluctant Fundamentalist | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1345
The Story of the Eye | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1345
The Awakening | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1542
Pippi Longstocking | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1524
Flaubert's Parrot | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1516
The House of Mirth | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1496
The Waves | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1498
The White Tiger | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1491
The Unconsoled | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1489

Sep 5, 2011, 8:14am Top

White Noise | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1635
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1608
She | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1580
I'm Not Scared | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1570
Northanger Abbey | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1686
The Torrents of Spring | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1688
A Hero of our Time | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1667
Fateless | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1664
Cranford | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1979
Half of a Yellow Sun | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1964
Choke | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2124
Eugene Onegin | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2115
Cold Comfort Farm | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2106
Memoirs of Hadrian | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2056
The Seige of Krishnapur | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2000
The Wasp Factory | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=1992
Castle Rackrent | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2150
Bel Ami | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2147
Regeneration | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2207
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2197
Casino Royale | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2191
The Lambs of London | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2161
The Inheritance of Loss | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2426
Hideous Kinky | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2419
Sula | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2285
The Ghost Road | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2213
The Eye in the Door | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2211
The Life and Times of Michael K | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2459
A Town Like Alice | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2442
The Day of the Dolphin | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2432
The Return of the Native | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2476
A Dry White Season | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2469
The Handmaid's Tale | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2506
Kim | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2481
The Nine Tailors | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2576
The Master of Ballantrae | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2563
Tarka the Otter | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2558
The Plague | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2553
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=2775

Sep 6, 2011, 3:09pm Top

Thanks for linking to all these great reviews!
To a remarkable extent your 300+ do not overlap with my 270+, so I've got a lot of material here as I think about what to read next...

Sep 6, 2011, 4:58pm Top

hmmm interesting. Made me think about how many of us we'd have to get in the same room to say that we've read the 1001 together.

Then, on reflection, I realised that unless one of us reads Korean well (or French translations of Korean), that would be impossible.

Oct 16, 2011, 2:45am Top

Nov 2, 2011, 3:45am Top

The Purloined Letter | Poe | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3108
The Nose | Gogol | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3115
Melmoth the Wanderer | Maturin | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3122

Nov 6, 2011, 5:08am Top

The Fox | Lawrence | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3130
In the Heart of the Country | Coetzee | http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3143

Nov 6, 2011, 6:44am Top

Great review of In the Heart of the Country! I'll probably be reading it early next year - one Coetzee per month in chronological order.

Nov 6, 2011, 7:25am Top

thank you Dors!

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Glad you liked The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I think you're in for a treat with Les Misérables!

Dec 5, 2011, 3:40am Top

yeah... I'll get to it. I'm so familiar with the musical that I'm worried it won't match up.

Dec 5, 2011, 11:06am Top

I better tell you right away: it won't. It will be better.

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Dec 10, 2011, 12:22pm Top

Thanks for the link -- I was curious what you'd have to say about Jacobs Room.

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Dec 28, 2011, 6:37pm Top

John - have you read Out of Africa before? I read it in 1983, right after I got home to Canada from Papua New Guinea. I thought the opening paragraph could have been written about the Eastern Highlands:

"...the Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the North, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. in the day-time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful . . . " Not quite the same, but it felt the same to me. When we drove from Ukarumpa to Lae, I kept saying that if you had just plopped me down there, I would have thought I was in Africa (not that I'd ever been to Africa, mind you, but to my 20 year old self, that's how it felt).

Dec 31, 2011, 2:01am Top

yes indeed Nickelini, there were lots of parallels with the elevation we live at and the weather. The idea of vast rolling plains is a bit foreign here though. Mountains are everywhere and there isn't really anywhere you can go except the far southwest where you can't see them.

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Jan 21, 2012, 11:53am Top

John - your pic for Handful of Dust is amazing. Where are you flying into? Is it Lae by any chance?

Jan 22, 2012, 1:31am Top

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Feb 28, 2012, 12:02pm Top

Love your review of The Rainbow! I agree completely, and you give me hope to read more Lawrence.

Feb 28, 2012, 4:34pm Top

yay... thanks for that amaryann21. Sometimes when I feel strongly about a book and it's negative, I often wonder if I'm the only one. It helps me to know that there are two of us on the planet who feel the same way!

Mar 26, 2012, 8:24am Top

Therese Raquin

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Elizabeth Costello

The Bell

Mar 26, 2012, 1:57pm Top

A couple of cautionary thoughts. Are you sure that wasn't a spider bite? Sure looks like it. And, if you keep inviting the lovely Ms. Tikvah into your home to be cared for, you'll soon have one of your own.

Mar 27, 2012, 10:02am Top

Whatever it was I didn't feel it at the time. However, I did spend over a week trekking through swamps and got bitten all over the place. It just seemed like a normal bite to me but it was definitely infected. It was the infection which was the problem, not the bite itself.... and nice of you to hope that we might have one of our own soon.

Mar 30, 2012, 10:19pm Top

The Talented Mr Ripley

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

May 3, 2012, 11:31am Top

Wow over 300 very very impressed. But I have to say wish you would post all 300 titles under your belt. I know I know my 17 year old son tells me all the time and the last time a couple days ago when I taped my most current list on my closet door. MOM YOUR SUCH A NERD AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT IT IS YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW BY LOOKING AT YOU!!! Dont really know how to take that personally.

May 13, 2012, 7:24am Top

Ha! I'd take that as a backhanded compliment if I were you. I too wish I had started writing reviews of books when I was a teenager so that I would have all 300. But unfortunately, I only started in 2006.

May 13, 2012, 4:40pm Top

Back in March you were reading some books that I really disliked, to wit Elizabeth Costello and especially Where Angels Fear to Tread. Did you like The Bell, also read in that period? It's on my TBR list.
I love your pictures, too.

May 13, 2012, 4:49pm Top

The Bell I did enjoy (review: http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?p=3540). Although I didn't like Costello, I did like Angels. Thanks for the pics comment!

May 13, 2012, 4:53pm Top

I liked Where Angels Fear to Tread, too, but then I have a soft spot for those Edwardians (who we now look back on as so misguided).

May 14, 2012, 9:58am Top

Oh I didnt mean the reviews and such I mean just a list of the title you know you have read on the 1001 list. And Yes I did take that a back handed compliment. There are worst things in life then being a nerd that tapes list of books on my bedroom wall. And even better when the call you a nerd but you just dont look like one. Plus he is my son so he gets a free pass on this one.

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Click the pic to read my review of #342: Kristin Lavransdatter.

Click the pic to read my review of #343: Mrs Dalloway.

Click the pic to read my review of #344: Oscar and Lucinda.

Click the pic to read my review of #345: At the Mountains of Madness.

Click the pic to read my review of #346: Of Human Bondage.

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Click the pic to read my review of #347: Gargantua and Pantagruel.

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Click the pic to read my (scathing) review of #348: The Mysteries of Udolpho.

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Click the pic to read my review of #349: The Sorrows of Young Werther.

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Click the pic to read my review of #349: Evelina.

Jul 24, 2012, 4:59am Top

wow! 300 books awesome man!

Jul 24, 2012, 5:30pm Top

"awesome man" or "awesome, man"


Jul 24, 2012, 8:24pm Top

well, I think your progress does make you a pretty awesome man ;)

Jul 25, 2012, 4:34am Top

I don't mind being thought of as awesome Britt, but pretty? Hmmm....

Jul 25, 2012, 10:40am Top

#61 Please tell me that's a water slide... looks awesome!

Oh and congrats on the 300 :)

Jul 25, 2012, 7:11pm Top

yes it is indeed. And yes it is awesome. What did you think it might be other than a water slide?

Jul 26, 2012, 12:24am Top

Finefine, I'll just think of you as awesome then :) Hope that makes you happy :)

Also, I want that waterslide in my backyard :P

Jul 26, 2012, 12:45am Top

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Jul 26, 2012, 1:21am Top

Not sure to be honest - maybe some sort of irrigation that you might not be allowed to throw yourself down. Which would be cruel.

Just realised I should be conrgratulating on 350 since I imagine you'll hit that in the next few days :)

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Click the pic to read my review of #351: The Children's Book.

Click the pic to read my review of #352: The Three Musketeers.

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Click the pic to read my review of #353: The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle.

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Click the pic to read my review of #354: L'Assommoir.

Aug 6, 2012, 11:25am Top

I liked your review of The Children's Book- I felt much the same way. Except for maybe thinking it should be longer, though I understand exactly what you mean. As it was, I needed a pillow to prop it up sometimes!

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Click the pic to read my review of #355: Shirley.

Nov 5, 2012, 2:41pm Top

GLORY!!!!!!!!!!! I was surpised with a new Kindle Fire!!!!!!!!! They only bad thing is now that this one is in color and all my children also like it. UMPH!!!! At least with the other black and white one it was all mine.

Nov 10, 2012, 2:26am Top

I'm glad to hear you enjoying your new gadget ALWINN... not sure this thread is the place to let the world know but, hey, whatever ;-)

Nov 13, 2012, 11:35am Top

You are also posting pic of books you are reading on your kindle. But not only do I have a new gadget but everyone in the house feels the same so its still a big fight to actually read a book.

Nov 14, 2012, 2:32pm Top

kindle? Until amazon pays UK corporation tax, they aren't getting another penny from me. You couldn't give me a kindle if you tried.

Edited: Nov 14, 2012, 5:02pm Top

Oh I stand corrected that is a nook right??

Nov 16, 2012, 2:16am Top

Sony Reader... an old one now though... but a goodie.

Edited: Mar 22, 2014, 1:18am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #356: Main Street.

Nov 24, 2012, 12:21pm Top

I just discovered you and your blog. Thanks!

Edited: Mar 22, 2014, 1:18am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #357: Alias Grace.

Edited: Mar 22, 2014, 1:19am Top

Finally caught up with all the reading I did while journeying back to the UK from Papua New Guinea. Enjoy...

Click the pic to read my review of #358: The River Between.

Click the pic to read my review of #359: Tarzan of the Apes.

Click the pic to read my review of #360: Doctor Zhivago.

Click the pic to read my review of #361: A Home at the End of the World.

Click the pic to read my review of #362: A Sentimental Journey.

Click the pic to read my review of #363: Confessions.

Click the pic to read my review of #364: Mary Barton.

Click the pic to read my review of #365: In the Heart of the Seas.

Click the pic to read my review of #366: The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Click the pic to read my review of #367: A Bend in the River.

Click the pic to read my review of #368: Storm of Steel.

Edited: Jan 2, 2013, 5:30am Top

Wow, a christmas hamper of reviews there arukiyomi! Excellent.

I love all of your cover shots, but I'm sure I won't be the last one to say that the Tarzan cover is especially good!

Welcome back to the UK! It's been raining again.

Jan 2, 2013, 12:05pm Top

Yeah, I'm really enjoying your pictures! I was so inspired I tried to do that for a while, but I couldn't keep up somehow. Mostly it would be a picture of my book and my bed, or my book and the inside of my car in the rain. Yawn. We don't all get to read Tarzan while kids are swinging on ropes or vines in a PNG background!

Edited: Mar 22, 2014, 1:19am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #369: Saturday.

Mar 2, 2013, 8:45am Top

sorry... have been reading... it's blogging that I'm finding it hard to get motivation for. here are a couple off the list which I finished in January. Oh... and I also found out that I've actually read two more books off the lists than I thought I had! Lovely.

Click the pic to read my review of #370: The Yellow Wallpaper.

Click the pic to read my review of #371: The Nice and the Good.

Click the pic to read my review of #372: Pamela.

Mar 29, 2013, 2:12pm Top

Click the pic to read my review of #373: The House of the Seven Gables.

Click the pic to read my review of #374: Excellent Women.

Nov 2, 2013, 5:38am Top

Hey everyone... I haven't died (although I've felt like I have a few times over the last 6 months since I last posted...), and I have been reading and blogging (albeit very slowly). So, here's what I've reviewed off the 1001 lists since the end of March:

Click the pic to read my review of #375: Novel with Cocaine.

Click the pic to read my review of #376: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Click the pic to read my review of #377: The Growth of the Soil.

Click the pic to read my review of #378: Persuasion.

Click the pic to read my review of #379: Jude the Obscure.

Click the pic to read my review of #380: A Confederacy of Dunces.

Click the pic to read my review of #381: The Secret Agent.

Nov 2, 2013, 8:13am Top

Re: The Yellow Wallpaper, I think you've got it a little confused. She wrote that based on her own experience, and it was something very common for the times. It's not about "husbands failing wives," it's about the ridiculous ignorant notions that men had of women at the time, that they were such frail creatures who simply needed to be locked up from their "hysteria" and whatever other bs in order to "help" them. It is not a judgment on you or anyone who simply doesn't know straight off the bat about being some sort of perfect husband. How can you even compare locking someone away "for their health" to anything any rational person in these times would do?

I thought the story was fabulous. She manages to pull the reader completely into the situation, into her justified frustrations and into her madness as the "treatment" continues to make her worse and worse. It really is horrifying.

Nov 15, 2013, 6:01am Top

nah... I think you're confused. It's my review, not yours.

But at least you're asking the right questions... especially that last one. Keep up the good work!

Nov 26, 2013, 11:38am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #382: That They May Face the Rising Sun.

Click the pic to read my review of #383: The Sense of an Ending.

Nov 26, 2013, 12:57pm Top

John - I just love how you take pictures of your books in the setting where you read them. Looks like you're in the middle east?

Nov 27, 2013, 12:26pm Top

Thanks Nickelini... what was once just a gimmick has now turned out to be a map of my literary journey. I love the photos too now and they set off real memories of the book AND the place which is a combination that's hard to beat. I am now living in Khobar, Saudi Arabia and working in Dhahran teaching English for Aramco trainees.

Nov 27, 2013, 12:28pm Top

#97 - Wow! That sounds so interesting (and also challenging). I hope you enjoy your experience there.

Dec 28, 2013, 4:53am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #384: Cecilia.

Click the pic to read my review of #385: A Pale View of Hills.

Click the pic to read my review of #386: Tono-Bungay.

Click the pic to read my review of #387: All the Pretty Horses.

Click the pic to read my review of #388: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings.

Feb 1, 2014, 12:45pm Top

Click the pic to read my review of #389: Nostromo.

Click the pic to read my review of #390: The Master and Margarita.

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Click the pic to read my review of #391: Our Mutual Friend.

Feb 3, 2014, 12:58pm Top

I love your reviews, Arukiyomi, but I especially love your pictures! You inspired me to start taking pictures of where I finish my books and at least put them in as the little picture of your app. That idea was promptly crushed when I finished my latest book at 12:30 this morning in the dark and couldn't turn on the light for even that lame picture thanks to a sleeping roommate! Maybe I'll leave the picture taking to those who do a little more with their lives.

Feb 4, 2014, 10:23am Top

thanks so much Cayenne... was feeling a bit down today but that perked me up! THat's so funny about being in the dark. When I first started doing it yeeaarrs ago, I had the same plan as you. But most of the time, I ended up finishing books in the most boring of places. So, now, I just take a pic of something that happens to me, like my sad Mutual Friend pic above :-( or somewhere I go. I guess you could even use news story photos to just capture the historic moment while you were reading that book. So, don't give up or think you don't do much with your life... especially with a username that spicy!

Feb 4, 2014, 4:19pm Top

And here I was thinking that you genuinely were taking a picture that book exactly where you finished it! Suddenly this idea seems a lot more doable! And what can I say, my mother had red hair and they hoped I would, too. In reality, I'm a brunette with a spicy name!

Feb 7, 2014, 1:25pm Top

Click the pic to read my review of #392: The Child in Time.

Feb 7, 2014, 1:29pm Top

heh funny... just noticed that I started and ended 2013 with a McEwan completely by chance!

Edited: Feb 22, 2014, 7:41am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #393: The Golden Ass.

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Click the pic to read my review of #411: ADMT I: A Question of Upbringing.

Feb 23, 2014, 1:05pm Top

Click the pic to read my review of #394: Surfacing.

Edited: Apr 5, 2014, 10:36am Top

I enjoyed your review of Surfacing. I first read it in the 70's in a women's lit course where the professor was very excited about this new, young author. I'll be reading several of her books this month along with the 75'ers for Atwood April

Apr 6, 2014, 11:47am Top

thank you streamsong!

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Click the pic to read my review of #395:
A Season of Migration to the North.

Click the pic to read my review of #410: Swann's Way.

Click the pic to read my review of #411: ADMT: II A Buyer's Market.

Click the pic to read my review of #411: ADMT III: The Acceptance World.

Click the pic to read my review of #396: The Enigma of Arrival.

Click the pic to read my review of #397: A Tale of a Tub.

Click the pic to read my review of #398: The History of Love.

Click the pic to read my review of #399: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

May 10, 2014, 9:39pm Top

In the background of the picture for A Tale of a Tub...is that shrimp? Or larvae of some kind!?

May 11, 2014, 1:22pm Top

click the pic to find out!

May 12, 2014, 2:04am Top

Okay, clearly I'm being dumb. I clicked the pic and reread you're review, but I still don't get what exactly it is in the picture?

Edited: May 12, 2014, 6:35am Top

>115 CayenneEllis: The font is tiny so it took a while to find, but on arukiyomi's blog, just under the picture, there is a brief context sentence. (I wanted to know where the beautiful snowy picture was).

May 12, 2014, 10:23am Top

Okay, so now I have clicked on all your pics and read all of the context sentences. And now I am so curious to know what kind of work you're into? I hope I am not too impolite by asking...

May 12, 2014, 11:53am Top

As I've said before, I just love how you take pics of the books in the environment where you experienced them. I tried this for a while and found it was a surprising amount of work. Either that or I kept forgetting. I may start again, but for now will enjoy yours. Especially the one with the flight map! Fun!

May 12, 2014, 3:00pm Top

I also try it but my life is so boring compared to yours! I read my books in bed, bath or on the couch; one picture is nice, but 3/4 of them!

May 12, 2014, 4:25pm Top

#119 - Yes, that's also an issue I had, although when I pushed myself to be creative, I could usually come up with something.

May 12, 2014, 6:08pm Top

I love your Swann's Way backdrop, arukiyomi.

May 12, 2014, 8:19pm Top

>116 ELiz_M: Thank you! I almost always browse LibraryThing on my iPhone, and when I read your note and still didn't see it...I suddenly realized it must just not show up on the mobile site! Duh! Now I'm at my laptop and happily reading through his context sentences. Thank you!

Edited: May 13, 2014, 2:40pm Top

thanks for the kind comments guys. I have really grown to love those cover shots and it's nice to hear others like them too. It's become a visual history of not just what I've read, but places and events that have meant a lot to me along with the books.

Simone2, I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language currently working in Saudi but I get to travel a few times a year on leave. The salary helps with exotic locations ;-) Since Nov 2007 with my first cover shot (Atonement), I've worked and visited a very diverse range of countries, hence opportunities I get to set the covers against some great backdrops.

Korrick - the Arctic in the depths of winter looks good however you photograph it!

Edited: Jan 11, 2015, 10:51am Top

Click the pic to read my review of #410: ISOLT II Within a Budding Grove.

Click the pic to read my review of #411: ADMT IV At Lady Molly's.

Click the pic to read my review of #400: Fear of Flying.

Click the pic to read my review of #411: ADMT V Casanova's Chinese Restaurant.

Jun 21, 2014, 3:36am Top

The World Cup is giving my reading ability a battering... and tackling Proust AND Powell in a year is going to make this year my lowest 1001 total since I started this challenge in 2006 I think. But it's going to be worth it and after this, no book on earth is going to feel long by comparison!

Jun 21, 2014, 7:29am Top

....and you did make the 400 - Congratulations!

Jun 22, 2014, 10:37am Top

oh... some time ago. I just haven't got round to putting anything on the thread! Thanks!

Jun 26, 2014, 3:06pm Top

Thanks for the positive review of Fear of Flying. The book has been on my shelf for a while and this was the impetus I needed to stop shying away from it.

Edited: Jan 11, 2015, 10:51am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #410: ISOLT III The Guermantes Way.

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Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT VI The Kindly Ones.

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Click HERE to read my review of #401: Animal's People.

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Click HERE to read my review of #402: Oliver Twist.

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Click HERE to read my review of #403: The Count of Monte Christo.

Aug 25, 2014, 5:08am Top

> 133. Fascinating review. I really should read it, it has been calling my name from my shelves for months now, but the 1000+ pages still scare me a little! Your tip to Wikipedia on Napoleon first, might help!

Aug 25, 2014, 11:04am Top

Love your progress chart idea!

Aug 25, 2014, 2:53pm Top

Thanks Simone. After Proust AND Powell in one year, there are no more long novels in the world that I cannot conquer!!! Mwahahahaaaaaa!

Thanks Quart...

Aug 25, 2014, 3:47pm Top

You're reading Proust and Powell this year and are still able to fit in Dumas as well? Impressive! So what's next, another long one?

Aug 26, 2014, 9:21am Top

no... not for a while! Reading The Third Wedding at the moment which is very doable.

Edited: Jan 11, 2015, 10:51am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT VII: The Valley of Bones.

Sep 12, 2014, 11:03am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #404: The Kreutzer Sonata.

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Click HERE to read my review of #410: ISOLT IV: Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT VIII: The Soldier's Art.

Sep 23, 2014, 6:21am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #405: The Lusiads.

Sep 23, 2014, 7:54am Top

>143 arukiyomi: Interesting review. I enjoyed The Lusiads and certainly found it more readable than you did. Do you know who translated the version you read?

Sep 23, 2014, 9:29am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #406: Life of Christ.

Sep 23, 2014, 9:30am Top

>144 ELiz_M:: Burton. I think the translation was masterful. I'm just allergic to hyperbole!

Sep 23, 2014, 6:11pm Top

I read a different translation (Landeg White in an Oxford World Classics edition). I thought maybe you had a bad translation, but apparently not. :)

Edited: Jan 11, 2015, 10:47am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT IX: The Military Philosophers.

Jan 11, 2015, 10:47am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #410: ISOLT V: The Captive.

Edited: Feb 27, 2015, 8:50am Top

Click HERE to read my review of #407: Roxana.
Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT X: Books Do Furnish a Room.
Click HERE to read my review of #408: Sense and Sensibility.
Click HERE to read my review of #410: ISOLT VI: The Fugitive.
Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT XI: Temporary Kings.
Click HERE to read my review of #410: ISOLT VII: Time Regained.
Click HERE to read my review of #411: ADMT XII: Hearing Secret Harmonies.
Click HERE to read my review of #409: Emma.

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