Who has read the most?
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Fairly new to this and just wondering who has read the most of the 1001 titles? (or should that be 1280 odd from all three lists). I myself have only reached a somewhat pathetic 50 or so but wondered if anyone has read all or nearly all before they die!!
Steven is doing nicely, he has 471 entries in the thread.
There are some people on 200-300-range and several gone over 100. Me, I am currently reading book 133.
I'll finish #131 today (or tomorrow). I don't think I'll read all the books on the list. There are too many readable books out there that are not on the list (or not yet).
I think I've read 168, but I have no plans to read even half the list.
I've read 119. I'm just using the list for fun and to broaden my reading and know I'll never want to read all of them.
I'm at 132. I'd love to think I can get to them all... maybe I'll live forever!
Would be nice to get to 1001, but I know there are already plenty of books on the list which don't appeal to me the slightest, so to read them all I would indeed have to live forever and have such a recall that I'd not want to reread some better books instead...
For comparison's sake I have heard about 600-700 albums from the 1001 Albums book, and on those numbers I am pretty well aware of all the remaining albums and often have good enough reasons to not actively look for those albums...book list does have somewhat better variation in it, but I expect there too to be some point where you start to get diminishing returns from the remaining titles...but so far it is still not in sight :)
I'm at 140... would love to read the entire list, but I'm not sure learning Korean is a challenge I want to take up. :)
Thanks, hdclassic. I'm at 472 right now. My goal is to read 1001 out of the 1294. I've already read many of the harder and longer ones, so there's no reason I shouldn't make it as long as my health and motivation hold out. I have more than enough of the titles on hand already.
Reaching 1250 is feasible. To go much higher than that you run up against some untranslated works and very hard to obtain volumes.
#11 Steven03tx -- I truly don't believe that anyone has read all the books, or can read all the books (due to the translation and availability problems you point out), but if anyone can come close, it's definitely you, Steven! And I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines. Go, Steven, go!
Uh oh. Joyce is putting me on the spot. :-) Now I've got to revise my reading plans and put all those tempting non-1001 books on the back of the shelf.
I only count the books from the 2008 list and finished #214 yesterday. I have no plans to reach a certain number, but I am doing challenges in the challenge like A-Z title, A-Z author, all German classics, etc.
I've read 288 and am midway through two more. My vague goal is to read 1001 out of the 1294, like Steven, but I think I'm less likely to make it! Although in a decade or so, when my children are out of the house and I'm retired, I'll have a lot more time to read!
I was lucky in that I started off with 160 or more books already read. I was a serious reader of classics in my teens and 20s and a serious reader of contemporary fiction in my 30s so I had a good head start.
Combo 2006/08/10, I'm up to 246 - I keep plugging away at it - I'd only read about 60 when I started in 2006. So glad I am though - I've come across so many amazing books I'd never have read without it.
I had already read 95 of the books on the list before I encountered the list two weeks ago... And I very much like the idea of trying to get the list done, so will be making an attempt.
I always read lots of books, but 1001 is still a long way to go, though I guess we all need something to keep us busy in our spare time ;)
I am kind of worried about the older books on the list though, and how available they are.
Hi Britt84 and welcome... George has a good list on the wiki here of where to get hold of some of the harder to find books. Anyone remember where that page is? I can't find it...
Thanks Deern and Arukiyomi for your help! And for now I still have plenty of books that are easy to find, and quite some books I already own myself but haven't read yet, and my parents also have a good number of books from the list, so I can also plunder their bookcases :)
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