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A Lifelong Goal Hopefully Not Forgotten After A Year

1001 Books to read before you die

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1katelisim
Apr 25, 2009, 1:34am Top

So I just stumbled upon this group and had never heard of this book/list before and thought... this will be good for me, classics and all :)
So I found a lovely spreadsheet equipped program with the list and went from there.

1.Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2.The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
3.A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
4.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
5.Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol
6.Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
7.Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
8.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
9.The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10.The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
11.The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
12.Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
13.Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
14.Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
15.The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16.The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
17.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
18.Cat and Mouse by Gunter Grass
19.The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
20.Watchmen by Alan Moore
21.The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
22.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

According to the formula I need to read about 16 books a year to make it.

And most of these were read for classes, so we'll see what I get done without required reading :)

2BookLizard
Apr 29, 2009, 10:13am Top

I just found this group too. You must be young because I've read more than you but I have to read 20 a year before I die!

Good luck!

3katelisim
Apr 29, 2009, 5:04pm Top

I turned 21 last month :) Explains the main stream-ness of the list... besides Cat and Mouse, which I had to read for a German class.

4katelisim
Sep 9, 2009, 4:00pm Top

23. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

5katelisim
Dec 28, 2009, 1:30pm Top

So, I'm a little blind while reading spreadsheets and missed a couple that I've read

24. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
25. The Hobbit

Hopefully I'll be getting some of these knocked out this year having a category in the 1010 challenge

6katelisim
Jan 5, 2010, 5:01pm Top

7katelisim
Jul 15, 2011, 8:35pm Top

Okay, poor neglected thread, here's my 1001 list reading from the last year and a half.

27. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
28. Master and Margarita
29. Doctor Faustus
30. Dracula
31. The Island of Doctor Moreau
32. The Purloined Letter
33. Castle of Otranto
34. Candide

8hdcclassic
Jul 16, 2011, 7:05am Top

How did you like Doctor Faustus? I have been thinking of giving it a go soonish...

9katelisim
Jul 16, 2011, 9:07am Top

Loved it! It's one I'm going to back to. I just have to find a stand alone copy. I read it as part of a collection for a class.

10fundevogel
Jan 9, 2012, 12:56pm Top

Hold a motherloving minute--You mean Doctor Faustus is on the list? Hot damn. And I thought all I got out of that was a greater appreciation for Shakespeare and bitch-fodder.

Wait no, it's Mann's not Marlowe's. Of course, the list doesn't include plays. Back to bitching.

11katelisim
Jan 9, 2012, 2:45pm Top

lol, not a fan?

35. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
36. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

12BekkaJo
Jan 9, 2012, 3:32pm Top

Oof - Conrad hit! Did you like Heart of Darkness? For some reason I loathed it - must re-visit in a few years and see if it improves.

13katelisim
Jan 9, 2012, 3:43pm Top

I had to take an authors course last semester. . . and it happened to be Conrad that time around. I actually ended up reading HoD twice--I read it over the summer to get a head start on class reading. . . . then the prof gave a really anal assignment that pretty much forced me read it a second time to complete. I didn't like it the first time (though it was more a 'I'm not interested in this but I gotta trudge through it and be bored' type deal than loathing). The second time put it more in a neutral. I understood a lot more of the underlying stuff. And I knew more of the social/political climate that helped clarify that. I think most of his stuff will be like that, where I won't get the full effect until the second or third reading. Besides those, there were at least 7 other stories. . . . so I think it'll be awhile until I read any more of him.

14fundevogel
Jan 9, 2012, 4:45pm Top

11 I love to bitch about him. Second only to Kierkegaard I think. Bitch, bitch, bitch.

15BekkaJo
Jan 10, 2012, 5:56am Top

I know the feeling - I have a few that it'll be a while before I re-visit.

I say that but I managed to get through two books last year that I started for Uni courses and never finished (Midnight's Children and Pamela). But then it's also been nearly 7 years since I graduated so I guess that counts as a while!

16katelisim
Jan 10, 2012, 9:19am Top

Haha, yeah, one of the Conrad books (Under Western Eyes) I still have a quarter left. . . I just can't bring myself to finish it even though I want to. It's just too soon. *le sigh

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