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A very early New Year's resolution thread: which 1,001 novels are you determined to master in 2010?

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Edited: Nov 16, 2009, 3:04am Top

I was just perusing the who's reading what in November thread and spotted a touchstone for Tristram Shandy and it made me realise that I have been determind to read this since my failed attempt in my first year of Uni (about nine years ago now). I've also been determined to finish Midnight's children, A Prayer for Owen Meaney and The Grapes of Wrath - all of which i have left halfway through.

I think 2010 is THE YEAR for it. Anyone else got a few they're desperate to get through and want to join me in pledging to give it one more shot in 2010?

Nov 16, 2009, 4:36am Top

BekkaJo, I'll join you in 2010 and take the pledge to finish the final three books of the Barchester Chronicle, Bleak House and Tristram Shandy. I should warn you though, I make this pledge every year and then every year I get distracted by new books that come my way.

Nov 16, 2009, 5:35am Top

I hope that I will read in 2010 Anna Karenina (I own it already), House of Spirits (my sister owns this one) and Don Quijote.

Nov 16, 2009, 9:05am Top

I would love to start (and finish) Don Quixote.

Edited: Nov 16, 2009, 12:09pm Top

This is a dangerous question, because somehow writing it down makes it less likely to happen. Strange, that. Anyway, here are a few of the 1001 books that live on Mnt. TBR that I'd like to chip off next year: The Stone Diaries, Cry the Beloved Country, Orlando, Tale of Two Cities, and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I hope I remember to check back next year and see how I've done.

Nov 16, 2009, 12:28pm Top

Either Ulysses or Gravity's Rainbow. Also hoping to get to a 100.

Nov 16, 2009, 3:17pm Top

War and Peace as my 200'th book - currently 150. Also read some authors still new to me eg Rushdie,Kafka,Murakami

Nov 16, 2009, 8:48pm Top

Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose is topping my list for 2010, along with Roth's The Plot Against America.

Nov 17, 2009, 3:04am Top

#5 - Lol - you are so right. But am putting my determined head on to at least finish Tristram Shandy.... hopefully...

Nov 21, 2009, 10:15pm Top

1001 books is one of my categories for the 1010 challenge group. Haven't chosen the books yet, but I hope to read at least 10. BTW Tristram Shandy is one of the funniest books I've ever read, so I hope those of you who are going to tackle it in 2010 enjoy it.

Nov 22, 2009, 1:53pm Top

Hi arubabookwoman. I too have added 1001 to my 1010, and, including some Group Read bonus books, have targeted 12 for 2010. Not expecting to hit that target, though. My copy of Middlemarch is more than 800 pages and could take me nearly a month all by itself. Wish me luck and persistence.

Nov 22, 2009, 3:00pm Top

I promised to read War and peace during my summer vacation. Also since I started reading the list backwards Don Quixote is one of my next reads.

Dec 9, 2009, 7:04pm Top

What a good question--what 1001 novel will I master in 2010?

Well, I don't know if I'll "master" it, but I think I will read War and Peace and maybe more Charles Dickens (I've only read A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist).


Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 4:30pm Top

On top of Mount Toobie this year I've had
The Swarm Read in Jan 2010!
White Teeth
Cloud Atlas
Northanger Abby
Miss Smilla's feeling for Snow
amongst others, but I hope to get to these first in the New Year!

ETA another one!

Dec 10, 2009, 12:54am Top

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake. I'm not sure right now which books are 1001 to Read books, I think two of them are, and I've had the whole trilogy for years now. Also The Arabian Nights; I started it earlier this year as part of my twelve worthwhile books challenge, and didn't get very far.

Dec 10, 2009, 2:44am Top

#15 - good luck with Gormenghast! I love fantasy but this left me completely cold. It was one hell of a determined struggle to finish but I got there in the end. Fingers crossed for you.

Dec 10, 2009, 2:58am Top

Thanks Bekka. I'd heard that from others too, but the trilogy was recommended to me by someone with similar book interests, so I'm looking forward to it.

Dec 10, 2009, 3:02am Top

You'll have to let me know what you think - I keep thinking maybe I shuold go back to it, and perhaps it was just the worng time... then I decide that life's too short and maybe Peake is just not for me.

To be fair I think that about Tristram Shandy too - but I am not going to let it defeat me!

Edited: Jan 8, 2010, 11:25pm Top

I have heaps that I want to read but the bigger ones which I really want to read are:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Small Island by Andrea Levy
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Middlemarch George Eliot
Kristin Lavransdatter

And on my Christmas/New Year holiday I am taking:
The Grapes of Wrath - read!
& Of Mice and Men & Cannery Row
Gormenghast trilogy by Mervun Peake
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston - tried and didn't make it past 50 pages
The Old man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy - read!

As well as other non-1001 books. It seems a lot and I don't expect to read them all... on the other hand I'm going to a very isolated (but beautiful) farm so I might get quite a lot of reading in. My main problem is choosing what books to take.... clothes? bah! I'll just throw in what's clean...

Edited: Dec 13, 2009, 10:20pm Top

I want to master the ones on this year's reading list which I haven't got to. The list is embarrassingly long. Maybe I was a bit too ambitious.
Wuthering Heights
Catch 22
The House of the Spirits
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Grapes of Wrath
The House of Mirth
The Golden Notebook
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Adventures of Augie March
Crime and Punishment
A Fine Balance
Faces in the Water
Cloud Atlas
The Go Between
Kafka on the Shore

I will be taking a few away on my two week summer holiday, so I might start the New Year having conquered a few.

Dec 14, 2009, 2:44am Top

# 19 + 20 - both your lists have some amazing books in that I totally adored when I read them - The Count of Monte Cristo and Beloved are (I think) both in my Top 20 books ever... the Count definitely is anyway - Beloved may have slipped a few places with all the new ones I've read lately!

#19 - Good luck over xmas - I'm going to suggest read everything else you've got and leave Gormenghast as a last resort. Don't ruin your holiday!

Jan 1, 2010, 6:28am Top

Okay so Tristram Shandy is off the shelf....

Edited: Dec 13, 2010, 7:25am Top

I've also got "1001" as one of my 2010 challenge groups

1. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
OR The Blind Assassin
OR The Robber Bride* Atwood April
2. The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster
3. SuperCannes, J. G. Ballard
4. Drop City, T.C. Boyle
5. Wise Children, Angela Carter
6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
7. The Devil and Ms Prym, Paul Coehlo
8. Youth, J. M. Coetzee
9. The Body Artist, Don DeLillo
10. City of God, doctorowbyel::E. L. Doctorow

I have plenty more 1001 books TBR, but I just thought I'd go alphabetically by author's surname

EDIT: to strike 1st book read :)

Jan 1, 2010, 12:45pm Top

I've read Wise Children and The Body Artist - both good and also quick reads if you're after anything short :)

I think The Blind Assassin in on my TBR pile for 2010 - it's also one I've run out of space for so it counts as an 'Off the Shelf Book' for my off the shelf challenge!

Jan 3, 2010, 1:03am Top

I am trying to be nice to myself this year and have decided not to "make" myself read anything! But one book that I have wanted to read for quite a while now is One hundred years of solitude. So maybe I'll try!

Jan 3, 2010, 1:13am Top

I'm in the second volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. It would be great to finish it this year.

War and Peace the new Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.
A Passage To India, EM Forster
Collected Stories, Katherine Mansfield I've been meaning to finish.
that will do for now...

Am really enjoying White Teeth at the moment, half way through and have just finished Northanger Abbey a charmingly easy read.

Jan 3, 2010, 8:41am Top

#25 - One hundred years of solitude is really good - odd but excellent!

Jan 3, 2010, 9:00pm Top

Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Brave New World

There's more I want to read, but those I resolve to read. My goal is to read at least one book from the list per month.

Edited: Jan 4, 2010, 8:12am Top

I'm starting King Solomon's Mines in a couple days (after I finish one of my other books). I should probably pick up the third volume of Remembrance of Things Past and get on that soon.

Jan 10, 2010, 6:07am Top

Romance of the Three Kingdoms which I got for Christmas. Halfway through first volume and it's as gory as packed full of intrigue as I thought it would be...

anyone else read this?

Jan 10, 2010, 11:41am Top

Emma - finished already!
Mansfield Park
The Robber Bride
Vanity Fair
White Teeth
Half of a Yellow Sun

These will all fit into my 1010 Challenge, so hopefully I can get through them all!

Edited: Jan 10, 2010, 4:04pm Top

>25 judylou: Just finished One Hundred Years of Solitude for my 1001 category for the 1010 challenge. It was great even though I started feeling totally intimidated. Here are my thoughts;


I plan to read the following, and others for the challenge:

The Secret History
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Corelli's Mandolin
Wild Swans

I haven't picked the others yet, but this looks like the place to look.

Jan 20, 2010, 1:03pm Top

For 2010 I am hoping to read at least the first volume (Swann's Way) of In Search of Lost Time -- this has been my goal for 2 years now! -- and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Age of Innocence, Adjunct: An Undigest, and Moby-Dick.

Jan 22, 2010, 12:55am Top

i've got about 25 books on my tbr that are from the 1001 list. I'd really like to read most of them! I have some long ones like Anna Karenina and Our Mutual Friend but also some short ones like Beloved or The story of O. wish me luck!

Jan 22, 2010, 2:37am Top

#34 Good luck!

Actually I've read Anna Karenina and Beloved and loved both of them. Beloved is definitely in my top 20 1,001 novels (I've only read about 165) and Anna Karenina is probably not that far down. Hope you enjoy!

#32 Agh - your post reminds me that I am still about 1/3 of the way through Wild Swans. It is absolutely excellent but just got put down for some reason and not picked up again. Onto the 2010 list it goes. Sigh - I've got to stop finding books I've got half way through...

Mar 17, 2010, 1:18pm Top

Okay, this is more of a spring resolution (but I guess you can take them anytime?).

Of the 'big ones' I had Infinite Jest, Ulysses and War and Peace on my tbr list for 2010. Infinite Jest was a much quicker read than expected, but I doubt I will ever finish Ulysses. I bought a very expensive annotated hardback version which helped a bit, but now I am stuck in chapter 9. And the book is so heavy that I can't take it anywhere. So War and Peace might have to wait for 2011.

Of the shorter ones I am planning to read:
The Remains of the Day (which I just started and will be my no 100)
Life of Pi
Howard's End
Age of Innocence
The Kreutzer Sonata
Everything is Illuminated

However it always depends on the mood which book to chose for reading (what mood is needed for Ulysses???)

Mar 17, 2010, 1:26pm Top

(what mood is needed for Ulysses???)

Being stuck somewhere with absolutely nothing else to do? (says someone who has no interest in ever reading Ulysses, although I never say never).

Mar 17, 2010, 1:38pm Top

#37 Thanks, I guess you're right here. I might have to take the book with me (maybe better buy a paperback version and forget about the annotations) on a long holiday on some faraway island with no bookshops.
That's how I got through Moby Dick (which I found I actually liked) and the second book of Lord of the Rings some years ago.

Mar 17, 2010, 5:47pm Top

*wails* I still haven't started Tristram Shandy! Must must must start and read and finish it!

I am however approaching the end of Camilla which I am both proud and disgusted at myself. It is a slog and a big part of m y wants to throw it out of the window. Sigh.

#36 Remains of the Day is brilliant - Howard's End and Age of Innocence are really good too.

Mar 17, 2010, 7:43pm Top

I've read Beloved from my original list at Message 20 and I am currently reading The Go Between. I found Beloved not entirely gripping but will attempt to read more Morrison at some point. I am loving the language and setting of The Go Between. I remember an English teacher reading an excerpt to my class of 13 year olds. I wonder if I'll identify the passage when I get to it.

Mar 17, 2010, 10:24pm Top

I didn't post anything about my goals this year, but I think I'd actually like to knock off a Dickens novel for once. Still haven't read anything by him. As for the larger novels, I've done Gone With the Wind this year, and would rather like to get Lord of the Rings out of the way as I'm constantly shunned by my not having read it.

Other than that, I'll take the year as it comes, and see where my mood takes me.

Mar 18, 2010, 12:24am Top

#41> I'd shun you for not having read Lord of the Rings, but then I'd also have to shun an awful lot of people I know. :)

I too would like to knock off a Dickens, but I won't make any actual decisions to attempt anything in particular, because then it becomes a "must" read, and my enthusiasm wanes.

But it would be nice if I finished one of the half-read ones I have lying around already: A Fine Balance, Moby Dick, War and Peace, etc.

Mar 18, 2010, 1:05pm Top

I am vaguely considering tipping my toe to Dickens and Dostoevsky oeuvres at some point...
Of the big ones I am currently halfway to Life: A User's Manual and enjoying it a lot, and I'd like to finish that Midnight's Children at some point, I have started it couple of times and while generally liked it other things have come up...
The Go-Between seems interesting as well as The Diary of a Nobody, and The Life of Insects...
I've been looking for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day but cannot find it in libraries, and haven't come across to it in bookstores either.

Mar 18, 2010, 3:30pm Top

The Diary of Nobody is light and pretty easy - also pretty short. Miss Pettigrew lives for a day is...well its very light indeed but really really good fun. I'm surprised you can't find it - are you in the UK/Europe? I'd be happy to loan/donate my copy.

Mar 20, 2010, 2:54am Top

So far this year I have read one on the list Age of Innocence and will soon be finishing War and Peace.

Plans for the first half year is Bleak House and as I've just returned from a trip to Japan, I'm interested in some japanese writers. To bad Shusaku Endo has not made the cut - but I plan to read Kafka on the Shore although I fear I will not like it so much....we'll see.

Mar 20, 2010, 4:36am Top

44> Europe, Finland...the book hasn't been translated and apparently the movie didn't have much of an impact here either, so I guess bookstores and libraries haven't bothered with it...

45> Two Endo books are on the list, Deep River and Silence. Of other Japanese, I liked Some Prefer Nettles and Kokoro though I might have liked another Tanizaki book there...and from Mishima they have picked Sea of Fertility series but I would have picked something less intimidating...

Thousand Cranes is in my reading list, I have read couple of other Kawabata books which are a bit weird but interesting.

Edited: Mar 20, 2010, 2:50pm Top

>46 hdcclassic: OK, thank you for the suggestions of japanese writers. I think I will like Kokoro. Might be my next try of the japanese. Together with Endos Deep River.

I have the 2006 edition of the book - do you know where I can find a link to a book-list of the other edition of the 1001-book - as I realised there were two editions.

Mar 20, 2010, 4:00pm Top

OK, I found the other list on the books website. Now that a new edition of the book is coming up there will be three list.

Could be interesting to have all three lists together to compare - well, glad to se that Per Lagerkvist made it to the new edition - with Barabbas
- one of my favorite novels.

Mar 22, 2010, 6:08am Top

> 45: It looks like we have similar tbr lists. I am also reading Age of Innocence and will probably finish it today. Bleak House is another one I own and should read soon, but the number of pages combined with the tiny print of my edition have put me off so far.

I'd also like to read War and Peace but I have to force myself through Ulysses first, even if it takes another few months.

I read Kafka on the Shore early this year and was surprised at how much I liked it. It is a very special book and you shouldn't force yourself to read it. It had been on my shelf for almost two years, waiting for the right moment. I had opened it several times, read the first few lines and always found it too weird. But for whatever reason this year I suddenly wanted to know more about 'the boy named Crow' and once started I rushed through it in two days.

Mar 22, 2010, 7:15am Top

hmm, that Barabbas looks interesting, I should give it a go (and it's always nice to read at least something from every Nobelist...)
2008 list is much more international which is nice, waiting to see what 2010 list will be like.

Mar 22, 2010, 6:14pm Top

#47 I'm reading Murakami's The Wind up bird chronicles at the moment - really enjoying it. It's massively weird but brilliant all the same.

Ishiguro is japanese origin - and he's got several excellent ones on the list.

FYI guys - the 2010 list is out tomorrow. The online version will be posted soon after I'm sure.

Apr 2, 2010, 7:55pm Top

I made a resolution to read ten books that are well-known, yet remain unread. The reason is that every time I tell someone that I am reading the 1001 list books they will inevitably ask me if I have read one or more of these ten books:

War and Peace by Tolstoy
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The World According To Garp by John Irving
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

-- M1001

Apr 2, 2010, 8:55pm Top

Hey, M1001, great to hear from you again! Welcome back. I can't believe you haven't read Nineteen Eighty-four! That's a must read for everyone, whether they like it or not (I loved it). The only other one from your list that I've read is the Godfather, which was good, but I read it in the 70s, so who knows? I've since heard that the movies are much better.

Apr 2, 2010, 9:09pm Top

@52 Catch-22 is my absolute favorite book. I read my parent's copy when I was in high school and immediately decided that they weren't getting it back.

Apr 2, 2010, 9:39pm Top

52 - I've only read 1984, Catch-22, and The Grapes of Wrath - all very good.

Catch-22 in particular was interesting to discuss with my father who was in the army and thought it perfectly captured all of the protocol.

Apr 3, 2010, 2:48am Top

Good list M1001! Well... apart from Scarlet Letter. I read this last year and HATED it!

Apart from that I've read 6 of them - and Grapes of Wrath is on my determined list for this year. Let us know how you go on with them! If the TBR mount wasn't already engulfing my life I'd say I'd join you. But have only just started Tristram Shandy and am finding it awfully hard going!

How's everyone else doing on their 'determined' books?

Edited: Apr 4, 2010, 6:41pm Top

Reply message 53:

"...I can't believe you haven't read Nineteen Eighty-four!"

Yes, that's exactly what everyone else says to me as well :).

I think it is my number one "you haven't read that?!" book.

But after 2010, no more!

-- M1001.

Apr 4, 2010, 7:58pm Top

The problem with LibraryThing is that it gets you committed to reading specific books when you've spent most of your life just reading whatever you felt like. However, I'm up for one more challenge, especially since I have all the rest of the year to fulfill it. This year I plan to read at least one of these:
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented by Thomas Hardy
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

I think it will probably be Suite Francaise because it's sitting right in front of me beckoning, but I never know what my hand will reach for.

Apr 5, 2010, 1:38am Top

#58 - OtherJoyce . . . I've read all of those in the past two years, except Suite Francaise, which I've never read.

Loved Tess and Never Let Me Go. The Trial was very cool and culturally important, but not all that fun to read (I recommend 20 minute chunks, and imagining you are listening to someone tell you his dream. Nightmare.) Midwich Cuckoos is interesting and worth reading. Didn't feel much for Prime of Miss Jean Brodie but it was okay, and many others here have loved it. It may have been my mood at the time. It's short, anyway.

Apr 5, 2010, 3:29am Top

OtherJoyce, I loved the Maggie Smith movie of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, of course, that doesn't always mean anything about the book. I won't put that toward the top of the list on your lack of recommendation. Never Let Me Go does look very intriguing. So much to choose from.

Apr 5, 2010, 3:34am Top

Ditto with Nickelini - I've read all but the Suite Francaise. Pretty similar opinions too to be honest. Though I only read The Trial a week ago so am still in a major hatred phase of it (though I don't deny it's importance). My favourite two would have to be Never Let me Go and Midwich Cuckoos but I have to say I was really not sold on Jean Brodie - its fairly short and easy though :)

How's everyone going by the way? I'm haiving that sinking feeling which comes when you realise why you didn't finish in the first place...

Apr 8, 2010, 5:32am Top

BekkaJo: I made some progress on my tbr list of shorter books (finished Howards End, Remains of the Day and Age of Innocence and am preparing myself for Orlando by reading some of Woolf's short stories).

Not much progress though on Ulysses. App. 700 more pages to go...

And Tristram Shandy is another big one I have bought this year but not read yet.

Nickelini: I like your comment on The Trial which I also read early this year. I had really enjoyed many of Kafka's short stories, but this novel (although it had only 200 pages if I remember correctly) was hard work. Sure, it felt important, but what a relieve when it was finished.

Apr 8, 2010, 10:22am Top

Last night I read about another 70 pages of A Tale of Two Cities. I'm finding it much more of a slog than other Dickens I've read.

Apr 8, 2010, 2:31pm Top

It's been years since I read A Tale of Two Cities, but I remember liking it very much. However, I just read Little Dorrit and thought it needed to be cut at least in half. Is Dickens always such a slog?

Apr 8, 2010, 2:41pm Top

Well, I flew through all 1100 pages of Bleak House, so I don't think so. Last year I read Great Expectations which I didn't like as much, but wouldn't call a slog by any means. But A Tale of Two Cities seems to be a lot of words and not much character or action. At least it's only 350 pages long.

Apr 8, 2010, 9:21pm Top

@ 64 & 65 Tale of Two Cities was originally published as a serial, I think this was very common in the 1800's. I suspect serial publication tends to produce bloated prose. They publish manageable chunks at regular intervals to keep the readers coming back, but when you put it all together it can be a bit of a monster. Especially when you consider that serials might use a rhythm of recap/resume that simply isn't necessary in a regular novel.

To my knowledge I've only ever tried reading one novel that was originally published serially: Quaker City or the Monks of Monk Hall. I couldn't finish it, though I found it intriguing enough that I hope to try again one day.

Apr 8, 2010, 9:36pm Top

66 - yes, but Bleak House was published as a serial too, and I loved it! I want to love A Tale of Two Cities too. The opening and closing paragraphs are so wonderful...it's just all the stuff in between that I'm not so thrilled with ;-)

Apr 8, 2010, 9:39pm Top

Well, I hope it gets better.

Apr 8, 2010, 10:07pm Top

Thanks :-)

Apr 9, 2010, 3:55am Top

I'll weigh in with some Dickens love! Absolutely loved David Copperfield and am part way through Bleak House and really enjoying it.

A Tale of Two Cities is just a bit ... I've only read the beginning to be honest but not hooked.

Apr 9, 2010, 1:49pm Top

Funny, A Tale of Two Cities is the only Dickens book I've ever liked.

Apr 9, 2010, 2:36pm Top

Citizenjoyce: Go ahead and pick up that copy of Suite Francaise! You won't regret it!

Apr 9, 2010, 5:29pm Top

Thanks NarratorLady, It's still calling to me from the bookcase, but I think I'm getting closer to answering.

Apr 10, 2010, 5:30pm Top

It seems as if Katherine Mansfield has been forgotten which is such a shame. I hope her day will come again. There are quite a number of exquisite story tellers who fade from the public eye.

Apr 13, 2010, 12:10pm Top

From my (short) list, I have read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which I thought was pretty good. I am about halfway through Moby Dick, or The Whale which is also pretty good. But for some reason, I am having trouble reading Adjunct: An Undigest which is very short. There is no continuity of any kind. So I never pick it up. My daughter read it in one afternoon.

Apr 13, 2010, 12:54pm Top

But for some reason, I am having trouble reading Adjunct: An Undigest which is very short. There is no continuity of any kind. So I never pick it up. My daughter read it in one afternoon.

Adjunct: an Undigest is to literature what John Cage is to music. If you listen to him and expect to sing along, it's just not going to work. In fact, he mentions John Cage several times, so it's conscious, as is the absence of continuity. I found this page very helpful when I started reading it: http://www.petermanson.com/Adjunctcollage.htm

I think Adjunct: an Undigest is brilliant, but you have to let yourself go and stop looking for a narrative.

Apr 13, 2010, 1:32pm Top

Interesting collage. It looks a lot like the book reads. I guess I will give it another go. :)

Apr 16, 2010, 1:20am Top

I read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie earlier this year. I didn't plan to but I found it at the library, remembered it was on the 1001 list so I decided to read it. I was disapointed in the book. Thankfully it was short - but I thought it was silly and pointless.

Apr 16, 2010, 3:07am Top

I have to agree re Jean Brodie. I mean it's okay but i really don't get why it's on the list.

Having real trouble with Tristram Shandy. It is not pleasant.

Apr 16, 2010, 3:28am Top

> 79: I can relate to that. Tristram Shandy made me turn happily to chapter 13 of Ulysses last night.

But I am determined to get through this book by the end of April! I'll finish book 3 today and presently it's all about noses. Maybe I am also having a language issue here. I've read many classics in English but of this one I get neither the story (is there any?) nor the humour.

I had to read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie many years ago at school for an English class. It even was our first reading of a book in foreign language.
Obviously it didn't impress me back then, because I can't remember much of the story. Maybe I will give it another try one day.

Apr 16, 2010, 3:51am Top

Hmm, I did enjoy Jean Brodie, on the point of style it is one of the better books I have read this year and the content is funny yet sinister...fits right to my tastes.

Still going slowly through that Life: A User's Manual, I read couple of chapters every now and then...it's good but it doesn't really seem like a book one reads from cover to cover.
And now I started The Life of Insects which so far is...odd. The trick of the book I have come across before (Tainaron does the same shifting between humans and insects) but it is still wonderfully disorienting and of course the writing style and the world described are notably different.

Apr 17, 2010, 9:25pm Top

Are we already more than halfway through April!?
From my list that I posted last year I haven't made any progress!
From other peoples lists I've read this year Everything is Illuminated and Life of Pi. I've also added to my 1001 collection - Remembering Babylon, August is a wicked Month, Hawksmoor, The Body Artist and The Age of Innocence! Second-hand bookfairs are wonderful things ;-)

May 7, 2010, 9:30am Top

Yay! I did it! Tristram Shandy is done and I will give away my copy as soon as I can in order to get it out of the house. Truly dreadful book.

Dec 6, 2010, 12:32pm Top

Hi all - just wodnering how anyone else is doing on their 2010 resolutions? I have officially bombed. I got Tristram Shandy finished but it was the only one off my determined to finish list. Hopefully everyone else did better?

Dec 6, 2010, 12:51pm Top

I had completely forgotten about this thread - thanks for the reminder!
I am actually surprised that I read so much, 2010 has been my best reading year ever, thanks to LT!

Of the books I posted in #36 I finished everything except for War and Peace (I am waiting here for some other LTers to join me in a group read, otherwise I'd be reading it right now) and The Kreutzer Sonata which I put into my car ages ago just in case I get stuck in traffic which never happened. And I even finished Bleak House.

BekkaJo: Of all the 1001 books I read this year, Tristram Shandy was one of the worst, rivalled only by If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, but the latter has only 200 pages, so TS 'wins'.

Dec 6, 2010, 1:20pm Top

I listed five books, and I read three. The two I didn't get to were Stone Diaries and Cry the Beloved Country (both which I might still read this year--it's only Dec 6!). The three I did read were Orlando, Tale of Two Cities and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Dec 6, 2010, 2:15pm Top

Hah, I seem to have pretty much ignored my plans made here and went to read other stuff instead. Well, I read those The Life of Insects and Barabbas (both good), and The Diary of a Nobody is waiting on the shelf, but no Dickens, no Dostoevsky and Life: A User's Manual and Midnight's Children are unfinished. Maybe next year.

Dec 6, 2010, 2:22pm Top

I read three of the five: Swann's Way, Moby-Dick, or, The Whale and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The two that I didn't read were The Age of Innocence and Adjunct: An Undigest.

Edited: Dec 6, 2010, 2:37pm Top

I listed 6 books for the year and read only 2 of them, but then read, or started, 6 others. I read and hated: Brideshead Revisited and A Confederancy of Dunces (I don't know why I always have to spell it that way to make touchstones work.) I started Dracula but found it anti-semitic so stopped. I'm reading right now Little Women, really hate it but am committed to reading it for my RL book club. I can't say I'll follow through on that commitment.

However there are books I read and loved: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Suite Francaise and Never Let Me Go best reads of the year, and Frankenstein which I'm glad I read for historical value.

Dec 6, 2010, 4:12pm Top

I had intended to continue with volume 2 of In Search of Lost Time, but I was too busy. So I'm going to be adding that to next year's goals.

I also intended to read some books I kept putting off: Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Heart of Darkness, and Catcher in the Rye. I did, and I ended up enjoying all three.

Dec 6, 2010, 4:15pm Top

#89-I read Dracula a very long time ago. I don't remember anything anti-semitic. What was it that struck you that way? Maybe I'll have to go back and take a look now...

Dec 6, 2010, 9:51pm Top

OK, looking at mine....

"War and Peace as my 200'th book - currently 150. Also read some authors still new to me eg Rushdie,Kafka,Murakami"

OK, still shy of 200 books (now 191)

Still haven't read any Rushdie or Kafka. Have read 2x Murakami.

Lucky the year's not over just yet.

Dec 7, 2010, 1:11am Top

If you didn't notice anything antisemitic about Dracula, perlle, you're not alone. As soon as I read about Dracula's feeding his minions with the blood of a baby he had stolen, I thought of the infamous blood libel. So I googled Dracula anti semitism and got several hits. Here are two



I know I'm very much in the minority, but I felt no desire to keep reading.

Dec 7, 2010, 3:11am Top

I guess I managed one other goal - I hit 200 which made me v happy.

I'm glad so many people got to Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, I read it this year too and absolutely loved it.

Poor Rushdie seems to have drawn the short straw this year - maybe 2011 will be his year!

Dec 7, 2010, 5:40am Top

#93-Thanks for those links. I had no idea...Now I'm disturbed by Dracula in a completely new way.

Dec 8, 2010, 12:42am Top

I read five from my embarrassingly long list back at 20. They were:

Beloved rather slogged through this one.
The Go Between great language
Cloud Atlas interesting time shifting
Kafka on the Shore My first Murakami and I loved it.
Frankenstein Found the protagonist a little tedious.

This year I also read The Turn of the Screw, Around the World in Eighty Days, Unless, Madame Bovary and Castle Rackrent.

Wonder if I can beat 10 next year.

Dec 9, 2010, 4:23pm Top

#85 If there is a group read somewhere for War and Peace let me know it is on my TBR pile for next year.

Dec 9, 2010, 6:25pm Top

I don't know about a War and Peace group, but I do know that there are a bunch of us planning to read 100 Years of Solitude in July. I will post to the general 1001 thread when it gets going.

Dec 9, 2010, 10:35pm Top

I was just hoping to finish off some of the books I'd previously started but not finished: "A Fine Balance, Moby Dick, War and Peace, etc."

They are all still half-read. And now I can also add 1984 and Vanity Fair.

Perfectly GOOD books (I've even previously read 1984), but just not what I was looking for at the time (how shallow of me).

Looking at my numbers, I did actually read 12 however, which isn't great (I'll try for a larger number in 2011!), but isn't as bad as I thought it might have been.

My highlights: Howards End, All Quiet on the Western Front, Nights at the Circus and A Clockwork Orange. London Orbital was my stinker, I tried for months, and just couldn't make any headway. Gave up about 100 pages into it (and won't be going back to it).

Edited: Dec 10, 2010, 2:54am Top

See, everyone has just prompted me to toddle off and check how many 1,001 I've got through this year. It looks like it was a kinda heavy 1,001 year for me - I got through 41. Now somewhere I have how many I read in 2009 for comparison...

edited to add - 2009 was only 31, so LT is def helping me push myself!

Dec 10, 2010, 4:53am Top

25 books this year for me, some of which I probably wouldn't have read were they not in 1001 list (in couple of cases wouldn't have been a loss, in couple of cases I have ended up reading other books by the same author...)

Dec 10, 2010, 3:29pm Top

I only started the quest this year (with about 180 of the 1001 already read in the past) and I've read about 55 since then. But that's because I'm on sabbatical. I expect that pace to drop pretty precipitously next year when I'm working full-time again.

Dec 10, 2010, 11:15pm Top

#98> I would love a group to read One Hundred Years of Solitude with next summer. Twice I have started but not finished that book.

Nov 11, 2011, 10:34am Top

Hiya all - it's getting pretty close now - how's everyone done?

From the four listed in my post 1 I've managed 2 - so I guess a 50% success rate is not too bad. And before anyone says it's not too late - hell yes it is! Owen Meany adn Grapes of Wrath will have to jsut flow over to 2012!

Nov 11, 2011, 11:13am Top

Hi Bekka, this is the 2010 thread :-)
But thanks for the reminder!

Nov 11, 2011, 11:43am Top

Ooops! My brain works SO well...

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