A very early New Year's resolution thread: which 1,001 novels are you determined to master in 2010?
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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?
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.
War and Peace as my 200'th book - currently 150. Also read some authors still new to me eg Rushdie,Kafka,Murakami
Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose is topping my list for 2010, along with Roth's The Plot Against America.
#5 - Lol - you are so right. But am putting my determined head on to at least finish Tristram Shandy.... hopefully...
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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!
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
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...
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.
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
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.
# 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!
I've also got "1001" as one of my 2010 challenge groups
OR The Blind Assassin
OR The Robber Bride* Atwood April
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 :)
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!
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!
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.
#25 - One hundred years of solitude is really good - odd but excellent!
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?
>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
I haven't picked the others yet, but this looks like the place to look.
#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...
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
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???)
(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).
#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.
*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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
> 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.
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.
#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.
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
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.
@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.
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?
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!
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.
#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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
@ 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.
Citizenjoyce: Go ahead and pick up that copy of Suite Francaise! You won't regret it!
Thanks NarratorLady, It's still calling to me from the bookcase, but I think I'm getting closer to answering.
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.
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.
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.
Interesting collage. It looks a lot like the book reads. I guess I will give it another go. :)
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.
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.
> 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.
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.
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 ;-)
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.
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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.
#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...
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.
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.
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!
#93-Thanks for those links. I had no idea...Now I'm disturbed by Dracula in a completely new way.
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.
#85 If there is a group read somewhere for War and Peace let me know it is on my TBR pile for next year.
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).
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!
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...)
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.
#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.
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!
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