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message 1: by Roseann (last edited Aug 14, 2009 02:54AM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments I have had this book at home for quite some time and wanted to start some kind of a plan to read as many of the books as I can. Now I found this group and a great way to keep my progress up to date.

I will begin by going through the entire list and posting those that I have already read.

With every new book I read I will post a review and my personal opinion as to whether or not it was a good "must" read choice.

The books will not be read in any logical order-just those that fit my wHim at the time.

I do have a list of the books which I found on the web, if you would like to have a copy I would be glad to email it to you. I just think it is too long to post here.

message 2: by Roseann (last edited Aug 14, 2009 05:58AM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments BOOKS ON THE 1001 LIST I HAVE ALREADY READ

1. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
2. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
3. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
4. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
5. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
6. Jazz – Toni Morrison
7. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
8. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
9. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
10. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
11. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
12. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
13. Neuromancer – William Gibson
14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
15. The World According to Garp – John Irving
16. The Shining – Stephen King
17. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
18. Sula – Toni Morrison
19. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
20. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
21. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
23. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
24. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
25. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
26. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
27. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
28. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
29. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
30. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
31. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
32. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
33. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
34. Animal Farm – George Orwell
35. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
36. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
37. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
38. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
39. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
40. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
41. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
42. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
43. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
45. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
46. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
47. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
48. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
49. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
50. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
51. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
52. Dracula – Bram Stoker
53. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
54. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
55. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
56. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
57. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
58. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
59. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
60. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
61. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
62. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
63. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
64. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
65. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
66. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
67. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
68. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
69. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
70. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
71. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
72. Persuasion – Jane Austen
73. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
74. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
75. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
76. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
77. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

There were some more, but it has either been so long since I have read them that I want to read them again, or they are some of my favorites (Dickens, Austin) which I love rereading.

So that leaves me with a whopping 922 books. Lets see how it goes!

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Roseann | 400 comments 78. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
--Mark Haddon

A very charming (and a little sad) story of a boy with autism trying to make his way in life. I loved the stream of consiousness style and found myself laughing aloud (with not at) the protagonist as he tried to describe how he viewed the world and his place within it.

I have seen this book described as "RainMan meets Catcher In The Rye" which is true, but unlike Holden Caufield, Christopher is an engagine and sweet narrator who is in no way as cynical, but as judgemental of the world and people who surround him.

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Roseann | 400 comments 79. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

I can't believe I waited this long to read this novel.

A classic tale of prejudice and justice gone wrong, beautifully told with humor added to balance. The scariest part of reading this tale is that many of the problems still exist today, you'd think we would have come farther.

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Roseann | 400 comments 80. PASTORALIA by George Saunders

I am usually not a short fiction fan, but this one really got my attention. While I'll admit that I enjoyed the longer tales more, all of these sharp, critical looks at our society were entertaining and engaging. I especially like the story of the people whose job was to live as cave-people in a "real-life" natural history museum.

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Roseann | 400 comments 81. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S by Truman Capote

This is a case where I think I liked the movie better than the novel. I just thought that Holly was not a very likable character and I found noone in the book that I cared about. The story is much grittier and the ending definately not Hollywood, still I can see why this was an important novel as it delved into areas not usually written about in its time.

message 7: by Leora (new)

Leora Did you know there is a group for the 1001 book on goodreads? I am in that one too and it's kind of fun.

message 8: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments Leora wrote: "Did you know there is a group for the 1001 book on goodreads? I am in that one too and it's kind of fun."

Yes, but I am involved in so many other groups that I thought my mind might explode if I joined another ;-)
I do actually stop by now and then to lurk, just haven't posted anything yet.

I actually chose this option as I wanted a way to keep all of my reads together in one place as I have been thinking about this challenge for some time now.

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Roseann | 400 comments 82. WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo

This one is hard to explain as the author goes on tangents with his characters. I didn't like it at first, but then it caught my interest and I found myself actually laughing out loud at how people are able to dance around a conversation wheh they don't want to answer hard questions. Not for everyone, but if you like experimental type lit, take a look!

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Roseann | 400 comments 83. THE BODY ARTIST by Don DeLillo

Another weird story from this author. This is a sort of ghost story with a woman who recently lost her husband to suicide when a man suddenly appears in her house for no reason. Another "not for everyone" type, but worth a try as it's a very short novel.


Told in a series of speaches which the protagonist a world-renowned author, gives. Show her life in stages with a suprise end.

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Roseann | 400 comments 85. KIDNAPPED by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was a little disappointed in this one. I had much difficulty with the dialects (which is usually not a problem) and found it actually a bit dull.

message 12: by Roseann (last edited Dec 28, 2009 04:32PM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments I've been neglecting this list, but I will get caught up in the new year. I just wanted to post these reviews so I can get the books back to the library.

86. THE KILLER INSIDE ME by Jim Thompson

A crime novel written in the fifties with all the misogynistic baggage that goes along with the beast. I really hated this novel and had to force myself to finish! Story is about a man who works in law enforcement and kills in his spare time. Unless you like that sort of thing and don't mind lots of violence against women, stay far, far away!

87. LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE by Nancy Mitford

The novel moved very slowly through these people's lives and I wanted to move more quickly. I cannot say stay away as it did have redeeming qualities such as good characters and description, it was just too slow for me.

message 13: by Roseann (last edited Apr 21, 2010 08:13PM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments Hey I'm back! I actually started my own blog on blogspot and have started over (crazy I know).

I'll post here when I read (or reread) some books as I now plan on reading the entire list. My first read was actually a reread, but I didn't list it earlier.

88. NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen

A short and sweet novel (well not totally sweet, you know if you've read it) about a young girl who travells with her aunt and uncle only to be invited to the "menacing" Northanger Abbey. As always, everything turns out fine in the end. I LOVE Austen.

message 14: by Roseann (last edited Apr 21, 2010 08:13PM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments A few more done:

90. ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
91. THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles

I decided to write all of my reviews on my blog. If anyone is interested, you can follow me at:


message 15: by Roseann (last edited Apr 20, 2010 10:32AM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments One reread THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon along with a new one.

92. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

message 16: by Roseann (last edited Apr 20, 2010 10:33AM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments 93. UNLESS by Carol Shields
94. YOUTH by J. M. Coetzee

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Roseann | 400 comments 95. THE LAMBS OF LONDON by Peter Ackroyd

message 18: by Bhumi (new)

Bhumi | 524 comments You're making good progress, Roseann!

message 19: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments 96. GABRIEL'S GIFT by Hanif Kureishi
97. THE STORY OF LUCY GAULT by William Trevor

message 20: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments Bhumi wrote: "You're making good progress, Roseann!"

Thanks for the encouragement Bhumi! If you're interested in my reviews, check out my blog--the url's on message 14.

message 21: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments 98. THE LIGHT OF DAY by Graham Swift
99. FURY by Salman Rushdie
100. SHROUD by John Banville
101. IN THE FOREST by Edna O'Brien
102. THE MASTER by Colm Toibin

message 22: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments 103. FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters

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Hey Roseann!! Do you mix them up so you don't get all the characters confused?? That is what I do sometimes. Cool blog. Theresa

message 24: by Ronyell (last edited May 16, 2010 03:09AM) (new)

Ronyell (rabbitearsblog) | 101 comments 103!!!!!!!!! Keep it up!! You're getting close to number 1001!!!! I am trying to read 100 books this summer, so hopefully I'll be able to read 100 books by the end of the summer! Wish me luck!

message 25: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments 104. THE RED QUEEN by Margaret Drabble

message 26: by Roseann (new)

Roseann | 400 comments Hey Theresa and Ronyell!

Tahnks for the encouragement. I finished the Spring Semester earlier this week, so I should be reading hard for the next few months.

Theresa, I have this weird brain that can do many things at once (sometimes I'd like to just think about one thing) so characters aren't really a problem for me to keep up with.

Ronyell, Good luck on your 100 this summer, I plan on about that many also.

message 27: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell (rabbitearsblog) | 101 comments Thanks Roseann!!!

message 28: by Roseann (last edited May 30, 2010 09:20PM) (new)

Roseann | 400 comments I keep forgeting to update my lists here. Only one more for the 1001 list--read a couple other from "my list".

105. EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED by Jonathan Safar Foer

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Roseann | 400 comments 106. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

message 30: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (hmatkins) Wow! You're doing great. I'm also attempting to read the 1001, but I am not anywhere near where you are. Congrats and keep up the good work!!

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Roseann | 400 comments 107. THE SEA by John Banville

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Roseann | 400 comments 108. LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel

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Roseann | 400 comments 109. CITY OF GOD by E.L. Doctorow

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Roseann | 400 comments 110. MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides

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