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message 1: by Robyn (last edited Oct 15, 2011 09:17PM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments My 2011 Goals

I have three main focuses for my reading this year.

1. Continue to take part in Diane’s Around the World in 80 Books challenge. Not sure that I’ll make it as I’m already running behind schedule. But let’s face it; it’s the journey that’s so enjoyable, not whether you complete it. Progress can be seen at Robyn - Frequent Flyer
(Diane's Around the World in 80 Books challenge has clocked over to a new year and is now a group in it's own right. Progress can now be found at Robyn - Frequent Flyer 2011/2012)

2. Read at least 34 books from 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (including all three lists). This is currently the minimum I must read (it’s been going up every year!) if I am to have any hope of completing it. Mind you, if I keep picking 1001 books from different countries for Diane’s challenge, I can kill two birds with one stone and make great progress!

3. Lastly on a lighter note (and with no real deadline involved) I have read a lot of Agatha Christie over the years but don’t really know exactly what. With that in mind (and a complete list of her novels and short stories at hand), I’m going to begin at the beginning and embark on a journey to read all things Agatha! Nice light reading to slot in when the other lists get heavy and who knows I might come across a country or two I can claim.


message 2: by Robyn (last edited Dec 27, 2011 02:57AM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments Progress


1001 Books:
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Switzerland)
2. The Lover by Marguerite Duras (Vietnam)
3. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (Canada)
4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
5. Wuthering Heights by Emilie Brontë (England)
6. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières (Greece)
7. The Third Man by Graham Greene (Austria)
8. The Grass is Singing: A Novel by Doris Lessing (Zimbabwe)
9. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho (Slovenia)
10. A Room With a View by E M Forster (Italy)
11. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
12. At the Mountains of Madness by H P Lovecraft (Antarctica)
13. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway (Spain)
14. The Twins by Tessa de Loo (Belgium)
15. The Drivers Seat by Muriel Spark
16. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (Ukraine)
17. Candide by Voltaire
18. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
19. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
20. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov (Georgia)
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Congo, Democratic Republic of the)
22. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Germany)
23. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Iceland)
24. Mrs. Dalloway by Viginia Woolf
25. Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud (Morocco)
26. The Trial by Franz Kafka (Czech Republic)
27. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Dominica)
28. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic)
29. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (Scotland)
30. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
31. I Robot by Isaac Asimov
32. Embers by Sándor Márai (Hungary)
33. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
34. The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
35. Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
36. The Wonderful O by James Thurber
37. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
38. Silk by Alessandro Baricco (Japan
39. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (USA/State:Georgia)
40. The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber
41. The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho (France)
42. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (State:Massachusetts)
43. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (Greece)
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (State:New Hampshire)
45. Saturday by Ian McEwan (England)
46. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Canada)

Agatha Christie:
1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles
2. The Secret Adversary
3. The Murder on the Links
4. The Man in the Brown Suit (South Africa)


message 3: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
(also Switzerland - atwi80books)


message 4: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
2. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
(also Vietnam - atwi80books)


message 5: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
3. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
(also Canada - atwi80books)


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Robyn | 120 comments The Ancient Future by Traci Harding
(Wales atwi80books)


message 8: by Robyn (last edited Mar 23, 2011 01:54AM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
(also England atwi80books)


message 9: by Robyn (last edited Mar 23, 2011 01:54AM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
6. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
(also Greece atwi80books)


message 11: by Robyn (last edited Apr 13, 2011 04:32AM) (new)


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Robyn | 120 comments Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
(Benin atwi80books)


message 13: by Robyn (last edited Apr 13, 2011 04:32AM) (new)


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Robyn | 120 comments 1001
7. The Third Man by Graham Greene
(also Austria atwi80books)


message 15: by Robyn (last edited Apr 18, 2011 02:41AM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell
(Mozambique atwi80books)


message 16: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
(Afghanistan atwi80books)


message 17: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
8. The Grass Is Singing: A Novel by Doris Lessing
(also Zimbabwe atwi80books)


message 18: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
9. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
(also Slovenia atwi80books)


message 19: by Claire (new)

Claire (proud-mum) | 3949 comments Robyn wrote: "1001
9. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
(also Slovenia atwi80books)"


I enjoyed the movie, must read the book.


message 20: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments Claire wrote: "Robyn wrote: "1001
9. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
(also Slovenia atwi80books)"

I enjoyed the movie, must read the book."


I didn't realise there was a movie. Intriguing.


message 21: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
(Bosnia and Herzegovina athwi80books)


message 22: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
10. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
(also Italy atwi80books)


message 24: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
12. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
(also Antarctica atwi80books)


message 25: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments Temple by Matthew Reilly
(Peru atwi80books)


message 26: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
13. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
(also Spain atwi80books)


message 27: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
14. The Twins by Tessa de Loo
(also Belgium atwi80books)


message 29: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
16. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
(also Ukraine atwi80books)


message 30: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
17. Candide by Voltaire


message 31: by Robyn (new)


message 33: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
20. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
(also Georgia atwi80books)


message 34: by Claire (new)

Claire (proud-mum) | 3949 comments Robyn wrote: "Claire wrote: "Robyn wrote: "1001
9. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
(also Slovenia atwi80books)"

I enjoyed the movie, must read the book."

I didn't realise..."


Yup Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in it x


message 35: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
(also Congo, Democratic Republic of the atwi80books)


message 37: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
23. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
(also Iceland atwi80books)


message 38: by Robyn (new)


message 39: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
25. Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
(also Morocco atwi80books)


message 40: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
26. The Trial by Franz Kafka
(also Czech Republic atwi80books)


message 41: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
(Haiti atwi80books)


message 42: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
27. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
(also Dominica atwi80books)


message 43: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
28. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
(also Dominican Republic atwi80books)


message 44: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
29. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
(also Scotland atwi80books)


message 45: by Robyn (last edited Sep 13, 2011 05:13AM) (new)


message 46: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | 120 comments Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
(US state Georgia atwi80books)


message 48: by Robyn (last edited Sep 23, 2011 05:28AM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
31. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov


message 49: by Robyn (last edited Sep 23, 2011 05:28AM) (new)

Robyn | 120 comments 1001
32. Embers by Sándor Márai
(also Hungary atwi80books)


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