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message 1: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments
 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall



Someone brought to my attention that there is a book and a list called 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I thought it would be fun to do a challenge. The book is listed above. Here is the link to the official website for the list according to Wikipedia.:
http://1001beforeyoudie.com/

Click on the View List tab of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. (They also list 1001 Movies You Must See, 1001 Albums Must Hear, 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See, 1001 Paintings You Must See, and many more list all before you die.)

This Challenge will last a Year. See how may you can knock off the list in that time. Remember next year you can always do this challenge again and attempt to knock more off the list.

There are some goodreads groups that are dedicated to this book list as well, so if this interests you you may want to check them out as well. Happy reading.


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol (peppersgirl) | 113 comments I'm in I already have one for this year. I'll list them as I finish.
1. The Name of the Rose: Including Postscript by Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose Including Postscript by Umberto Eco


message 3: by Diane (last edited Jan 12, 2011 09:45PM) (new)


toria (vikz writes) (victoriavikzwrites) Count me in


toria (vikz writes) (victoriavikzwrites) Just got hold of the book. so, I start now


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan (itsmegan) 1. The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This book will change your life.


message 8: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments I loved that book. Did you see the movie? They changed it a little bit and deleted a bunch of scenes, but I liked it as well.


message 9: by Megan (new)

Megan (itsmegan) I did see the movie but to me, it doesn't even compare to the book.


message 10: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments What "1001" book is everyone currently reading?

I'm reading The Catcher in the Rye and Suite Française.


message 11: by Julie (last edited Jul 21, 2011 10:16PM) (new)

Julie Smith  (jewelknits) | 42 comments Cool! I'm in on this one! I'll cross off as I go!

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read, since I haven't read it since college in the dinosaur era)
3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
6. The Corrections by Jonathan Frantzen
7. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
8. Atonement by Ian McEwan
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
11. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
12. Emma by Jane Austen
13. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
14. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
15. Possession by A. S. Byatt

War and Peace (Vintage Classics) by Leo TolstoyWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Corrections by Jonathan FranzenBleak House  by Charles DickensAtonement by Ian McEwanAnna Karenina  by Leo TolstoyJane Eyre  by Charlotte BrontëRebecca by Daphne du MaurierEmma by Jane AustenMiddlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodPossession by A.S. Byatt



toria (vikz writes) (victoriavikzwrites) I've just downloaded one thousand and one nights, from Gutenberg, for my Kindle. Will start to read it soon.


message 13: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments Julie wrote: "Cool! I'm in on this one! I'll cross off as I go!

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read, since I haven't read it since coll..."


I read W & P last year with a GR group. I think we're doing Anna Karenina later this year. Are you using the P & V translation of Anna Karenina? I know that I've used a few translations of W & P, never finished any of them until I used the P & V.


message 15: by Julie (new)

Julie Smith  (jewelknits) | 42 comments Shay wrote: "Julie wrote: "Cool! I'm in on this one! I'll cross off as I go!

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read, since I haven't read..."


I'm reading from a Kindle edition for both Tolstoys.

The Anna Karenina is translated by Constance Garnet (I hope I spelled that right), and I'm not certain which translation of War and Peace I'm using (I only have to read a chapter a day, so it's not too bad)


message 16: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments Julie wrote: "Shay wrote: "Julie wrote: "Cool! I'm in on this one! I'll cross off as I go!

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read, since I..."


If you're using the version that is on your post, with the blue cover, it's the P & V. If you find yourself struggling with that translation of Anna Karenina, you should try the P & V translation. That's the version used for Oprah's Book Club, so it should be easy to find.


message 17: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments I'm still reading Suite Française and it's very good. But, wow, some of the 5 line sentences get to be a little much at times when the kids are hanging off me. So, I also started Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Kind of interesting to see the same war through different eyes.


message 18: by Jared (new)

Jared Quist Shay wrote: "I'm still reading Suite Française and it's very good. But, wow, some of the 5 line sentences get to be a little much at times when the kids are hanging off me. So, I also started [book..."

I'm reading [book:The Hours|11899]right now. I plan on reading The Moonstonenext.


message 19: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 03, 2011 12:28PM) (new)

I'm starting late, but I'd like to join this challenge. I started the 1001 list last year, and I'd love to see how many books I can check off the list in 2011.

I've just started Emma.

2011:

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Previously Read:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


message 20: by Jared (last edited Mar 02, 2011 05:35AM) (new)

Jared Quist Veronica wrote: "I'm starting late, but I'd like to join this challenge. I started the 1001 list last year, and I'd love to see how many books I can check off the list in 2011.

I've just started Emma."


Hey Veronica, I was just wondering what books were you able to check off the list last year?


message 21: by Sam (new)

Sam (samm26) | 3 comments I started working on this last year too. This year I've read:
1. Gone With the Wind
2.A Modest Proposal
3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Jared wrote: "Veronica wrote: "I'm starting late, but I'd like to join this challenge. I started the 1001 list last year, and I'd love to see how many books I can check off the list in 2011.

I've just started..."


Last year I read A Tale of Two Cities. I also re-read Jane Eyre and Little Women each year. Not the best start, but a start nonetheless. :)


message 23: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) Starting this challenge for 2012:

1. The Handmaid's Tale 2/9/12


message 24: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Wow, Tracy! Good luck!


message 25: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 5051 comments I am going to give it a whirl..will post later..

have to check my list of books to see what I have presently! then will start my list..and the 1001 list!


message 26: by Melissa (ladybug) (last edited May 16, 2014 08:26AM) (new)

Melissa (ladybug) | 1034 comments Although I am starting this challenge this year (2012), I decided to list the books from the list I read from previous years. My goal is 20 books per year, but will see how that goes. ^o^


Previously Read (view spoiler)

2012
01. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad » 3/8/12
02. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens » 3/19/12
03. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift » 5/9/12
04. Silas Marner by George Eliot » 5/15/12
05. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton » 7/7/12
06. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll » 7/13/12
07. Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll » 7/13/12
08. Summer by Edith Wharton » 7/30/12
09. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton » 8/2/12
10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry » 9/7/12
11. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ~ 9/24/12
12. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman » 10/11/12
13. Dracula by Bram Stoker » 10/14/12
14. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley » 10/19/12
15. Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle » 10/24/12
16. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami » 11/14/12
17. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee » 11/17/12
18. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens » 11/20/12
19. Home by Marilynne Robinson » 12/10/12
20. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo » 12/29/12



message 27: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments My goal is 36 books for this challenge. I'm pretty sure I'm at 7, which is 2 books behind. But, one of the books I'm reading from the list is the 1000+page Infinite Jest and the other is Trainspotting. The dialogue is a bit, well, not good in Trainspotting. If you made a drinking game out of the use of the "c" word in that book, you wouldn't be drunk, you'd be dead.


message 28: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Shay wrote: "If you made a drinking game out of the use of the "c" word in that book, you wouldn't be drunk, you'd be dead."

LMAO!


message 29: by SandyC (new)

SandyC (sandyc88) | 1193 comments My goal was to read at least 10 of these this year. Alas, I haven't read even one. It seems I get too sidetracked by brain candy. :-) I started The Count of Monte Cristo but didn't get very far.

1.The Count of Monte Cristo
2.Like Water for Chocolate
3.Veronika Decides to Die
4.Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
5.Hideous Kinky
6.The Master
7.The Elegance of the Hedgehog
8.The Lover
9.Of Love and Shadows
10.The Hound of the Baskervilles


message 30: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Sandy, it took me three months to finish The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas by both audio and http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/ I really couldn't have done it without it being a "buddy read" and I really patted myself on the back when finished. Good luck!


message 31: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 5051 comments can I join? I will post as I get through them....will check the list!


message 32: by Diane L (last edited Sep 30, 2012 01:29PM) (new)

Diane L I've been reading quite a few of these this year. I'll track them here too.
1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012
Goal is to read 50 of them.

1. Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren, 9 Jan
2. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess, 25 Jan
3. Life of Pi - Yann Martel, 27 Jan
4. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell, 31 Jan
5. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien, 17 Feb
6. The Summer Book - Tove Jansson, 18 Feb
7. Watchmen - Alan Moore, 22 Feb
8. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov, 23 Feb
9. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen - Tadeusz Borowski, 3 Mar
10. The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien, 7 Mar
11. Animal Farm - George Orwell, 8 Mar
12. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark, 14 Mar
13. Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton, 16 Mar
14. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë, 24 Mar
15. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 27 Mar
16. Bartleby & Co. - Enrique Vila-Matas, 12 Apr
17. The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe, 14 Apr
18. The Purloined Letter - Edgar Allan Poe, 14 Apr
19. The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe, 14 Apr
20. Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year - Carlo Levi, 16 Apr
21. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson, 16 Apr
22. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 17 Apr
23. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque, 28 Apr
24. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life - George Eliot, 2 May
25. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy, 9 May
26. The Dark Child - Camara Laye, 10 May
27. God's Bits of Wood - Ousmane Sembène, 13 May
28. Aithiopika by Heliodorus, 15 May
29. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 25 May
30. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 2 Jun
31. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers, 11 Jun
32. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, 22 Jun
33. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 29 Jun
34. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, 2 Jul
35. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, 7 Jul
36. 1984 by George Orwell, 11 Jul
37. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 25 Jul
38. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 7 Aug
39. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, 13 Aug
40. Hard Times by Charles Dickens, 10 Sep
41. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 18 Sep
42. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 21 Sep
43. The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, 25 Sep
44. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga, 28 Sep


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

Wow, Evana. You are plowing through it :D


message 34: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Hmmm I am keeping this in mind for next year. Some of them are on my to-read list anyway.


message 35: by Evil (new)

Evil (evilqueen22) | 5 comments I am so starting this on January :D


message 36: by Jamie (last edited Jan 08, 2013 11:25AM) (new)

Jamie Dubois | 33 comments Gonna give this a try!
My goal is 25 for the year


message 37: by ✿Claire✿ (new)

✿Claire✿ (clairelm) | 1221 comments I'm going to give this a go starting this weekend


message 38: by Carolina (new)

Carolina Morales (carriemorales) Evana wrote: "I've been reading quite a few of these this year. I'll track them here too.
1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012
Goal is to read 50 of them.

1. Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren, 9 Jan
2. A Clockwork Oran..."


good choices


message 39: by Monica (new)

Monica (nutz4reading) | 781 comments I'm in for this challenge. I have been trying to read these books and last year I didn't read any of them. My goal is to read 5 of them.


message 40: by Mary C (new)

Mary C (marymaryalwayscontrary) | 5186 comments Well I signed up for a 100 book challenge with 20 books from 5 different categories/genres. I made this one of them so I might as well list them here too.

1: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 1/1-


Melissa (ladybug) | 1034 comments I met my goal for 2012, now am going on and doing it again for 2013. My original post is found here.


message 42: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (daughterofoak) | 3473 comments I'm going to start reading a lot of the books on this list. I've been meaning to read more classics, and this is the perfect motivation.
I'm going to take it literally and not set a time limit, as long as I read them before I die...8)


message 43: by Zuzana (last edited Apr 12, 2013 11:48PM) (new)

Zuzana | 2242 comments My goal is to read 20 books per year.

Total: 86/1001 (1307) Read

Books I've read previously: 82 books

(view spoiler)

2013: 4/20

1. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides Mar 9, 2013 ****
2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie Mar 24, 2013 ****
3. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham Mar 31, 2013 ***
4. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Apr 9, 2013 ***


message 44: by Sanskriti (last edited Mar 18, 2013 09:45AM) (new)

Sanskriti Nagar | 278 comments 01 Jan '13 to 31 Dec '13
Done: 1/50


1. Falling Man (★, 03 Mar '13)|2008, 2010

Falling Man by Don DeLillo


message 45: by Zuzana (last edited Apr 01, 2013 10:23AM) (new)

Zuzana | 2242 comments Well, I've just found out that there have been substantial changes to the list. Apparently they added more than 200 books in 2008 (and I guess that the same number of books was left off ). They changed a few books in 2010 and 2012, too.

I guess that from now on I'll use for this challenge a "combined" list of all the editions (so in fact it'd contain about 1300 books instead of 1001).

EDIT:
link to the combined list: 2006/2008/2010 editions

+ Here’s the 12 books that have been added to the 2012 version:

Julian Barnes: The Sense of an Ending
Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha (was on the 2006 list but got taken of for the 2008 list – now it’s back on)
Jennifer Egan: A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jeffrey Eugenides: The Marriage Plot
Jonathan Franzen: Freedom
Chad Harbach: The Art of Fielding
Nicole Krauss: The History of Love
Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs
Haruki Murakami: 1Q84
Philip Roth: Nemesis
José Saramago: Cain
Ali Smith: There but for the


message 46: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Sounds fair, Zuzana.


message 47: by Jenn (last edited Jun 25, 2013 09:56PM) (new)

Jenn (engelsigh) | 1191 comments Please count me in.

Length of Challenge: January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

1. The Maltese Falcon
2. The Postman Always Rings Twice
3. The Thin Man
4. The Shining
5. The Sense of An Ending
6. The Purloined Letter


Books Previously Read:
(view spoiler)


message 48: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Super, Jennifer!


message 49: by Kim (new)

Kim DeCina (ladyindigo) | 1 comments Not starting this just yet, but for my own reference, here's what I've read up to now (4/30/13):


1984 by George Orwell The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Animal Farm by George Orwell The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut The Color Purple by Alice Walker The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams The Hobbit (Middle-earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkien Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Little Women (Little Women #1/2) by Louisa May Alcott Lord of the Flies by William Golding The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Watchmen by Alan Moore


message 50: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Very impressive, Kim.


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