Soffitta1's 1001 Books- Lifetime of Reading part 2

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Soffitta1's 1001 Books- Lifetime of Reading part 2

Editado: Jan 2, 5:14am

Challenging myself to read 75 from the list in 2020 to reach 960.

Just found this group, great motivation! I am trying to read as many of these books as possible, should be fun.

Finished my challenge on 31 December 2020!

Editado: Mar 21, 2017, 5:10pm


As a secondary challenge, I would like to complete a continent. I would like to look outside North America and Europe, not because they are hugely represented on the list, but because I would like to expand my reading. As a Spanish and Portuguese speaker, I think I should really go for South America.

Editado: Jan 2, 5:18am

Original List 1-99

1 Never Let Me Go
2 Saturday
3 On Beauty
4 Slow Man
6 The Sea
7 The Red Queen
8 The Plot against America
9. The Master
11 The Lambs of London
13 Cloud Atlas
14. Drop City
15 The Colour
16. Thursbitch
17. The Light of Day
18 What I Loved
19 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
20. Islands
21 Elizabeth Costello
23 Family Matters
24 Fingersmith
25. The Double
26 Everything is Illuminated
27 Unless
28 Kafka on the Shore
29 The Story of Lucy Gault
30. That They May Face the Rising Sun
31 In the Forest
32. Shroud
33 Middlesex
34 Youth
35 Dead Air
36. Nowhere Man
37 The Book of Illusions
38 Gabriel’s Gift
39 Austerlitz
40. Platform
41 Schooling
42 Atonement
43 The Corrections
44. Don’t Move
45 The Body Artist
46. Fury
47. At Swim, Two Boys
48 Choke
49 Life of Pi
50 The Feast of the Goat
52 The Devil and Miss Prym
53. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost
54 White Teeth
55. The Heart of Redness
56 Under the Skin
57. Ignorance
60. City of God
62. The Human Stain
63 The Blind Assassin
64 After the Quake
66. Super-Cannes
68. Blonde
69. Pastoralia
70 Timbuktu
71 The Romantics
73. As If I Am Not There
74. Everything You Need
75. Fear and Trembling
76. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
77. Disgrace
78 Sputnik Sweetheart
79 Elementary Particles
80 Intimacy
81 Amsterdam
83 All Souls Day
84 Talk of the Town
85 Tipping the Velvet
86 The Poisonwood Bible
87. Glamorama
88. Another World
89 The Hours
90 Veronika Decides to Die
92 The God of Small Things
93 Memoirs of a Geisha
94. Great Apes
95 Enduring Love
96. Underworld
97 Jack Maggs
98. The Life of Insects

5. Adjunct: An Undigest
10. Vanishing Point
12. Dining on Stones
22. London Orbital
51. An Obedient Father
58. Nineteen Seventy Seven
59. Celestial Harmonies
61. How the Dead Live
65. Small Remedies
67. House of Leaves
72. Cryptonomicon
82. Cloudsplitter
91. Mason & Dixon
99. American Pastoral

Editado: Jan 2, 5:19am

Original List: 100-199

100 The Untouchable
101 Silk
102 Cocaine Nights
103 Hallucinating Foucault
104 Fugitive Pieces
105 The Ghost Road
109 Alias Grace
110 The Unconsoled
111 Morvern Callar
113 The Moor’s Last Sigh
115 The Rings of Saturn
116 The Reader
117 A Fine Balance
118 Love’s Work
119 The End of the Story
120 Mr. Vertigo
121 The Folding Star
124 The master of Petersburg
125 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
126 Pereira Declares: A Testimony
128 How Late It Was, How Late
129 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
130 Felicia's Journey
131 Disappearance
132 The Invention of Curried Sausage
133 The Shipping News
134 Trainspotting
135 Birdsong
136 Looking for the Possible Dance
137 Operation Shylock
138 Complicity
139 On Love
140 What a Carve Up!
141 A Suitable Boy
142 The Stone Diaries
143 The Virgin Suicides
144 The House of Doctor Dee
145 The Robber Bride
146 The Emigrants
147 The Secret History
150 A Heart So White
151 Possessing the Secret of Joy
152 Indigo
153 The Crow Road
154 Written on the Body
155 Jazz
156 The English Patient
157 Smilla’s Sense of Snow
158 The Butcher Boy
159 Black Water
160 The Heather Blazing
162 Black Dogs
163 Hideous Kinky
165 Wild Swans
166 American Psycho
167 Time’s Arrow
170 Regeneration
172 Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord
173 Wise Children
174 Get Shorty
175 Amongst Women
176 Vineland
177 Vertigo
179 The Music of Chance
180 The Things They Carried
181 A Home at the End of the World
182 Like Life
183 Possession
184 The Buddha of Suburbia
187 Sexing the Cherry
188 Moon Palace
189 Billy Bathgate
190 Remains of the Day
192 The Temple of My Familiar
193 The Trick is to Keep Breathing
194 The History of the Siege of Lisbon
195 Like Water for Chocolate
196 A Prayer for Owen Meany
197 London Fields
198 The Book of Evidence
199 Cat’s Eye


106 Forever a Stranger
107 Infinite Jest
108 The Clay Machine-Gun
112 The Information
114 Sabbath’s Theater
122 Whatever
123 Land
127 City Sister Silver
148 Life is a Caravanserai
149 The Discovery of Heaven
161 Asphodel
164 Arcadia
168 Mao II
169 Typical
171 Downriver
178 Stone Junction
185 The Midnight Examiner
186 A Disaffection
191 The Melancholy of Resistance

Editado: Jan 2, 5:20am


200 Foucault’s Pendulum
201 The Beautiful Room is Empty
203 The Satanic Verses
204 The Swimming Pool Library
205 Oscar and Lucinda
207 The Player of Games
208 Nervous Conditions
209 The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul
210 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
211 The Radiant Way
213 The Black Dahlia
214 The Passion
215 The Pigeon
216 The Child in Time
218 Bonfire of the Vanities
219 The New York Trilogy
220 World’s End
223 Beloved
224 Anagrams
225 Matigari
226 Marya
227 Watchmen
228 The Old Devils
229 Lost Language of Cranes
230 An Artist of the Floating World
231 Extinction
232 Foe
233 The Drowned and the Saved
236 Love in the Time of Cholera
237 Oranges are not the only fruit
238 The Cider House Rules
239 A Maggot
240 Less than zero
242 The Handmaid’s Tale
243 Perfume
244 Old Masters
245 White Noise
246 Queer
247 Hawksmoor
249 Dictionary of the Khazars
250 The Bus Conductor Hines
251 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
252 The Lover
253 Empire of the Sun
254 The Wasp Factory
255 Nights at the Circus
256 The Unbearable Lightness of Being
257 Blood and Guts in High School
258 Neuromancer
259 Flaubert's Parrot
260 Money
261 Shame
262 Worstward Ho
263 Fools of Fortune
264 La Brava
265 Waterland
266 The Life and Times of Michael K
267 The Diary of Jane Somers
268 The Piano Teacher
269 The Sorrow of Belgium
271 A Boy's Story
272 The Color Purple
273 Wittgenstein’s Nephew
274 A Pale View of Hills
275 Schindler’s Ark
276 The House of the Spirits
277 The Newton Letter
278 On Black Hill
279 Concrete
281 Rabbit is Rich
282 Lanark
283 The Comfort of Strangers
284 July's People
285 Summer in Baden-Baden
286 Broken April
287 Waiting for the Barbarians
288 Midnight’s Children
289 Rites of Passage
290 Rituals
291 Confederacy of Dunces
292 City Primeval
293 The Name of the Rose
294 The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
295 Smiley’s People
296 Shikasta
297 A Bend in the River
298 Burger’s Daughter


202 Wittgenstein’s Mistress
206 Libra
212 The Afternoon of a Writer
217 Cigarettes
221 Enigma of Arrival
222 The Taebek Mountains
234 Reasons to Live
235 The Parable of the Blind
241 Contact
248 Legend
270 If Not Now, When?
280 The Names
299 The Safety Net

Editado: Jan 2, 5:21am

Original List: 300-399

300 If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
301 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
302 The Cement Garden
303 The World according to Garp
305 The Sea, the Sea
306 The Singapore Grip
308 The Virgin in the Garden
309 In the Heart of the Country
310 The Passion of New Eve
311 Delta of Venus
312 The Shining
314 Petals of Blood
315 Song of Solomon
316 The Hour of the Star
317 The Left-Handed Woman
320 Interview With the Vampire
324. The Autumn of the Patriarch
325 W, or the Memory of childhood
326 A Dance to the Music of Time
328 The Dead Father
330 Willard and His Bowling Trophies
331 High Rise
332 Humboldt’s Gift
333 Dead Babies
334 Correction
335 Ragtime
336 The Fan Man
337 Dusklands
338 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
339 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
340 Breakfast of Champions
341 Fear of Flying
342 A Question of Power
343 The Siege of Krishnapur
345 Crash
346 The Honorary Consul
347 Gravity's Rainbow
348 The Black Prince
349 Sula
350 Invisible Cities
351 The Breast
352 The Summer Book
354 Surfacing
356 In A Free State
357 The Book of Daniel
358 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
359 Group Portrait with Lady
361 Rabbit Redux
363 The Driver’s Seat
365 The Bluest Eye
366 Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
367 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
369 Troubles
371 The Atrocity Exhibition
373 Pricksongs and Descants
375 Slaughterhouse Five
376 The French Lieutenant’s Woman
377 The Green Man
378 Portnoy’s Complaint
379 The Godfather
380 Ada
383 Eva Trout
384 Myra Breckinridge
385 The Nice and the Good
387 Cancer Ward
388 The First Circle
389 2001: A Space Odyssey
390 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
391 Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid
393 In Watermelon Sugar
394 A Kestrel for a Knave
395 The Quest for Christa T.
396. Chocky
398 The Cubs and Other Stories
399 One Hundred Years of Solitude


304 Life: A User’s Manual
307 Yes
313 Dispatches
318 Ratner’s Star
319 The Public Burning
321 Cutter and Bone
322 Amateurs
323 Patterns of Childhood
327 Grimus
329 Fateless
344 The Castle of Crossed Destinies
353 G
355 House Mother Normal
360 The Wild Boys
362 The Sea of Fertility
364 The Ogre
368 Mercier et Camier
370 Jahrestage
372 Tent of Miracles
374 Blind Man With a Pistol
381 Them
382 A Void/Avoid
386 Belle du Seigneur
392 The German Lesson
397 The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Editado: Jan 2, 5:22am

Original list: 400-499

400 The Master and Margarita
402 The Joke
404 The Third Policeman
405 A Man Asleep
406 The Birds Fall Down
408 In Cold Blood
409 The Magus
410 The Vice Consul
411 Wide Sargasso Sea
413 The Crying of Lot 49
414 Thing
415 The River Between
416 August is a Wicked Month
417 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
418 Everything That Rises Must Converge
419 The Passion According to G.H.
423 Arrow of God
424 The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein
425 Herzog
426 V
427 Cat’s Cradle
428 The Graduate
430 The Spy who came in from the Cold
431 The Girls of Slender Means
432 Inside Mr. Enderby
433 The Bell Jar
434 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
435 The Collector
436 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
437 A Clockwork Orange
438 Pale Fire
439 The Drowned World
440 The Golden Notebook
441 Labyrinths
442 Girl with Green Eyes
443 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
445 Franny and Zooey
446 A Severed Head
447 Faces in the Water
448 Solaris
449 Cat and Mouse
450 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
451 Catch-22
452 The Violent Bear it Away
454 Our Ancestors
455 The Country Girls
456 To Kill A Mockingbird
457 Rabbit, Run
459 Cider with Rosie
461 Naked Lunch
462 The Tin Drum
464 Henderson the Rain King
465 Memento Mori
466 Billiards At Half-Past Nine
467 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
468 The Leopard
469 Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring
470 A Town Like Alice
471 Bitter Glass
472 Things fall apart
473 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
474 Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
475 Borstal Boy
476 The End of the Road
477 The Once and Future King
478 The Bell
480 Voss
481 The Midwich Cuckoos
482 The Blue of Noon
483 Homo Faber
484 On the Road
485 Pnin
486 Doctor Zhivago
487 The Wonderful “O”
488 Justine
489 Giovanni’s Room
490 The Lonely Londoners
492 Seize the Day
493 The Floating Opera
494 The Lord of the Rings
495 The Talented Mr. Ripley
496 Lolita
497 A World of Love
499 The Quiet American


401 Pilgrimage
403 No Laughing Matter
407 Trawl
412 Giles Goat-Boy
420 Sometimes a Great Notion
421 Come Back, Dr. Caligari
422 Albert Angelo
429 Manon des Sources
444 Stranger in a Strange Land
453 How It Is
458 Promise at Dawn
460 Billy Liar
463 Absolute Beginners
479 Jealousy
491 The Roots of Heaven
498 The Trusting and the Maimed

Editado: Jan 2, 5:24am

Original List: 500-599

500 The Last Temptation of Christ
503 Bonjour Tristesse
506 The Story of O
507 A Ghost at Noon
508 Lord of the Flies
509 Under the Net
510 The Go-Between
511 The Long Goodbye
512 The Unnamable
514 Lucky Jim
515 Junkie
516 The Adventures of Augie March
517 Go Tell It on the Mountain
518 Casino Royale
519 The Judge and His Hangman
520 Invisible Man
521 The Old Man and the Sea
522 Wise Blood
524 Memoirs of Hadrian
525 Malone Dies
526 Day of the Triffids
527 Foundation
529 The Catcher in the Rye
531 Molloy
532 End of the Affair
535 The Third Man
536 The 13 Clocks
537 Gormenghast
538 The Grass is Singing
540 The Moon and the Bonfires
542 Love in a Cold Climate
544 The Heat of the Day
545 Kingdom of This World
547 Nineteen Eighty-Four
551 The Heart of the Matter
552 Cry, the Beloved Country
553 Doctor Faustus
555 Exercises in Style
556 If This Is a Man
557 Under the Volcano
558 The Path to the Nest of Spiders
559 The Plague
560 Back
561 Titus Groan
562 The Bridge on the Drina
563 Brideshead Revisited
564 Animal Farm
565 Cannery Row
566 The Pursuit of Love
567 Loving
569 Christ stopped at Eboli
570 The Razor’s Edge
573 Dangling Man
574 The Little Prince
575 Caught
576 The Glass Bead Game
577 Embers
579 The Outsider
581 The Poor Mouth
582 The Living and the Dead
583 Hangover Square
584 Between the Acts
586 Farewell my lovely
587 For Whom the Bell Tolls
589 The Power and the Glory
591 Party Going
592 The Grapes of Wrath
594 At Swim - Two- Birds
595 Coming Up for Air
596 Goodbye to Berlin
597 Tropic of Capricorn
598 Good Morning, Midnight
599 The Big Sleep


572 Ficciones
593 Finnegans Wake


501 The Recognitions
502 The Ragazzi
504 I’m Not Stiller
505 Self Condemned
513 Watt
523 The Killer Inside Me
528 The Opposing Shore
530 The Rebel
533 The Abbot C
534 The Labyrinth of Solitude
539 I, Robot
541 The Garden Where the Brass Band Played
543 The Case of Comrade Tulayev
546 The Man With the Golden Arm
548 All About H. Hatterr
549 Disobedience
550 Death Sentence
554 The Victim
568 Arcanum 17
571 Transit
578 Go Down, Moses
580 Conversations in Sicily
585 The Hamlet
588 Native Son
590 The Tartar Steppe

Editado: Jan 2, 5:25am

Original List: 600-699

600 After the Death of Don Juan
601 Mrs Pettigrew lives for a day
602 Nausea
603 Rebecca
604 Cause for Alarm
605 Brighton Rock
607 Murphy
608 Of Mice and Men
609 Their Eyes Were Watching God
610 The Hobbit
611 The Years
613 The Revenge for Love
614 Out of Africa
615 To have and have not
618 The Thinking Reed
619 Gone With the Wind
620 Keep the Aspidistra Flying
621 Wild Harbour
622 Absalom, Absalom
623 At the Mountains of Madness
624 Nightwood
625 Independent People
626 Auto-da-Fé
627 The Last of Mr. Norris
628 They Shoot Horses, Don't they?
629 The House in Paris
631 Burmese Days
632 The Nine Tailors
633 Threepenny Novel
635 The Postman Always Rings Twice
636 Tropic of Cancer
637 A Handful of Dust
638 Tender is the Night
639 Thank you, Jeeves
641 Miss Lonelyhearts
642 Murder Must Advertise
643 The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
644 Testament of Youth
647 A Scots Quair (Sunset Song)
649 Brave New World
650 Cold Comfort Farm
651 To the North
653 The Radetzky March
654 The Waves
655 The Glass Key
656 Cakes and Ale
658 Her Privates We
659 Vile Bodies
660 The Maltese Falcon
662 Passing
663 A Farewell to Arms
664 Red Harvest
665 Living
667 All Quiet on the Western Front
669 The Last September
670 Harriet Hume
671 The Sound and the Fury
672 Les Enfants Terribles
674 The Story of the Eye
675 Orlando
676 Lady Chatterley’s Lover
677 The Well of Loneliness
679 Quartet
680 Decline and Fall
681 Quicksand
682 Parade's End
683 Nadja
684 Steppenwolf
686 To The Lighthouse
687 Tarka the Otter
688 Amerika
689 The Sun Also Rises
690 Blindness
691 The Castle
692 The Good Soldier Schweik
693 The Plumed Serpent
695 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
696 The Making of Americans
697 Manhattan Transfer
698 Mrs. Dalloway
699 The Great Gatsby


606 U.S.A.
612 In Parenthesis
616 Summer Will Show
617 Eyeless in Gaza
630 England Made Me
634 Novel With Cocaine
640 Call it Sleep
645 A Day Off
646 The Man Without Qualities
648 Journey to the End of the Night
652 The Thin Man
657 The Apes of God
661 Hebdomeros
666 The Time of Indifference
668 Berlin Alexanderplatz
673 Look Homeward, Angel
678 The Childermass
685 Remembrance of Things Past
694 One, None and a Hundred Thousand

Editado: Jan 2, 5:26am

Original List: 700-799

700 The Counterfeiters
701 The Trial
703 The Professor's House
704 Billy Budd, Foretopman
706 The Magic Mountain
707 We
708 A Passage to India
709 The Devil in the Flesh
710 Zeno's Conscience
711 Cane
712 Antic Hay
713 Amok
714 The Garden Party
716 Jacob's Room
717 Siddhartha
718 The Glimpses of the Moon
719 Life and Death of Harriett Frean
721 Aaron’s Rod
722 Babbitt
724 The Fox
725 Crome Yellow
726 The Age of Innocence
727 Main Street
728 Women in Love
729 Night and Day
730 Tarr
731 Return of the Soldier
732 The Shadow Line
733 Summer
735 Bunner Sisters
736 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
737 Under Fire
738 Rashomon
739 The Good Soldier
740 The Voyage Out
741 Of Human Bondage
742 The Rainbow
743 The Thirty-Nine Steps
744 Kokoro
747 Tarzan of the Apes
748 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
749 Sons and Lovers
750 Death in Venice
752 Ethan Frome
753 Fantômas
754 Howards End
756 Three Lives
758 Strait is the Gate
759 Tono-Bungay
760 The Inferno
761 A Room With a View
764 The House on the Borderland
765 Mother
766 The Secret Agent
767 The Jungle
768 Young Törless
769 The Forsyte Sage
770 The House of Mirth
772 Where Angels Fear to Tread
773 Nostromo
774 Hadrian the Seventh
776 The Ambassadors
777 The Riddle of the Sands
778 The Immoralist
779 The Wings of the Dove
780 Heart of Darkness
781 The Hound of the Baskervilles
782 Buddenbrooks
783 Kim
784 Sister Carrie
785 Lord Jim
786 Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.
788 The Awakening
789 The Turn of the Screw
790 The War of the Worlds
791 The Invisible Man
792 What Maisie Knew
793 Fruits of the Earth
794 Dracula
795 Quo Vadis
796 The Island of Dr. Moreau
797 The Time Machine
798 Effi Briest
799 Jude the Obscure

723 Ulysses


702 The Artamonov Business
705 The Green Hat
715 The Enormous Room
720 The Last Days of Humanity
734 Growth of the Soil
745 Locus Solus
746 Rosshalde
751 The Charwoman’s Daughter
755 Impressions of Africa
757 Martin Eden
762 The Iron Heel
763 The Old Wives’ Tale
771 Professor Unrat
775 The Golden Bowl
787 The Stechlin

Editado: Jan 2, 5:28am

Original List: 800-899

801 The Yellow Wallpaper
803 Diary of a Nobody
804 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
806 New Grub Street
808 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
809 The Picture of Dorian Gray
810 The Kreuzer Sonata
811 La Bête Humaine
813 Hunger
814 The Master of Ballantrae
815 Pierre and Jean
818 The Woodlanders
819 She
820 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
821 The Mayor of Casterbridge
822 Kidnapped
823 King Solomon’s Mines
824 Germinal
825 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
826 Bel-Ami
828 Against the Grain
829 The Death of Ivan Ilyich
830 A Woman’s Life
831 Treasure Island
833 Portrait of a Lady
835 Ben-Hur
836 Nana
837 Brothers Karamazov
838 The Red Room
839 Return of the Native
840 Anna Karenina
841 Drunkard
842 Virgin Soil
843 Daniel Deronda
846 Far from the madding Crowd
848 Around the World in Eighty Days
849 In a Glass Darkly
851 Erewhon
852 Spring Torrents
853 Middlemarch
854 Through the Looking Glass
855 King Lear of the Steppes
857 War and Peace
858 Sentimental Education
859 Phineas Finn
861 The Idiot
862 The Moonstone
863 Little Women
864 Thérèse Raquin
866 Journey to the Centre of the Earth
867 Crime and Punishment
868 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
871 Notes from Underground
872 The Water-Babies
873 Les Miserables
874 Fathers and Sons
875 Silas Marner
876 Great Expectations
877 On the Eve
878 Castle Richmond
879 Mill on the Floss
880 The Woman in White
881 The Marble Faun
883 A Tale of Two Cities
885 Adam Bede
886 Madame Bovary
887 North and South
888 Hard Times
889 Walden
890 Bleak House
891 Villette
892 Cranford
893 Uncle Tom’s Cabin
894 The Blithedale Romance
895 The House of the Seven Gables
896 Moby-Dick
897 The Scarlet Letter
898 David Copperfield
899 Shirley


816 Fortunata and Jacinta
865 The Last Chronicle of Barset

800 The Real Charlotte
802 Born in Exile
805 News from Nowhere
807 Gösta Berling’s Saga
812 By the Open Sea
817 The People of Hemsö
827 Marius the Epicurean
832 The House by the Medlar Tree
834 Bouvard and Pécuchet
844 The Hand of Ethelberta
845 The Temptation of Saint Anthony
847 The Enchanted Wanderer
850 The Devils
856 He Knew He Was Right
860 Maldoror
869 Our Mutual Friend
870 Uncle Silas
882 Max Havelaar
884 Oblomov

Editado: Jan 2, 5:29am

Original List: 900-1001

900 Mary Barton
901 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
902 Wuthering Heights
903 Agnes Grey
904 Jane Eyre
905 Vanity Fair
906 The Count of Monte-Cristo
908 The Three Musketeers
909 The Purloined Letter
911 The Pit and the Pendulum
913 A Christmas Carol
914 Dead Souls
915 The Charterhouse of Parma
916 The Fall of the House of Usher
917 Nicholas Nickleby
918 Oliver Twist
919 The Nose
920 Le Père Goriot
921 Eugénie Grandet
922 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
923 The Red and the Black
924 The Betrothed
925 Last of the Mohicans
926 The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
929 The Monastery
930 Ivanhoe
931 Frankenstein
932 Northanger Abbey
933 Persuasion
934 Ormond
935 Rob Roy
936 Emma
937 Mansfield Park
938 Pride and Prejudice
939 The Absentee
940 Sense and Sensibility
941 Elective Affinities
942 Castle Rackrent
944 The Nun
946 The Monk
946 Camilla
948 The Mysteries of Udolpho
949 The Interesting Narrative
950 The Adventures of Caleb Williams
951 Justine
952 Vathek
955 Cecilia
956 Dangerous Liaisons
956 Confessions
958 Evelina
958 Reveries of a Solitary Walker
960 Humphrey Clinker
960 The Sorrows of Young Werther
962 The Man of Feeling
964 The Vicar of Wakefield
965 The Castle of Otranto
967 Rameau’s Nephew
969 Rasselas
970 Candide
971 The Female Quixote
973 Peregrine Pickle
974 Fanny Hill
975 Tom Jones
978 Pamela
981 Joseph Andrews
982 A Modest Proposal
983 Gulliver’s Travels
984 Roxana
985 Moll Flanders
986 Love in Excess
987 Robinson Crusoe
988 A Tale of a Tub
989 Oroonoko
990 The Princess of Clèves
991 The Pilgrim’s Progress
992 Don Quixote
993 The Unfortunate Traveller
995 Gargantua and Pantagruel
996 The Thousand and one Nights
997 The Golden Ass
999 Chaireas and Kallirhoe
1000 Metamorphoses
1001 Aesop’s Fables

977 Clarissa
964 Tristram Shandy
977 Roderick Random
948 Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
928 Melmoth the Wanderer


907 La Reine Margot
910 Martin Chuzzlewit
912 Lost Illusions
927 The Albigenses
943 Hyperion
945 Jacques the Fatalist
954 The 120 Days of Sodom
963 A Sentimental Journey
967 Émile; or, On Education
969 Julie; or, the New Eloise
973 Amelia
980 Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus
994 Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit
998 Aithiopika

Editado: Jan 2, 5:29am

New List: 1-500

1 Animal's People
2 Falling Man
3 The Reluctant Fundamentalist
4 Half of a yellow sun
6 The inheritance of loss
9 Mother's Milk
10 Measuring the World
11 A short history of tractors in Ukrainian
13 The Accidental
14 The Line of Beauty
15 2666
16 Small island
17 The book about Blanche and Marie
20 Suite Francaise
24 A tale of love and darkness
28 The Successor
29 Vernon God Little
30 The namesake
35 Snow
41 Soldiers of Salamis
42 I'm not scared
53 Bartleby and Co
55 The museum of unconditional surrender
56 In Search of Klingsor
57 Pavel's letters
60 The Savage Detectives
61 Dirty Havana Trilogy
69 Crossfire
78 Fall on your knees
89 Santa Evita
95 Troubling Love
98 Our lady of the assassins
105 Deep river
108 Waiting for the dark, waiting for the light
112 The Twins
118 The holder of the world
119 Remembering Babylon
122 Before night falls
125 Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture
127 All the Pretty Horses
133 The Dumas Club
137 Memoirs of rain
145 Faceless killers
146 The laws
149 The daughter
156 The Shadow Lines
170 Obabakoak
173 Paradise of the blind
178 The last world
183 Kitchen
188 Black box
190 All Souls
192 Of love and Shadows
211 Annie John
213 Simon and the Oaks
215 Blood Meridian
220 Half of Man is Woman
222 Love Medicine
249 Baltasar and Blimunda
250 The Book of Disquiet
264 Leaden Wings
273 Clear Light of Day
279 A Dry White Season
282 So Long a Letter
292 The Beggar Maid
299 Quartet in Autumn
302 Almost Transparent Blue
307 Blaming
316 Woman at point zero
318 Year of the Hare
325 The Diviners
335 The optimist's daughter
342 Lives of girls & women
353 Play it as it lays
356 Seasons of migrations to the north
357 Heartbreak tango
384 Day of the dolphin
400 Silence
407 Closely Observed Trains
423 Dog Years
427 The Time of the Hero
428 The death of Artemio Cruz
439 No one writes to the Colonel
460 Down second avenue
470 Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon


5 The kindly ones
7 Against the day
8 Carry me down
21 The Swarm
23 Your face tomorrow
27 Lady number thirteen
44 Cain
64 The heretic
73 Money to burn
75 Margot and the angels
79 A light comedy
120 The adventures and misadventures of Magroll
126 The triple mirror of the self
144 Astradeni
164 The great Indian novel
169 Inland
171 Gimmick
179 The first garden
196 Ballad for Georg Henig
202 Memory of Fire

Editado: Ago 2, 2020, 6:35am

Mar 4, 2017, 5:28pm

Thought I could do with a new thread for a new year! I am now at around 620 books read, 400 more than when I started the first thread. I read about 50 books a year, but it is getting harder to find ones I want to read.

Mar 4, 2017, 5:31pm

January reads:

1. - 3. The Poor Mouth, At Swim-two-birds and The Third Policeman
I didn't know much about the author, the style was certainly different and I did make good use of the end notes. I am glad I have read them and will probably go back later to read ones that are not on the list.

4. Shame
I am on the fence about this, I did enjoy the style, as I normally do with Rushdie's work, but there is something galling about reading a man talking about women's shame, no matter how sympathetic he is.

5. The Book about Blanche and Marie
A 1001 book sent to me, I liked this a lot and read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the unusual writing style as well as the characterisation of the main characters - based on real people (Marie Curie and a friend).

Mar 4, 2017, 5:35pm


6. Seasons of Migration to the North
A chance spotting of a 1001 book in the library. I didn't know much about it before hand, but found it an interesting read. Two cultures clashing, this has resonance today.

7. Like Life
A collection of short stories, quirky and thought provoking. This is part of my plan to read more female authors - especially ones on the 1001 list.

8. - 10. A trilogy of Raymond Chandler books.
I read The Big Sleep a few years ago, but decided to re-read it to refresh my memory. Marlowe is a wise-cracking detective with a penchant for getting himself into trouble. As with The Maltese Falcon, much of the charm lies with the protagonist, but as a woman reading the book in 2017, the female characters, especially, are caricatures. I also read Farewell, my lovely and The Long Goodbye.

11. Daniel Deronda
I kept this for a long day of travelling- definitely a good way of getting into this. There is a lot going on here, the author explores the life of British Jews and also the choices made in characters' love lives.

12. War and Peace
After over a year I have finished! I did enjoy reading this, part fiction, part history lesson, part human analysis. I am glad I saw the recent BBC drama, this helped with remembering who everyone was. I don't think it hurt knowing some of the plot twists, I would say it helped me get more out of the historical side.

Editado: Jul 1, 2017, 4:52am


13. Down Second Avenue
I got this through Bookcrossing, a 1001 book I knew nothing about. It is an autobiography, but I enjoyed the forays into language discussion. Written under Apartheid, the book shows the reality of a black teacher's life and the constraints of living under rules that class you as less than other people. Mphahlele also talks about the forced movement of people and the break down of the traditional family units. I am glad I have read this.

14. Memories of Rain
Another 1001 book, I am trying to read more female authors than male this year and chose 5 books from the list by women from Amazon as a treat. Such a sad, poignant book, I was caught up in the story and didn't want it to end. The book deals with the breakdown of a relationship between a British man and his Indian wife, who he met during the monsoon in India. The book reminded me that we never come as a completely blank page to any relationship, whether it be family or cultural influences or different expectations.

Mar 18, 2017, 12:35pm

I had lost my most up to date spreadsheet, so had to use an earlier version. Nice to see I had missed a number of books!

Mar 18, 2017, 2:47pm

>1 soffitta1: That is an impressive number of books read from the list! And I see you have found the wiki page and updated information on the Progress Index, which I often forget to do.

Mar 19, 2017, 3:40am

I have tried to read at least 52 a year since joining Library thing, also thid group has helped me find choose which books to look out. I think it is easier now to get hold of the books than it was before. I still only plan on reading 1001 over all as there are a number of books and authors that hold no interest for me.

Mar 19, 2017, 6:26am

15. Looking for the Possible Dance
There is not much of a plot to cling to, but the book doesn't disappoint for it. The main focus, in my opinion, is the relationship between Margaret and her father. It is this relationship that builds the template for her love life, with an on/ off again boyfriend, and with those around her. I enjoyed the interaction between Maggie and the boy on the train, I do a lot of my thinking when I am travelling, and a long journey gives you the time and space to figure out what is really happening. I liked the writing style and look forward to sourcing more by the author.

16. Thais
Hmm, not really aimed at me as an atheist feminist. It is a short book, but for me, it was absolute drivel. Saving the fallen woman, helping her find God, written, unsurprisingly, by a man.

Mar 19, 2017, 1:36pm

>23 soffitta1: A 1001 book every week! That is great! I am interested in the books you are not going to read, can you give some examples?

Mar 19, 2017, 4:55pm

There are a number of authors that have a lot of books on the list, such as Charles Dickens, I doubt I will go out of my way to read all of their works. Although, I would say I have rated highly most of the J.M. Coetzee books on the list as there is a good range of style in his work (I agree with Elizabeth Costello being taken off it). I read two of Michel Houellebecq books and I would run away from the third from the list if I ever saw it. I think there are some books that are quite difficult to find in translation. I read a lot, but I source most of my books from charity shops, which can limit my choice. I like seeing the reviews here, it has helped me decide whether to read a book, or even to push one up the TBR pile.

Editado: Mar 20, 2017, 6:22pm

17. Crossfire
Bought second hand as part of my personal challenge to read more 1001 books written by women and it didn't disappoint!
Not my useful fare, this is part thriller, part sci-fi, part moral questioning. I loved the fact that the detective and the vigilante were both women, 3-dimensional and strong.
A woman with a strange gift comes across a group of young men stashing a body, after she intervenes, she realises they are part of a gang that have been preying on young girls. Killing the women, dumping the bodies and getting away with it. But if the law doesn't have the resources or the teeth to deal with such criminals, can those with the right powers? Do any of us have the right to go above the law? Even if it is to correct an injustice?
I found this gripping and thought-provoking. It does, as another reviewer wrote, bare resemblance to Stephen King's work, but the rich Tokyo backdrop and the well-drawn female roles set it in its own category. Highly recommended.

Mar 21, 2017, 3:14am

>26 soffitta1: Interesting! You don't even mention James Joyce!

>27 soffitta1: I also liked that one a lot - unexpectedly

Mar 21, 2017, 1:25pm

True, I didn't. I have read the "easier ones", got Ulysses on my Kindle, but am yet to get past the title page! You a fan? I liked the fact I could see how the earlier works started to deconstruct.

Another author I like is Jane Austen, but I think it was only right that some of her work was removed from the list.

Editado: Mar 22, 2017, 8:11am

>29 soffitta1: I finished Ulysses but am pretty sure I won't read Finnegan's Wake. It is hard working, reading Joyce, to me.

I liked the Austens but agree that there are some authors with way too many books on the list imo. For example Coetzee, McEwan, Dickens and Hemingway. Of course they deserve to be represented, but with domanu books?

Editado: Jul 1, 2017, 4:53am


18. The Crying of Lot 49
A 1001 book, not very sure about this one. There were element of interesting experimental writing, but there wasn't much to hang a plot on.

Abr 5, 2017, 4:20pm

19. Main Street
A satirical work based around the life of Carol, a woman who wants more than a small town life. At times, Carol was hard to like, but on the other hand, her frustration was an echo of that felt by many women at the time.

Abr 7, 2017, 5:02am

20. Essays in love
I found this in a local charity shop and recognised it as a 1001 book. De Botton takes us through the narrator's relationship with Chloe from a chance meeting on a plane to its end. Different stages in the relationship are analysed through relatable anecdotes. I really liked the premise and the writing style.

Abr 12, 2017, 3:21pm

21. Nada
My father picked up this book at Wimpole because it was written by a Spaniard, turns out it is a 1001 book. Andrea arrives in Barcelona to stay with relatives, a green 18 year old. Life with her family is not easy, with the toxic relationship of her uncle Juan and his wife Gloria and the intensity of her other uncle, Roman. Andrea tries to find her own way, making friends with Ena and other well-to-do students. The writing style is good, you can tell that the writer was young when she wrote this, but not unskilled. Sadly, the relationships between men and women in Spain 70 years later still do not seem to have improved enough, with domestic violence being a seemingly unshakeable headliner. I will look out more of her work.

Abr 13, 2017, 1:00pm

22. The Years
The life of a family seen through episodes over different years. It was interesting to see the characters age and also the change in attitudes in reaction to the events unfolding around them. Not my favourite Virginia Woolf, but still an interesting one.

Editado: Maio 6, 2017, 5:29pm

23. Between the Acts
A play within a book, literature surrounded by literature, there is a lot going on here in a book that isn't that long. It is one of those books I'd like to read again and discuss with a group as there are a lot of references in it. I am not really sure how to describe it or the plot. I suppose it is one of those books you thoroughly enjoy reading, but once you put it down, you are not sure what its spell was.

Abr 20, 2017, 4:30pm

>27 soffitta1: Crossfire sounds really interesting and I don't think I would have paid it much mind if I hadn't read your review. Thanks.

Abr 21, 2017, 1:32pm

No problem, I only got to it because I wanted to read more of the books on the list written by women.

Editado: Jul 1, 2017, 4:54am


24. Molloy
My first by the Irish writer, it is a whirlwind of a book. The style is unusual and, I imagine for the time, rather ground breaking. I would like to read more of his work to get a better feel though.

Editado: Maio 6, 2017, 5:36pm

25. Adam Bede
An interesting read about a girl whose head is turned by a local gentlemen with tragic consequences. Parallels to Tess of the D'Urbervilles are clear, with Eliot focusing more on religion here. I thought the plot and general theme of the book was well-addressed, but was left cold by the religious references.

26. The Temple of my Familiar
Another great Alice Walker book, with a sweeping range of characters and locations. It is hard to talk about the plot, but I found the character-driven prose page turning.

27. Quartet in Autumn
A quick read, but don't discount the observations of an overlooked third age. Funny and sad, I am glad to have read it.

Maio 6, 2017, 5:37pm

I found Quartet in Autumn pretty unsettling/moving.

Maio 6, 2017, 5:40pm

Unsettling is a good word- the humour I found in it was the observation of British life, as a Brit I found it very familiar. Though it was moving, especially with how the quarter were living.

Maio 6, 2017, 5:41pm

Hit 650!! Also managed to buy a stack of 1001 books in Bookwise, a charity shop in Nottingham.

Editado: Maio 6, 2017, 5:46pm

Was that your 650th 1001 book!? If so you've achieved your years goal pretty early! Well done you!

Maio 6, 2017, 5:52pm

Thanks! I have done well recently in picking up 1001 books recently, going to see if I can get near to 700!!

Maio 6, 2017, 6:32pm

Congrats on 650!!

Maio 7, 2017, 1:31am

Congrats on 650! Great work.

Maio 7, 2017, 6:07am


Maio 7, 2017, 8:11am

>43 soffitta1: Amazing! Just 2.5 more books and you will be halfway through the complete list of 1305 books!

Maio 7, 2017, 10:02am

Wow, Congratulations!

Maio 7, 2017, 1:08pm

That's a wonderful achievement. Congratulations.

Maio 7, 2017, 3:06pm

Congratulations on 650 and in anticipation of the halfway point on the list. Nice to know you're still finding books to buy.

Maio 7, 2017, 3:08pm

Thank you! I had completely forgotten that that would make me near the half way point!

Maio 8, 2017, 4:06pm

28. Spring Torrents
I connected more with this as I got further into the novella. At first I had flashbacks to English GCSE and Romeo and Juliet, a play whose premise always annoyed my own particular brand of romanticism / cynicism. As the story moved on, I felt more forgiving of Dmitri's changing affections. I wouldn't say I liked this as much as Fathers and Sons, but I am glad to have read it nonetheless.

Maio 12, 2017, 12:44pm

29. Indigo
Bought earlier in the year to bring up the number of 1001 books written by women. This a saga of a book, with the colourful characters and locations really brought to life by the author. With inspiration taken from Caliban, the book moves through the history of the central family and the seeds of its own downfall sown in the first interaction with the British and the Caribbean islanders. Other themes are discussed are racism, especially in how Kit sees himself and others, the life of women and the change from colonial times to independence. Highly recommended.

Maio 13, 2017, 11:09am

30. The Once and Future King
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I had never heard of it before the list. I studied Celtic Civilisation in my first year and have always been fascinated by the Arthurian myths, so it is surprising that this one hadn't come across my radar before. The first book was very familiar - I could see scenes from Disney's Sword in the Stone in my mind's eye as I read, which was based on it (according to a quick online search). At first I thought it was going to be a typical Bildungsroman, as Wart grows up to become the famous King Arthur, but the books get progressively darker and more complex. I really enjoyed the interjection's of the modern world into the text and references to other Arthur writers.

Editado: Maio 22, 2017, 12:07pm

31. Silence
I have quite mixed feelings on the book. As an atheist, but one brought up with Christian traditions, I have left aside a number of the more overtly religious books, but that does not mean I discount them out of hand (I recently read and enjoyed Ben Hur). The book intrigued me, I remember studying a little bit of this topic as an aside to the Portuguese voyages of discovery, but the narrative made connection more human. At the time Japan was a country closing itself off from the influences of the outside world and the Jesuit priests and their converts were heavily penalised for their foreign faith. Father Rodrigues goes to Japan to find out what really happened to Ferreira, his mentor and apostate. Rodrigues is on a journey, treacherous in the political climate and also eye-opening as he sees first-hand how Christianity has evolved in a new land. The torture of the priests and the converts is brutal and heinously creative, but it is also psychological as they are forced to renounce their god and trample on an image of Christ. For the priests they are given the choice of renouncement or the Christians they are with will be killed. In this situation, there is certainly room for introspection, a time for questioning faith, with the victims becoming ever more tired and isolated. The style is good, I found it page-turning and thought provoking. The characters were human, rather than stylised saints in waiting. It is also easy to judge episodes in history, but not always easy to remember they were different times. I oscillated between anger at people being tortured for their faith and also understanding the fear of another faith coming in and taking over an indigenous one.

32. Crome Yellow
His first book, yes, there were flashes of what I enjoyed in Brave New World, but not as much depth. Funny at times, had me in mind of Gulliver's Travels.

33. The Dead Father
Experimental, odd, I kept reading to see what else might come up.

34. Cheese
A short, but great 1001 book. A very average man gets himself caught up in a venture to sell cheese. You see the dreams, the schemes and the failures. Sad, funny and he is definitely recognisable.

Maio 21, 2017, 4:36pm

>57 soffitta1: Your reviews of Silence and Cheese make me want to read them. I think the touchstone for Cheese is wrong but damned if I could find the right one.

Maio 21, 2017, 4:55pm

I couldn't find it either - I did used to know a way of writing in the touchstone to get the right Book, but I can't remember how I did it.
I am really enjoying my 1001reads this year, while i haven't read all of the British / American Classics, I have now been nudged into the more unusual side of the list.

Maio 21, 2017, 5:38pm

{work number::title} = {176319::Cheese} = Cheese (replacing curly brackets with square brackets)

Editado: Maio 22, 2017, 12:06pm

Thanks! I have been trying to find this for ages!

Maio 22, 2017, 12:45pm

>60 ELiz_M: That's good to know. Thanks from me too.

Jun 13, 2017, 12:59pm

35. Sentimental Education
The coming of age of Frédéric, a young Frenchman. This is a tough one, I can't decide if I was blinkered by the memory of the brilliant Madame Bovary, but I found that I couldn't really get into this.

Jun 13, 2017, 1:26pm


36. Shikasta
Rather out there for me, but I found Lessing's treatment of Apartheid and the modern world through science fiction rather interesting. The format of the book is also unusual - narratives, reports and observations. I feel it would be worth reading a second time.

37. Contempt
It is hard to say if I would recommend this, the writing style is great, but the subject material made me madder and madder as I read through the book. The central character destroys his relationship through his own petty jealousy, constantly asking his wife when she stopped loving him. I would like to read another of his books to see what he can do with a more palatable topic, but for me, this is another example of a "woe is me" man book.

38. Written on the Body
One of my favourite authors and this book is a departure in style from some of the others I have read. A book about feelings in relationships, with the main focus on love and the joy and pain it can bring. Rather than a fixed story, there are meandering threads which highlight emotions, I enjoyed this. I loved the fact that the narrator was ambiguous in gender, this kept me rethinking my reactions to what they did. It is a short book, but I deliberately put it down to savour it and give myself time to think about it.

39. Wise Children
Twin sisters receive an invitation to their father's birthday party, coincidentally it is their own birthday as well, and the sisters reminisce about their lives. And what a life they have led, following in their family's footsteps by treading the boards. The narrative shows episodes of their career as well as their changing relationships with their family, especially with their father who doesn't recognise them officially as his. The sisters have a cheeky, go-to attitude and this makes the reading of the book fun, especially when dealing with the more unusual incidents.

40. Burger's Daughter
Written under Apartheid, Rosa is the daughter of 2 Afrikaner communists fighting against the regime. Gordimer uses Rosa to discuss the life of a young woman born into a family of dissenters and how this affects her own fate. On a government list from birth, Rosa spends her childhood, and later adulthood, visiting her parents in prison, passing messages and also living under suspicion. Part two takes the action overseas to Europe, where those against Apartheid lived in exile, before moving back to South Africa. Gordimer shows us how hard it is to maintain personal relationships under such circumstances. What sets the book apart from others is mixture of writing styles and changing perspectives. I found this enriched the novel as I felt you got a deeper understanding of Rosa. Highly recommended.

Jul 1, 2017, 4:49am

41. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
A travelogue written in a series of letters by different members of the party, this one grew on me. The writers showcase their characters in their letters, from hypochondria to romance and also the styles inform the reader of more. I hadn't taken on board the timing of the writing, so was really interested in the Union talk. I'd recommend this, it is one I think I would read again to get even more out of it.

42. Blonde
I think this might be the 1001 book of the year for me. This is life of Marilyn Monroe, partly based on source material, partly imagined, this was a book I savoured. Oates has an innovate style, with the writing almost become more breathless and rambling as Monroe reaches breaking point. Such sadness in the book, naivety and dreams. At times, it was uncomfortable, especially the rather twisted relationship between Monroe and her mother which informs all her relationships. Excellent book.

Jul 1, 2017, 4:59am

43. Living
Set in the inter war period in Birmingham, looking at life in an industrial city. Interesting writing style.

Jul 6, 2017, 8:24pm

>65 soffitta1: You make me want to read Blonde definitely!

Jul 7, 2017, 7:51pm

Blonde is the only Oates I've read so far that I've liked, but oh, did I like it!

Jul 8, 2017, 7:06am

I am surprised to see it was removed after the first edition. I really rate it. I have also read Black Water, which again I thought was great. The story of a Kennedy and a dead young woman. If memory serves, it was also removed from the list.

Jul 9, 2017, 1:42pm

44. Fall on your knees
I bought this as I wanted to read more female writers on the 1001 lists. This is a family saga, full of dark secrets and pain, but the writing is excellent. Tough to read at times, with incest and family politics casting a long shadow. I'd definitely read more by the writer.

Editado: Jul 13, 2017, 5:15pm


45. The Charterhouse of Parma
I liked The Red and the Black, too. There is a lot of detail, but the plot isn't really hard driven. I am glad I got stuck in on the bus this morning as I am much more likely to keep on with it. Reading this back, it sounds like I don't like it, but that's not the case. I do feel I will need to do some googling of events mentioned in the book to get more out of it. The plot rambles, but I did enjoy the descriptive passages.

46. Henderson, the Rain King
I think this was a miss from Saul Bellow, of course that could be because I reading this so many years later and the depiction of Africa brings up allusions to 60s films. From reading online, this looks like it was deliberate, but I don't think the genre was successfully subverted.

47. Bitter Glass
Ireland is at a bloody stage in the war for independence and a family get caught up in the fighting. Cut off after the IRA blow up a railway bridge, their house is taken over by guerrilla soldiers. The plot follows the war becoming real for this family from Dublin. I have mixed feelings, the writing is lyrical, but it is a bit slow.

Jul 13, 2017, 5:15pm

48. Tarzan of the Apes
You know this one, there have been so many films, cartoons and adaptations that it felt familiar reading it. Very much in the vein of King Solomon's Mines, the book is about the orphaned child of white, aristocratic parents who is adopted by an ape after their death. Lots of derring-do, but what I found hard was the depiction of Tarzan's innate superiority, his ability to teach himself to read is one example. Yes, I am a 21st Century reader, but the comparison of Tarzan both to apes and black people was uncomfortable and full of stereotypes.

Set 10, 2017, 3:29pm

49. The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas
Or is it the story of Stein and the famous people she knew? I did like this, it felt like I was reading about THE arty set of the time. Lots of anecdotes and name dropping, an interesting read.

50. Passion according to G.H.
A really unusual book, taking an existential look at a dead beastie. One of those books you need to read more than once.

Set 10, 2017, 4:07pm


51. Time's Arrow
A life backwards, each step back giving you insight into what the narrator had done. Interesting writing strategy and it is a rather quick read.

52. Cakes and Ale
A writer is drawn back into a former life, when he met a writer and his vivacious wife. I am on the fence about this book, I did enjoy the writing and the story, but I think that the work is so entrenched in the time it was written, it would be easy to overlook.

53. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The search is on for a mole, the mole at the centre of operations who has caused so many deaths. A sad book in its portrayal of lonely spooks and their broken relationships, but great detail in working at the Circus and the high level of suspense.

54. Cocaine Nights
Not what I expected from the title, Ballard takes us to Spain and a coastal resort full of expats. The narrator's brother is awaiting trial for murder, very much out of character for those who knew him, but this sunny dream location hides a darker side. Recommended.

55. Dead Babies
Ugh, really did not like this. The black comedy of it was lost on me, rather I was more irritated by the characters and their inane conversations.

56. Erewhon
A utopian land where beautiful people live, but with different morals and ways of living. I liked the discussion about machines and their rising importance, what they would be like as they became more powerful. The idea of machines being able to evolve as the humans who have created them make them better. An interesting read.

57. A Lear of the Steppes
A take on King Lear, but with an even bleaker backdrop. Not a long read, but I think I preferred others by the writer.

Out 7, 2017, 11:01am


58. The River Between
Traditional beliefs are under threat of those brought in by colonists in this book. A short 1001 book, but one I'd like to read again.

59. Blaming
I have been looking out for a book by Taylor since seeing her inclusion on the 1001 list, this one didn't disappoint. A very British book - with a relationship forged under difficult circumstances is kept up despite the main character not really wanting to. I am really glad to have read it and would like to read more, but it is hard to say why without spoiling the plot. I would say it was the development of the story that I enjoyed.

Out 7, 2017, 11:53am

60. Vertigo
I do find myself drawn into the journeys described, this time in Italy, where it is the travelling that is so much more than arriving. Historical sections mixed up with the narrator's (Sebald himself?) own travels in Italy and his trials and tribulations.

61. Nights at the Circus
An over the top heroine - half bird half acrobat - and the man drawn into her web. Carter paints circus life in vivid detail and, while the story gets more complex, it never loses the entertainment factor. I will look out her other book on the 1001 list.

Out 8, 2017, 4:00pm

62. The House of Seven Gables
A man does another man out of land and has his descendants cursed. Very different in tone to The Scarlet Letter, but (from what I remember) similar in characters.

63. The Laws
It was an interesting premise, I found some parts more interesting than others. The narrator's voice was rather detached, which made it harder to empathise at times. I would be interested in reading more by the writer, but I am not sure that this book was my cup of tea.

Out 9, 2017, 3:07pm

64. Don't Move
A confession of a doctor's illicit relationship to his daughter while she is undergoing surgery. I would praise the style, it certainly keeps you thinking and reading, but the main character's actions made me angrier and angrier.

Out 9, 2017, 3:21pm


65. The Marble Faun
Another Hawthorne - and this is very different to the two I read before. The action involves Americans in Europe and the very different culture and morals of the characters. Meandered at times, I can see why it is read, but I am not sure I would keep it on the list.

Out 21, 2017, 1:37pm

66. Harriet Hume
Harriet and Arnold have an on-off affair with Arnold. She is able to see his innermost thoughts, his hesitations about being with her. Their paths cross many times, but will he ever be able to commit? Very different from The Return of the Soldier and you could be forgiven of thinking that that this is a soap opera-esque drama from my description, but there is more here. I can understand why it was removed from the 1001 list, but it shouldn't be disregarded.

67. Naked Lunch
Hmm, so I have read more of his work, but I have little time for the Beat Literature I have read as I find it sensationalised, male dominated and so heavily drug influenced that there is not much for me to take away. Sure, so maybe this is "satire", but for me it is another example of derogatory white male attitudes.

68. The Last World
I loved this, a book I probably never would have heard of without the 1001 list. Ransmayr takes the characters of Ovid's Metamorphosis and people from the Greek's life and creates a new fabulous tale. I begrudged work for making me put it down.

Out 21, 2017, 2:17pm

69. A Heart so White
Marias takes us to the middle of a family drama. With the marriage of the main character, his mind takes him back to the life of his father and the marriage he knows little about, the previous marriage to the narrator's aunt, who killed herself seemingly without explanation. On his honeymoon in Cuba, the narrator ruminates over the circumstances of his own marriage and also the possibility of his father having a Cuban wife before moving back to Spain. A hard book to review without spoilers, I would like to praise the style and the way Marias weaves a web around the reader, keeping them close, but ever aware there will be surprises.

70. The Passion of New Eve
Evelyn, a British male, is captured and turned into Eve, this is his and her story, highlighting the plight of women in this dystopian world. Recommended.

Jan 6, 2018, 6:03pm

71. The hour of the star
I am not sure how to explain this one, I did prefer it to The Passion According to G.H., it seemed more personal, though still very philosophical.

72. Excellent Women
Pym captures the ordinary and makes it funny without losing the satirical edge. I have really enjoyed getting to know her work.

Mar 29, 2018, 5:10am

73. The Mayor of Castorbridge
A drunk man gives away his wife and daughter away at a fair, an act he regrets when he sobers up, but by that time, they are long gone. Years later they reconnect, with mixed results. Such a strange premise, but intriguing to see the drama unfold.

74. The Absentee
Edgeworth shows the life of the Anglo-Irish ruling class, often misruling at a distance.

75. Fear of Flying
I have wanted to read this for a long time, this ground-breaking feminist book. I have mixed feelings, I can see how it caused furore at the time, but the distance of time has made it dated. Sad to say though that many of the issues in the book ate still not resolved.

Mar 29, 2018, 5:14am

76. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Little plot, but lovely lyrical work.

77. The Double
A Kafkaesque novel of a man who sees his double in a film and tries to track him down.
This is one of those books that plays on our fears and our own paranoia, I couldn't put it down.

Mar 29, 2018, 5:16am

2017 brought me up to the goal of 700 books read. This year, I will try to get to 750. It is getting harder as it is still not possible to get all books and there are a growing number that I have no interest in reading. My primary sources are still charity shops, but I think I will be relying on online stores to pick up the more unusual ones.

Mar 29, 2018, 5:40pm


1. Portnoy's Complaint
Not my favourite by the author, it is hard to get enthused when you don't like the character.

2. The Old Devils
1980s Wales, a group of not very likeable characters don't like each other much. I am trying to decide if this is not my cup of tea because of the subject or because reading yet another book about old white men on the 1001 list is getting rather tired.

3. The Moon and the Bonfires
I really liked this, a quiet book with a lot going on under the surface. A short, but thought-provoking book.

4. The invention of curried sausage
I have wanted to read this for ages, especially as I have the film ready to go. I do enjoy a good Currywurst, so the premise of the book was intriguing. A man returns to his hometown to interview a former neighbour about how she invented the Currywurst. An aged Scheherazade drip feeds him the story while giving an account of her own life and experiences during WW2. Highly recommended.

5. As if I am not there
This is a book that will remain with me for a long time. Set in the Balkans, this is the women's story of the horror of camps during the Yugoslavian civil war. The horror of the book is actually in the telling of what we will do to survive and also how those in power can abuse it and yet justify their heinous actions. Read it.

6. After the Death of Don Juan
Bought after plugging in a number of female authors into the search engine, this was an interesting read. I read the Spanish book Don Juan Tenorio at university, so was interested to see how that author moved beyond the end of the famous work. It is a book I would like to read again as the book was written during the Spanish Civil War and the author used the past to comment on that present. I will look out more by the writer.

Abr 2, 2018, 5:28pm

7. The Ravishing of Lol Stein
Stein goes through a traumatic incident as a young woman, one which never leaves her. She marries and leaves her hometown and seems to go though life fairly normally, but when her husband's work takes him back there, it rises back to the surface. I suppose I have high expectations of the author, I have thoroughly enjoyed her Indochina-set books, but this wasn't as gripping.

8. Operation Shylock
What a strange premise, the author is impersonated by a man with a divisive political agenda. You need to concentrate with this one, but it is worth reading.

Abr 3, 2018, 4:23am


9. Sister Carrie
This wasn't what I expected, I picked it up in a charity shop because I recognised the title from the 1001 list. Dreiser takes us back to Chicago over a century ago and how the working class lived. The central character is a naïve woman who quickly realises she does not want to drudge like her family and is taken up to be a mistress. A rather depressing read, especially in how the characters treat each other, but I found myself turning the pages fairly quickly.

10. Doctor Faustus
A study of genius and madness. You need to concentrate but worth the read.

11. Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition)
Steinbeck's well-crafted characters bring America in tough times to life.

12. Humboldt's Gift
Not my favourite Bellow by a long shot, I didn't identify with the characters and so ultimately it became more of a reading exercise than a good read.

13. New Grub Street
A look at writers trying to survive, with relationships with people and living for your art or making your art pay for your living. Entertaining, but sad.

14. If This Is a Man
Levi's account of his life in a Nazi concentration camp, the decisions made to survive and the horrific conditions. This is an excellent book.

15. Faceless Killers
The first Wallander book, an elderly couple are murdered on their farm and suspicion falls on immigrants, bringing out the worst in racial tension. Wallander is also falling apart in the wake of his divorce and the disappearance of his daughter. A solid start to a good series.

Editado: Jan 6, 2019, 8:00am

Ago 20, 2018, 3:26pm

I will try to get back and add in thoughts, but I thought I should at least get the titles down as a record.
I have picked up enough books to get me to 750 or even 760 read by the end of the year.

Editado: Jan 6, 2019, 8:01am


64. Foundation
I am not a sci-fi fan, but I saw this in a charity shop and wanted to give it a go. I found the book interesting, I have little patience for three-headed aliens, but the premise behind the book did draw me in. I doubt I'll read the others in the series, but it was interesting.

65. 10:04
I am unsure how I feel about the book, I enjoyed sections, but there was a lot about the main character that I didn't really care about.

66. A Girl is a half-formed thing
A stream of consciousness novel, one which is gripping, but also one that is hard to stomach at times.

67. The Third Man *can't decide if I have read this or is this so close to the film
Intrigue upon intrigue, this is a quick read, but I really can't remember if I have read it before!

Editado: Jan 6, 2019, 8:01am


68. The Diviners
I loved this, another book that takes you through the wringer, but one that struck a chord. I am an expat Scot, living in England, but many of the Highland names in the book are familiar to me as is the tone of the songs and stories woven around the plot. Morag's story was one that resonated - success from humble beginnings despite situations and other people trying to keep her down. It was both interesting and sad to see Morag finding her own voice and place in the world.

69. To the North
Initially quite a quiet book, one that seemed not to be deep, however much is simmering under the surface with two very different women brought together after the death of one's husband. I have enjoyed all of Bowen's books on the list, her eye for human interaction is very sharp.

70. Heartbreak Tango
I found 2 of Puig's books in a charity shop and decided to start with this one. It was a read that grabbed you, the mix of styles and the titular heartbreak unfolding was gripping.

Dez 22, 2018, 1:50pm

I'd like to see if I could get to 775 read over all, I got a little bump this year as I had already read a couple of the newly added books.

Can I read 5 books before the end of the year? I am currently reading Confessions, Unknown Soldier and The Diaries of Jane Somers. Finding The Confessions rather dry.

Jan 6, 2019, 8:03am

I read 77 books in 2018 - higher number than expected. This brings me up to 777 read on the combined list, a small bump gained by the new additions to the 2018 edition.

In 2019 I would like to get to 850 - I'd love to finish 1001 books by my 40th birthday in 2021, so ideally I would read nearer 100.

Editado: Jan 28, 2019, 4:29pm

1. Faces In The Water
An unrelenting book on mental illness and her stays in an institution. Tough going - especially in the barbaric practices she described.

2. Hunger
A stark account about the madness, pain and misery caused by abject poverty and hunger. A brutal but sadly prescient book in these difficult times.

3. Hell and 4. Under Fire *1001
Not sure how I feel about this one - I haven't really read anything like it before. A book within a book, voyeurism and paranoia. I did get a cheap kindle copy with a second of his books included - Under Fire is a gritty WW1 read, I preferred this one.

5. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

6. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: A Novel

7. What Maisie Knew (Wordsworth Classics)
In some ways the concept behind the book was way ahead of its time, a young girl caught between warring divorcing parents. At times it is farcical, the lengths that people will go to lie and cheat each other in the name of love. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jan 6, 2019, 9:28am

>103 soffitta1: you've read six (shortish) books already in January! Excellent way to get ahead and hopefully reach your goal of 850!

Jan 6, 2019, 11:01am

Thanks- they were short and it helped I was on holiday. I also found 3 1001 books on my host's shelves as well as two more in a local charity shop.

Jan 21, 2019, 8:53am

Congratulations on reaching #777 - that's a pretty cool number!

Jan 28, 2019, 4:29pm

Thank you!

Editado: Jun 29, 2019, 1:59pm

8. Thousand Cranes
Another cheap kindle deal. The writing is beautiful.

9. Queer

10. Ada or Ardor

11. Winter

12. The Razor's Edge

Jun 29, 2019, 2:03pm

February reads

1001 category challenge - LOVE
13. Loving
14. A World of Love
15. A Tale of Love and Darkness
16. Glamorama
17. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
18. The Betrothed

Jun 29, 2019, 2:07pm

March reads

1001 category challenge - not normal novels

27. Before night falls biography
28. Pricksongs & Descants unusual writing style
29. Nadja surrealist

Jun 29, 2019, 2:07pm

Jun 29, 2019, 2:10pm

1001 Challenge - places you have never been

35. Black Box Israel
36. Rashomon Japan
37. Virgin Soil
38. The Beggar Maid Canada

Jun 29, 2019, 2:12pm


1001 Category challenge - roulette

45. The Tree of Man

46. Red Harvest
47. H is for Hawk
48. The Glass Key
49. Claudine's House
50. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Editado: Jul 13, 2019, 9:58am


1001 Category challenge - read a book next to one you read recently

51. The Last Temptation - next to The Tree of Man
I have just finished The Last Temptation, took me a couple of goes to get started, but read half of it today in air-conditioned cafes. It was next to Tree of Man, an Australian book set on a farm. I had to keep checking to see when it was actually set, as the older generation could have been from the 1800s, in complete contrast to their descendants. I can't imagine it caused as much controversy as The Last Temptation, following Jesus' last months until his crucifixion. Both books reminded me with every page that I was in 2019, but in different ways. In Tree of Man, it was because the world described is one that has pretty much gone and The Last Temptation because more books and films have been released that look at the human side of Jesus' life.

52. I read Monica which was next to The Glass Key. Two very different books, Monica is a short, Welsh book set around relationships and money, whereas The Glass Key is a Dashiell Hammett crime book. I connected more with Monica, there was a lot going on and the female characters were more than the femme fatales beloved by certain crime writers.

53. Anagrams
Interesting premise, the same characters mixed up for the different parts. I agree with another reviewer, I felt it lost something by having such a long final anagram. I did enjoy the writing.

54. Inside Mr Enderby - Ugh why is this on the list? Another "hilarious satire" by someone represented multiple times on the list. I think A Clockwork Orange is excellent, this is drivel.

55. Pale Fire
As ever with Nabokov, you are aware that he knows more than you do and is cleverer, and doesn't he just know it as well! I would have got more out of this if I had read it for a class, but by the end I was reading to finish. Would merit another read somewhere you can't be distracted.

56. Clear light of day

57. The Golden Ass

Jun 30, 2019, 1:56am

>116 soffitta1: Funnily enough I've just read Monica too. It was more readable and interesting than the paltry 43 LT members with it in their library would imply.

Jun 30, 2019, 8:07am

You are really embracing the challenges each month! Let me know if you have any great ideas for topics. I'm starting to run low on ideas!

Jun 30, 2019, 4:10pm

>117 puckers: - how funny, I was going to comment on yours that we have been reading a lot of the same books!

>118 japaul22: - I really like it, spurs me on in reading! I'll have a think and then will add some ideas to the thread.

Editado: Out 29, 2019, 1:59pm

58. Zorba the Greek
Having recently read The Last Temptation, I was keen to see how this compared, especially as I had vague memories of watching the film with my grandpa. A larger than life character, easy to get caught up in.

59. The First Circle
Group read - still processing this. It always takes a while to work out whom is who in a Russian novel, I kept returning to the list of characters at the beginning. This does not take away from the reading experience, rather I was curious to find out more about the characters.

Editado: Out 29, 2019, 2:04pm

1001 Challenge - read a book by a writer with multiple books on the list.

60. Caught - Henry Green

61. The Bunner Sisters - Edith Wharton

62. J.G. Ballard – 5/ 7 with Super-Cannes read for this month's challenge.
Empire of the Sun is one of the first films I remember watching multiple times, I read the book for the first time when I was at school, possibly stealing it off my mother's shelves. His biographical books are very different from the others on the list, in which sex, death and drugs are intertwined. Crash was eye-opening and looked at the darker depths of humankind, it also slightly
inoculated me for the contents of other books. Super-Cannes was outlandish, but I did find it page-turning, it was strange to read it after my own visit to Nice and also after seeing Riviera.

63. Aaron's Rod - D.H. Lawrence

64. Correction - Thomas Bernhard

65. and 66. Samuel Beckett
Malone Dies
The Unnamable

67. Iris Murdoch - A Severed Head

68. Graham Greene - An Honorary Consul

69. Salman Rushdie - The Moor's Last Sigh

Jul 13, 2019, 10:02am

I spotted a couple of books I had missed on the spreadsheet, so actually seem to be at 843. I need to sit down and go through the list with a fine toothcomb in case I have clicked "read" on the wrong ones. I seem to be 3 out between spreadsheets, but couldn't work it out when I tried to check.

Jul 13, 2019, 10:08am

I had that happen last year - so annoying. I figured it out, but it took a while.

Jul 13, 2019, 10:40am

I do have some of the books as well as the spreadsheet, so will sit down with a highlighter and work it all out! I know my numbers don't add up at times because of rereads, though have now started to separate out 1001 books that are in collections as their own Librarything entry.

Jul 31, 2019, 5:58pm

I have spent time going through the spreadsheet and the first edition of the book, looks like I had credited some extra and missed some off. My current total now seems to be 847 over all the editions. The main issue seemed to be books with similar titles or authors with multiple books on the list.

I am going to see if I can get to 875 by the end of the year.

Out 29, 2019, 2:10pm

1001 Challenge - a place you know well
81. Another World
82. Lanark

Out 29, 2019, 2:13pm

1001 Challenge - Read a book someone else didn't like

88. The Optimist's Daughter
89. Fury

Out 29, 2019, 2:14pm

1001 Challenge: Hallowe'en

90. The Devil in the Flesh
91. Dead Souls

Editado: Dez 28, 2019, 5:19pm

Dez 28, 2019, 5:20pm

98. Love's Work
99. The Holder of the World
100. The Flamethrowers
101. Loves of Girls and Women

November Challenge: Read a film
102: Simon and the Oaks -book read, film to come.

Editado: Jan 4, 2020, 8:37am

111. The Shadow Line
112. The Namesake reread

Just calculating the year's final total, I think it brings me up to 885 read for the year.

Jan 4, 2020, 3:27am

2020 goals - to complete by my 40th birthday, I need to read 5.25 books a month. To give myself a buffer, I am going to aim for 75 books this year, which works out as just over 6 a month. I have a few left on my shelves from 2019, so can get stuck in, but will keep using the challenges and readalongs here to keep me inspired.

Jan 4, 2020, 3:30am

1. The house on the borderland
A short read tagged as a horror, not my normal date, but passed the time on a bus journey from Glasgow to St. Andrews.
I also started Cecilia - a very long book!

Jan 4, 2020, 8:00am

>137 soffitta1: Excellent progress! Over 100 books a year is fantastic!

Editado: Jan 17, 2020, 5:00pm

I had a couple of bumper months, but I think the push has come because I can see the finishing line!

2. Half of man is woman - I found it hard to find sympathy for some of the characters, probably because no one came off well.

3. The book of disquiet - disjointed, but fascinating

4. Cecilia - funny at times, overlong as books of the time were, but there is a lot of wit to be found.

5. The Newton Letter - other end of the scale, short, leaving more questions than it answered, but I do enjoy books by the author.

6. Blindness - I had never read any of Green's work before starting this challenge, it is varied. I got sucked into this one.

7. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids - not what I expected, bleak but characters are well-drawn. Left me pondering for quite a while after.

January challenge - read a book to break up a long streak
8. Ignorance - up there with my favourites. Exile, survivor's guilt - there is a lot here in such a small book (with big type!).

Fev 15, 2020, 12:37pm

9. The Monastery

10. The House on the Borderland

Fev 15, 2020, 12:39pm


11. In a glass darkly

12. Cane

13. Waiting for the dark, waiting for the light

14. The Heather Blazing

15. The Cubs and other stories

16. The Man of Feeling

Fev 16, 2020, 12:50am

17. The Devil's Pool

Reviews to come.

I bought a couple of anthologies from Amazon for my kindle with a number of older books from the lists on them, like Ulysses, In a glass darkly and The Devil's Pool.

This bring me up to 902 read, this makes it feel really real. That I will actually complete this challenge!

Fev 16, 2020, 1:05am

Congratulations on 900 somewhere in all that!

Fev 16, 2020, 5:37pm

900! Congrats, very impressive!

Fev 16, 2020, 7:23pm

Congratulations on 900!

Fev 17, 2020, 12:32pm

Congratulations on reaching 900 plus!

Fev 18, 2020, 3:37am

Thank you! The end is in sight!

Editado: Mar 27, 2020, 3:44pm


Challenge - read a book from your birth year. I have decided to read a book from each year of the '80s. It was interesting to see different ideas and focal points over the decade.

22. City Primeval 1980
23. The War at the End of the World 1981
24. Concrete 1982
25. Worstward Ho 1983
26. Marya 1984
27. White Noise 1985
28. Lost Language of Cranes 1986
29. Todas las almas 1987
30. The Beautiful Room is Empty 1988
31. Obabakoak 1989
32. Extinction 1986
33. The Busconductor Hines 1984
34. Old Masters 1985

Mar 27, 2020, 3:43pm

other 1001 reads

35. W or The Memory of Childhood - short, dual perspective book. A lot packed into a few pages.
36. Ormond

Abr 4, 2020, 5:04am

37. Thomas of Reading - short read, you need to get used to the spelling (V instead of U, the Gothic S that looks like an f). It is anecdotal, interesting to get a feel of life at the time.

38. H(a)ppy - experimental fiction, glad to have read it as it was completely different, not a long read.

39. Man's Fate - I grabbed this at the library because I recognised it from the list. I knew nothing about it and assumed it was another semi-autobiographical book, but actually this is set in China in 1929 and looks at the instability in the run up to the revolution. I really enjoyed this, the atmosphere was intense, at times the writing style was dated, but worth a read.

Abr 9, 2020, 4:39pm

40. Miss Lonelyhearts - a short one, rather random, following a not very likeable main character. I can't say it will really stick with me.

41. Life of Insects - I enjoyed this, off the wall and I probably missed many of the political links, but it didn't matter.

April Challenge- a favourite author
42. The Thinking Reed
In terms of plot, this didn't grab me as much The Return of the Soldier or The birds fall down. However it was an enjoyable look at a woman's life, the writing is good and I found I was finished before I realised.

Abr 17, 2020, 3:37pm

43. The Butcher Boy - a fairly quick read as this is a stream of words. Didn't grab me, but that may be more my mood than because of the writing.

44. The Counterfeiters - pay attention, this is out there, but I found it entertaining enough to keep going.

45. The Floating Opera
Not an author I had heard of before the list, but managed to find a 2-in-1 of his books. There's a good pace, some of it is rather humorous, I read it rather quickly. I'll probably read The End of the Road soon.

46 The Glass Bead Game
I overcame my school hatred of Hermann Hesse and actually enjoyed this a lot, especially once I had got past the dense introduction.

47. Antic Hay - some amusing parts in the writing, but this doesn't stand up to Brave New World.

Abr 30, 2020, 3:55pm

48. Tirant lo blanc - a novel of chivalry from the 15th Century. Moves along faster than expected. It reminded me of when I did modules of Celtic Civilisation and we looked at the tales of Arthur.

49. Islands - South African saga based around the first Dutch settlements. It was a very interesting read, I had worried because the book was so long!

50. The End of the Road - bleaker than The Floating Opera, but a lot of the themes are common. A fairly quick read.

51. Auto da Fe - not sure how to describe this one, at times mundane, at times absurdly funny.

April Challenge - a favourite author
52. The Time of the Hero - a reread, I had read this years ago, but I recently read another of his books and fancied another. The lives of conscripts and the institutionalised bullying.

This brings me up to 936 on the list.

Out 2, 2020, 2:29pm

May Challenge: short titles - I went for one word.

63. Camilla
64. V
65. Shroud
66. Untouchable

May: 1001 group read
67. Homo Faber

Out 2, 2020, 2:32pm


68. Willard and His Bowling Trophies

69. Blood and guts in high school

June Challenge - Non UK/US writer

70. Pepita Jimenez

71. Some prefer nettles

72. Matigari

73. Mother

74. The sorrows of young Werther

Editado: Out 2, 2020, 2:37pm


75. Jealousy

76. The breast

77. Memoirs of a peasant

July Challenge - Book written with an author whose first or surname starts with the same letter as yours.

78. The Mandarins

79. As a man grows older

Out 2, 2020, 2:46pm

90. The Life of a Good-for-nothing

91. The Driver's Seat

September readalong - 92. The Magician of Lublin

September Challenge - a name in the title

93. Here's to You, Jesusa!

94. Hadrian the Seventh

95. Murphy

Out 2, 2020, 2:47pm

Getting close! I am on 979. I will try and get back to fill in a bit more information.

Out 30, 2020, 12:42pm


96. The Underdogs - interesting look at the Mexican Revolution

97. The Back room - this is a find, a new author to me and one I will look for more by. Often the female narrative is pushed back and here we see a woman's life as Spain moves from the 2nd Republic to the Civil War and into Franco's dictatorship.

98. Things and 99. A Man Asleep - a double header.
Interesting, two short novellas, my second foray into Perec's writing. I thought W, or the memory of childhood was excellent, so was keen to read more.

100. The Drowned and the Saved - Gosh, this is a book to read, ruminate and read some more. A series of essays, reflections on his previous work and also on his life. It is hard to write about without seeming trite, but Levi's reminder that what he experienced in Auschwitz was not the first or last genocide is what will sit with me, especially as parts of the world are conspicuously silent at the moment.

Out 30, 2020, 12:58pm

101 - The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
I have wanted to read this for ages and it didn't disappoint, his life and times - and his peeves.

102 - Against Nature
Possibly not the best book for our current times, but there were flashes that caught my attention.

103. The Way of All Flesh
A look at a family from the outside, interesting enough as a look at the hypocrisy of society.

104. Cause for Alarm
A very tense thriller written in the run up to WW2. I read this in a oner!

105. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
I had a lovely bilingual copy of this on my kindle with illustrations. I really liked it and will read it again.

106. Solitude
Another new author - life in a remote village in Catalonia, with an emphasis on the life of a woman.

October Challenge
107. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
I had planned to read Tristam Shandy, but as I thought I'd stick a toe in the water and try a shorter book by the author. It was fine, but as I get on in the list, there are a growing number of books I don't want to read. I decided to read 1001 from the combined list, so that gives me the freedom to skip (maybe just for now) the books I don't really fancy. As things stand, I will be unlikely to read Tristam Shandy.

Out 30, 2020, 1:01pm

991 read! I can't believe I am in touching distance to the end of my 1001 challenge.

I do have some books that have been hanging around for a while, but I would rather read the ones I want and leave the ones I would only be reading out of a sense of duty.

Out 30, 2020, 8:19pm

The final countdown, how exciting!

Nov 1, 2020, 10:28am

It is! I can't believe it!

Nov 3, 2020, 5:33pm

So close!

Nov 5, 2020, 11:31am

>165 soffitta1: You are getting so close to the finish - way to go!

Jan 2, 5:02am


November Challenge - authors new to you

108. Moscow Stations

109. The Story of O

Jan 2, 5:12am


110. Rickshaw Boy

111. El llano en llamas

112. Bartleby and Co

113. The Witness

114. Pavel's Letters

115. The Sound of Waves

116. Arrow of God

And book 1001!!!!

117. Wittgenstein's Nephew - finished on 31 Dec 2020

I wanted my last books to be ones I really wanted to read - so I decided to leave Ulysses and some of the older ones on the shelf. I also got a gift card from work, which I spent on books.
Of this last batch, the only one I really didn't connect with was The Sound of Waves, but I was really pleased with the others. Bartleby and Co is a good one to read later on in the list as it mentions so many other works in it.

So, actually I am half way through another 1001 book - Three trapped tigers, which I am enjoying. I am not going to make 1001 books my focus for a while, but I will keep a track of the other ones I read. I'll also keep lurking around this group to see how everyone else is doing.

My plan for 2021 is reading female authors, not quite worked out my plan, but it will be something new.

Jan 2, 9:15am

Hooray! Congratulations on reaching 1001.

Jan 2, 9:47am

Congratulations!!!! That is an amazing milestone!

Jan 2, 1:03pm

Congratulations, and great timing for the end of the year! Good to know you still have more list books to go - looking forward to reading more of your reviews.

Jan 3, 4:52am

Thank you!

I will try to add more reviews here- especially of these last ones.

Jan 3, 8:31am

Congratulations! That is amazing!

Jan 3, 12:19pm

Congratulations on reaching that magic figure!

Jan 3, 5:23pm

>171 soffitta1: Congratulations. I am totally in awe.

Jan 6, 8:04am

Wow! Amazing - well done!