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BentleyMay's 1001 list

1BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 1:46pm

I've kept a reading list as long as I can remember. I've always liked book lists, too. I started keeping track of lists when Modern Library came out with its Top 100 Books of the 20th century. I found the list of all lists, 1001 Books, whilst browsing in a bookstore in Reykjavik in 2009. My sister gave me a copy of the book for Christmas that year, and I soon started making my own spreadsheet to add it to my other lists. And then I found arukiyomi's spreadsheet. I have purchased several versions of the spreadsheet over the years - thank you!

I will list what I've read in chronological order.

2BentleyMay
Editado: Abr 28, 2017, 1:49pm

Jr High/High School & College

1. Call of the Wild by Jack London
2. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
3. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
4. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
5. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
6. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
7. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
13. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
15. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
16. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
17. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
18. Candide by Voltaire
19. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
20. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
21. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
22. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
23. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
24. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
25. Animal Farm by George Orwell
26. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
27. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
28. Princess de Clèves by Madame de la Fayette
29. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
30. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

3BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 1:49pm

1990-1999
31. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
32. Les Liasons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
33. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
34. Sula by Toni Morrison
35. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
36. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
37. The Prime of Miss Jean Brody by Muriel Spark
38. Emma by Jane Austen
39. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
40. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
41. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
42. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
43. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
44. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
45. Beloved by Toni Morrison
46. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
47. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
48. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
49. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
50. Summer by Edith Wharton
51. Howards End by E.M. Forster
52. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
53. The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
54. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
55. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
56. Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
57. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
58. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
59. The Stranger by Albert Camus
60. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
61. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
62. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
63. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
64. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
65. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
66. Persuasion by Jane Austen
67. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
68. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
69. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
70. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
71. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
72. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
73. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
74. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
75. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
76. Old Goriot by Honore de Balzac
77. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
78. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
79. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
80. The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
81. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
82. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maughm
83. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
84. The Plague by Albert Camus
85. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
86. Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
87. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
88. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
89. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
90. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
91. Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
92. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
93. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
94. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
95. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
96. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
97. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
98. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
99. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
100. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
101. Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo
102. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
103. Silas Marner by George Eliot
104. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens
105. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
106. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
107. Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
108. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
109. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
110. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
111. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann von Goethe
112. Amerika by Franz Kafka
113. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
114. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
115. Elective Affinities by Johann von Goethe
116. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
117. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
118. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
119. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
120. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
121. The Rainbow by D H Lawrence
122. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
123. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
124. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
125. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
126. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
127. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
128. Ulysses by James Joyce
129. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
130. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
131. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
132. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
133. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
134. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
135. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

4BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 1:53pm

2000-2009
136. The Immoralist André Gide
137. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
138. A Bend in the River by V S Naipaul
139. 1984 by George Orwell
140. Jazz by Toni Morrison
141. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
142. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
143. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
144. The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
145. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
146. Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz
147. Passing by Nella Larson
148. Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago
149. Midaq Alley by Naguib Mafouz
150. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
151. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
152. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
153. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
154. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
155. Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
156. Possession by A.S. Byatt
157. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
158. Nana by Emile Zola
159. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
160. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
161. The Ambassadors by Henry James
162. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
163. Loving by Henry Green
164. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
165. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
166. Native Son by Richard Wright
167. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
168. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
169. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
170. U.S.A. by John Dos Passos
171. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
172. The Magus by John Fowles
173. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maughm
174. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
175. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
176. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
177. The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
178. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
179. Dracula by Bram Stoker
180. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
181. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
182. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
183. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
184. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
185. Independent People by Halldor Laxness
186. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
187. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
188. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant
189. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
190. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
191. The Nose by Nickolai Gogol
192. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant

5BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 2:02pm

2010 – present
193. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
194. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
195. Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
196. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
197. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
198. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
199. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
200. The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
201. Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau
202. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
203. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
204. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
205. Story of the Eye by George Bataille
206. The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet
207. Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
208. Life and Death of Harriet Frean by May Sinclair
209. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
210. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
211. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
212. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
213. A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
214. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
215. The Crime of Father Amaro by Jose Maria Eca de Queiros
216. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
217. Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
218. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
219. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
220. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
221. Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
222. New Grub Street by George Gissing
223. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
224. The Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
225. Rashomon by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
226. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
227. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
228. Michael Kohlhaas by Henrich von Kleist
229. Strait is the Gate by André Gide
230. The Devil’s Pool by George Sand
231. The Charwoman’s Daughter by James Stephens
232. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl
233. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
234. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
235. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
236. Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
237. The Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
238. A Woman’s Life by Guy de Maupassant
239. The Parable of the Blind by Gert Hofmann
240. A History of Love by Nicole Krauss

6BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 2:03pm

241. The Story of O by Pauline Réage
242. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
243. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
244. Platform by Michel Houellebecq
245. Things: A Story of the Sixties by Georges Perec
246. The Path to the Nest of Spiders by Italo Calvino
247. Fatelessness by Imre Kertész
248. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
249. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
250. Justine by Lawrence Durell
251. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
252. The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind
253. Atonement by Ian McEwan
254. Middlemarch by George Eliot
255. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
256. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
257. White Noise by Don DeLillo
258. Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence
259. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
260. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
261. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
262. Germinal by Emile Zola
263. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
264. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
265. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
266. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
267. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
268. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
269. The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
270. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
271. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
272. Cider House Rules by John Irving
273. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
274. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
275. What Maisie Knew by Henry James
276. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
277. Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
278. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
279. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
280. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
281. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
282. A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
283. Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz
284. A Heart So White by Javier Marías
285. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
286. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
287. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
288. Martin Eden by Jack London
289. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
290. The Quiet American by Graham Greene

7BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 2:12pm

291. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
292. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
293. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
294. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
295. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
296. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
297. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
298. To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia
299. Snow by Orhan Pamuk
300. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
301. The Trial by Franz Kafka
302. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
303. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
304. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
305. The Collector by John Fowles
306. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
307. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
308. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
309. The Third Man by Graham Greene
310. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
311. The Double by José Saramago
312. The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark
313. Silk by Alessandro Baricco
314. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
315. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
316. Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
317. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton
318. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
319. Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
320. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien
321. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
322. Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
323. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter by Anonymous
324. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
325. Adam Bede by George Eliot
326. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
327. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
328. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
329. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
330. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
331. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
332. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
333. The Master by Colm Tóibín
334. Girl With Green Eyes by Edna O'Brien
335. Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
336. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
337. Neuromancer by William Gibson
338. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
339. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
340. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

8BentleyMay
Editado: Maio 6, 2017, 1:04pm

341. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
342. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
343. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
344. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
345. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
346. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
347. Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev
348. On the Eve by Ivan Turgenev
349. Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

9Simone2
Abr 28, 2017, 4:04pm

An impressive list. Welcome here!

10BentleyMay
Abr 28, 2017, 4:39pm

Thank you Simone2!

11puckers
Abr 28, 2017, 4:53pm

Welcome to the group! Great list of books read already.

12BentleyMay
Abr 29, 2017, 3:14pm

Thank you puckers!

13gypsysmom
Abr 29, 2017, 6:43pm

I echo the comments of Simone2 and puckers. I presume you are in your late 30s or early 40s based on your chronology so you may indeed read all of the 1001 plus before you die. I am in my early 60s and I am only at a total of 248. I only try to read about 10 books from the list a year so in the best case scenario I'll only make it to about 500.

14M1nks
Abr 30, 2017, 7:19am

Hi BentleyMay - It's always great to have fresh people :-)

Are you going to join in our 1001 (and more) list 'competition'? You've read a lot already so you'll be starting in a poll position!

15Henrik_Madsen
Abr 30, 2017, 11:33am

Welcome - and what a great list of books you have read already.

16BentleyMay
Maio 1, 2017, 1:30pm

Thank you gypsysmom! I am a bit older than that! I don't think I will read all of the books, but it's fun trying.

17BentleyMay
Maio 1, 2017, 1:32pm

Thank you M1nks! Yes, I think I will join the competition. I'm still figuring my way around here.

18BentleyMay
Maio 1, 2017, 1:34pm

Thank you Henrik_Madsen!

19BentleyMay
Editado: Jun 20, 2017, 8:11am

350. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. It's probably my favorite book so far this year. Very timely given the huge opioid crisis. The slang was difficult at first, but listening to the audiobook while I read helped significantly. Now I can finally watch the movie.

351. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Enjoyable story.

352. Evelina by Frances Burney I didn't think I would like this, only because I read Tristram Shandy last year and really disliked it. I guess I thought they would be similar based on their publication dates. I ended up enjoying Evelina quite a bit. The sticker on the back says I purchased it at Barnes & Noble in 1998 - It's been on my "to read" pile for a long time! I saw a couple of positive reviews of Evelina on here recently. They inspired me to give it a go and I am glad I did!

353. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

354. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

355. Embers by Sandor Marai

356. The Graduate by Charles Webb

357. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

20BentleyMay
Ago 8, 2017, 7:43am

358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

359. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

360. Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville

361. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

362. Junkie by William S. Burroughs

363. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

364. Queer by William S. Burroughs

365. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope

366. Hell by Henri Barbusse

21BentleyMay
Fev 3, 2018, 9:36am

367. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
368. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
369. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
370. There but for the by Ali Smith
371. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
372. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante
373. The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
374. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
375. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
376. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
377. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
378. Crash by J.G. Ballard
379. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
380. The Gathering by Anne Enright
381. Ashes and Diamonds by Jerzy Andrzejewski

22BentleyMay
Abr 10, 2018, 4:43pm

382. Unless by Carol Shields
383. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
384. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
385. Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett
386. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
387. The Castle by Franz Kafka
388. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
389. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
390. A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
391. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
392. High-Rise by J.G. Ballard
393. Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans

23BentleyMay
Maio 11, 2018, 12:51pm

394. The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs
395. Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard
396. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
397. Choke by Chuck Palaniuk
398. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
399. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
400. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Made it to 400!

24Henrik_Madsen
Maio 11, 2018, 1:44pm

Cool - Congratulations!

25puckers
Maio 11, 2018, 4:41pm

Well done on reaching 400.

26BentleyMay
Maio 12, 2018, 10:40am

Thank you Henrik_Madsen and puckers! On to the next book...

27paruline
Maio 13, 2018, 10:46am

Congratulations!

28BentleyMay
Maio 15, 2018, 7:34pm

Thank you paruline!

I have enough books in my 1001 TBR stack to get to 700... that's going to take awhile.

29BentleyMay
Editado: Abr 2, 2019, 11:06am

401. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
402. The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin
403. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
404. Claudine's House by Colette
405. Quartet by Jean Rhys
406. Nadja by Andre Breton
407. Chocky by John Wyndham
408. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
409. Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
410. The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
411. Cheese by Willem Elsschot
412. The Witness by Juan Jose Saer
413. Troubles by J.G. Farrell
414. July's People by Nadine Gordimer
415. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

30BentleyMay
Set 29, 2018, 11:46am

I am way behind on updating my list. I wanted to write a little bit about each book as I posted them, but I never have enough time. Thank you to all who do find the time to post impressions. I read and appreciate them.

31BentleyMay
Set 29, 2018, 1:44pm

416. Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn

I read all five volumes of the Patrick Melrose novels this summer, although only volume 4, Mother's Milk, is on the 1001 list. In a nutshell, this story is about trying to deal with a difficult childhood. The events in Patrick's childhood in volume 1 are very graphically described and quite soul-crushing. The remaining volumes deal with after effects of this trauma throughout Patrick's life, until about midlife.

32BentleyMay
Set 29, 2018, 2:00pm

417. Quicksand by Nella Larsen

I really wanted to cheer for the main character, but I just couldn't understand the choices she made.

33BentleyMay
Set 29, 2018, 2:20pm

418. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

I purchased a paperback version of this based on the cool front cover graphics (Serpent's Tail Classics, ISBN 978-1846687357). I didn't realize that this was an abridged version of the text. Luckily though, I downloaded a Kindle version of the book from my library and started reading that instead. When I went to the paperback to find my place I realized they weren't the same edition of the book. The paperback was not only abridged, but the chapters were in a different order!

That aside, the book is very interesting. I'm not sure the chapter order makes all that much difference. You can randomly open and read a chapter, for the most part.

34BentleyMay
Editado: Abr 2, 2019, 11:10am

419. The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe. Excellent unreliable narration.

420. Ghost at Noon by Alberto Moravia. I read this in 2015 as "Contempt" but didn't realize it was the same book until recently. Bonus!

421. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek. Not my cup of tea. I understand it was supposed to be funny and a jab at the ridiculousness of war. That point came across early but the book goes on and on and on.

422. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. Another unreliable narrator, which I like.

423. Night and Day by the fabulous Virginia Woolf. Follows the love lives of four individuals in pre-WWI London. They struggle with what they think they are supposed to do and what they want to do, or think they want to do with their lives.

424. I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti

425. The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien

426. Justine by Marquis de Sade. Ick, just ick.

427. Silence by Shusaku Endo

428. None But the Brave by Arthur Schnitzler

429. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

430. Waterland by Graham Swift. Possibly my favorite book so far, this year.

431. On Love by Alain de Botton

432. The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway.

35BentleyMay
Editado: Jan 19, 2019, 12:22pm

I recently purchased version 6 of the spreadsheet so I get to add two books that I had previously read. Both of these titles were on NYT's Best Ten Books of the year list in 2013.

433. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

434. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Plus

435. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

436. The Iron Heel by Jack London

437. The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius

438. The Sea by John Banville

36BentleyMay
Dez 23, 2018, 4:11pm

439. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

440. Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini

441. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (read all four volumes)

442. London Fields by Martin Amis

443. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

444. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead

445. Vathek by William Thomas Beckford

446. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

447. Nada by Carmen Laforet (aka Andrea)

448. Platero and I by Juan Ramon Jimenez

37BentleyMay
Jan 19, 2019, 12:22pm

2019

449. The Twins by Tessa de Loo Twin girls get separated at six years old just before WWII in Cologne, Germany. One stays in Germany and one goes to relatives in Netherlands. They meet up again at seventy years old and try to make each other understand the war from their very different experiences.

450. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey.

451. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. At first I was turned off by the language, but then I really got into the story.

452. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. A good story of the cultural differences between the North and South of England.

38BentleyMay
Editado: Mar 10, 2019, 10:43am

Oh boy, way behind again!

453. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

454. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. This was a struggle to get through. Probably just a case of the wrong book at the time. I read and enjoyed The Heart of a Dog by the same author.

455. A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne. A boring travelogue.

456. Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov. For the January Group Read. I felt Nabokov was teasing his readers in as many languages as possible. I liked Part 4, near the end, the essay on Time. I'm not sure why it was there. But again, Nabokov was teasing or showing off - not only does he know enough English, Russian, Italian, and French to make jokes and puns, but he can also talk eloquently about quantum mechanics and evolution. The story, however, is about a brother-sister incestuous relationship - ick.

39BentleyMay
Mar 10, 2019, 11:25am

For February 2019 I challenged myself to read as many short works from the list as possible. I won't do that again - I was constantly finishing one and trying to decide on what to read next.

457. The Fox by D.H. Lawrence.

458. A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift. I really didn't get this.

459. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. Hilarious, I loved it!

460. Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist (Nobel, 1951).

461. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford. Must read part 3: Don't Tell Alfred but it is non-1001. Read both Mitford books for the February Group Challenge (books with "Love" in the title).

462. Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi. The spreadsheet says 350 pp, but my copy was only 160 pp. The story of a man trying to decide if he is going to leave his partner.

463. Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi. This was fascinating - could not put down. A woman is about to be executed for murder. She has refused to talk to anyone until the night before her execution date when she summons a social worker into the prison to listen to her story.

464. Seize the Day by Saul Bellow. Annoying people who whine about the choices they have made and their resulting lives.

465. The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan. Just gross. I don't understand why so many of his books are on the list. I don't believe in any of the characters, and the sex scenes feel so contrived.

466. Viper's Tangle by Francois Mauriac. A nasty man's life.

467. The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho. Thoroughly contrived.

468. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf. Wonderful, as usual for Woolf. The spreadsheet says 400 pp, but my copy is just 219 pp.

469. Timbuktu by Paul Auster. The story of a dog's life told from the dog's point of view. Loved it - but parts were difficult for me.

470. The Colour by Rose Tremain. Read this for the February Group Read. Historical fiction of the New Zealand gold rush. Interesting and enjoyable in parts - just okay.

40BentleyMay
Abr 2, 2019, 11:18am

March 2019

471. Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon

472. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

473. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade

474. L'Assommoir by Emile Zola

475. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

476. Jacob the Liar by Jurek Becker

477. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

478. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

479. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

480. Erewhon by Samuel Butler

41BentleyMay
Maio 5, 2019, 5:29pm

April 2019

481. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

482. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

483. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

484. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard

485. Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler

486. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

487. The Daughter by Pavlos Matesis

488. A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

489. Fanny Hill by John Cleland

490. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

491. Pricksongs and Descants by Robert Coover

492. Vineland by Thomas Pynchon

42BentleyMay
Editado: Jun 9, 2019, 1:50pm

May 2019

493. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

494. Harriet Hume by Rebecca West

495. The Monk by Matthew Lewis

496. In the Forest by Edna O'Brien

497. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

498. Typical by Padgett Powell

499. The Light of Day by Graham Swift

500. Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet

501. Amok by Stefan Zweig

502. Our Ancestors by Italo Calvino

43ELiz_M
Jun 4, 2019, 12:03pm

Nice choice for #500! I found that novel strangely compelling, with it's unusual narrative style, and it is definitely a book i would never have found without the list!

44BentleyMay
Jun 4, 2019, 12:35pm

I'm not sure I would have found that one either, without the list. It was really interesting. I read and reread many of the passages to note what things were same/different from the previous run through.

45puckers
Jun 4, 2019, 5:14pm

500! Congratulations!

46BentleyMay
Jun 4, 2019, 5:49pm

Thank you puckers and ELiz_M!

Halfway there! I discovered the 1001 book in September 2009. Maybe I will finish by 2029. My rate has increased, though, the last two years because I started a job that includes a three hour commute.

47paruline
Jun 5, 2019, 8:07pm

Congratulations!

48BentleyMay
Jun 7, 2019, 5:20pm

Thank you paruline!

49ELiz_M
Jun 8, 2019, 7:35am

You're not interested in adding your name to the 1001 Progress Index?

50BentleyMay
Jun 8, 2019, 5:30pm

I suppose I should...

51BentleyMay
Editado: Jul 2, 2019, 2:46pm

June 2019

503. Albert Angelo by B.S. Johnson

504. Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

505. Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

506. Pluck the Bud, Destroy the Offspring aka Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe

507. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

508. Small Island by Andrea Levy

509. Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland

510. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick by Peter Handke

511. Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

512. Underworld by Don DeLillo

513. In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan

514. The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard

515. Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami

516. Murphy by Samuel Beckett

52BentleyMay
Ago 1, 2019, 3:48pm

July 2019

517. Monica by Saunders Lewis
518. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
519. Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard
520. Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
521. Molloy by Samuel Beckett
522. Party Going by Henry Green
523. The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
524. Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett
525. The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
526. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
527. Bouvard and Pecuchet by Gustave Flaubert
528. In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

53BentleyMay
Set 1, 2019, 3:26pm

August 2019

529. The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
530. Ignorance by Milan Kundera
531. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
532. A Home At the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
533. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
534. Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman
535. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
536. Living by Henry Green
537. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
538. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin
539. Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes

54BentleyMay
Set 28, 2019, 5:10pm

September 2019

540. The Newton Letter by John Banville
541. In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu
542. Great Apes bu Will Self
543. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
544. Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker
545. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
546. Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
547. The Red Room by August Strindberg
548. Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal

55BentleyMay
Editado: Nov 2, 2019, 9:48am

October 2019

549. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
550. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
551. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
552. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
553. The Shining by Stephen King
554. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
555. Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en

56BentleyMay
Editado: Dez 10, 2019, 11:51am

November 2019
556. The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow
557. The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
558. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
559. She by H. Rider Haggard
560. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
561. Coming Up for Air by George Orwell
562. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
563. Hangover Square by Partrick Hamilton

57BentleyMay
Dez 28, 2019, 12:43pm

December 2019
564. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
565. The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
566. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
567. Aesop's Fables by Aesopus
568. The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad
569. Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
570. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

58BentleyMay
Editado: Jan 1, 10:14am

Goals for 2020:

1. Of all the authors on the combined list, I counted 248 have more than one title listed. Of these, there are 67 authors that I haven't read. I hope to reduce this by half in 2020.

2. I have way too many books on my TBR stack. I'd like to read the ones I have had the longest first. This includes 15 titles below that I purchased last century! There may be more...
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (currently reading for January Challenge)(also fulfills #1)
Three Lives (also fulfills #1)
Nausea
The House by the Medlar Tree
Contact
The Garden Party
The Magic Mountain
The Dispossessed
The Marble Faun
The Power and the Glory
Joseph Andrews
The Heat of the Day
Lost Illusions
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (also fulfills #1)
Out of Africa

59BentleyMay
Editado: Fev 17, 2020, 2:06pm

January 2020
571. Democracy by Joan Didion
572. The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
573. House Mother Normal by B. S. Johnson
574. Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
575. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
576. City Primeval by Elmore Leonard
577. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
578. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
579. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
580. Fantomas by Marcel Allain &
581. The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer
582. The Breast by Philip Roth

60Yells
Fev 16, 2020, 10:18pm

Your numbering needs a little TLC :)

61BentleyMay
Fev 17, 2020, 2:07pm

Thank you! I made the same error in several places but didn't notice.

62BentleyMay
Editado: Fev 29, 2020, 4:16pm

February 2020

583. Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
584. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare
585. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
586. Regeneration by Pat Barker
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
587. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
588. The Floating Opera by John Barth
589. Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
590. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox
591. The End of the Road by John Barth
592. Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
593. A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White

63BentleyMay
Editado: Abr 14, 2020, 5:29pm

March 2020

594. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
595. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
596. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy
597. Winter by Ali Smith
598. The Master of Petersburg by J.M. Coetzee
599. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
600. The Untouchable by John Banville
601. Kokoro bu Natsume Soseki
602. The Ragazzi by Pier Paolo Pasolini
603. Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz
604. Adjunct: an Undigest by Peter Manson

64JayneCM
Mar 13, 2020, 9:17pm

Congrats on reaching 600!

65puckers
Mar 13, 2020, 11:34pm

Congratulations on reaching 600, and with a book I gave 5 stars to!

66BentleyMay
Editado: Mar 14, 2020, 7:27am

The writing and language was superb in The Untouchable. It is the third Banville book I have read and I am now a big fan.
Thank you JayneCM and puckers!

67BentleyMay
Editado: Maio 1, 2020, 1:23pm

April 2020

605. News From Nowhere by William Morris
606. Cain by Jose Saramago
607. War with the Newts by Karel Capek
608. Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow
609. Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
610. The Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
611. The Human Stain by Philip Roth
612. Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
613. The Home and the World Rabindranath Tagore
614. Watchmen by Alan Moore
615. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

68BentleyMay
Jun 3, 2020, 8:56am

May 2020

616. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
617. Pastoralia by George Saunders
618. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
619. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
620. Homo Faber by Max Frisch
621. Marya by Joyce Carol Oates
622. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

69JayneCM
Jun 17, 2020, 12:06am

>68 BentleyMay: Wow! That is a big reading month. To fit both Kristin Lavransdatter and The Lord of the Rings in one month!

70BentleyMay
Jun 19, 2020, 12:44pm

I was having a hard time concentrating. Instead of reading many books, which is what I usually do, I tried fewer, longer ones. It worked out well. I am also reading some longer ones this month.

Both KL and LoR are long, but the language is straight forward, and the story moves right along. It took me longer to read Pastoralia! Mostly because of the ick and WTF factors in it. Seriously weird.

71BentleyMay
Jul 1, 2020, 8:51am

June 2020

623. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
624. In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul
625. Cane by Jean Toomer
626. The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky

72BentleyMay
Set 1, 2020, 4:38pm

July 2020

627. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
628. The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
629. The Birds by Tarjei Vessas
630. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
631. Thank you, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse

August 2020

632. Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
633. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
634. The Dumas Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte
635. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
636. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
637. Operation Shylock by Philip Roth

73BentleyMay
Editado: Out 31, 2020, 6:29pm

September 2020

638. The Crow Road by Iain Banks
639. Rickshaw Boy by She Lao
640. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
641. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
642. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
643. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
644. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
645. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

74BentleyMay
Out 31, 2020, 6:36pm

October 2020

646. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
647. A Man Asleep by Georges Perec
648. The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
649. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
650. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
651. The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin
652. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
653. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
654. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
655. The Dead Father by Donald Barthelme
656. The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

75BentleyMay
Nov 5, 2020, 3:11pm

657. Jahrestage, or Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson

Close to 1700 pages! I bought the NYRB two-volume, slip-covered set that was published in 2018.

It is a year's worth of dated entries starting on August 21, 1967 through August 20, 1968. I started reading last year on 8/21 with plans to read an entry a day. That didn't work out. I got behind by the time the holidays rolled around last year and then ended up reading larger chunks at a time. I read until I felt book-fatigue - that happened a lot!

There are several threads running through the narrative, and there are no clear lines to tell the reader which thread is presently being discussed. It jumps around continuously. One thread is the current life of German immigrant/refuge Gesine Cresspahl, a single mother living in Manhattan with her daughter, Marie. Another thread is the current events of the day as read from the New York Times newspaper. Much of that centers on the war in Vietnam and civil unrest in NYC. Gesine is obsessed with the paper, not just the news of the day, but the institution that is the NYT. I found these parts oddly interesting.

The main thread, I think, is the story Gesine is telling her daughter about how they came to be living in NYC now. This includes the history of her parents and their families (the Cresspahls and the Papenbrocks), Gesine's childhood in Germany, and continues through WWII and its aftermath in Europe. Gesine ultimately ends up going back to Europe, to Prague, where the "Prague Spring" Revolution is going on. The book ends, however, on the day before the Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia to put an end to the revolution and begin 21 years of occupation.

I am halfway through the 1315 combined list!

76puckers
Nov 6, 2020, 12:46am

>75 BentleyMay: Well done - not one I've read yet.

77BentleyMay
Dez 4, 2020, 1:31pm

>76 puckers: Thanks!

78BentleyMay
Dez 4, 2020, 1:36pm

November 2020

658. The Hamlet by William Faulkner
659. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
660. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
661. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
662. The Living and the Dead by Patrick White
663. Her Privates We by Frederic Manning

79BentleyMay
Jan 1, 10:08am

December 2020

664. Drop City by T.C. Boyle
665. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
666. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
667. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
668. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
669. Arcanum 17 by Andre Breton
670. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
671. No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
672. The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf

80BentleyMay
Editado: Jan 1, 10:20am

Goals I had set for 2020:

1. Of all the authors on the combined list, I counted 248 have more than one title listed. Of these, there are 67 authors that I haven't read. I hope to reduce this by half in 2020.

I read 30 of the 67 authors in 2020.

2. I have way too many books on my TBR stack. I'd like to read the ones I have had the longest first. This includes 15 titles below that I purchased last century!

I read 8 of 15 titles from this list

Also, I participated in 11 of the 12 Group Challenges and 6 of the 12 Group Reads.

81paruline
Jan 3, 8:27am

A productive year!

82BentleyMay
Fev 2, 7:55am

January 2021

673. The Successor by Ismail Kadare
674. The Power and the Glory by Grahame Green (January challenge)
675. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
676. The Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus by John Arbuthnot et al.
677. The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
678. Deep River by Shusako Endo
679. The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
680. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (January group read)

83AnnaBarber
Fev 2, 8:01am

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84BentleyMay
Mar 2, 8:05am

February 2021

681. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
682. The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Machado de Assis (Feb Group read)
683. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
684. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
685. The Names by Don DeLillo
686. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (Feb group challenge)
687. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
688. The Unknown Soldier by Vaino Linna

85BentleyMay
Editado: Abr 1, 9:35am

March 2021

I'm glad April is finally here. March just went on and on for me.

689. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by EO Somerville and M. Ross (March Challenge)
690. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
691. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
692. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
693. The Book of Evidence by John Banville (March group read)
694. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
695. Like Life by Lorrie Moore
696. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
697. Another World by Pat Barker

Testament of Youth will stay with me for a long while. I really felt the struggle between family, education, and career for women. Plus the devastating losses and senseless war. I can't imagine how I would have survived if I had been born then.

86BentleyMay
Abr 30, 2:26pm

April 2021

698. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
699. Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb
700. La Bete Humaine by Emile Zola
701. Nemesis by Philip Roth
702. If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino
703. The House of Doctor Dee by Peter Ackroyd
704. Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig
705. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

87japaul22
Abr 30, 5:02pm

>85 BentleyMay: I'm hoping to get to Testament of Youth this year - glad to see your positive review!

88BentleyMay
Jun 4, 11:43am

May 2021

706. The Virgin in the Garden by A.S. Byatt. I thought I would love this based on the summary, but it was a terrible chore to get through it.

707. The Afternoon of a Writer by Peter Handke
708. The Left-Handed Woman by Peter Handke

709. The Talk of the Town by Ardal O'Hanlon. Loved this. This reminded me of the Irish TV series "The Derry Girls" and "London Irish" by Lisa McGee. Imagine my surprise when I realized O'Hanlon plays Bronagh and Conor's father!

710. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro. The first and last stories were very good.

711. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Weird, but it fit my mood.

712. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. Awful.
713. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Douglas Adams. Even worse.

714. Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee. This is the 4th Coetzee I have finished. I am impressed by how different they have been. And glad. I disliked the first one, Disgrace so much.

715. The Waves by Virginia Woolf. Brilliant. May Group challenge. Woolf captures the feeling of the moment of her characters.

89ursula
Jun 4, 1:51pm

I also disliked Disgrace. So much that it took me 10 years to convince myself to try another Coetzee! I read Waiting for the Barbarians earlier this year and quite liked it.