Wednesday, January 07, 2009
1% well-read challenge completed
1. The Drowned World by JG Ballard
2. Candide by Voltaire
3. Legend by David Gemmell
4. The Third Man by Graham Greene
5. The Invisible Man by HG Wells
6. The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
7. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
8. Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster
9. The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
10. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
11. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
YAY for me! Reading books off of the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die was something I have kept at the back of my head for awhile. I even carry around the list with me in case I pop in unexpectedly at the library. I'm entirely sure I won't read all of them before I die, but it's an interesting list and points me in a direction I might not normally have chosen. I would have never picked up Legend or The Drowned World without this list.
But there is such a thing as too much. I read 6 of these books in one month and it was overload. I got to where I wasn't enjoying the books I was reading so I backed off a bit and now I can come back to it again slowly. Hopefully in the next year I'll read even more than these 11, but if I don't then that's OK too. This next year I hope will see me finish 1 or 2 titles off this list that I already own that have been sitting on my shelves for awhile.
Favourite from the 11 this year? The Book of Illusions by far. Paul Auster has quickly become one of my favourite authors ever. I also enjoyed A Farewell to Arms more than I thought I would. And very surprising was liking Legend as well as I did.
Least favourite? The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Poorly written, I thought. I didn't care much for any of the characters and didn't care where the story ended up. There are other books by Wells on the list, and I will surely skip them.
Did you participate in this challenge? Are you reading books off of the 1001 list? What're your favourites? I'm currently at 103/1001.