Monday, April 12, 2010

1% well-read challenge

(Sorry for the boring posts. I'm still getting back into the swing of things! I am reading lots, soon I will tell you about it.)

I'm doing it again. Here are the books I'll be choosing from:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Unless by Carol Shields
The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Moon Palace by Paul Auster
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

I own all of these books, so hopefully with this challenge I can clear some of my TBR shelves. That'd be nice. Here are the books I read for this challenge in previous years: here and here.

I hope everyone had fun reading from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.

Even if you didn’t complete the challenge, if you read any books at all from the list, you are at least a little more ‘well-read’ than you were before!

There has been yet another update to the list in 2010, so this time the challenge has only one option:

Read 13 titles from the combined list (of 1294 titles) from April 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011.

Overlaps with other challenges are allowed, and you may change your list at any time.

Fellow book blogger Arukiyomi has formulated an excellent spreadsheet that contains the 2006, 2008, and 2010 versions, and I highly recommend giving a small donation for all his hard work. He has lists of what has been added and subracted for each edition as well as a master list of all books ever listed on the 1001 list. I’m using the master list the most because if you put ‘r’ for read in the column, it also automatically puts the ‘r’ in any list that the book is on. Please check it out!

Alternatively, I have also begun to update the 1001 list HERE, however, it is definitely a work in progress. Hopefully at some point I’ll have all the titles listed noting which edition(s) the books were in.

Happy reading, and may you be more ‘well-read’ this year than last!


  1. Wow, that sure is a lot of books! I think I'd be reading for months if I tried to do that!

  2. I think these very SAME books have been on the list for the last three years. Sigh. I'll get to them eventually!

  3. OK, I have the stomach bug today. Not fun.

    Someday I would like to participate in a 4 hr read-a-thon. I'd need total silence though. Or a vacation to go along with it. Hahaha!! Maybe I'll have to figure that out for myself...I'll leave the hubby at home and go to the beach. All in the name of blogging!

  4. Hi Mary! I hope you're feeling better. I was very disappointed to not participate in the 24 hour readathon, but there's another one in October! It'll be very difficult to manage, but I still think it'd be worth it :)


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