The 1000 book challenge.

I am currently trying to read all of the Guardian’s 1000 novels. It’s a long-term goal and something that will not let me rush through books as if I was attempting to read 100 in a year.

Who know when I will finish or if I ever will but as long as I keep having fun and never resent reading then I will be beyond happy.

The 1000 book list is only novels so I do also make time to read poetry, autobiographies, new releases and those that entice me but are not on the list.

Do let me know if you are interested or indeed take on the challenge….I have not met anyone doing it yet and would love to have a 1000 buddy.

Challenge started: January 2010.

Total: 81 (I must try to read more books on the list this year!!!)

Before I started the challenge:

  1. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
  2. Porter House Blue by Tom Sharpe
  3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  4. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  8. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  9. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  10. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  11. The Reader by Benhardq Schlink
  12. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  13. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  14. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  17. Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
  18. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  19. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Books read in 2010

  1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 4.01.2010
  2. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald 10.01.2010
  3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 22.01.2010
  4. The Shining by Stephen King 14.02.2010
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 22.02.2010
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 19.03.2010
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon 22.03.2010
  8. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene 13.04.2010
  9. Wise Children by Angela Carter 2.04.2010
  10. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 4.04.2010
  11. Animal Farm by George Orwell 5.04.2010
  12. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 23.04.2010
  13. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark 2.5.2010
  14. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain 6.5.2010
  15. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola 16.05.2010
  16. Wuthering Height by Emily Bronte 24.06.2010
  17. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier 29.06.2010
  18. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 1.07.2010
  19. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells 4.07.2010
  20. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 7.07.2010
  21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 22.07.2010
  22. On The Road by Jack Kerouac 23.08.2010
  23. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome 28.08.2010
  24. White Teeth by Zadie Smith 9.9.2010
  25. 1984 by George Orwell 11.09.2010
  26. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 22.09.2010
  27. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend 2.10.10
  28. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 28.10.2010
  29. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray 17.12.2010
  30. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 21.12.2010
  31. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 28.12.2010
  32. Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac 31.12.2010
  33. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Books read in 2011

  1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller 2.02.2011
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 5.01.2011
  3. Exit Music by Ian Rankin 7.02.2011
  4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 14.02.2011
  5. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 16.02.2011
  6. Emma by Jane Austen 24.02.2011
  7. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 1.03.2011
  8. Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson 9.03.2011
  9. The 39 steps by John Buchan 11.03.2011
  10. The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 12.03.2011
  11. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle 14.03.2011
  12. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles 5.05.2011
  13. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 10.05.2011
  14. Good Behaviour by Molly Keane 17.05.2011
  15. Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky 20.05.11
  16. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien 26.05.2011
  17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 3.08.2011
  18. Hard Times by Charles Dickens 16.09.2011
  19. Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne 23.09.2011
  20. Beloved by Toni Morrison 8.10.11
  21. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 19.10.11
  22. The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge 6.12.2011
  23. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine 18.12.11
  24. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 31.12.2011

Books read so far in 2012

  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker 3.01.12
  2. Silas Marner by George Eliot 7.01.12
  3. The Famished Road by Ben Okri 18.1.12
  4. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis 20.1.12
  5. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John Le Carre  26.1.12
  6. A High Wind in Jamacia 16.2.12
  7. Turn of The Screw by Henry James 6.3.12 (must read faster!!!)
  8. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 29.3.12 (read in Canada. Didn’t realise that I had already read it on 22.9.2010!!!!!!)
  9. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 5.4.12 ( read in Boston/Providence)
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 4.6.12 (2 month gap of reading books not on the list)
  11. Weaveworld by Clive Barker

17 thoughts on “The 1000 book challenge.

  1. It’s really a great challenge ! 🙂
    I love the idea .. god bless you ^_^

    I wish I could join you one day because this time I’m waiting something important in my life and everything rely on it so I’ll glad to let you know soon 🙂

    Thanks ^_^

  2. It’s a really great challenge to read all these 1000 books, I read only some of them, there are so many books to read, that I think a life is not enough to read all the books we want to read. And every day is an opportunity to discover new books, new ideas…I would like to have time to read all of them!!

  3. I’ve only read 37 books, it’s nothing compared to the entire list!! and there many of these bokks that are on my list of books : )

  4. I remember when I first saw the list. I had read at least 30 of them in school… I hated most of them during school, but looking back I can totally respect them as literary genius.

  5. I didn’t know about this list and I downloaded it. Luckily, I have already red some of these books 🙂 Anyway, I was astonished to read among so many titles also those of some Italian novels.
    “The betrothed” of Alessandro Manzoni (in Italian “I promessi sposi”) is a compulsory book at school, and I would be curious to read how it has been translated, since it is not in modern Italian.
    Another masterpiece is Dante’s Divine Comedy (compulsory too), but it is not listed here 😦
    Umberto Eco is very hard to read in Italian… he is even a pedantic person… I avoid reading the books of someone who wants only high-litterate people to understand him.
    But… if you would like to breath a real, pure Italian air, you must read “The little world of Don Camillo” of Giovanni Guareschi. You will laugh and dream to be born at that time (just after the second world war) in the Northern Italian country (Po Valley), where Parmisan and Prosciutto di Parma are produced.
    Sorry for my English, and enjoy your challenge 🙂

  6. it’s a funny but real task for the entire journey.Reading is the kind of understanding life ,emotions and nature of atmosphere that the author felt in his all life.wish you all success for completing this marvelous task

  7. What a great challenge! I like how you say: ‘Who know when I will finish or if I ever will but as long as I keep having fun and never resent reading then I will be beyond happy.’
    I agree, like with life, the joy of reading is about the journey rather than arriving.

  8. I’ve already read about 40 of the books on your list, and reckon I’ve probably read quite a few more on the actual Guardian list, so may think about joining you in my own little 1000 books challenge!

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