Thursday, January 5, 2012

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge: 2012 Edition

Challenge complete! See what I read at the bottom of the post.

The 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge is hosted by Pub Writes.

*Click the links above or the image to sign up

I got this book for Christmas a couple years ago and am slowly making my way through the list. I have discovered some amazing books and writers. I don’t expect to ever read all of the books – but I do want to make a dent in the list and want to open it up for other to join me! The list is so great because it has a huge variety! There are classics that you may have read in school, but there are also some great books we have all missed and some fantastic world literature.

The challenge is simple – read some books from the list! If you don’t own the actual book, you can find a simple list online. For the most basic, check out the Listology list. There are spreadsheets outs there that you can look at too that are more complex.

Since this year is an Olympics year, I thought the structure would change…so here are the levels this year!


Got to trials: 5 books from the list
Made the Olympic team: 6-10 books from the list
Bronze medal: 11-15 books from the list
Silver Medal: 16-20 books from the list:
Gold Medal: 21+ books from the list

  • Challenge runs January 1 2012 – December 31 2012.
  • You don’t have to make a list beforehand. 
  • You DO need to choose your level at the beginning so you have a chance to win the prize!
  • You can use any version of the list, not just the current, since they update it every couple years. I figure, once a book is on the list, it is always on the list!
  • Books that cover other challenges are not only permitted, but encouraged!
In addition to participating in this challenge, I am a member of the Goodreads book group as well.    Click HERE to check out the group.  For this challenge, I'm signing up for the 'Got to trials' level Since I've already read 3 books and it's only the beginning of March, I'm upping my level to 'Made the Olympic Team':

1.  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (COMPLETED 1/31/2012)
2.  The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (COMPLETED 2/12/2012)
3.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker (COMPLETED 2/28/2012)
4.  House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (COMPLETED March)
5.  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (COMPLETED April)
6.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (COMPLETED May)
7.  Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (COMPLETED May)
8.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens (COMPLETED May)
9.  Middlemarch by George Eliot (COMPLETED July--did not review)
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (COMPLETED December)

All reviews can be found at with the exception of House of Leaves at


  1. dang it, off to join another challenge..... ;)

  2. Wow - you are doing a great job! What has been your favorite book so far? Let us know at

  3. I am sorry that I missed this challenge. Will you have another one for 2013? I have joined the Book Addicts book club on Good reads, also.
    I love a good book challenge.


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