Saturday, January 5, 2013

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - A Lifelong Challenge

I have been working on this list for a while and my Fill in the Gaps: 100 and The Classics Club lists are predominantly compiled from this massive list so it made sense for me to join this challenge.

A big thanks to Rachel at Resistance is Futile for hosting! You can sign up for this 1001 Books Lifelong Challenge HERE or by clicking the image above.


  1. If you want to participate, prepare an introductory post on your blog which either lists the books you've read or at least gives the highlights (your favorites) and the number you've read so far. Personally, I'm going to use mine as a Master Post, so I can include hyperlinks to my own reviews. Be sure to link your post back to this sign-up page so that the news can spread!
  2. Fill in the Mister Linky, providing the introductory post as your link. 
  3. At the beginning of each month, I will have a Team 1001 post. In the comments of that post, please include links to all the reviews that you want me post links to. ONLY reviews to 1001-listed books! You can give me reviews that you've written before joining the team. That way, everyone can see that month's new reviews. 
  4. Quarterly (March, June, September, December), I'll have an update meme in which we can all share what books we've read over the quarter, which were our favorites, etc. You can provide a link to your update in the comments section of my Team 1001 Quarterly Update.
  5. To see the comprehensive list of reviews, click on the 1001 Books tag in my blog. Any book with a hyperlink has at least one review. 
I'm going to take Rachel's lead and post my list of books completed here and add to them as I go.  A lot of these were read before I started blogging so those will not be linked to a review.  I've also linked to Rachel's team 1001 list, which lists a compilation of all four editions of the list, in the tab at the top of the blog.

Completed  (38) (39)


Life of Pi by Yann Martel


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (mini-review on "best of" post)
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (DNF)
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez Reverte
The Reader by Bernard Schlink
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Bleak House by Charles Dickens (short review on "best of" list)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Middlemarch by George Eliot (mini-review post)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (mini-review post)
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville


Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

(All details/rules were taken directly from the challenge host's site)


1 comment:

  1. Welcome to Team 1001! It looks like you've got a good start already. :)


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