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Challenge yourself to read from the 1001 list (2018)


Welcome to the 10th edition of this annual challenge! Our aim is to read books from the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

The format of the challenge has not changed a lot from when katrinat conceived it years ago: readers report back on books they have read, or post links to the books' journals. Over the years this has developed into a cozy reading space where participants who are looking for the same kind of inspiration from the books they read can check in now and then to give feedback, read about how others experienced the books they have read, and draw inspiration from fellow participants in a non-competitive, supportive environment.

Are you looking to expand the breadth and depth of your reading? Would you like to get acquainted with some of the best classics and modern literature available out there? The 1001 list has a rich mix of books from across the centuries, genres and points of view. It is a way to discover new books and authors, and also a reminder of all those books one has always meant to read. There have been a few editions of the list, and any book that has appeared on one of the lists, qualifies.

So, challenge yourself and set your own target of the number of books from the combined 1001 list that you would like to read during 2018. Use this thread to join in, state your target, report back on the books you have read and what you thought of them (without spoilers, please; others may also want to read the book).

Apart from the annual challenge, we also keep tabs of life list totals. Your life list total should reflect the total number of books from the combined list of the various editions of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die that you have read. The combined list adds up to 1305 titles. Few of us have a realistic expectation to read all the books on the list, but it is interesting to keep track of how one makes progress each year.

For a full list of the books, refer to this forum entry from a previous year's challenge. I have no idea how up to date those links are but it should be a good start.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8844101

Finally, if you are looking for copies of books, why not become a member of the 1001-library? Through the library, 1001-list books can be passed between members. All instructions are in the extended profile of the library's bookshelf.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1001-library

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Earlier editions of the challenge:

09. 2017: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/537603
08. 2016: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/526763
07. 2015: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/514728
06. 2014: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/501924
05. 2013: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/486780
04. 2012: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/469193
03. 2011: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/448375
02. 2010: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/417760
01. 2009: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/381955

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1. Life list totals as at 2017-12-31
(updated 2018-07-07 )

As readers join this year's challenge or report in the forum what their life list total is, I'll add the reported total here or transfer it from the life list as at the end of last year's challenge.

388 -- blackwidow1971
257 -- gypsysmom
210 -- booklady331
191 -- lamelemon
160 -- Boekentrol
167 -- bookguide
154 -- Stoepbrak
117 -- perryfran
98 -- saskiasosmile
40 -- elizardbreath
32 -- Spatial
24 -- Widget-1

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2. Progress against personal challenge targets for 2018
(updated 2018-08-13)

13/12 -- Boekentrol
05/06 -- blackwidow1971
00/12 -- bookguide
03/05 -- booklady331
00/06 -- elizardbreath
06/12 -- gypsysmom
00/20 -- lamelemon
08/10 -- perryfran
01/06 -- saskiasosmile
02/05 -- Spatial
02/15 -- Stoepbrak
01/12 -- Widget-1

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Welcome to the 10th edition of this annual challenge! Our aim is to read books from the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

The format of the challenge has not changed a lot from when katrinat conceived it years ago: readers report back on books they have read, or post links to the books' journals. Over the years this has developed into a cozy reading space where participants who are looking for the same kind of inspiration from the books they read can check in now and then to give feedback, read about how others experienced the books they have read, and draw inspiration from fellow participants in a non-competitive, supportive environment.

Are you looking to expand the breadth and depth of your reading? Would you like to get acquainted with some of the best classics and modern literature available out there? The 1001 list has a rich mix of books from across the centuries, genres and points of view. It is a way to discover new books and authors, and also a reminder of all those books one has always meant to read. There have been a few editions of the list, and any book that has appeared on one of the lists, qualifies.

So, challenge yourself and set your own target of the number of books from the combined 1001 list that you would like to read during 2018. Use this thread to join in, state your target, report back on the books you have read and what you thought of them (without spoilers, please; others may also want to read the book).

Apart from the annual challenge, we also keep tabs of life list totals. Your life list total should reflect the total number of books from the combined list of the various editions of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die that you have read. The combined list adds up to 1305 titles. Few of us have a realistic expectation to read all the books on the list, but it is interesting to keep track of how one makes progress each year.

For a full list of the books, refer to this forum entry from a previous year's challenge. I have no idea how up to date those links are but it should be a good start.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8844101

Finally, if you are looking for copies of books, why not become a member of the 1001-library? Through the library, 1001-list books can be passed between members. All instructions are in the extended profile of the library's bookshelf.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1001-library

----
Earlier editions of the challenge:

09. 2017: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/537603
08. 2016: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/526763
07. 2015: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/514728
06. 2014: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/501924
05. 2013: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/486780
04. 2012: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/469193
03. 2011: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/448375
02. 2010: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/417760
01. 2009: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/381955

----
1. Life list totals as at 2017-12-31
(updated 2018-07-07 )

As readers join this year's challenge or report in the forum what their life list total is, I'll add the reported total here or transfer it from the life list as at the end of last year's challenge.

388 -- blackwidow1971
257 -- gypsysmom
210 -- booklady331
191 -- lamelemon
160 -- Boekentrol
167 -- bookguide
154 -- Stoepbrak
117 -- perryfran
98 -- saskiasosmile
40 -- elizardbreath
32 -- Spatial
24 -- Widget-1

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2. Progress against personal challenge targets for 2018
(updated 2018-08-13)

13/12 -- Boekentrol
05/06 -- blackwidow1971
00/12 -- bookguide
03/05 -- booklady331
00/06 -- elizardbreath
06/12 -- gypsysmom
00/20 -- lamelemon
08/10 -- perryfran
01/06 -- saskiasosmile
02/05 -- Spatial
02/15 -- Stoepbrak
01/12 -- Widget-1
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Enjoyed this challenge immensely and I got quite a bit of 1001-reading done :-)

My goal for 2018 is 12 again, the 21 (or 22) books I read last year was an exception. I think.

I'll check my totals in the 2017-thread and update them if neccessary.
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and I'm going to up my goal to 12 for the year 2018. My life total is 257 so far and I won't be adding to it in the few hours left in 2017. Thanks for organizing this Stoepbrak.
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Happy New Year, everybody! May the new year bring lots of reading time and may the reading be good!

I will set a target of 15 for 2018.
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1. In the Heart of the Country – JM Coetzee

"I for one do not wish to be at the centre of the world. I wish only to be at home in the world as the merest beast is at home. Much, much less than all would satisfy me: to begin with, a life unmediated by words: these stones, these bushes, this sky experienced and known without question; and a quiet return to the dust. Surely that is not too much."

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13975773
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2. The Accidental – Ali Smith

"Believe me. Everything is meant."

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13975775
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as Mt. TBR seems to already have 40 books at hand, and I'd be happy with half of that.
My life list total is at 191.
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I've read 40 of the books so far and would like to add at least 6 more this year.
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I was an early member of the 1001 library but kind of fell by the wayside when overseas postage rates from the U.S. got out of hand. I have used the spreadsheets for the original list and the 2008 list to keep track of what I have read and I think my life time total is 117.

My goal for 2018 is 10. Hopefully that is not unrealistic!
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I've made myself a shortlist of 18, some of which I've already started but got distracted by something else shiny or had to break off to read something for my book club. I keep looking at the two volumes of Proust and the bookstop that is Don Quixote and wondering if I'll ever have time to read them. Not this year, folks!
Lifetime 1001 books: 167

Note to self: Shortlist is in my Ultimate Challenge word document.
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Goal will be 6.
I can start when my books are available to me again... they are in boxes to escape the dust of alteration to the house. Somewhere next month hopefully.
I did not manage to do very well with this challenge last year so reduce the goal by 4. Which is still 4 more than I manged last year.
Thanks for organising.
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is 160. Last year I started with 139, read 21 books (still can't believe it!) and now I've made a huge jump up to 160 books.

Curious to find out what my total will be at the end of this still brand new year :-)
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is 160. Last year I started with 139, read 21 books (still can't believe it!) and now I've made a huge jump up to 160 books.

Curious to find out what my total will be at the end of this still brand new year :-)

That is great progress. Congrats!
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Part 1 of this book I finished in December. This German edition was published in two parts for some reason, so I call my first read off the 1001-list today, after finishing part 2.
I liked the book (well, like may be a strange word for such a heavy topic). Partvone was better than part to imho, because I wasn't very fond of the long spunnout dialogs on literature, politics etc.
All in all it was a very impressive book.
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Impressive. And in German, too! I've had it for years, but it never makes the cut. One day, one day. Maybe.
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Impressive. And in German, too! I've had it for years, but it never makes the cut. One day, one day. Maybe.


I've had this copy for years as well. Finally got to it and, as is often the case, I wondered what it was that kept me from reading it so long. Reputation of the author, outside of the book (oldish & no dust cover), subject (after two parental deaths in the family of that bloody disease no more talk of that for a while), the sole fact that it is on the 1001-list? I don't know, probably a bit of everything. Glad to be able to cross it off though.
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1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6238849

Also read this as one of my older TBRs. I wasn't real impressed by it although Nabokov was a true master of the English language which is impressive for coming from Russia. The story of Lolita is of course very controversial since it deals with pedophilia but overall it just seemed too long and drawn out.
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by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I listened to the digital audiobook read by Zainab Jah who did an excellent job. This was a great book and a wonderful way to start off my 1001 list for 2018.
http://www.librarything.com/---/149242228
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2. Atomised (aka Elementary Particles) by Michel Houellebecq
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6376087

This was another book from my older TBRs which I am trying to read. I think I registered several 1001 books back in 2008 that I never got around to reading. This one was quite depressing showing how the quality of life has declined in Western Civilization since WWII. However, it was thought provoking and I can see why it is on the list. Anyone else read this one?
Curious as to others thoughts on this.
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Lifetime total: 32
2018 Goal: 5
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I thought about dropping out altogether, as I've not really enjoyed many of the 1001 Books I've read in the last 12 months and abandoned two within a couple of chapters. I'm also reading more non fiction at the moment.

I'll aim for 6 this year. And I'm admitting to myself that I will never finish Locus Solus in French!
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I thought about dropping out altogether ...

Hey, you can't; you top our life list! :) Welcome back.
What was your life list total at the end of last year, please?
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Hey, you can't; you top our life list! :) Welcome back.
What was your life list total at the end of last year, please?


LOL! Had a quick look back and I think it was 388 at the end of last year.

So, the good news is I've finally finished #2 for this year (and it wasn't Watchmen) - "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse. I think it was a huge counter culture thing back in the 60s because they thought it was about mind altering drugs. I don't think it was (but what do I know?) It was very odd anyhow. I've passed it on to a friend, so not BC'ing it.

I've picked up a few 1001 books recently so fingers crossed for better luck in the second half of the year.

My reason for nearly dropping out is realising life is too short to read books you don't like. Such as "The Man With the Golden Arm"! And as I get older, admitting I'm not about to start loving sci-fi, fantasy or books more than 500 pages long where everyone is miserable all the time.

Also I'm reading a fair bit of non-fiction now - another age thing.

I accept I won't finish the list!
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I accept I won't finish the list!

I accepted that long ago and that's why I choose to read books on the list that I think I will have a good chance of liking. Plus there is a lot of great literature written now that I want to read. So if I read 10 or 12 books a year and if I live to 85 with my wits intact I might get close to 500 and that would be great.
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So, the good news is I've finally finished #2 for this year (and it wasn't Watchmen) - "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse. I think it was a huge counter culture thing back in the 60s because they thought it was about mind altering drugs. I don't think it was (but what do I know?) It was very odd anyhow.

Glad to see you are still with us. No problem with cutting down either. :)

I agree with you about Steppenwolf. I thought it was good, and enjoyed reading it. Something totally different.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11694727
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is really bothering me. I really don't understand it, what the purpose is of the book.
Yesterday I read about 200 pages, but still... Will read on, hoping that on some of the pages will reveal the big secret :-)
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is really bothering me. I really don't understand it, what the purpose is of the book.
Yesterday I read about 200 pages, but still... Will read on, hoping that on some of the pages will reveal the big secret :-)

This isn't good news because I also have this on my TBR pile for this year. Some of the older mysteries just don't work for me. I didn't get why The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler was on the list for instance. I have no inclination to read the other two books by him that are on the combined list. On the other hand, I did really like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie so maybe it just depends on the subject matter, not the age.
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is really bothering me. I really don't understand it, what the purpose is of the book.
Yesterday I read about 200 pages, but still... Will read on, hoping that on some of the pages will reveal the big secret :-)


YAY!!cI'm finally done reading this one. Giving up was an option throughout the whole book, but I kept hope that it would lead me somewhere in the end. But it felt like it went on and on and on and on without any special purpose.
Sometimes when I get a book like that, I would be willing to try it in Dutch, for at times I do miss clues or hints in English. But not with this one.

The other oldie from Elmore Leonard on my TBR for this year has to wait a bit. I won't start it right after this one.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14876279

A remarkable piece of alternate-history fiction by Roth who poses the question "what would have happened if Charles Lindbergh, a Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semitic isolationist, had been elected president in 1940." One of the better 1001 books that I found to be very compelling reading.

I'm a little ahead in my reading for this challenge so hopefully, I will be able to meet my goal! :-)
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A lovely little book, just what I needed to help me through a nearly sleepless night and out of my reading dip :-)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10300398

I would have liked less repetitions of what will happen to the girls/with Miss Brodie or, since it is only a short book, even no flash forwards at all. But despite that, it is certainly worth reading :-)
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/550615

I have these available and they aren't moving :-(
So I thought I'd give it some extra attention here.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14935573

This classic work of Le Guin's was published in 1974 and it is definitely a work of its time although it is in some ways just as timely today. The primary theme of the novel is an illustration of the merits and dangers of anarchy and socialism but other themes include gender equality, time theory, and the nature of freedom. Overall, I enjoyed this but it was sometimes a little too political and preachy.
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A strange book. I'm glad I came across this book. If it weren't for BC, I would never have picked it up. On the other hand I'm glad to have finished it, because it was quite on the weird side for me and the text distracted me from the drawings and vice versa.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14762811
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6307939

Finally! First one down.
An interesting read. Surprisingly, I have not read Great Expectations, which this book is a based on, but the background of how it came about was also interesting. I had a hard time with the rape scene, I mean who doesn't? I know in some instances it has relevance to the story, but it could have been dealt with differently and we would still get a good idea of where the character came from and what she went through that leads to how she reacts to moments in the story.
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Reading your comment, I think it may make sense for me to read Great Expectations before Jack Maggs.

Did it bother you not having read the Dickens book before this one?
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Did it bother you not having read the Dickens book before this one?


I think it stood up well on its own. I can't say if there were nuances that I didn't get. You'd have to get the opinion of someone who has read them both.

Perryfan gives a good overview of the book and which characters correspond to the characters in Dicken's book.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6307939
And Dickens is represented in the book by a character of his own (in a not very flattering way).
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I don't think it is necessary to read Great Expectations before Jack Maggs. I've actually never read Great Expectations other than an abridged version for my 9th grade English class back in the 60s. However, I have seen a couple of movie versions so I do know the story pretty well. Jack Maggs is definitely much more graphic and stands on its own. I think someone could read this and not have a clue it was based on Dickens' novel.
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by Vladimir Nabokov.
At first I thought it was only the 'poem', but it seems the commentary is also part of the book.
Interesting form!
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New to this...so will go for a target of12 this year. Just looked at the list and I have 15 of them on my permanent bookshelf (physical not virtual). I have 1 registered to bookcrossing.....read and wild released in January, The Accidental by Ali Smith BCID http: //www.bookcrossing.com/---/14893165 . It is currently travelling. So that's 1/12 read.
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Welcome to the challenge, Widget-1!
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Thanks!
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New to this...

Welcome on board, Widget-1! Good to have you here.

Are there any more of the titles that you've read in the past or would that be a 1 on your life list as well?
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There probably are more but not registered to book crossing as I've only started registering and releasing in earnest this year. Some of the books that I've read have been given to charity shops in the past.
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There probably are more but not registered to book crossing as I've only started registering and releasing in earnest this year. Some of the books that I've read have been given to charity shops in the past.

Oh, that doesn't matter at all. The list is not about BookCrossing books but rather about books that we have read, ever. That includes public library books, books from our own library, borrowed books, books no longer in our possession, (unabridged) audiobooks, you name it: any of the books on the 1001-list that you have read, counts.
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Oh, I didn't realise...I'll go through through he list again!
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Been through the list again and can find 25 books that I've read..that includes the book I have read for the 2018 challenge and already mentioned.
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Been through the list again and can find 25 books that I've read..that includes the book I have read for the 2018 challenge and already mentioned.

Great. I've added your name to the life list list.
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That is a book that I found hard to digest. Poor me: I have 2 more on MTBR by this writer (of which at least 1 is also 1001-listed)...

Here's the link:http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13059361
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
At last I have read this book....
at times I thought of it as a bit of a cattlemarket for husbands/wives though.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13888042

This was a wonderful love story by Allende set against the very bleak background of a Latin American dictatorship. One of the best of the 1001 books that I have read. Highly recommend it!
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I've read a few of Allende's books. Enjoyed some and didn't enjoy others.
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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13854563

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by Gabrielle Roy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14793690/

This was Roy's first published novel and probably the one she is most famous for. It is set in working class Montreal just as World War II has started. Many people think of Roy as from Quebec but she was born in St. Boniface (which is now part of Winnipeg) in Manitoba and worked as a teacher for a number of years in Manitoba. I liked this book but I think some of her other books which are based on her work as a teacher in rural Manitoba (such as Where Nests the Waterhen) are better.
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Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13097266

I almost put it down but now am glad that I finished the book. Well written account of a tragic event in Nigeria in the "60s.
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by Aphra Behn. This was actually read before the Tin Flute but I forgot to post it.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14219214/

I understand why this story is on the list because Behn was influential on so many later women writers. However, the writing now seems overblown and romanticized. However it is short and that is a plus. I read some of the other stories included in the book but none of them seemed any better than Oroonoko.
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after a short stop during the travels before and after the convention in Bordeaux. Will continue where I stopped in To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

And, if anyone wants to read it after I finished, please send me a PM asking for it. I'll be happy to post this one worldwide. It's not a 1001-library book, so anyone can make a request.
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and a bit of speedreading helped me finish this 6th 1001-book that I didn't care about much: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10494186
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What a Carve Up by Jonathan Coe is my new read.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11406388

I really enjoyed this Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Great mystery, character development, and setting. High recommendation. I will definitely be reading more of this series!
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But I'm making progress. I I can get some reading time today, then maybe, just maybe... I can finish another one of this list.
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is finished :-)

Despite my post earlier today about still reading the book, I liked it better with each page I turned. Strange, uncomfortable, at times funny or sad, it was a rich book.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7226589
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Atomised aka Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. Didn't like it at all.

My brother has foisted "Watchmen" on me but I'm really disliking that too :-(
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Atomised aka Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. Didn't like it at all.

My brother has foisted "Watchmen" on me but I'm really disliking that too :-(


Oh no! That's too bad! It's hard as it is, to read 1001-books and when you dislike one and the second as well, it doesn't get any easier. Do you have any idea what your next read off the list will be? I'll keep my fingers crossed that it'll be one that you like!
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A fast paced thriller that I liked a lot. Not much to say about it, without spoiling the read for others who haven't read it yet.
Much better than the other Leonard book I read earlier this year :-) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5677063/
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by Michael Chabon
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7214186
A good read and definitely recommend. But it is a long book at 600+ pages and it doesn't help that there is a tremendous amount of detail that you want to skip but can't because it really does add to the story and, at times, has important information you need to know. So, yeah, a bit of a slog, but definitely well worth it in the end.
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#4 Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13280459

I quite enjoyed this hard-boiled crime novel set in the Hollywood film industry. Apparently Leonard had been shafted by a famous actor over the script of a previous book so he wrote this book which shows a famous actor in a less than favourable light.
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https://www.goodreads.com/---/2426141728

Very high recommendation for this one. I've actually had a copy of it on my shelves for years but never got around to reading it. A classic of suspense and foreboding!
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by Margaret Atwood:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15105670

As a Canadian it is somewhat shameful that it has taken me this long to read this Canadian classic on the list. Not my favourite Atwood but well worth the read to see how she was writing in her early endeavours. (Clue: not much differently from her later books as it turns out.)
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A Portrait of a Young Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12720339

It was okay. Don't know why I reread it, but I did.
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Picked this up last night and it turned out to be a one sitting read (about 100 pages but the print was HUGE). Considered experimental at the time, it's about a woman who thinks she's made a great and beautiful sacrifice and whether it was right.

If anyone wants it, PM me with your real name and address.
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Rabbit, Run by John Updike.

Not keen. What a selfish, narcissistic hero.

BTW, can anyone explain to me why the first 3 Rabbit books count as 3 of the 1001 BTRBYD, but A Dance To The Music of Time, which is famously a 12 novel sequence, only counts as ONE?
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Short read set in an unnamed colony on an unnamed continent, where a sleepy outpost suddenly finds itself in the midst of a possible war against the "barbarians" from beyond the borders and atrocities begin.

Of course, the barbarians aren't at the gates. They are inside them.

I thought as I seem to have hated almost everything I've picked up on the list, and as I know I like Coetzee and there's lots of his on the list, I'll read all of them. A pile of 4 more sits on my bedside table!
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but I've been busy reading, 1001-books as well :-)
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I liked it a lot, the story of her life, the different voices, the different views.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7419946/
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A book I found very strange. No chapters, only paragraphs and it felt to me like the main character suffered from ADHD. Going from one action into another, from one place to another, from one thought into another.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13081320/
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A book I liked better than the other book by Handke.
It was strange in a different way, but much more interesting. I enjoyed myself imnensely while reading :-)


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11973730/
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15045288

I thought this one was excellent. It's the story of a hippie commune in 1970 that relocates from California to Alaska. Full of humor and great characters. Very enjoyable.
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A book that I can't begin to describe. A great book, very impressive, both because of the subject, but also because of the style of writing.
Wow! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8428773
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I have completed my challenge for 2018.

I won't stop reading 1001-book now. I'll just keep going, hoping they may be all as good/impressive as this last one was.
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I have completed my challenge for 2018.

I won't stop reading 1001-book now. I'll just keep going, hoping they may be all as good/impressive as this last one was.

I saw your review on LibraryThing for Fatelessness and immediately made a note that it was one to find at some point.

Congratulations on making your goal already. I also want to read 12 books from the list this year but I'm only half-way there.
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A strange book. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12581336
I was waiting for the opportunity to get to know Margot, but I hardly got the chance.
Sudden and strange ending.
A bit a dirty book: lots of talk about smells and how people's perception of it can differ, of poo. That was't a neccessary part of the book, imho.

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