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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 2018-02-05 )

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.

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

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2. Progress against personal challenge targets for 2018
(updated 2018-02-09)

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

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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 2018-02-05 )

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.

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

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2. Progress against personal challenge targets for 2018
(updated 2018-02-09)

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