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.
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.
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 2018-10-15 )
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 (+2) -- gypsysmom
210 -- booklady331
191 -- lamelemon
160 -- Boekentrol
167 -- bookguide
154 (+1) -- Stoepbrak
117 (+1) -- perryfran
98 -- saskiasosmile
40 -- elizardbreath
32 -- Spatial
24 -- Widget-1
(Edited 2018-10-15 to add: Additions due to the 2018 edition of the list, announced in October 2018, are shown in brackets above if read last year or earlier. Those read since January this year will be counted as part of the list below. The combined list now adds up to 1315 titles.)
2. Progress against personal challenge targets for 2018
28/12 -- Boekentrol
08/06 -- blackwidow1971
00/12 -- bookguide
08/05 -- booklady331
00/06 -- elizardbreath
13/12 -- gypsysmom
05/20 -- lamelemon
15/10 -- perryfran
01/06 -- saskiasosmile
03/05 -- Spatial
09/15 -- Stoepbrak
01/12 -- Widget-1
3. Life list totals as at 2018-12-31
As readers complete their challenges for the year, I'll update their life list totals as at the end of 2018. This won't necessarily be the sum of the two lists above, as some of the reads this year may have been rereads, or a 1001-list title may have comprised more than one book. For that reason I'll include only updated totals confirmed by readers.
396 -- blackwidow1971
271 -- gypsysmom
196 -- lamelemon
188 -- Boekentrol
164 -- Stoepbrak
137 -- perryfran