1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

I just stumbled upon a review of this book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die…

And now I know what my Reading Challenge is going to be next year!

I found the complete list available here, and I’ve already read a good number of them– 83, to be exact. And I’ve read parts of several of them, such as half of Crime and Punishment, and large excerpts of Anna Karenina. Not too shabby for being not-quite 25 years old, if I do say so myself. (I have to give a big shout-out to Wishbone for this. I would never have read several of these books if that little dog hadn’t paraded across my television in some pretty silly costumes. Pride and Prejudice, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Don Quixote, and a number of others would never have crossed my radar without him. And don’t even act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. You know you did it to!)

So this is what I’m going to do: In 2012, I am going to continue to read one book of my choice every week. In addition to that, I’m going to try to read 25 books from the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I’m also going to try to read 25 books from the List “1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.”   That will put me at roughly 102 books in 2012, and 100 books from the list total. A small dent, but it’s a start!

What do you think? Too easy? Too hard? More importantly, does anyone want to join me?! Come on- you know you wanna! Fine. Whatever. Cambria’s in, that’s all that matters.


Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Cambria

5 responses to “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

  1. I started doing this list at some point, but eventually realized I have too many books NOT on the list that I want to read first. Also, because it’s such a big list with such diverse literature- I wasn’t very fond of quite a few of them. It’s an interesting and fun adventure to try it though, so good luck on your journey through the list! I like that you’re limiting yourself to a certain number from the list, while reading others you enjoy.

    • Yeah, there are definitely several of these books that don’t appeal to me at all. In fact, my least favorite book of all time- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair- was on the list, and there is an ice cubes chance in Hell I’m reading that again. I don’t know if I’ll read the whole list, but a good percentage would make me happy.

  2. Good Luck to you! I’m not sure if that list is the original or the revised list – but it did change quite a bit to include books more recently published. The actual book “1001 Books to Read Before You Die” is gorgeous by the way. I kind of keep it as a perpetual challenge!

  3. nkraus

    I definitely owe a large portion of my love for reading to Wishbone. Good to hear about more fans out there 🙂

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