Saturday, May 3, 2008

1% Well Read Challenge

The challenge is to read 10 books from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. You have from May 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009. I have slowly been working on this list so I was glad to see the challenge. To enter the challenge click here. You may change your list at any time. This is my first challenge! I actually have all of these books with the exception of The Shining on my shelf.

The 10 books I have selected:

1. Middlemarch - George Eliot
2. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
3. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
4. Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Shining - Stephen King
6. The Poisonwood Bible -Barbara Kingsolver
7. Persuasion - Jane Austen
8. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
9. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov finished 5/13/08
10. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera


Anonymous said...

Well, of the ones I've read from your 1%, you've picked some good ones. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors, and The Shining, Never Let Me Go, and Lolita are all good reads. If you can find it, I recommend the audiobook of Lolita - Jeremy Irons does an excellent job as Humbert Humbert.

My Journey Through Reading... said...

Thanks for the suggestion, I will look for Lolita next month. I just read an article that The Shining is his best novel ever so I thought I would give it a try. I have tried to read The Poisonwood Bible a few times and haven't gotten into it so I thought this would give me the push.

Liviania said...

The Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite "required reads" - Adah is a fantastic narrator.

As for The Shining, I still need to read the full version. I've only read the cut that King published before he was a big name. I've heard the full novel is far better.

Haha, now my family's question doesn't look so bad! Personally, I wouldn't encourage anyone to have children if they didn't want them. Children are a great deal of work and too many people have them irresponsibly. You can always get divorced, but kids are irreversible.

My Journey Through Reading... said...

I agree. My husband's uncle patted my stomach the last time I saw him to see where the baby was. Unbelievable! I laugh about it because he means no harm. I would love to have children but sometimes it just takes longer for some people.

3M said...

Glad to have you on the 1% challenge!

Amy said...

we're sharing a couple of books in common...look forward to your thoughts! :)

Library Cat said...

Thanks for the link to the 1% Challenge. I have been trying to make myself reach out and select some of these - since i have to read 35 a year from now til I die to finish them all - HAHAHA - 10 is a good place to start!

My Journey Through Reading... said...

I thought 10 was a good starting point. I struggled with selecting the 10 though!