Friday, May 02, 2008

1% Well Read Challenge


The goal of this challenge is to read 10 books in 10 months from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. For you non-math people, 10 out of 1001 is approximately 1%, hence the title. The challenge will run from May 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009.

You may change your list at any time and cross-posting to other challenges is permitted. The only requirement is that your ten book choices must be on the ‘1001 List‘. Another helpful tool is an Excel spreadsheet by Arukiyoma that is found here.

Sign up is HERE at the 1% site.

Becky's Official 10
1) Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
2) Evelina by Fanny Burney
3) Cecilia by Fanny Burney
4) The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
5) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
6) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
7) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
8) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
9) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
10)North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Becky's Alternate 10
1) Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
2) Bleak House by Charles Dickens
3) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
4)The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot or Middlemarch by George Eliot
5) The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
6) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy or Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
7) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
8) A Room with a View by E.M. Forster or Howard's End by E.M. Forster
9) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
10) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Becky's Alternate Alternate 10
1) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (if only I could find it not in the itsy bitsy teeny tiny print I might make it past the second chapter)
2) Pamela or Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (If I could find reasonably priced copies of either of these, it would be fun to try.)
3) The Monk by M.G. Lewis (Again, if I could find a reasonably priced, it would be fun to read this one.)
4) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen or Emma by Jane Austen
5) The Once and Future King by T.H. White
6) Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
7) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
8) Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte or Shirley by Charlotte Bronte or Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or Vilette by Charlotte Bronte
9) Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
10) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


1morechapter said...

I like your lists! I'm going to have to say no to your question about previous reads, though. I've had several in the past few weeks as well, but I'm just counting the ones beginning May 1.

Glad you're joining!!!!

Annette Laing said...

Becky, please, I beg you, read Howards End. I had to toss my old copy (after 25 years!) because the pages were finally falling out from overuse. Of course, I immediately replaced it. When you're done, ask me about my visit to Forster's childhood home, the setting of the book. :-)