Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1000 Novels Challenge (Guardian)

February 1, 2009 through February 1, 2010

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Comedy)
2. Silas Marner by George Eliot (State of the Nation)
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Love)
4. Maus I by Art Spiegelman; Maus II by Art Spiegelman (War and Travel)
5. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (Science Fiction)
6. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence (Love)

I have a little bargain I'm making with myself. If I can find at least five books in each of the categories of Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read Before They Die list...then I will let myself join Biblio File's challenge. The books should really fall into at least two of these four categories a) books already on the tbr pile that I own b) books that I've been meaning to read, but are at the library c) books already on my Amazon wishlist d) books that would work well with other challenges (aka books I've already listed on other challenge lists.) The challenge goes from February 1, 2009 to February 1, 2010. The requirement is to read 10 books, one from each of the seven categories, and three extras.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (b, d)
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (a, d)
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (a)
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding (a, d)
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (a, d)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (a)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (a, d)
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (b, d)
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (a, d)

Lady Audley's Secret by Mary E Braddon (c)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (c)
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (c)
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (almost a)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (a, d)

Family and Self
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reluctant a)
Evelina by Fanny Burney (a and d)
The Awakening by Kate Chopin (a, d)
Roxana by Daniel Defoe (a, d)
Howards End by EM Forster (a)
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (a)
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (b)
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (b)
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (b)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (b)
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield (b)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (a,d)
Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore (a, d)
Vilette by Charlotte Bronte (a, d)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (a, d)
Possession by AS Byatt (a, d)
Adam Bede by George Eliot (a,d)
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (a, d)
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (a,d)
A Room with a View by EM Forster (a,d)
Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (a,d)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (a)
The Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer (a)
Pamela by Samuel Richardson (a,d)
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (a,d)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (a,d)

Science Fiction and Fantasy
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (b)
Kindred by Octavia Butler (b)
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll (a,d)
Dune by Frank L Herbert (a,d)
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (b)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (a)
The Monk by Matthew Lewis (a,d)
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin (c)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (b)
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (a)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (a)
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (c)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (a, d)

State of the Nation
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (b,c)
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (a, d)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (a)
Middlemarch by George Eliot (a, d)
Silas Marner by George Eliot (a, d)
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (a)
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (a, d)
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (a, d)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (a)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (b,d)
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (a)
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (a, d)

War and Travel
She: A History of Adventure by H Rider Haggard (c)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (b)
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally (a)
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (a)
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (a)
Maus by Art Spiegelman (b)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (a, d)
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (b)

Okay, so I don't quite meet two on all the books listed. And some of the books listed I have no interest in reading. If they've been on the shelf unread this long, then it's not like I'm all that eager to read them now. But I think I can get ten books total from all these books.

Family and Self:
Science Fiction and Fantasy:
State of the Nation:
War and Travel:

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Jennie 8:54 AM  

I'm so glad you're joining!

Anonymous,  10:45 AM  

Goodness! What a list - there are some really good books there; I will be curious to see what books you finally choose.

"The Wind in the Willows" is a lovely book. I adore "Barchester Towers"! (it's one of my favourite Trollopes - it can be read on its own, but perhaps it's more fun if you have read "The Warden" before it, which is a very slim book...) If you decide to try "Evelina" I think you will be pleasantly surprised after "Camilla" - it is much lighter, more fun and fresh! Fanny Burney's sense of humour is much more evident in it...

I could go on, but won't. :) L.

Unknown 4:32 PM  

Oh my gosh, that sounds like such a fantastic challenge. Unfortunately, with me that'd be like a multi year challenge!

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