1% Well-Read Challenge

December 3, 2009 at 3:55 am (Challenge Post)

1% Well-Read Challenge (5/10)

1percentwellread1morechapter is hosting the 1% We-Read Challenge, in which we read ten titles from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.

There are three options, due to a recently revamped 1001 list:

  1. Read 10 titles from the original list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  2. Read 10 titles from the new list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
  3. Read 13 titles from the combined list (of almost 1300 titles) from March 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. In other words, “What were they thinking dropping titles from Dostoevsky and Jane Austen?”

For all options, overlaps with other challenges are allowed, and you may change your list at any time.

Being annoyed at the removal of both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey (two of my favorite Austens), I selected option 3.

Completed
1. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
2. Perfume – Patrick Süskind
3. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
4. Brideshead Revisited – Eveleyn Waugh
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Current list
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Red and the Black – Stendhal
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding

(I’ve been participating in this since April, but I needed to move it.)

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