Wednesday, May 21, 2008

1% Well-Read Challenge

I've never really given the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die much thought before since I know that I won't. Read them all, that is. But this is a fun idea for a challenge and there are several on the list that I would be interested in reading. Of course I first had to see just how poorly well-read I am in the first place. Of the 1001 books* I've only read 75 of them. In other words, I'm currently 7.49% well-read! The challenge then is to read an additional 10 books (and therefore approximately 1%) from the list in the next 10 months which would bring me up to the slightly more well-read total of 8.49%.
So here are my choices, some of which I was already planning on reading this year:

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
The Human Stain – Philip Roth
Perfume – Patrick Süskind
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Rashomon – Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
and/or one or more of the other about 20 books from the list that I already own.

*complete list here
**click on the button for more info and to sign up


  1. I am joining this challenge, seems like fun, it will take me a while to see what books I have read so far out of 206 I have read 28 and some I think I have read but do not remember the story line so I guess they weren't so hot.

  2. Welcome to the challenge!

    I'll be curious to see what you think of Wuthering Heights. It's one of my favorites, but quite a few people don't like it.

  3. I love the way you put this into a percentage. I'm almost afraid to go look and calculate! This reminds me of a little game we used to play when I was an English Lit undergrad. We'd sit around and admit to the "greats" that we hadn't read.

    Nice choices you've made :o)

  4. I like the idea of this challenge. If only I hadn't signed up for more than I can handle already... Have fun with it, and I hope you enjoy all your picks!

  5. That's a really great challenge. I'm only 11% through the list...I should really get cracking on it. Good luck.

  6. Madeleine- There were a couple that I think I'm pretty sure I've read but I didn't count them since I really don't remember anything about them. ;P

    3M- It does seem to be one that people either love or hate. I'm looking forward to finding out which side I end up on.

    Terri B.- LOL. I'd probably lose that game!

    Nymeth- Thanks. There are so many challenges but I'm still trying to be somewhat selective. Not sure how well that is working though. :P

    Kookie- Oh well done at 11% already. Only 89% to go! ;)

  7. You have read way more than I have and like you, I am sure I won't read them all. I am not sure I even want to but there are a LOT I do want to read.

  8. Amy- I agree that there are plenty on the list that I don't have any real desire to read but quite a few that I do.


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