I did it! I started out at the beginning of February with 5 books still to go, but I finished my last book for the 1% Well-Read Challenge just in time! I definitely feel a tiny little bit more well-read now, thanks to this intensive month focusing on books from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List.
Here are the books I read for the challenge:
(clicking on the title will take you to my review)
1. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
2. Perfume - Patrick Süskind
3. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
4. Rashomon - Ryunosuke Akutagawa
5. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow - Peter Høeg
6. The Story of Lucy Gault - William Trevor
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
8. An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
9. Bonjour Tristesse - Françoise Sagan
10. The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy (review pending)
My favourites among these would be Kafka on the Shore and Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, but they were all very worth reading. I'd had some of them in my stacks for years so I'm glad this challenge gave me the incentive to finally read them. And I've decided to join in the challenge again for this year. There goes me joining another challenge requiring me to read more than six books! But looking at the list, there are quite a few I can cross-over with other challenges so I figure it can't hurt to try to be a little more well-read, can it? (Click on the button for more info and to join).
For this challenge that I've just completed I followed the original 1001 Books List, and according to it, I'm now 8.59% well-read, in other words, I've read 86/1001 books from the list. A new updated list came out last year though, including more international titles, and on that list my total drops to 8.09% or 81/1001. Of the 86 books I've read on the original list, 14 of them have been dropped, including The Story of Lucy Gault, but I've gained others. And looking at the updated list, I do have more of them in my TBR or on my wish list, especially the more recently published ones. Plus I'm happy to see a few more Japanese titles on the new list. So all that to say that even though my total has slightly dropped to start out with, I'm going to focus on the updated list this time around. Which means I'm going with option 2, to read 10 books from the new list between March 1st and December 31st of this year.
I'm not going to set out a list of specific books, but here are some of the Japanese titles on the list that I'd like to read.
The Sound of Waves - Yukio Mishima
Thousand Cranes - Yasunari Kawabata
Some Prefer Nettles - Junichiro Tanizaki
A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro
Almost Transparent Blue - Ryu Murakami
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu (I'm thrilled this is on the updated list. Might help give me some extra motivation to finally read the darn thing!)
Wish me luck!
Since this past week was spent reading two short classics for the challenge, now I'm in the mood for something light and fun. It might be just the time to pick up a manga for Nymeth's Try Something New Mini-Challenge. I'll have to browse my shelves and see what jumps out at me. I'm also hoping Colleen Gleason's latest and last book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, As Shadows Fade, doesn't take too long to get to me after it's released next week. I'm totally in the mood for some Victorian vampire action!
So, what are you reading this weekend?
Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: Reading Retrospective
Weekend Snapshot: 梅 (ume)
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (review)
Orbis Terrarum Challenge 2009
Friday meme roundup
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan (review)
Have a great week!