Sunday, January 3, 2010

1% Well-Read Challenge 2009

Hosted by Michelle at 1morechapter.
April 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011. 

I chose to "Read 13 titles from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.

Completed books 2011:

1.Silk by Alessandro Barrico****
2.A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul****+

On my shelves tbr:

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

White teeth by Zadie Smith
Timbuktu by Paul Auster

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Stone Diaries By Carol Shields

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Remembering Babylon by David Malouf

Jazz by Toni Morrison

Wittgenstein's Mistress by
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally

Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz

The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Bell by Iris Murdoch

Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Rashomon by Akutagawa Ryunosuke

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Auto de Fe by Elias Canetti

Call it Sleep by Henry Roth

Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Previously read:

Invisible****+ by Paul Auster
The Awakening***+ by Kate Chopin
The Mysteries of Udolpho***+ by Ann Radcliffe

Possession***** by A.S. Byatt

Kitchen**** by Banana Yoshimoto

Love in the Time of Cholera**** by Gabriel García Márquez!

Jacob's Room**** by Virginia Woolf

The End of the Affair***** by Graham Greene

Fall on Your Knees****+ by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Mrs. Dalloway*** by Virginia Woolf

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao**** by Junot Diaz
2666 by Roberto Bolano (quit after 160 pages)
The White Tiger****+ by Aravind Adiga
The Elegance of the Hedgehog**** by Muriel Barbery
Home***** by Marilynne Robinson
The Gathering**** by Ann Enright
Never Let Me Go**** – Kazuo Ishiguro
Saturday***** – Ian McEwan
Carry Me Down**** by M.J. Hyland
The Sea****+ – John Banville
Snow**** by Orhan Pamuk
The Lambs of London**** – Peter Ackroyd
Unless**** – Carol Shields
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
The Heretic by Miguel Delibe
Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
The Book of Evidence – John Banville
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker

The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Arcadia – Jim Crace
Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
Sula – Toni Morrison
The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Black Box by Amos Oz
The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath  
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
Mother – Maxim Gorky
The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
Cane – Jean Toomer
The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Trial – Franz Kafka
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
Germinal – Émile Zola
Hunger – Knut Hamsun
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
New Grub Street – George Gissing
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
What Maisie Knew – Henry James
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Immoralist – André Gide
The Golden Bowl – Henry James
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
Orlando – Virginia Woolf
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
Passing – Nella Larsen
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
Native Son – Richard Wright
The Outsider – Albert Camus
Embers – Sandor Marai
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
Candide – Voltaire
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
The Red and the Black – Stendhal
Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Erewhon – Samuel Butler
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
Total:149 Books

The 1001 list is very interesting. This is the second year that Michelle has held this challenge, some of us were doing it on our own but I hope this challenge will continue.

What have you read from the list that you can recommend? Any stinkers in your opinion? I welcome all comments and questions. No Spoilers please.


  1. Thanks for joining NaJuReMoNoMo. You have a bunch of cool reading challenges. I did a New Years readathon to finish up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

  2. Better late than never! It looks like you'll finish this one easily.

  3. There are so many books oin this list that I want to read too. Good luck completing this challenge.

  4. I did this in 2008 but only managed to read 2 books off my list. I will get back to it one of these days...

  5. I haven't checked my progress on this list in a long time. I was up to having finished 28%, but then I forgot to keep track. You have inspired me to go back and take a look. I may even join this challenge as a reminder.



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