Guardian 1000 novels challenge – completed!


Rules: Read and review 10 books (1%) of the Guardian’s 1000 novels everyone should read before they die list

Of these 10, you must read 1 from each category and, if possible, 1 should be a book you have never heard of until you saw it on this list.

Timeframe: 1st February 2009 – 1st February 2010

Thanks so much to Jennie: for hosting this challenge and drawing my attention to the Guardians list. I had heard of the 1001 books to read before you die list but not this one. I enjoyed very much choosing books to read for this challenge. I seem to be naturally drawn to books from the love section – science fiction and fantasy and comedy were a bit more challenging! I hope to tick more books off the list in 2010.

Another version of the list in alphabetical order by author is here

Books read:

1. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald (War and travel)
2. The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald (Love) (had never heard of this one)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Crime)
4. A Girl in Winter – Philip Larkin (State of the nation)
5. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (Crime)
6. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani (Love)
7. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell (State of the nation)
8. The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano (War and travel)
9. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker (Family and self)
10. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (Love)
11. The Victorian Chaise-longue – Marghanita Laski (Science fiction & Fantasy)
12. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks (Science fiction & Fantasy)
13. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (Love)
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (Family and self)
15. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

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