January Update


3   books reviewed in January
20  books reviewed in total
981 books to go

January saw big changes for this blog; a new location, new blog editors, new review guidelines and a change from a reading challenge to a source of information and inspiration for all book lovers.  What hasn’t changed is a big list and the bigger task of getting all 1001 read and reviewed.

We have had our first three reviews for 2012.  The English Patient by Michael Ondjaate, a story of love, betrayal and loss in wartime Italy.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, a quirky tale that can be read and enjoyed by young and old alike.  And Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, a multifaceted novel that takes you from the funny to the heartwarming and to the horror of life during the war, you will find something to keep you up reading late into the night.

Our aim here at 1001 Books to Read Before You Die is to post a minimum of two reviews per week.  While this is possible for two people, what we are looking for is input and opinions from a wide range of people. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t reviewed anything before, we just want to know your opinion.  What did you love?  What did you hate?  Who would you recommend it to?

1001 is a large number and a lot of the books and authors on this list can be a little intimidating.  If you are wanting to attempt to read and then review a book, here are some of the shorter reads on the list.

The Nose by Nikolai Gogol, 44 pages
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, 48 pages
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn, 78 pages
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 86 pages
The Time Machine/The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 86 pages and 167 pages respectively
The Left-Handed Woman by Peter Handke, 87 pages
The Breast by Philip Roth, 96 pages
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, 96 pages
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector, 96 pages
Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet, 103 pages
The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark, 106 pages
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 107 pages
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, 110 pages
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West, 112 pages
Animal Farm by George Orwell, 112 pages
The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind, 115 pages
The Time Machine by HG Wells, 115 pages
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, 116 pages
The Lover by Marguerite Duras, 117 pages
The Inferno by Henri Barbusse, 122 pages
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, 123 pages
The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy, 128 pages
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, 128 pages
The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon, 142 pages
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 144 pages
Summer by Edith Wharton, 144 pages
Strait is the Gate by André Gide, 148 pages
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 150 pages
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 152 pages
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, 160 pages
Erewhon by Samuel Butler, 163 pages
Beloved by Toni Morrison, 167 pages
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson, 167 pages
Breakfast at Tiffanys by Truman Capote, 178 pages
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 180 pages
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud, 186 pages
Less than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis, 195 pages

With 1001 on the list, there are many books to choose from.  Long or short, award winners, contemporary fiction to books over two centuries old, there is something here to meet a majority of peoples’ reading requirements.  Over the next few months, we’ll be grouping these books into bite-size mouthfuls to make selecting one a little easier.  Or you could just go with http://www.random.org!

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3 thoughts on “January Update

  1. Hayley February 2, 2012 / 10:27 am

    Hi guys, I haven’t forgotten about you… I’m about half-way through Dorian Gray, and about a quarter way through The Robber Bride. So hopefully some reviews from me soon!

  2. Carrie February 7, 2012 / 11:56 am

    I’ve got a couple of half written reviews in my email drafts. I’ll try and get them out to you this week – promise!

    • Ms Oh Waily February 7, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Terrific stuff, but no stress.
      Which books are the reviews for? 🙂

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