2015 comes to a close


It’s the end of the year and we will be taking our usual summer break through the holiday season.  We will return with reviews in February.

In 2015 we reviewed another 19 books taking our overall total to 222 books reviewed.  We will begin 2016 with a full recap of this year’s reading, so look out for that.

In the meantime, we hope you manage to get some quiet reading done.

From us here at 1001 Book Reviews, have a lovely time and we will see you again in 2016.


200 Books Reviewed

We’ve reached another milestone – 200 books reviewed!

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Our 200th review was for Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck. Quite fitting that this review was written by our very own Ms Oh Waily, who is doing a brilliant job at working her way through the books on the 1001 Books list.

The review for Cannery Row is the second review of the three Steinbeck novels on this list. Of Mice and Men was highly thought of, and Grapes of Wrath will also no doubt also be positively reviewed.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a handful of authors recurring in our reviews.

Charles Dickens has been well-represented, with reviews for Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations joining the previously-reviewed A Tale of Two Cities and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

The four Dashiell Hammett novels were also reviewed in quick successions recently; you can read Ms Oh Waily’s thoughts on The Thin Man, Red Harvest, The Glass Key and The Maltese Falcon.

A review for After the Quake completes the entries of Haruki Murakami novels on the list. It joins Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles; obviously these novels are a popular choice for our reviewers.

There are, however, still 800 books to be reviewed. If you have previously read any of the un-reviewed books on the list, or have been meaning to read any of them, we would love to publish your review. You can join the review crew here. We’re also more than happy (due to being extremely grateful!) if your review has been previously published on your own blog.

Thank you for reading, and for reviewing, and for your support as we slowly make our way through this labour of love.

xx Lynn and Ange xx

Welcome to the New Year

027840-glossy-space-icon-culture-books3-stackedHello Book Lovers,

After a long and relaxing summer break, we are heading back into reviewing mode for 2014.
This year you will find our reviews coming out on Wednesdays and our quotes on Fridays.

We have some plans to revamp the look of the blog in the upcoming months,  so look out for that.
As well as a new look we have an idea that should help you find your way to your favourite writing periods from each blog post, which we will roll out in a couple of months.

Don’t forget that we are always happy to hear from anyone who wishes to write a review, just check out our Join the Review Crew page for details.  Previously published reviews are welcome too.  The more voices, the merrier.

If you like to read what we have to say about the 1001 Books, don’t forget to spread the word amongst your bookish friends.  We can be followed by email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or the old fashioned RSS feed.  Look for the pretty, new icons in the sidebar of the blog.

Happy Reading everyone!

**Competition Reminder**

You might recall that at the end of July, we reached the magic milestone of having reviewed 150 books from the list – hurrah!

You might also recall that we like to celebrate these milestones with a little giveaway – hurrah hurrah!

You might also recall that you’ve been meaning to submit a review for publication by 30th September to be in to win a paperback copy of your choice from the 1001 Books list – hurrah hurrah hurrah!

There’s still plenty of time to submit your review(s), and we look forward to receiving them. Full T&C can be found here.

x Lynn, Tori & Angela x


Celebrating our latest milestone

We have celebrated two milestones on this long and interesting reviewing journey and we would like to thank all of our reviewers for getting us there.

Now that we have made our way over the 150 review bump we would like to celebrate this in our usual style.

Here’s the exciting bit of this post.

We are having our latest competition at 1001 Books.  Here is what you have to do, and what you might be lucky enough to win…

Choose an unreviewed* book from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die lists and write us a review for publication here on the 1001 Books blog.

What you will win?  The 1001 book of your choice, of course !

Now on to the not-so-fine print.
– Multiple entries per person = multiple entries in the draw.
– The book reward will be the paperback version.
– The competition opens today and will close on the 30th September, so get your reviews in early.
– We will use a small person, a suitably sized vessel and handwritten notes to choose the winner.
– The book reward you choose will need to be available from The Book Depository, as that is our preferred supplier.
– Our 1001 Book List page currently contains all but the latest edition of the books, entries from our current list are welcome.
– We will list the full entries in the comments section here as they are received.
– Your review does not need to have been published by the closing date, but does need to be with us and confirmed as ready to publish in an available slot.

And there ends the list of conditions.  We want to wish you all the very best of luck, and we are looking forward to receiving all of your lovely reviews.  In the meantime, happy reading everybody !

* Please note:  It is first in, first served for the unreviewed books.  As it is a competition, we will only mark off the book on the list once we have a review in our inbox.  So if you absolutely love a book, get your fingers flying…