June Update

Monthly reviewThis past month, we welcomed a new reviewer, Angelo, to the team. His first review, for Sputnik Sweetheart (#78), was excellent, and we’re really pleased that he’s offered to review more. Welcome, Angelo!

Sputnik Sweetheart wasn’t the only Haruki Murakami novel reviewed this month; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (#125) was also reviewed, meaning there is only one of his entries left to review.
Other novels reviewed this month included the very-well-known One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (#436) and Animal Farm (#564), The Secret History (#147), Cold Comfort Farm (#650), The Nose (#919) and The Summer Book (#352).

June also saw the 150th book reviewed, which is a great milestone to have reached. That distinguished honour went to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The 150th review also means that it is competition time!! Watch this space!

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May Update

Monthly review

The month started with a review of The Body Artist, book #45, and ended with a review of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, book #43. In between, we reviewed Saturday (#2), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (#467), The Big Sleep (#599), The Shining (#312), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (#820) and The Bluest Eye (#365).

After a tiny bit of googling on a hunch, I discovered that there are film adaptations of all of the books reviewed in May, bar Saturday. This was purely by coincidence, and it would be an interesting exercise to see how the films compare to such highly-regarded novels.

In other news, the eight books reviewed in May have taken us very close to having reviewed 150 books!

If you have been following along with this blog for a while, you’ll be aware that we like to celebrate every 50 reviews with a little competition, so keep an eye out for an exciting giveaway coming soon!

April Update

7 books reviewed
138 books in total
863 books to go

April saw the review of Book #1 on the list: Never Let Me Go. This means we now have reviewed the very first book on the list, and the very last (Aesop’s Fables)…as well as a few in between.

Reviews for An Artist of the Floating World, Smiley’s People, The Little Prince, Absalom, Absalom, The 39 Steps and The Tree of Man mean we have reviewed 92 books from the 1900s. Given that this is the section with the largest number of entries, we do have a way to go, but this seems to be our most popular century to review!

Never Let Me Go is the only book from the 2000s that we reviewed in April (although it is the second Kazuo Ishiguro novel reviewed this month, along with An Artist of the Floating World), bringing the number of books reviewed from the 2000s to 18.

We have reviewed 20 books from the 1800s, three from the 1700s, and five from pre-1700s.

I wonder – is it the age of these entries that put us off, or their accessibility (both physically and literary)? Or is it more that we are simply attracted to the more recent works? Something to ponder, as eventually, we won’t be able to hide from the 1800s and earlier any longer!

March Update

​8 books reviewed
132 books in total
869 to go

Last month we managed to hit our target of publishing two reviews per week, which is great – and no small feat!

We began with Franny and Zooey, and finished with The Wasp Factory, both novels whose authors have multiple entries in this list. The similarities, it is fair to say, would seem to end there, though – these are two very different stories.

In fact, I think contrasts could have been our theme for March:

a glowing 5/5 star-review for Farewell, My Lovely followed a dismal 2/5 star-review for Heart of Darkness;

The Corrections is a commentary on modern late-20th Century life, while Northanger Abbey is set in Austen’s 1800s;

and the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, preceeded fantasy novel Legend. Actually…perhaps these two are more alike than you would first assume, with their larger-than-life characters, impossible action sequences and legendary heroes!

January and February Updates

5 books reviewed in January
5 books reviewed in February
124 books reviewed in total

877 books to go

First of all, we’d just like to thank our lovely reviewers for helping get 2013 off to a great start with reviews. It’s to be expected that things would be a bit slow after the Christmas and New Year holidays, but the dedication of our reviewers has been fantastic. Our goal is to publish two reviews each week, and we’ve almost achieved this; it wouldn’t be possible without the team of reviewers, so THANK YOU!!

The first review of the year came from Ms Oh Waily, who reviewed The Wonderful O; one of the children’s books featuring on the list. This was followed by a real mixture of modern and classic reviews: Love Medicine, Sons and Lovers, The Mayor of Casterbridge, with Jane Eyre rounding out the month nicely.

February was heavy on books from the 1900s (The Catcher in the Rye, A Severed Head, Timbuktu, The Plague and Perfume), with Kafka on the Shore (2000s) thrown in for good measure. Plus Kara’s review of War and Peace should be enough to convince those of you who have put off reading this due to its sheer size – it really is worth the effort!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but personally, my list of ‘Must Read’ books is growing with every review!