Today we are rolling out the welcome mat for the newest member of the 1001 Books editorial team.  You will know her from such reviews as The Gormenghast Trilogy and Possession.  It is the wonderful Ange from Tall, Short and Tiny.  Thanks for joining our editorial madhouse.

Welcome Mat

If you want to get to know more about our newest editor’s views on some of the 1001 books you can read through her previous reviews here.  Once you are done reading you might like to join us in a big group hug welcome.

A New Year begins

We hope you have enjoyed the Summer Series of posts so far.  There are only three weeks left of our reduced schedule and then it is back into the full flow of posting two reviews per week.

As always, we would like to thank our volunteer crew of reviewers, your support makes this all possible.   We have had some lovely offers of reviews over the past little while, and now that we are about to get under way with the full schedule, it is time for me to put my editorial hat back on.  If you have offered a review (or two) but have not committed to a date for sending those in, please do so as soon as you can.  If we don’t hear from you shortly we will consider those books open for other reviewers to choose.
We appreciate that life can get in the way of fun things like reading good books, so please just let us know with a quick email.

For those of you who have committed to dates, or are in the process of doing so, many, many thanks for your continued support.

If you have been thinking about sending in a review, you are most welcome to do so.  We don’t bite.  Much.  But as this year starts, we will be introducing a new requirement for our Review Crew.  Deadlines.  Both Tori and I have increased commitments at home this year, so our time is precious, and to help with the posting schedule we will now need any promised reviews to have an agreed date for submission.  Hopefully you won’t find this additional requirement to be too onerous.

Now on to some odd facts about our reviews to date.

We have published 112 reviews so far.  Most sit on their own with no surrounding books reviewed yet.

The most consecutive reviews we have is three:

536. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
537. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
538. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing

There are a number of duos sitting next to each other, including:

37.The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
38. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi

209. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
210. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams

310. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
311. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin

698. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

989 a. Monkey: A Journey to the West – Wu Cheng’en
990. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette

Feel free to offer a review to fill in any gaps between singles, and maybe by this time next year we will have a larger run of consecutive books reviewed.

And following up on an earlier post about which 100 is the most popular, here is an update some six months later.

Books 1 – 99: 19 reviews  (5 more)
Books 100 – 199: 12 reviews (5 more)
Books 200 – 299: 16 reviews (7 more)
Books 300 – 399: 12 reviews (5 more)
Books 400 – 499: 8 reviews (2 more)
Books 500 – 599: 7 reviews (5 more)
Books 600 – 699: 6 reviews (4 more)
Books 700 – 799: 12 reviews (2 more)
Books 800 – 899: 10 reviews (1 more)
Books 900 – 1001: 10 reviews (8 more)

Interestingly this past six months has worked quite well in balancing out the 100s, but there is still something of a middle of the bed slump going on in the 400, 500 and 600s.  What do we all have against mid-20th century literature that it is the least reviewed period so far?

Happy reading everyone !

A Summer Break

Mt Maunganui Beach 2006
Mt Maunganui Beach

It is almost summertime here in the southern hemisphere and that means longer days, plenty of time and warmth to be outside enjoying time with friends and family.  It also coincides with the annual Christmas and New Year holidays.  It is not unusual for non-retail businesses here in New Zealand to close their doors a day or so before Christmas and not open them again until the 7th or 14th of January and since we are based in this part of the world the team at 1001 Books has decided that we could do with a summer break ourselves.

So from the first week of December until the last week of January we will be working on a skeleton posting schedule.  After all, we don’t want you all to think that we are abandoning you entirely.  Instead of two reviews per week, a Quote of the Week and an Opening Line we will be paring right back to one review per week.  It will appear on Wednesday morning, local time.

If you think you will be missing the second review, please be consoled by the fact that we have some new reviewers offering to write about the 1001 books they have read.  You may find that you have a new voice and opinion that you can enjoy.

Also I am not averse to popping in every now and then to do a random post of some sort should the mood and summer spirit take me.  In the meantime, if you have a review you would like to specifically contribute to the Summer Break reading, just drop us an email with the details.  We are always happy to hear what you have to say about the 1001 Books.

Happy reading.

Lynn (Ms Oh Waily) and Tori (Inspirationalreads)

P.S.   Yes.  I may be spending a few days on this beach over Christmas.  Bliss.  Hot, but bliss.

100 Books Reviewed

We are about to celebrate our second milestone on this long and interesting reviewing journey.  Our 100th review is due out on Monday, so we want to make a big deal about having made it this far.

But before we get to the exciting bit, we would like to say another huge thank you to our very kind and voluntary review crew members.  Without you this would not have been possible.

Now the exciting bit of this post.

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

It is time to promote your love of reading to your friends, family, workmates, casual acquaintances and lurking blog readers.  Write a post about the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die Blog, phone your family, put a sign up in your front window.  Do whatever it takes to get your network to come visit this blog post, tell them to leave a comment saying who sent them.  The catch?  They need to subscribe.
Oh, and they are welcome to do the same with their friends and family too.

The most noted name (with corresponding subscriptions) will be considered the winner.

What will you win?  A book from the 1001 Book List, of course !

Now on to the not-so-fine print.
– Don’t create multiple personalities to win, please.
– The book will be the paperback version.
– The competition opens today and will close when the 101st review is published, so get promoting.
– You may encourage subscribers here at the blog and at Facebook, but there will only be one entry per new person. We will check for double ups, so play nice. We’re Mums, we know how to growl at people and wag our fingers with pursed lips and a disappointed frown.
– The book you choose will need to be available from The Book Depository, as that is our preferred supplier.
– And one last condition – if the book has not already been reviewed, we would appreciate it if you would write one for us.

And there ends the list of conditions.  We want to wish you all the very best of luck.  Happy reading everybody !

Who’s a Tweetie Pie then?

Now joining our other social media outlets, we have signed up to tweet you, should you be a microblogger as well as a regular blogger and Facebook fan.

Our handle over at Twitter?  Why @1001BooksBlog. What else could we be?

If you like to get your notifications in a short and sweet kind of way, each blog post here will show up there for your greatest convenience. Pithy it most certainly will be.
Tweet on book lovers.