1,001 Books

May 11, 2013 by daire91 - 1 Comment

So this is day 11 of Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May challenge, and I can’t believe I’ve managed to keep up! The prompt is to share some book love (so the perfect topic for a book fiend like me!)

I may not have mentioned this, but I’m in the middle of moving, which means only one thing… packing! I’m a danger when packing because I constantly find things I’ve forgotten about and just get distracted… this time it was 1,001 Books you must Read Before You Die. After a little flick through, I discovered I have read 30 of these:

Don Quixote * Oroonoko * Candide * Northanger Abbey * Jane Eyre * Wuthering Heights * Hard Times * Madame Bovary * The Woman in White * Little Women * Middlemarch * Far From the Madding Crowd * The Portrait of a Lady * The Death of Ivan Ilyich * Germinal * The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde * Dracula * The Awakening * The Hound of the Baskervilles * The Great Gatsby * Gone With the Wind * The Hobbit * Rebecca * Bonjour Tristesse * The Lord of the Rings * On the Road * Breakfast at Tiffany’s * The Bell Jar * Interview with the Vampire * Cloud Atlas

And if counting from the time I read the first one, I’m currently reading 2.72 per year. Meaning it will take me approximately 353 years to get through the lot. As it’s somewhat unlikely that I’ll last that long, I’m thinking I may need to speed up… so to my other 2013 reading targets, I’m adding the following:

Dangerous Liaisons * Pride and Prejudice * Last of the Mohicans * The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby * Fugitive Pieces * Fortunata and Jacinta * The Yellow Wallpaper * The Poisonwood Bible * The Wings of the Dove * The Green Hat * The Forsyte Saga * Testament of Youth * La Reine Margot * Of Mice and Men * The Picture of Dorian Gray * The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Even though it will still take me around 64 years if I read 15 per year… it’s a little more achievable!

So how about you? Any ambitious reading hopes for the year?

D x

P.S. To read about my other over ambitious reading dreams of 2013, click on the ‘reading list’ tab above.