Arbitrary Flights of Fancy

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1,000 Book Challenge

This is my 1,000 Book Challenge page!!  I have decided to try to read through The Guardian’s list of “1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read”.  Obviously, this is going to take me some time.  I am NOT setting a time limit on this goal…except possibly to finish sometime before my untimely demise.

Here is the list of books I had read prior to starting the challenge:

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  2. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  3. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  5. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  6. Brewster’s Millions by Richard Greaves (George Barr McCutcheon)
  7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  9. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  10. The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse
  11. Thank You Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  12. The Andromeda Strain by Michael  Crichton
  13. Jurassic Park by Michael  Crichton
  14. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor  Dostoevsky
  15. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  16. Misery by Stephen King
  17. The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  19. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  20. Of Mice and Men by  John Steinbeck
  21. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  22. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  23. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  24. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  25. As I Lay Dying by William  Faulkner
  26. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  27. Howards End by EM Forster
  28. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest  Hemingway
  29. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken  Kesey
  30. Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
  31. The Bluest Eye by Toni  Morrison
  32. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  33. A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul
  34. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  35. The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx
  36. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  37. East of Eden by John  Steinbeck
  38. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  39. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  40. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  41. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  42. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  43. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  44. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  45. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  46. Emma by Jane Austen
  47. Persuasion by Jane  Austen
  48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  49. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  50. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  51. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  52. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  53. A Room with a View by EM Forster
  54. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  55. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  56. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  57. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  58. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo  Ishiguro
  59. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  60. Women in Love by DH Lawrence
  61. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  62. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  64. Lolita, or the Confessions of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov
  65. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  66. The Reader by Benhardq Schlink
  67. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  68. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  69. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  70. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  71. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas  Adams
  72. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  73. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  74. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  75. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
  76. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  77. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  78. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  79. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  80. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel  Keyes
  81. The Shining by Stephen  King
  82. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  83. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  84. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  85. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  86. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK  Rowling
  87. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  88. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  89. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis  Stevenson
  90. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  91. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  92. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  93. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  94. The Time Machine by HG Wells
  95. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
  96. The Sword in the Stone by TH White
  97. The Plague by Albert Camus
  98. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  99. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  100. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  101. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  102. Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens
  103. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  104. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  105. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  106. Independence Day by Richard Ford
  107. A Passage to India by EM  Forster
  108. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  109. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  110. A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul
  111. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  112. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan  Paton
  113. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  114. The Grapes of Wrath by John  Steinbeck
  115. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  116. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by  Mark  Twain
  117. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  118. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  119. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  120. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen  Crane
  121. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  122. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  123. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  124. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest  Hemingway
  125. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  126. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  127. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  128. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  129. Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
  130. Tales of the South Pacific by James  Michener
  131. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  132. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  133. Sophie’s Choice by  William Styron
  134. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  135. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  136. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  137. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  138. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

Books Read in 2013

139.  The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (Nov. 22)
140.  Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh  (Dec. 3)
141.  The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark (Dec. 11)
142.  The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (Dec. 31)

Books Read in 2014

143.  Possession by A.S. Byatt (Feb. 4)
144.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Books Read in 2015

145.  July’s People by Nadine Gordimer (April 12)
146.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (June 20)
147.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 21)
148. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers (Nov. 20)
149.  Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
150. The age of Innocence by Edith Wharton



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