1001 Books

I burned my thumb cooking pea soup tonight (how stupid is this!) so I figure I will talk about something besides knitting. We spent our Superbowl Sunday browsing a used bookshop and ended up coming home with Rainer Maria Rilke’s Stories of God, a Peter Hoeg book, and a book by William Burroughs about cats. It seems like every time we are in a used bookshop we end up with some of those books you “really should read.”

Speaking of books you really should read, someone wrote a book with a list of top 1001 books you should read before you die. I don’t agree with the list entirely, because there are a few that seem glaringly missing, but out of the ones I have read, many of them are ones I would really agree with belonging on that list.

I’ve read about 60.

The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
Perfume – Patrick Süskind
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Neuromancer – William Gibson
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Shining – Stephen King
Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich
Solzhenitsyn (I think I read this one too, I know I read the Gulag
Archipelago which should have been on the list)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (just read this on the plane from Iceland after New Year’s, it was a Christmas gift)
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
The Once and Future King – T.H. White
The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (hey! this is 3 books! That
doesn’t count? Shouldn’t it be 1004 books, then?)
The Story of O – Pauline Réage
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
Foundation – Isaac Asimov (another trilogy, I think I’ve read them all)
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
Independent People – Halldór Laxness
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
L’Étranger – Albert Camus

Reading:
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe (started then misplaced)
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

On the To-Read List (we have these books):
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
Wild Swans – Jung Chang
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (can you believe I haven’t read this one?)
Erewhon – Samuel Butler (I started this a long time ago and put it down. Guess I should finish it.)
Emma – Jane Austen
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Books that I would like to read soon (either I’ve always wanted to read, or heard good things, or like the author):
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Dead Air – Iain Banks
Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
Ignorance – Milan Kundera
City of God – E.L. Doctorow
Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

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  1. Picturesque « Knitting And A Movie Says:

    […] been using the 1001 Books list as a way to help me pick out used books when I see them at library sales and so on. I realised one […]

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