Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Book Challenge!

Hi!

I'm always trying to read more books, so I've decided that this year I'm going to start tackling some books on the mother of all book lists - 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. There's a new tab up the top of the blog, called "1001 Books". There you will find the list of all the books as of 2012 (it's updated every 2 years but there are some deleted from the list at every edit so it is always kept at 1001) and I'm going to use random.org to pick one book at a time to read. I had presumed when first finding the list that I'd have read hundreds - but I was shocked to see that wasn't anything near accurate! I've only read a handful, and some of them I've only read once, maybe twice, 10 or 15 years ago. I'll review the books here as I go along, and update on Goodreads too. I'm going to reserve the right to refuse any choice I deem......well, boring. I'm not going to be doing War & Peace anytime soon, sorry Tolstoy. I will re-read any book I can't remember well enough to review. I recently re-read Stephen King's The Shining and I was SO glad I did, because it's making the follow-up Doctor Sleep even more enjoyable.

So - what's first on the list?


Number 856 on the list is Erewhon by Samuel Butler.


According to Amazon.com:


Erewhon (an anagram of "nowhere") is a faraway land where sickness is a punishable crime, criminals receive compassionate medical treatment, and machines are banned (for fear they'll evolve and become the masters of man). Butler's entertaining and thought-provoking Utopian novel takes aim at such hallowed institutions as family, church and mechanical progress; its remarkable prescience in anticipating future sociological trends adds a special relevance for today's readers. Written in 1872.

Review to come!

Please tell me if you decide to join in, I'd love if more people got involved. Most, if not all, of the books can be downloaded as free e-books or borrowed from a library so it doesn't have to cost anything.

I'm also going to do the 100 books challenge on Goodreads - I shortened my challenge last year to 50, and I managed to read 41. Hopefully I can complete it this year! If you'd like to be my friend, please send me a request here.

Erewhon is available free of charge here.





14 comments:

  1. Oh cool, thanks for this list, I'm so bookmarking it!
    I often have troubles finding good(ish) reading material.. I consider myself an avid reader, but my gosh the crap I read sometimes! :D I find I often sort of fall into a rut, or rather: a genre/theme, and get sick of it soon.
    Though I'm happy to report, lol, there are about 15 books from the list I already read; of the rest some I've started reading but left unfinished; some I'm so familiar with (maybe through movies or just common knowledge) I feel I've read before; .. oh, and my fave's on there too, yay! (Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy :))

    Looking forward to reading your reviews and wishing you good luck with the list :)

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    1. I'm exactly the same, I read one book and then I seem to read another 5 or 6 in the same genre. I went through a phase of reading nothing but Mills & Boon about 2 years ago, some of them are awful cringeworthy! I definitely want to read more classics, I've only read a few off the list but hopefully that'll be different this time next year. Thanks so much for the good wishes and best of luck if you decide to read some too :)

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  2. I love this idea! I'd go and generate my own number, but Erewhon is such a unique find, I may have to just go with that one myself. :)

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    1. I would never have picked it up in a million years but I'm finding it surprisingly enjoying and not at all hard to read, I was worried it would be a real head-banger but it's really engaging! Best of luck with it :)

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  3. i had no idea about that list! i'm sure i've read many of them, but i'm bookmarking this link so i can grab the rest! :)

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    1. I stumbled upon it by accident, I can't wait to see what changes they make to it this year!

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  4. Ooh great idea! Sounds like fun, I might pick one or two books to read this way. I need to write a Reading Resolutions post, I did one last year and it great

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    1. You're great at challenges, I'm afraid to set too many in case I rebel against myself as per usual! I have this one and a savings one, if I do half well at either I'll be happy :D x

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  5. What a bloody brilliant idea! I'm always stuck for things to read and end up reading stuff I've already read or stuff that's similar to something I just finished.

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    1. Thanks Alex! I seem to always go for the same stuff too, at least this way I might read more than whatever Amazon suggests!! :)

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  6. Love this idea but I already have about three reading lists on the go, not sure there's room for a fourth!!

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    1. Oh wow, no, definitely not one to try and tackle while you're reading your way through other lists! I love your book posts, will most likely be getting some recommendations from your blog throughout the year too x

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  7. This sounds like such a fun idea. I love to read. I think I am going to try and read some of these.

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  8. Oh, definitely reading along. I've recently started A Tale of Two Cities after always struggling with Dickens, but I might sidestep into this for a while. Downloaded Erewhon and now I'm having a wee look-see at the rest of the list.

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