1001 Books, The Final Edition

Yeah! We’ve made it to the end of the 1001 Books list. I honestly thought I would fair better than I did given my general studies undergraduate degree. In all, I have read 27 of the books on this list.

901. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
903. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
906. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
907. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
908. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
909. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
910. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
912. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
914. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
915. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
917. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
918. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
919. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
920. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
921. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
922. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
923. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
924. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
925. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
926. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
927. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
928. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
929. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
930. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
932. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
933. Persuasion – Jane Austen
934. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
935. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
936. Emma – Jane Austen
937. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
938. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
939. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
940. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
941. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
942. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
943. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
944. The Nun – Denis Diderot
945. Camilla – Fanny Burney
946. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
947. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
948. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
949. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
950. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
951. Justine – Marquis de Sade
952. Vathek – William Beckford
953. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
954. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
955. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
956. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
957. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
958. Evelina – Fanny Burney
959. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
960. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
961. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
962. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
963. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
964. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
965. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
966. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
967. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
968. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
969. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
970. Candide – Voltaire
971. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
972. Amelia – Henry Fielding
973. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
974. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
975. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
976. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
977. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
978. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
979. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
980. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
981. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
982. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
983. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
984. Roxana – Daniel Defoe
985. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
986. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
988. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
989. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
990. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
991. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
992. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
993. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
994. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
995. Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
997. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
998. Aithiopika – Heliodorus
999. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
1000. Metamorphoses – Ovid
1001. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

The 1001 Series site has the books listed in table that you can sort by author. It’s made me find a few books that I had neglected to acknowledge earlier (like The Handmaid’s Tale).

Assuming I live an average life expectancy, I have 43 more years on this planet. I have not yet read 974 books on this list. To finish this list I would have the read just over 22 books per year from this list alone. I’m not seeing that happen. Maybe if I become a book per week reader I could do it. But some of the tomes on this list are just not doable in a week. And too many have no appeal for me. My author tastes lean toward the pop culture (if Douglas Coupland were on this list I would have cleaned up) and the alive female author variety (Toni Morrison, Joshilyn Jackson, Amy Tan).

Here’s my challenge to you: what are your ten all-time favorites, to date of course? Which ten books would you keep with you if you were only going to be able to read them, and them alone, for the rest of your life? Compilations don’t count (for example, the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy or the selected works of Ernest Hemingway). Tell me before Tuesday, November 4 and I’ll make a pretty graph. Also, go get on Shelfari. You’ll like it – I promise.

Next up: cute kid pictures.

2 smart people left their mark:

  1. Beth Partin, 2. November 2009, 18:53

    For some reason I’ve read 18 or so on this list. My favorites are as follows:

    1. The Lord of the Rings (yes, it is the best book in the world, better than the Bible)
    2. Pride and Prejudice
    3. The Hyperion and Endymion series by Dan Simmons (4 books)
    4. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (but not the Parable of the Talents)
    5. The Book of Mercy by this author from Texas whose name I can’t remember now, but the book is great
    6. What We Have to Live With by Marilyn Krysl (poetry)


  2. Abbey, 7. November 2009, 14:00

    And my final tally:

    The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
    A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
    Clarissa – Samuel Richardson (longest book of my life!!!)
    Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

    And that is a total of 28 books. Pretty damn pathetic for an English Major!

    You are so right about some of these books being not a “week reader.” Take for example, Clarissa, which took me half of a semester to read. Seriously.

    As for my all time favorites… I actually have a shelf on my bookshelf dedicated to those. Now it does include some children’s books as well as plays, but I’ll just give you the books:

    -The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
    -The Suitcases, Anne Hall Whitt – It’s a bio and it’s has been one of my faves since I got it in middle school
    -The Jazz Age Stores, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    -Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
    -Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
    -To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    -Of Mice & Men, John Steinback
    -Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzgerald
    -The 21 Balloons, Pene Du Bois
    -The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown