1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge: 2012 Edition

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge Sign Up: 2012 Edition

This challenge was such a success last year (well, for a lot of people, I only read two…but still success!) that i am running it again and it will be new and improved!

Here is a run down of the origins of the challenge:

I got this book for Christmas a couple years ago and am slowly making my way through the list. I have discovered some amazing books and writers. I don’t expect to ever read all of the books – but I do want to make a dent in the list and want to open it up for other to join me! The list is so great because it has a huge variety! There are classics that you may have read in school, but there are also some great books we have all missed and some fantastic world literature.

The challenge is simple – read some books from the list! If you don’t own the actual book, you can find a simple list online. For the most basic, check out the Listology list. There are spreadsheets outs there that you can look at too that are more complex.

Sine this year is an Olympics year, I thought the structure would change…so here are the levels this year!


Got to trials: 5 books from the list
Made the Olympic team: 6-10 books from the list
Bronze medal: 11-15 books from the list
Silver Medal: 16-20 books from the list:
Gold Medal: 21+ books from the list


Challenge runs January 1 2012 – December 31 2012.

You don’t have to make a list beforehand.

You DO need to choose your level at the beginning so you have a chance to win the prize!

You can use any version of the list, not just the current, since they update it every couple years. I figure, once a book is on the list, it is always on the list!

Books that cover other challenges are not only permitted, but encouraged!

**ADDED*** Non bloggers are welcome to participate! Just sign up and leave a comment on this post letting me know what you are going for. At the end, provide a list of what you read this year via shelfari, LibraryThing, goodreads, or just a list of books! But if you review anything on those sites, link to the review post so we can see what you thought!

You do NOT have to review every book you read for this challenge – it is an etra so that the rest of us can see what you thought!

I am aiming at a Silver Medal.

1. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
2. A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë
4. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker
5. The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy
6. The Nose, by Nikolai Gogol
7. Fruits of the Earth, by Andre Gide
8. Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell
9. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
10. Tout Ce Que J’aimais, by Siri Hustvedt
11. The Accidental, by Ali Smith
12. The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
13. Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett
14. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Dalloway
15. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
16. The Last September, by Elizabeth Bowen
17. The House of Doctor Dee, by Peter Ackroyd
18. Ulysses, by James Joyce
19. Adam Bede, by George Eliot
20. Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress, by Daniel Defoe
21. The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford
22. The Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith
23. À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, by Marcel Proust
24. The Go-Between, by L.P. Hartley
25. The Graduate, by Charles Webb
26. Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens
27. Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family, by Thomas Mann
28. El Maestro y Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
29. Justine, by Lawrence Durrell


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