Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Guardian 1000 Novels Challenge

**Challenge ended. See my wrap-up statement below.**

Dates: 1 February 2009 - 1 February 2010
Hosted by: Jennie of Biblio File


  • The British paper, The Guardian, has come up with a list of 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read Before They Die. The books on the list are divided into seven categories:
    (1) Comedy;
    (2) Crime;
    (3) Family and Self;
    (4) Love;
    (5) Science Fiction and Fantasy;
    (6) State of the Nation;
    (7) War and Travel.
    The challenge is to read and review 10 books off the list (that's 1%) between February 1st of 2009 and February 1st of 2010.
  • Of these 10, you must read 1 from each category and, if possible, 1 should be a book you have never heard of until you saw it on this list.

See my original post about the challenge here.
See the challenge announcement page here.
See reviews for February 2009 here.
See reviews for March 2009 here.
See reviews for April 2009 here.

The wrap-up:
Unfortunately, this is another challenge that got away from me. I completely forgot that it was ending in February of 2010 - thought I had a few more months to finish it. But even so, I managed to read six books, from five different categories which makes me feel pretty satisfied.


  1. Cover Her Face, by P.D. James (Category: Crime) [see review]
  2. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (Category: Love) [see review]
  3. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem (Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy) [see review]
  4. The Uncommon Reader. Alan Bennett (Category: Comedy) [review to come]
  5. The Lover. Marguerite Duras Category: Love) [review to come]
  6. The Island of Dr. Moreau. H.G. Wells (Category: War/Travel) [see review]

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