Saturday, February 28, 2009

1% Well-Read Challenge

Since I'm not signed up for any challenges at the moment, I've decided to jump on board with the next iteration of the 1% Well-Read Challenge that begins tomorrow. Here are the details:

Michelle from 1 More Chapter is once again hosting this popular challenge - but there are a couple of changes. Michelle writes:

The editors of the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die threw a kink into our challenge when they updated the books with new titles last year. So, I’ve got three options for you on this next challenge:

1. Read 10 titles from the original list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
2. Read 10 titles from the new list from March 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
3. Read 13 titles from the combined list (of almost 1300 titles) from March 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. In other words, “What were they thinking dropping titles from Dostoevsky and Jane Austen?”

According to my tracking on the new list, I've read 73 of these books (it was 86 on the old list). I think the next 10 titles from the updated list that I will read are:

1. Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow - review 11/17/09
2. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - review 6/8/09
3. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell - review 8/31/09
4. In A Glass Darkly - Sheridan Le Fanu - review 10/8/09
5. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - review 8/3/09
6. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - review 5/14/09
7. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold - John Le Carre - review 8/11/09
8. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - review 12/21/09
9. The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett - review 7/6/09
10. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote - review 3/11/09

I have 4 of these on my shelves already so this will encourage me to get going on reading them. And yes, I haven't read Pride and Prejudice even though I've seen every movie and mini-series version possible, including my secret favorite, Bride and Prejudice!

Working toward 10% well-read,


  1. I can't believe you haven't read Pride and Prejudice--even after watching all those versions with us at the Cheers house. It is awesome!

  2. You know, I thought I had read it for the longest time because I knew the story so well but then I realized that my mom didn't own a copy and I don't own a copy which means in all likelihood, I haven't actually read it! Crazy!

    Every time I watch the mini-series, I miss you and Sash and Tan!

  3. i've never read Brideshead Revisted (though i really want to) but i've seen a lot of the british television mini-series, which is fantastic.

    it stars jeremy irons! who i can only envision as a villain in Die Hard and as the voice of Scar in Lion King. haha.

  4. I'm going to have to check this out of pure curiousity to see how well read I am --- or not! : )

  5. J - part of the reason I want to read Brideshead now is because I want to do it before I watch any film/tv version.

    Jenners - It's fun to do a count but it takes a long time and I couldn't always remember if I had read something or not!