So this is pretty neat – it’s a list of 3 books that you should read from every major genre. Go read the full article, as it provides the reasoning behind each choice. But if you want to cheat and just see the choices, here they are:
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
- Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
- Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
- All the Beautiful Sinners by Stephen Graham Jones
- Harry Potter (entire series) by J.K. Rowling
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (entire series) by Lemony Snicket
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Short Story Collections
- Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
- Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
- Tenth of December by George Saunders
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
I’ve read a few, a few are on my reading list, and I’ve never even heard of an embarrassingly large number of them. How about you?
Do you agree with these suggestions? Do you have suggestions of your own?
This was a 2012 challenge, so I’m afraid that I’m rather late to the party, but it’s still an excellent idea! Hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much, the objective is to read within one year:
- Any 19th Century Classic
- Any 20th Century Classic
- Reread a classic of your choice
- A Classic Play
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
- Classic Romance
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language
- Classic Award Winner
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.
So, any takers? Leave a comment with your choices for each category!
Another great reading challenge: 1001 books to read before you die. I’ve had a look through the list to see which ones I’ve already read: 67, not too shabby!
- 1001 Nights (first volume)
- The Golden Ass by Apuleius
- Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
- The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
- The Interesting Narrative by Oloudah Equiano
- The Monk by Matthew Lewis
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
- The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
- Oliver Twist by CharlesDickens
- The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
- The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
- Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevksy
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (just The Fellowship of the Ring)
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Midwitch Cuckoos by John Wyndham
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munroe
- Interview With a Vampire by Ann Rice
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Perfume by Patrick Suskind
- Contact by Carl Sagan
- Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Which ones have you read? And did you have any plans for the next 19 years?
My main reading goal for 2013 is to get as far as I can into the Reading Around the World challenge. Between books that I’ve already read and the small head start I made in 2012, I already have far more books than I thought I would under my belt!
(But don’t let the amount of red fool you – this was all a clever trick to read books from the countries with the greatest land masses first so that my map would look a little more accomplished…)
visited 7 states (3.11%)
Create your own visited map of The World or jurisdische vertaling duits?
Looking for a reading challenge for 2013?
I know a lot of people already have absurdly long reading lists, so challenges that add specific books aren’t always welcome. So here’s one that just focuses on reading categories!
Like in Bingo, you start with a scorecard and try to fill in a full row (or, as an optional extra challenge, make a pattern!).
So have a go at the 2013 Book Bingo Challenge!
If you’re anything like me, chances are that you have at least a shelf of books that you’ve picked up and always wanted to read but just never have the time for. Maybe it’s that classic you’ll totally get to after the next “fun” book, or that one that all your friends keep telling you that you must read but you just never feel like reading.
Enter the TBR challenge!
Pick up and dust off those neglected books and review them on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The Super Librarian has more information on her blog.
I won’t be formally participating, although this has pretty much been a TBR year for me so far anyway. But if you’re participating, leave a link back to your blog in the comments!