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A lot to read before I die: Part 1

You may have noticed* I borrowed 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die from Surry Hills Library. Now I have been reading for the best part of sixty years, so I don’t have much time left. How am I going? How many of the 1001 have I managed?

Here is a list of the ones I have read, as distinct from read about.



Aesop Aesop’s Fables (some)
Ovid Metamorphoses (some, and in Latin!)
Apuleius The Golden Ass
The Arabian Nights (some)
Cervantes Don Quixote
Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress
Swift The Tale of a Tub
Defoe Robinson Crusoe
Defoe Moll Flanders
Swift Gulliver’s Travels
Swift A Modest Proposal
Fielding Joseph Andrews
Richardson Pamela
Richardson Clarissa (one volume out of four!)
Smollett Roderick Random
Fielding Tom Jones
Smollett Peregrine Pickle
Fielding Amelia
Voltaire Candide
Rousseau Emile
Sterne Tristram Shandy
Sterne A Sentimental Journey
Smollett Humphrey Clinker
Austen Sense and Sensibility
Austen Pride and Prejudice
Austen Mansfield Park
Austen Emma
Scott Rob Roy
Austen Persuasion
Austen Northanger Abbey
Shelley Frankenstein
Scott Ivanhoe
Hogg The Private Memoirs of a Justified Sinner
Cooper The Last of the Mohicans
Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Dickens Oliver Twist
Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
Poe The Fall of the House of Usher
Dickens A Christmas Carol
Poe The Pit and the Pendulum
Poe The Purloined Letter
Dumas The Three Musketeers
Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo
C Bronte Jane Eyre
E Bronte Wuthering Heights
Dickens David Copperfield
Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter (as did The Rabbit 🙂 )
Melville Moby Dick
Dickens Bleak House
Dickens Hard Times
Gaskell North and South
Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
Eliot The Mill on the Floss
Dickens Great Expectations
Eliot Silas Marner
Carroll Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Trollope The Last Chronicles of Barset
Collins The Moonstone
Tolstoy War and Peace
Eliot Middlemarch
Le Fanu In a Glass Darkly
Verne Around the World in Eighty Days
Eliot Daniel Deronda
Hardy The Return of the Native
James The Portrait of a Lady
Stevenson Treasure Island
Tolstoy The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Twain Huckleberry Finn
Haggard King Solomon’s Mines
Stevenson Kidnapped
Stevenson Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Haggard She
Stevenson The Master of Ballantrae
Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray
Hardy Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Wells The Time Machine
Stoker Dracula
James The Turn of the Screw
Conrad Lord Jim
Kipling Kim
Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles
Conrad Heart of Darkness
Childers The Riddle of the Sands
Conrad Nostromo

That’s enough for now. I’ll explore the rest of the 20th (and even the 21st) century in another post!

Observant people will note some surprising gaps there…

* 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die ed by Peter Boxall with an Australian preface by Jennifer Byrne (ABC 2006). You can see the list on that link. I am enjoying it.

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Written by Neil

July 15, 2007 at 4:41 pm

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  1. Hello, you have nice blog here.
    I think as long as you have passion to read, it’s been great. 🙂


    July 15, 2007 at 7:29 pm

  2. I’d find that list a lot less irritating if it would only be honest and call itself “1001 works of fiction mostly from 1700 onwards with a few token items that aren’t fiction”.

    By my count I’ve read, or attempted to read 118 of those titles and have another 15 waiting on my shelves to be read. Once upon a time I’d have found that more troubling than I do now.

    James Russell

    July 16, 2007 at 5:21 pm

  3. if you are interested, Arukiyomi has prepared a spreadsheet for you to chart your progress…




    June 17, 2008 at 6:37 pm

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