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Monday, May 4, 2009

Guardian 1000 Novels challenge

Jennie at Biblio file is hosting this challenge, her first. The object is to read 10 books from the 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read Before They Die list compiled by The Guardian newspaper. The books are arranged in 7 categories and participants must read 1 book from each category and, if possible, 1 should be a book you have never heard of until you saw it on this list. The challenge runs from February 1st of 2009 to February 1st of 2010.

The full list can be found here.

Luckily for me, there are lots of books on the list that overlap with other challenges I'm doing. My list of possibles is:

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett -- completed 5/9/09; review

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- completed 9/7/09; review
A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- completed 7/25/09; review
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

Family & Self:
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen -- completed 7/21/09; review
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- completed 11/8/09; review

Science fiction & Fantasy:
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley -- completed 9/1/09; review

State of the Nation:
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul -- completed 9/3/09; review
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell -- completed 6/7/09; review
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

War & Travel:
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer -- completed 8/24/09; review
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Candide by Voltaire


Hannah Furst said...

I recently saw your post about reading Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française. I wanted to pass along some information on an exciting exhibition about Némirovsky's life, work, and legacy at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through August 2009, includes powerful rare artifacts —including the valise in which the original manuscript for Suite Française was found, as well as many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there is a special website devoted to her story
The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Chris Lopez at 646.437.4304 or

Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

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