The 1% Well Read Challenge

1 more chapter is conducting the 1% Well Read Challenge. The idea is to read 10 books, out of the ‘1001 Books To Read Before You Die‘ list in the next 10 months (March ’09 – December ’09). I’m making a shortlist of twenty, and I’ll pick and cross books off as I go along. As usual, expect to see the review here.

The Shortlist:

  1. David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas
  2. Haruki Murakami – Kafka On The Shore
  3. Philip Roth – The Plot Against America (15th March 2009)
  4. Sebastian Faulks – Birdsong
  5. F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (7th March 2009)
  6. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale (6th April 2009)
  7. JM Coetzee – The Life and Times of Michael K
  8. Alice Walker – The Color Purple (21st April 2009)
  9. Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
  10. Orhan Pamuk – Snow
  11. Ian McEwan – Enduring Love
  12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun (13th May 2009)
  13. Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient
  14. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange (9th April 2009)
  15. George Orwell – Animal Farm (10th April 2009)
  16. Antoine de Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince
  17. George Eliot – Middlemarch
  18. Wilkie Collins – The Woman In White
  19. Jane Austen – Mansfield Park
  20. Patricia Duncker – Hallucinating Foucault (4th May 2009)

Not shortlisted, but read:

21. Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children (11th June 2009)
Jeffrey Eugenides – The Virgin Suicides (17th July 2009)

Here’s wishing me luck =)

One Response to “The 1% Well Read Challenge”

  1. 1 uncertainprinciples

    At No. 12, I replaced Schlink’s The Reader with Half of a Yellow Sun, because I really really didn’t enjoy reading Homecoming , and subsequently, didn’t feel like reading another book by Schlink.

    I’ll probably add it to my TBR list for next year.

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