Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Some new books to add

Atonement- Ian McEwan
The Wasp Factory- Iain Banks

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start

This is books not movies though!

Back some time in September last year I came across a list. A list that was to change the way I was going to read forever. (A bit melodramatic sounding I know but it's true). This list was called '1001 Books you must read before you die' by a chap called Dr. Peter Boxall.

Now usually when I find something interesting on the Internet I'm distracted by it for a day at the most and then grow bored. However, this really intrigued me. Could I possibly read 1001 books? Would they be any good?

So onwards I went printing out the list and I set to marking all the ones I had read. I've read a lot of books. Or so I thought. 8. 8 BOOKS!! That was it.

Feeling pretty horrified I set out at once to scour the book collections of myself and my parents to hunt out any that were on 'the list'. Hitting the charity shops was another fun pastime. Rebecca for 20p. Dickens for 20p. OK they stank, but for 20p I didn't care. However, when buying books at knock down prices, check that the book is intact. Poor old Ian McEwan's 'The Cement Garden' started at page 97!

Today (25th March) I currently stand at 15 books. A little dip through the winter months occurred and hopefully now I'm back on track.

The 7 books that started it off:

The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time: Mark Haddon
White Teeth: Zadie Smith
The Virgin Suicides: Jeffrey Eugenides
The Catcher In The Rye: JD Salinger
Animal Farm: George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Mark Twain
Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen

I have also read Little Women. However, Little Women published prior to 1880 was published in 2 separate volumes. This confused me when I watched the film and Beth dies.

The 8 that followed were:

Never Let Me Go: Kazuo Ishiguro
Amsterdam: Ian McEwan
Memoirs of a Geisha: Arthur Golden
The Color Purple: Alice Walker
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: Muriel Spark
To Kill A Mockingbird: Harper Lee
Brideshead Revisited: Evelyn Waugh
Rebecca: Daphne Du Maurier

Currently reading: The Wasp Factory: Iain Banks. Started 24th March 2008.