Last week, I posted about two new projects I have created for myself using 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I've spent the weekend flipping through both of them and have selected the titles from each that I want to read. This challenge isn't time limited, but I'm aiming to read one book a month, from either list.
- From 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, I ended up with 101 titles, which I think is a great number! You can find my list here.
- From 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I ended up with slightly less, mainly because my classics club reading has enabled me to tick quite a few of them off already. My final list has 80 titles, and you can find it here. Or alternatively, you can click the tabs at the top of my blog.
Of course, I already own lots of these titles. In fact, the reason many of them have made it on to my lists is that I own them and want to read them. Despite this, I couldn't resist the lure of the library and I wanted to see which books I could just pick off the shelves, without having to place a hold.
Unsurprisingly, the books I could find came from the classics section, with one fantasy. Books that are translated, or more modern titles were much harder to find, although after a quick check of the library catalogue, I should be able to put a hold on most of them. I picked up:
- For my children's list: Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn and The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.
- For my adult list: The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, The Wings of the Dove by Henry James, A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, The Monk by Matthew Lewis and The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe.
I'm thinking I will read one of these next. I've already finished one title on my adult list, Michel Faber's Under the Skin, which I started on Saturday but just could not put down as it was so creepy and excellent and thought provoking. At the moment, I'm drawn towards Henry James, as I've been a fan of all the books of his I have read so far. I would love recommendations as to which of these I should try first.