So Many Books, So Little Time

How to start off 2013? New Year’s Resolutions everyone knows you’ll never keep or a feeling of self-loathing as you shovel down even more Quality Streets left over from Christmas while promising that the diet would start tomorrow? I’ve vowed that in this New Year I will take part in a reading challenge, set by myself, to read over 100 or more classic books and decided that on the 1st of January, 2013 I would start and finish on the 31st of December. I would read all of them, cover to cover in that time while also posting reviews of them all each time I’d finish. Seemed easy enough. What could go wrong?

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18. The List: Original Version

~~The Thousand and One Nights
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Robinson Crusoe/Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice      } Jane Austen
Mansfield Park
Emma
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Oliver Twist/Bleak House etc. by Charles Dickens
Edgar Allan Poe Stories
The Three Musketeers/The Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexander Dumas
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
 Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Journey to the Centre of the Earth/Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
War and Peace/Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Treasure Island/Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The War of the Worlds by H. G Wells
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Room with a View by E. M Forster
The 39 Steps by John Buchanan
Women in Love/Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H Lawrence
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Great Gatsby/Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
Parade's End by Ford Maddox Ford
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Thank you, Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James. M Cain
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by GeorgeOrwell
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Brighton Rock/The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Outsider by Albert Camus
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
1984 by George Orwell
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Talented Mr Smith by Patricia Highsmith
The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Once and Future King by T.H White
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol
The Graduate by Charles Webb
Do Androids Dream of  Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter. S Thompson
Crash by J. G Ballard
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Shining by Stephen King
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
A Bend in the River by V.S Naipaul
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Money by Martin Amis
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

As you see, reading all of these books would be a challenge for anyone in a year-naturally, I didn’t read them all, and I read a few that weren’t on the original version of the List. But, I fully recommend you try your hand at these books, regardless of what I’ve read.

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