Reading my way through the Guardian 1,000 Best Novels

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I’m a passionate, eclectic reader.  I can actually remember when I was too young to read, and how I longed for the magical marks on the pages to speak to me.  Once I could read for myself, I read all the time — in bed with a flashlight, up a tree, and during long family road trips.  No wonder that I became a librarian; I just felt at home in any library I walked into.  I love to talk and share about books, and as one of my goals this year is to work on being a better writer — the idea for this blog was born.

My current challenge is to read my way through the Guardian 1,000 Best Novels list.  Luckily, I’ve read quite a few titles already — but I wanted the structure of a list and this was the biggest, baddest, most challenge-y I could think of.  I’ll try to post numbers of my total reads so far.  Of course, I keep getting distracted by other wonderful titles along the way, so look out for detours!

If you’re wondering, Livritome should be pronounced:  LEE-vrit-to-me.  As in, leave the books to me.  Or if you like, livre = tome.

Glad you are here!!

 Guardian 1,000 read so far:  132

14 thoughts on “Reading my way through the Guardian 1,000 Best Novels

  1. That’s a very BIG challenge. I’ve found people reading the 100 best novels from the New York Times but no-one comes close to tackling a 1000 reading list. How long do you think it might take you? At my current reading page I think it would take me about 18 years if I read nothing else.

    • Honestly, I don’t think I would live long enough to finish it, if I kept to my current pace. My problem is that I read too-many non challenge books. I’ve promised myself that the next three books will all be challenge books. I’m tackling Trainspotting now. I’m hoping that once I master the dialect in Trainspotting I can pick up the pace. Thanks for the comment!

  2. 1,000 books is certainly a challenge, Good luck! Are there any that you’ve read before or are looking forward to reading in particular?

    • Hi! Thanks so much for the comment! Well, some of the things I had already read…..a lot of the typical classics….Dickens, the Brontes, things like that. But shamefully, so many things I haven’t read. I finished all the E M Forster except for a Passage to India — and I’m looking forward to that very much! L.

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