“1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” is a list (or rather a book that is a list) originally created by Peter Boxall and Peter Ackroyd. Originally published in 2006, it’s been revised in new editions a few times. The most recent edition is from 2012. Click on the image below to see it on Amazon.
Looking at the list, it’s definitely heavy on “important” literary fiction, and often the same authors (like Vonnegut) over and over again. Like any list, it has a bias. However, there are some great titles on it. I will never read them all, but I enjoy plucking titles from the list now and then. It’s also useful for a challenge like the Lifetime Challenge where you are looking for older books from a specific year.
CLICK HERE to see the full list that incorporates all editions of the book. This list gives the year of publication as well.
My personal goal for 2017 is to read 25 books from this list.
1. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John Le Carre (1963), Read 1/26 ***** MY REVIEW
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (1970) Read 2/12 ***** MY REVIEW
3. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972) Read 2/23/17 ***** MY REVIEW
4. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (1973) Read 2/24 ***** MY REVIEW
5. High-Rise by J.G. Ballard (1975) Read 3/2 **** MY REVIEW
8. A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White (1982) ***