Guardian's 1000 Novels

It's very rare that I find a list of must-read books that I like or agreed with but I was very impressed with the Guardian's list of 1000 books.  It covers so many eras and genres and even has a few obscure, yet excellent books that are not often recorded in other "top" lists.

I will slowly make my way through this list to expand my reading diet!

Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

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Absolute Beginners
The Accidental Tourist
According to Queeney
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
Adam Bede
The Adventures of Augie March
The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom
The Adventures of Gil Blas
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
The Adventures of Roderick Random
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The African Queen
After London; or Wild England
Afternoon Men
The Age of Innocence  January 11, 2019 (review)
Albert and Jacob
Ali and Nino
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  August 2001
All Quiet on the Western Front   August 2013
All Soul's Day
All the Pretty Horses
Alms for Oblivion
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Ambassadors
American Gods
American Pastoral
American Psycho
An American Tragedy
Amongst Women
And Then There Were None
The Andromeda Strain
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
Animal Farm
Anna Karenina   January 2012
Anthills of the Savannah
Any Human Heart
Around the World in Eighty Days  December 2006
As I Lay Dying
The Ascent of Rum Doodle
The Asphalt Jungle
The Assistant
Asterix the Gaul
The Atonement
August Carp, Esq; by Himself
The Awakening
Ballet Shoes
The Bamboo Bed
Barchester Towers  August 7, 2014  (review)
The Baron in the Trees
Barry Lyndon
The Beach
The Beast Must Die
Beauty and Sadness
Before Lunch
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Being Dead
The Bell Jar
Belles-Lettres Papers: A Novel
A Bend in the River
Berlin Alexanderplatz
The Betrothed
Beyond Black
The Big Blowdown
The Big Nowhere
The Big Sleep  June 12, 2014  (review)
Billy Liar
Black and Blue
Black Beauty
Black Mischief
The Black Prince
Black Sunday
The Blackwater Lightship
Bleak House
The Blind Assassin
Blood Meridian
Blott on the Landscape
The Blue Flower
The Blue Room
The Bluest Eye
Bold as Love
Bones and Silence
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Bonjour Tristesse
The Book of Daniel
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
The Book of the New Sun
The Bottle Factory Outing
The Bourne Identity
Bouvard et Pécuche
Brave New World  November 24, 2012
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast of Champions
Breathing Lessons
Brewster's Millions
Bridget Jone's Diary
Big Lights, Big City
Brighton Rock
The Brothers Karamazov  November 10, 2016  (review)
The Buddha of Suburbia
Burmese Days
The Butcher Boy
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
The Caine Mutiny
Cakes and Ale
Call It Sleep
The Call of the Wild
Camp Concentration
Candide   March 2014  (review)
A Canticle for Leibowitz   Dec 2011
Captain Blood
Carrie's War
The Case of Comrade Tulayev
The Case of the Gilded Fly
Casino Royale
The Castafiore Emerald
The Castle of Otranto   October 2012
Castle Rackrent
The Castle
Cat's Eye
The Catcher in the Rye
Changing Places
The Charterhouse of Parma
The Chateua
The Child in Time
Childhood's End
The Children of Men
The Children of the New Forest
Chronicle in Stone
The Chronicles of Narnia  April 2014  (reviews - see also bottom of linked review)
Cider with Rosie
Claudine at School
A Clockwork Orange
Cloud Atlas
The Code of the Woosters
Cold Comfort Farm   October 2001
Cold Mountain
The Color Purple
The Coming Race
The Commitments
A Confederacy of Dunces
Confessions of Zeno
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Consider Phlebas
The Constant Gardener
Cop Hater
The Corrections
Count Belisarius
The Count of Monte Cristo   March 2006
The Counterfeiters
Covenant with Death
Cover Her Face
The Crab with the Golden Claws
Cranford   April 2013
Crime and Punishment
The Crime of Father Amado
Chrome Yellow
The Crow Road
The Cruel Sea
Cry, the Beloved Country
The Crying of Lot 49
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
A Dance to the Music of Time
Daniel Deronda   February 2014  (review)
A Dark-Adapted Eye
Darkness at Noon
Darkness Falls from the Air
Darwin's Radio
The Daughter of Time
Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Locust
Day of the Triffids
De Niro's Game
Dead Lagoon
Dead Souls
Death and the Penguin
Death at the President's Lodging
Death in Summer
Death in Venice
Death of a Hero
Death of the Heart
The Death of Virgil
The Debacle
The Debt to Pleasure
Decline and Fall
Delta of Venus
Devil in a Blue Dress
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
Diary of a Mad Old Man
Diary of a Nobody   November 2009
Diary of a Provincial Lady
Dirty Tricks
The Discworld Series
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Doctor Zhivago  May 26, 2014
Dolores Claibourne
Dom Casmurro Joaquim
Dombey and Son  September 2013
Don Quixote   July 2007
Double Indemnity
Dracula    October 19, 2015
The Driver's Seat
The Drowned World
A Dry White Season
Earthly Powers
Earthsea Series
East Lynne
East of Eden  February 17, 2015  (review)
The Echoing Grove
Effi Briest
The Egoist
The Einstein Intersection
Elmer Gantry
Emma   December 2007   (review)
Empire of the Sun    May 19, 2017
The End of the Affair
The End of the World News
Enduring Love
Enemies, A Love Story
England, Their England
The English Patient
Ennui; Or, Memoirs of the Earl of Glenthorn
Epitaph for a Spy
Erewhon   May 16, 2015  (review)
Eugenie Grandet
Everything is Illuminated
Excellent Women
Exit Music
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
The Face of Another
Fahrenheit 451   July 2012
Fair Stood the Wind for France
A Fairy Tale of New York
Family Matters
The Family Moskat
The Famished Road
A Far Cry From Kensington
Far from the Madding Crowd  June 23, 2016 (review)
The Far Pavilions
A Farewell to Arms
A Fatal Inversion
Fathers and Sons  September 19, 2014
The Female Man
Fight Cub
A Fine Balance
Finnegan's Wake
First Love
A Flag for Sunrise
Flaubert's Parrot
Flowers for Algernon
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Foreign Affairs
The Forever War
The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney
Fortunes of War
Focault's Pendulum
The Fountain Overflows
The Four Just Men
Frankenstein   April 2014  (review)
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
From Here to Eternity
Frost in May
Fun Home
The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis
Gargantua and Pantagruel
The Gathering
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Get Shorty
The Getaway
Giovanni's Room
Girl in Winter
Girlfriend in a Coma
The Girls of Slender Means
The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Key
A Glastonbury Romance
Go Tell It On The Mountain
The Go-Between
The God of Small Things
God's Bits of Wood
The Godfather
The Golden Notebook
Gone With the Wind
Good Behaviour
The Good Companions
A Good Man in Africa
The Good Soldier Svejk
The Good Soldier
Goodbye to Berlin
Gorky Park
The Graduate
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grass is Singing
Gravity's Rainbow
Great Apes
Great Expectations
The Great Gatsby   January 2014  (review)
The Great Impersonation
Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical
The Group
Gulliver's Travels  January 3, 2015  (review)
A Gun For Sale
The Guns of Navarone
A Handful of Dust
Handley Cross
The Handmaid's Tale
The Hanging Gardens
Hangover Square
Hard Revolution
Hard Times
The Harpole Report
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone   April 2001
The Haunting of Hill House   February 2013
Headlong Hall
The Hearing Trumpet
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Heart of Darkness
A Heart So White
The Heat of the Day
Heavy Weather
Hello Summer, Goodbye
Hideous Kinky
High Fidelity   May 5, 2017
High Wind in Jamaica
His Dark Materials
The History of Tom Jones
The History Man
The History of Mr. Polly
The History of Pompey the Little
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hobbit   March 2011
The Hollow Man
The Home and the World   August 15, 2016
The Horse's Mouth
The Hound of the Baskervilles
A House for Mr. Biswas
House of Leaves
The House of Mirth   March 2013
The House of the Seven Gables
How Green Was My Valley  December 2009
How Late It Was, How Late
How the Dead Live
Howard's End
The Human Stain
Humboldt's Gift
The Hunters
Hurrah for St. Trinians
I Am Legend
I Capture The Castle   November 2008
I Served the King of England
I'll Go To Bed At Noon
An Ice Cream War
The Idiot   May 2014  
If Not Now, When?
The Immoralist
In the Country of Last Things
Independence Day
An Infamous Army
Infinite Jest
The Influence
The Information
Ingenious Pain
Institute Benjamenta
The Insult
Invisible Cities
Invitation to the Waltz
The Invisible Man
The Ipcress File
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Jacques, the Fatalist
Jane Eyre   December 2006  (review)
Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Joseph Andrews
Journey Into Fear
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the End of the Night
Joy in the Morning
Jude the Obscure
A Judgement in Stone
Julie, ou la Novelle Heloise
July's People  October 29, 2014  (review)
The Jungle
Jurassic Park
Just William
A Kestrel for a Knave
Kidnapped   April 2000
A Kind of Loving
Kindred   March 2013
The King of Torts
King Solomon's Carpet
King Solomon's Mines
The Kingdom of this World
The Kite Runner
The L-Shaped Room
L'Isola di Arturo
La Bete Humaine
La Comedie Humaine
La Condition Humaine
L.A. Confidental
La Disparition
La Vie Mode d'Emploi
Lady Audley's Secret   February 2012
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lake Wobegon Days
Lark Rise to Candleford
The Last Chronicle of Barset
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Seen Wearing
The Last September
The Laughing Policeman
Le Grand Meaulnes
The League of Frightened Men
The Lecturer's Tale
The Left Hand of Darkness
A Legacy
The Leopard
Les Enfants Terribles
Les Liasons Dangereuses
Les Miserables  January 2009
Les Revenentes
Less Than Angels
Life and Fate
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy
Light Years
The Line of Beauty
Little Dorritt
The Little Prince
Little Women  March 2009
The Little World of Don Camillo
Live Flesh
Loitering With Intent
Lolly Willowes
London Fields
The Lonely Londoners
The Lonely Passion
Lonesome Dove
The Long Goodbye
A Long Long Way
Look At Me
Lord Jim
Lord of the Flies   highschool
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy    July 2009
Lorna Doone
A Lost Lady
Lost Souls
Love for Lydia
Love in A Cold Climate
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love on the Dole
Love Story
The Loved One
The Lover
Lucky Jim
Lush Life
The Machine Gunners
Madame Bovary   April 2014  (review)
The Madman of Bergerac
The Magic Mountain  June 2013
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Magnus
Malice Aforethought
Malone Dies
The Maltese Falcon   March 2012
The Man in the High Castle
The Man of Property
The Man Who Loved Children
The Man Who Was Thursday  August 20, 2014   (review)
The Man With the Golden Arm
The Man Without Qualities
The Manchurian Candidate
The Mandarins
Manon Lescaut
Manservant and Maidservant
Mansfield Park   November 2007
The Map of Love
The Mark of Zorro
A Married Man
Martin Chuzzlewit   April 2013
Martin Eden
Mary Barton
The Mask of Dimitrios
Master and Commander
The Master and Margarita   April 2013
Master Georgie
Maurice Guest
Maus: A Survivor's Tale
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Melmoth the Wanderer
The Member of the Wedding
Memet My Hawk
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf
Memoirs of a Survivor
Men at Arms
Middlemarch   June 2013
Midnight's Children
The Midwich Cuckoos
The Mighty Walzer
The Military Philosophers
The Mill on the Floss
Millennium People
The Millstone
The Ministry of Fear
Miss Simla's Feeling for Snow
Mister Johnson
Moby Dick
Moll Flanders
The Monk
A Month in the Country
The Moon and the Bonfire
Moon Over Africa
The Moonstone  January 2, 2016  (review)
More Die of Heartbreak
Morvern Cellar
Mother London
Motherless Brooklyn
The Moviegoer
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Mr. Norris Changes Trains
Mrs. Dalloway   January 2014  (review)
The Murder at the Vicarage  December 2009
Murder Must Advertise
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd  August 2019 (review
Music and Silence
My Antonia   April 2013
My Cousin Rachel
My Family and Other Animals   May 2012
My Name is Asher Lev   August 2011
My Name is Red
My New York Diary
My Search for Warren Harding
The Mysteries of Udolpho
The Mysterious Affair at Styles  January 25, 2019 (review)
The Mysterious Stranger
The Naked and the Dead
Naked Lunch
The Name of the Rose
Narziss and Goldmund
Native Son
The Neon Rain
New Grub Street   October 2013  (review)
The New York Trilogy
News from Nowhere
Nice Work
The Night Sessions
The Night Watch
Nightmare Abbey
Nights at the Circus
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Seventy-Four
Nineteen Seventy-Seven
No Bed For Bacon
No Country for Old Men
No Orchids for Miss Blandish
North and South   June 2012
Northanger Abbey   January 2005  (review)
Norwegian Wood
Notes from the Underground  December 10, 2015  (review)
Novel on Yellow Paper
The Odd Women
Of Human Bondage
Of Love and Hunger
Of Mice and Men
Office Politics
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
The Old Man and the Sea   May 2014  (review)
The Old Men at the Zoo
The Old Wive's Tale
Oliver Twist
On Beauty
On the Road  March 4, 2015  (review)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch
One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
On Hundred Years of Solitude
One of Ours
Only Forward
The Ordeal of Richard Fevere
Orlando   January 21, 2015  (review)
Oscar and Lucinda
Our Man in Havana
The Outsider
The Painted Bird
The Painter of Signs
Palace Walk
Pale Fire
Parade's End
The Parasites
A Passage to India
The Passion of New Eve
The Passion
Patience and Sarah
Peace in War
Pierre Goriot
Persuasion  February 21, 2015  (review)
The Piano Teacher
Piccadilly Jim
The Pickwick Papers  November 5, 2017 (review)
The Picture of Dorian Gray   January 2012
Pictures from an Institution
Pig Tales
The Plague  January 26, 2015
Play as It Lays
The Pledge
Poetic Justice
Pointed Roofs
The Poisoned Chocolates Case
The Polyglots
Porterhouse Blues
Portnoy's Complaint
The Portrait of a Lady
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Power and the Glory
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Prestige
Pride and Prejudice   October 2013
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Princess of Cleves
A Princess of Mars
The Prisoner of Zenda
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
The Professor's House
Pudd'nhead Wilson
The Pursuit of Love
Put Out More Flags
Queen Lucia
A Quiet Belief in Angels
The Rabbit Omnibus
The Radetsky March
The Ragazzi Pier
A Rage in Harlem
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Rainbow
The Reader
Rebecca   April 2013
The Recognitions
The Rector's Daughter
The Red and the Black   June 2012
The Red Badge of Courage
Red Dragon
Red Harvest
The Red Room
Red Shift
Regency Buck
The Reluctant Orphan
The Remains of the Day
Remembering Babylon
Remembrance of Things Past
The Remorseful Day
The Restraint of Beasts
The Return of the Soldier
Revelation Space
Revolutionary Road
A Rich Full Death
Rickshaw Boy
The Riddle of the Sands
Riddley Walker
The Rings of Saturn
The Road
Robinson Crusoe   August 2009
Rogue Male
Rogue Moon
Room At The Top
Room Temperature
A Room With a View
Rubyfruit Jungle
Ruth   June 2013
The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
The Satanic Verses
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
The Savage Detectives
The Scar
Scaramouche   February 2009
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Pimpernel   February 2009
Schindler's Ark
A Season in Sinji
The Secret Adversary   February 4, 2019  (review)
The Secret Agent
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾
The Secret History
Sense and Sensibility  July 25, 2015  (Review)
Sentimental Education
A Sentimental Journey
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Sharpe's Eagle
She: A History of Adventure
The Sheltering Sky
The Shining
The Ship of the Line
The Shipping News
The Shrimp and the Anenome
The Siege of Krishnapur
The Sign of Four
Silas Marner
Silence of the Grave
The Silent Duchess
Silver Stallion
Sirens of Titan
Sister Carrie
The Slaves of Solitude
Slouching Towards Kalamazoo
Snow Crash
The Snow Goose
So Long, See You Tomorrow
Sons and Lovers
Sophie's Choice
The Sorrow of War
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound of My Voice
Sour Sweet
South Riding
South Wind
The Space Merchants
A Sport and a Pastime
The Sportswriter
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Squire Haggard's Journal
Star Maker
The Stars My Destination  March 24, 2015
Staying On
Strait is the Gate
The Stranger Borders of Palace Crescent
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stranger in a Strange Land
Strangers on a Train
A Study in Scarlet
A Suitable Boy
Suite Française
Sunset Song
The Surprising Adventures of Baron
The Swimming Pool Library
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Sword in the Stone   January 2014
Sybil or The Two Nations
A Tale of a Tub
A Tale of Two Cities   April 2012
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Tales of the City
Tales of the South Pacific
A Taste For Death
Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness
Tender is the Night
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Thank You, Jeeves
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Therese Raquin
They Were Counted
The Thin Man
Things Fall Apart
The Things They Carried
The Third Man
The Third Policeman
The Thirty-Nine Steps   November 2010
This Sporting Life
A Thousand Acres
Three Men in a Boat   October 2009
The Three Musketeers   April 2012
The Three Paradoxes
The Three Sisters
Three Soldiers
Through the Looking Glass   August 2001
The Time Machine  January 11, 2016  (review)
The Time of Indifference
The Time Ships
A Time to Be Born
A Time of Kill
The Time Travellers Wife
The Tin Drum
The Tin Roof Blowdown
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Tin Tin in Tibet
Titmus Regained
Titus Groan
To Each His Own
To Kill A Mockingbird  April 5, 2016
To The Ends of the Earth Trilogy
To The Lighthouse   August 2013
Tobacco Road
Tom Brown's Schooldays
Topper Takes a Trip
The Tortoise and the Hare
Tourist Season
Towards the End of the Morning
The Towers of Trebizond
A Town Like Alice
Toxic Shock
The Transit of Venus
Travels With My Aunt
Treasure Island   August 2012
The Tree of Man
Trent's Last Case
The Trail
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Ruislip
True History of the Ned Kelly Gang
The Turn of the Screw
Two Serious Ladies
The Unbearable Bassington
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Uncle Silas
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Uncommon Reader
The Unconsoled
Under the Net
Under the Skin
Under the Volcano
Under Western Eyes
The Unfortunates
The Vagabond
The Valley of Bones
Valley of the Dolls
Vanity Fair   August 2013
The Vatican Cellars
Venus on the Half-Shell
The Vicar of Wakefield
The Victorian Chaisse-longue
Victory: An Island Tale
Vile Bodies
Villette  March 31, 2016  (review)
The Virgin in the Garden
The Virgin Suicides
The Virginian   May 2013
A Voyage to Arcturus
Waiting for the Barbarians
The Wapshot Chronicle
War and Peace  August 3, 2014  (review)
The War of the Worlds   March 2012
Washington Square
The Wasp Factory
The Way of All Flesh
The Way We Live Now
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Weather in the Streets
The Well of Loneliness
The Westminster Alice
What A Carve Up
When The Wind Blows
Whiskey Galore
White Man Falling
White Noise
White Teeth
Who Do You Think You Are?
Whose Body?
Wide Sargossa Sea
The Wimbledon Poisoner
Wind in the Willows
The Wind-up Bird Chronicles
The Wings of the Dove
Wise Children
The Witches of Eastwick
The Woman in White   February 2013
Women in Love
The Woodlanders
Wuthering Heights   February 2014  (review)
The Years of Rice and Salt
You Only Live Twice
The Young Lions
Zazie in the Metro
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zorba the Greek
Zuileka Dobson

Read 106 out of 1000 ~~ July 1, 2019


  1. What a long list with some very good books.....and some not so good!
    ( Please forget "Stranger in a Strange Land"[see review]) it is a waste of your precious reading time! I would like to put the Guardian 1000 list on my blog too. It is a great incentive to keep reading!

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Nancy. I will avoid "Stranger" or, at the very least, put it at the end of the list reading order. I'm even struggling with whether I should finish Tender is the Night because, personally, I feel that is a waste of time too.

      I liked the list because it was a little eclectic and would get me reading books that I wouldn't normally choose to read that would have some value. I'm certainly going through it slowly without much focused attention but I do seem to be crossing off books here and there. It's a good list to put on your blog!

    2. Tender is the Night: just skim the book.... there is usually an link to alcholism with a character. That is about all I discover in most of his books. Usually the character is like Hemingway, shy with an inexpressilbe glance in his eyes...
      The list is truly a great mix and reading sci-fi/fantasy will be like pulling teeth. Yet I must give every book a chance!

    3. Skimming sounds good, and I like your Hemingway parallel.

      For Sci-fi/fantasy, try C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra/That Hideous Strength. Each book is so different and there is such depth to each one of them. I'm reading one each for September, October and November. I can't wait!

  2. I've never read C.S. Lewis...these sound like some good books to start with. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I keep hoping to finish this list in my lifetime....
    Glad to see you are reading some on these books!
    Will we see a #20BooksOfSummer list on your blog soon?

    1. Ah Nancy, so good to hear from you! Thanks for the prod --- I have a summer books post up now, thanks to you! Hope that you're doing well! :-)

    2. Wonderful to be back!
      ...I experienced what you did last year.
      I lost a very sweet Mindy, one of my cats.
      I remember when you lost your dog, it is so difficult. It even effected my reading (see post update Tolkien for Brona's Books Read-a-long). So glad to see your Summer reading list. I will copy the link and send it out on Twitter! I'm into French books these last few weeks...but MUST do a 'Ancient Classic' ...very soon, just for you!

    3. Oh, I'm so sad to hear about Mindy. I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet. I still miss Bear and think about him multiple times per week. I hope for you that the grief is passing and that you're feeling better.

      Ha ha! I'm into the ancients right now and will soon start The Republic. I still remember when you read it and am looking forward to it! :-)

  4. Cleo, I re-posted my review 'The Republic'.
    It was a great book...but very demanding of the reader!

  5. I just finished Pale Fire (Nabokov) was really a challenge. Trying to put my thoughts in review, will publish soon. Another book read now.... 999 more to go!

    1. Ah, I'm so interested in what you thought of Nabokov. I will pop over and find out! :-)

  6. I wrote a concept review of Pale Fire....but letting it reat a few days. There was so much in that book and I cannot possibly touch on everything. Just finished Ragtime (E.L. Doctorw) It is NOT on Guardian list .....but it is on Modern Library list. I was entertained by not impressed (review follows) Don't feel Doctorow's book in top 100- ish. :)
    I really want to tackle Guardian, Modern Library and 'ancients' during next 6 months. French is definietly on backburner now.

    1. Thanks for the update. I've read a few 'meh' non-classics lately so I want to target some good reads coming up, so I don't start to feel uninspired. I just need to get started on my big reads this month (The Republic and City of God) and then I'll feel better about adding others. Good luck with your lists!

  7. Always trying to move along with this list...but it is not easy!(reading french, cooking....seduced by new books!)
    I thought I would try the Earthsea Series as a tribute to Ursula Le Guin who died on January 22 2018. RIP

    1. I know! I'm having difficulty reading anything at the moment and I'm skiing today, so another day gone. Fun times though! I read A Wizard of Earthsea and enjoyed it but I wasn't over the moon about it. It was actually for a university class. Yes, she was 88 though and it sounded like she had a grand life!

    2. Have fun skiing...don't fall and break anything!

    3. I made it through okay, but I've sent an expectation of myself, haven't I? ;-)