Mission possible

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There’ll be none of that business. Apologies, image source unknown

On the 6 November 2014, I set myself a task, a mission. I will try to read all the books on a top 100 list in two years, and review them as I go (I was thinking of one year, but books like Lord of the Rings take time, and I would need to average one book every three days).

The list I am using is The Telegraph‘s from early September 2014. It contains some books I have been meaning to read (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), some I have read (Huck Finn), and some I own (Lord of the Rings)-though owning means I have read it. Nonetheless, I will read (or re-read) these books within the space of two years. The books are (alphabetically, for a list of those read see What I’m Reading):

1984 by George Orwell

A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

A Passage to India by EM Forster

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Austerlitz by WG Sebald

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Crash by JG Ballard

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

Disgrace by JM Coetzee

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Germinal by Emile Zola

Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Life: a User’s Manual by Georges Perec

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

London Fields by Martin Amis

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Thousand and One Nights Anon

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse

The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Rabbit books by John Updike

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet

The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

Ulysses by James Joyce

Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

Underworld by Don DeLillo

Waiting for the Mahatma by RK Narayan

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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