Welcome to my 1001 book blog
The intention with this blog is to go through chronologically the books listed in “1001 Books You Must Read Before You die”. It is an audacious task and there is just nowhere I am going to complete it, but it is a fun project so let us see how far I get. I hope for a long life.
I am an avid reader albeit a slow one, but tend to stay safely within my comfort zone. Since 2010 I have been watching movies chronologically from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You die” (and written about it since 2012) and that has opened my eyes to a wonderful world outside my comfort zone. I figure that something similar is probably true about litterature and that the 1001 list will give me plenty of quality titles that I have never heard of. Who knows what I will find out there and that is the fun of it.
This is also going to be a journey through history. Where the movie blog covers only the last 110 years the book list will cover more than a thousand years and doing it chronologically will enable me to see how literature evolve over time. This very much appeals to my interest in history.
There are several editions of the list. As far as I can tell the latest version is more strictly literature compared to earlier versions that included other types of prose. That suits me well as I have no intention of delving into religious, juridical or technical writings although it saddens me that I will likely miss historical or mythological accounts like Jordanes, Bede and Saxo. You cannot have it all. In any case whereas the movie list is an evolving one, I have decided to make the book list a static agenda and not include books from later or earlier editions.
My pace will be slow, 3 to 4 books per year is a likely estimate, but I am okay with that. The important thing is that it remains a fun project. If you decide to follow this project, please, be my guest. I welcome all comments.