torsdag den 9. april 2015

Welcome to the 1001 book blog

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.

2 kommentarer:

  1. I didn't know you had a book blog too! I am excited to see what you make of this. I follow the 2006 edition I believe, which is pretty different than the other editions. I think it is more Western based than the other ones. Maybe I will live long enough to do them all...

    1. You are doing pretty well on you book blog and stand a real chance of making it. My ambition is five books per year, which makes to 200 year total... I have to count on some medical miracles.
      I have noticed that the different editions are VERY different. Much more so than the movie lists. I do not know the reason, but suspect that the latest edition has more emphasis on fiction in the modern sense and that is okay with me.
      Whenever there is an overlap I will crosscheck with your reviews. I think that may happen with the next book on the list.