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1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die


The Gaia Atlas of Planet Management by Norman Myers et al. An incredible book that sums up everything wrong with the planet and gives what little solutions science and politics has come up with. A must read.




1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die



Every two years, a new edition of the 1001 books you must read before you die list is out. Every time, those of us who tries to work through the list, is anxiously awaiting to see how the new additions and removals will influence our percentage of finished books.


Join us as we work our way through the 1001 Book list. Below is a list of all the 1001 books listed in each of the 4 editions 2006-2012. There are 1305 books included on all 4 editions. The reference book is helpful and recommended if you want to make your way through the list. If you want to buy it, you can do so at the link provided at the bottom of this list. Hyperlinks will be added for reviews of books that we review on this site. Reviews of books we have read prior to starting this blog can be found on our respective shelfari pages.


Making good on an earlier note to be active on LibraryThing, I went to the 1001 Books to read before you die group to look for suggestions on what to read next. In the past three weeks, I read Mother Night and A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut and The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (all three highly recommended). I wanted something new, something unexpected, and getting a friendly nudge from a suggested list seemed like a good place to start.


In the group on LibraryThing, I learned about a nifty spreadsheet by Arukiyomi that lists all of the 1001 books. An updated version in the group discussion list even included 1283 books, since the list was created in 2006 and revised in 2008 with additions and subtractions. (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, the inspiration for the group, is a book by Peter Boxall.)


Similar to the original by Arukiyomi, it calculates the percentage of the 1001 books that you have completed. In addition to that version, I am collecting links to the books (on LibraryThing) and the years of publication. I don't think I'll finish all 1001 books, but I am interested in reading a subset of the books that spans all of the time periods included in the list.


(Note: I've never seen the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I've only latched onto it as a way of finding books to read that I otherwise never would have found. I have no opinion of contents or omissions of the list, except that I regretfully noticed it was missing my second favorite book, Desert Solitaire, by Ed Abbey.) 041b061a72


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