The 1% Well-Read Challenge is hosted by 3M at 1morechapter.
The goal of this challenge is to read 10 books in 10 months from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. For you non-math people, 10 out of 1001 is approximately 1%, hence the title. The challenge will run from May 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009. You may change your list at any time and cross-posting to other challenges is permitted. The only requirement is that your ten book choices must be on the ‘1001 List‘.
I’ve already read 142 from the list before starting this challenge. That’s 14% for those of you calculating along at home! Why not do this challenge and bring that number up to a nice almost even 15%?!? See my ’1001′ shelf on GoodReads for my ratings and reviews of the ones that I’ve read thus far in my illustrious reading career. I’m a little late getting started with this challenge… but hey, I read wicked, wicked fast. Plus, these 10 books probably won’t rot my brain quite as much as my self-imposed Summer of Fluff-Reads Challenge. (ugh!)
I picked my 10 (and 15+ alternates) from books I have sitting unread on my to be read shelf. So here are my selected 10 in no particular order:
1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
2. Junkie – William Burroughs
3. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
4. V. – Thomas Pynchon
5. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
6. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
7. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
8. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
9. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
10. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago