100 books in 2007

  1. A Scanner Darkly - Philip K Dick (finished early January 07)
  2. Galactic Pot-Healer - Philip K Dick (finished 9/1/07)
  3. Eye in the Sky - Philip K Dick (finished 19/1/07)
  4. The Book of Ultimate Truths - Robert Rankin
  5. Black Cat - Virginia Andrews
  6. Beyond the Deepwoods - Paul Stewart
  7. Web Site Story - Robert Rankin (finished March 07)
  8. Annonymous Lawyer - Jeremy Blackman (finished March 07)
  9. Neutron Star - Larry Niven (finished May 07)
  10. Mort - Terry Pratchett (finished 2/6/07)
  11. Down and Out in London and Paris - George Orwell (finished June 07)
  12. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber (finished 24/6/07 - all 835 pages of it!)
  13. Helium - Tim Earnshaw
  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling (finished July 07)
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling (finished 22/7/07)
  16. Time Out of Joint - Philip K. Dick (finished 23/7/07)
  17. Twelve Bar Blues - Patrick Neate (finished August 07)
  18. A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (finished 19/9/07)
  19. The Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (finished 20/9/07)
  20. Ian Fleming - Casino Royale
  21. Ian Fleming - Live and Let Die
  22. Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
  23. Arthur C Clark - The Wind from the Sun
  24. Alfred Bester - Extro (finished Dec 07)

You've got quite a way to go to get to 100. You might want to try throwing in a few "one day" books. Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, for example (or any of his short novels) can easily be knocked off in a day. If you like mysteries, I find the work of the old grandmasters of the 50's and 60's to be great "one day" books. Try some Ed McBain, John MacDonald, Richard Stark, or Donald Westlake (Those last two are the same guy). To get to 100 in a year, you've got to read a book every 3 days or so. You've got 8 1/2 months to go and 92 books to read. You could still get to 100 if you wanted to, I think, but you might need to knock off a few small books to get caught up. How many hours a day do you spend reading?

I don't read every day, I thought making a list might motivate me byt not really. I will usually keep reading a book until I've finished it and have no problem finishing most books in a day or two. I'm aware I'm well behind schedule, but what I've done so far is more than last year :)

I'll take into consideration your recommendations for shorter books - I've already read Of Mice and Men but will investigate your recommended authors :)

Getting to 100 books in a year is really hard. You might want to consider a smaller goal until you work up the stamina it takes. The only analogy that comes to mind for it is from running: reading 100 books in a year is like running a marathon. You have to think about pacing and endurance and all those things. You have to build up the "muscles" it takes and you have to spend several hours a day doing nothing else. Except for this year (because I've been busy finishing my second master's degree and trying to get a job teaching English Literature), I usually spend 2 to 3 hours each morning just reading. I often set page goals for myself--usually a minimum of 100 pages a day. There's a lot of "statistics" involved. Here's the address to a website of someone who read 100 books in 2004 and kept track of all the variables you need to consider:


There's nothing wrong with a smaller goal. You have already read more books this year than most people (at least most people in my country). Maybe you could aim for 52 books in a year. A lot of people set that goal for themselves:




But even less would be good too--as long as you are having fun.

Good luck.

I'm becoming more aware that 100 books is a large target; if I could do at least 50 that would be an achievement, with more than that being excellent. However, the main point was to encourage me to read more often than I did last year. Getting too into the statistics of how many hours I need to read per day, and setting myself a minimum would make it seem more like a chore.

Those lists are helpful - thanks :)

I'm amazed that people where you are read so little! Where do you live?

I live in the good old US of A, where, according to the internet:

One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of
their lives. Many do not even graduate from high school.

58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

42% of college graduates never read another book.

80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.

Depressing isn't it?

That is shocking. Truly shocking.

I've try to do 100 last year and I've done 96!
But beside Sissi (~900) and Cleopatra, all the novels/comics were very small. I've been deceive by a lot of them because my choices were more for the size than the subject. I fall on some good ones by Jane Austen, Woody Allen and Tennessee Williams, but still, I feel like I was missing the point. I know what you mean by running, I will not do marathon anymore.

Since I'm sick and found television boring, I read a lot, but this year I just don't care about the time. My personnal choices are from the feeling now. A huge and very complete biography about Marie-Antoinette tooks me a month. My year goal is approx. 50, I already did the half, but I will not do it for the count anymore, it kills the pleasure. Too bad if I will not complete the goal...

I hope to everybody good reading this year!

I agree, it's much better to miss your target and enjoy reading than to read rubbish books just to make it. I've bought a few small books - Penguin publishers have a series out at the moment celebrating their 50th anniversary - but have bought them because I enjoy the authors, or think I will, rather than just because they're small and will get me points on my list quicker.

I'm glad that you're enjoying the books you're reading now :)

I read some in May, but didn't finish any it seems! I can't believe we're half way through the year already and I've read.. 10 books. Erk.

If it's not indiscreet, why so few? The books you are reading didn't interrest you that much? They aren't easy to read? Some novels are more easier than others. Maybe I could suggest didn't read too much books at the same time. For me, when I read many books, I can't immerse in the story and I tend to read slower... Maybe you do not have enough time to do the top 100. I hope it's not discouraging you to read. It will be for another year..

I love reading! I am just bad at setting aside time for it, with the distractions of the internet and constant communication with people. Even when I'm reading I'm thinking 'what's happening on the internet...'. It's bad, I know. I like to read at night before going to sleep but have been really busy with work since March, so sleep tends to happen as soon as I get into bed and start reading a few pages.

It's not bad really. You read more than the average people and you have to think about yourself too.

Howdy, Fleur: Nice list you are putting together here. I think you are doing a fine amount of reading. I just wanted to answer your question about creating a food list. If you click on the "my menu" link above and go to "genres," you should be able to select "food" from the list that pops up there. This link will also allow you to create any category of list you want.