My 1001 Reads

In an effort (which hopefully will not be ultimately futile) to educate myself on the best reads this world has to offer, I’ve decided to join the bandwagon that is reading books off of the 1001 list. And yes, while I am well aware that reading through the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list is quite hazardous to one’s health in more ways than one (people take this very seriously, this actually reading 1001 books before you conk out, even going so far as to delaying deaths just to hit that 1001 mark), when you’re young and carefree and going on 21 22 like me, you’d wanna live life on the edge.

Sigh, I can’t believe living life on the edge for me is reading a thousand books.

Anyway, I’ve set my sights on reading at least 15 24* books on the list annually. In the spirit of fair play, I’ve spent a good week or two compiling, verifying and painstakingly befriending one of life’s greatest inventions that is the spreadsheet, in the end coming up with the ultimate 1001 list, combining all books listed from the three separate editions [2006, 2008, 2010]. Yes, it is available for download: 1001 Reads list.

Oh, and if it just so happens that you’d want to compare reading progress with me, you can check out which books I’ve read by taking a peek at this really crude spreadsheet.

* I decided to up the ante by trying to read at least two books on the 1001 list every month, because I am competitive like that, yo.


  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy [all editions]
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz [2010]
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger [all editions]


  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker [all editions]
  2. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro [all editions]
  3. Foe by J.M. Coetzee [2006]
  4. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto [2008, 2010]
  5. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid [2008]
  6. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen [all editions]
  7. Essays in Love / On Love by Alain de Botton [all editions]
  8. The Godfather by Mario Puzo [all editions]


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