What I discovered while reading through Peter Boxall’s ‘1001 books you must read before you die’

A bookish observation

While reading Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I’ve discovered it’s not just a list of books. It is also the source of some self discovery helping me understand what I don’t want to know about and what I do, a very enlightening realisation. I’m realising how narrow the boundaries of my reading taste are. My strategy for the book is to slowly read through all the previews. When I find a potential book to read, I add the book to my To-Be-Read-List. I’m only one third of the way through the book at the time of writing this blog post.
1001 Books you must read before you die edited by Peter Boxall
This process has demonstrated to me how few subjects interest me, for example, I’m not into Si-fi nor fantasy, I’m not into reading about revolutions, violence and/or stories about the oppressed, the insane, nor battles. The books written by authors considered “genius” who write experimental dense miserable stories that you need study guides to get through are just not on my list.

It’s all food-for-thought as part of an “examined” life. I’d like to expand my reading taste so I will, over time, find books that take me a little out of my safe zone.

Great stuff!  I’ve added this book to my List of Betterment.

Set out below are some of the books I’ve placed on my 1001 Books Wish List, potentially to be read at future date.

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2 comments on “What I discovered while reading through Peter Boxall’s ‘1001 books you must read before you die’
  1. I think books like this are interesting in terms of studies as to what someone else thinks you should read. Personally, I think it takes a tremendous ego to title one’s list of recommended books thusly, but then I tend to not like being told what to do. I agree that it’s easy to get trapped in comfortable roots and to venture out into untried areas–I’m not much into sci-fi (that is, alien worlds and aliens visiting) but I love supernatural and time travel books. I’m not into horror but I admire Shirley Jackson’s writing so I read her stuff.

    Is that the only Douglas Adams’ on the list–I’ve not read it, but I loved his “Last Chance to See,” which was about animals that are on the brink of extinction. I wonder if a better book, at least one whose premise doesn’t offend me, is “1001 Authors Whose Works You Should Sample Before You Die.”

    • hadn’t heard of Shirley Jackson until you mentioned her, so I went to Wikipedia where it told me her generalised genre was mystery and horror. It was interesting to learn that she influenced Stephen King. I’m keen to learn as much as I can about authors and their writings that’s why I’m totally absorbed for at least an hour, if not two, each day, trawling through my RSS LitBloggers posts, including your “Reading, Writing, Working, Playing Blog” – http://janegs.blogspot.com.au/ ). I realised, after writing my blog, I’m open to reading about time-travel and a little magical realism, sometimes. Currently I’m reading “The Map of Time” by Felix J Palma which is has a time-travel in it. I find it’s easier to list the things I don’t like than to pin down the things I do. Food for thought!