Skip to content
Advertisements

What Happens When I’ve Read All 101 Books?

I get asked this question a lot, either by a commenter on the blog or someone I know: What am I going to do AFTER I finish the 101 Books?

Great question.

And it’s one I don’t quite know the answer to…yet.

I have a few ideas rolling around in my brain, with either new lists, self-created lists, and no list at all. Whatever the case, I’m pretty certain this blog will still exist and, hopefully, I won’t have run out of ideas by then.

As I mentioned in my preview post for 2014, I hope to have more definite plans on a book later this year. Whether that is through a traditional publisher or not has yet to be determined.

How that pans out could possibly determine the direction of the blog, but I don’t really know for sure. The only thing I do know for sure is that I enjoy writing about books, and, at the moment, I plan to keep on writing about books.

So when might I finish the 101 Books project?

Another good question.

Seeing that I’m approaching my 70th book, I still believe about two more years is a safe bet. I’d like to think I’ll be wrapping up the Time list sometime around the end of 2015.

Speaking of what’s left, here are the 32 remaining books I still need to read. I’ll be tackling The Lord of the Rings this summer, and Ulysses will be my 101st book. Other than that, I don’t currently have anything planned out.

  • The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
  • Appointment in Samarra (1934) by John O’Hara
  • At Swim-Two-Birds (1938) Flann O’ Brien
  • The Berlin Stories (1946) by Christopher Isherwood
  • Brideshead Revisited (1946) by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) by William Styron
  • The Death of the Heart (1958) by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Heart of the Matter (1948) by Graham Greene
  • Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow
  • Housekeeping (1981) by Marilynne Robinson
  • A House for Mr. Biswas (1962) by V.S. Naipaul
  • Light in August (1932) by William Faulkner
  • The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Lucky Jim (1954) by Kingsley Amis
  • The Man Who Loved Children (1940) by Christina Stead
  • Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
  • Naked Lunch (1959) by William Burroughs
  • On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
  • The Painted Bird (1965) by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion
  • Possession (1990) by A.S. Byatt
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark
  • The Recognitions (1955) by William Gaddis
  • Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles
  • The Sportswriter (1986) by Richard Ford
  • To The Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
  • Under the Net (1954) by Iris Murdoch
  • White Noise (1985) by Don DeLillo
  • White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith

So today’s post is just an update on where the 101 Books project stands and some of my preliminary thoughts about the future.

As always, thanks for joining in on the fun!

Advertisements
32 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’ve wondered this for awhile!

    It’s good to hear you have plans in place. I think you should write a book about reading all these books. Or just collect all your blog posts into one. Could be interesting. 😉

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  2. Oh you have some great books still to go there! I was wondering what your plans would be, I do hope you continue. The rate I’m reading, I could still be here in 20 years time ploughing through the 746!

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  3. It’s a fun ride . . . your blog is one of my favorites. So keep on keepin’ on.

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  4. That is a great plan, I want to read the 101 books too!

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  5. shinobiswordsman #

    You could take fifty different words from each book and make a short story

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  6. You’ve got some great writers ahead of you. So there’s still much to look forward to. I think I’ve suggested this before to you. Why not make up a list of great books of the twentieth century in translation such as One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn and Death in Venice by Thomas Mann or make a list of short story collections such as Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger. One thing is for sure. I will continue to read your posts.

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  7. How about just keep reading? That’s what I did. I met my 100 book goal for last year and set one for 150 books this year.

    Like

    February 26, 2014
    • That’s pretty much it, but I’d still like some sort of theme. And that’s what I’ll be figuring out.

      Like

      February 26, 2014
  8. Just wondering (P.S. I only just found your blog so you may have covered this already) whether you’ve ever given any thought to audibly consuming some of these books? I know many avid book readers, myself included, prefer a hard copy with turnable pages, so there may be a personal preference issue there. On the other hand, I see you’re working through The Lord of the Rings, and I’ve finished all three volumes multiple times already just by listening to it while I’m at work, driving, in a waiting room, on an airplane, etc. I even did a post about it on my own blog (http://untamedshrews.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/real-talk-audiobooks-prevent-going-postal/). Anyway, good luck in your endeavor and I look forward to reading more.

    Like

    February 26, 2014
    • Welcome to the blog! Good question. Audio books are difficult for me because I get too easily distracted, so I haven’t been using them.

      Like

      February 27, 2014
  9. I’m very glad to have found your blog. I’ve always enjoyed reading those “101 Books You Should Read” lists solely to see how many I can check off as “read.” I love that you’ve taken an active approach to it!

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  10. I look forward to your thoughts on ‘Brideshead Revisited’ as I spent a good few months studying it this year for my coursework essay as part of my last year at school! This is an amazing project which I really enjoy following, best of luck in your next endeavours!
    L

    Like

    February 26, 2014
    • I’ve heard a lot of good things about that one. Actually can’t wait to read it.

      Like

      February 27, 2014
  11. Thanks for the update Robert. I think you should just continue to read everybook ever printed for ever….ha,ha. Seriously, I would very much miss your blog, so I hope you do continue past the list. There are all kinds of alternatives since the list was originally drafted even e.g all the novels shortlisted for the myriad of prestigious prizes since then e.g.man-booker,orange prize, pulitzer etc etc Even just the actual winners would be a substantial list in itself. But I’m happy to hear you are still enjoying the project and that you will continue in some way. Phew!

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  12. Luckily there are loads of other books after you have read the 101 so I think you’ll just keep going ….I hope so anyway . Looking at what you have got coming to read, I think you have some treats in store . The Adventures of Augue March is one of the best books EVER written, I promise :))

    Like

    February 26, 2014
    • Bob Berry #

      I’m particularly looking forward to Augie March. Thanks for the insight.

      Like

      July 15, 2014
  13. I’ve always wondered if you read other books in between, or have you only read from your list these past few years?

    Like

    February 26, 2014
    • Pretty much just from the list. I’ve read some books for work and that type of thing, but my free time is pretty limited so I pretty much stick to the list for now.

      Like

      February 27, 2014
  14. Project forever Robert!

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  15. Reblogged this on Geniality Coach and commented:
    Apa, ya?

    Like

    February 26, 2014
  16. Karley #

    I have a degree in English Literature and I am ashamed to say that I do nothing with it. I had planned on taking a year off and then returning to school to get my teaching license, taking some creative writing courses and possibly pursing my masters degree but alas, life doesn’t always play along.

    Just before I graduated I realized that there were many ‘classic’ novels that I’d never read. I spent some time locating what was touted to be the New York Public Library’s list of books everyone should read. The list was comprised of 200 books nominated by library patrons and librarians; removing any duplicates I ended up with a list of 182 books.

    I did alright at first but I confess that Henry James stumped me. I feel confidant that I will never need any help sleeping so long as I keep my copy of ‘Wings of the Dove’ on my bedside table. I applaud your efforts and hope that reading your blog will rekindle my own personal goal; though I might use your list instead as I see it does not include Henry James!

    My list did provide me an opportunity to discover some truly wonderful books that I probably would never have read of my own volition. You have inspired me once more! I’ve read 20 of the books on your list and I can see my copy of Catch-22 on my book shelf from where I sit.

    Good luck on your goal. I look forward to reading your blog – especially your review of ‘Lord of the Rings’. It has been my absolute favorite since I was fourteen.

    Like

    February 27, 2014
    • Keep at it! Reading from a list is kind of a weird thing, and I wouldn’t always recommend it, but it’s been fun for me.

      Like

      February 27, 2014
  17. Lord of the Rings is my favorite series! Enjoy! 🙂

    Like

    February 27, 2014
  18. I’ve read Lord of the Rings about five times now. No wonder my book list keeps getting longer and longer. ;o)

    Like

    February 28, 2014
  19. It’s nice to see that you are leaving your options open. I appreciate the fact that you are broadening your mind, step by step.

    Halee

    Like

    February 28, 2014
  20. Reading Middlemarch right now, wish it was on the list! I would love to know what you would choose as the memorable line in this one. I’m only on page 75 but already have at least 10 lines that I would choose from! Loving this book!

    Like

    March 1, 2014
  21. chubbles09 #

    http://knownandcherished.wordpress.com/

    Like

    March 3, 2014
  22. Sally Mitchell #

    The thing to do when you’ve read all 101 books is go and get your hands on copies of Adrenaline and On The Edge Of Death from John Benedict because it’s a crime that they are not already on every top 100 list in existence. Even the ones which were published before these books were written. But seriously they are exceptional thriller novels and I am yet to read anything better in the genre. http://johnbenedictmd.com/

    Like

    March 6, 2014

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Here’s What’s Next For 101 Books | 101 Books

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: