1001 books to read before you dieI have various feelings about books of this sort. One is deep cynicism (‘Great Books’ and there are apparently only FOUR Australians?! You’ve got to be kidding) and it would be easier to debate the omissions rather than the inclusions. Then the morbid part of me questions whether you’re really going to care if you’ve read one or all 1001 once you’re dead anyway.

They’re the quibbles.

On the other hand, the competitive, knowledge-thirsty part of me wants to tackle the challenge. I doubt I will ever, ever, finish them all because I have already begun many of the titles only to put them down for various reasons: boredom being the most prevalent. Yes, okay, ‘Art’ should be celebrated, but most titles have greater meanings and destinies than to find a place in my humble little soul. Besides, (my) life’s too short for books that aren’t engaging.

So my goal is to review books from the list that I believe ought to be there. It will be a continuing project; if you look in the top navigation bar you will see a link to a page of the complete list.


Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood.