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About the 130 Challenge

Hi there! This is the list of 130 books that I will be reading and reviewing in 2014 (phew!). A couple of these I have read before, and some I have started but never finished. Not anymore. This year, I solemnly swear to devour each one thoroughly and (hopefully) live to tell the tale.

So there you go.. Here’s the list in no particular order (here’s a nice story behind the compilation of this list).

Books that I have read will be striked-through like this.
Books that I haven’t found anywhere or haven’t bought, will be in black.
Books that I have with me (and currently reading) will be in green.

All book titles link to their page on Goodreads, so that you dear reader, can check them out too (you’re welcome :P).

Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
Foundation’s Edge (Foundation, #4)
Foundation and Earth (Foundation, #5)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Brave New World
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #1)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Brief History of Time
Kane and Abel (Kane and Abel, #1)
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Lord of the Flies
Sense and Sensibility
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Everybody Out of the Laundromat, I Need to Think!
The Hobbit
Crime and Punishment
The Iliad
The Metamorphosis
The Sun Also Rises
The Time Machine
The Brothers Karamazov
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Atlas Shrugged
 The Sense of an Ending
The Fault in Our Stars
Fight Club
Norwegian Wood
And Then There Were None
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, #1)
A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)
The Name of the Rose
The Pelican Brief
No Country for Old Men
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #1)
 The Wasp Factory
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
 Swimming Home
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
 The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st Century
Under the Tuscan Sun
Love in the Time of Cholera
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Woman of No Importance
Tell Me Your Dreams
Lady Windermere’s Fan
The Importance of Being Earnest
Industrial Society and Its Future
Sin City, Vol. 1: The Hard Goodbye (Sin City, #1)
Selected Tales
The Yoga Sutras
The Hungry Tide
The Inner Courtyard: Stories By Indian Women
Em and The Big Hoom
The Guide
The Inscrutable Americans
To Mock a Mockingbird: And Other Logic Puzzles
The Bastard of Istanbul
Tank Girl (Tank Girl, #1)
Outliers: The Story of Success
Good Night, Mr. Tom
 The Girl in Blue
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
City of Thieves
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Golden Gate
Fowler’s End
Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking
Flowers for Algernon
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1914-44
House of Leaves
V for Vendetta
And the Mountains Echoed
The Prophet
The Class
The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
 Habu Ki Aag And Other Stories
 Beyond The Last Blue Mountain: A Life Of J. R. D. Tata
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity
India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
The Man-Eater of Malgudi
 The Body
The Pregnant King
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
War and Peace
The Gun Seller
The Handmaid’s Tale
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
The Color Purple
The Remains of the Day
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
Johnny Gone Down
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
The Emperor of All Maladies
The Golem and the Jinni
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
 Oranges for Christmas
The Little Prince
The Accidental Prime Minister : The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh
Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything
Kafka on the Shore
The Stranger
Fahrenheit 451
The Call of Cthulhu
Nine Princes in Amber (Amber Chronicles, #1)
Full Dark, No Stars
The Trial
India’s Struggle for Independence
Foucault’s Pendulum

That’s it. 130 books y’all!



  1. I wish I could say “Race you there, mate” but I can’t :-(


  2. Do you specifically want physical copies? Looking through your list I noticed there were a lot of classic which are freely available on . (Its a website that allows free download of all the out of copyright books they’ve managed to type up, over 42,000 of them in fact). Hope that helps!


    1. Edit: classics


    2. Thanks Zoe! That will surely help me a lot :)

      I read ebooks from project gutenberg, so yeah that’s there. But I prefer hard copies. Better feel to them :)


  3. Impressive list – good luck! You have a few short novels/quick reads that should hopefully you make up for time when you’re reading some of those big ones. I can’t believe you’re going to read Vanity Fair and War and Peace in the same year! I really hope you make it!


    1. Thank you very much, Jen!

      That was the idea, to have short books to make up for time lost on big books. It’s going to be an uphill task. Hope to see you around when I do it :)


  4. · · Reply

    Good luck to you…been checking in daily, not sure if you’re too busy reading to update or if you’re too busy to read…hope it’s going well!


    1. Hey Justin! Thank you very much. I’ve been caught up in a lot of work and couldn’t concentrate on reading. Doing light reading until this passes and then I’ll storm through them books :P

      Review of The Trial by Franz Kafka coming soon (spoiler: totally bizarre book).


      1. Hello! Finished my 5th book today. Here’s the review for The Trial


        1. · · Reply

          Awesome, great review…it’s on my ever growing list now!


  5. Wow – very impressive list. War and Peace is going to take some getting through! I managed to read it once when I did a lot of commuting by train. Good luck :)


    1. Thank you! My strategy is to finish light books on commutes and to spend my weekends and other long holidays with the big ones.


  6. I may possibly be the only person you know who owns a copy of Indian Courtyard (in fact my copy is nicked from my grandpa! ;) ). Rare to find and extremely difficult to put down! So, I lend it to you under the condition that I get it back as soon as you’re done, please?! :D


    1. Of course! I treat books like my babies. And I had listed that book to read only because you spoke so highly of it. So, it is your responsibility to get me that copy. When will you give it to me? September?


      1. September it is! :-D


        1. Great!


  7. You should put in saying what book has been replaced by what! I know it is difficult, but that would be a good record to keep.


    1. I thought of that, but by then, I had already changed the books and now I don’t have any record of which books they were. Sorry.


  8. I think it is time you started Kane and Abel. And never keep it down. You’re saying you’ll read only #1, but I would suggest you read #2 right after. I blows up in your face. Avoid #3. Not related.

    Before I oversell this, I should make a convenient exit. READ IT!


  9. Wow, impressive list, with many classics :)
    I too love reading classics. I mostly download them from Feedbooks.
    I wanted to contact you about review of my latest novel Lemon Girl. But seems like your time is already full! Still, if you are interested, do drop me a line at
    You can check out the book here::


    1. Hi Jyoti!

      Thanks for stopping by. I would have loved to review your book. But as you can see I’m already swamped. All the best!


      1. Yes, I can see that. It’s a long list, and with books like War and Peace and Hunchback of Notre-Dame, it’s heavy too!


        1. Those books I’ll be reading next year. This year, I shall wrap up with light titles. Around 52 books I’ll finish I guess.

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