APPeal – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die | App Shopper

So, way back in 2006 (pre-Jorie’s Reads Days) one of my bookish friends, Ryan (a Reader of the Month), introduced me to the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Little did he realize what a monster he created! Nonetheless, I owe this list (which updates every 2 years) some gratitude simply because it has led me to some on my favorite books.

When attempting this huge TBR list, one MUST MUST MUST check out Arukiyomi’s site. Thanks to Arukiyomi, I’ve been able to download spreadsheets and now there’s an APP. While this APP costs $4.99 in the US, I’ve already found it worthwhile. With this APP, I can view all editions of the 1001 Books and mark according to whether I’ve read it or want to read it. You can factor in your gender, age, and reading rate for a projected time when you would have read all 1001 books.

Oh, and for all you movie buffs out there, there’s a similar APP for the 1001 Movies, too!

They Did It Again… 1001 Books

Official 1001 Books Spreadsheet v5 | Arukiyomi

They added more books in the 2012 edition. Fear not, though, for Arukiyomi has come to the rescue yet again. For a little dough, you can have your own copy of v5 Spreadsheet. Coming soon, APPs of the 1001… Before You Die. 

Banned Spreadsheets? | 1001 Books Enthusiasts Unite!

Allow the 1001 Apps and Spreadsheets! | Arukiyomi

A favorite challenge of mine has been the 1001 Before You Die series. This includes books. Thanks to a friend, I’ve been hooked since 2007. I rolled with the punches in 2008 and 2010 when these sadists decided to change up the lists, too.

Through it all, though, Arukiyomi has created and maintained phenomenal spreadsheets which have helped others and me to keep up with 1001 Books… His charts tell of new books added and old books dropped, how long it’ll take for someone to accomplish such a feat, and many other things. A donation via PayPal allowed a user more bells and whistles.

The other day, Arukiyomi sent out a plea for help because the publishers of the 1001 Before You Die series have asked him to remove the spreadsheet from sale saying that due to a breach of their copyright and damage to their sales. In addition, the publishers say that the apps he released violate. So, he had to remove the apps from sale as well.

So, how can you help?

  • Please sign the petition online at
  • add your own message showing your support when you sign. This will really make an impact. I intend to send the publishers a link to the petition so they can see for themselves the demand that’s out there once I get a good body of signatures.
  • repost the link to your blog, Facebook or other forums you’re part of


Top Ten Bookish Websites/Organizations/Apps, etc. | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



June 28: Top Ten Bookish Websites/Organizations/Apps, etc. (aside from book blogs — things like Goodreads, Project Night Night, Paperbackswap, etc.)

  1. Amazon – Often, I refer to Amazon for publication, recommendations, and I even buy books there. The service is good and reliable and worthwhile, especially when I was a student.
  2. KDL What’s Next™ Database – I’ve noticed numerous sites mentioned today that offer a similar service. Kent District Library assists bibliovores in reading series in order. What a concept? On average, I consult this database at least once a day.
  3. GoodReads – This is another popular one today. I can post books I’m reading, reviews, generate memes, etc. Also, I can connect with bookish friends and see what they’re reading.
  4. GoodReads App – The app pretty much does the same thing as the site. One of the bells and whistles I particularly enjoy is the barcode scanner which pulls the ISBN directly from the book and into the app.
  5. LibraryThing – LT is much like GoodReads but a nuance I enjoy is the recommendation. This makes LT like Pandora for books and I appreciate it.
  6. Arukiyomi – This is a must view site for those of us who are attempting to read the 1001 Books. Arukiyomi has created spreadsheets with all versions of the list (2006, 2008, 2010, the core, etc) which are free. Also, he provides great reviews of all sorts of books and I love the tag cloud.
  7. WorldCat – How cool is that I can log into one site and see what libraries own To Kill a Mockingbird? Another fave feature here is the “Cite This Item” link – in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian).
  8. iBooks – I was reluctant to use this App until I found there are free classics – The Bible, Mansfield Park, – you know.
  9. OverDrive – This app works great on iPhone and I’m a “Recorded Books Reader” so to speak (forgive the pun). When I listened to Dracula last fall, I felt I was in the forest with Jonathan Harker.
  10. WordPress – Here, I can express all sorts of things about books I read. Also, I noticed Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish for the first time on the WP homepage!

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Several months ago, one of my best friends asked me, “How many of them have you read?” These were the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I was sad that I had read less than 3% of the books listed. Some of these books were ones I had not even finished. I asked myself “Who came up with this?”

Since the time I first received the list, I found out there was a whole book on this. After checking it out from HCPL and scanning it, I have gone to work on this list. As described on the 43 Things Site:

Each work of literature listed here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word. These works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries, including Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyce), Cedric Watts (renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene), Laura Marcus (noted Virginia Woolf expert), and David Mariott (poet and expert on African-American literature), among some twenty others. (Description from

I doubt that I will ever read all of these. In fact, I nearly refuse to read some of these works. Yet, it’s a nice diversion and I find it interesting that a group of people could meet some sort of consensus on what was best. I even found a terrific Excel spreadsheet on the Arukiyomi site specifically for this book list. There are book reviews, too. Several of the books I will review will be on the 1001 Books list. I hope you enjoy my latest selections. Comments are encouraged!

~ Jorie