There's 164 books on the list, some of which I have already read and love, so it seemed like a great idea because I'm always frantically looking for book requests.
I've printed out the list and I'm going to score off every book as I read it - very high tec I know!
I originally thought I'd maybe give myself a time line of about a year but then my boyfriend pointed out that, even missing out the ones I've already read, I'd have to read a book every two and a half days. I'm an avid reader but I thought committing to that kind of manic reading schedule would be wildly optimistic even for me, so I revised my expectations and set myself the goal of getting it done by...some point.
The first book I picked off the list was Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde, thinking I would get one of the quicker to read books crossed off within a day or so. I knew it was going to be chick lit, but I figured it would be chick lit done really well. I hated it.
I know all of these types of books are going to be fairly formulaic to a certain degree, but this one just seemed predictable to the stage where I didn't even feel like I wanted to read to the end to see what happened and it was a struggle to finish it.
It wasn't the worst book I have read by any means (a bizarre book I read when I was younger about a girl inhabiting the body of an ape takes that honour) and I would probably wouldn't have been as annoyed by it if I had just randomly picked it off the shelf somewhere, but the whole "perfect library" thing gave me high (false) expectations, as did the calibre of a lot of other books on that list. The two books following it, for example, are Bridget Jones' Diary - (chick lit done brilliantly) and The Great Gatsby for gods sake!
ANYWAY, I refuse to let it put me off my perfect library challenge and next up is a massive book full of mini stories by Agatha Christie which I am sure won't dissapoint. (If it does I'll probably be ripping the list up and this post will be the first and last anyone hears of the perfect library)