The Jules Verne Reading Challenge

Posted on December 31st, 2013

Voyages ExtraordinairesIt’s New Year Resolution time again and this year I’ve set myself a reading goal. Jules Verne’s most famous novels – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, were part of a sequence of 54 known as the Extraordinary Journeys. The goal, according to the publisher, was ‘to outline all the geographical, geological, physical, and astronomical knowledge amassed by modern science and to recount, in an entertaining and picturesque format … the history of the universe.’

I plan to read all 54. Perhaps I’m crazy. Let a 19th century European loose to write about the planet and you can expect inaccuracies, irrelevancies and political incorrectnesses, above and beyond the deliberately fictional elements. There’s probably a good reason not all of Verne’s books are famous.

On the other hand, they’re free to read, which is an important feature right now, and travel fantasy is my favorite genre. So off I go! Below is the list of the 54 books. I won’t be reading them in this order. Instead I’ll be grouping them by theme or skipping from one book straight to its sequel.

The Extraordinary Journeys

Click on the arrow for the full list and links to books I’ve read:

  1. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  2. The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
  3. Journey to the Centre of the Earth ~ 3. Finished 13 January 2014
  4. From the Earth to the Moon
  5. In Search of the Castaways
  6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  7. Around the Moon
  8. A Floating City
  9. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  10. The Fur Country
  11. Around the World in Eighty Days ~ 6. Finished 9 February 2014
  12. The Mysterious Island
  13. The Survivors of the Chancellor
  14. Michael Strogoff
  15. Off on a Comet
  16. The Child of the Cavern or The Underground City ~ 4. Finished 17 January 2014
  17. Dick Sand: A Captain at Fifteen
  18. The Begum’s Millions
  19. Tribulations of a Chinaman in China ~ 7. Reading next…
  20. The Steam House
  21. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
  22. Godfrey Morgan
  23. The Green Ray ~ 5. Finished 23 January 2014
  24. Keraban the Inflexible
  25. The Vanished Diamond
  26. The Archipelago on Fire
  27. Mathias Sandorf
  28. The Lottery Ticket
  29. Robur the Conqueror ~ 1. Finished 1 January 2014
  30. North Against South
  31. The Flight to France
  32. Two Years Vacation
  33. The Family Without a Name
  34. The Purchase of the North Pole
  35. Cesar Cascabel
  36. Mistress Branican
  37. Carpathian Castle
  38. Claudius Bombarnac
  39. Foundling Mick
  40. Captain Antifer
  41. Propeller Island
  42. Facing the Flag
  43. Clovis Dardentor
  44. An Antarctic Mystery
  45. The Mighty Orinoco
  46. The Will of an Eccentric
  47. The Castaways of the Flag
  48. The Village in the Treetops
  49. The Sea Serpent
  50. The Kip Brothers
  51. Traveling Scholarships
  52. A Drama in Livonia
  53. Master of the World ~ 2. Finished 6 January 2014
  54. Invasion of the Sea

Other Jules Verne articles on this blog

Jules Verne in Amiens – links to a travelogue at Voyages Extraordinaires.

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  1. Pingback: The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China, #19 of Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Journeys | Flying Carpet Books

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