best book lists

Amazon has a list of top 100 books to read.  I was not impressed with their list over all, and I’ve only read 40 0f them.

This is a list of the best 50 books you should read.  I’ve read 35.

NPR’s top 100 fantasy and sci-fi books.  I’ve only read 39 out of a hundred, but I’m a little offended that Andre Norton is not on this list.

I loved this list, which is probably why I’ve read 62 of 100:

“The Big Read was a survey on books carried out by the BBC in the UK in 2003, where over three quarters of a million votes were received from the British public to find the nation’s best-loved novel of all time.”

There’s another book survey based on this one, called ‘The BBC Thinks You’ve Only Read Six of These.”  I had read 64, although I realized later it’s 65- I read all the books in Pullman’s trilogy, but didn’t catch the trilogy when I was skimming.

I’ve only read 26 of Time’s all time best 100 novels– but then there was the small print:

“Welcome to the massive, anguished, exalted undertaking that is the ALL TIME 100 books list. The parameters: English language novels published anywhere in the world since 1923, the year that TIME Magazine began, which, before you ask, means that Ulysses (1922) doesn’t make the cut.”


Oh, this one looked fun: “Books that every English Literature student should read. This list is in alphabetical order.  In high school or middle school almost everyone had to read books like Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and The Scarlet Letter.”

60 out of 142

“These are the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990–1999 according the American Library Association.”
I have my quarrel with their standard for ‘challenged.’  I suspect they ignore some challenges and inflate some others that might be more like ‘Can you not put the picture of nearly naked Howard Stern at eye level to my toddler right next to the check out desk?’
I’ve read 35
“A list of the best selling books of all time, fiction and nonfiction best sellers. What are the best selling books of all time? Since religious and political books, such as The Holy Bible, are often given away for free, they have not been included on this list. These top selling books span multiple centuries, covering many genres and original languages. And if you think Harry Potter or Twilight top this list, think again, they’re not even close.”
54 out of 101, which put me in the top 2% of those who took the test.
Catch-22 was on about half the lists, and I didn’t check it off because I am not sure.  I think I read it.  But then I think maybe I just am very familiar with it because it’s such an icon for my generation.  I’ll have to doublecheck.
And I think it’s time for me to read Dune


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  1. Posted April 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Yes, read Dune. I’m on book 6 right now. Totally worth reading the original series.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted November 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      I read it. You were right. Fabulous.

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