As the AVI pointed out in the comments on my last post, book lists are troublesome. Are we ranking books that are important, books that are supposed to be important, books that we’re reading or books we want people to think we’re reading? What makes a good book anyway?
That being said….here’s a list of 623 books, compiled from 13 different “100 best books” lists (actually, now I’m confused…it says 623, but if you scroll all the way down it’s 624).
I’ve read 127, in part because I was working on the Modern Library’s top 100 novels list for a while. It shows that my focus was on top novels too….I’ve read 39 out of the top 50, and 100 of the books I’ve read were in the top 300.
So how is this list skewed? Well for starters I know the Modern Library list was supposed to be English language novels from the last century. From the looks of the main list, some of the other lists included translations and older books, along with nonfiction. Still, the name of the website sort of takes care of any complaints….all they’re claiming is that this is “a list of books”.
Which, of course, it is.