I am always a sucker for book lists that ask things like: Have you read more than 6 books on this BBC book list? (I've read 47/100, which made me feel pretty good). Or, "How well-read are you?" (Gulp, just 40 out of 155). Or, how many of the 100 best-loved novels of all time have you read? (44, so a little better). And of course, How many of these top 101 crime novels have you read? (Just 18, ouch)
And then I look at what the "experts" identify as the "best" 100 novels. The Modern Library's 100 best novels (I've read 18 of 100). One hundred best American Novels (1770-1985) (I've read 12 of 100). And, of course, responses to such lists (I've read 13 of 100). And lists that combine both such lists. (For the record, I've read 31 of 100).
The lists are fun, but sometimes, puzzling. (Seriously, Ayn Rand? Not sure I'll ever see the attraction there). Mostly these lists just remind me of all the books I want to read, but haven't gotten around to it. So I thought I'd create a list of books I thought that I've wanted to read. See if any are on your to-be-read pile!
[update: I have actually crossed one off my list!]
Books in the "Why am I waiting to read this?" category:
Books in the "This looks interesting, I'll read it if I remember it" category
Books in the "It MUST be good because everyone loves it but I couldn't get into it the first time I tried" category
Let me know how many of these you've read! (and since I need to prioritize, let me know which one I should read first!
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