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Lisa (mrswhams) | 730 comments Mod
Thought I'd create a thread for those '100 books you must read' type lists that are so irresistible! Apologies if this one has already been posted but it was new to me...

http://www.listchallengeapp.com/bookl...

As ever, some eclectic choices, but it is generally more sensible than some of these lists I have seen.

I got 39. I am a bit under-read in the modern classics like Life of Pi and Shadow of the Wind. Must try and resolve that in 2014.


message 2: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (cramptonhodnet) I love a good list. This is an interesting one, one of the better ones like you say.

I've read 30 and have 28 on my to read list. Some of them are quite long - big project to read Proust but I may be tempted to give it a go when the children are a bit older.


message 3: by Jo (new)

Jo Weston (joster) | 1697 comments Mod
You can't beat a good list so don't apologise for anything! Only on the app at the moment but will take a look later.


message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
I spend a lot of time looking at the lists on here:

https://www.goodreads.com/list


message 5: by Teresa (new)

Teresa | 85 comments I've read 56 and have a few on my Kindle to read. The best thing about these lists is that there are always books on them that I haven't read but appeal to me. :D


message 6: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie | 48 comments I got 54. Quite a few of the others are on my to-read list. I suspect that this is an American list as it refers to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (I don't really understand why they changed the title for the US). I'm quite under-read in American classics I think. Lots of good ideas for books to read next, thanks Lisa!


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Teresa | 85 comments Lizzie wrote: "I got 54. Quite a few of the others are on my to-read list. I suspect that this is an American list as it refers to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (I don't really understand why they changed..."

American publishers felt that American kids would not read a book with the word "philosopher" in the title. Other changes were made to the first book such as "crumpets" became "muffin" but apparently JK put her foot down on the rest of the books.


message 8: by Sam H (new)

Sam H  Arnold (samharnold) 38 which is more than I thought.


message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
A list and a half from the Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009...


message 10: by Jazzy (last edited Jan 12, 2014 02:07PM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I've got 57 for the first list but I really hated the Naked Lunch. And Shadow of the wind just didn't seem that good when I read it. It was alright, but I wouldn't say it's one of the top 100 books.
The problem with goodreads lists is that often the same book appears in different forms, part of a collection, etc.

I've copied the 1000 books. i'm quite pleased to see Empire of the Sun on it as it's tied for first place in my favourite books ever EVER!


message 11: by Teresa (new)

Teresa | 85 comments Paul wrote: "A list and a half from the Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009..."


So pleased to see my favourite book on here, The Magus, as it rarely appears on any such lists and it is a fantastic book.


message 12: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
This is another good article by Book Riot. One contributor asks should you throw away you TBR list:
http://bookriot.com/2014/01/27/throw-...

For me it is a no, but I can see some of his reasoning


message 13: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I did that about a week ago, weeded out all the to be read books, only left 5 unusual books so i won't forget they exist. But I don't own them and may never actually find them.


message 14: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (cramptonhodnet) I'm going to go through my GR tbr list and delete a lot of the books I no longer want to read.

This year I am being a lot more selective with the books I read - more of what I want to read rather then fulfilling reading requirements. Makes quite a lot of sense to me.


message 15: by Gail (new)

Gail | 126 comments Elizabeth wrote: "I'm going to go through my GR tbr list and delete a lot of the books I no longer want to read.

This year I am being a lot more selective with the books I read - more of what I want to read rather..."

I think the problem with my tbr list is that I am constantly adding to it because I read a review or a book is recommend by a friend. By the time I get round to thinking about actually reading it I have forgotten why it is on the list!


message 16: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie | 48 comments Paul wrote: "This is another good article by Book Riot. One contributor asks should you throw away you TBR list:
http://bookriot.com/2014/01/27/throw-...

For me it is a no,..."


Interesting article! I certainly have a TBR pile that does make me feel rather guilty sometimes, although as I get older I'm getting better at putting books down if they're becoming a chore. I certainly agree that reading should be something pleasurable rather than something you do because you feel that you "ought" to have read a certain book. However, I am aware that some of the books that I have found most rewarding to read are those which demanded a bit of work from me and which I probably wouldn't have picked up left to myself. Paradise Lost springs to mind!


message 17: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
A lot of the articles on there are well worth reading


message 18: by Liz (new)

Liz (lizzique) That's funny, I've always been a huge reader but never good at reading what is recommended or required. I don't know how I got an english lit degree. I read hardly anything that I was supposed to.

I've always been wary of book clubs for that reason as I don't want reading forced upon me. However, in going entirely with your whimsy, you do risk being constantly unsatisfied as I think you are possibly less likely to try more challenging books or are more confimed by your prejudices. You are constantly in your comfort zone as it were. I am anyway! It is SO hard to find a really completely enjoyable read.

Through this group and its mumsnet link I've rediscovered a very old love, fantasy and science fiction, so the recent discoveries of Wool, Game of Thrones and Carrion Comfort were all excellent and ones I'd have missed on my own.


message 19: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
How many have people read from this list then:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009...
I haven't totted them up yet!


message 20: by Debbie (new)

Debbie | 585 comments That list is fantastic. Guardian 1000 is the only other Goodreads club I'm part of. Very varied fictional reads.
I've been a member since Feb and still haven't got around to adding up how many I've read.


message 21: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1877 comments Paul wrote: "How many have people read from this list then:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009...
I haven't totted them up yet!"


Just read that list, does that count?


message 22: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
if only...


message 23: by Anna (new)

Anna (justanna) | 145 comments What makes a good list? When there's a lot of books you have read on it!?!!

I tend to find 'must read' lists annoying (probably because often as not I've not read many on them, ha ha ha) and it tends to puts me off the books too, it's as if they are snobby books.

I have book issues!!


message 24: by Paul (last edited Jun 08, 2014 04:21AM) (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
I know what you mean, especially when the author of a list insists that you life will not be complete until you have read all of them!

I tend to use them as a guideline or a framework. I for example have a list here which are from the Samuel Johnson Non Fiction prize. There are no all of them from the long lists but just the ones I want to read.


message 25: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1877 comments I find lists very useful when it comes to genres of books, some lists on here have some quite obscure books that I never knew about.

My favourite list on here is the drunken masters one.


message 26: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 492 comments Mod
You need to see a psychologist for your book issues Anna!
I quite like book lists to use a guideline too....and also because I'm nosy! People can be snobby about books though, in the same way as people can be snobby about other people's taste in music, so I can see why they are not for everyone though. Make your own list and tell people they haven't lived if they haven't read your books. :D


message 27: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1372 comments I love the book lists where I have read a lot of them. Makes me feel superior for once in my life. Haha


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

I love a good book list.

I'm adding a shelf for the 1000 books, I've read 80-90 of them (I lost count part way through, then when adding them realised I'd read some and just not remembered the titles). There are a lot on there I am really looking forward to reading, and only a few that don't really interest me.

The down side is that when I've added them all, my "to-read" list will stand at over 2000 books.


message 29: by Debbie (new)

Debbie | 585 comments Ha ha ha, that made me laugh. I think that's the reason I haven't had the G1000 list. It just gets too daunting!!! :)


message 30: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
Charlotte wrote: "I love a good book list.

I'm adding a shelf for the 1000 books, I've read 80-90 of them (I lost count part way through, then when adding them realised I'd read some and just not remembered the ti..."


Welcome to my world!


message 31: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
There are lots of the lists on Listopia Charlotte:

https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8...


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

But then I would have to add more to my list!! Husband has worked out at my current pace it'll take me 10 years to complete my current list. I need a reading holiday...


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

You have a pretty hefty to read list there Paul!!


message 34: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
And I haven't added all the books on my shelves at home yet...


message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Books on shelves at home don't count.

if they did I'd have to own up to having a serious problem :)


message 36: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
Phew!


message 37: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
For all those that love a good book list, this is the 100 books to read in a lifetime:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/browse.htm...


message 38: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1877 comments Woohoo. I have read 16 of them.


message 39: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
I have read 21, and 16 on my TBR. A a dozen or so that I will never read...


message 40: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 553 comments Weird things, lists. Enid Blyton twice? Dan Brown also twice? No George Eliot and not a single Bronte? Not to mention Virginia Woolf, Hilary Mantel, AS Byatt, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie and so many other fantastic writers...

I've read 46, mainly because I read lots of CS Lewis/Tolkien/Lewis Carroll etc as a child. Still a few on there that I'd like to read, but I'll be giving Dan Brown a miss.


message 41: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 492 comments Mod
I'm going through that list adding in the books I've read so I can feel smug for a nanosecond about what I've read!!


message 42: by Jazzy (last edited Jul 19, 2014 12:06PM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I've read 46 of them as well. - of Paul's. 51 from Lisa's.


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

I've read 68. A number of the others are on my To Read list


message 44: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I've thrown out my TBR list. I read 10-20 books at any given time. I just finish one then pick another one up. I'm always surprised that people have them.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) Lisa wrote: "Thought I'd create a thread for those '100 books you must read' type lists that are so irresistible! Apologies if this one has already been posted but it was new to me...

http://www.listchallengea..."


Good list - I've read 15 of those. A sad, small number. I make myself feel better since I know I have a lot of those waiting to be read on the TBR pile :) I didn't get into classics until the past few years.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) Paul wrote: "This is another good article by Book Riot. One contributor asks should you throw away you TBR list:
http://bookriot.com/2014/01/27/throw-...

For me it is a no,..."


Well, to me the key of this article is "If it's causing you stress..." Mine doesn't. It would drive my bonkers knowing I had literally hundreds of books on my shelf and not tracking what I'm planning to read. I find the organization of my TBR pile a great incentive, something which takes pressure off and tends to help reading burnout. But everyone is different, and you're right that this is a good article with valid points.


message 47: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
Welcome to the group Erin.

A lot on my list are speculative, and other are definitely to read. I.e. library books


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) Paul wrote: "Welcome to the group Erin.

A lot on my list are speculative, and other are definitely to read. I.e. library books"


Thank you - happy to be here :)


message 49: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5462 comments Mod
The Telegraph have published their 100 novels everyone should read:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/bo...


message 50: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1877 comments Read all those last week.


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