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Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« on: January 28, 2013, 11:41:36 PM »
So I and Jeni might have hijacked Sybil's thread a little (sorry!) so thought I'd move discussion over here. Have you ever taken a look at any of the literary lists such as 1001 Books (this particular list is a combination of several editions of the same 1001 list) or BBC Big Reads? How many have you read? Do you think they tend to be lacking? Is there a fantasy edition of the 'must read' list? (the latter may or may not be purely because I'm obsessed with lists) Discuss!

I always thought '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die' is a tad morbid sounding but hey ho.

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2013, 11:56:40 PM »
They are all so subjective. A nice starting point but don't feel you have to read every book on the list. Top 25 fantasy books is not bad but a bit dominated by recent reads. And somewhere there us a frankly bizarre top 100 fantasy book list.
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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 12:10:43 AM »
Oh I never would, I just like to get ideas for my TBR and what I should perhaps consider reading before everything else based on popular opinion and also my own interest. I'm just odd and find them interesting. And I think I know the top 100 you mean.. I do remember seeing one that just made me scratch my head and walk away.

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 12:32:22 AM »
What about this one - 1000 books everyone must read - from The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

My best results were for
Crime - 15
Sci-Fi and Fantasy - 19

I need to read more...

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 01:05:33 AM »
I think you need to get some sort of credit just for reading through those lists! I started, but honestly, decided if I am going to spend that much time looking at text, I'd rather read a book  ;D (Or in otherwords, I have read so few of the books on those lists, I dont want to look at them anymore :) )
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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2013, 01:34:00 AM »
What about this one - 1000 books everyone must read - from The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

My best results were for
Crime - 15
Sci-Fi and Fantasy - 19

I need to read more...

Do books I've "really honestly been meaning to get around to reading.. at some point" count? xD

Family and Self - 2
Love - 2
Science Fiction and Fantasy - 12

That's actually it! Jeez. Good list though. May gather from this one for the "classics reading challenge" if I ever get around to it. Seem to be focusing more on my new year's resolution of "just read more of what you want".

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2013, 12:03:33 PM »
What about this one - 1000 books everyone must read - from The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

My best results were for
Crime - 15
Sci-Fi and Fantasy - 19

I need to read more...

Comedy - 1
Crime - 1
Family and self - 2
Love - 1
Sci-fi and fantasy - 10
War and Travel - 1

Welp, I need to read more. Although I saw quite a few in those lists that already sit on my bookshelf.

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 01:56:55 PM »

Comedy - 1
Crime - 1
Family and self - 2
Love - 1
Sci-fi and fantasy - 10
War and Travel - 1

Welp, I need to read more. Although I saw quite a few in those lists that already sit on my bookshelf.

Yeah, as I say, there're a lot on the lists that I've been meaning to read for years.. I just chose to read what I really wanted instead. :D

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2013, 05:31:29 PM »
I end up buying books despite having plenty to read. But when I'm in a charity shop and I see one I think I'd find interesting, it's hard not to. :D

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2013, 05:50:13 PM »
I have read 91 of the 1001 book list, but yes, some odd choices. Where is Shakespeare, Chaucer or any poetry?
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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2013, 10:19:05 PM »
I think you need to get some sort of credit just for reading through those lists! I started, but honestly, decided if I am going to spend that much time looking at text, I'd rather read a book  ;D (Or in otherwords, I have read so few of the books on those lists, I dont want to look at them anymore :) )

Ditto. I always end up feeling so under-read when I see those lists.. Then I remember that I don't care, and go find one of the many books I DO have, and I read that. List be darned!!

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2013, 10:56:57 PM »
I think you need to get some sort of credit just for reading through those lists! I started, but honestly, decided if I am going to spend that much time looking at text, I'd rather read a book  ;D (Or in otherwords, I have read so few of the books on those lists, I dont want to look at them anymore :) )

Ditto. I always end up feeling so under-read when I see those lists.. Then I remember that I don't care, and go find one of the many books I DO have, and I read that. List be darned!!



Haha, indeed! I still find them fun though. :D

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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2013, 11:27:25 PM »
What about this one - 1000 books everyone must read - from The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

My best results were for
Crime - 15
Sci-Fi and Fantasy - 19

I need to read more...

Comedy - 3.5 (The Wind in the Willows, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Catch-22, some Tales of the City)

Crime - 0.5 (a little Count of Monte Cristo, about to start Native Son)

Family & self - 1 (Pictue of Dorian Gray)

Love - 8 (Breakfast at Tiffanys, The Virgin Suicuides *lol in the love section?!, Great Gatsby, A Room with a View, Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Portrait of a Lady, Norwegian Wood)

SF & fantasy - 17 (Hitchhikers Guide, The Master and Margarita, Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Night at the Circus, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Lord of the Flies, The Turn of the Screw, The Trial, Time Traveler's Wife (a must read, really?), Discworld, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, The Little Prince, The Hobbit, LOTR, The Midwich Cuckoos)

State of the Nation - 3 (The Plague, White Teeth, Vanity Fair)

Questionable additions and choice of heading aside, there are a lot of books on the list that I want to read/have heard of and thought about reading.

On the 1001 I do poorly until about the 1800s...
1800s - 13
1900s - 33
2000s - 5

So many on the list are, again my I-wish-I-could-buy-youuu wishlist.

Bookmarking both of 'em for a future Amazon book binge  ;)




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Re: Lists! Such as '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2014, 08:59:18 AM »
I really dislike these 1001 books (or whatever else) you must read before you die. Mainly it's the inclusion of the word 'MUST' when it should be just 'should' read before you die. I'd also say a majority of people wouldn't read that many books in their life let alone that specific list. Furthermore they would include such a wide range of books that even though they might be the best of their genre/sub-genre many would not be interested in them.

The best lists are ones such as '100 books fantasy lovers should read' and so on. I have a bookmark with '50 books to read before you die' which is a nice range of classics and modern classics and is very achievable without been daunting.

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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2014, 11:57:56 PM »
Ah, take 'em all with a pinch of salt. I'd much rather work through a list of "must read" fantasies than any pile of classics any day. Not that I work through any lists, just like to browse them. :)