Notes from An Alien

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What Are Your Favorite Book (Reading) Lists?


I usually have questions for my readers at the end of a post but I’ll start with some today from a previous post, The Best Books? ~ Whose Opinion Do You Trust?

“I guess the point to be made is that your list isn’t my list—or—The New York Times might not be your best guide—or—carry a handful of salt while you search

“What are your favorite ways to pick the books you read?

“Have any particular lists to recommend?

“Do you think publisher lists are better than reader lists?

“And, what really does make a book worth recommending??”

So, first, let me recommend a site, then the site can recommend some reading lists:

BOOK RIOT

From The Site:

“Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are.”

the only thing we like as much as books is talking about books with other readers.”

“Book Riot is a for profit venture that practices charity. We give two percent of gross revenue (no funny math, just 0.02 times revenue) to organizations whose efforts promote social justice in the areas of literacy, health, gender or educational equity….

Our Beliefs

  1. We create.
  2. We always prefer the book to the movie.
  3. We riot as a team.
  4. We geek out on books, embarrassingly so.
  5. We’re leaders.
  6. We practice charity.
  7. We miss our subway stop cause the book is that good.
  8. We are non-traditional.
  9. We believe in family (bookshelves and cats count).

Now the lists from their article The 10 Best Top 100 Book Lists (The article also has very nice descriptions for each of the lists):

10.  TIME’s List of of the 100 Best Novels

9. Book Riot’s 100 Greatest Novels 1893-1993

8. The Guardian’s Top 100 Bestselling Books of All Time (in the UK)

7. The Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Novels EverThis list appeared in the July 5/12, 2013 print issue of the magazine — and therefore, sadly, is not available online.

6. The 100 Most Influential Books of All Time

5. The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians

4. 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction

3. The Modern Library Best 100 Novels of the 20th Century

2. Goodreads Top 100 Literary Novels Of All Time

1. Top 100 Works In World Literature

There ya have it!

Do go check out the original article—the descriptions are often quite fun

Oh!  Now would be a good time to answer one of those questions from the beginning of the post :-)
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