This pearltree has so far been a compilation of recommended reading lists of multiple genres. Enjoy! Jan 3
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I think it's possible to add things to the discussion without criticizing the list. If it were 10 best ecological SF novels, then yes, Dune would be a glaring omission. But I take this more as a conversation starter, that might lead to folks picking up and reading something they might've missed. The Lorax and Dune are probably the most immediately obvious entries, and if you go with a 'Family Feud' type format, pretty soon you don't have room for anything written after 1980, or less well known. (Sort of) regarding Dune, I re-watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind the other day (soooo beautiful on Bluray!)
After scouring book reviews and Wikipedia, a list of the Top Ten Best Apocalyptic Novels was born. The books on this list take you down the darkest paths in uncivilized worlds, from cannibalistic gangs to vampire infected corpses. If this list doesn't get you thinking on the quickest way stock your basement full of water, canned goods and rifles, I don't know what will! Enjoy!
On Thursday we asked you what books have changed your life , and over 250 thoughtful comments later, it's clear you all have book shelves stuffed with meaningful tomes. Now it's time to share the love. Today we've compiled some of the titles that you mentioned the most, with summaries and links to Amazon so you can check 'em out further—and get a glimpse into the minds and lives of Lifehacker readers. The Bible (25 votes) Far and away our biggest vote-getter, we're not even going to try to describe what the Bible is and what it means. Thank goodness Wikipedia describes the Bible for us thusly:
Image by Jane Mount, Courtesy 20x 200 Yes, we read Freedom this year and yes, it was good. As Esquire put it, it “was one great slab of a book, at a time when most books have given up on greatness.” But there were other books in 2010, books that had to compete for our ever more challenged attention spans and won. So we asked a few members of the GOOD team & some of our good colleagues which book made their best list this past year. (And since discovering something you might have missed is one of the great pleasures of reading, no selections were disqualified for having been published prior to 2010).
In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE.
Submitted by Nidhi Chaudhary on Wed, 2011-04-27 14:22 Books take us on an incredible journey—sometimes real, and sometimes not—that hopefully encourage us to be creative, to realize what is possible, and to imagine new possibilities. What books inspire you? What books have really stuck with you? And what are you looking forward to reading?