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BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?

BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?
1richardderus Apr 5, 2009, 12:44pm aquascum of the German language LT loosed this list on the English threads, and I can't resist passing it on. Who's first? The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here: 2momom248 Apr 5, 2009, 12:53pm Oh wow I feel inferior as I've only read 14 of the above. ok Richard I can't figure out how to bold my selections on this list. 3SqueakyChu Edited: Apr 5, 2009, 1:08pm 26 finished 1 not finished (The Lovely Bones) Didn't want to copy the whole list! What does the list say about your reading habits? I've read more books that others have also read than I would have thought! 4DeltaQueen50 Apr 5, 2009, 1:04pm Sorry I am also a computer dunce! 6mckait Apr 5, 2009, 1:20pm 38... cooking and can't post list right now...... :) 7AHS-Wolfy Edited: Sep 18, 2009, 5:42am Only 15 for me *hides in shame* Though there are a few more included in my TBR pile with a couple more that will probably be added there as well. 8rebeccanyc 9kidzdoc Here is my list: Related:  Books, articles and more

The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit) Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time. Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference. I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read. PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine. So, without further ado, here are the Greatest Sci-Fi Books of All Time, ordered by upvote count: Dune Frank Herbert - 1965 "There's a reason it's the global top selling science fiction book of all time." - NibblyPig If you have a chance, track down the excellent full cast audiobook (unabridged!) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams - 1979 "I really love the cool combination of humor, philosophy, and sheer nuttiness of the entire series." - Scarbrow Ender's Game Orson Scott Card - 1985 Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov - 1942

50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years 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. The books we chose required some hard choices. We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 45.

The 10 Greatest Dystopian Love Stories in Literature This week saw the release of the brilliant Ariel Djanikian‘s debut novel, The Office of Mercy. Djanikian’s book drops you into a deliciously paranoid world that we’re confident will go down in history with the best of them, so we asked her to put together a list of her favorite dystopian love stories (just be sure to mentally add The Office of Mercy to her list). Here’s what she told us: “Dystopian tales seem to go hand-in-hand with scintillating, high-octane love stories: perhaps because dire circumstances have a knack of drawing people together, perhaps because claustrophobic repression makes the highs and lows of love affairs that much more potent. These ten books boast plenty of heart-stopping love triangles, as well as romantic pairings with some changes: robots, clones, and cyborgs get in on the action. They are love affairs that question how much feeling we have to offer, and how much trust we can risk in the face of political pressures. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

nosso clube de leitura . nuestroclubdelectura 10 New Must-Reads for March If it’s anything, March is a month of transition — that liminal space between February’s harsh cold shoulder and April’s underhanded promise of spring. So why not weather the awkward weeks reading? We know, we know, every month we have a vaguely metaphorical reason why it’s the perfect time to read, but we sincerely believe in all of them — plus, we can assure you that this March boasts a spectacular spate of new books, from essential reissues of forgotten classics to sparkling debut novels to new forms from modern masters. After the jump, check out our ten must-reads for the month ahead, and let us know what’s on your wish list in the comments. The Fun Parts, Sam Lipsyte (March 5) Sam Lipsyte’s books keep getting darker and darker — and perhaps it’s no coincidence that they keep getting better and better, too.

O Espanador 10 Great American Novel Contenders From the Past Decade This morning, we woke up to a poll over at Publisher’s Weekly‘s blog, PWxyz, asking readers to identify the Great American Novel. Fun! While we have no beef with the books on PWxyz’s list, we did notice that only two of the options — Edward P. Jones’s The Known World and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — were published in the last decade. Netherland, Joseph O’Neill (2008) Despite (or perhaps on account of) its somewhat unlikely premise — a Dutchman living in post-9/11 New York City who takes up cricket at the Staten Island Cricket Club — this book was much lauded for its dissection of American life, the perils of globalization, and the struggle for connection in a complex time. 10 Books to Read While You Wait for ‘Game of Thrones’ to Come Back March is finally here, which means the Season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones is right around the corner — relatively, at least. Though HBO has been ratcheting up our excitement with new trailer after new trailer, we still have almost three whole weeks to wait until we can see our favorite characters resume their various bloody escapades. So what to do with the time? Well, we’re assuming you’ve already read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series from front to back (or as close to a back as we’re got right now) — so why not expand in a literary direction? After all, in terms of hourly bank, fantasy book series last way longer than their TV counterparts, so we can guarantee many hours of entertainment. The Acacia Trilogy, David Anthony Durham An acclaimed author of historical fiction, Durham slips into the epic fantasy realm with his Acacia trilogy — though his roots are showing, and so much to the better.

The 25 Greatest Essay Collections of All Time Today marks the release of Aleksandar Hemon’s excellent book of personal essays, The Book of My Lives, which we loved, and which we’re convinced deserves a place in the literary canon. To that end, we were inspired to put together our list of the greatest essay collections of all time, from the classic to the contemporary, from the personal to the critical. In making our choices, we’ve steered away from posthumous omnibuses (Michel de Montaigne’s Complete Essays, the collected Orwell, etc.) and multi-author compilations, and given what might be undue weight to our favorite writers (as one does). After the jump, our picks for the 25 greatest essay collections of all time. Feel free to disagree with us, praise our intellect, or create an entirely new list in the comments. The Book of My Lives, Aleksandar Hemon Hemon’s memoir in essays is in turns wryly hilarious, intellectually searching, and deeply troubling.

10 Phenomenally Tricky Books Everyone Should Read This morning, we read Laura Miller’s piece on “sneaky author tricks” over at Salon, in which she muses on the dangers of metafictional, tricks-y writing — one of her points being that if an author’s going to do it, he’d better do it well. Like Miller, we are rather fond of authorial tricks, and considering that today is April Fools’ day, we thought we’d collect a few of the best here. Click through to see a few of our favorite tricky books. If on a winter’s night a traveller, Italo Calvino Oh yes.

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