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Old 02-04-2014, 08:53 PM   #1
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Amazon's 100 Must Read Books

Amazon Announces 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

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“With 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, we set out to build a roadmap of a literary life without making it feel like a homework assignment,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at Amazon.com. “Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list. In other words, we applied plenty of the bookish equivalent of elbow-grease, and we can’t wait to hear what customers have to say about our final picks.”

The list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime encompasses a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, including children’s, teen, and young adult. It is intended to span decades. “We listed the books alphabetically by title,” said Nelson, “because our assumption is that no book is more important than another.” The Amazon Books editorial team will audit the list regularly to make sure it stays culturally relevant.
Here's the list. How many have you read?

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About 13 for me, but Valley of the Dolls? Really??
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47 here. And a handful or two that are on my TBR, like The Secret History, Life After Life, and Gone Girl.

I'm not particularly impressed by the SF choices - Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451, yes, but Dune over Hitchhiker's Guide?
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:33 PM   #5
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This article touches on Dune's significance-

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...e-endures.html

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47 here. And a handful or two that are on my TBR, like The Secret History, Life After Life, and Gone Girl.

I'm not particularly impressed by the SF choices - Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451, yes, but Dune over Hitchhiker's Guide?
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32. but helped along by Where the Wild Things Are, the enforced reading of Great Expectations, and, err, Valley of the Dolls.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat sent me on a 2 year nonfiction binge - serious gateway drug, that one.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:49 PM   #9
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Looks like it's 11 for me:
  • Dune - Frank Herbert
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Charlotte's Web - EB White
  • The House at Pooh Corner - AA Milne
  • The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  • A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
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http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...e-endures.html
Yeah, I've already read that article, at least two or three Dune books (can't remember how many others), and all of the books in that Wired top ten, and I still disagree. YMMV.
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I'm not particularly impressed by the SF choices - Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451, yes, but Dune over Hitchhiker's Guide?
...Dune is the all-time sci-fi classic; and probably my favorite book ever.
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I'm not particularly impressed by the SF choices - Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451, yes, but Dune over Hitchhiker's Guide?
GoodReads has Hitchhiker's at #29, so you're not alone there :]

The Secret History is in my TBR pile too - I'm a little leery of it, since the last author that was hyped that hard to me was a massive, smug disappointment.

A lot more WTH? on the GR's list, but also some titles Amazon missed - Watership Down and Grapes of Wrath should maybe replace a few of those bestsellers, maybe.
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40. I don't think the list is close to great, I mean Percy Jackson? I read it but it is not on my top 100.
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40. I don't think the list is close to great, I mean Percy Jackson? I read it but it is not on my top 100.
It seems they are trying to make it a "lifetime of reading", hence the children's and teen books being a big part. I think if you surveyed middle-grade/teens right now, Percy Jackson would make top ten if not top five. In ten or twenty years, maybe not so much; time will tell.
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