Monday, July 07, 2008

Top 100

What the Internet is Good for: Another List

By chance I came across Nick Hornby's blog post today, where he writes about Entertainment Weekly's new list "The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008." I've never read any of Hornby's novels, and I doubt I'll read #88 on the list, Hornby's High Fidelity.

The Internet is rife with lists, and I'm sure someone will eventually make a list aggregator (if there isn't already one impervious to my feeble search attempt), so we can skip having to look for 'em.

What's the top 10?

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)

Of those, I've read half. Out of the 100, I've read 12. Quite a drop off no doubt. I guess that's what this list is about: Seeing what you've read, seeing what you should read, agreeing and disagreeing. And then writing about them in a post on a blog on the Internet.


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