It has been brought to my attention, dear readers, that I haven’t posted a Top 100 book list in a while, and that the ones that I have posted have been very American/English-centric. So, I’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone and give you this fun list of the top 100 books in world literature. The best part? It was put together by literature teachers from around the country with the intention of teaching these books in classrooms. Yay, learning!
Happy Friday dear readers! I hope your week has been manageable and that your last day before the weekend is going smoothly. Now, I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I oftentimes spend my weekends either catching up on my reading or going out and tracking down new books to add to my pile. Sometimes I glean ideas from book lists like the ones I posted earlier this week, Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels and Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels; most of the time I just walk around waiting for something interesting to catch my eye.
Every once in a while, though, when I’m browsing the shelves at my local library or bookstore, I think to myself, “What would David Bowie pick?” Oh, you do too? Well, we’re in luck, dear readers, because thanks to an exhibit going on at the Art Gallery of Ontario called David Bowie Is we now know exactly what David Bowie’s personal Top 100 Books are.
Said no book nerd ever
As I mentioned earlier this week in the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels post, there was a bit of a book list “feud” going on in the late 90s over which 100 books should be classified as the best 100 English-language books of all time. After all, who can ever agree on just 100 books? That’s far too few, even if you do limit your literary time frame to only books published in the 20th century. So, very shortly after Modern Library published their list of 100 Best Novels in the New York Times in the summer of 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course released their own Rival 100 Best Novels List (at the Modern Library’s request. Sneaky book loving feudsters!).
Why I can’t go on Amazon anymore…
So, we all know that top 100 book lists get people riled up. Everyone has an opinion on what should and shouldn’t qualify a book for being on a booklist, and sometimes the titles that pop up on lists–even if they do meet that list’s qualifications–are a bit…befuddling (remember how Fifty Shades of Grey was #100 on Book Riot’s Zero to Well Read list? Yeah. Befuddling.). And while the Internet has made it easier for people to voice their discontent over the contents of various lists, bickering and arguing about what books should be placed on lists is hardly a recent phenomenon. In fact, back in the late 90s, people disagreed enough on top 100 book lists that there was, in essence, a battle of the book lists between Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels and Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best novels. Continue reading
On the off chance you haven’t noticed this already, dear reader, I must confess that I find book lists absolutely fascinating. Each one is completely different from the last, which means you can get all sorts of different book ideas for your next trip to the library and/or bookstore. Not only that, but sometimes these differences between lists can offer insight into what sorts of writers are popular in what decades. Some books that show up on the BBC’s The Big Read or TIME Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Novels, both of which were published in the 2000s, didn’t make the cut for some of the 2013 lists, like Book Riot’s Zero to Well Read in 100 Books, or, this week’s list, Entertainment Weekly’s 100 All-Time Greatest Novels Ever. Continue reading
Ever wonder what the top 100 most challenged books of the 2000s were? Of the 90s? Well, you’re in luck, dear reader! The American Library Association knows the answer to not one but both of these questions! In honor of this last (week)day of Banned Books Week, I’ve gone and compiled both of those top 100 lists so that you can see:
- what books were challenged in what decade
- which ones are being continuously challenged throughout the years
- see all the silly titles people are taking issue with (cough cough Captain Underpants cough cough)
- get some ideas for new books to add to your list.
After all, isn’t it fun to read a book that somebody else thinks is so deviant that they tried to take it away from people? It sends such a rebellious tingle down my spine!
Checking out all the books on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist and longlist had me wondering which of the titles will wind up on book lists like 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, BBC’s The Big Read, and Book Riot’s Zero to Well Read over the next few years. So, of course, I just had to go out and find even more prominent booklists to see what the other competition would be! I’m nothing if not predictable, am I right? Continue reading