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What Are Your Favorite Book (Reading) Lists?

I usually have questions for my readers at the end of a post but I’ll start with some today from a previous post, The Best Books? ~ Whose Opinion Do You Trust?

“I guess the point to be made is that your list isn’t my list—or—The New York Times might not be your best guide—or—carry a handful of salt while you search

“What are your favorite ways to pick the books you read?

“Have any particular lists to recommend?

“Do you think publisher lists are better than reader lists?

“And, what really does make a book worth recommending??”

So, first, let me recommend a site, then the site can recommend some reading lists:


From The Site:

“Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are.”

the only thing we like as much as books is talking about books with other readers.”

“Book Riot is a for profit venture that practices charity. We give two percent of gross revenue (no funny math, just 0.02 times revenue) to organizations whose efforts promote social justice in the areas of literacy, health, gender or educational equity….

Our Beliefs

  1. We create.
  2. We always prefer the book to the movie.
  3. We riot as a team.
  4. We geek out on books, embarrassingly so.
  5. We’re leaders.
  6. We practice charity.
  7. We miss our subway stop cause the book is that good.
  8. We are non-traditional.
  9. We believe in family (bookshelves and cats count).

Now the lists from their article The 10 Best Top 100 Book Lists (The article also has very nice descriptions for each of the lists):

10.  TIME’s List of of the 100 Best Novels

9. Book Riot’s 100 Greatest Novels 1893-1993

8. The Guardian’s Top 100 Bestselling Books of All Time (in the UK)

7. The Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Novels EverThis list appeared in the July 5/12, 2013 print issue of the magazine — and therefore, sadly, is not available online.

6. The 100 Most Influential Books of All Time

5. The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians

4. 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction

3. The Modern Library Best 100 Novels of the 20th Century

2. Goodreads Top 100 Literary Novels Of All Time

1. Top 100 Works In World Literature

There ya have it!

Do go check out the original article—the descriptions are often quite fun

Oh!  Now would be a good time to answer one of those questions from the beginning of the post :-)
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Global Readers & Writers

I live in the U.S.A. but I work hard to be a productive World Citizen.

Quite often, nationalistic pride can stand in the way of readers finding writers from countries other than their own, whether that pride is in the reader themselves or is the pride of the publishing business in their country.

In many critical ways, our world is already global—the links and relationships of commerce assure that.

Since my readership is, still, predominantly in the U.S.A., I’ll share three articles I’ve found to direct attention away from my country.

First, an article about an African writer which clearly shows that the major concerns of an author are global:

My Life Would Have No Meaning If I Don’t Write

Next is a piece from Global Voices, a site that’s worth visiting regularly, about a Reading Initiative in Brazil:

Bicycle Brings Books to the Homeless

And, last, a link to a site that covers much more than one country:

Asia Literary Review

Do you have links to share in the Comments about World Literature?

Are you somewhere other than the U.S.A. and able to help us understand the literature of your own country?

Are you perhaps a translator or a bilingual reader?
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