List Challenges and Book Lists

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 10.27.17 PMI recently discovered List Challenges, the website. I do like list challenges, especially ones about books. And here are a whole bunch of them:

NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
(I’ve read 32 of these, and saw a bunch more that I’ve been intending to get around to reading. It really is an excellent list.)

Top 25 Fantasy Books, from IGN
(I’ve read 11 of these.)

101 Best Selling Books of All Time
(I’ve read 27 of these, but more to the point, these books made for a really odd collection. They aren’t themed or anything, just the books that have sold the most copies. Very odd.)

Modern Library 100 Best Novels (Modern Library ran the poll in 1998)
(Urg. Here are the Great Classics, the real, high literature. I’ve only read 6 of these books, and only enjoyed 3 of them. Just, urg. There’s only so much delving into the human condition that I can take and it’s not that much.)

BBC’s The Big Read – Best Loved Novels of All Time
(I’ve read 30 of these and loved most of those.)

The 50 Best Books for Kids (from the National Education Association)
(So I’m not exactly the audience for this list anymore, but I’ve still read 25 out of the 50, and not all of them while I was a kid. These are good ones, and also include books for a range of ages, from picture books for toddlers to young-adult readers.)

The 20 Best Books of the ’00s
(Now, this is just embarrassing, but I’ve only read 1 of these 20. At least I recognize several more?)

NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
(I’ve read 31 of these.)

This website of lists is a major time-sink so I had better tear myself away from it so I can go do something at least moderately productive. But you, dear reader, should definitely go and lose yourself in the various lists. How many of these books have you read?

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2 comments on “List Challenges and Book Lists

  1. Anna says:

    Oh, lists, how do I love thee! Anyway, I didn’t do nearly as well as you:

    NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books: 21
    Thank goodness for Neil Gaiman, who gave me at least three of these; also, so glad to see some of my favorites, like The Last Unicorn, Sunshine, and Doomsday Book.

    Top 25 Fantasy Books, from IGN: 7
    Mostly overlap with the NPR’s listed books which I had read.

    101 Best Selling Books of All Time: 23
    Thank goodness for the picture books in the list; that’s where I really shone!

    Modern Library 100 Best Novels: 17
    Ha! I had strong hopes that this would be where I beat your number! I still didn’t make a great showing, though. (8 of them were school assignments, too.)

    BBC’s The Big Read – Best Loved Novels of All Time: 32
    I started out strong, but then petered out, so was afraid that I would fall behind. Good thing four separate Harry Potters were on there.

    The 50 Best Books for Kids: 21
    Hmph. They have some glaring, bear-related omissions. Where’s Paddington and Corduroy? Ooh, and what about Ferdinand?!

    The 20 Best Books of the ’00s: 4
    I did better than you, but not enough so that I feel like I can gloat. I’ve definitely had a lot more than four of these recommended to me.

    NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels: 30
    And I’m counting this as tying with you, since I think they overstacked their numbers with Tamora Pierce.

    General conclusion: I really, really need to push my way through Watership Down because that book just kept showing up.

    • Rebecca says:

      Hee! Lists really are fun. And reading Watership Down is a good conclusion to come to. In some ways it’s like a more grown up version of Rats of NIMH.

      As for you not doing as well as me, I think you might have done better both by reading a better class of novel and not having read some of the shlock I have.

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