Newsweek has published a “meta-list” of The Top 100 Books of All Time.
And since they did it by plugging other people’s lists into a model, they didn’t even have to make a single decision. Fiction and non-fiction are mixed. Poetry and prose.
I’ve read five of the top ten, and about 35-40 of the 100, depending on how much of a book I have to have read to claim it. I mean, the Bible? I’ve read a lot. Shakespeare’s sonnets? I studied them, but did I read every one?
Interestingly, I OWN seven of those I haven’t read. I’m working my way towards reading them, like: “Things Fall Apart,” “An American Tragedy,” and “The Souls of Black Folks.”
But come on, is Winnie the Pooh really supposed to be on the same list as Slaughterhouse-Five? Are Shakespeare’s Sonnets really to be considered a book? And “Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung”? Is that a joke?
[Link from @foliosociety]