Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lists of greatest books ever written

So, I decided to start reading books again. Those are not work related. I mean again, because when I was a teenager, I was simply eating then, one after the other. Therefore, shortsightedness, slightly deformed spine. But then I felt much more sophisticated, much more clever and experienced than I am now, after all my travels and seen/felt experiences. However, the older you get, that faster time goes by. I simply do not want just to read any book, I want to read books which are the best. Otherwise, life is too short to read boring books.

Thank god we have internet today. It is so simple to choose a good book. All I have to do is just to check the lists greatest books ever written. There many lists available. The final choice, which list (or combination of them) to follow is up to the reader.

The Big Read – The list made by BBC in UK in 2003 from the three quarters of a million votes to find the nations best-loved book of all time.

List of best-selling books – List is made by the estimated number of copies sold of each book, rather than the number of books printed or currently owned

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die – Provides a list of books compiled by over one hundred literary critics worldwide.

The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written – A list proposed by Martin Seymour-Smith (1928–1998), a British poet, critic, and biographer.

Modern Library (publishing company) 100 Best Novels – Modern Library used its editorial board (Daniel J. Boorstin, A. S. Byatt, Christopher Cerf, Shelby Foote, Vartan Gregorian, Edmund Morris, John Richardson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., William Styron and Gore Vidal) to find the best 100 novels of the 20th century.

Great books – A list for curriculum and made of books of contemporary significance (has relevance to the problems and issues of our times); inexhaustible (can be read again and again with benefit); relevant to a large number of the great ideas and great issues that have occupied the minds of thinking individuals for the last 25 centuries.

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