The best is enemy of the good.
The profoundest truths are paradoxical.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Amazon's "100 Books To Read In A Lifetime"
The Ogress Trunchbull
Alan: I've probably read 40% of these books; am unaware of a quarter of them; and am inclined to approve most of the others, partly because I admire the author although I have not read the nominated book. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is one of Dahl's most mediocre book whereas his other children's books -- "The Witches" and "Matilda" -- are such shimmmering volumes that even adults should read them.
So many books, so little time. With this in mind, the Amazon Books editors set out to compile a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. We had a few goals when we started out: We wanted the list to cover all stages of a life (which is why you'll find children's books in here), and we didn't want the list to feel like homework. Of course, no such list can be comprehensive – our lives, we hope, are long and varied – but we talked and argued and sifted and argued some more and came up with a list, our list, of favorites. What do you think? How did we do? Tell us on Goodreads, where you can vote and add your own selections.