Time to update my reading obsession. Unlike January, when I managed to read 12 short books, February had only two (neither terribly interesting), but this led to a landmark: I'd reached half-way through the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list. I don't know of anyone else who's done that. That's a lot of books! And, of course, since I started it, the list has been revised and now I'm below the half-way mark again.
There are more manageable lists, however. There's the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels Written in English since 1900. I've read all of them.
There was a lot of argument over that list, so there's a Radcliffe Rival List, also at the same site - I've read all of those, too.
Then, there's Time Magazine's 100 Best English Language Novels Since 1923. I've read 82.
And there's the London Observer's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time. I've read 81.
We're far enough into the century that it's possible to make a good list of the novels of the last century. While I enjoy a wide variety of books (I'm still the only person I know who regularly reads poetry), and my all-time best list would look like "Anthony Trollope: The List," what I'm really interested in from the 20th century is the dark-themed cooler-than-thou novels. I'm thinking of making a list.
The Killer Inside Me
That's the start of one scary bookshelf.
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