A list of book lists

bookshopWhat can I say? It’s that time of year and I’m more than a little obsessive-compulsive anyway.

I like book lists as an opportunity to find the next good book to read, not as an exercise in self-flagellation (“oh the shame of not having read that classic”) or self-congratulation.

I can’t commit to listing my all-time favourites (at least not tonight); it’s like asking a mother to choose her favourite child.

Books of 2012

The best books of all time?

Interesting top 10s

Books for book nerds

And the last word goes to …

In a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette (1866) on the subject of ‘The Best Hundred Books’, Oscar Wilde divided books into three classes:

  1. Books to read
  2. Books to re-read
  3. Books not to read at all.

“The third class is by far the most important. … Whoever will select out of the chaos of our modern curricula ‘The Worst Hundred Books,’ and publish a list of them, will confer on the rising generation a real and lasting benefit.” Oscar Wilde

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