Friday, August 30, 2013

The Mother Lode of Book Lists

I know, I know. I just gave you a whole slew of book lists. Surely, I must have run out of them.  Nope.  Not a chance.  In my never ending search for more lists of the best books, banned books, challenged books, award winning books and so on, I've even discovered two of the greatest book list sites ever.  I mean it.  I found book list websites, that not only have multiple book lists on them, they are also interactive.  I know exactly what you are thinking.  

So, without further ado, I'm collating all of the book lists in my bookmarks at the present time.  Bear in mind, this may include repeats (possibly even repeats within the list. Some people present a list as their own, but really they are just reprinting an already established one) and may be missing some of your favorite lists.  If you know of others, please share!  All right, here we go:

  1. American Library Associations 100 Most Frequently Banned and Challenged Books for 2000 - 2009
  2. Flavorwire's 10 Parody Books That Will Crack You Up
  3. Flavorwire's 10 Books That Are Meant to be Savored
  4. A little out of date, but here's Flavorwire's list of 15 Books That Would Make Great Father's Day Gifts.
  5. Buzzfeed's list of 21 Books That Will Teach You Something Important
  6. Flavorwire's list of 10 Unfairly Neglected or Forgotten Books
  7. Harvard Bookstore's list of Top 100 Books
  8. The Best of the New York Times' 2011 Notable Books List  You can find the full list here
  9. New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2012
  10. ALA's Banned and Challenged List for 1990 - 1999 (the one I started with)
  11. A List of Books very awesome and interactive list of 623 of the Best Books Ever Written
  12. Waterstone's Top 100 Books of the Century (20th, that is)
  13. List Muse's The Best Books: The Top 100 Novels of All Time
  14.'s list of 100 Greatest Books for Kids
  15. Just go to The Greatest Books site. It is an interactive site with every list you can imagine. Best of all, once you click that you've read or want to read a title, it remembers that when the same books show up on other lists.
  16. The Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels list (with links to their other best books lists)
  17. The Lists of Bests site has tons of best books links, as well as anything else you want to find the best of.
  18.'s list of 100 Major Works of Creative Nonfiction
  19. The Bookman's list of the 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians
  20. The Wisdom Portal's list of 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written
  21. The Guardian's List of 100 Bestselling Books of All Time (circa 2012)
  22. Book Riot's 100 Greatest American Novels
  23. Book Riot's From Zero to Well Read in 100 Books
  24. And, to get really really meta, here's Book Riot's 10 Best Top 100 Book Lists
  25. NPR's 100 Best Books (in many genre and formats)
  26. The Modern Library's Choices for 100 Best Books
  27. Time Magazine's list: The All-Time 100 Novels 
  28. Goodreads list of 100 Best Books of all Time
  29. The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time (how does it compare to the bestselling?)
  30. The folks over at Wikipedia have complied this list of the 100 Best Books of All Time
  31. A slightly different list, Open Culture has tons of free media links. This is their list of 440 free eBooks
  32. 10 Books that Sum up the Contradictions of American Life (yup, there's a list for everything)
  33. The First 10 Works of Fiction You Should Read if You've Never Read a Book Before. While I'm sure this doesn't apply to anyone who finds their way here, I bet we all know someone for whom this list would be good. (I definitely prefer to use end of sentence prepositions)
  34. 10 Risque books worth buying a Kindle to Read. For when you are feeling naughty.
  35. 10 Highbrow Books to Read on the Beach (depending on where you live, you may still have time)
  36. 10 More Highbow but Still Appropriate Beach Reads (of course, you probably have to live in the south to have time for 10 more)
  37. Flavorwire's 10 YA Books That Scarred Us For Life. I don't know about scarred for life, but most of these books were pretty intense!
  38. 10 Works of Literary Fantasy to Jump Start Your Imagination
  39. 50 Greatest Campus Novels Ever Written
  40. 10 Must Read Books for August (Whoops!  that's a lot of reading to finish by tomorrow)
  41. 10 Books for the Geek in all of us (via Random House Retreat)
  42. 7 Better than Beach Reads About Famous Writers
  43. 2013's 10 Best Paperbacks, So Far as compiled by Flavorwire
  44. Huff Post Book's 17 Amazing YA Summer Reads.  It's Huff Post, prepare for it to take a year and a half to load and the loading will include at least one false start.
  45. 10 Essential Reads for Janeites (again via Huff Post)
Whew! I think that's all I have to post for the moment.  I've probably got more lists coming in as I speak, or hiding in my bookmarks folders, or just waiting for me to discover them.  Until then, find something great to read for the holiday weekend!

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