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501 Must-Read Books (501 Series) (original 2006; edição 2006)

por Emma (editor) Beare (Autor)

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501 Must Read Books is like the wisest, cleverest, best-read and most trusted friend you have ever has. The recommendations for inclusion in this comprehensive book were made by a bybliphile and writer with a peerless reputation.This comprehensive guide will inspire you to read more widely than you could have imagined and to explore the previously untrodden aisles in your bookstore or library.… (mais)
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Título:501 Must-Read Books (501 Series)
Autores:Emma (editor) Beare (Autor)
Informação:Bounty Books (Octopus Publishing) (2006), Edition: 2007 Reprint Edition, 544 pages
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  HollandseClub | Jul 1, 2017 |
A Christmas gift I received from my wife, which caused me to raise an eyebrow. My assumption from the look of it was that its publisher had hastily pulled together a list of 501 easily recommended books to turn a quick buck. It didn't help the impression that I knew it was one in a series of "501" books (movies you must see, places you must go, etc.) I leafed through it, noted the absence of a few of my favourites and dismissed the whole thing. Within the hour, bored, I leafed through it again, but took a bit more time over the entries. In the following days, weeks, more leafing. Started scribbling a list of some titles I might look into. A few months more and I was becoming seriously engaged, cross-referencing its recommendations with LT and Amazon reviews. I've a healthy to-be-read list built up that might be approaching a hundred titles at this point. And now I've entered all 501 titles into LibraryThing's Common Knowledge database and started a group for it. Needless to say, I'm hooked.

The volume is nicely categorized into sections labelled Children's Fiction, Classic Fiction, History, Memoirs, Modern Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers and Travel Writing. Within each section there's a wide range of publication dates (though Classic Fiction is of course generally older), and authors are featured from all over the globe. Any selection of 501 "must-read" books is of course never going to be definitive, but a clear enough effort was made to have the selections be varied and representative that I respect the opinion. Every entry comes with a list of other works by the featured author, which sometimes led me to recognize authors and piqued my interest when otherwise I might have casually passed over it.

It seems there was a self-imposed rule not to select two works by the same author for the same section. The Classic Fiction section, for instance, has only one book by Dickens ("Our Mutual Friend")***, only one by Tolstoy ("War and Peace"), etc. This counteracts favouritism and contributes to representativeness across a wide range of noteworthy authors, but leads to oddities such as including "Interview with the Vampire" while ommitting "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Anna Karenina," etc. A couple of genres get shortchanged, most notably Romance (distributed across the categories) and my beloved Fantasy (largely relegated to Children's Fiction(!) but cropping up sparsely elsewhere. Apparently "The Neverending Story" is Modern Fiction but Tolkien is strictly for kids. Now you know.)

While I wouldn't expect it to be worth anyone's time to track down and read every title (much less expect you to enjoy the process), if you can withstand the cold shoulder given to some of your own favourites and the occasional odd categorization, you're sure to find something here - probably multiple somethings - that you've not previously heard of and are intrigued by.

***Edited (Dec 2011): in fact there are two Dickens in this section, since the Christmas Books are also listed. But I think this is the sole exception to the "one citation per author, per section" approach. ( )
5 vote Cecrow | Feb 24, 2011 |
Nicely presented, chapters on different genres. ( )
  wainuiomartian | Jul 31, 2009 |
I love going back to this book when I am at a loss as to what to read next, or to just see how my list compares to that one. I don't know if everyone will ever feel the same about all the books on a "must read list" but they can sure be fun sometimes. The only section I think I will fail on, is the travel, but who knows, I can always try.

This is a great coffee table book, and I get lots of comments about my "book about books". ( )
  angela.vaughn | Jul 23, 2009 |
Awesome informational guide. Similar to 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. I like the way it is broken out into genres rather than years. A must read for any bibliophile. ( )
1 vote bnbookgirl | May 12, 2009 |
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