- Series: 501 Series
- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Bounty Books (September 10, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753713438
- ISBN-13: 978-0753713433
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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501 Must Read Books (501 Series) Hardcover – September 10, 2006
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I am not sure that it really is the 501 books I must read, and that is my only problem with it. I would argue that along with it's many sections it should dedicate a section to international books as well (these are quite limited in the book). But, really it is good, and interesting and pretty for your coffee table.
My first response after reading a few entries from this book was to grab a sheet of paper and start writing down a "wish list." I've only covered one of the 5 sections, and my list already has 10 items on it.
I thought it a bit odd that Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy was in the "juvenile" section. Ok, the Hobbit, sure, but the Trilogy?
This review was for the 2006 original printing. The 2007 reprint is listed at 501 Must-Read Books and has more customer reviews.
P.S. Since writing my review, I've had a chance to check out and read several of the recommendations, and I am happy to report that the books were indeed wonderful. I think my favorite so far is Tom's Midnight Garden which is beautiful, suspenseful, and even a bit eerie.
This book is a truly weighty tome so not something that you can or would want to carry around with you: it is definitely meant to sit on a coffee table, or reside sturdily on a shelf somewhere. The must-read books are classified into 8 sections comprising; Children's Fiction, Classic Fiction, History, Memoirs, Modern Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers and Travel all capped off with separate book and author indices. Each entry is given its own full page spread and nicely illustrated by the dust jacket of its first edition.
My own sense of outrage was stimulated, initially, by the omission of To Kill a Mockingbird and then fortified by the omissions of Cancer Ward and Dr Zhivago while Captain Correlli's Mandolin is featured! Well, I guess Lincoln was as wise in this as he was in almost every other way when he (is purported to have) said `you can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time'!
Nevertheless, as a means of stimulation for both reading and debate it is, in common with its more grandiose rival (1001 books you must read before you die!) an invaluable resource.
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