Literary critic Clement K. Shorter published a best of list in 1898. For his 100 books he limited himself to one book per author and the author must be dead. He did add eight works as a short list for living "writers whose reputations are too well established for their juniors to feel towards them any sentiments other than those of reverence and regard".
Found at: Time Literary Supplement Blog
I am going to aim for 25 from the list over the five-year period starting October 2012.
So what exactly do the top 125 authors of today find as the 10 greatest books?
In 2007 J. Peder Zane, the book editor of the Raleigh News & Observer, asked 125 top writers to name their favorite books — writers like Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Michael Chabon. Here is the list from those efforts.
To find additional top 10 list from Zane's efforts check-out his book The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books. It includes additional list for categories and dates for example.
The five-year span kicking off in October 2012 should give me time to complete these. With the exception of if I will actually read In Search of Lost Time in this period, at over 4000 pages I am unsure if I want to commit to this read yet.
Article was found at openculture.com.
I stumbled upon an article on Flavorwire about thetop 50 works of fiction that have been translated into English that should be read.
This list fits right into my plans to read the classics so it only seems fitting to track my progress against the suggestions found here.
I have gotten off to a slow start in the five year span of October 2012 to September 2017. I think I will shoot to wrap up 30 of these over the five-years.
On July 21, 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled and released its own list of the century’s top 100 novels, at the request of the Modern Library editorial board.
This type of list always fascinate me, if nothing else I think they give someone a great starting point to read the popular novels that you will hear referenced in conversations, movies or other books.
My goal is to read 80 of these over the next five years.
The Library of Congress had an exhibit entitled "Books That Shaped America." This list is not an endorsement of the best of the best, but an assortment of books that have had an influence on American life. I found the list intriguing and thought I would see what I can read of these in the five year span from October 2012 to September 2017. My goal would be to read 80 of these in the next five years.