501 Must-Read Books
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Later I took a more careful look, actually reading the reviews for each, and found my curiosity touched by a couple. Then a couple more. On a second pass, by a lot more. And it's gotten steadily "worse".
I only know 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by reputation. 501 seems more wieldy, and they also seem more logically selected from reviews of each that I've read.
Rather than time period, 501 lists by category (children's literature; biography; travel; mystery; etc.). Some I nearly entirely skip over (e.g. 'memoirs') but others I'm exploring in detail.
I've noted that '1001' is listed in a book's data as an 'award'. If I'm to initiate the task of producing a common knowledge list for '501', I suppose I'm to list it under the award category as well?
There's a few oddities, selections that hardly anyone here has read or reviewed such as Above the Dark Circus. Others everyone's heard of, like Huckleberry Finn and Alice in Wonderland. Then there's the middling selections, fairly popular and known though not considered classics, like Beloved and The Accidental Tourist.
We don't generally list the source book (501 Must-Read Books) itself in the award list. Instead, you could put a link to its work page in the award description on the right.
Edited to add: I don't know, I'd probably put Beloved in the classics list. It's on pretty much every must read list that's come out recently, and Morrison didn't win the Nobel for nothing... :)
There's a number of strange categorizations, especially those listed under Children's Fiction which includes the likes of The Colour of Magic and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. But I'll continue to list them as they're identified in the volume.
I'm glad there's some better means of linking to the source book, as I definitely wanted it included by some means.
Edit: I've added the desription, but I would prefer to continue including the source volume in the list as it seems the most obvious way to make people aware (who are looking at the source book's page) that the listing has been captured in LibraryThing.
That's not how the award/honor field works, though. It is for awards/honors that have been given to the book. That's part of the guidelines for entering CK, and if an award is listed for something that didn't actually receive it, someone will come along and delete that information from the book that didn't receive it (because this is a community project and fielded wiki).
People will become aware of the list as they notice it's been attached to their works, or as it starts to show up on "related awards" on series, author, and award pages. I wouldn't worry about that.
My one regret for LibraryThing is that the common knowledge page takes forever to collect the data and load (and I've only done three letters thus far; what happens when I add twenty-three more?)
I do have admiration for the selection with respect to its inclusion of literature outside the western cannon; there seems to be a lot of that.
Intrigued by Memoirs of Hadrian, Ferdinandez-Armesto's Millenium, and The Moving Toyshop, among others.
(Edited to trigger touchstones)
Intrigued by Pagans and Christians, The Periodic Table, Possession, The Power and the Glory, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ...
Surprised to see Planet of the Apes and Psycho, but I suppose they do stand as good examples of their genres.
Some interesting travel writing in this section, including The Road to Oxiana. I had no idea A.A. Milne of Winnie-the-Pooh fame wrote a mystery, much less one that would land amongst 501 must-read books: The Red House Mystery.
The Seasick Whale looks to be a challenge to find an English edition of. I'm intrigued by T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and The Story of English. I didn't know Paul Scott had written an award winning sequel to his Raj Quartet, Staying On.
Interesting that they chose Twain's A Tramp Abroad rather than Roughing It or the more popular Innocents Abroad.
Intrigued by The War of the Buttons, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The White Hotel, The Women's History of the World.
It was quite an eye-opener for me to do the indexing, since it led to my scrutinizing every title and I've quite a list of books I'm interested in pursuing now. While I wouldn't read every title (especially in the Thrillers category), I'd say at least one out of every five has my attention.
I've also been able to remark how the books were selected. It seems there was a self-imposed rule not to select works by the same author within the same category. So all we have from Dickens is Our Mutual Friend, all we have from Tolstoy is War and Peace, etc. In some instances, the selector got around this self-imposed restriction by using some odd categorizing: Joseph Conrad has books in Classic Fiction and in Modern Fiction though they could easily be exchanged for one another; same for Robert Louis Stevenson, whose Treasure Island is tucked away in Children's Fiction but also has Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde among the Classics.
Maybe a couple dozen authors were cited twice. A very small number was selected from three times: C.S. Lewis, Robert Louis Stevenson (with a Travel Writing book), and Oscar Wilde.
The largest category is "Modern Fiction", the smallest is "Travel Writing".