We all know that every year – and probably any day now – book lists begin to appear. Christmas is book list central; ideas for Mum, Dad, the cat, the babysitter, that friend you don’t really like anymore but still feel compelled to buy for…
A while back on Twitter someone posted one of those “100 books you should have read if you’ve got any part of a brain” lists. So I decided (along with some online friends) to create our own lists. With titles that we liked. (We mainly decided this because we hadn’t read many books on THE LIST).
My plan is make the final lists available in the lead-up to Christmas as a more conceptually tangential guide to buying books*. Add your own contributions to this and all the lists.
- The Last of the Just, Andre Schwarz-Bart
- A Grief Observed, CS Lewis
- The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
- Unless, Carol Shields
- How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
- Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves
- The Border Trilogy, Cormac McCarthy
- Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
- Paula, Isabel Allende
*We recommend that if you want a really good recommendation that is suitable to the person you want to buy for then you get in-store and talk to bookshop staff.
by Emma McCleary, web editor at Booksellers NZ