I don't know about you, but I love a good book list. I follow so many different people / blogs / bookstores on twitter mainly because they put out lists of books that I should know about. If you do not follow Book Riot on twitter - you need to. They share an amazing amount of book knowledge. (I have included a link to their website here.)
The other day they linked to a list put out by Powells Bookstore in Portland, Oregon -- one of my favorite books stores in the entire USA and likely a topic for a blog post later -- that listed out 25 books to read before you die from around the world. I opened the link not knowing what to expect. And I have to tell you, this list made me so excited.
First, any list that starts with a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has to rock. I know many of you have probably already read one of her novels. The one they talk about here, Half a Yellow Sun, is amazing. I knew nothing of Nigeria or it's history prior to reading this novel. She really brings that entire world to life. I have read two other books by her - Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists - and thought they were both brilliant. As I have not read her first novel, I am going to pretend that it is the one on this list and pick it up immediately.
I have already raved on here about Murakami - so, I will not go back over that. Other than to say - YES! read him!!! I am also a huge fan of J.M. Coetzee but had never read Life and Times of Michael K - so I ran to my used bookstore and picked up a copy. I can also vouch for My Brilliant Friend and Invisible Cities - both amazing books that I would put into your hands if you were standing right in front of me.
Also on this list are two books that have been on my personal TBR forever. The Master and Margarita was recommended to me years ago - the story of a deal with the Devil, what's not to love - and I have bought three copies. But for some reason, I have never actually picked it up to read. Blindness has also been a book that I have picked up, and thought I was going to buy a number of times. However, for some reason it has never happened. I think this list is going to move a few books to the top of my pile.
But the real eye opener for me was Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid. I had read some short piece by Ms. Kincaid ages ago, and recall it barely. For some reason, when I read this little blurb I just knew it was something that I had to own - so used bookstore purchase number two!
As I said, I am a sucker for a good book list, and they often drive me to the bookstore and into a book buying binge. What do you all think of this list? Any that I should get on immediately? Do you like book lists too? Let me know what you think, what you read, and if there are any other good lists out there.
Here is the link to the entire article.