The GREATEST List of GREAT Book Lists

by Cameron Schaefer on June 28, 2009

I tweeted a few days ago how much I love reading book lists. It doesn’t seem to matter who makes it or what is covers, I will always stop what I’m doing to read through one. I’m not sure what it is that causes the intrigue, but as I’ve discussed it with others it seems I’m not the only one who loves them. So, in an attempt to consolidate some of the best book lists I’ve found in one easy place, I present to you the following: THE GREATEST LIST OF GREAT BOOK LISTS!!!

1. The Modern Library 100 Best Novels

2. The Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction

3. Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels List

4. BBC’s “The Big Read” Top 100

5. The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time

6. Dr. Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 edition)

7. Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels from 1923 to Present

8. Esquire’s 75 Books Every Man Should Read

9. 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library

10. The Essential Man’s Library: 50 Fictional Adventure Books Edition

11. Counterpunch’s Top 100 Non-Fiction Works of the 20th Century

12. Nobel Prize Winner’s in Literature

13. Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction

14. Top 100 Sci-Fi Books

15. Harvard Book Store’s Staff 100 Favorite Books

16. MLA’s 30 Books Every Adult Should Read

17. The Telegraph’s 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library

18. The Personal MBA Best Business Books

19. Building a Personal Finance Library: 25 of the Best Books About Money

20. National Geographic Adventure’s: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time

21. Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose Discuss Their Top 5 Must-Read Books

22. 50 Amazing and Essential Novels to Enrich Your Library

23. 30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday

24. 50 Best Cult Books

25. 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read: The Definitive List

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Collin O'Bryant June 29, 2009 at 4:36 am

This is awesome, I’ll never have to look anywhere ever again for books I should read!!!!!

Julee Skelley June 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Thank you so much for doing this- I hate browsing through books wondering if I’m going to be wasting my time & money. This is a fabulous resource and I am going to see if I can bookmark this page of your blog =)

billy June 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Dude, thanks for making this list. It makes it much easier. Keep workin’ on that stache cowboy hahah.

Marc and Angel Hack Life June 30, 2009 at 7:59 am

Thanks for the love, Schaefer. ;-)

Great compilation.

Collin O'Bryant June 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

The idea of a list of 1000 novels everyone must read is slightly comical though, haha.

J.D. meier July 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm

As much as I enjoy the journey of learning from book after book, sometimes I really would like to Vulcan mind meld and get other people’s learnings too.

Tom Junior July 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Great idea – thanks a lot. However, I found your list while searching for a list composed by Malcolm X while he was imprisoned? Have you ever heard of such a list?

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