So, I came across these two booklists of which you might already be aware, but that were new to me. The first is a list of books chosen by well-known international authors that they think are 'the most central works in world literature and...left their individual mark on the authors' own thinking and imagination.' The second is a list of the top 100 books as voted on by the general public in Britain.
The first is called the Library of World Literature, 'The 100 Best Books in the History of Literature':
This list in not in numerical order, but in alphabetical; however, the runaway favorite was Don Quixote by Cervantes.
The second is the BBC's Big Read:
This list was in numerical order. The favourite? The Lord of the Rings. The second favorite, great for romance fans, was Pride and Prejudice.
I perused these lists because I was curious about whether I'd read anything on them.
I've read only 21 of the Best Books in the History of Literature. I fared better with the Big Read—38 read. I started a couple that I never finished, but I didn't count those. There were also some that I'd never read, but had seen as a movie. I didn't count those, either.
The lists fired me up to read more, to try to make my way through as many as possible. After all, these are classics for a reason.
I found the BBC's list more accessible, more filled with popular genre fiction, but both lists make for compelling reading goals.
My personal favorite out of these lists is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
What is yours?