Wednesday 17 October 2007

About Reading

Finished October 9
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List by Shelley Mosley, John Charles, Joanne Hamilton-Selway, and Sandra Van Winkle
This book attempts to give the reader a list of the top books from all fiction genres and narrative fiction genres to provide a list of books to read. While it certainly gives some good choices in the many genres, it is obviously influenced by the personal tastes of the four authors and I found many of my own choices missing. In terms of historical fiction, the United States is the only "new world" country present, thus leaving out Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Latin America. Asia is given only one page, which considering its many cultures and countries, is severely short-changing this continent.
This is just one example in a continuing pattern of gloss over rather than true overview and certainly far from an "ultimate" reading list.
I suggest you make your own list, as I have, from past reading, observations of friends, book reviews, library recommendations, serendipitous finds, and other personal sources. Let your list be an ever-growing one and you will never lack something to grab your interest.

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