I love Melanie's reading lists. Nathan Bransford has recently been posting lists of books, too. He has one on the best selling fiction books of the last hundred years, and the best selling non-fiction books.
The list that caught my eye, though, was the one about the Gilmore Girls. I used to watch that show on and off, but somehow never realized that Rory Gilmore had read her way through over 300 books during the series. Here's the list, just to see how you compare.
So, how many have you read? It opened my eyes up a bit to realize that I hadn't immersed myself in many of the classics (except Jane Austen, of course) since high school. It may be time to expand my repertoire.
And that got me thinking of some other lists that might be fun to read through:
The Newberry Medals - begun in 1922 to honor distinguished writing for children.
The Caldecott Medals - recognizes the best in art for children's books. I love so many of these books. One of my favorites is Tuesday, which I bought before I even had children because I knew someday, someday I'd love sharing it with my munchkins.
The Printz Awards - only around since 2000, this newcomer celebrates excellence in YA lit. Did you notice that Code Name Verity got an Honor this year? (Melanie, you're going to love, love, love it!)
The Authors Deck - and last, but closest to my heart, is the game, Authors. Have you played it? I used to think everyone knew this more complicated (and literary) version of go-fish, but came to find out that most had never even heard of it. My sister and I played this so much when we were little. I've read most of the books, but not all. Maybe this is the list I should start with.
Is there a method to your madness in the books you pick to read?