Summer is a great time to get started on that stack of books that you’ve meant to tackle for some time; between sunning by the pool, jet-setting all over the world and just having a break to finally breathe from the mayhem of everyday, non-summer life (for the lucky ones, that is), this list is your answer to breaking out of reality and getting lost in some great prose.
Before I say anything disparaging, let me first make clear that I probably live in the best public library system in the country, if not the world. The facilities are exceptional, they have an unbelievably current and comprehensive selection, the librarians are friendly and intelligent and well-read. And the wait-list system itself is wonderful and very useful. Pretty much any book you can think of, my library system has it, usually several copies, often in multiple media (i.e. hard copy, large print, CD, e-book). And I can request a hold on a book from any library in the system, to any library in the system, and it will usually be there in a week or less. Very efficient and necessary to my insatiable reading needs.
Sick of being confronted with lists of “100 Books Any Semi-Literate Person With Even One Measly Ounce of Self Respect And/Or Intelligence Absolutely Will Have Read” (and corresponding sentiments of inadequacy), I set out to knock some of the low-hanging fruit from the tree. I decided to go for three at a time, selecting Continue reading →
I am a sucker for book lists, as you know, and was intrigued when I saw this list over at www.bookriot.com: Twenty-Five Most Hated Books. Then I read the list, and was shocked. Check it out: Continue reading →
This list first came to my attention as an app and an invite on www.goodreads.com. And it was labeled simply “ALL TIME 100 Novels.” “All time of what?” was my question. I looked to the TIME site itself for clarification, and it is (more descriptively) explained to be the (apparent) 100 best English-Language novels from 1923 to the present (according to TIME critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo). Of course, we here at Dunce Academy are actively working on our own list, and as you will see, there is not a lot of overlap. You can take that to mean whatever you like. Continue reading →