It all started with a Saturday evening tweet from Lazy Trollop...
I have managed 30! You? http://t.co/Phdz4O5kI7The link pointed to list on Amazon called 100 Books to read in a lifetime - the kind of list to ponder, argue over and agree it's a very strange list. Various people joined in the conversation - Arabella Sock, Patient Gardener and Lucy Corrander to name but 3.
— Ms B (@LazyTrollop) February 8, 2014
We're yet to top Lazy Trollop's revised count of 33 out of the 100 and Catch-22 was considered unreadable by most of us - I'm the only one to own up to having managed to finish it. Sharp-eyed Lucy spotted the vital evidence that the list was indeed American in origin - the substitution of Sorcerer instead of Philosopher in the listed Harry Potter book was the giveaway.
A fab Chinese meal out with friends* and a day later I returned to Twitter to find the list still under considerable discussion. I suggested we come up with our own list, which was taken up enthusiastically by everyone around at the time, with Arabella suggesting we limit ourselves to just 20 each and see how much we overlap.
And there you have it, My favourite books, a new meme to ponder and come up with your own ideas. There's no limit on genre, you just need to say how or why you've come up with your selection. Arabella is deciding which books coincide with key moments in her life and I'm going down similar lines as some of the books I started to consider evoke such clear memories of what I was up to at the time of reading. You don't have to do that - fiction or non-fiction; prose, plays or poetry; trashy or classics- or a delicious mixture are welcome.
I'll be posting my response in a week's time - my list is down to 30 and it's proving tricky to squeeze them into the final 20 so I need the time to do that. Like Piano Learner, you're welcome to join us. Write a blog post any time this week with your selection and leave a comment here with your post's URL next Monday (February 17th). I'll make sure the links to your posts are added to mine, so we can come and see what you've come up with.
If nothing else, this should give us lots of recommendations for new reading matter to help while away the last remains of winter :)
* = Hon Fusion in Bath, seeing you're asking - well worth a detour into Widcombe :)
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Update: The BBC has produced a similar list with a built-in tally for you to assess your score. This list is closer to the choices we've made, but gives plenty of scope for future reading choices too :)