For travelers who can’t quite decide what book to buy (or download) for their next vacation, here’s some help: Amazon.com has recently released a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, a “bucket list of books to create a well-read life.”
The chosen titles span two centuries, and include everything from classics like “Great Expectations” and “Pride & Prejudice,” to modern pop culture favorites, like Gillian Flynn’s thriller “Gone Girl” and Stephen King’s “The Shining,” to selections from best-selling young adult series like “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.” The list also include two Pulitzer Prize winners (Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies”), one Man Booker Prize winner (Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) and one Caldecott Medal Winner (Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”).
Unlike other parts of the ecommerce giant, Amazon says the list was hand-curated by an editorial team and not based on any algorithms. One of the more highly-debated titles was George Orwell’s dystopian tale “1984.”
“It wasn’t so much ‘Is ‘1984’ a great book?’ but ‘Should we put “1984” or “Brave New World”?’,” editorial director of print and Kindle books Sara Nelson told CNN. “Should we put ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The Hobbit’? On a 100 book list, you probably can’t put both… We tried to find books that were iconic and that would lead to other books.”
What do you think of Amazon’s list? How many have you read?