It’s hard to resist a list.
That’s probably why there are so many of them all over the internet. Another reason is that bloggers are encouraged to make use of the list format because it’s one of the most popular formats for blog posts.
For some reason, I’ve come across more lists than usual in just the past few days. Here, then, is a list of some of those reading lists. The subject matter ranges widely, so there truly should be something for everyone somewhere.
Molly Lynch looks at books aimed at young women (though she doesn’t exactly define young) and finds that many feature women who define themselves not by their relationships with men but by the pursuit of their own passions in life. Also important, Lynch says, is that the female characters be fully drawn, complex enough to have doubts and fears while strong enough to overcome them.
Lorraine Berry discusses four books that helped her cope with grief at a time when language failed her.
Mary Ann Gwinn, book editor for The Seattle Times, discusses biographies of three women “who were misunderstood, obscured or ignored: Mary Anne Lewis Disraeli, Svetlana Alliluyeva (Josef Stalin’s daughter) and Mary Wollstonecraft (and her daughter, Mary Shelley).”
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sarah Gilartin put together this list for the Irish Times.
I have only heard of five of these series. Those of you who keep up with fantasy, science fiction, and romance will undoubtedly recognize more.
I had not heard of Paper Towns, the novel by John Green (I just recently finished The Fault in Our Stars) whose movie version debuts today. But I did read Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places after finishing Gone Girl and am glad to read that a movie adaptation will hit theaters on August 7.
See what other books you’ll be able to see on screen in the near future.
I did better with this list than the previous one: I’ve read seven of these and have another one on my to-be-read shelf. But then I’m always on the lookout for books about books and the people who love them.
I’m always interested in how literature intersects with other disciplines. This list was put together by Scotty McLennan, a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, who teaches a course for MBA students called “The Business World: Moral and Spiritual Inquiry through Literature. Literature can “show you reality in a way that case studies and biographies and other things that are supposedly about reality can’t touch,” he says.
From more than 14,000 titles to be published this fall, Publishers Weekly has put together this list of the most notable books in the following categories:
- science fiction/fantasy/horror
- comics/graphic novels
- literary essays/criticism/biographies
- history/military history
There’s also a link in the opening paragraph to a list of noteworthy children’s and YA books to be published this fall.