A Best Books List That May Contain Books You Have Actually Read


Ah the 'Best Books Ever' list, designed to make you feel guilty that you can't squirrel away more time to read the classics or other 'tomes of importance'.

Time is hard to find, especially when your Google Reader unread items has hit 303.

I've never heard of Mental Floss before, a US mag that is an offshoot of Readers' Digest. Its tagline is 'feel smart again'. There's an ad for Mensa in there. And a bunch of not-so-interesting articles except for the exceptional 'The 25 Most Powerful Books'.

Of these 25, I admit I have only read four: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (was it really 12 years ago when everyone and their mom was reading this book??), The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss and The Tipping Point by none other than Malcolm Gladwell.

The rest of the books have now made my reading to-do list (which is like trying to weigh down an overburdened pack mule with an extra set of crockery). A selection:

> #4 Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin. The definitive memoir of living with autism.
> #2 Maus by Art Spiegelman. The graphic novel that made Nobel give it its own category.
> #13 On Writing by Stephen King (who comes out well in this article since who knew he told major US booksellers that if they pulled The Satanic Verses from their shelves he and other heavies would withdraw their books as well).
> #22 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Canada's own National Treasure.


Hold on, because I'm going to see if I can scan this beauty for you.

Check out a selection from the article HERE.

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