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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lists of great and not-so-great books

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I’ve always been a list maker and bookworm, so book lists appeal to me. The New York Times has a useful “best books of the year” list, this year with an animated video of their top ten (www.nytimes.com/video/books/review). NPR rolled out a Book Concierge that lists 200 of the best 2013 books by category (www.npr.org/best-books-2013). MPBN has a “best and overlooked books of 2013” list chosen by some prominent Maine writers.
I recommend a site called Interesting Literature (www.interestingliterature.com) which has a wealth of intelligent lists and blogs about books and writers. Sometimes I find the highly personal book lists people make on Amazon useful, though they can be quirky and bizarre, too. For book reviews by regular folks, Amazon has the biggest collection, but Goodreads has a lot, too.
One can, of course, wander around on these sites and spend/waste hours, but they do lead me to discover books I want to read. For a while I had a gift subscription to the very worthy and erudite London Review of Books, but it came too frequently and was too jam-packed with information and opinions. If you have limited time, I think the book recommendations by The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Guardian are generally reliable. But you probably have your favorites, too.

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