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A list: books about writers/writing

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I’ve always been a list maker and love lists – especially of books. It’s one of the best things about amazon (which has some negative aspects – a subject for a different blog entry) and sites like Goodreads. No matter how eclectic your subject, you can find reading lists put together by other people – some of them smart, some quirky, some plain crazy.

Today I’m going to list some interesting books I’ve read and enjoyed about writers, writing or books. I know the list is all over the place. I’d love to hear suggestions of your own in the comments. Here are twelve.

Death In Venice
Enderby’s End
Fear of Flying
The Golden Notebook
Angle of Repose
Misery
A Widow For One Year
The Sportswriter
The Shadow of the Wind
Fahrenheit 451
The Kite Runner
That Old Cape Magic

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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.